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Album review: STEVE HACKETT – Genesis Revisited: Band And Orchestra

STEVE HACKETT - Genesis Revisited: Band And Orchestra

Inside Out [Release date: 25.10.19] As the keeper of the flame of the Genesis legacy, Steve Hackett has been touring his ‘Genesis Revisited’ shows around the world to deservedly rapturous receptions for a few years now. His last tour broke … Continue reading

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Album review: FOREST FIELD – Seasons

FOREST FIELD - Seasons

Rock Company [Release date 18.09.19] Forest Field are the brainchild of Peter Cox, who plays all the instruments, songwriting and production, with Phil Vincent on vocals and guitarist Vince O’Regan guests on two songs. ‘Seasons’ is a concept piece, based … Continue reading

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Album review: THE DARKNESS – Easter Is Cancelled

THE DARKNESS – Easter Is Cancelled

Cooking Vinyl [Release date 04.10.19] Album number six from the Darkness, with an album cover that will certainly cause some comment, although the band have always liked to push the boundaries. It also marks one of their heaviest albums overall, … Continue reading

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Book review: Where’s My Guitar? by BERNIE MARSDEN

Where

4th Estate [Publication date 28.11.19] Previously self-published by Bernie as a limited release via a Pledge campaign in early 2017 under the title ‘Where’s My Guitar?: On the Tour Bus with the Snakeman’, the book now gets a full publication … Continue reading

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Album review: BETH HART – War In My Mind

Beth Hart - War In My Mind

Provogue [Release date 27.09.19] The prodigious Beth Hart is back with more tales of self revelation. On the one hand she’s to be commended in as much as having reached a career peak, she’s unafraid to further delve into more … Continue reading

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Album review: DERECHO – Beneath A Stained Glass Sky

DERECHO - Beneath A Stained Glass Sky

www.derecho.band [Release date 16.11.19] Oh dear, there’s always added pressure when a band sends a direct copy of their latest album for review.  No one, not even seasoned GRTR! reviewers, wants to tell proud parents that their baby is never … Continue reading

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Quick plays: TONY McLOUGHLIN, KELLY STEWARD

KELLY STEWARD Tales And Tributes Of The Deserving And Not So

TONY McLOUGHLIN True Native Fuego [Release date 15.11.19] Irish born singer -songwriter Tony McLoughlin’s seventh studio album picks up where his previous offering – The Contender (2013) – ‘a glorious Telecaster infused slab of Tom Petty / Springsteen inspired Americana’ … Continue reading

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Gig review: UNPLUGGED AND UNSCRIPTED: AN EVENING WITH DANNY AND LUKE (Thunder) – Alban Arena, St Albans, 9 October 2019

UNPLUGGED AND UNSCRIPTED: AN EVENING WITH DANNY AND LUKE- Alban Arena, St Albans, 9 October 2019

It’s been a busy year already for Thunder with their ‘Please Remain Seated’ tour and the launch of a career spanning greatest hits album, not to mention a recent club show at the Garage in London, recently reviewed on this … Continue reading

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Quick plays: THIRD EYE BLIND, MICK DEVINE, KEYWEST

THIRD EYE BLIND - Screamer

THIRD EYE BLIND Screamer [Release date 18.10.19] Album number six from Third Eye Blind and this reviewer enjoyed their last album, 2015’s ‘Dopamine’. Stephan Jenkins is back (in previous interviews he stated Third Eye Blind wouldn’t reach six albums) and … Continue reading

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Album review: SASCHA PAETH’S MASTERS OF CEREMONY – Signs of Wings

SASCHA PAETH

Frontiers Music [Release date 13.09.19] UK audiences may not be too familiar with German-born Sascha Paeth but the multi-instrumentalist and producer has had a hand in many, many dozens of albums for an extensive roster of bands over the past … Continue reading

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Album review: THE DEFIANTS – Zokusho

Frontiers Records [Release Date 13.09.19] Boasting three quarters of the Paul Laine-fronted Danger Danger line up that plugged on through melodic rock’s wilderness years, the Defiants debut was one of the best albums of 2016, but I can’t remember making … Continue reading

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Album review: POSSESSED – Revelations of Oblivion

POSSESSED - Revelations of Oblivion

Nuclear Blast Records [Release date 10.05.19] If you were told to imagine how a Possessed album would sound given the circumstances, no matter how vivid of imagination one may have, there is now way that this outcome could have been … Continue reading

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Album review: XENTRIX – Bury The Pain

XENTRIX - Bury The Pain

Listenable Records [Release date 07.06.19] To me, Xentrix has always been the leading UK thrash metal band back in the day. When it comes to having the whole package meaning musicianship, compositions, ferocity, melodic lines they came up on top … Continue reading

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Album review: MIKE ZITO AND FRIENDS – Rock ‘N’ Roll: A Tribute To Chuck Berry

Mike Zito And Friends - Rock

Ruf Records [Release date 01.11.19] ‘Mike Zito And Friends – Rock ‘N’ Roll: A Tribute To Chuck Berry’ is a pit stop, or a pause for breathe in a career that has brought him critical acclaim as both a musician … Continue reading

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Book review: FRANK ZAPPA – On Track Every Album, Every Song 1966 to 1979 by Eric Benac

Eric Benac - On Track Frank Zappa 1966 to 1979

Sonicbond Publishing [Publication date 29.09.19] Where Ben Watson’s exhaustive mid 90′s ‘Frank Zappa: The Negative Dialectics of Poodle Play’ provided a left wing cultural and critical examination of Frank Zappa and his conceptual continuity, Eric Benac’s ‘On Track’ take a different approach. … Continue reading

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Quick plays: STEELEYE SPAN, GALLAGHER & LYLE, HUMBLE PIE

GALLAGHER & LYLE - Live at De Montfort Hall Leicester 1977

STEELEYE SPAN Live at De Montfort Hall Leicester 1977 Store For Music/Angel Air [Release date 04.10.19] One glaring error on this CD is the concert was in fact recorded in 1978 on the band’s then farewell tour (although the band … Continue reading

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Gig review: THE DIVINE COMEDY – O2 Academy, Oxford, 13 October 2019

Seeing the Divine Comedy live has been top of my bands to see list and I was very happy to be able to finally see them at a sold out show at the Academy (or the Zodiac as it was … Continue reading

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Interview: GARY MOAT (Burnt Out Wreck)

On the day Burnt Out Wreck’s new album ‘This Is Hell’ is released Darren Johnson caught up with the band’s front-man and former Heavy Pettin’ drummer, Gary Moat. So the new Burnt Out Wreck album is released today. Tell us … Continue reading

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Book review: THE MOODY BLUES – Every Album, Every Song (On Track) by Geoffrey Feakes

THE MOODY BLUES - EVERY ALBUM, EVERY SONG

Sonicbond Publishing [Publication date 22.08.19] The format follows the tried and tested Every Album, Every Song formula by tackling each album in chronological order. In this book though Feakes adds in piece about the album cover – the Moody Blues … Continue reading

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Gig review: DATURA4 – CherryDon, Marseilles, 6 October 2019

Five Australians blokes walk into a bar in Marseilles on a Sunday night……and just kill it. Having appreciated these guys from a distance and reviewed Datura4’s excellent trio of albums (Demon Blues, Hairy Mountain and Blessed Is The Boogie), GRTR!’s … Continue reading

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