Gig review: JARROD DICKENSON – Kings Cross Old Church, London, 19 October 2017

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JARROD DICKENSON - Kings Cross Old Church, London, 19 October 2017

Set to the backdrop of understated and ancient looking Christian icons, the stage drenched in purple light gave off a slight eerie vibe as intermission music played before Jarrod took the stage.

The unlikely setting was actually ideal for the Texas troubadour, as Jarrod’s songs could swing between melancholy and merriment without losing the engaging qualities synonymous with his songwriting.

For his second night at the Old Church (and penultimate date on his stripped down tour for new album ‘Ready The Horses’), Jarrod was showcasing a number of new and old songs, with the added treat of an even newer song recently written with long-time collaborator and guitarist J.P Ruggieri. The tune had a Paolo Nutini feel, it was poppy but retained an Americana twinge.

For the majority of the night, Jarrod was joined by his wife Clare, and the two could not be more suited to share a stage together. They have a chemistry akin to Johnny Cash and June Carter, with the vocal prowess to match. When ‘Your Heart Belongs’ was played, you absolutely knew it was written about their meeting and relationship. It was believable, genuine, and true.

And I think that is what really draws you in with Jarrod. Apart from his gentlemanly charm, impeccable dress sense, his gift for guitar playing and his commanding voice, Jarrod exudes the feeling of reality in his lyrics.

There is no part of me that doubts he lived through the experiences he sings about, or at least that he ‘knows a guy’. It leaves you with the feeling that you know Jarrod intimately, even if just vicariously through his songs, and this kind of honesty is so rare in modern music that when you find an artist like this, you just don’t want to let them go.

If I have one criticism of the gig, it would be that it should have been with the full band. I have no problem with stripped down renditions of Jarrod’s material, however having just put out such a grandiose album, I feel that some of the songs I’m now very familiar with were done a slight injustice by not having a rhythm section and brass backing.

This being the third time I’ve caught Jarrod’s stripped down show, hopefully he will be back soon with the full band (and Clare!), as I’m dying to hear the songs he so expertly crafted on ‘Ready The Horses’ given the live treatment they deserve.

Review by Sylvester Segal

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Power Plays w/c 9 October


ALMANAC Losing My Mind (Nuclear Blast)
TRIGGERFINGER Colossus (Mascot)
MIKE PETERS & THE ALARM Heroine (indie)
WICKED STONE Another Round (indie)
FOZZY Judas (Sony Music)


Featured Albums w/c 9 October (Mon-Fri)

09:00-12:00 DANTE FOX Six String Revolver (AOR Heaven)
12:00-13:00 FOZZY Judas (Sony Music)
14:00-16:00 JARROD DICKENSON Ready The Horses (Decca)



Album review: BIGFOOT

BIGFOOT

Frontiers [Release date 13.10.17]

Bigfoot are a five piece hailing from Wigan, not the natural home of the Bigfoot beast but one that houses this band who have a penchant for classy hard rock. The line-up consists of vocalist Anthony Ellis, guitarists Sam Millar and Mick McCullagh, bassist Matt Avery and drummer Tom Aspinall. They have only been around since 2014, having released two EPs and had Jeff Scott Soto giving them some encouragement along the way.

Opener ‘Karma’ is the heaviest song on the album and the one that you can see the band’s love of Pantera come through a little.

Vocalist Anthony Ellis has a hint of Tyketto’s Danny Vaughn in his singing and on the toe tapping rocker ‘Tell Me A Lie’, even the melody sounds like Tyketto. On this one, and indeed throughout the album, guitarists Sam Millar and Mick McCullagh play up a storm. Listen out too for drummer Tom Aspinall, who adds a rock solid and at times cymbal heavy, beat throughout the album.

Bigfoot are more than a straight ahead hard rock band though as ‘I Dare You’ throws in a little reggae beat on the song’s outro. Then we have the closing epic, ‘Yours’ that features massed backing vocals, a couple of extended guitar solos and big, OTT pomp feel to the whole proceedings, wonderful stuff. An ambitious song and idea which they pull off with ease.

Like fellow label mates Inglorious, you can see Bigfoot making an impact on the rock world. Get this one on and stomping out of your speakers… ****

Review by Jason Ritchie


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Power Plays w/c 9 October


ALMANAC Losing My Mind (Nuclear Blast)
TRIGGERFINGER Colossus (Mascot)
MIKE PETERS & THE ALARM Heroine (indie)
WICKED STONE Another Round (indie)
FOZZY Judas (Sony Music)


Featured Albums w/c 9 October (Mon-Fri)

09:00-12:00 DANTE FOX Six String Revolver (AOR Heaven)
12:00-13:00 FOZZY Judas (Sony Music)
14:00-16:00 JARROD DICKENSON Ready The Horses (Decca)



News: Albums of the Month (September 2017 – November 2017)

The Best of 2017

Albums of the Month

September 2017

BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION BCCIV

BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION BCCIV (Mascot)
“…a set of tunes that rock up, for my money, a significant cut above ‘Afterglow’ and stand shoulder to shoulder with anything on the band’s first two albums.This is cast iron classic hard rock. Beautifully conceived and expertly delivered.”
(Dave Atkinson)

GUN Favourite Pleasures
GUN Favourite Pleasures (Cloburn Music)
“This is the best Gun album in a long time and easily stands up with the likes of ‘Taking On The World’ and ‘Swagger’. Give it a listen and it could quickly become one of your Favourite Pleasures as well.” (Dave Wilson)

H.E.A.T. Into The Great Unknown

H.E.A.T. Into The Great Unknown (earMUSIC)
“.sees them boldly branching out into some new directions while maintaining their strengths of youthful freshness and memorable hooks and choruses.” (Andy Nathan)

DEVILFIRE Dark Manoeuvres
DEVILFIRE Dark Manoeuvres (Escape The Fire Records)
“Straddled somewhere between Magnum’s melodic rock sensitivities and the darker, dirtier band which Europe (thankfully) became…there’s enough quality here to suggest that Devilfire has arrived with a belting debut and will be putting the Brummy boot in for years to come” (Mark Shaw)

KING KING Exile & Grace
KING KING Exile & Grace(Manhaton)
“..a hard rocking band with a bluesy heart and an armoury of riffs powerful enough to help project them on to the next level” (Pete Feenstra)

 October 2017

SHADOWQUEEN Living Madness
SHADOWQUEEN Living Madness (indie)
“Robbi’s looks and larynx may evoke P!NK but the overall appeal will be to lovers of Halestorm and Paramore but with a striking consistency that sometimes eludes more familiar names.” (David Randall)

SAVOY BROWN Witchy Feelin'

SAVOY BROWN Witchy Feelin’ (Ruf Records)
“Kim Simmonds delicate touch, heartfelt vocals and a true feeling for the blues … continues to craft with a spirit and joy de vivre that leavesmany of his contemporaries in the shade .” (Pete Feenstra)

APPICE Sinister
APPICE Sinister (SPV)
“…together they represent one helluva legacy in the drum department of rock…This is a great debut and you can’t help thinking … bring on a live gig, given the twin legacy that is almost an A-Z of heavy rock (David Randall)

THRESHOLD Legends Of The Shires
THRESHOLD Legends Of The Shires (Nuclear Blast)
“..Lots to digest and enjoy musically…an album you will keep coming back to again and again ” (Jason Ritchie)

Albums of the Month (February – April 2017)
Albums of the Month (May – August 2017)


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Power Plays w/c 9 October


ALMANAC Losing My Mind (Nuclear Blast)
TRIGGERFINGER Colossus (Mascot)
MIKE PETERS & THE ALARM Heroine (indie)
WICKED STONE Another Round (indie)
FOZZY Judas (Sony Music)


Featured Albums w/c 9 October (Mon-Fri)

09:00-12:00 DANTE FOX Six String Revolver (AOR Heaven)
12:00-13:00 FOZZY Judas (Sony Music)
14:00-16:00 JARROD DICKENSON Ready The Horses (Decca)



Gig review: MARTIN TURNER – 100 Club, London, 14 October 2017

MARTIN TURNER - 100 Club, London, 14 October 2017

You could argue that Wishbone Ash founder member Martin Turner has overstayed the classic album concept with regular live renditions of their 1972 classic ‘Argus’ over the past decade.  Yet his band’s performance of the album at Ramblin Man Fair this summer was a festival highlight for many, and not just Wishbone diehards  like me.

My own choice of a desert island disc is a gift that keeps on giving and the opportunity to hear it once more was what drew a healthy crowd to the 100 Club. The bizarre layout is not to everyone’s taste but  it appears to be a favourite venue for Martin and his band, its thin wide stage making it easy to communicate with fans at the front, and they seem to raise their game here.

Now into his eighth decade Martin remains one of rock’s engaging characters, and cut a dash in his military jacket, although his patterned white T-shirt and trousers reminded me of the pyjamas we wore as kids in the seventies. He introduced the stories behind many of the songs in a way I had not heard before, and his raconteur’s wit makes it all the more puzzling in hindsight that back in the band’s heyday  it was other Wishbone band members who did the between song links.

To the studio intro sound of crickets chirping in the New England summer, his band made a rocking start with ‘Runaway’ and it was pleasing that Misha Nikolic, who can sometimes play second fiddle to senior guitar partner Danny Willson, got to play the first solo of the night.

MARTIN TURNER - 100 Club, London, 14 October 2017

Last time they played here 18 months or so ago was to promote the new album ‘Written In The Stars’: on this occasion only the title track was played but its harmonies, both guitar and vocal between Martin and Danny (with help from drummer Tim Brown) were pure classic seventies Wishbone.

