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Album review: DEE SNIDER – For The Love Of Metal

Napalm Records [Release date 27.07.18] Former Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider’s forthcoming fourth solo album “For The Love of Metal” is his heaviest yet, obviously, he is well known as a great hard rock singer but this shift to metal … Continue reading

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Album reviw: THIRSTY – Nomad

Facebook page [Release date 31.08.18] The third release from Thirsty is, at six tracks, more of a mini album, however, it is big on impact. “Nomad” is one of those albums that I can just leave on in the background, … Continue reading

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Album review: MR BIG – Live From Milan

Frontiers [Release date 13.07.18] 2018 marks 30 years since Mr Big formed, but it also marks the passing of drummer and founder member Pat Torpey, having battled Parkinson’s for many years. He was able to join the band on their … Continue reading

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Album review: THE GUESS WHO – The Future IS What It Used To Be

Cleopatra Records [Release date 14.09.18] Canadian classic rockers the Guess Who have been around since 1965 and this line-up still features original drummer Garry Paterson, whilst original bassist Jim Kale appears on the album, although no longer tours with the … Continue reading

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Album review: TONY MITCHELL – Beggars Gold

MelodicRock Records [Release date 14.09.18] Former Kiss Of The Gypsy vocalist Tony Mitchell returns with a new solo album, which has a few songs similar to the enjoyable Dirty White Boyz album released early last year (that band are planning … Continue reading

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Album review: ALLY THE FIDDLE – Up

ALLY THE FIDDLE - Up

Gentle Art Of Music [Release date 14.09.18] Think of rock fiddle players and you can probably name the significant on one hand.  Jerry Goodman?  Darryl Way? Jean-Luc Ponty? Female rock fiddle players may be more of a challenge.  Anna Phoebe?  … Continue reading

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Backstage Hero: ROB TOWN

Rob Town of Stampede Press and Lightning In A Bottle, which was recently formed with former Little Angels and current Wayward Sons singer Toby Jepson, gives us some insight on working in the music business and his days in Panic … Continue reading

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Album review: MONSTER TRUCK – True Rockers

MONSTER TRUCK – True Rockers

Mascot Records [Release date 14.09.18] 18 months after their breakthrough album ‘Sittin’ Heavy’, Canadian rockers Monster Truck are back with ‘True Rockers,’ an album with a built in mission to reconfirm their hard rocking credentials, while adding extra sonic colour … Continue reading

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Album review: SAXON – Thunderbolt (Tour edition)

SAXON - Thunderbolt (Tour edition)

Silver Lining [Release date 07.09.18] To promote their forthcoming tour, Saxon’s latest opus gets a swift rerelease with a couple of bonus tracks. Formed in the late 70s, Saxon were front runners in the era’s New Wave of British Heavy … Continue reading

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Quick plays: S.K.o.R., DUSTER BENNETT, SAGA

SOME KIND OF RUBUS Rubus Tellus GMR Music Fronted by singer Emil Gammeltoft (who I’ve known since running the Nazareth fanclub in the 90′s), a vocalist who has recorded with Nerved and original Nazareth guitarist Manny Charlton, SKoR are a … Continue reading

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Album review: ANGEL – The Casablanca Years

Caroline International [Release date 14.09.18] Formed in Washington DC in the mid 70s, Angel were allegedly discovered playing in a nightclub by bassist Gene Simmons, and subsequently signed Kiss’ then label Casablanca. A big lush sound and the band dressed … Continue reading

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Album review: IAN GILLAN & THE JAVELINS

IAN GILLAN & THE JAVELINS

earMUSIC [Release date 31.08.18] 55 years on from the band’s formation, in March this year over the course of five days in a studio in Hamburg, Deep Purple singer Ian Gillan joined forces with his original band the Javelins, namely … Continue reading

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Gig review: IRON MAIDEN – 02 Arena, London, 10 August 2018

IRON MAIDEN- 02 Arena, London, 10 August 2018

Photo: Andy Nathan It would not be an exaggeration to describe Iron Maiden as the people’s band. They inspire remarkable loyalty among their vast army of fans – I don’t think I have never seen a higher percentage of gig … Continue reading

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Album review: MIKE VERNON & THE MIGHTY COMBO – Beyond The Blue Horizon

MIKE VERNON & THE MIGHTY COMBO – Beyond The Blue Horizon

Manhaton Records [Release date 07.09.18] Producer, songwriter and vocalist Mike Vernon’s award winning career has encompassed the birth of British blues including Clapton, Peter Green, Fleetwood Mac etc. He also worked with the younger David Bowie, Focus and soul singer … Continue reading

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Album review: MAD MAX – 35

Steamhammer/SPV [release date: 10.08.18] ‘35’ denotes the number of years that Mad Max have been together. Top marks for endurance. The melodic hard rockers formed in Munster, Germany have waited five years to follow-up 2013’s studio platter, ‘Interceptor’. Despite the … Continue reading

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Album review: MARTIN BARRE – Roads Less Travelled

MARTIN BARRE - Roads Less Travelled

Garage Records [Release date 31.08.18] You always thought with Martin Barre’s post-Tull albums that he was searching for his own niche.  ‘Away With Words’ in 2013 was a largely acoustic mish-mash of Tull covers and originals, ”Order of Play’ (2014) … Continue reading

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Album review: FEDERAL CHARM – Passenger

FEDERAL CHARM – Passenger

Wire Sound Records [Release date 14.09.18] Federal Charm’s fourth album finds them with a significant line-up change featuring new singer Tom Guyer and drummer Josh Zahler. Lead guitarist Paul Bowe and solid bassist LD Morawski continue to be part of … Continue reading

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Gig review: CROPREDY FESTIVAL, 9-11 August 2018

CROPREDY FESTIVAL, 9-11 August 2018

Day One: Thursday Cropredy 2018 kicks off with Fairport Convention doing a brief twenty-minute acoustic stint. We’ll be hearing a lot more from them later on in the weekend, of course, but a short opening set from the hosts has … Continue reading

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Album review: BLUE OCTOBER – I Hope You’re Happy

BLUE OCTOBER - I Hope You

Up/Down-Brando Records [Release date 17.08.18] Blue October return with their ninth album with expectations high after the excellent ‘Home’ album released in 2016.  Vocalist and main songwriter Justin Furstenfeld is in a happy place in his personal life being a proud and … Continue reading

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EP review: EPICA – Epica vs Attack On Titan

EPICA - Epica vs Attack On Titan

Nuclear Blast [Release date 20.07.18] This EP features Epica covering songs based on the Japanese anime ‘Attack On Titan’. It features four songs (along with an instrumental version of each song) originally written and composed by Revo of Linked Horizon (who is a fan of … Continue reading

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