News: Albums of the Month (April 2020 – June 2020)

KATATONIA - City Burials

KATATONIA City Burials Peaceville Records

…what we are dealing with here is a flawless piece of work  one that both critics and fans of the band will refer to as a classic in years to come. Brilliant  just brilliant! 

***** (Ioannis (John) Stefanis)

Myrath - Live In Carthage

MYRATH  Live In Carthage earMusic

For me, this live set is the perfect introduction to Myrath and I can recommend it to both current fans and those looking for a different rock slant in equal measure. It sounds to me as though the Carthaginians were more than happy to welcome the onslaught on this occasion and thankfully this album is part of the city’s history with a joyous ending. 

**** (Dave Wilson)

LETTUCE - Resonate

LETTUCE  Resonate Round Hill Records

This is one of those albums that if you heard it playing in the background in some smart cafe or shop (perhaps as lockdown eases?) you would be holding up your phone with “Shazam” loaded. Eminently danceable.  Unquestionably, superb. 

***** (David Randall)

HOUSE OF LORDS – New World, New Eyes

HOUSE OF LORDS New World, New Eyes Frontiers Records

…muscled up melodic hard rock, with the “best before 1989” labels removed.

**** (Brian McGowan)

Ronan Furlong - Minerva's Meddling

RONAN FURLONG  Minerva’s Meddling Thoroughbred Music

He consistently aims to match his musical feel with related thematic content in an esoteric mix that makes ‘Minerva’s Meddling’ worthy of your attention.

**** (Pete Feenstra)

BAD TOUCH- Kiss the Sky

BAD TOUCH Kiss The Sky Marshall Records

They sum up how, through adding superior production and a more rounded sound to their already established strengths, Bad Touch have created easily their best work to date which could act as a springboard for them to step up onto the big league.

****1/4 (Andy Nathan)

Albums of the Month (January 2020 – March 2020)


David Randall plays a selection of new and classic rock in his weekly show first broadcast 14 June 2020 including reference to the Feature series “2020 Vision”.


Listen in to Get Ready to ROCK! Radio…
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Featured Albums w/c 22 June (Mon-Fri)

09:00-12:00 INTELLIGENT MUSIC PROJECT V – Life Motion (Intelligent Music)
12:00-13:00 HOUSE OF LORDS New World, New Eyes (Frontiers)
14:00-16:00 BEN HEMMING Broken Road (indie)

Power Plays w/c 22 June (Mon-Fri)

SKYFEVER Is This The End Of The World (indie)
JD SIMO One Of Those Days (Crows Feets Records)
JAMES WARREN Everybody’s Got To Learn Sometime (Singsong Music)
THE BLACK MOODS Sunshine (indie)
EKKO PARK All Eyes On Me (Dinner For Wolves)
LARKIN POE Holy Ghost Fire (Tricki-Woo Records)
GILBY CLARKE (Golden Robot Records)



Upcoming: New releases (CD/DVD) July 2020 – September 2020

Compiled by Jason Ritchie

January – March 2020

April – June 2020

LONELY ROBOT - Feelings Are Good

July

1st

DOMINATION BLACK ‘Judgement IV’ Pride & Joy Music

THE QUIREBOYS ‘A Bit Of What You Fancy’ (re-recorded debut album)

3rd

WEATHER REPORT ‘Live In London’ Angel Air/Store For Music

6th

ABEL GANZ ‘The Life Of The Honey Bee, And Other Moments Of Clarity’ Abel Records

9th

THE OUTFIELD ‘Demos & Rare Tracks’

10th

BLOODY HEELS ‘Ignite The Sky’ Frontiers

THE CHARLATANS ‘Between 10th and 11th: Expanded Edition’

ENSIFERUM ‘Thalassic’ Metal Blade Records

ENUFF Z NUFF ‘Brainwashed Generation’ Frontiers

MICHAEL GRANT & THE ASSASSINS ‘Always The Villain’ Frontiers

THE GRATEFUL DEAD ‘Workingman’s Dead’ (50th anniversary re-issue)

THE JAYHAWKS ‘XOXO’

Kiko Loureiro (MEGADETH) ‘Open Source’

SHINNING BLACK S/T Frontiers (features Mark Boals)

SKERRYVORE ‘Live Across Scotland’

MARK SPIRO (box set of unreleased songs) Frontiers (9CD box set)

STATIC-X ‘Project Regeneration Vol. 1′

TOKYO MOTOR FIST ‘Lions’ Frontiers

VOYAGER ‘Ghost Mile’ (2017 album issued in vinyl) Seasons Of Mist

RUFUS WAINWRIGHT ‘Unfollow The Rules’

17th

BUSH ‘The Kingdom’ BMG

DAMN YANKEES ‘Don’t Tread’ Rock Candy

DARK SARAH ‘Grim’ Napalm Records

DIXIE CHICKS ‘Gaslighter’

Jet Jaguar ‘Endless Nights’ Pride & Joy Music

KANSAS ‘The Absence of Presence’ Inside Out

Toby and the Whole Truth ‘Ignorance Is Bliss’ Jepsongs Recordings

LONELY ROBOT ‘Feelings Are Good’ Inside Out

MACHINE GUN KELLY ‘Tickets to My Downfall’

MASSIVE WAGONS ‘House Of Noise’ Earache Records

JOHN NORUM ‘Another Destination’, ‘Face The Truth’, ‘Total Control’ Rock Candy

ONLY CHILD S/T Rock Candy

PINNACLE POINT ‘Symphony Of Mind’ Escape Music

SABU ‘Heartbreak’ Rock Candy

THE STOOGES ‘Funhouse’ (50th anniversary edition box set) Rhino

U.D.O. ‘We Are One’ AFM Records

24th

BARCLAY JAMES HARVEST ‘Barclay James Harvest And Other Short Stories’ (delux re-issue) Esoteric Recordings

SHIRLEY COLLINS ‘Heart’s Ease’ Dominio

ESP ‘Phenomena’

ANDREW GOLD ‘Andrew Gold: Lonely Boy – The Asylum Years Anthology’ (6CD/1DVD Remastered Box Set) Cherry Red Records

MORSE, PORTNOY, GEORGE ‘Cov3r To Cov3r’ Inside Out

MORSE, PORTNOY, GEORGE ‘Cover To Cover Anthology (Vol. 1 – 3)’ Inside Out

PRIMAL FEAR ‘Metal Commando’ Nuclear Blast

26th

OUTLASTED ‘Waiting For Daybreak’ MelodicRock Records

31st

ALCATRAZZ ‘Born Innocent’

JON ANDERSON ’1,000 Hands’ Blue Élan Records

JOE BOUCHARD (Ex-BOC) ‘Strange Legends’

FONTAINES D.C. ‘ A Hero’s Death’ Partisan

STEVE HOWE (YES) ‘Love Is’ BMG Records

IQ ‘A Show Of Resistance’ (live album)

KINGMAKER ‘Everything Changed 1991-1995′ (5CD Boxset) Cherry Red Records

LIONHEART ‘Reality Of Miracles’ Metalville Recordings

ALI MAAS AND MICKY MOODY ‘Who’s Directing Your Movie?’

PAUL McARTNEY ‘Flaming Pie’ (re-issue) MPL/Capitol/UMe

THE PSYCHADELIC FURS ‘Made Of Rain’ Cooking Vinyl (postponed from May 1)

DEE SNIDER ‘For The Love Of Metal Live’ Napalm Records

STORMZONE ‘Ignite The Machine’ Metalapolis Records

GEOFF TYSON ‘Drinks With Infinity’

WARKINGS ‘Revenge’ Napalm Records

THE ZOMBIES ‘The Zombies’, ‘I Love You’, ‘R.I.P.’ (vinyl re-issues)

August

7th

ARTIC RAIN ‘The One’ Frontiers

AVATAR ‘Hunter Gatherer’ eOne

BLACK ROSE MAZE S/T Frontiers

BLUE OYSTER CULT ’45th Anniversary – Live In London’ Frontiers

Mary Chapin Carpenter ‘The Dirt And The Stars’

COLLECTIVE SOUL S/T (25th annivesary re-issue)

DEEP PURPLE ‘Whoosh!’ earMMUSIC (postponed from June)

DUKES OF ORIENT ‘Freak Show’ Frontiers

FORTUNE ‘The Gun’s Still Smokin’ – Live’ Frontiers

LIONVILLE ‘Magic Is Alive’ Frontiers

COREY MARKS ‘Who I Am’

ONSLAUGHT ‘Generation Antichrist’ AFM Records

RAMOS ‘My Many Sides’ Frontiers

THE STOOGES ‘Live At Goose Lake: August 8th 1970′ Third Man Records (vinyl only)

THAT JOE PAYNE ‘By Name. By Nature.’

14th

HANNAH ALDRIDGE ”Live in Black and White’ Icons Creating Evil Art

BIFFY CLYRO ‘A Celebration Of Endings’ (postponed from May)

Bruce Hornsby ‘Non-Secure Connection’

Lynne Jackaman (Saint Jude) ‘One Shot’

KAMELOT ‘I Am The Empire – Live From The 013′ Napalm Records

ROBBIE KRIEGER ‘The Ritual Begins At Sundown’ The Players Club (postponed from May)

THE LEVELLERS ‘Peace’ On The Fiddle Recordings

SEASON OF DREAMS ‘My Shelter’ Pride & Joy Music

TERRA ATLANTICA ‘Age Of Steam’ Pride & Joy Music

21st

ANTHRAX ‘Persistance Of Time’ (30th anniversary edition)

BLUES PILLS ‘Holy Moly’ Nuclear Blast

Eno/Cale ‘Wrong Way Up’, Eno/Wobble ‘Spinner’ (re-issues) All Saints Records

ERASURE ‘The Neon’

Michael Landau ‘Liquid Quartet Live’ The Players Club/Mascot Label Group

MAD MAX ‘Stormchild Rising’ SPV/Steamhammer

PILOT ‘The Albums Box Set’ Cherry Red Records

THE TANGENT ‘Auto Reconnaissance’ InsideOutMusic

UNLEASH THE ARCHERS ‘Abyss’ Napalm Records

VICIOUS RUMOURS ‘Celebration Decay’ SPV/Steamhammer

28th

AMARANTHE Nuclear Blast

Barclay James Harvest ‘Barclay James Harvest And Other Short Stories’ (2CD/1DVD Remastered & Expanded Box) Cherry Red Records

BON JOVI ’2020′ Island (postponed from May)

TIM BOWNESS ‘Late Night Laments’ InsideOutMusic

DIESEL ‘Sunset Suburbia’

DOKKEN ‘The Lost Songs: 1978-1981′ Silver Lining Music

HELIX ‘Eat Sleep Rock’ (best of + one new song)

THE KILERS ‘Imploding The Mirage’

MERCURY REV ‘All Is A Dream’ (limited edition double coloured vinyl) Cherry Red Records

TONY MITCHELL ‘The Church Of A Restless Soul’ AOR Heaven

ORDEN OGAN ‘Final Days’ AFM Records

PAIN OF SALVATION ‘Panther’ Inside Out

SAVOY BROWN ‘Ain’t Done Yet’ Quarto Valley Records

SEETHER ‘Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum’

SMASH INTO PIECES ‘Arcadia’

TANNA ‘Storm In Paradise’ AOR Heaven

VANISHING POINT ‘Dead Elysium’ AFM Records

WALTER TROUT ‘Ordinary Madness’ Provogue Records

WHITE LION ‘All You Need Is Rock ‘N’ Roll – The Complete Albums Box Set’ Cherry Red Records

