Category Archives: ALBUM REVIEWS

Album review: SKINTRADE – The Show Must Go On

Ninetone Records [Release date 17.04.20] A few years back I went along to see The Quireboys playing in Glasgow, an excellent night as it always is with Spike and the guys. What made that night extra special was the support … Continue reading

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Album review: THE BIRTHDAY MASSACRE – Diamonds

The Birthday Massacre - Diamonds

Metropolis Records [Release date 27.03.20] Diamonds is the eighth studio album from Canadian gothic rock outfit The Birthday Massacre. That genre embraces a whole range of musical styles, of course, and the influences here lean heavily towards the electro-pop end … Continue reading

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Album review: INDIA ELECTRIC CO – The Gap

INDIA ELECTRIC CO - The Gap

Pre-order here [Release date 01.05.20] India Electric Co. – the duo comprising of vocalist Cole Stacey and multi-instrumentalist Joseph O’Keefe – are back with their second album, five years on since their debut, ‘The Girl I Left Behind Me’ was … Continue reading

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Album review: THE OUTLAW ORCHESTRA – Pantomime Villains

THE OUTLAW ORCHESTRA – Pantomime Villains

Voodoo Queen Records [Release date 29.05.20] Hot on the tail of the southern rock/country flavoured EP from the Bootyard Bandits comes another UK based band, the Outlaw Orchestra, who play what they term ‘heavy grass’. The Outlaw Orchestra formed in … Continue reading

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Album review: AMY BIRKS – All That I Am And All That I Was

AMY BIRKS – All That I Am And All That I Was

Website [Release date 03.04.20] The world needs beauty and this can mean many different things to different people. To some it is a glorious vista, to others the innocent laugh of a small child, to others still it is the … Continue reading

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Album review: KATATONIA – City Burials

KATATONIA - City Burials

Peaceville Records [Release date 24.04.20] When, on the 28th of February 2020, I visited the “Gagarin 205” club for the purpose of attending what can only be described as an outstanding performance by the Prog Metal quintet Katatonia, never in … Continue reading

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Album review: PATTERN-SEEKING ANIMALS – Prehensile Tales

PATTERN-SEEKING ANIMALS - Prehensile Tails

Inside Out [Release date 15.05.20] Pattern-Seeking Animals were formed by producer and writer John Boegehold (synths, keyboards) teaming up with current members of Spock’s Beard – Ted Leonard (vocals, guitar) and Dave Meros (bass) – plus former Spock’s Beard member … Continue reading

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Album review: SASS JORDAN – Rebel Moon Blues

Sass Jordan - Rebel Moon Blues

Stony Plain [Release date 31.01.20] Canadian blues -rock vocalist Sass Jordan’s ‘Rebel Moon Blues’ is a relatively speaking short album which despite some rather obvious song choices still rocks on several levels. She transforms 7 blues covers and one original … Continue reading

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Album review: GOTTHARD – #13

GOTTHARD - #13

Nuclear Blast [Release date 13.03.20] Back in the early 90’s I went to see a new local band whilst in Switzerland, and very good they were too. That band was Gotthard, and here we are nearly thirty years later and … Continue reading

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Album review: THREE COLOURS DARK – The Science Of Goodbye

THREE COLOURS DARK - The Science Of Goodbye

www.threecoloursdark.com [Release date 27.03.20] In downtime in his Panic Room/Luna Rossa schedule, keyboard maestro Jonathan Edwards has revisited his roots in pairing up once again with fellow Karnataka founding member Rachel Cohen. Following casual reminiscence just over 12 months ago … Continue reading

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Quick plays: KIRSTY MERRYN, TOM KITCHING, GRACES COLLIDE

KIRSTY MERRYN - Our Bright Night

KIRSTY MERRYN Our Bright Night [Release date 24.04.20] Kirsty Merryn has only been on the folk scene for a few years, yet already she has been making a name for herself with glowing reviews for her debut album and supporting … Continue reading

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Album review: BLENDED BREW – Shove It Down

Mighty Music [Release date 01.05.20] On the info sheet for this album Blended Brew are likened to AC/DC, Deep Purple and Rival Sons. Well two out of three ain’t bad as Mr Loaf once sang as I didn’t get much … Continue reading

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Album review: CIRITH UNGOL – Forever Black

Metal Blade Records [Release date 24.04.20] Cirith Ungol are a band I have been aware of for many years (with a name like that, they are hard to ignore!) however until now I have been oblivious to their history or … Continue reading

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Album review: CAPTAIN BLACKBEARD – Sonic Forces

CAPTAIN BLACKBIRD - Sonic Forces

AOR Heaven [Release date 24.04.20] Swedish band Captain Blackbeard released their fourth album, ‘Struck By Lightning’ in 2018 with then new singer Liv Hansson on MelodicRock Records. It was produced Jona Tee (keyboardist in H.e.a.t.) and it was a pretty … Continue reading

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Album review: TINSLEY ELLIS – Ice Cream In Hell

Tinsley Ellis - Ice Cream In Hell

Alligator Records [Release date 31.01.20] ‘Ice Cream In Hell’ is a tasteful album that reaffirms Tinsley Ellis’s contemporary blues-rock credentials. He counterbalances a melodic bent with stinging guitar lines and relationship narratives. It’s an album shot through with generic songwriting … Continue reading

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Album review: PAVEY ARK – Close Your Eyes and Think of Nothing

PAVEY ARK - Close Your Eyes and Think of Nothing

Bandcamp [Release date 20.03.20] Some music transcends its place and time and becomes truly a work of art for the ages. Pavey Ark’s ‘Close Your Eyes and Think of Nothing’ has joined that elite club and is truly one of … Continue reading

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Album review: PURE REASON REVOLUTION – Eupnea

PURE REASON REVOLUTION – Eupnea

Inside Out [Release date 03.04.20] Reunions can be a tricky thing, sometimes a welcome return that reinvigorates a band, letting them dip into their back catalogue and bringing new gems but, more often than not, a last chance cash grab. … Continue reading

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Album review: SARI SCHORR – Live In Europe

Sari Schorr - Live In Europe

Pete Feenstra chatted to Sari Schorr for Get Ready to ROCK! Radio about the live album.  First broadcast 12 April 2020. Manhaton Records [Release date 06.03.20] Sari Schorr’s ‘Live In Europe’ celebrates the raw passion, deep emotion and improvisational qualities … Continue reading

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Album review: MAGENTA – Acapela 2016 and 2017 (CD/DVD)

MAGENTA - Acapela 2016 and 2017

Tigermoth Productions [Original release date 04.11.19] Magenta are one of those bands who have influenced many other prog wannabes whilst sometimes getting overlooked themselves.  They’ve never had significant wider acclaim, never employed big time PR or appeared on major labels, … Continue reading

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Album review: BONFIRE – Fistful Of Fire

BONFIRE - Fistful Of Fire

AFM Records (Released 03/04/20) Worried that we’ve grown weary of the ten rock songs and a ballad format, Bonfire throw in a few (3 in fact) short instrumentals to punctuate the band’s well established sonic signature, on this, their 17th … Continue reading

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