In fact it set us up nicely for a first half of the set which played on the mellower side of Wishbone’s melodic strengths in ‘Errors of My Way’ and ‘Front Page News’ and a real surprise in ‘Silver Shoes’, which I rarely can have heard live and was a typical Martin tale of a faded beauty.

It was sandwiched by two lengthy instrumentals in ‘The Pilgrim’ and a water-tight ‘FUBB’, yet it is testament to the quality of the musicians Martin has assembled, not to mention his own distinctively melodic lead bass lines, that they did not drag in the slightest.

MARTIN TURNER - 100 Club, London, 14 October 2017

At this stage I fully expected the trademark comfort break before they returned to play ‘Argus’,  but instead they went straight into their magnum opus with the lengthy intro to ‘Time Was’ which broke out into some fast and furious soloing from Danny, who was outstanding on ‘Sometime World’, and created great sounds with his wah-wah pedal on the timeless ‘The King Will Come’.

After dipping his toe into the twin leads of that song, Misha came into his own on ‘Leaf and Stream’ and he and Danny impressively shared duties on ‘Warrior’, segueing (thankfully without their usual diversion into Monty Python) into ‘Throw Down The Sword’, with Martin explaining how he had written the two together as war-themed songs from different perspectives.

MARTIN TURNER - 100 Club, London, 14 October 2017

Eagle-eyed readers will spot that the original Argus running order was tweaked, so that ‘Blowing Free’  could sit in a more natural position for the pacing of a live set, as band and audience rocked out and with some tasty slide work from Danny.

Indeed it led seamlessly into a more generous than expected four songs encore which showcased the other, more straight ahead rocking side of Wishbone music, at least in a live environment.

MARTIN TURNER - 100 Club, London, 14 October 2017

‘Living Proof’ was followed by a trip to the very start in ‘Blind Eye’, Danny and Misha overcoming the limitations of the stage to cross to the middle to play those harmony solos that must have sounded so thrilling and avant garde back in 1970.

Another anecdote from Martin led into a storming ‘Doctor’ which surely should be a live staple with its clashing guitars, before a more traditional closer in the bluesy boogie of ‘Jailbait’ and the usual stage introductions, completing a value for money 2 ¼ hour set.

MARTIN TURNER - 100 Club, London, 14 October 2017

It’s onwards and upwards in the MT camp with renditions of two lesser heralded, yet also classic WA albums in the debut and ‘There’s The Rub’ promised during 2018. In the meantime, this was one more magical rendition of ‘Argus’ to savour, yet a night to remember for many more reasons than that classic album.

Review and Photos by Andy Nathan


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Power Plays w/c 9 October


ALMANAC Losing My Mind (Nuclear Blast)
TRIGGERFINGER Colossus (Mascot)
MIKE PETERS & THE ALARM Heroine (indie)
WICKED STONE Another Round (indie)
FOZZY Judas (Sony Music)


Featured Albums w/c 9 October (Mon-Fri)

09:00-12:00 DANTE FOX Six String Revolver (AOR Heaven)
12:00-13:00 FOZZY Judas (Sony Music)
14:00-16:00 JARROD DICKENSON Ready The Horses (Decca)



Album review: SUPERSONIC BLUES MACHINE – Californisoul

SUPERSONIC BLUES MACHINE – Californisoul

Provogue [Release date 20.10.17]

The all star Supersonic Blues Machine’s second album ‘Californisoul’ isn’t so much a concept as a feel and attitude, as revealed by the album title.

It’s all there in the sparkling interplay on a subtle melange of rock, blues and soul with the kind of deep grooves you might expect from a band helmed by drummer Kenny Aronoff and bass playing producer Fabrizio Grossi.

‘Californisoul’ is also a very organic album that leaves enough headroom for the grooves to bubble up, the solos to build and the hooks to sink in. Above all, the core trio successfully integrates 5 special guests into their own musical oeuvre.

All 5 guests subtly colour and shape an album that draws the listener into Lance Lopez’s impassioned vocals and the up in the mix bv’s from co-writer Sergei Ximic and Andrea and Francis Benitez Grossi.

Their vocal contribution is a part of a soulful layered sound that places the emphasis on songs that musically evoke the lyrical content.

The album is neatly topped and tailed by the reggae inflected relationship song ‘I Am Done Missing You’ and the exclamatory reggae continuum of ‘This is Love’, which leaves us in doubt as to the band’s deeply entrenched thematic concerns.

Grossi’s lilting bass and Aronoff’s meticulous precision locks into the groove, allowing Lopez’s expressive grainy vocal to rise above a choral opening and lead us into an album that makes a virtue of being organic, yet diverse.

Robben Ford’s appearance on the riff driven ‘Somebody’s Fool’ is an example of a guest artist stepping out of his comfort zone. He extends himself within the Supersonic template and some soaring slide on a track that could be Cream.

Steve Lukather similarly pushes the envelope on the imperious ‘Hard Times’, which features one of Lopez’s very best vocals. As soon as Aronoff drops in the beat, it’s a one way ticket to groovesville as the initial guitar lick gives us a teasing glimpse of what’s to come.

If the album is all about a musical journey down the West Coast, this track nails the feel and provides the imagery, but has Texas stamped all over it, as it comes close to that early 90′s Arc Angels sound.

The chorus kicks in a second time, as the combo rocks hard with a manic guitar part and then drops down to rebuild the song with coruscating riffs, that light the fuse to sundry possibilities, most of which are belligerently realized.

Then there’s Walter Trout. If Robben Ford earlier defied expectations and Eric Gales and Steve Lukather rip it hard, then Trout goes the opposite way, on a slow burning blues that digs deep for arguably one of the best slow blues songs he’s ever delivered with ‘What’s Wrong’.

Lance takes the lead vocal on this smouldering track. Walter’s part of the vocal duet doesn’t hit until just under the 2 minute mark, as the band steps things up to stoke up the tension. The two guitarist interweave eloquently to explore every nook and cranny of song with a stronger pull than a tidal current.

Billy F. Gibbons is closer to his own unique ZZ Top sound on ‘Broken Heart’ as is Eric Gales on the heavy duty, riff-led rumble of ‘Elevate’ which mixes big tones with soulful rocking blues, while Lance Lopez sounds like Poppa Chubby.

The real strength of the album though, is the way that each track and the 5 guests contribute to a great whole that never loses sight of the primacy of the song.

‘Love’ is a good example of this, opening with some blues harp bluster and a strong vocal from Lopez that leads into a chanted choral hook.

Lance Lopez is also a vocal tour de force on ‘Cry’, a song full of nuanced restraint, subtle bv’s and heartfelt lyrics. It is arguably one of the best things the band have done without guests. The production perfectly nails the dynamics without losing the spark that makes this band so essential.

‘The Stranger’ also builds a wall of sound, (albeit with additional vocoder and whoo-hooo bv’s), that is close to early 70′s Ten Years After, but with a contemporary mix.

‘Californisoul’ works well on different levels. It rocks hard, while mining deep grooves and leaves enough space for the songs to develop. Above all, the guests help broaden the band’s musical scope rather than dilute it.

‘Californisoul’ might also have given Fabrizio Grossi a cool crossover musical term that nicely nails the enduring appeal of rock-blues in Europe and the nouveau soul movement in the States.

I can think of very few other contemporary albums with the personnel, the songs and the chops to realize such adventurous ambition.  ****

Review by Pete Feenstra

Pete Feenstra presents his Rock & Blues Show on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio every Tuesday at 19:00 GMT, and “The Pete Feenstra Feature” on Sundays at 20:00


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Power Plays w/c 9 October


ALMANAC Losing My Mind (Nuclear Blast)
TRIGGERFINGER Colossus (Mascot)
MIKE PETERS & THE ALARM Heroine (indie)
WICKED STONE Another Round (indie)
FOZZY Judas (Sony Music)


Featured Albums w/c 9 October (Mon-Fri)

09:00-12:00 DANTE FOX Six String Revolver (AOR Heaven)
12:00-13:00 FOZZY Judas (Sony Music)
14:00-16:00 JARROD DICKENSON Ready The Horses (Decca)



Quick plays: JIM BYRNES, INTASTELLA, THE JAMIE PORTER BAND, BILL FEEHELY

JIM BYRNES - Long Hot Summer Days

JIM BYRNES Long Hot Summer Days
Black Hen Music [Release date 27.10.17]

Sixty nine year old, multiple Canadian Juno and Maple Blues Awards winner, Jim Byrnes turns the clock back to his St Louis high school days for inspiration on his latest release.  In particular, songs he heard on his car radio that moved him to pursue a musical career.

The likes of ‘Something On My Mind’ by Bobby Marchan, ‘Ain’t No Love In The Heart Of The City’ by Bobby Bland (Whitesnake’s interpretation, no doubt more familiar to the GRTR! readership), and ‘Out Of Left Field’ by Percy Sledge.

Collaborating once again with award winning guitarist and producer Steve Dawson, Byrnes focuses not on tasty blues guitar lines, but on restrained vocal performances that resurrect the haunting deliveries of haggard bluesmen been and gone, and brings the very best out of re-working of classics by the likes of Eddie Floyd, Elmore James, Willie Dixon, Leonard Cohen and Robbie Robertson, alongside two co-written songs and a Steve Dawson original.