Roy Wood & Wizzard ‘Main Street’ Cherry Red Records

WIZZARD ‘Introducing Eddy & The Falcons’ Cherry Red Records

31st

THE WATERBOYS ‘Good Luck, Seeker’ Cooking Vinyl

TBA

BENEDICTION Nuclear Blast

September

4th

ALL THEM WITCHES ‘Nothing As The Ideal’ New West Records

Rikard Sjöblom’s Gungfly ‘Alone Together’

JIM KIRKPATRICK (FM) ‘Ballad of a Prodigal Son’

THE HAWKINS ‘Silence is a Bomb’ The Sign Records

PERFECT PLAN ‘Ime For A Miracle’ Frontiers

THE PINEAPPLE THIEF ‘The Versions Of Truth’ Kscope

STRYPER ‘Even The Devil Belives’ Frontiers

THROWING MUSES ‘Sun Racket’

VARIOUS ‘AngelHeaded Hipster: The Songs of Marc Bolan and T. Rex’ (includes ELTON JOHN, U2, JOAN JETT, TODD RUNDREN & more on a double CD)

11th

THE FLAMING LIPS ‘American Head’

NEAL MORSE ‘Sola Gratia’ Inside Out

NIGHT ‘High Tides – Distant Skies’ The Sign Records

ROACHFORD ‘Twice A Lifetime’ BMG (postponed from April)

18th

BROTHER FIRETRIBE ‘Feel The Burn’ Odyssey Music

FLEETWOOD MAC ‘Then Play On’ BMG (vinyl only)

FLYING COLORS ‘Third Stage: Live In London’ Music Theories Recordings

GAZPACHO ‘Fireworker’ KScope

HEATHEN ‘Empire Of The Blind’ Nuclear Blast

ALANIS MORISSETTE ‘Such Pretty Forks In The Road’

Joan Osborne ‘Trouble and Strife’

RAVEN ‘Metal City’ SPV

SEMISONIC ‘You’re Not Alone’ (EP)

KEITH URBAN ‘The Speed Of Now Pt 1′

YUSUF (CAT STEVENS) ‘Tea for the Tillerman2′

25th

ALPHA WOLF ‘A Quiet Place To Die’ Greyscale Records/Sharptone Records

AYREON ‘Transitus’ Music Theories Recordings

IDLES ‘Ultra Mono’ Partisan Records

Bob Mould ‘Blue Hearts’

OCEAN HILLS ‘Santa Monica’

PRINCE ‘Sign O’ the Times’ (box set)

28th

Marenna-Meister S/T Lions Pride Music

October

1st

DEVILDRIVER ‘Dealing With Demons 1′ Napalm Records

2nd

IRON ANGEL ‘Emerald Eyes’ Mighty Music

ROGER WATERS ‘Us + Them’ (CD,DVD,BluRay)

MARTY WILDE ‘Running Together’

9th

THE DIVINE COMEDY Liberation (1993), Promenade (1994), Casanova (1996), A Short Album About Love (1997), Fin de Siècle (1998), Regeneration (2001), Absent Friends (2004), Victory for the Comic Muse (2006) and Bang Goes the Knighthood (2010) 2CD re-issues with one CD of B-sides, rare & demo tracks

HELLRIPPER ‘The Affair Of The Poisons’ Peaceville

TRAVIS ’10 Songs’

16th

KING KING ‘Maverick’

TOMMY LEE (MOTLEY CRUE) ‘Andro’

19th

Mick Fleetwood & Friends Celebrate the Music of Peter Green and the Early Years of Fleetwood Mac (box set of Feb 2020 concert)

23rd

BLUE OCTOBER ‘This Is What I Live For’

ALICE COOPER ‘Live at the Apollo Theatre Glasgow 19-02-82′

ULF NILSSON ‘Make A Move’ Fifth Island Music

30th

DRACONIAN ‘Under A Godless Veil’ Napalm Records

TBA

ARENA ‘The Theory Of Molecular Inheritance’ Verglas Music

BLUE OYSTER CULT ‘The Symbol Still Remains’ Frontiers

TEENAGE FANCLUB ‘Endless Arcade’

November

29th

JADED HEART ‘Stand Your Ground’ Massacre Records

December

17th

KEVIN GODLEY ‘Muscle Memory’

2020 TBA

ACCEPT TBA Nuclear Blast

ANATHEMA Provogue

BIG CITY Frontiers

CARCASS ‘Torn Arteries’ Nuclear Blast

ALICE COOPER ‘Detroit Stories’

DEAD DAISIES ‘Holy Ground’ (first album with GLENN HUGHES) Spinefarm/UMC

DEFTONES

THE DOOBIE BROTHERS (five song EP)

FISH ‘Weltschmerz’ (his final studio album) 7Hz Productions

FICTION SYXX ‘Ghost Of Father’s Past’

Gypsy Lee Pistolero and Gypsy Pistoleros ‘Best Of’ Golden Robot/Riot Records

THE HIVES TBA

INTRONAUT TBA Metal Blade Records

Jakko Jakszyk ‘Secrets & Lies’ InsideOutMusic

CHEZ KANE Frontiers

KING DIAMOND ‘Institute’ Metal Blade Records

LION’S SHARE TBA

LORDS OF BLACK ‘Alchemy Of Souls Pt.1′ Frontiers

MANIC EDEN (re-issue) Mascot Records

KIM MITCHELL ‘The Big Fantasize’ El Mocambo Records

STEVE OVERLAND (FM) ‘Scandalous’ Escape Music

PESTILENCE ‘Exitivm’ Agonia Records

John Petrucci (DREAM THEATER) ‘Terminal Velocity’ (with MIKE PORTNOY)

PHANTOM ELITE Frontiers

PHIL X & THE DRILLS ‘Stupid Good Lookings Vol. 2′ Golden Robot Records

THE PRETTY RECKLESS ‘Death by Rock and Roll’ Century Media

RATT TBA

RISING STEEL Frontiers

STEVE ROTHERY (MARILLION) ‘Revontulet’

SANCTUARY TBA

SKAGARACK

JEFF SCOTT SOTO ‘Wide Awake (In My Dreamland)’ Frontiers

SWORD

ANDY TAYLOR BMG

RUFUS WAINWRIGHT BMG

WINGER TBA

2021

January

TBA

STEVEN WILSON ‘The Future Bites’ (postponed from June 12)

March

TBA

BLAZE BAYLEY

2021 TBA

DORO Nuclear Blast

HELLOWEEN Nuclear Blast (includes MICHAEL KISKE & KAI HANSEN)

STEPHEN PEARCY (RATT)

Gypsy Lee Pistolero and Gypsy Pistoleros ‘The Mescalito Vampires’ Golden Robot/Riot Records

OVERKILL

VOIVOD

In the works – no set date as yet

12.6 ‘The Barnum Effect’ Dennis Churchill Dries (White Sister) and Stan Cotey (Giraffe)

A.C.T.

AEROSMITH TBA

ALL THAT REMAINS

IAN ANDERSON (JETHRO TULL) TBA

ANTHRAX TBA Nuclear Blast

APOCALYPTICA TBA

ARMOURED SAINT TBA Metal Blade Records

Æther Realm TBA Napalm Records

STEVE AUGERI (ex-JOURNEY/TYKETTO) ‘In The Moment’ TBA

AVA TBA (features BILLY SHERWWOD) Golden Robot Records

AVANTASIA

BABYLON A.D.

SEB BACH TBA

BAD COMPANY TBA

BATON ROGUE TBA Frontiers

BLACK SABBATH ‘Forbidden’ (re-issue – TONY IOMMI remastering it)

BLACK STONE CHERRY (album completed)

BLACKTOP MOJO TBA

BLIND GUARDIAN

BRING ME THE HORIZON

BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE TBA

BULLETBOYS (original line-up)

CAMEL TBA

CANNIBAL CORPSE

CHEAP TRICK (album completed) BMG

CHELSEA

CHICKENFOOT TBA

DESMOND CHILD & ROUGE TBA

GILBY CLARKE ‘The Gospel Truth’ Golden Robot Records

COLDSPELL

BRYAN COLE ‘Desire’ Indie

CREDO TBA

DAVID CROSBY

CRYPTA Napalm Records

DANGEROUS TOYS TBA EMP Music

DANTE FOX TBA

DARK ANGEL

DARE TBA

THE DARKER MY HORIZIN ‘Phoenix Vol.2′

DEADLY CIRCUS FIRE TBA

DEATH DEALER TBA

DEF LEPPARD TBA

BRUCE DICKINSON TBA

DIRTY THRILLS TBA Frontiers

DOGS D’AMOR

DOKKEN

DOMAIN

DRAGONY Napalm Records

DVNE Metal Blade Records

EINHERJER Napalm Records

ELIXIR Dissonace Productions

ENFORCED Century Media Records

THE ENID

ENSLAVED Nuclear Blast

ENTOMBED A.D.

EPICA Nuclear Blast

EVANESCENCE

EXCITER

EXODUS

EXTREME

FAITH NO MORE

FEAR FACTORY

FILTER ‘They Got Us Right Where They Want Us, At Each Other’s Throats’

FLEETWOOD MAC

FLOTSAM & JETSAM TBA

JOHN FOGERTY TBA

FOO FIGHTERS

LITA FORD TBA

FOZZY ’2020′ Sony Music

ACE FREHLEY ‘Origins Vol.2′ (covers album)

ACE FREHLEY (studio album)

FROST* TBA Inside Out

JANET GARDNER (ex-VIXEN)

ROBIN GEORGE ‘Dangerous Daze Guest List’ (inc. unreleased material with JOHN WETTON)

GHOST TBA

BILLY GIBBONS (ZZ TOP) TBA

DAVE GILMOUR TBA

GOJIRA

LOU GRAMM TBA

GREAT WHITE TBA

GREAT WHITE (live DVD)

GRETA VAN FLEET TBA

GREEN CARNATION ‘The Rise And Fall Of Mankind’

GUNS N ROSES

GUS G TBA AFRM Records

GYPSY ROSE TBA

HALL & OATES

HANSON

HEART

HEAVY PETTIN’ TBA

HOOKERS & BLOW TBA Golden Robot Records

HUNTER AND THE BEAR TBA

ILLUMINATE (features IAN JONES of KARNATAKA & Agnieszka Swita)

IMMORTAL TBA Nuclear Blast

INGLORIOUS

INME ‘Jumpstart Hope’ Killing Moon Records

IRON MAIDEN

IT BITES

JOURNEY

JUDAS PRIEST TBA

KELLY KEAGY (NIGHT RANGER) TBA

MYLES KENNEDY (ALTER BRIDGE)

NEIL KERNON TBA (recording underway)

KILL SWITCH ENGAGE TBA

KILLER DWARFS TBA EMP

KING KOBRA TBA

KING’S X TBA Golden Robot Records

THE KINKS TBA

KK’S PRIEST (features KK DOWNING, TIM ‘Ripper’ OWENS & LES BINKS)

KROKUS TBA

L.A. GUNS Golden Robot Records

JAMES LABRIE (DREAM THEATER)

LAND OF TALES S/T Frontiers

LANDFALL Frontiers

LAST IN LINE TBA

LAWLESS TBA

LEATHERWOLF TBA

LIFESIGNS TBA

LONERIDER Escape Music

Noora Louhimo (BATTLE BEAST)

