Category Archives: Single and EP reviews

EP review: INDIA ELECTRIC CO. – ECM1

INDIA ELECTRIC CO. - ECM1

www.indiaelectricco.com [Release date 05.05.17] India Electric Co. are Cole Stacey and Joseph O’Keefe, who released their debut album, ‘The Girl Left Behind Me’ in 2015 and gained rave reviews for it, including airplay on BBC Radio 2, 3 and 6. … Continue reading

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EP Review: MARK DUDA – Month Of Sundays

MARK DUDA - Month Of Sundays

www.markdudamusic.com [Release date 14.04.17] Must admit not a name I have come across before, although Mark Duda has been the frontman of New York based rockers the Handful. This solo EP features Mark Duda on vocals and guitars, joined by … Continue reading

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EP review: DAVE HANSON – Live!

 DAVE HANSON - Live!

www.davehansonmusic.co.uk Six String Social Records [Release date 31.03.17] Dave Hanson was the guitarist with folk pop band the Dunwells and he’s now gone solo, releasing his critically acclaimed debut album ‘Almost Horizontal’ last year. Less than a year later he … Continue reading

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EP reviews: WAITING FOR TITOR, BEYOND RECALL, MALLEN

MALLEN Jack Of Cards Mallen released their debut ‘Ignition’ back in 2015 and have toured with the likes of Motley Crue on their UK farewell dates, plus Toseland and Funeral For A Friend. This new song was produced by David … Continue reading

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EP review: IMPAVIDUS – Eradication Of Mankind

www.facebook.com/impavidusuk/ [Release date 29.03.17] Now the GRTR! reviewer who penned a glowing review of Impavidus’s debut EP has now left, so it is my delicate ears taking on the sounds of Impavidus. They are like the aural equivalent of being … Continue reading

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EP review: ELASEA – Lesson Learnt (plus interview)

ELASEA - Lesson Learnt

ELASEA Lesson Learnt www.facebook.com/elaseauk [Release date 17.03.17] Second EP from Elasea and since their debut EP they have added keys/synths to their sound. This EP is produced by John Mitchell (Lonely Robot/Frost*/Arena), so you know the sound will be spot … Continue reading

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EP review: FRAGILE THINGS, THOSE WHO KNEW

Fragile Things - Broken Sun

FRAGILE THINGS Broken Sun www.fragilethingsoffical.com Release date [17.02.17] Hailing from Milton Keynes, this four piece band consist of Richie Hevanz (vocals), Mark Hanlon (guitars), Steve Lathwell (bass) and Hugo Bowman (drums). Vocalist Richie Hevanz you may recall from Heaven’s Basement, … Continue reading

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Single reviews: SHARON LAZIBYRD, EMMA CHARLESTON

SHARON LAZIBYRD – Opium Of The Masses https://www.facebook.com/Sharon-Lazibyrd-324663394401783/ [Release date 24.03.17] ‘Opium of the Masses’ is the latest single from Sharon Lazibyrd, released ahead of her album, ‘Half Shame and Half Glory’ due later this year. It features Sharon on vocals and … Continue reading

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EP review: RAINBREAKERS – Rise Up

[Release date 07.04.17] Hailing from Shrewsbury, the Rainbreakers have released one EP previous to this one and have toured extensively, including garnering a rave review from GRTR! master of all things blues, Pete Feenstra, when the band supported Mountain’s drummer Corky … Continue reading

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Singles review: STATUS QUO – The Vinyl Singles Collection 1972-1979

STATUS QUO - The Vinyl Singles Collection 1972-1979

UMC [Release date 10.03.17] The Quo reissue campaign continues with a set of singles covering the years 1972-1979.  We’ve already had a corresponding box set featuring that decade’s albums.  This is the first of five limited editions covering a decade … Continue reading

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EP review: PROWESS, BACKBONE CAST

PROWESS - Headfirst

BACKBONE CAST Power Within Ourselves EP Scandinavian blues rock anyone? Based around the Hannah’s soulful vocals and Hata Salmi’s evocative guitar work, with the sound filled out by Jony Oittinen (drums), Sami Vataja (bass) and Jani Kemppinen (Hammond and piano), … Continue reading

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EP review: THE DOWLING POOLE – EP’s

Willie Dowling said in an interview with GRTR! last April that the Dowling Poole would look to release EP’s/new songs as opposed to a full album and possibly collate these on an album for release at a later date. To date the band … Continue reading

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EP review: MOHAWK RADIO – Shoot From The Hip

MOHAWK RADIO - Shoot From The Hip

Robar Music [Release date 02.02.17] Harking back to the early 1990′s, some of us will remember a band called Horse (The Same Sky, God’s Home Movie) whose singer Jane ‘Horse’ McDonald had something of a unique vocal style sitting somewhere … Continue reading

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Single & EP reviews: RED CAIN, MICHAEL ARMSTRONG, BLINK

Red Cain

RED CAIN [Release date 25.11.16] Hailing from Alberta, Canada Red Cain consist of Evgeniy Zayarny (vocals), Nik Ryzhenkov (guitar), Rogan McAndrews (bass), William Lancaster (synths/orchestration) and Samuel Royce (drums). This is a self-released EP and of very good standard it … Continue reading

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EP review: THE JOY FORMIDABLE, EMMET SCANLAN

THE JOY FORMIDABLE Sleep Is Day

THE JOY FORMIDABLE Sleep Is Day EP [Release date 26.09.16] You certainly can’t complain at value for money with an EP that runs to a very generous seven tracks over 32 minutes.  I’ve seen plenty of albums that aren’t much … Continue reading

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EP review: SEVEN KINGDOMS – In The Walls

Band Facebook page There are so many reasons why it makes me happy to no end that I am a fan of so many great local bands (many of which I also call great friends.) Not only do I have … Continue reading

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Single review: MIKE PETERS & THE ALARM – In The Poppyfields

The Twenty First Century Recording Company [Release date 11.11.16] These three songs were recorded on October 10 2015 in front of 2,000 fans at the Donald Gordon Theatre. Mike Peters and the Alarm were joined by the Welsh Pops Orchestra, … Continue reading

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EP review: POWER QUEST – Face The Raven

POWER QUEST - Face The Raven

Twas a sad day when Power Quest called it a day back in 2013. Main man Steve Williams joined Eden’s Curse and now in 2016 he’s brought Power Quest back after leaving Eden’s Curse amicably. Joining him are guitarist Gavin … Continue reading

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EP review: RANDOM CONFLICT – Black List

After nearly three decades of an on and off existence the band Random Conflict are finally starting to get some recognition and respect. Sole original member Bill Reeves has watched as his band has gone through countless line-up changes, an … Continue reading

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EP reviews: METAL ALLEGIANCE, LOVE/LESS, INTO THE FIRE

METAL ALLEGIANCE – Fallen Heroes Nuclear Blast [Release date 12.08.16] Metal Allegiance is a metal supergroup whose current line-up includes Megadeth’s Dave Ellefson, Alex Skolnick (Testament), Mike Portnoy and Mike Menghi. This three song EP pays tribute to the recent … Continue reading

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