While much of the set is what I would consider traditional ‘roots’ blues that oozes the spirit of a bygone era, any music lover will appreciate the opening swamp blues of ‘Step by Step’, replete with Stax era horns and gospel backing vocals, the evocative rendition of ‘Ain’t No Love In The Heart Of The City’, and Byrnes/Dawson’s own simmering’ Long Hot Summer Days’ with its wonderfully understated organ work.

It might be aimed at a niche market, but this is Blues delivered with soul, for those who like it ‘like it used to be’.  ***1/2

Review by Pete Whalley

INTASTELLA (feat. Jah Wobble) The Rise And Fall Of A Northern Dubstar

First, let me make it clear that I’m reviewing this release from a rock perspective.  So apologies, to those who live and breathe dub.

For the uninitiated, theatre and independent filmmaker Stella Grundy founded the dance orientated Manchester band Intastella in 1990.  They tickled the lower reaches of the charts on a number of occasions between then and disbanding in 1998, but were largely something of a ‘well-kept secret’ with small cult following.

Grundy’s latest project is the soundtrack to her one woman stage play, the acclaimed semi-autobiographical The Rise And Fall Of A Northern Dubstar – which tells the story of Tracy Star – a girl who climbs the greasy nineties rock and roll ladder of fame, only to ultimately crash and burn as a member of the infamous 27 Club..

What can I say, it’s ‘arty’, and reminiscent in many ways, sonically, of the likes the Art Of Noise and Grace Jones, but painting an aural picture of the dark underbelly of the Madchester scene that gave rise to the likes of The Happy Mondays, The Smiths, and The Stone Roses delivered – and narratively stitched together – with Grundy’s nasally Madchester twang of which the Gallagher brothers would most surely approve.

If that era of baggy T shirts and trancing out was one you relate to, then The Rise And Fall Of A Northern Dubstar is well worth exploring.  But for a seventies child like me, who never got those edgy dance beats and experimental techno pop the first time around, it’s just a little too dense and bewildering.  ***1/2

Review by Pete Whalley

THE JAMIE PORTER BAND Sonic Smile [Release date 27.10.17]

Question.  Can you expect originality when a clubbing musician, brought up on a staple diet of seventies and eighties rock, releases his debut album as he approaches/embraces middle age?

From the opening bars of ‘Can’t Stop Loving You’ – with a guitar motif lifted straight from Hocus Pocus – the answer is incontestably ‘no’.

A DIY effort of nine tracks over 36 minutes, Sonic Smile is pretty much all Porter except for bass on ‘Sound Of The Summer’, and drums courtesy of producer Russ Hayes.  But when playing live, Porter’s accompanied by son Dan on second guitars, piano and backing vocals, and (currently) Jason Edwards on drums.

Sonic Smile is an honest effort, but it belies Porter’s clubbing roots – a mix of overly ‘busy’ rock ballads of the type pedalled by Starship, Bryan Adams and the likes in the eighties, Rolling Stones rockers circa Rock’s Off, and ballsy straight ahead rock replete with a Lemmy style vocal delivery.

In a club, with a few beers chased down, it amounts to huge fun – good time rock ‘n’ roll delivered with a youthful exuberance.  But without much by way of originality or subtlety, Sonic Smile is unlikely to take The Jamie Porter Band far beyond their regular excursions to North Wales haunts like The Conwy Beer Festival and the Bangor Beer On The Pier Festival.  ***

Review by Pete Whalley

BILL FEEHELY - Money & Love

BILL FEEHELY Money & Love [Release date 08.08.17]

Originally from New York, with a background in acting, musician Bill Feehely moved to Nashville in 1994 where he established himself as a theatre actor and director.

An accomplished playwright and songwriter, and having retired from Belmont University Acting/ Directing post, he released a debut solo album Lucky Struck in 2014.  A country/ country rock crossover effort, it didn’t exactly take the world by storm and can be readily found in online bargain bins for less than the price of a pint.

Money & Love doesn’t particularly progress the formula – it’s an easy on the ear, easy listening release that isn’t going to compel anyone to reach for the ‘off’ button.  But neither are they likely to be punching the air.  Nashville’s moved on, and Money & Love is distinctly ‘old school’.

Aside from Feehely’s writing, which is solid in a Bruce Hornsby sort of way, his singing is fairly stereotypical of the genre, and he sensibly leaves the playing to an accomplished bunch of pros, who more than measure up to the task.  Their playing is impeccable, with some fine gospel backing vocals, and somewhat unusually, some rather soulful Stax/ Motown horns.

But while it all adds up to a pleasant, unchallenging listen, in today’s Nashville, ‘good’ just ain’t good enough. ***

Review by Pete Whalley


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Power Plays w/c 9 October


ALMANAC Losing My Mind (Nuclear Blast)
TRIGGERFINGER Colossus (Mascot)
MIKE PETERS & THE ALARM Heroine (indie)
WICKED STONE Another Round (indie)
FOZZY Judas (Sony Music)


Featured Albums w/c 9 October (Mon-Fri)

09:00-12:00 DANTE FOX Six String Revolver (AOR Heaven)
12:00-13:00 FOZZY Judas (Sony Music)
14:00-16:00 JARROD DICKENSON Ready The Horses (Decca)



Gig review: NAZARETH – 229 Club, London, 13 October 2017

NAZARETH - 229 Club, London, 13 October 2017

When their seventies hit making days in the UK ended, Nazareth seemed to concentrate on less fickle foreign markets, and opportunities for more recent fans like me to see them in the UK seemed few and far between. Yet in recent years they have been a regular touring presence, this show being the third in a little over two years in different London venues, the latest the 229 Club.

It sits rather unprepossessingly in the basement of what looks like a student residence building, yet is a well appointed venue inside with a big stage. There was a healthy crowd in attendance but I was puzzled by how many younger, metal-looking, and presumably European, faces there were alongside more seasoned fans from their heyday.

Sadly Dan McCafferty’s health issues leave Pete Agnew as the sole remaining member of the classic line up, and yet the band have hit paydirt with Carl Sentance as his replacement. Having done time (pun intended) with a variety of bands over the years, the Welshman  brings an easy stage presence and from opener ‘Silver Dollar Forger’,  it was clear few could do a better job of getting as near to the trademark McCafferty whiskey-gargling gravelly rasp, allied to a few powerful screams reflecting his metal background.

NAZARETH - 229 Club, London, 13 October 2017

‘Miss Misery’ was the first of many big riffs that saw hair flailing from the aforementioned hirsute youngsters, and there were more sharp  but economical bluesy guitar runs on ‘Razamanaz’ from guitarist Jimmy Murrison who seemed more animated than I remembered him in the past, and Carl got a bit of clapping going during a surprisingly early ‘This Flight Tonight’.

On the likes of ‘Shanghai’d In Shanghai’, which I couldn’t recall them playing for a while, and ‘Turn On Your Receiver’, the overriding impression was quite how taut the band were with not a note wasted, and a rock solid rhythm section of drummer Lee Agnew and father Pete.

NAZARETH - 229 Club, London, 13 October 2017

The latter engaged the crowd with an almost avuncular smile as if to reassure the doubters that Nazareth are still going strong, and I also noticed his backing vocals were an important part of the sound, although they were not needed on ‘Dream On’ as Carl showed he can deliver ballads with Dan’s passion.

Meantime the hippy corniness of ‘My White Bicycle’ was rescued by some tasty slide work from Jimmy, while ‘This Month’s Messiah’ had a great moody feel to it, and my gig companion  and I were jumping in the air to the great intro to ‘Beggars Day’, though this was one where Carl didn’t quite seem to catch the vocal melody.

NAZARETH - 229 Club, London, 13 October 2017

The setlist fairly closely followed a Greatest Hits template, the shock omission of ‘Bad Bad Boy’ apart, and ignored their more recent recording career. While this may have frustrated the diehard fans (one of him an ex writer of this parish!) it meant the set whizzed along at a fair pace.

Yet having raced through the first ten songs at breakneck speed, ‘Changing Times’, with a gargantuan riff even Jimmy Page would have been proud of, changed the musical pace as it developed into a nine minute jam though it never outstayed its welcome.

NAZARETH - 229 Club, London, 13 October 2017

It also segued into a crowd pleasing climax to the set with ‘Hair Of The Dog’ complete with singalong, though Dan’s old bagpipe shtick has wisely been replaced by Jimmy playing an effects-laden solo, who then produced a furious flurry of notes during a hard-hitting ‘Expect No Mercy’,  before in a musical contrast Carl did the old chestnut ‘Love Hurts’ full justice.

NAZARETH - 229 Club, London, 13 October 2017

He was also good enough to admit how many of their songs were covers before they played one more, a slightly surprising closer in ‘Morning Dew’ which was a second opportunity for the band to relax their tightness and  jam out in rather more improvised fashion.

With a curfew in place, the set fell just short of an hour and a half with a solitary encore, which could be no other than ‘Broken Down Angel’ with a great atmosphere as fans joined in.

NAZARETH - 229 Club, London, 13 October 2017

Last year’s London show at Under The Bridge was great, but this if anything was even better. The unexpected late career renaissance of one of the UK’s often ignored rock treasures continues, and any doubters  should set aside reservations over the shortage of original members to enjoy their back catalogue delivered live with such sharpness and panache.