LYNCH MOB TBA

LYNYRD SKYNYRD TBA

MACHINE HEAD TBA

MARILYN MANSON TBA

MICK MARS (MOTLEY CRUE) TBA

ERIC MARTIN (MR BIG) TBA

TONY MARTIN ‘Book Of Shadows’

MICK MARS (MOTLEY CRUE)

MASON HILL TBA

MASTODON TBA

MEAN STREAK TBA Rock Of Angels Records

MECCA ‘IV’

MEGADETH TBA

METAL CHURCH

METALITE TBA AFM Records

METALLICA

MIDNIGHT Metal Blade Records

Marco Minnemann & Alex Lifeson TBA

MR BIG TBA

MR MISTER (three new songs)

1914 TBA Napalm Records

GRAHAM NASH

NICKELBACK

NOTORIOUS (Robin George & Sean Harris)

OBSCURA Nuclear Blast

THE OFFSPRING

CHRIS OUSEY (HEARTLAND/SNAKECHARMER) (produced by MIKE SLAMMER) Escape Music

PANIC ROOM

PAPA ROACH

PERSUADER Frontiers

TED POLEY Frontiers

POWERWOLF Napalm Records

PRIDE OF LIONS Frontiers

PRONG

QUEENSRYCHE ‘Empire’ (30th anniversary box set)

RADIO EXILE Mighty Music

RADIOHEAD

RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE

RED HOT CHILLI PEPPERS

RHYDER’S CREED

MICHAEL RIESENBECK ‘Courage’

Michael Riesenbeck & Friends ‘Fanfields 3: A Fans’ Tribute to TOTO’

NILE RODGERS (guests include ROBERT PLANT)

THE ROLLING STONES

ROYAL HUNT

RUNNING WILD

SANCTUARY

SARAYA

SAXON

NEAL SCHON (JOURNEY)

SCORPIONS

SCULPTOR Frontiers

SEVENDUST

SHADOWSPELL TBA Frontiers

TOMMY SHAW (STYX)

THE SIGN TBA (features vocalist Chitral “Chity” Somapala)

SILENT SKIES (Evergrey’s Tom Englund and Redemption’s Vikram Shankar)

SIXX:AM (best of + new songs)

SILVER TBA (MICHAEL VOSS on vocals)

SKID ROW TBA (with new vocalist ZP Theart) Golden Robot Records

SMASHING PUMPKINS

SODOM ‘Genesis XIX’

SOUL STATION (features PAUL STANLEY)

MARK SPIRO Frontiers

STAIND

JACK STARR’S BURNING STARR ‘Souls Of The Innocent’

STRATOVARIUS

NITA STRAUSS (ALICE COOPER)

SUNBOMB Frontiers (features TRACI GUNNS & STRYPER’s MICHAEL SWEET)

JOHN SYKES

SYMPHONY X

TALAS Metal Blade Music

TANGIER

TANGO DOWN

COREY TAYLOR (SLIPKNOT)

THIS WINTER MACHINE ‘Kites’

THUNDER BMG

THUNDERMOTHER AFM Records

TOOL

TOUCH (features original line-up)

TOWERS OF LONDON

TRANSATLANTIC

TYKETTO

UGLY KID JOE

VICE VALO (ex-HIM) & AGENTS

VOODOO SIX

VOYAGER

BUTCH WALKER

WARLORD Frontiers

RICKY WARWICK Nuclear Blast

FEE WAYBILL (THE TUBES)(produced by RICHARD MARX)

WAYSTED (rumoured to have DEF LEPPARD’s JOE ELLIOT guesting on vocals)

JOHN WETTON ‘An Extraordinary Life’ (box set)

THE WINERY DOGS

WINGER

WITHIN TEMPTATION

RONNIE WOOD

THE YARDBIRDS

JOHN YOUNG (LIESIGNS)

XYZ

ROB ZOMBIE Nuclear Blast

Release date unknown – may not happen

AC/DC (rumoured to be recording in Vancover as at Aug 2018; as at Jan 2020 album due early part of 2020)

THE ALMIGHTY

ASIA (on hold following JOHN WETTON’s death)

BRIGADE (features Howard Leese, Robin McAuley, James Kottak, Jason Boyleston)

BRITNY FOX (with TOMMY PARIS on vocals)

GLEN BURTNICK

VIVIAN CAMPBELL (DEF LEPPARD)

DIO’S DISCIPLES (on hold as band plans touring more)

FINAL FRONTIER

FIREHOUSE

LOU GRAMM & MICK JONES (working on older FOREIGNER songs not previously released)

TONY IOMMI & TONY MARTIN TBA (possibly an EP)

LEMMY (solo album)

LILLIAN AXE ‘From Womb To Tomb’

JIMMY PAGE (archive material release)

POISON (unlikely at present)

PAUL RODGERS (new songs)

DAVE LEE ROTH (album already recorded featuring John 5)

SHAW/BLADES ‘Influence II’ (covers album)

STARZ TBA Frontiers (delayed from 2016)

THE STONE ROSES

TOSELAND (on hold)

TRIUMPH (possible new album, no tour as at Jan 2020)

VAN HALEN TBA (highly unlikely but we can always hope!)

VELVET REVOLVER (on hold until a new vocalist is found)


January – March 2020

April – June 2020

 


David Randall plays a selection of new and classic rock in his weekly show first broadcast 14 June 2020 including reference to the Feature series “2020 Vision”.


Listen in to Get Ready to ROCK! Radio…
Click the appropriate icons at the top of the page.

Featured Albums w/c 22 June (Mon-Fri)

09:00-12:00 INTELLIGENT MUSIC PROJECT V – Life Motion (Intelligent Music)
12:00-13:00 HOUSE OF LORDS New World, New Eyes (Frontiers)
14:00-16:00 BEN HEMMING Broken Road (indie)

Power Plays w/c 22 June (Mon-Fri)

SKYFEVER Is This The End Of The World (indie)
JD SIMO One Of Those Days (Crows Feets Records)
JAMES WARREN Everybody’s Got To Learn Sometime (Singsong Music)
THE BLACK MOODS Sunshine (indie)
EKKO PARK All Eyes On Me (Dinner For Wolves)
LARKIN POE Holy Ghost Fire (Tricki-Woo Records)
GILBY CLARKE (Golden Robot Records)



Single reviews: LIONHEART, UDO

LIONHEART - Thine Is The Kingdom

LIONHEART Thine Is The Kingdom Metalville Records

A reformed Lionheart (after 30 years) recorded and released a rather fine album of American influenced Melodic Rock in 2017, “Second Nature”, reviewed here.

They weren’t all original band members, but old hands, Dennis Stratton, Steve Mann and Rocky Newton provided a stable core to which they added Clive Edwards (drums) and Lee Small, a prodigious talent who’d already added his powerful, sometimes sultry vocals to recent albums by Shy and Phenomena.

This track, ‘Thine Is The Kingdom’ is a trailer for the band’s new new album, “The Reality Of Miracles”, due out 31 July.

For anyone who thinks that the Melodic Rock resurgence has passed, this track is a wake up call. From its polished, surging intro to its locked down tight, harmony chorus, it nods its head vigorously toward the traditional compositional approach taken by the best melodic rock songwriters. The atmospheric touches provided by Mann’s subtle AOR keyboard textures, and the song’s sturdy melody carry a sense of subdued drama, climaxing in a glorious chorus that packs a considerable punch.

A suitably tempting trailer.

U.D.O. AND DAS MUSSIKORPS DER BUNDESWEHR - Neon Diamond

U.D.O. AND DAS MUSSIKORPS DER BUNDESWEHR (The Concertband of The German Armed Forces) Neon Diamond AFM Records

Another teaser track from AFM Records, taken from the forthcoming “We Are One” album, due out mid July. It’s an unusual departure for Udo (Accept) Dirkschneider – a “none-more-metal” singer collaborating with a concert band. But it works, most of the time.

UDO’s ex-band mates, Peter Baltes and Stefan Kauffmann wrote the material in collaboration with the German Armed Forces Band. So we know the strength of the pedigree, but the key to the album – given all the moving parts – is in the arrangements.

At its roots, this single, ‘Neon Diamond’ is unreconstructed pop metal, but it tends to over elaboration, meaning it works best when they keep it simple. Udo duets with golden voiced studio pro, Manuela Markewitz. At first, listening to the verse and bridge, Udo’s earnest, unmodulated vocals don’t seem to mesh well with Markewitz’s earthy passion. Then they hit the chorus, and it soars, with voices, and 60 piece band and orchestra reaching escape velocity in a micro second.

It’s a very commercial sound with a great hook, and that’s no doubt why it was released just weeks before the album hit the streets, or indeed, den strassen. Try it

Reviews by Brian McGowan


David Randall plays a selection of new and classic rock in his weekly show first broadcast 14 June 2020 including reference to the Feature series “2020 Vision”.


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Featured Albums w/c 22 June (Mon-Fri)

09:00-12:00 INTELLIGENT MUSIC PROJECT V – Life Motion (Intelligent Music)
12:00-13:00 HOUSE OF LORDS New World, New Eyes (Frontiers)
14:00-16:00 BEN HEMMING Broken Road (indie)

Power Plays w/c 22 June (Mon-Fri)

SKYFEVER Is This The End Of The World (indie)
JD SIMO One Of Those Days (Crows Feets Records)
JAMES WARREN Everybody’s Got To Learn Sometime (Singsong Music)
THE BLACK MOODS Sunshine (indie)
EKKO PARK All Eyes On Me (Dinner For Wolves)
LARKIN POE Holy Ghost Fire (Tricki-Woo Records)
GILBY CLARKE (Golden Robot Records)



Album review: MAGNUS KARLSSON’S FREE FALL – We Are The Night

MAGNUS KARLSSON'S FREEFALL - We Are The Night

Frontiers [Release date 12.06.20]

Album number three from the Free Fall project fronted by Primal Fear guitarist Magnus Karlsson, who has been busy of late having had a hand in the recent Allen/Olzen album also released by Frontiers.

Karlsson handles the instruments and songwriting side of the album, bar the drums which were played by Anders Köllerfors. There are numerous guests stepping up the mic stand, with highlights being former Black Sabbath vocalist Tony Martin on ‘Temples And Towers’ (a distinct Dio-era Rainbow feel on the guitar intro and song’s sound overall) and ‘Far From Over’.

‘Queen Of Fire’ allows Battle Beast’s Noora Louhimo to show what a powerful singer she is. A nicely executed piece of power metal, full of pomp and splendour.

It can get a bit metal by numbers as ‘Under The Black Star’ proves, which features Dino Jelusick. He has a much better song to sing in ‘Hold Your Fire’, a fine piece of melodic metal.

Being a guitarist he is allowed one instrumental wig out surely? He does that on ‘On My Way Back To Earth’, a rewarding mix of lead guitar, acoustic guitar and a layering of keys.

