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Album review: NORDIC UNION- Second Coming

Release Date 9.11.18 Erik Martensson has maintained a work rate in 2018 that would put the Stalinist-era miner Stakhanov to shame.  His own band Eclipse had a quieter year but on top of his significant participation in the W.E.T. and … Continue reading

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Album review: TEN- Illuminati

Release Date 9.11.18 Ten were standard bearers of the then underground melodic rock scene in the nineties and have recovered after a lean spell to resume a prolific recording schedule- this being their sixth album in this decade alone. Singer … Continue reading

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Album review: ACE- Five-a-Side/Time for Another/No Strings

Release Date 12.10.18 In most people’s eyes, Ace are a curiosity remembered only for an admittedly classic transatlantic hit single in ‘How Long’ and for giving a first break to one of the Uk’s most respected blue eyed soul singers … Continue reading

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Album review: ROADHOUSE – 25 Years And Counting

Roadhouse - 25 years And Counting

Self release [Release date 04.01.19] There can be few independently run bands that have made it to their 25th anniversary with consistently good new material, but Roadhouse is no ordinary band. Originally a roots-rock and Americana outfit with Southern rock … Continue reading

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Album review: SALVA – Off The Deep End

SALVA - Off The Deep End

White Knight Records [Release date 26.10.18] Not another band pillaging the vaults of pioneer classic rock acts such as Genesis Yes, Genesis, Tull, Floyd, Sabbath, Purple and the like? Yes, Swedish proggers Salva, are back with their ‘own’ brand of … Continue reading

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Album review: HELEN ROSE – Trouble Holding Back

HELEN ROSE - Trouble Holding Back

Monkey Room Music [Release date 21.01.19] I’m not sure what I was expecting from this sax toting singer songwriter debut produced by Marvin Etzioni (Lone Justice bassist and a founder member).  Perhaps, a cross between Maria McKee and Rindy Ross … Continue reading

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Album review: THE C SIDES PROJECT – 10 Days

THE C SIDES PROJECT - 10 Days

White Knight Records [Release date 26.10.18] Fellow reviewer Alan Jones gave ‘both barrels’ to South Wales proggers C Sides last release  – We Are Now (2017) – suggesting that the band, featuring ex Magenta members guitarist Martin Rosser and drummer … Continue reading

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Album review: TIGER MOTH TALES – Story Tellers Part Two

TIGER MOTH TALES - Story Tellers Part Two

White Knight Records [Release date 26.10.18] We were absolutely blown away this year by Pete Jones’ performances as part of Camel on their Moonmadness tour.  His keyboards and vocals were perfect, but it was his sax playing on ‘Another Night’ … Continue reading

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Album review: THE MOODY BLUES – In Search Of The Lost Chord (50th Anniversary edition)

THE MOODY BLUES - In Search Of The Lost Chord

Universal [Release date 02.11.18] I’ll be honest, I was never a big Moodies fan.  And this 3 CD/2DVD wallet busting re-visitation is clearly aimed at their most ardent followers i.e. those only too ready to meet the hefty £41.99 price … Continue reading

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Album review: CREYE – s/t

CREYE

Release Date 12.10.18 It is a sign of the march of time that former new kids on the of Scandinavian melodic rock block are  now being succeeded by a third wave of impossibly young bands, and alongside the likes of … Continue reading

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Album review: THE SENTON BOMBS – Outsiders

THE SENTON BOMBS - Outsiders

Regolith Records [Release date 07.12.18] I have mistakenly overlooked The Senton Bombs in the past, what a huge error this has been as the Blackpool band release album number 5, “Outsiders”, and what an album, mixing punk, sleaze and classic … Continue reading

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Quick plays: COME TASTE THE BAND, MOZES AND THE FIRSTBORN, YOUNG FAST RUNNING MAN

COME TASTE THE BAND - Reignition

COME TASTE THE BAND Reignition AOR Heaven[Release date 25.01.19] Come Taste the Band is a Norwegian classic hard rock band, founded in 1997 by guitarist Jo Henning Kaasin and singer Vidar Heldal. Since then they have released a couple of Deep … Continue reading

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Upcoming: New releases (CD/DVD) January 2019 – March 2019

STEVE HACKETT - Under The Edge Of The Sun

Compiled by Jason Ritchie 2019 January 1st FATES WARNING ‘Awaken the Guardian Live’ 4th LEGION OF THE DAMNED ‘Slaves of the Shadow Realm’ Napalm Records 11th BRING ME THE HORIZON ‘Amo’ SOILWORK ‘The Arrival Of Verkligheten’ Nuclear Blast DAMIAN WILSON … Continue reading

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Upcoming: UK & Ireland Tour Dates and Gig Listing (2019)

Blue Oyster Cult - HARD ROCK HELL, Pwllheli, 15 November 2014

Compiled by Jason Ritchie Please check with venue and/or relevant website(s) to confirm availability. Your tour not listed? Contact us! Updated 11/12/18   2019 FESTIVALS THE GREAT BRITISH ROCK AND BLUES FESTIVAL Fri 18 Jan-Mon 21 Jan 2019 Butlins Skegness … Continue reading

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Gig review: THEA GILMORE – The Met, Bury, 8 December 2018

THEA GILMORE - The Met, Bury, 8 December 2018

Thea Gilmore is becoming something of a fixture in our seasonal despatches.  As traditional as decking the halls of GRTR! HQ with boughs of holly. This time last year The Counterweight was winning our readers’ album of the year vote … Continue reading

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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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