Review and Photos by Andy Nathan


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Power Plays w/c 9 October


ALMANAC Losing My Mind (Nuclear Blast)
TRIGGERFINGER Colossus (Mascot)
MIKE PETERS & THE ALARM Heroine (indie)
WICKED STONE Another Round (indie)
FOZZY Judas (Sony Music)


Featured Albums w/c 9 October (Mon-Fri)

09:00-12:00 DANTE FOX Six String Revolver (AOR Heaven)
12:00-13:00 FOZZY Judas (Sony Music)
14:00-16:00 JARROD DICKENSON Ready The Horses (Decca)



Gig review: SIN HOUSE – Spirit Of The Torrington, Old Finchleians, London N12, 15 October 2017

SIN HOUSE – Spirit Of The Torrington, Old Finchleians, London N12, 15 October 2017

It’s take some gumption to start a new band when celebrating the 50th anniversary of your pro career, but then Stevie Smith, the former Bad Manners, Ruthless Blues, Salt and Long John Baldry harp player, is no ordinary performer, and nor is his name sake guitarist Steve Smith.

And together with former UFO/ Pat Travers/Stampede/Wild Horses and current Lionheart drummer Clive Edwards and the mellifluous bass lines of Richard Taylor, Smith the harp has got himself a formidable little combo.

Being a new band inevitably means a healthy sprinkling of covers, albeit with interesting twists and original arrangements.

In between a relaxed opening of John Lee Hooker’s ‘Dimples’, the ska inflected ‘It’s All Over Now’ and Bobby Bland’s adopted anthem ‘Aint No Love In The Heart of the City’, there’s also a reminder of just how good Ruthless Blues were.

SIN HOUSE – Spirit Of The Torrington, Old Finchleians, London N12, 15 October 2017

Three numbers in, and the new combo are rocking the packed house in a celebration of a magical connection between their own professional pride and an enthusiastic crowd.

Given it’s their North London debut, everything flows surprisingly well like a gentle mountain stream. There’s sudden lightning quick impulses and contrasting moments of quiet dynamics which evoke the phrase, “still waters run deep”.

This is especially so on guitarist Steve Smith’s version of J.J. Cale’s ‘Call Me The Breeze’. His tongue in cheek vocals give way to some scintillating guitar picking, framed by a slick rhythm section and Stevie Smith’s rhythmic train-time support.

It also provides the first of several moments when the crowd roars the band on to greater heights.

SIN HOUSE – Spirit Of The Torrington, Old Finchleians, London N12, 15 October 2017

Suitably fired up, Stevie reached back into his Ruthless Blues past for a soulful, self-penned ‘Never Told Me Why’ and arguably his best song ‘Stomp (Is That The Blues)’, which electrifies the crowd.

Sin House may be old wine in new bottles, but they clearly still have much to give. If Stevie is fired up, then so is his guitar playing name sake, who takes to the stage with a walking stick, a high backed chair and acoustic, but barely an hour later he has seemingly found a miracle cure for all his ills.

Tonight, Sin House remind us of the joy of doing the simple things so well. They strike a musical equilibrium based on original arrangements of crowd pleasing material and topped by the Stevie Smith expressive harp playing.

Smith is a force of nature who would deliver a show to  2 people in telephone box, but tonight he’s got a full house and he’s in his element.

SIN HOUSE – Spirit Of The Torrington, Old Finchleians, London N12, 15 October 2017

Sin House finish brilliantly with a show-stopping ska version of Bobby Womack’s ‘Its Over All Now’ – which recalls Smith’s extended stint in Bad Manners – and there’s also a very subtle take on Elmore James’s ‘Stranger Blues’.

SIN HOUSE – Spirit Of The Torrington, Old Finchleians, London N12, 15 October 2017

It nicely sets the band up for an all night jam, except they have run out of time and the house light come on to provide a perfunctory end to a great north London debut.

Earlier on, the effervescent The Right Rev Swifty (aka former Alice Cooper and Nils Lofgren guitarist Stu Daye) mixes a warped take on self penned, trad blues with lashing of comedy, irony and plenty of slide guitar.

Right Rev. Swifty – Spirit Of The Torrington, Old Finchleians, London N12, 15 October 2017

He also provides a semblance of contrasting conceptual continuity – think about it – The Right Rev Swifty and Sin House.  There’s a blues song in there somewhere!

Review by Pete Feenstra
Photos by Jennifer Noble 1-4 & 6

Pete Feenstra presents his Rock & Blues Show on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio every Tuesday at 19:00 GMT, and “The Pete Feenstra Feature” on Sundays at 20:00


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Power Plays w/c 9 October


ALMANAC Losing My Mind (Nuclear Blast)
TRIGGERFINGER Colossus (Mascot)
MIKE PETERS & THE ALARM Heroine (indie)
WICKED STONE Another Round (indie)
FOZZY Judas (Sony Music)


Featured Albums w/c 9 October (Mon-Fri)

09:00-12:00 DANTE FOX Six String Revolver (AOR Heaven)
12:00-13:00 FOZZY Judas (Sony Music)
14:00-16:00 JARROD DICKENSON Ready The Horses (Decca)



Album review: TYKETTO – Live From Milan 2017

TYKETTO - Live From Milan 2017

Frontiers [Release date 13.10.17]

A novel idea here as Tyketto play their classic ‘Don’t Come Easy’ album in its entirety but back to front! The current line-up still has two original members in vocalist Danny Vaughn and drummer Michael Clayton Arbeeny, who are joined by guitarist Chris Green (Furyon/ex-Pride), former Ten keyboards player Ged Rylands and Thunder’s bassist Chris Childs.

Danny Vaughn has lost none of his vocal power and gives his on all, with ‘Standing Alone’ a set highlight. Elsewhere Chris Green adds some classy guitar playing to ‘Lay Your Body Down’ and ‘Burning Down Inside’. The DVD gives a good idea of how much fun the band and the fans were having at the show, indeed the fans are very lucky as Danny Vaughn announced this was the last time they would play the album in its entirety.

The set includes three songs not on the ‘Don’t Come Easy’ album – an oldie in ’Rescue Me’ and two newer songs, ‘Reach’ and ‘Dig In Deep’.

The DVD adds an extra song, ‘Dig In Deep’ and the whole package is one for the fans as you get the band’s classic debut album performed in full. Great to see Tyketto still going strong all these years later and long may they continue. ****

Review by Jason Ritchie


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Power Plays w/c 9 October


ALMANAC Losing My Mind (Nuclear Blast)
TRIGGERFINGER Colossus (Mascot)
MIKE PETERS & THE ALARM Heroine (indie)
WICKED STONE Another Round (indie)
FOZZY Judas (Sony Music)


Featured Albums w/c 9 October (Mon-Fri)

09:00-12:00 DANTE FOX Six String Revolver (AOR Heaven)
12:00-13:00 FOZZY Judas (Sony Music)
14:00-16:00 JARROD DICKENSON Ready The Horses (Decca)



Quick plays: PILGRIMS’ WAY, RICHARD THOMPSON

PILGRIMS' WAY - Stand & Deliver

PILGRIMS’ WAY Stand & Deliver [Release date 20.10.1]

Pilgrims’ Way are a four piece folk band, although they take folk as their starting point and add in pop, West End showmanship and more into their musical pot. This album as the title suggests is a collection of songs about highwayman and all the songs, bar the title track, are traditional songs given the Pilgrims’ Way treatment.

‘Ibson, Gibson, Johnson’ recalls Fairport Convention, especially in the singing of Jon Loomes. ‘Cadgwith Anthem’ is a lovely choral piece backed by piano – shades of another folk rock great here, namely Steeleye Span.

‘Saucy Bold Robber’ has new member Jude Rees on lead vocals singing over a doom metal arrangement, albeit one played on fiddle and drums! Fancy some disco vocoder? Funny you should ask that as that’s what they use on ‘Turpin Hero’ backed by a lively beat.

Of course the album’s title track is a cover of the Adam & the Ant classic which gets a tounge in cheek folk over. One that would be great to hear performed live by the band.

Enjoyable folk music from a band who clearly love their traditional music and having a little fun with it along the way. ***1/2

Review by Jason Ritchie

RICHARD THOMPSON - Acoustic Rarities

RICHARD THOMPSON Acoustic Rarities Beeswing Records [Release date 06.10.07]

Hot on the heels of August’s ‘Acoustic Classics Vol. II’, Richard Thompson now releases a collection unreleased songs and songs that have only been previously been covers of his songs by other artists.

The album covers many moods, be it the melancholy reminiscing on ‘They Tore The Hippodrome Down’ (something many people of a certain age can relate to), or the uplifting ‘Rainbow Over The Hill’ (covered by the Albion Band). Fun to be had on ‘Alexander Graham Bell’, with a superb piece of jazz playing midway through. There is a Fairport Convention connection on here as he does a lovely version of ‘Sloth’.

Throughout the whole album Thompson’s singing and guitar playing captivate the listener’s attention. The term musical legend is bandied around a lot, however Richard Thompson is a true musical legend and this album just goes to highlight the breadth and depth of his songwriting skills and playing.

Definitely one for his many fans as the album’s title says it is full of rarities and thankfully they get an airing now. ***1/2

Review by Jason Ritchie


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Power Plays w/c 9 October


ALMANAC Losing My Mind (Nuclear Blast)
TRIGGERFINGER Colossus (Mascot)
MIKE PETERS & THE ALARM Heroine (indie)
WICKED STONE Another Round (indie)
FOZZY Judas (Sony Music)


Featured Albums w/c 9 October (Mon-Fri)

09:00-12:00 DANTE FOX Six String Revolver (AOR Heaven)
12:00-13:00 FOZZY Judas (Sony Music)
14:00-16:00 JARROD DICKENSON Ready The Horses (Decca)



Album review: KANSAS – Leftoverture Live & Beyond

KANSAS - Leftoverture Live & Beyond

Inside Out [Release date 03.11.17]

This release is a collection of concert performances culled from Kansas’s ‘Leftoverture’ 40th anniversary tour and it comes either as double CD or a 4-LP vinyl box. The band asked back producer Jeff Glixman, who helmed the original ‘Leftoverture’ album, to oversee this live album.