There is nothing that hasn’t been done before on this latest Free Fall album and it stands up well to the previous two albums. Fans of this project will love this latest installment. ***1/2

Review by Jason Ritchie


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Featured Albums w/c 22 June (Mon-Fri)

09:00-12:00 INTELLIGENT MUSIC PROJECT V – Life Motion (Intelligent Music)
12:00-13:00 HOUSE OF LORDS New World, New Eyes (Frontiers)
14:00-16:00 BEN HEMMING Broken Road (indie)

Power Plays w/c 22 June (Mon-Fri)

SKYFEVER Is This The End Of The World (indie)
JD SIMO One Of Those Days (Crows Feets Records)
JAMES WARREN Everybody’s Got To Learn Sometime (Singsong Music)
THE BLACK MOODS Sunshine (indie)
EKKO PARK All Eyes On Me (Dinner For Wolves)
LARKIN POE Holy Ghost Fire (Tricki-Woo Records)
GILBY CLARKE (Golden Robot Records)



EP review: MOONLIGHT DESIRES – At The Movies

MOONLIGHT DESIRES - At The Movies

Infamous Butcher Records [Release date 17.07.20]

Moonlight Desires are a covers band hailing from Canada and their 2017 release, ‘Just The Hits 1981-85′ was good fun. This time they are still on a covers theme, going back to the 1980′s again giving four movie songs the Moonlight Desire once over.

Moonlight Desires are built around the brothers Trevor and Jay Ziebarth, who utilise a variety of musicians for both studio and live versions of the band.

‘Glory Of Love’ (originally by former Chicago singer Peter Cetera) sounds pretty similar to the original, with the guitars replacing the keys. However, ‘Hungry Eyes’, a hit for Eric Carmen first time around, has an almost frantic metal fade out. Sounds like it shouldn’t work but it does.

‘The Goonies ‘R’ Good Enough’ is okay, to be fair the original by Cyndi Lauper was no great shakes either. The EP’s final song is a rollicking verison of the Simple Minds classic ‘Don’t You Forget About Me’. Plenty of guitar and an excellent cover version.

Just the tonic we need in these times, putting a little smile on your face and plenty of riffs for your bucks. ***1/2

Review by Jason Ritchie

 


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Featured Albums w/c 22 June (Mon-Fri)

09:00-12:00 INTELLIGENT MUSIC PROJECT V – Life Motion (Intelligent Music)
12:00-13:00 HOUSE OF LORDS New World, New Eyes (Frontiers)
14:00-16:00 BEN HEMMING Broken Road (indie)

Power Plays w/c 22 June (Mon-Fri)

SKYFEVER Is This The End Of The World (indie)
JD SIMO One Of Those Days (Crows Feets Records)
JAMES WARREN Everybody’s Got To Learn Sometime (Singsong Music)
THE BLACK MOODS Sunshine (indie)
EKKO PARK All Eyes On Me (Dinner For Wolves)
LARKIN POE Holy Ghost Fire (Tricki-Woo Records)
GILBY CLARKE (Golden Robot Records)



Single reviews: LA GUNS, GILBY CLARKE, PSSR, PHIL X

Golden Robot Records

The LA Guns, PhilX & The Drills, Gilby Clarke and PSSR, all enduring talents who started life in the glow of Eighties’ Hair Metal, are all releasing albums soon on the fast growing Golden Robot Records.

The label is releasing teaser singles every so often, like a trail of crumbs through the lockdown jungle, leading us eventually to the big prize.

L.A. GUNS

We reviewed the LA Guns first single ‘Crawl’ last month.

Next up from the band is ‘Well Oiled Machine’, and yes, there’s photo of a Harley on the cover, but it’s not Biker Rock. At least, not as we know it.

It’s a pounding, piston pumping rock song, and it comes at you fast, before neatly changing gears down into a cool, relatively laid back chorus, with a gorgeously descending melodic hook, beautiful and sinister at one and the same time.

Lyrically, they’ve traded the latent misogyny of the genre’s sexist past for parody and pop metal, “I love my baby, she’s a well oiled machine. She takes me places I’ve never seen”.

Kudos for singing that line with a straight face, guys.

(See “The making of ‘Crawl’)

GILBY CLARKE

Gilby Clarke’s music is always hard to pin down. The music press likes pigeonholes so they usually accuse him of being unoriginal, and of his output being generic.

And yet his bluesy, rootsy albums of the past have proved to be very popular. For his fans, listening to his records was the definition of personal experience.

On the early evidence, he’s sounds like he’s stretched himself a good bit further than usual, challenging the accepted norms. As ‘Gospel Truth’ unfolds, we hear him squeeze out a stream of consciousness narrative, accompanied only by blasts of brass and a throbbing bass rhythm. In doing so he creates a fascinating – and clearly audible – slab of thinking man’s rock’n'roll, encouraging us to question who makes the laws and why. It’s thought provoking rather than ground breaking, but all the better for not being preachy.

PSSR

The little known PSSR comprises Lee Jakobson on vocals and guitar, Frank (Guns’n'Roses) Ferrer, on drums, and Rob Bailey on guitar. Richard (G’n'R) Fortus guests on lead guitar.

‘Busted’ is the 2nd single trailing the upcoming album, and it’s a raucous, ragged edged New York thing, full of jump cut chords and clattering rhythms. Jakobson wraps his grubby, high pitched vocals around the band’s straggly guitar shapes, sounding for all the world like they’re on stage in some dingy club, just waiting for night to fall.

(‘Busted’ video)

Theofilis Xenidis – Phil X to you and me, has been everywhere, man. From Canada’s Triumph in 1992, and their “Edge Of Excess” album to Bon Jovi, with whom he’s spent the last nine years, playing and recording.

His side band, Phil X And The Drills’ new album “Stupid Good Lookings, Vol 2” will be released later this year. Meantime, this single, ‘Right On The Money’, was made with direct fan involvement. It’s a solid, meat and 2 veg rock song, with a catchy Green Day/Weezer pop vibe. See the video on You Tube, and judge for yourself.

Reviews by Brian McGowan


David Randall plays a selection of new and classic rock in his weekly show first broadcast 14 June 2020 including reference to the Feature series “2020 Vision”.


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Featured Albums w/c 22 June (Mon-Fri)

09:00-12:00 INTELLIGENT MUSIC PROJECT V – Life Motion (Intelligent Music)
12:00-13:00 HOUSE OF LORDS New World, New Eyes (Frontiers)
14:00-16:00 BEN HEMMING Broken Road (indie)

Power Plays w/c 22 June (Mon-Fri)

SKYFEVER Is This The End Of The World (indie)
JD SIMO One Of Those Days (Crows Feets Records)
JAMES WARREN Everybody’s Got To Learn Sometime (Singsong Music)
THE BLACK MOODS Sunshine (indie)
EKKO PARK All Eyes On Me (Dinner For Wolves)
LARKIN POE Holy Ghost Fire (Tricki-Woo Records)
GILBY CLARKE (Golden Robot Records)



Album review: LONELY ROBOT – Feelings Are Good

LONELY ROBOT - Feelings Are Good

Inside Out [Release date 17.07.20]

In true Douglas Adams fashion Lonely Robot are back with their fourth album in a trilogy. Actually the first three albums were part of the space trilogy, whereas ‘Feelings Are Good’ as John Mitchell explains “is a bit of a departure from the first three Lonely Robot albums or ‘The Astronaut Trilogy’ as it has now lovingly become known…I wanted to explore more personal themes and the songs are very much about individual experiences and narratives that I believe had been the cornerstones, good and bad, to my life. The long tall and short of it is that we’re back on planet Earth, and I have a personal lyrical axe to grind!”

All the instruments and effects are handled by John Mitchell, with Craig Blundell on drums.

The title track opens the album, the computerised vocals leading nicely into ‘Into The Lo-Fi’, a proper belter of a tune. From the keys through to the drums, this is all that is good and great about the music of Lonely Robot.

‘Spiders’ is suitably horrific in the lyrics (in a good way!), a heavy melody and chorus that will stick in your head after just one play. No real surprise then that this song has been chosen as lead song from the album.

‘Crystalline’ is one of those heart felt, yet at the same time heart-breaking, songs John Mitchell does so well. The keys, strings and melody are simply stunning. There is also an orchestral version of this song on the album, which adds a little more pomp to the proceedings.

There is a hint of EDM (electronic dance music – I had to search it up) on ‘Keeping People As Pets’, with its keys and hypnotic beat. Again the music reveals more upon each listen. There is plenty going on in the album and chances are you will hear a new bit on each subsequent listen.

Closing the album is the simply beautiful ‘Grief Is The Price Of Love’. A song that mixes love and loss with equal measure, what a truly magnificently moving one minute twenty six seconds of music.

Mention to the two orchestral versions that are an added bonus. ‘The Silent Life’ has a quieter refrain where the strings build slowly and add greatly to the gentle vocal. ‘Crystalline’, as previously mentioned, has a little more pomp and grandiose cinematic feel.

A personal album from the artist in many aspects, however one that resonates with us all in some way. Albums like this come along all too rarely, being on the one hand a melodic delight and also one that has deeper, longer lasting impacts from its lyrical side. An album of the year. ****1/2

Reviews by Jason Ritchie


David Randall plays a selection of new and classic rock in his weekly show first broadcast 14 June 2020 including reference to the Feature series “2020 Vision”.


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Featured Albums w/c 22 June (Mon-Fri)

09:00-12:00 INTELLIGENT MUSIC PROJECT V – Life Motion (Intelligent Music)
12:00-13:00 HOUSE OF LORDS New World, New Eyes (Frontiers)
14:00-16:00 BEN HEMMING Broken Road (indie)

Power Plays w/c 22 June (Mon-Fri)

SKYFEVER Is This The End Of The World (indie)
JD SIMO One Of Those Days (Crows Feets Records)
JAMES WARREN Everybody’s Got To Learn Sometime (Singsong Music)
THE BLACK MOODS Sunshine (indie)
EKKO PARK All Eyes On Me (Dinner For Wolves)
LARKIN POE Holy Ghost Fire (Tricki-Woo Records)
GILBY CLARKE (Golden Robot Records)



Album review: VIOLENT SOHO – Everything is A-OK

Violent Soho - Everything is A-OK

I Oh You Records [Release date: 03.04.20]

Accomplished indie/alt rock from Brisbane. I assume the title is not meant to be ironic. The album surfaced in the Spring and the recording/packaging would have been created long before the Covid-19 pandemic. Nevertheless, it’s hard not to smile wryly at the ‘Everything is A-OK’ title which offers the same level of comfort and resonance now as it did in April.

It is the 5th offering from the band who flirted with wider recognition with a big record deal back in 2010 and still carry serious influence back home. This album hit top spot in the Australian charts.

There’s plenty to like across a 34-minute collection that sits somewhere between a less-angsty Smashing Pumpkins and a mellower Blink-182. ‘Sleep Year’ is a great way to kick off the album, balancing melody with harder, wiry edges. Blustery, riff-packed tracks like ‘Pick It Up Again‘, ‘Easy’ and ‘Pity Jar’ see the four-piece bouncing off each other with energy to create punchy distractions. ‘Lying On the Floor’ peps up like Nirvana’s ‘…Teen Spirit’ for a brief moment and is shot through with 90’s grunge.

Elsewhere, ‘Slow Down Sonic’ is a calm, chilled offering and tracks like ‘A-OK’  introduce fragility and vulnerability both in musical tone and lyrical subjects. Frontman Luke Boerdam gives the vocals a nasal, sardonic twist throughout. You can almost see his curled lip as he channels Billy Corgan.

‘Vacation Forever’ is possibly the most complete track on view, grandstanding a great vocal with punchy guitar lines interspersed with mellower passages. The band seem pretty sharp and tight to me. Alongside Boerdam on vocals and rhythm guitar, the band comprises James Tidswell’s sharp lead guitar lines, and the thumping rhythm unit of drummer Michael Richards and bassman Luke Henery.

