Category Archives: ALBUM REVIEWS (Mobile)

Album review: WILLE AND THE BANDITS – Paths

WILLE AND THE BANDITS - Paths

Farm Hand Records [Release date 01.01.19] Last time we caught up with Wille And The Bandits it was at Giants Of Rock 2017 when they were touring Steal (2017) – a stormer of a blues /rock roots album.  So it’s … Continue reading

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Album review: IAN PARKER – Spoonful Of Gold (Blues For Willie)

IAN PARKER – Spoonful Of Gold (Blues For Willie)

Eye Pea Records (Release date 23.10.17) It’s over 15 years since Ian Parker originally signed to Ruf records and confounded his fans and probably his record company too by cutting a deeply introspective album that became a best seller. Since … Continue reading

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Album review: JASON BECKER – Triumphant Heart

Jason Becker - Triumphant Heart

Mascot (Release date: 07.12.19) Without overlooking the desperate circumstances of guitar virtuoso Jason Becker being stricken by motor neurone disease, the idea of an album filled with some of the greatest rock guitarist of our time playing mostly his music, … Continue reading

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Album review: EVERGREY – The Atlantic

AFM Records [Release date 25.01.19] ‘The Atlantic’ is the eleventh album from Evergrey, the masters of dark and atmospheric metal. Tom S Englund and the band have really worked on every detail of the album, be it the sea theme … Continue reading

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Album review: RYAN McGARVEY – Heavy Hearted

RYAN McGARVEY – Heavy Hearted

Self release [Release date 27.11.18] Ryan McGarvey has made a name as a subtle blues-rock guitarist with an emotional lyrical pull. ‘Heavy Heated’ feel more of stab at the mainstream than his previous studio albums. Up to this point it … Continue reading

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Album review: WALTER TROUT – Survivor Blues

WALTER TROUT – Survivor Blues

Provogue Records [Release date 25.01.19] Walter Trout doesn’t do things the easy way, especially when it comes to searching for conceptual meanings for his albums. He’s an old school blues-rock talent for whom the notion of an album is a … Continue reading

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Album review: SLIM CHANCE – New Cross Road

Fishpool Records [Release date 18.01.19] Slim Chance were the backing band to former Small Faces and Faces member Ronnie Lane (who died aged only 51 in 1997), with three members in the current line-up of Slim Chance featured on those … Continue reading

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Album review: RED DRAGON CARTEL – Patina

Frontiers [release date 24.10.18] “Patina’ is the newly released sophomore album from Red Dragon Cartel, the band formed around one time Qzzy Osbourne and Badlands guitarist Jake E Lee. As soon as the needle dropped (metaphorically, of course) I wanted … Continue reading

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Album review: VARIOUS ARTISTS – Stay Tuned (Deep Purple etc.)

EarMUSIC [Release date 30.11.18] Drummer Bernhard Welz, known for his work with Schubert In Rock, is the brains behind this all-star charity album, aimed at benefitting the Linda McCartney Fundraising Centre. Welz certainly has a decent contacts list of fellow … Continue reading

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Album review: ADRIAN BELEW – Mr Music Head/Inner Revolution

BGO Records [Release date 26.10.18] Adrian Belew is a well respected guitarists having worked with the likes of Frank Zappa, Talking Heads, King Crimson and David Bowie amongst others. Even today he is forging ahead in music with his FLUX … Continue reading

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Album review: ANGELINE – Shadowlands

Blow Your Fez Off Music [Release date 28.09.18] Angeline were formed in Sweden in 1987 and having taken a hiatus somewhere down the line the band reformed in 2010, since then they have released three studio albums, the latest being … Continue reading

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Album review: THE CASCADES – Phoenix

THE CASCADES - Phoenix

Echozone [Release date 15.10.18] Gothic rock isn’t normally a genre that pings on my musical radar, however, new album “Phoenix” from Germany’s The Cascades may well change that. Not a band I had heard of before, but they are celebrating … Continue reading

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Album review: VARIOUS – Pure Fire – The Ultimate KISS Tribute

Cleopatra [Release date 19.10.18] There was a trend in the late 90’s/2000’s where tribute albums were popping up left, right and centre, each one boasting a host of musicians that had not so long before been the staple of MTV, radio … Continue reading

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Album review: STEPHEN PEARCY – View To A Thrill

Frontiers [Release date 09.11.18] “View To A Thrill” is the fifth (oh, I wish it was his 007th, this would have made the jokes so easy!!) solo album from Ratt frontman Stephen Pearcy. From the lyrical content throughout the album … Continue reading

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Album review: RIVERSIDE – Wasteland

RIVERSIDE - Wasteland

Inside Out  [Release date: 28.09.18] The death of Riverside guitarist Piotr Grudzinski in 2016 hit the band really hard. Not only was he one of a ‘band of brothers’ and an exceptional guitarist, he was part of a band that … Continue reading

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Album review: ROINE STOLT’S THE FLOWER KING – Manifesto Of An Alchemist

Inside Out [Release date 23.11.18] The last time Uppsala-born guitar maestro Roine Stolt released a solo record was eight years ago, when “Supernal Endgame – Touch The Sky” was first brought into this world. Accusing the sixty-two-year-old musician of tardiness, … Continue reading

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Album review: MICHAEL ARMSTRONG – #LookingForTheWorld

MICHAEL ARMSTRONG - #Looking For The World

Michael Armstrong introduces his new album (27:44)  This showcase was first broadcast on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio in the ‘New to GRTR!’ sequence. More information www.michaelarmstrongmusic.co.uk [Release date 23.11.18] Second album by Michael Armstrong, one that has been in the … Continue reading

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Quick plays: BEN DE LA COUR, SAM LEWIS

BEN DE LA COUR  The High Cost Of Living Strange

BEN DE LA COUR  The High Cost Of Living Strange Flour Sack Cape Records [Release date 06.04.18] Having trodden a path from NYC to Europe, and then back to LA, to New Orleans and now (yes, somewhat predictably it would … Continue reading

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Album review: NORTHWARD – s/t

NORTHWARD

Nuclear Blast [Release date 18.10.18] The cover art image of the two main protagonists here – Nightwish vocalist Floor Jansen, and Pagan’s Mind guitarist Jørn Viggo Lofstad – photoshopped head to head, jaws agape and bawling at each other, offers … Continue reading

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Album review: LUNA ROSSA – Atropa

LUNA ROSSA - Atropa

Firefly Music [Release date 19.11.18] Three albums in, and the latest chapter in Panic Room acoustic side project of Jonathan Edwards (keyboards) and Anne-Marie Helder (vocals, acoustic guitar, and flute) finds them at a crossroads. The main stay of both … Continue reading

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