Disc one features rarely played treats like ‘Lamplight Symphony’ and a personal favourite, ‘Icarus II’. Ronnie Platt is a worthy successor to original vocalist Steve Walsh and he sings an emotional ‘Dust In The Wind’. Good see to some songs off 2016′s excellent ‘The Prelude Implicit’ make the setlist, including ‘Rhythm Of The Spirit’, although sadly no ‘With This Heart’.

The second disc sees the band play the entire ‘Leftoverture’ album and what a treat that must have been for fans lucky enough to see and hear it performed. The band do a sterling version of ‘Carry On My Wayward Son’ – Phil Ehart is all over the song with his drumming and percussion. Mention to David Ragsdale and his stunning violin playing that helps recreate the original album’s sound.

Other highlights (to be fair the whole darn album is a highlight) include ‘Miracles Out Of Nowhere’, where Platt’s vocals work in tandem with Billy Greer, now one of the band’s longest serving members after original members Ehart and Rich Williams. Then of course there is ‘Magnum Opus’, which the band recreate in all its original 70′s pomp and glory. Very impressive it has to be said.

The band sadly cancelled their planned European dates this summer due to the threat of terrorism (which opened up a whole new musical debate online amongst fans) but hopefully they will be back to do this show. However, until then this is a ‘must have’ for Kansas fans and shows that the current line-up have plenty of music left in them yet. ****

Review by Jason Ritchie


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Power Plays w/c 9 October


ALMANAC Losing My Mind (Nuclear Blast)
TRIGGERFINGER Colossus (Mascot)
MIKE PETERS & THE ALARM Heroine (indie)
WICKED STONE Another Round (indie)
FOZZY Judas (Sony Music)


Featured Albums w/c 9 October (Mon-Fri)

09:00-12:00 DANTE FOX Six String Revolver (AOR Heaven)
12:00-13:00 FOZZY Judas (Sony Music)
14:00-16:00 JARROD DICKENSON Ready The Horses (Decca)



Album review: LOUISE STEEL – Heartstorm

LOUISE STEEL - Heartstorm

Louise Steel Music

Louise Steel is a singer/songwriter from Leicester and she is joined by Andrew Dunmore, who played keyboards and wrote/co-wrote much of the music on the album, along with Louise. For a self-release it is very professional, from the CD that looks like a record, through to the high quality of production and musicianship (bar Louise and Andrew Dunmore, the rest of the musicians recorded their parts in their native Malaysia).

Louise describes the album as ‘an emotional storm, fully charged with epic guitar solos, heartfelt lyrics, intricate piano and thunderous drums.’ Maybe not so much on the thunderous drums, however the rest of the description is spot on and ‘Queen Of Daggers’ and ‘Sagittarius (Star-Crossed Lover Blues)’, both feature plenty of piano/keys and a couple of top draw guitar solos.

‘Pedestal’ you could imagine being a duet with Meat Loaf, as the big production and passionate vocals would suit Mr Loaf down to the ground. ’I Love You Honey (‘Till You Run Out Of Money)’ adds a bit of guitar crunch and raunchy rock to the proceedings – shades of Pat Benatar on this one.

Louise Steel faces an uphill struggle like any new musician to get her music widely known and heard, however with a little luck she can make it as this is a fine debut album. Perfect for those that love the classic sound of Pat Benatar and Bonnie Tyler, coupled with the more modern pop/rock of P!nk (less the swearing!). ****

Review by Jason Ritchie


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Power Plays w/c 9 October


ALMANAC Losing My Mind (Nuclear Blast)
TRIGGERFINGER Colossus (Mascot)
MIKE PETERS & THE ALARM Heroine (indie)
WICKED STONE Another Round (indie)
FOZZY Judas (Sony Music)


Featured Albums w/c 9 October (Mon-Fri)

09:00-12:00 DANTE FOX Six String Revolver (AOR Heaven)
12:00-13:00 FOZZY Judas (Sony Music)
14:00-16:00 JARROD DICKENSON Ready The Horses (Decca)



Gig review: VOODOO SIX – Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes, 29 September 2017

VOODOO SIX – Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes, 29 September 2017

Skam were just finishing up their set with a dirty, full blooded version of ‘War Pigs’ as I entered the venue and wished I’d been around for a bit more. Next time maybe. The Leicester power three-piece seemed to go down well with this Buckinghamshire audience.

The venue at the Craufurd Arms is a decent sized room at the back of an old Victorian pub in Wolverton, a part of Milton Keynes where the Royal Train is housed and where half the nation’s railway rolling stock was built in the 20th Century. Crucially, the venue is of good proportions/sight lines and has a 21st Century PA kicking out a solid sound.

Voodoo Six came out to a pretty full room and immediately hit their straps with the excellent ‘Falling Knives’. Pumping bass, distorted lead guitar and massive drums. This is one of their best tracks and was a great choice to get the audience on side.

The band are all about passion and worked really hard tonight. Tony Newton on bass spent a good part of the gig with his foot on the monitor and face scanning the crowd locked somewhere between an insane grin and steely grimace. He’s the beating heart of the band.

‘Falling Apart’ off the new album followed up quickly and impressively. I was a little unsure of new singer Nik Taylor-Stoakes on record, but live his delivery is less overblown whilst losing none of the raw power, range and tone.

He’s also a bit of a livewire and very personable, rapping with the crowd in refreshing style. This included a humorous conversation about what Milton Keynes is famous for, when the singer refused to believe Irn Bru was made in the city. (It is. Yes, another fun fact. No charge.)

Maybe the relaxed style was inspired by this being the last night of the tour. If, so it worked. The new material was pumped confidently. ‘Let Me Walk’ and ‘Walk A Mile’ were full of good honest swagger, with plenty of melody. Classic British hard rock.

Lead guitarist Matt Pearce was bang on form, soloing fluently and finding some real growl on the excellent ‘Sink Or Swim’. He was also happy to come forward and stake his claim for the spotlight, despite the rival attentions of both Taylor-Stoakes and Newton (and an unfortunate passing resemblance to Phil Collins).

‘Amen’ was introduced with a dedication to the victims of the Bataclan massacre, for whom the track was written, and given renewed poignancy by the Manchester shootings. It is a bit of an epic on record, but felt a more stripped down and visceral live; and was better for the abbreviated ending. The keyboards also came through more strongly here than elsewhere (hidden by the PA on my side of the stage, so for most of the gig I had thought this was merely Voodoo Five…) adding some depth and colour.

That would normally be the set closer, but as seems to be an increasing trend, the band simply stood on stage and said, ‘this is the bit where we go off and you shout for some more and we come back on. Shall we just skip that bit?’. This went down well, again reinforcing the relaxed feel of the night. ‘Electric’ and ‘Your Way’ provided the fake encore and closed out the set in powerful style.

This was a thoroughly entertaining gig by a hard-working and honest band with a decent set of tunes. Surely a higher profile is just around the corner.

Review by Dave Atkinson

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Power Plays w/c 9 October


ALMANAC Losing My Mind (Nuclear Blast)
TRIGGERFINGER Colossus (Mascot)
MIKE PETERS & THE ALARM Heroine (indie)
WICKED STONE Another Round (indie)
FOZZY Judas (Sony Music)


Featured Albums w/c 9 October (Mon-Fri)

09:00-12:00 DANTE FOX Six String Revolver (AOR Heaven)
12:00-13:00 FOZZY Judas (Sony Music)
14:00-16:00 JARROD DICKENSON Ready The Horses (Decca)



Gig review: W.A.S.P. – White Rock Theatre, Hastings, 12 October 2017

WASP - White Rock Theatre, Hastings, 12 October 2017

Loud, brash, obnoxious, Blackie Lawless’s LA metal outfit W.A.S.P. burst on to the scene in the early 80s and were never far from controversy. Over time, however, the band evolved and their output started showing signs of growing maturity. To be honest it’s not going to be too difficult for your music to start getting more mature if your first record is called ‘Animal (Fuck Like A Beast) is it?

The WASP of the early 90s had moved on to recording a full-blown concept album. The ‘Crimson Idol’ tells the story of a boy Jonathan and explores themes of estrangement, drugs, fame, money and suicide. It has become something of a cult heavy metal album and, twenty-five years since it was originally released, Lawless and his band are touring it in full.

Apart from the ever-present Blackie Lawless, W.A.S.P. has undergone numerous line-up changes over the years and no-one else on stage tonight originally performed on ‘The Crimson Idol’ album. Nevertheless, the band are in fine form and there is some powerful playing from new drummer, Aquiles Priester, and from lead guitarist, Doug Blair. Lawless’s distinctive vocals are as strong and as recognisable as ever.

Songs like ‘The Invisible Boy’ , ‘Chainsaw Charlie (Murders in the New Morgue) and ‘I Am One’ are superb tracks and stand up well on stage. Unlike when some acts choose to revisit an album in full and take the opportunity to reminisce on the history behind every track, there is little in the way of on-stage chat tonight, but Lawless is a charismatic stage presence nontheless. Visuals from the accompanying film for the album play on three large screens at the back of the stage, adding to the atmosphere. It’s a great album and a great performance tonight.