Good stuff, if a little derivative. ***½

Review by Dave Atkinson


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Featured Albums w/c 22 June (Mon-Fri)

09:00-12:00 INTELLIGENT MUSIC PROJECT V – Life Motion (Intelligent Music)
12:00-13:00 HOUSE OF LORDS New World, New Eyes (Frontiers)
14:00-16:00 BEN HEMMING Broken Road (indie)

Power Plays w/c 22 June (Mon-Fri)

SKYFEVER Is This The End Of The World (indie)
JD SIMO One Of Those Days (Crows Feets Records)
JAMES WARREN Everybody’s Got To Learn Sometime (Singsong Music)
THE BLACK MOODS Sunshine (indie)
EKKO PARK All Eyes On Me (Dinner For Wolves)
LARKIN POE Holy Ghost Fire (Tricki-Woo Records)
GILBY CLARKE (Golden Robot Records)



Rising Stars: BLIND CHANNEL

Niko Moilanen from Blind Channel answered our questions about playing at Wacken, the music scene in Finland and more…

WHAT ARE YOUR MUSICAL INFLUENCES?
Our music is influenced by bands like I Prevail, Bring Me The Horizon, older Linkin Park & Modern Hiphop & Trap sounds

WHAT WAS IT LIKE TO WIN THE WACKEN METAL BATTLE AND PLAY IN FRONT OF A HUGE CROWD AT WACKEN?
It was our first show abroad, our trial by fire. It’s been almost 6 years. Time flies, it was incredible and fun. We were teenagers back then and had the best times of our lives!

YOU ARE ENTER SHIKARI FANS, WHAT WAS IT LIKE SUPPORTING THEM?
One of the biggest dream-come-trues. It was our first year as a band so it felt like something really huge was happening when we got to support Enter Shikari and meet them in person.

THE MUSIC SCENE IN FINLAND IS THRIVING, HOW DOES THIS HELP AN UP & COMING BAND?
For a metal/rock band Finland is a very good place to start a career. There are many band competitions and events all around Finland – so basically there’s a lot of opportunities to make it happen as a musician. Nowadays it’s getting harder and harder to break through as a band, and we’re thankful that we’ve got this far. Still, we have a long way ahead of us.

WHAT IS YOUR LIVE SHOW LIKE AND WHEN CAN WE EXPECT TO SEE YOU IN THE UK?
We play as 5 – piece band. Our show is a mixture of extreme energy, pure passion & Violent Pop  mayhem. Playing live has always been our strength. Our last time in the UK was in December 2018 and we want to come back ASAP!

DO YOU HAVE A NEW ALBUM IN THE WORKS?
We just released our 3rd album ‘Violent Pop’ so not very soon but maybe in 2 years yes! We’re also writing songs all the time, and the new songs will be the best you’ve ever heard from us.

HAVE YOU EXPERIENCED ANY DELAYS IN RECORDING DUE TO COVID-19?
Covid19 hasn’t affected the recordings but we had to cancel all of our shows because of that… Despite the pandemic we have figured out ways to keep working for our future every day. Some of us were in quarantine together so we had nothing else to do except music.

SOME OF US HERE IN THE UK ARE STILL ON LOCKDOWN – CAN YOU RECOMMEND SOME OF YOUR FAVOURITE SONGS TO LISTEN TO AND/OR BOOKS TO READ?
We recommend you all to watch movies like Fight Club, Marvel Movies and listen to your fave bands a lot. Or watch War of The Worlds or the film 2012, things could be worse. And of course, we recommend you listen to our new album Violent Pop. After this pandemic we recommend you to go out and enjoy your fave bands live shows.

ANY MESSAGE FOR YOUR FANS?
We love you a lot. The passion is real. The love is real. Thank you for being with us!

They release a new single ‘Gun’ on 3July via the Ranka Kustannus label. The single is taken from their 3rd album ‘Violent Pop’ and has been produced by Jonas Olsson.



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Featured Albums w/c 22 June (Mon-Fri)

09:00-12:00 INTELLIGENT MUSIC PROJECT V – Life Motion (Intelligent Music)
12:00-13:00 HOUSE OF LORDS New World, New Eyes (Frontiers)
14:00-16:00 BEN HEMMING Broken Road (indie)

Power Plays w/c 22 June (Mon-Fri)

SKYFEVER Is This The End Of The World (indie)
JD SIMO One Of Those Days (Crows Feets Records)
JAMES WARREN Everybody’s Got To Learn Sometime (Singsong Music)
THE BLACK MOODS Sunshine (indie)
EKKO PARK All Eyes On Me (Dinner For Wolves)
LARKIN POE Holy Ghost Fire (Tricki-Woo Records)
GILBY CLARKE (Golden Robot Records)



News: JEFFERSON STARSHIP, THE CULT, SKERRYVORE, Y&T (July 2020)

The Cult - Festival D'ete De Quebec, 7-17 July 2016

News - Album News

Jefferson Starship are planning to put out their first album in 12 years, ‘Mother Of The Sun’. Guitarist David Freiberg is the only original member remaining in the group.

Skerryvore release ‘Live Across Scotland’ on July 10 to celebrate their fifteen years of playing live.

Katie Melua releases her new album ‘Album No.8′ on October 16.

The Cult (pictured) are currently working on a new album.

Sufjan Stevens has announced that his new album ‘The Ascension‘ will be released via his own Asthmatic Kitty label on September 25.

Savoy Brown, led by founding member Kim Simmonds, release their new album, ‘Ain’t Done Yet’, on Quarto Valley Records on August 28.

Neal Morse’s new album, ‘Sola Gratia’ will be released September 11 on Inside Out.

Tony Mitchell releases his new album ‘Church Of A Restless Soul’, out on August 28th, 2020 via AOR Heaven. It includes a guest spot from Danny Vaughn.

Austin Gold have released a new single ‘Here To Stay’.

News - Tours and Gigs

Y&T – The Tivoli, Buckley, 8 November 2015

Scorpions have announced they plan a full tour of the US next summer. The band are currently working on their latest album.

Stonedead festival has been postponed until Saturday August 28 2021 with the same line-up.

Hard Rock Hell bring together  the cream of New Wave Of Classic Rock (NWOCR) bands together for one weekend. HRH NWOCR will be a 2-day, 2-arena affair on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 January 2021 at the 02 Academy, Leicester.

Bands featured will include Massive Wagons, Bad Touch, Massive, Ryders Creed and more.

Ramblin’ Man Fair (Mote Park, Maidstone, Kent UK) takes place 16-18 July 2021.  Amongst the acts announced so far: Clutch (Headliner, Friday 16thJuly), Foghat, The Quireboys, Massive Wagons, The Steel Woods, The New Roses, Bad Touch, Hands Off Gretel., These Wicked Rivers.

On Saturday 17 July the Prog in the Park Stage includes headliner Big Big Train plus Curved Air, Pure Reason Revolution, Moon Safari, Lazuli and Blurred Vision.

The Blues Stage, on Sunday 18 July includes headliners Clutch, Eric Gales, Samantha Fish, The Inspector Cluzo, Connor Selby and Blindstone.

Rescheduled UK & Ireland tour dates (all now 2021 unless stated) :

Arena, Michael Bolton, Cast, Saxon, Y&T (pictured)

Upcoming (Gigs – UK)

Rescheduled US & European tour dates (all now 2021 unless stated) :

Arena, Y&T

Upcoming (USA/ROW)

Other Stuff

Queen drummer Roger Taylor stated in a recent interview the band would still be making music if Freddie Mercury was still alive. Roger Taylor has recently released a new single ‘Isolation’.

‘Beavis & Butt-Head’ are being brought back, with two series being comissioned by Comedy Central. Winger will be pleased!

Over 1500 musicians are lobbying the Government  to take urgent action to help live music in Britain avoid collapse.  A letter signed by artists such as Paul McCartney and  The Rolling Stones called for a three-point strategy for restarting the live sector, including a clear timeline for reopening, a comprehensive support package and VAT exemption on ticket sales.

Rockfield: The Studio On The Farm, is set for its World TV Premiere on BBC Four and simultaneously on BBC Wales on Saturday 18 July 2020 at 9pm, it will also be available to view on BBC iPlayer.

The docmentary traces the history of the recording studio that played host to bands such as Black Sabbath, Queen and Oasis plus many others from the 1970s onwards.

News - RIP

Pete Carr, Muscle Shoals guitarist


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Featured Albums w/c 22 June (Mon-Fri)

09:00-12:00 INTELLIGENT MUSIC PROJECT V – Life Motion (Intelligent Music)
12:00-13:00 HOUSE OF LORDS New World, New Eyes (Frontiers)
14:00-16:00 BEN HEMMING Broken Road (indie)

Power Plays w/c 22 June (Mon-Fri)

SKYFEVER Is This The End Of The World (indie)
JD SIMO One Of Those Days (Crows Feets Records)
JAMES WARREN Everybody’s Got To Learn Sometime (Singsong Music)
THE BLACK MOODS Sunshine (indie)
EKKO PARK All Eyes On Me (Dinner For Wolves)
LARKIN POE Holy Ghost Fire (Tricki-Woo Records)
GILBY CLARKE (Golden Robot Records)



Album review: KANSAS – The Absence of Presence

KANSAS- The Absence of Presence

Inside Out Records [Release Date 17.07.20]

Kansas are an object lesson in regeneration and renewal for veteran bands. Having been around since 1974, many feared for their future when lead singer Steve Walsh retired in 2014, but continuing with a new singer in Ronnie Platt, 2016’s The Prelude Implicit was warmly received and still had a trademark Kansas sound.

However this follow up makes an altogether  bolder statement. Especially in the first half of the album it is a reminder that over their first few albums, Kansas were one of the leading bands carving out a distinctively American take on the UK-dominated world of progressive rock, before gradually honing a more AOR-friendly sound.

While two original members remain in drummer Phil Ehart and guitarist Richard Williams, they have nevertheless been revitalised by two younger musicians who are the main writers and whose appreciation of the signature Kansas sound shines through: guitarist Zak Rizvi who came onboard for the last album, and new keyboard player Tom Brislin.

The ambitious title track seems to break the rulebook for a traditional album opener- it weighs in at nearly eight and a half minutes, starting with over a minute of trademark violin and keyboard passages before the vocals kick in. It is sedate in pace and the vocals have a dreamy ethereality until a mid-song leads into an instrumental jam between organ and guitar, accompanied by a switching changing of time signatures.

‘Throwing Mountains’ is built on a bigger, tougher riff of the type generally absent from the previous album and is another multi faceted epic with vocal harmonies and great instrumental interplay, particularly as the song works to a clever climax particularly well. My only gripe would be that the chorus lacks a strong hook.

‘Jets Overhead’  has more lively interplay but after the instrumental ‘Propulsion 1’ the focus shifts to some shorter songs with the piano-led ballad ‘Memories Down The Line’ having echoes of ‘Dust In The Wind’, notably in David Ragsdale’s violin solo.

Though more exemplary musicianship in ‘Circus Of Illusion’ is slightly let down by a weak chorus hook, ‘Animals On The Roof’ has more accessible melodies, combined by a duel between prominent violin and some very Keith Emerson-like organ work.

