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Gig review: ROCK GODDESS – The Borderline, London June 23 2017

The time is definitely right for a NWOBHM (New Wave Of British Heavy Metal) revival and it is great to see a good number of bands from that late 70s/early 80s era recording and touring once again, even ones that … Continue reading

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Album review: TREAT – The Road More or Less Traveled

TREAT - The Road More or Less Traveled

Release Date 21.04.17 On paper the release of Treat’s live set at the 2016 Frontiers Rock Festival in Italy is was a release I was looking forward to. Not only were Treat- alongside bands like Fate and Skagarack- one of … Continue reading

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Album review: BRENT HUTCHINSON BAND – Smoke And Mirrors

BRENT HUTCHINSON BAND – Smoke And Mirrors

Self release [Release date: 01.04.17] There’s nothing deceptive about ‘Smoke And Mirrors’ or the expressive inner voice at the core of both the lyrics and melodies of 11 well written songs. The Brent Hutchinson Band impressively avoid obvious clichés with … Continue reading

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Album review: VOODOO SIX – Make Way For The King

VOODOO SIX - Make Way For The King

Cadiz Music [Release date 08.09.17] It seems an age since we caught up with Voodoo Six at a gig in Crewe in 2008.  At that time their vocalist was Henry Rundell and current album ‘First Hit For Free’ a reworking … Continue reading

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Gig review: DAN BAIRD’S HOMEMADE SIN – Boom Boom Club, Sutton, 19 June 2017

DAN BAIRD

And they call it rock and roll! Charlie Watts once said something along the lines that rock & roll was 95% hanging around. Last night Dan Baird’s Homemade Sin didn’t have the benefit of being able to test that theory. … Continue reading

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Gig review: STONE FREE FESTIVAL, London, 17 June 2017

Rainbow - STONE FREE FESTIVAL, London, 17 June 2017

For the second successive year the Stone Free festival took over the whole of the 02 complex for the day: targeted at a discerning classic rock audience not wishing to slum it in a muddy field, and drawing inspiration from … Continue reading

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Album review: THE FILL INS – The Time Is Now

THE FILL IN

Hallelujah brothers and sisters! The Fill Ins are back!!! Charlotte NC’s fantastic rock and roll combo have been slugging it out in the studio, hammering out a brand new album and it is finally approaching its release date, and as … Continue reading

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Album review: EXIST – So True, So Bound

Exist - So True, So Bound

Prosthetic Records [Release date 09.06.17] I’ve made it no secret my undying love for all things Chuck Schuldiner (Death, Control Denied…not so much Voodookult) and even the band Cynic formed by former members of Death ranks as some of my … Continue reading

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Album review: MASTERPLAN – PumpKings

MASTERPLAN - PumpKings

AFM Records [Release date 28.07.17] Masterplan is one of those bands that as soon as someone mentions the name you automatically think, “What a great band!” At least I do. Since their inception in 2003, they’ve consistently released some killer … Continue reading

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Album review: DIRKSCHNEIDER – Live – Back To The Roots – Accepted!

DIRKSCHNEIDER - Live Back To The Roots Accepted!

AFM Records [Release date 04.08.17] When I reviewed Dirkschneider’s album Live Back To the Roots back in October I was looking forward to seeing him live the following January (earlier this year, clearly.) Sadly, I didn’t make it to the … Continue reading

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Album review: ZZ TOP – Cinco: The First Five LPs

ZZ TOP - Cinco: The First Five LPs

Warners [Release date 09.06.17] One of the greatest blues rock and boogie exponents, this Texan trio have become as famous for their beards (except for the drummer called Beard – now THAT’s irony) as for their music. 70s tracks like … Continue reading

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Album review: THE MAGPIE SALUTE – s/t

The Magpie Salute

[Release date 09.06.17] The long-awaited release of The Magpie Salute’s self-titled debut album is like meeting an old flame after many years – you wonder how she’s stood the test of time, if she still has it….and then she walks … Continue reading

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Quick plays: EZOO, KAI HANSEN & FRIENDS

EZOO Feeding the Beast earMUSIC [Release date 02.06.17] Graham Bonnet has been very busy of late with his own Graham Bonnet Band releasing a studio and live album and now this, Ezoo which features guitarist Dario Mollo (Voodoo Hill/Tony Martin). … Continue reading

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Gig review: THE STONE ROSES – Wembley Stadium, 17 June 2017

For a band that have still only managed to release two albums (and one of those pretty underwhelming), whose singer is hardly renowned for having the strongest vocals in the world, and whose members spent the majority of the past … Continue reading

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Album review: CAPTAIN BEYOND – Lost And Found 1972–1973

Cleopatra [Release date 02.06.17] Somewhat of a trans-Atlantic supergroup in their day, Captain Beyond formed in 1971 and originally featured guitarist Larry Rhino Reinhardt and bassist Lee Dorman (both of Iron Butterfly), original Deep Purple vocalist Rod Evans (wanting to … Continue reading

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Album review: RIOT – Reissues

Metal Blade [Release date 30.06.17] Riot are a US heavy metal band that formed in the mid 70s and came to the fore in the late 70s and early 80s, before moving into a more power metal direction. The band … Continue reading

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Album review: DIAMOND HEAD – Death and Progress/Evil Live

Dissonance Diamond Head were at the forefront of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal, and were influential on many, most notably Metallica, who covered several Diamond Head tracks, most famously Am I Evil. Formed in the West Midlands in … Continue reading

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Album review: SIMPLE MINDS – Acoustic In Concert

SIMPLE MINDS - Acoustic In Concert

Eagle [Release date 16.06.17] CD/DVD Well, if Status Quo can do it, why not Simple Minds? The Scottish band’s eighties heyday was always predicated on big, anthemic, arrangements and in this BBC Radio 2 gig we get trimmed down versions … Continue reading

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Album review: STANLEY CLARKE, NORMAN CONNORS, HARVEY MASON (Jazz Funk compilations)

STANLEY CLARKE - The Definitive Collection

Cherry Red Records/imprints The mid to late 1970s was a golden age for disco/jazz-funk.   Bands like Earth, Wind & Fire were ascendant in the charts whilst our more home-grown Level 42 picked up the baton for the burgeoning Brit Funk … Continue reading

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Album review: SELWYN BIRCHWOOD – Pick Your Poison

SELWYN BIRCHWOOD – Pick Your Poison

Alligator [Release date: 19.05.17] Mentored by Sonny Rhodes and now some 7 years into his own solo career, Selwyn Birchwood’s second album ‘Pick Your Poison’ is a celebration of everything that makes him a unique presence on a blues circuit … Continue reading

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