However, throughout the show part of me was excitedly anticipating the encore and, hopefully, a run-through of some of the great songs from the earlier, dumber, stupider, trashier era of W.A.S.P.

It wasn’t a long encore – three songs – as the band didn’t get on stage until 9pm, having only just arrived in the UK following the Scandinavian leg of their tour. But we did get gloriously over the top versions of ‘L.O.V.E Machine’ and ‘Wild Child’ which made a fitting end to the proceedings. Was I disappointed that we didn’t have a bit more of this? A little – but that has only made me more determined to catch Blackie and the boys again when they are next over…

Review by Darren Johnson


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Power Plays w/c 9 October


ALMANAC Losing My Mind (Nuclear Blast)
TRIGGERFINGER Colossus (Mascot)
MIKE PETERS & THE ALARM Heroine (indie)
WICKED STONE Another Round (indie)
FOZZY Judas (Sony Music)


Featured Albums w/c 9 October (Mon-Fri)

09:00-12:00 DANTE FOX Six String Revolver (AOR Heaven)
12:00-13:00 FOZZY Judas (Sony Music)
14:00-16:00 JARROD DICKENSON Ready The Horses (Decca)



Album review: KAIPA – Children Of The Sounds

KAIPA – Children Of The Sounds

Inside Out [Release date 22.09.17]

According to Cambridge Online Dictionary, inspiration is defined as “the use of imagination or original ideas to create something”.

The artists of the ancient world believed that their abilities came from the Gods and prayed to them for their assistance. Luckily for Hans Lundin, founder of the Swedish Progressive Rock outfit Kaipa, no divine intervention (as far as we have been told) was required for the creation of “Children of the Sounds”, his band’s latest studio album.

A few long bicycle rides in Uppsala, Sweden’s fourth largest city, and a visit at a ‘Mats & Morgan Band’ concert were enough to help the keyboard & vocal maestro put together the five compositions which are featured in this great sounding record.

Melody is a very important ingredient in the making of Kaipa’s thirteenth studio album but that should not scare fans of traditional and modern Prog Rock away, as Lundin and Co have ensured that there is fusion of enough different styles and sounds (see classical, jazz & folk) to keep fans of bands like Yes, King Crimson and Dream Theater satisfied.

These very beautiful vocal, guitar and keyboard-led melodies and the way they interact and achieve a striking balance with Jonas Reingold (Karmakanic, The Tangent) and Morgan Ågren’s (Casualties Of Cool, Fredrik Thordendal’s Special Defects) intricate rhythmical offerings is what makes “Children Of The Sounds” so damn special and an instantly/dangerously addictive musical proposition.

Introduced by an ethereal wind/string classical arrangement and featuring layers of melodic vocals dominated by Aleena Gibson’s powerful pipes, the same titled “Children Of The Sounds” may be the most melodic piece of the album but its eleven and a half minute duration and its various references to the works of Yes are enough to convince of its progressive credentials.

The even lengthier follow up opus “On The Edge Of New Horizons” finds the rhythm section of Reingold/Ågren in blistering form, features guitar and keyboard solos of immense quality, and strikes an interesting contrast with “Like A Serpentine”, the last truly long composition of the album, which focuses on Patrik Lundström’s (Ritual) & Aleena Gibson’s highly emotional vocal performances.

The last two compositions are varied and impressive in equal measure. In the Folk-sounding “The Shadowy Sunlight” the band presents us with the most dark/introspected composition on offer while “What’s Behind The Fields” concludes the album with melodic passages and flamboyant solos created with the average Steve Howe (Yes) in mind.

There’ s no denying it; I am pretty infatuated with Kaipa’s latest album.

The melodies employed here make one’s attraction to the five compositions on offer immediate while the technical abilities of the sextet, and the way they are utilized, are more than capable of keeping the listener hooked throughout.

What we have here is an album which manages to sound fresh and relevant while staying true to the spirit of the early 70s and that is quite a mean feat. Invest without fear! ****1/2

Review by Ioannis Stefanis


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Power Plays w/c 9 October


ALMANAC Losing My Mind (Nuclear Blast)
TRIGGERFINGER Colossus (Mascot)
MIKE PETERS & THE ALARM Heroine (indie)
WICKED STONE Another Round (indie)
FOZZY Judas (Sony Music)


Featured Albums w/c 9 October (Mon-Fri)

09:00-12:00 DANTE FOX Six String Revolver (AOR Heaven)
12:00-13:00 FOZZY Judas (Sony Music)
14:00-16:00 JARROD DICKENSON Ready The Horses (Decca)



Gig review: WALTER TROUT – Under The Bridge, London, 11 October 2017

WALTER TROUT – Under The Bridge, London, 11 October 2017

There’s always something heart-warming about a Walter Trout show.

Indeed, long before his miraculous recovery from ill health, he always made a virtue of making a connection with his crowd, either through socially conscious songs, universally applicable narratives or simply his in-between song banter.

Then there’s the way he slips from a humorous or ironic comment to intense big toned riffs that shake his audience from their heads to their toes.

And as he hits the stage at West London’s very fashionable Under The Bridge and leads the band into the familiar Sonny Boy Williamson opener ‘Help Me’, it’s almost as if he’s never been away.

But that would be to overlook the essence of his show, which aside from rocking hard and entertaining the fans, is all about communication. And in Trout’s absence there were very few contenders to take on a baton that demands such honesty and passion.

WALTER TROUT – Under The Bridge, London, 11 October 2017

If blues is about feel and emotion Walter has it in bucket loads, and he’s unafraid to share it with his fans.

He doesn’t fall into the trap of becoming a shoe gazing blues practitioner who plays for himself. On the contrary, when he steps back into the early 90′s Trout mode for a stonking version of Albert Collins’ ‘Cold Cool Feeling’, he connects with the tenets  of the song while investing it with his own heartfelt emotions.

Then there’s a point deep into the show when he briefly shares some of his darkest moments with the crowd on the introduction to ‘Please Take Me Home’. As he turns to his adjust his amp, he’s clearly fighting off the tears, only to rally again with a half turn and a blistering solo that momentarily seems to exorcise his demons.

Trout and band don’t use a set list and just like a generation of Zappa bands before them, they appear capable of playing anything at will as long as it’s in the right key, a fact Walter jocularly mentions when he confides that he called the wrong key for a song the other night.

WALTER TROUT – Under The Bridge, London, 11 October 2017

He sets the tone for the evening with the deeply emotional, but rock intensity of ‘Saw My Mama Crying’ and calls up the first of several guests, as he jams jubilantly with Sari Schorr’s guitarist Innes Sibun.

Sibun sticks around for an unexpected cover of ‘The Other Side of the Pillow’ from Trout’s chart topping ‘We’re All In This Together’ album, on which he cleverly substitutes a guitar part for Charlie Musselwhite’s harp.

WALTER TROUT – Under The Bridge, London, 11 October 2017

Almost in spite of the all star duet album, Trout contents himself with rediscovering some of his own back catalogue favourites and hits base with the ‘Got A Broken Heart’ which features one of his best vocals on the night.

Special guest Stephen Dale Petit makes an appearance with a gnawing tone and focussed attack, while Sari Schorr’s brings impeccable phrasing and raw gut emotion to her own recorded version of Walter’s ‘Work No More’, which is arguably one of the best contemporary blues songs of our time.

WALTER TROUT – Under The Bridge, London, 11 October 2017

Walter is a generous band leader and knows the value of pacing a show. To that end, he also calls on the bass playing guitarist Danny Avila – keyboard player Sammy’s son – who strides the front of the stage with some stunt bass that rocks the house.

But it’s Walter’s early career ‘Prisoner Of A Dream’ that reminds us of just why he’s enjoys such durability. This head-on meeting of a riff driven rocker with a melodic chorus and spine tingling guitar is everything rock/blues should be.

It’s so good I can forgive him for finishing with Don Nix’s ‘Going Down’. In fairness, Trout has been playing this song longer than most, but with such a great back catalogue of his own songs, he might have been just a tad more selfish.

Then again the room is bouncing, the band is smoking and the job is well and truly done.

WALTER TROUT – Under The Bridge, London, 11 October 2017

Early comers are treated to a rip-roaring opening blues-rock set by blues chanteuse Sari Schorr & The Engine Room.

The former Joe Louis Walker and Popa Chubby singer has carved out her own blues-rock niche. Tonight she impresses with her timbre and phrasing on ‘Damn The Reason’ and the self penned ‘Okalahoma’. She also gets passionate on a raucous version of ‘In The Pines’ and rocks the house with Zeppelin’s Rock & Roll’, which features Innis Sibun.

She’s just hitting her stride when her time is up, but you suspect a lot of tonight’s appreciative crowd will be back to see her own show.

Review by Pete Feenstra
Photos by Rockrpix

Pete Feenstra presents his Rock & Blues Show on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio every Tuesday at 19:00 GMT, and “The Pete Feenstra Feature” on Sundays at 20:00


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Power Plays w/c 9 October


ALMANAC Losing My Mind (Nuclear Blast)
TRIGGERFINGER Colossus (Mascot)
MIKE PETERS & THE ALARM Heroine (indie)
WICKED STONE Another Round (indie)
FOZZY Judas (Sony Music)


Featured Albums w/c 9 October (Mon-Fri)

09:00-12:00 DANTE FOX Six String Revolver (AOR Heaven)
12:00-13:00 FOZZY Judas (Sony Music)
14:00-16:00 JARROD DICKENSON Ready The Horses (Decca)



Gig review: TRIGGERFINGER – 100 Club, London, 10 October 2017

TRIGGERFINGER – 100 Club, London, 10 October 2017

Belgian power trio Triggerfinger have got something going on. They rock hard with a set of diverse material that has a freshness and purpose too often lacking in cliché ridden rock and they deliver it all with a welcome sense of humour.