Ronnie Platt is far from a Steve Walsh clone, but his crystal clear, pleasant voice fits in with the sound perfectly. He particularly shines on  ‘Never’, a beautifully laid back tune where the progressive tendencies are reined in while an old Kansas tradition of multiple singers is continued as Tom makes his vocal debut on the choppy rhythms of album closer ‘Song The River Sang’, spoiled only by a peculiar, directionless outro.

Not everything comes off, and some of the chorus melodies could be stronger, but all in all this is a bold and remarkably fresh statement of intent from a band refusing to coast on their laurels.   **** 1/4

Review by Andy Nathan


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Featured Albums w/c 22 June (Mon-Fri)

09:00-12:00 INTELLIGENT MUSIC PROJECT V – Life Motion (Intelligent Music)
12:00-13:00 HOUSE OF LORDS New World, New Eyes (Frontiers)
14:00-16:00 BEN HEMMING Broken Road (indie)

Power Plays w/c 22 June (Mon-Fri)

SKYFEVER Is This The End Of The World (indie)
JD SIMO One Of Those Days (Crows Feets Records)
JAMES WARREN Everybody’s Got To Learn Sometime (Singsong Music)
THE BLACK MOODS Sunshine (indie)
EKKO PARK All Eyes On Me (Dinner For Wolves)
LARKIN POE Holy Ghost Fire (Tricki-Woo Records)
GILBY CLARKE (Golden Robot Records)



Album review: PAUL KANTNER, GRACE SLICK & DAVID FREIBERG – Baron Von Tollboth And The Chrome Nun

PAUL KANTNER, GRACE SLICK & DAVID FREIBERG - Baron Von Tollboth And The Chrome Nun

Esoteric [Release date: 27.3.20]

By the early ’70s, a plethora of side projects accompanied the gentle coming-to-earth of Jefferson Airplane. A banner for socially-conscious psych-spiked folk rock, the San Franciscan ensemble was unassembling, its members distracted, often by themselves, and moved to create anew.

For co-founder and guitarist Paul Kantner and the band’s vocalist Grace Slick this motivation had kicked the decade off with showcases for their own compositions taped at the city’s Wally Heider Studios to a template of free-form rock part-extemporised by heavy guests who seemingly drifted into the sessions via an open-door policy.

Notwithstanding the participation of Quicksilver Messenger Service guitarist/keyboardist David Freiberg, session guesting from nigh on twenty local scene ‘free-spirits’ including the Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia, David Crosby (his nicknames for Kanter and Slick give us the title) and fellow Airplane crew, 1973′s ‘Baron von Tollboth And The Chrome Nun’ exemplifies how while this context could fairly suggest it being invested with structural raggedness, the outcome is the opposite.

Hallmarked by a disciplined and rigid integrity that harnesses the raging talent of the twenty and drives forward a production of complexity and density, this is as much a testament to the high standards of its studio engineers as to its writers and performers.

The roaring jam of opener ‘Ballad Of The Chrome Nun’ fast gives way to some of their most memorable songs: ‘Fat’ sets in motion via ‘Flowers In The Night’, ‘Your Mind Has Left Your Body’, ‘Harp Tree Lament’ and closer ‘Sketches Of China’ a journey into the setting sun of Californian counter-culture, long, hot days of laying down ideas now tipping into starlit nights, distracted by great grass, ideals blurring around the edges.

This edition has been re-mastered and restores the original album artwork in a digipack with new notes; while there is no bonus recorded material, there really is no need.  ****

Review by Peter Muir


David Randall plays a selection of new and classic rock in his weekly show first broadcast 14 June 2020 including reference to the Feature series “2020 Vision”.


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Featured Albums w/c 22 June (Mon-Fri)

09:00-12:00 INTELLIGENT MUSIC PROJECT V – Life Motion (Intelligent Music)
12:00-13:00 HOUSE OF LORDS New World, New Eyes (Frontiers)
14:00-16:00 BEN HEMMING Broken Road (indie)

Power Plays w/c 22 June (Mon-Fri)

SKYFEVER Is This The End Of The World (indie)
JD SIMO One Of Those Days (Crows Feets Records)
JAMES WARREN Everybody’s Got To Learn Sometime (Singsong Music)
THE BLACK MOODS Sunshine (indie)
EKKO PARK All Eyes On Me (Dinner For Wolves)
LARKIN POE Holy Ghost Fire (Tricki-Woo Records)
GILBY CLARKE (Golden Robot Records)



CHESTER KAMEN AND THE LOVES – Americanized

CHESTER KAMEN & THE LOVES - Americanized

Stoney Records [Release date 03.07.20]

In another era Chester Kamen and the Loves might have shifted a ton of copies. They somehow evoke the days of New Wave/Punk, coming across like early Talking Heads, like the Buzzcocks, Eddie and the Hot Rods, or even if you can imagine the Stranglers without a keyboard player, or the Blockheads.

They don’t have the drive of a Green Day, but they bring all the ingredients to the party. They play with energy, catchy tunes, snappy lyrics – you know the type.

Kamen also brings a top drawer pedigree through years of playing with Roger Waters, Dave Gilmour, Paul McCartney and Madonna to name a few.

The band format is a straightforward two guitars, vocals, bass and drums. Drummer Steve Monti has his own pedigree with Gary Numan, Jesus and Mary Chain and Wilko Johnson among others. Michael Cahill is on lead vocals (a la Ian Dury/Mark Knopfler) and guitars with Sam Harley on bass.

“Americanized” is their fifth album. See what they did with the title? They put a “z” in to hmm er “Americanise” it !

“King of What Remains” gets the album off to a strong start – then comes the title track and single, which really does the trick. “I thought we were only getting high, but we were getting Americanized”. This one grows with every play. Happily rhyming “4th of July” with “Pie in the Sky”.

“Almost Done” brings a slightly slower groove which takes off half way through and is a good one with some shades of Pink Floyd hidden in the chord sequences and vocal delivery.

The band see this album as reflecting the “changing world that we all live in” but I see it as evoking happy echoes from a bunch of musical influences.

If you’re looking for a piece of lockdown cheer you could do worse than give this a spin (in old speak). ****

Review by Iain McGonigal


David Randall plays a selection of new and classic rock in his weekly show first broadcast 14 June 2020 including reference to the Feature series “2020 Vision”.


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Featured Albums w/c 22 June (Mon-Fri)

09:00-12:00 INTELLIGENT MUSIC PROJECT V – Life Motion (Intelligent Music)
12:00-13:00 HOUSE OF LORDS New World, New Eyes (Frontiers)
14:00-16:00 BEN HEMMING Broken Road (indie)

Power Plays w/c 22 June (Mon-Fri)

SKYFEVER Is This The End Of The World (indie)
JD SIMO One Of Those Days (Crows Feets Records)
JAMES WARREN Everybody’s Got To Learn Sometime (Singsong Music)
THE BLACK MOODS Sunshine (indie)
EKKO PARK All Eyes On Me (Dinner For Wolves)
LARKIN POE Holy Ghost Fire (Tricki-Woo Records)
GILBY CLARKE (Golden Robot Records)



Feature: Call Collect – An introduction to STEVE HACKETT

Alan Jones and David Randall chart the rise and revival of progmeister par excellence, Steve Hackett

STEVE HACKETT - Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, 11 November 2019

When we reviewed the Steve Hackett gig in October 2013 following the release of the second Genesis Revisited album, Pete Whalley summed things up.  “It was, frankly, a breathtaking trip and one that will have made a certain generation of gentlemen very happy. 

In doing so Steve Hackett has almost unwittingly become the key holder of Pandora’s Box.  And the pressure for him to reveal its treasures on a regular basis is likely to be a weight he’s going to have to carry.  He appeared unperturbed at the prospect.  Magnificent.”

In truth the “Genesis Genie” was easing out of the bottle back in 1996 when Hackett released his first Genesis Revisited album.  He’d always put the occasional Genesis song or two in his setlist before that time, but his running order was mostly based on the latest, or previous, solo albums.

Steve Hackett on tour - 2009-2013

Hackett’s career renaissance coincided with a revival of a more general interest in prog, reflected especially in the creation of a dedicated magazine in early-2009 to sit alongside ‘Classic Rock’ and the more irregular ‘Blues’.  A year later he was inducted in the Hall of Fame as a member of Genesis although he was critical of the BBC documentary that followed claiming rightly that it ignored his solo output and even in camera shot he appeared to be edged out.

Hackett’s rejuvenation has also coincided with the development of GRTR! especially the radio station and he has graciously given us several interviews which help place things in perspective.

Hackett has also successfully tapped in to social media during the past 10 years, he is accessible, and during Lockdown has been giving mini masterclasses on some some of his most popular material.  His autobiography – A Genesis In My Bed – is published in July 2020 whilst Alan Hewitt’s 2009 book still remains relevant for his back story.

Later Genesis with Phil Collins

Of course, as a musician in the millennium, Hackett had the benefit of a great solo back catalogue and a credibility of association with one of the early great prog bands who were – along with the likes of Jethro Tull and Monty Python – staples in sixth former chat in the early 1970s.

Steve found it more difficult to get his material accepted in the band as time went on, and needed more control, although his big set-pieces – ‘Firth Of Fifth’ and  ‘Dancing With The Moonlit Knight’ – were particularly impressive.  Before he left Genesis – in 1977 -  he had already made his first solo album.

Steve Hackett’s time with Genesis is, rather like Peter Gabriel’s, looked back on as the ‘Golden Age’ by the band’s cognoscenti.

And rightly so, with albums such as Selling England By The Pound, The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway, Wind And Wuthering and A Trick Of The Tail, Hackett’s reputation as a virtuoso guitarist was universally acknowledged by both fans and peer-group musicians alike.

His superlative solo career began in 1975 whilst still a part of Genesis with the brilliant Voyage Of The Acolyte – a very Genesis-sounding album (no surprise) yet a powerful statement of intent and which included classics such as ‘Ace Of Wands’, ‘A Tower Struck Down’ and the imperious ‘Shadow Of The Hierophant’ – still an integral part of his live shows.

Subsequent to Hackett’s departure from Genesis in 1977 following much acrimony regarding his musical input, Steve made Genesis fans realise what they were going to be missing with a run of three outstanding solo releases.

STEVE HACKETT - Premonitions - The Charisma Recordings 1975-1983

The solo albums released between 1975-1983 were collected together in a box set (2015)

(My own favourite) 1978′s Please Don’t Touch, included gems such as ‘Narnia’, ‘Racing In A’, the brilliant ‘How Can I?’ (featuring the rich vocals of Richie Havens) and ‘Hoping Love Will Last’ (with stunning vocals by Randy Crawford).

Spectral Mornings from 1978 is generally accepted as the finest of Steve’s early albums, with tracks such as ‘Every Day’, ‘Tigermoth’, the classic title track and the fabulous ‘Clocks – The Angel Of Mons’ – another current live staple.

Defector from 1980 proved to be a bit of a watershed as it preceded a run of albums that, while still enjoyable, marked a shift away from progressive rock into a more commercial sphere. It still had some great tracks though – ‘Jacuzzi’, the heavy as f*ck ‘Slogans’, the chiming ‘The Toast’ and the sprawling epic ‘The Steppes’.

The years between 1981 and 1984 saw a slew of releases  - Cured, Highly Strung, Bay Of Kings and Till We Have Faces. All had their moments but they indicated a rather hesitant standard of songwriting – somewhat at odds with the first four. Bay Of Kings comprised classical compositions and was technically superb, but hard going at times. Of this group Highly Strung is the best.