Tonight they’ve added a keyboard player who gives them some of the sonic detail that makes their new ‘Colossus’ album so interesting.

Sharp of suit and steely of riff, they tap into one of rock music’s main arteries to rise above a huge wall of sound and shape their songs with an array of tonal colours, killer riffs, sharp dynamics and booming hooks.

The band’s name doesn’t quite convey their musical elasticity. They don’t so much go for the kill as build things up by degrees. Their volume levels shakes the 100 Club to its foundations, before they effortlessly shift gears as only a great rock band can do.

TRIGGERFINGER – 100 Club, London, 10 October 2017

They take the stage to a warm reception and effervescent drummer Mario Goossens plays up to the crowd by standing on his drum riser to encourage an even bigger response, and all this before they’ve hit the opening chord.

Goossens is a hard driving presence in the band and could potentially a great front man in his own right. His own moment comes later in the form of a gargantuan drum solo, but for now he locks horns with bassist Paul Van Bruystegem to generate a thunderous wall of sound.

The band makes an opening statement with a huge double bass led drone that evokes both the feel and the title of their album ‘Colossus’.

Front man and principal songwriter Ruben Block might look like an accountant, but he strikes a confident pose – business like and to the point – before launching himself into some one man physical theatre and performance art. He’s all angular poses and a wiry presence as he literally leans into the songs.

At one point he nearly doubles up and then launches himself towards the ceiling with a thrust of his guitar neck.

 

Triggerfinger fill the room with an ominous sound that could be shifting tectonic plates. They are voluminous, intense and just plain big, but they never lose sight of the essential dynamics of presentation.

The funky antecedent of ‘Upstairs Box’ finds Ruben mixing choppy lead guitar with vocals that go way beyond his natural range. It’s a killer track with an eerie hook that ignites the crowd.

‘By Absence of the Sun’ leads to lots of fist pumping at the front and more physical contortions from Ruben, before the rhythm section kicks in like a jet plane taking off.

It’s a quarter of the way into the set before Ruben finally welcomes everyone, and with a twinkle in his eye he asks; “It’s too loud isn’t”, before thanking the crowd for being there.

They steam into the riff led and exclamatory banshee wail of ‘Flesh Tight’, which receives an even bigger ovation than the more familiar fare that’s gone before.

It’s short, sharp, in the pocket, rocks like a mother and defines what they are about.

Triggerfinger know they are on to something. A sprinkle of Pearl Jam, Maiden and Zeppelin T-shirts confirms the broad based constituents of an enthusiastic crowd that laps up the band’s original mix of rock, electro and grunge, all delivered with punk like energy levels and plenty of volume.

And yet in spite of all the rock bluster, they are a band for whom the primacy of the song remains paramount, even if they aren’t given to sharing the song titles.

From the chant-along hook of the crowd pleasing Colossus’, to the feral rocking of ‘Bring Me Back A Live Wild One’ and Goossens OTT drum solo, Triggerfinger press all the right buttons and thoroughly deserve their encore.

Peter Shoulder – 100 Club, London, 10 October 2017

Earlier on acoustic singer songwriter Peter Shoulder – a Blues Grammy award winner and once a band member of UK band Winterville with Mario Goossens – works hard to generate interest with well structured songs and some startling phrasing.

His songs reach deep for emotion and spark and he receives a warm reception for his efforts.

Review by Pete Feenstra
Photos Bruce Ackroyd


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Power Plays w/c 9 October


ALMANAC Losing My Mind (Nuclear Blast)
TRIGGERFINGER Colossus (Mascot)
MIKE PETERS & THE ALARM Heroine (indie)
WICKED STONE Another Round (indie)
FOZZY Judas (Sony Music)


Featured Albums w/c 9 October (Mon-Fri)

09:00-12:00 DANTE FOX Six String Revolver (AOR Heaven)
12:00-13:00 FOZZY Judas (Sony Music)
14:00-16:00 JARROD DICKENSON Ready The Horses (Decca)



Album review: SONS OF APOLLO – Psychotic Symphony

SONS OF APOLLO - Psychotic Symphony

Inside Out [Release date 20.10.17]

Sons Of Apollo only formed earlier this year and come labelled with the ‘supergroup’ tag, which can be a blessing or a curse – luckily a blessing in Sons Of Apollo case. The Sons Of Apollo are Mike Portnoy, his fellow ex-Dream Theater band mate Derek Sherinian, Billy Sheehan (who Portnoy worked with in the Winery Dogs), Jeff Scott Soto and Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (ex-Guns ‘N’ Roses).

The album is a musical monster that’s for sure, as the collective members input their various influences from past and present bands, plus their love of bands like Deep Purple and Rush.

Everything on this album is big in sound and nature, as the opener ‘God Of The Sun’ clocks in at over ten minutes. On this we have those groove filled bass lines from Billy Sheenan, stylish solos from Ron Thal, Derek Sherinian creating all manner of sounds from his keys and Mike Portnoy driving it all along with his relentless drumming. Jeff Scott Soto is a perfect foil for these four as he has the power and melody to match the music.

‘Labyrinth’ features a Jon Lord-esque Hammond from Sherinian (also on the intro to ‘Divine Addiction’), another massive tune with plenty going on musically to satisfy prog fans, yet enough melody to appeal to any lover of rock music. ‘Divine Addiction’ really digs that Deep Purple sound circa that band’s ‘Perfect Strangers’ album. Even the guitar solo sounds like Ritchie Blackmore!

‘Coming Home’ has an instant melodic rock appeal a wise choice as the single lifted from the album. Not unlike Soto’s solo work in sound.

The instrumental ‘Opus Maximus’ does what it says on the tin, cramming in lots of musical highlights into ten minutes. The guitar playing of Thal has a metal edge on this one, whilst Portnoy fair blasts his drums out of the studio with the power of his playing.

Sons Of Apollo aim to tour this album next year and then move onto their next respective musical projects. My advice is grab this album and go see them live as this really is a special union of musicians and up there with Flying Colors in the prog ‘supergroup’ stakes. ****1/2

Review by Jason Ritchie


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Power Plays w/c 9 October


ALMANAC Losing My Mind (Nuclear Blast)
TRIGGERFINGER Colossus (Mascot)
MIKE PETERS & THE ALARM Heroine (indie)
WICKED STONE Another Round (indie)
FOZZY Judas (Sony Music)


Featured Albums w/c 9 October (Mon-Fri)

09:00-12:00 DANTE FOX Six String Revolver (AOR Heaven)
12:00-13:00 FOZZY Judas (Sony Music)
14:00-16:00 JARROD DICKENSON Ready The Horses (Decca)



Album review: SAMARKIND

Samarkind

[Release date 24.11.17]

Right, “Economics 101” – your company operates in a commodity market selling apples. The price of entry into the business is low, all the apples look, taste and are priced the same and they’re all available right now…so, who do you buy from? The guy you like, the guy who tells you a joke or offers you a coffee while he serves you – something that differentiates him from all the other apple sellers.

And that’s the thing with Samarkind’s debut, self-titled album – it’s all here and it’s all very decent and well executed so what’s the unique selling point? What’s the pull? What makes another blues/rock album rise above the median line in a crowded market place?

It always has to be first and foremost the songs – that unforgettable riff or chorus, that unique meshing of divergent styles – combined with the rabid energy, experience and infectious charisma of the live performance.

Samarkind guested for Inglorious in early October in Dublin and ripped it up royally apparently, even causing people to “put away their cell phones and pay attention”. Personally, I think that is quite an achievement these days and still the best way to build the band’s brand in a busy space.

There is some live prior form here – during his time fronting ‘80s Irish hard rockers Assassin (nope, me neither…), lead singer David Paul Byrne has toured in support of Leppard, Quo, W.A.S.P. and Manowar and was also a featured vocalist in the 1986, definitely B, slasher movie “Trick or Treat”. Clutching at straws a bit here but the point is – the guy’s got the pipes.

With a Pole on lead guitar, an Irish bassist and a South African-born drummer, this United Nations of rockers have done well to channel all the essential ingredients of multi-influenced, hard rock blues.

From the tribal chant and chunky beat of opener “Black Rain” which morphs into a very tasty Blackfoot-style, chugging southern-shuffle adorned with some sludgy slide guitar, through the straight-ahead bluesy riffage of “Sun Stroke Heart” and “Skinny Rivers” and the almost obligatory, jangly beaten-up acoustic romp of “Touchstone Man”, this is a worthy debut – tickling the crotch rather than grabbing you by the balls.

“Good Man Call” touches on the sad plight of children in war zones and the refugee crisis and, instead of a Klaus Meine whistle, there is a spoken-word coda/chorus to tug at the heart strings. Again, an almost there but not quite, “Wind of Change”.

Blood and guts finale, “Blue Mountain”, with its chopping, staccato riff has the band rocking to a pacey finish, all individually getting crazy while giving it the full belt load of bullets in a classy cut.