A four year hiatus was broken in 1988 with another classical album Momentum (one of J. Corbyn’s favourites) which, in turn, led to another fallow period.

This was ended spectacularly in 1993 with the exceptional Guitar Noir one of Hackett’s finest albums and, at last, a return to doing what he does best. ‘Sierra Quemada’, ‘Dark As The Grave’ and the dark classic ‘Vampyre With A Healthy Appetite’ appear here.

Following the trend, Steve dipped his toe into the blues revival of the early ’90s with Blues With A Feeling – an indication, if any were needed, that the best players can turn their hand to anything.

The first of the Genesis Revisited albums in 1996 predicated a phalanx of live Genesis material that Hackett toured and released in the 2010′s as self-appointed ‘Keeper Of The Flame’.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 1997 was another classical effort, but this was followed by a run of classic Hackett albums Darktown, To Watch The Storms, Wild Orchids, the legally fraught Out Of The Tunnel’s Mouth and Beyond The Shrouded Horizon were released between 1999 and 2011 – all are well worthy of anyone’s time.

The three studio albums from the late 2010′s Wolflight, The Night Siren and At The Edge Of Light saw Hackett’s songwriting and playing move up a couple of notches, I suspect as a consequence of touring the Genesis Revisited shows. All three albums are exceptional (check out the reviews in the GRTR! album reviews section.)

Mention must be made of the Genesis Revisited live albums – there’s at least four of them and they are all just superb – the sound quality is beyond belief, the band are fantastic and Hackett’s playing is just from another planet. I saw two of them and still smile about them now.

If Steve Hackett had stayed with Genesis he would have played on albums like Invisible Touch, Abacab and We Can’t Dance and just picked up his cheques.

We should all be grateful he set his sights much higher …

Steve Hackett in 2019

Along with Hackett’s musical development, and chiming with early millennium prog zeitgeist, he had extricated himself from a difficult personal relationship with both his long-standing partner and his manager who had steered the artist through the Camino-era of releases.  He remarried in 2011 and his happier relationship with Jo Lehmann has also paralleled his more recent renaissance.  The two share an interest in travelling and alternative societies and also collaborate on lyrics.

Freed of the personal and business shackles, there followed a more focused series of albums that continues to this day.  Those who have followed his solo career since the mid-1970s may begrudge that – in terms of live performance – his solo output is now largely overshadowed by the bombast of earlier Genesis.

Reviewing his gig in October 2015 we noted “As my GRTR! colleague Pete Whalley previously commented, the Genesis genie is well and truly out of the bottle.  The music is so well executed, and so well received, Steve will struggle to contain it or let it resume a less overt position in the proceedings in the future”.

Understandably the guitarist has guested on many other, often prog-related, albums including Hungarian jazz rock band Djabe but for a time in the 1980s he was a member of the melodic rock band GTR with Steve Howe.

As a guitarist, he was highly influential for his pioneering of tapping and sweeping techniques.  A great all-rounder, and genuinely nice guy to boot, Steve Hackett fully deserves his more recently acquired adulation.

Main narrative: David Randall
Discography: Alan Jones

Further reading
Alan Hewitt, Sketches Of Hackett (Wymer, 2012)
Steve Hackett, A Genesis In My Bed (Wymer, 2020)

Album review (At The Edge Of Light, 2019)
Album review (Premonitions, 2015)

Photography
(i) and (v) David Randall

Steve Hackett chatted to Get Ready to ROCK! Radio in October 2014, including the impact of Genesis and Steve’s own interpretation in more recent times.

2020 Vision - Rock. Reviewed. Revisited.


David Randall plays a selection of new and classic rock in his weekly show first broadcast 14 June 2020 including reference to the Feature series “2020 Vision”.


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Featured Albums w/c 22 June (Mon-Fri)

09:00-12:00 INTELLIGENT MUSIC PROJECT V – Life Motion (Intelligent Music)
12:00-13:00 HOUSE OF LORDS New World, New Eyes (Frontiers)
14:00-16:00 BEN HEMMING Broken Road (indie)

Power Plays w/c 22 June (Mon-Fri)

SKYFEVER Is This The End Of The World (indie)
JD SIMO One Of Those Days (Crows Feets Records)
JAMES WARREN Everybody’s Got To Learn Sometime (Singsong Music)
THE BLACK MOODS Sunshine (indie)
EKKO PARK All Eyes On Me (Dinner For Wolves)
LARKIN POE Holy Ghost Fire (Tricki-Woo Records)
GILBY CLARKE (Golden Robot Records)



Album review: BLUE OYSTER CULT – Iheart Radio Theater NYC 2012

BLUE OYSTER CULT – Iheart Radio Theater NYC 2012

Frontiers [Release date 08.05.20]

An invited audience of 200 lucky fans saw Blue Oyster Cult live on stage at the IHeart Radio Theater in New York in 2012. The event noisily celebrated the band’s 40th year together, expertly recorded by multiple video cameras and state of the art audio, now released by Frontiers Records in a combined CD and DVD package.

Blue Oyster Cult’s Wagnerian Heavy Metal transfers well to the live music environment. Their fans don’t expect animated stagecraft, just a bunch of their favourite songs let loose.

The driving, relentless energy of ‘The Golden Age..’, launched by muscled up harmonies; ‘Burnin’ For You’s commercial nous and ‘Shooting Shark’s tragic/beautiful chorus open the set, following ‘RU Ready To Rock’s introductory imperative.

The perfect start. Even this iteration of the band…Bloom, Roesser, Richie Castellano (keyboards), Jules Radino (drums) and the inimitable Kasim Sulton (bass)… has spent years on the road together, progressively tuning and tightening its sound into a weapon of mass live enjoyment.

Roeser and Bloom never look totally comfortable with the obvious audience adulation, (though they’re happy to tease them on ‘City In Flames…’), leaving most of the rock’n'roll moves to Castellano and Sulton, but are clearly at home pumping out their best known material, which just never seems to age.

A roaring, high tension ‘Godzilla’ and the understated majesty of ‘…The Reaper’ light up the second half, seeping into your consciousness, effectively closing the set, and doing it in grand style.

The recording has all the clarity and heft you would expect from ambitious production values, and the DVD comes with a band interview, effectively a bonus track not available on the CD.

Of course it’s only one in a long line of the label’s reissues from the Blue Oyster Cult BOC back catalogue, and more to come…

Review by Brian McGowan


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Featured Albums w/c 22 June (Mon-Fri)

09:00-12:00 INTELLIGENT MUSIC PROJECT V – Life Motion (Intelligent Music)
12:00-13:00 HOUSE OF LORDS New World, New Eyes (Frontiers)
14:00-16:00 BEN HEMMING Broken Road (indie)

Power Plays w/c 22 June (Mon-Fri)

SKYFEVER Is This The End Of The World (indie)
JD SIMO One Of Those Days (Crows Feets Records)
JAMES WARREN Everybody’s Got To Learn Sometime (Singsong Music)
THE BLACK MOODS Sunshine (indie)
EKKO PARK All Eyes On Me (Dinner For Wolves)
LARKIN POE Holy Ghost Fire (Tricki-Woo Records)
GILBY CLARKE (Golden Robot Records)



Album review: EBBA BERGKVIST & THE FLAT TIRE BAND – Spilt Milk

EBBA BERGKVIST & THE FLAT TIRE BAND - Spilt Milk

[Release date 29.05.20]

The debut album from Ebba Bergkvist & The Flat Tire Band – a Stockholm based, blues rock band featuring  Ebba Bergkvist (vocals, guitar), Adam Randolph (drums), Erik Edgren (guitar)and Björn Korning (bass) – offers a bewildering smogasboard of styles.

But the pleasantly unpolished, self-produced affair is sonically quite a breath of fresh air.  Yes, the self-production may not be de-rigueur, but in these auto tuning days it adds a refreshing rawness to the retro fuelled 13 track set.

Firmly rooted in the past, the band’s influences are diverse, veering wildly in direction from the late 60s rock of ‘Cabin Fever’ and ‘Princess In The Tower’ (a Scandi reponse to Greta Van Fleet, or the punky half sibling of Blues Pills?) and the Peter Green style ‘Dorothea’, through  70s glam/punk/new wave (‘Nightcap’) and funk stomp (‘Flat Tire’), all the way to the charming acoustic ditty ‘I Guess We Can Always Get What We Want’ (reminiscent of the all too short lived fellow countrymen Oh Laura featuring Frida Öhrn).

And if that wasn’t diverse enough, there’s the sax imbued late night Norah Jones styled ‘I’ve Got Nothing’, 50s swing (‘Hard Times’), and even a ‘old time’ crooner (‘Last Dance’) adding yet more disorienting dimensions to this strange brew of curved balls.

As a result, Spilt Milk may be simply too diverse for many, but it does demonstrate the band’s willingness to tackle a wide variety of styles.  They’re going to have to narrow it down, at least some, to find wider appeal, but the unfettered, and emotive playing, and Bergkvist’s excellent vocals vocals make the album an impressive calling card.  ***1/2

Review by Pete Whalley


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Featured Albums w/c 22 June (Mon-Fri)

09:00-12:00 INTELLIGENT MUSIC PROJECT V – Life Motion (Intelligent Music)
12:00-13:00 HOUSE OF LORDS New World, New Eyes (Frontiers)
14:00-16:00 BEN HEMMING Broken Road (indie)

Power Plays w/c 22 June (Mon-Fri)

SKYFEVER Is This The End Of The World (indie)
JD SIMO One Of Those Days (Crows Feets Records)
JAMES WARREN Everybody’s Got To Learn Sometime (Singsong Music)
THE BLACK MOODS Sunshine (indie)
EKKO PARK All Eyes On Me (Dinner For Wolves)
LARKIN POE Holy Ghost Fire (Tricki-Woo Records)
GILBY CLARKE (Golden Robot Records)



Album review: THUNDERMOTHER – Heat Wave

THUNDERMOTHER - Heat Wave

AFM Records [Release date 31.07.20]

Heat Wave – Thundermother’s fourth album – finds the no frills, all-female, Swedish, rock ‘n’ raunchers still in line-up transition.

With all bar founder member/guitarist/songwriter Filippa Nässil quitting the band after touring their 2015 sophomore release Road Fever, Nässil did a quite remarkable job of seamlessly re-booting the band with their 2018 self-titled album.  And as we commented in the review of that album Guernica Mancini (vocals), in particular, is a real ‘find’.

Heat Wave sees the introduction of a new bass player – Majsan Lindberg, and for the first time, all band members, including drummer Emlee Johansson, contribute to the song writing.

Produced by Danish hard rocker Soren Andersen, who’s worked with the likes of Glenn Hughes, Dave Mustaine, and Tommy Aldridge, at his Copenhagen Medley recording studio, Heat Wave picks up where Thundermother left off, with another 13 tracks of no nonsense, high voltage rock ‘n’ roll.

The set kicks out the jams with the AC/DC imbued ‘Loud And Alive’ – a sure fire crowd pleaser, ‘Dog From Hell’ adds a little Def Leppard/Joan Jett swagger, while ‘Back In ’76′ marries the spirit of Jett’s take on ‘I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll’ with a faint whiff of Bolan’s ‘Children of The Revolution’ riff.

‘Into The Mud’ melds the urgency of AC/DC and Motörhead, the title tracks borrows unashamedly from the former, and ‘Driving In Style’ the latter.  It’s all huge, tongue in cheek, fun.

Like on the band’s last album the shadow of AC/DC looms large throughout, although the solitary ballad, ‘Sleep’ which strays into P!nk! territory, and the bluesy funk of ‘Purple Sky’, both hint at a broader potential.

Yes, it’s formulaic and well ‘choreographed’, but Thundermother’s brand of brash, anthemic, fist pumping, rock ‘n’ roll isn’t supposed to be taken too seriously.  It’s about letting your hair down (at least by those of us who have any remaining).   And, Coronavirus permitting, the band will tour the album through Germany and Europe in autumn.  Ballsy.  ***1/2

Review by Pete Whalley


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Featured Albums w/c 22 June (Mon-Fri)

09:00-12:00 INTELLIGENT MUSIC PROJECT V – Life Motion (Intelligent Music)
12:00-13:00 HOUSE OF LORDS New World, New Eyes (Frontiers)
14:00-16:00 BEN HEMMING Broken Road (indie)

Power Plays w/c 22 June (Mon-Fri)

SKYFEVER Is This The End Of The World (indie)
JD SIMO One Of Those Days (Crows Feets Records)
JAMES WARREN Everybody’s Got To Learn Sometime (Singsong Music)
THE BLACK MOODS Sunshine (indie)
EKKO PARK All Eyes On Me (Dinner For Wolves)
LARKIN POE Holy Ghost Fire (Tricki-Woo Records)
GILBY CLARKE (Golden Robot Records)



Album review: LARKIN POE – Self Made Man

LARKIN POE - Self Made Man

Tricki-Woo Records [Release date 12.06.20]

Atlanta-bred, Nashville-based multi-instrumentalist Lovell sisters Rebecca and Megan have never been less than prolific, passing through folk, and then pop before alighting on the pop meets American South roots based format they debuted on Peach (2017).

It instantly found them wider a wider appeal, and the follow up, Venom & Faith (2018), written and delivered to the same template, saw them nominated, but narrowly miss out on, a Grammy for best contemporary blues album.

While it’s claimed that Self Made Man – like its predecessor, self-produced with “our good buddy and engineer” Roger Alan Nichols at his Nashville studio, Bell Tone Recording – sees the pair ‘pushing their music and message towards hitherto unexplored terrain’, to my ears it’s very much Venon & Faith, Part II.

Which is a bit of a disappointment.  Yes, there’s an argument for ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’, but while Venom & Faith took the blueprint of Peach to the next level, Self Made Man doesn’t bring anything new the party, other than an overburdening  White Stripes overbearing  effects density to the vocals and guitar work that permeates the record like an unwelcome shroud of smog.

And while all the underlying hallmarks that made Venom & Faith’s radio friendly heritage rooted pop so fresh are still there, the song writing – which this time around includes just the one cover – Blind Willie Johnson’s haunting ‘God Moves On The Water’ – just isn’t is as strong, sounding arguably like an album of Venon & Faith ‘outtakes’.

It all adds up to Self Made Man sounding frustratingly one dimensional.  I likened Venom & Faith to a freight train comin’ down the line.  With Self Made Man, Larkin Poe seem to have engaged reverse gear.  ***

Review by Pete Whalley


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Featured Albums w/c 22 June (Mon-Fri)

09:00-12:00 INTELLIGENT MUSIC PROJECT V – Life Motion (Intelligent Music)
12:00-13:00 HOUSE OF LORDS New World, New Eyes (Frontiers)
14:00-16:00 BEN HEMMING Broken Road (indie)

Power Plays w/c 22 June (Mon-Fri)

SKYFEVER Is This The End Of The World (indie)
JD SIMO One Of Those Days (Crows Feets Records)
JAMES WARREN Everybody’s Got To Learn Sometime (Singsong Music)
THE BLACK MOODS Sunshine (indie)
EKKO PARK All Eyes On Me (Dinner For Wolves)
LARKIN POE Holy Ghost Fire (Tricki-Woo Records)
GILBY CLARKE (Golden Robot Records)



Album review: MAGENTA – Masters Of Illusion

MAGENTA - Masters Of Illusion

Tigermoth [Release date 10.07.20]

It seems a while since Magenta’s last studio release – We Are Legend (2017), and much as I enjoyed it, I have to confess it isn’t an album I’ve felt overly inclined to revisit at regular intervals since.  But if I’m honest, there’s not too many albums I have felt that way about in recent years.

In hindsight it sort of feels like ‘another’ Magenta album, and if I was in the mood for a bit of Christina, Rob and Chris, I’d probably be reaching for a ‘classic’ like Seven, or Home. Which is interesting because after making what he considered a ‘contemporary prog’ album, Rob Reed  too was anxious to get back to the original Magenta template  – ‘lots of Moog and guitar solos, 12 string guitar, Mellotrons and bass pedals, but always with melodies. The song is always king!’  I’d have to agree.

So Masters Of Illusion – a 60-minute album consisting of six songs, including the 17 minute title track, finds Magenta turning back the years with a set based on the private lives of six actors who featured in the classic Hammer and Universal horror films of the 1950s and 1960s.

The album opener ‘Bela’ charts the rise and fall of the Hollywood ‘Dracula’ superstar of the 1930s Bela Legosi, ‘A Gift From God’ – Christopher Lee’s lifetime longing for fame as an opera singer, ‘Reach For The Moon’ – Lon Chaney Jnr’s inability to escape the shadow of his father, ‘Snow’ – Ingrid Pitt’s harrowing holocaust childhood, ‘The Rose’ – Peter Cushing’s philandering but utter devastation at the loss of his wife, and the epic title track which unpicks Vincent Price’s prickly relationship with director Michael Reeves on the 1968 set of Witchfinder General.

With just that notion you can begin to see a conceptual theme emerging that dates back to Seven’s seven deadly sins (2004), running through the untimely demise of rock’s infamous The Twenty Seven Club (2013).

And aside from the playful Kate Bush style ‘Snow’ (the band did an unforgettable ‘Hounds Of Love’ final encore at Peter Gabriela’s Real World Studios when I saw them there 10 years ago, but which sadly didn’t make the subsequent live album), all the material here would sit very comfortably in the Seven/Home (2004/2006) era of the band’s back catalogue.  It’s a far less dense style of prog than on intervening outings, and there’s distinct Rice/Lloyd Webber/West End feel to proceedings.  And I mean that in a good way.

Messrs Reed, Booth and Fry are in sparkling form throughout, and for once I have nothing but praise for the ‘new’ rhythm section who I’ve criticised for a lack of subtlety in the past (let’s put it down to youthful exuberance).

There’s also a sprinkling of cameo performances – Peter Jones (Camel/Tiger Moth Tales) adds sax on ‘Reach For The Moon’ and ‘The Rose’.  Troy Donockley also plays Uilleean Pipes on the latter.  But in truth, neither’s contributions add a great deal to proceedings, being somewhat telegraphed vignettes of their own distinctive styles.  John Mitchell adds harmony vocals on ‘A Gift From God’, but unless you listen hard, you’ll miss them.

Naturally, Reed – as is his wont – doffs his cap to aspects of Mike Oldfield, Yes, early Genesis, and even Supertramp, but in wider terms there’s a real sense of melodic ‘flow’ to the set that’s often been missing on more recent outings.

Yes, Masters Of Illusion is Magenta/Reed doing what they/he does best.  It turns back the years without ever being ‘retro’ and I would suggest is comfortably the best Magenta album since Home.  Masters Of Illusion – The Musical, anyone?  *****

Review by Pete Whalley

Album review (Acapela 2016 and 2017)


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Featured Albums w/c 22 June (Mon-Fri)

09:00-12:00 INTELLIGENT MUSIC PROJECT V – Life Motion (Intelligent Music)
12:00-13:00 HOUSE OF LORDS New World, New Eyes (Frontiers)
14:00-16:00 BEN HEMMING Broken Road (indie)

Power Plays w/c 22 June (Mon-Fri)

SKYFEVER Is This The End Of The World (indie)
JD SIMO One Of Those Days (Crows Feets Records)
JAMES WARREN Everybody’s Got To Learn Sometime (Singsong Music)
THE BLACK MOODS Sunshine (indie)
EKKO PARK All Eyes On Me (Dinner For Wolves)
LARKIN POE Holy Ghost Fire (Tricki-Woo Records)
GILBY CLARKE (Golden Robot Records)



Album review: SHRED KELLY – Like A Rising Sun

SHRED KELLY - Like A Rising Sun

Devil Duck Records [Release date 03.07.20]

Where do these excellent bands keep appearing from? Shred Kelly are another one, a five piece alt folk rock band (and not a speed metal band as their name may suggest) hailing from Canada who started out in 2009. Shred Kelly consist of co-vocalists Tim Newton and Sage McBride, Ty West (guitars), Jordan Vlasschaert (bass), and Ryan Mildenberger (drums). Their fifth album ‘Like A Rising Sun’ was produced by Nygel Asselin and mixed by Ben Kaplan.

Over the years, Shred Kelly has had the opportunity to perform across Canada and internationally at festivals such as Reeperbahn Festival, Australian Music Week, Folk Alliance, SXSW, Winnipeg Folk Festival, Ottawa Bluesfest and SKOOKUM Festival. Listening to this album they are the perfect festival band having tunes that can appeal after just one hearing.

The album starts with a bounce in ‘Rising Sun’, a proper earworm of a tune. Folk, pop, rock – it has it all. If that wasn’t enough to get you up and about, the album’s stand out ‘Roman Candle Eyes’ is next. What a great tune, mixing the rousing anthems Runrig did so well along with a pop friendly chorus. One for radio and those streaming playlists.

The two vocalists work well, either with Sage McBride supporting Tim Newton to good effect on ‘Take Me Home’, or the mellower ‘You Almost Mean the World To Me’ where Sage takes the lead vocal. The rest of the band are no slouches either, from the frantic banjo playing on ‘The Hill’ through to nifty bass lines and thundering drums on ‘Underground’.

Closing song ‘Disconnect’ is an interesting one, not only the longest song at over eight minutes, but the one that shows the alt rock side to the band. Frantic guitars and the co-vocals of Tim and Sage make for a heady brew.

Shred Kelly have an album of top quality songs on their hands, sure to help them gain wider recognition and new fans. Top quality folk rock with a distinct melodic edge, glorious stuff. ****

Review by Jason Ritchie


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Featured Albums w/c 22 June (Mon-Fri)

09:00-12:00 INTELLIGENT MUSIC PROJECT V – Life Motion (Intelligent Music)
12:00-13:00 HOUSE OF LORDS New World, New Eyes (Frontiers)
14:00-16:00 BEN HEMMING Broken Road (indie)

Power Plays w/c 22 June (Mon-Fri)

SKYFEVER Is This The End Of The World (indie)
JD SIMO One Of Those Days (Crows Feets Records)
JAMES WARREN Everybody’s Got To Learn Sometime (Singsong Music)
THE BLACK MOODS Sunshine (indie)
EKKO PARK All Eyes On Me (Dinner For Wolves)
LARKIN POE Holy Ghost Fire (Tricki-Woo Records)
GILBY CLARKE (Golden Robot Records)



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Album review: LONELY ROBOT – Feelings Are Good

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Steve Hackett Liverpool Philharmonic Hall 7th May 2017 photo Steve Goudie 27

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LARKIN POE - Self Made Man

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MAGENTA - Masters Of Illusion

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Album review: SHRED KELLY – Like A Rising Sun

SHRED KELLY - Like A Rising Sun

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