One feels like there are better songs to come in due course which will help to set these guys apart from their contemporaries. This first offering of only 8 tracks – midway between a long EP and a full album – augers well, good but not yet great so, definitely ones to watch. ***

Review by Mark “Mad Dog’ Shaw


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Power Plays w/c 9 October


ALMANAC Losing My Mind (Nuclear Blast)
TRIGGERFINGER Colossus (Mascot)
MIKE PETERS & THE ALARM Heroine (indie)
WICKED STONE Another Round (indie)
FOZZY Judas (Sony Music)


Featured Albums w/c 9 October (Mon-Fri)

09:00-12:00 DANTE FOX Six String Revolver (AOR Heaven)
12:00-13:00 FOZZY Judas (Sony Music)
14:00-16:00 JARROD DICKENSON Ready The Horses (Decca)



Album review: VICTIM OF ILLUSION – Invisible Light

VICTIM OF ILLUSION - Invisible Light

Self-released  -  [Release date: 20.6.17]

Time was that if it was prog it was British. And the Brits had it more or less all their own way for a good part of the late sixties through to the late eighties.

But this domination has been challenged in more recent times by the upsurge in great progressive music from Scandinavia, the countries of eastern Europe and even South America.

Determined not to be left behind, and following in the footsteps of the likes of Rock Progressivo Italiano pathfinders such as PFM, Le Orme, Celeste and Finisterre come Torino’s Victim Of Illusion with their third album ‘Invisible Light’.

Formed in 2010 by Peter Hamer (guitar/synths/programming) and Paolo Gurlino (vocals), they were subsequently joined by Luca Imerito (bass) and have been joined on this album by Michele Santoleri (drums) a rising star of the Italian music landscape.

Citing influences such as Porcupine Tree (inevitably), Tool and Radiohead (and to which I would add the wonderful Riverside) ‘Invisible Light’ – given that it is self-released, or perhaps because it IS self-released, is a rather fine collection of songs that hang together well and are sufficiently original to unshackle the band from their somewhat predictable inspirations.

Eight tracks in total and hard to find fault if I’m honest.

It’s classic prog in many ways – more time sig changes than you could shake a stick at, soaring synths and guitar solos a-plenty – but it’s the juxtaposition of light and shade that really catches the ear here.

There are passages of almost brutal heaviness but these are inevitably soothed by a chiming guitar here, a delicate piano motif there and an enduring sense that despite these forays into the heavy end of things the band are never going to lose sight of the melody.

Hamer’s guitar work is exemplary throughout and Gurlino’s (accentless) vocals cut through the material in sparkling fashion, which, when set against the rock solid bass of Luca Imerito and the quite sensational drumming of Santoleri (an inspired choice) pushes the musicality to the fore.

The album is both superbly recorded and produced and the band are very assured with the technical complexity of the material.

Many aficionados would tag this ‘heavy prog’ as a genre, and it  certainly has a hard edge, but it’s far too subtle for that sweeping epithet as the melodic heart at the core of the album is what really shines through.

Great stuff.  ****

Review by Alan Jones

Alan sequences “The Eclectic Mix” on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, second Sunday of the month at 18:00. Expect some prog.


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Power Plays w/c 9 October


ALMANAC Losing My Mind (Nuclear Blast)
TRIGGERFINGER Colossus (Mascot)
MIKE PETERS & THE ALARM Heroine (indie)
WICKED STONE Another Round (indie)
FOZZY Judas (Sony Music)


Featured Albums w/c 9 October (Mon-Fri)

09:00-12:00 DANTE FOX Six String Revolver (AOR Heaven)
12:00-13:00 FOZZY Judas (Sony Music)
14:00-16:00 JARROD DICKENSON Ready The Horses (Decca)



Gig review: JARROD DICKENSON – Kings Cross Old Church, London, 19 October 2017

JARROD DICKENSON - Kings Cross Old Church, London, 19 October 2017

Win a vinyl copy of Jarrod Dickenson’s new album!  Listen in to the singer songwriter sequence on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio (Mon-Fri, 14:00- 16:00 GMT) until Wednesday 25 October.  ‘Ready The Horses’ is the Featured Album. Set to the … Continue reading

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Album review: BIGFOOT

BIGFOOT

Frontiers [Release date 13.10.17] Bigfoot are a five piece hailing from Wigan, not the natural home of the Bigfoot beast but one that houses this band who have a penchant for classy hard rock. The line-up consists of vocalist Anthony Ellis, guitarists … Continue reading

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News: Albums of the Month (September 2017 – November 2017)

The Best of 2017

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Gig review: MARTIN TURNER – 100 Club, London, 14 October 2017

MARTIN TURNER - 100 Club, London, 14 October 2017

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Album review: SUPERSONIC BLUES MACHINE – Californisoul

SUPERSONIC BLUES MACHINE – Californisoul

Provogue [Release date 20.10.17] The all star Supersonic Blues Machine’s second album ‘Californisoul’ isn’t so much a concept as a feel and attitude, as revealed by the album title. It’s all there in the sparkling interplay on a subtle melange … Continue reading

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Quick plays: JIM BYRNES, INTASTELLA, THE JAMIE PORTER BAND, BILL FEEHELY

JIM BYRNES - Long Hot Summer Days

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Gig review: NAZARETH – 229 Club, London, 13 October 2017

NAZARETH - 229 Club, London, 13 October 2017

When their seventies hit making days in the UK ended, Nazareth seemed to concentrate on less fickle foreign markets, and opportunities for more recent fans like me to see them in the UK seemed few and far between. Yet in … Continue reading

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Gig review: SIN HOUSE – Spirit Of The Torrington, Old Finchleians, London N12, 15 October 2017

SIN HOUSE – Spirit Of The Torrington, Old Finchleians, London N12, 15 October 2017

It’s take some gumption to start a new band when celebrating the 50th anniversary of your pro career, but then Stevie Smith, the former Bad Manners, Ruthless Blues, Salt and Long John Baldry harp player, is no ordinary performer, and … Continue reading

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Album review: TYKETTO – Live From Milan 2017

TYKETTO - Live From Milan 2017

Frontiers [Release date 13.10.17] A novel idea here as Tyketto play their classic ‘Don’t Come Easy’ album in its entirety but back to front! The current line-up still has two original members in vocalist Danny Vaughn and drummer Michael Clayton … Continue reading

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Quick plays: PILGRIMS’ WAY, RICHARD THOMPSON

PILGRIMS

PILGRIMS’ WAY Stand & Deliver [Release date 20.10.1] Pilgrims’ Way are a four piece folk band, although they take folk as their starting point and add in pop, West End showmanship and more into their musical pot. This album as … Continue reading

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Album review: KANSAS – Leftoverture Live & Beyond

KANSAS - Leftoverture Live & Beyond

Inside Out [Release date 03.11.17] This release is a collection of concert performances culled from Kansas’s ‘Leftoverture’ 40th anniversary tour and it comes either as double CD or a 4-LP vinyl box. The band asked back producer Jeff Glixman, who … Continue reading

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Album review: LOUISE STEEL – Heartstorm

LOUISE STEEL - Heartstorm

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Gig review: VOODOO SIX – Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes, 29 September 2017

VOODOO SIX – Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes, 29 September 2017

Skam were just finishing up their set with a dirty, full blooded version of ‘War Pigs’ as I entered the venue and wished I’d been around for a bit more. Next time maybe. The Leicester power three-piece seemed to go … Continue reading

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Gig review: W.A.S.P. – White Rock Theatre, Hastings, 12 October 2017

WASP - White Rock Theatre, Hastings, 12 October 2017

Loud, brash, obnoxious, Blackie Lawless’s LA metal outfit W.A.S.P. burst on to the scene in the early 80s and were never far from controversy. Over time, however, the band evolved and their output started showing signs of growing maturity. To … Continue reading

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Album review: KAIPA – Children Of The Sounds

KAIPA – Children Of The Sounds

Inside Out [Release date 22.09.17] According to Cambridge Online Dictionary, inspiration is defined as “the use of imagination or original ideas to create something”. The artists of the ancient world believed that their abilities came from the Gods and prayed … Continue reading

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Gig review: WALTER TROUT – Under The Bridge, London, 11 October 2017

WALTER TROUT – Under The Bridge, London, 11 October 2017

There’s always something heart-warming about a Walter Trout show. Indeed, long before his miraculous recovery from ill health, he always made a virtue of making a connection with his crowd, either through socially conscious songs, universally applicable narratives or simply … Continue reading

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Gig review: TRIGGERFINGER – 100 Club, London, 10 October 2017

TRIGGERFINGER – 100 Club, London, 10 October 2017

Belgian power trio Triggerfinger have got something going on. They rock hard with a set of diverse material that has a freshness and purpose too often lacking in cliché ridden rock and they deliver it all with a welcome sense … Continue reading

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Album review: SONS OF APOLLO – Psychotic Symphony

SONS OF APOLLO - Psychotic Symphony

Inside Out [Release date 20.10.17] Sons Of Apollo only formed earlier this year and come labelled with the ‘supergroup’ tag, which can be a blessing or a curse – luckily a blessing in Sons Of Apollo case. The Sons Of … Continue reading

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Album review: SAMARKIND

Samarkind

[Release date 24.11.17] Right, “Economics 101” – your company operates in a commodity market selling apples. The price of entry into the business is low, all the apples look, taste and are priced the same and they’re all available right … Continue reading

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Album review: VICTIM OF ILLUSION – Invisible Light

VICTIM OF ILLUSION - Invisible Light

Self-released  -  [Release date: 20.6.17] Time was that if it was prog it was British. And the Brits had it more or less all their own way for a good part of the late sixties through to the late eighties. … Continue reading

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