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Album review: THE MAGPIE SALUTE – S/T

[Release date 09.06.17] The long-awaited release of The Magpie Salute’s self-titled debut album is like meeting an old flame after many years – you wonder how she’s stood the test of time, if she still has it….and then she walks in and floors you, … Continue reading

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News: TODD RUNDGREN: New album and interview (May 2017)

Todd Rundgren

The full version of this interview is broadcast as part of the 500th ‘Assume The Position’ presented by David Randall on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio.  Repeated Monday 29 May, 22:00 GMT and Friday 2 June, 22:00 GMT (5:22) Todd … Continue reading

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Album review: HAREM SCAREM – United

HAREM SCAREM - United

Frontiers [Release date 12.05.17] This is Harem Scarem’s second album since reuniting back in 2013 – three if you count their re-recording of their classic ‘Mood Swings’ album they did to get back their ownership of the songs. Original members … Continue reading

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Album review: WARRANT – Louder, Harder, Faster

WARRANT - Louder, Harder, Faster

Frontiers [Release date 12.05.17] Now, there is no getting away from the fact that the late Jani Lane was one hell of a songwriter and left behind some stand out songs from the Sunset Strip era.  However, Warrant these days … Continue reading

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Album review: LITTLE STEVEN – Soulfire

LITTLE STEVEN - Soulfire

Wicked Cool/Big Machine/UMe [Release date 19.05.17] It has been awhile since Little Steven’s (Steven Van Zandt) last album, 1999′s ‘Born Again Savage’, although he has been busy touring with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, along with TV appearances including … Continue reading

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Album review: RAVEN – Reissues

RAVEN - Reissues

Dissonance Productions [Release date 02.06.17] Formed in the mid 70s by brothers John and Mark Gallagher, initially with twin guitars and progressive rock leanings, Settling as a threesome, with drummer Rob Wacko Hunter, Raven were an integral part of the … Continue reading

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Album review: CRAZY LIXX – Ruff Justice

CRAZY LIXX - Ruff Justice

Frontiers Records [Release Date 21.04.17] For over a decade now Swedes Crazy Lixx have been proving a youthful take on the glam and sleaze bands that dominated the airwaves and MTV in the second half of the eighties. I’d always … Continue reading

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Album review: NIGHT DEMON – Darkness Remains

NIGHT DEMON – Darkness Remains

Steamhammer/SPV [Release date 21.04.17] I thought about writing this review without referencing either of the terms ‘retro metal’ or ‘NWOBHM’. However, after giving this an honest spin through a couple of times, that proved impossible. So closely do Night Demon … Continue reading

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Album review: BIG WOLF BAND – A Rebel’s Story

BIG WOLF BAND – A Rebel

Big Wolf Records [Release date 15.5.17] In this age of instant downloads, there’s something reassuring about a Brummy blues-rock band with well crafted songs, deep grooves, tight arrangements and inspired playing fuelled by plenty of passion. Big Wolf Band come … Continue reading

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Album review: FRANKIE OLIVER – Here I Am

Good Deeds Music [Release date 09.06.17] www.frankieolivermusic.com Frankie Oliver actually recorded his debut album ‘Looking For The Twist’ in 1997 (with the Sly & Robbie rhythm section), however due to various reasons it never really took off and he instead … Continue reading

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Album review: COCO MONTOYA – Hard Truth

COCO MONTOYA – Hard Truth

Alligator Records [Release date 24.03.17] Coco Montoya’s ‘Hard Truth’ is a career highlight for Coco Montoya. It’s an object lesson in old school dynamics and an album glued together by an essential flow. It’s given a contemporary sheen by drummer … Continue reading

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Album review: DEEP PURPLE – inFinite

DEEP PURPLE - inFinite

earMUSIC [Release date 07.04.17] 2013′s ‘Now What?!’ found Deep Purple in rude good form and backed up by a well received UK tour.  With more UK dates in November 2017, inFinite doesn’t quite match the sheer audacity of that album … Continue reading

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Album review: HUNTER & THE BEAR – Paper Heart

[Release date 12.05.17] Hunter & the Bear I first heard via Spotify, which may not be overly loved by some musicians, however it did its job as Hunter & the Bear were recommended as I liked Tax The Heat and … Continue reading

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Quick plays: UNDERHILL ROSE, STEVE MAYONE

UNDERHILL ROSE  Live

UNDERHILL ROSE  Live [Release date 30.06.17] Recorded in North Carolina in September 2016, Live finds Underhill Rose  Eleanor Underhill (vocals/banjo/harmonica), Molly Rose Reed (vocals/guitar) and Salley Williamson (vocals and upright bass) delivering a stripped back ‘best of’ set culled from … Continue reading

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Album review: THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA – Amber Galactic

THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA - Amber Galactic

Nuclear Blast [Release date 19.05.17] There are a good number of bands paying homage to the classic 70′s and 80′s hard rock/AOR/pop sound, with Brother Firetribe (another band who’s members are drawn from heavier sounding bands) and Cats In Space being … Continue reading

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Album review: TYGERS OF PAN TANG – The MCA Years

TYGERS OF PAN TANG - The MCA Years

Caroline International [Release date 19.12.16] 5-CD box set Formed in the north east of England in the late-70s, Tygers Of Pan Tang were part of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, and achieved moderate success, including the minor hit … Continue reading

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Album review: RHAPSODY OF FIRE – Legendary Years

AFM Records [Release date 26.05.17] After a lot of turmoil, and a number of recent line-up changes, the new look Rhapsody Of Fire lay their cards on the table with their new album, which sees the new line-up rerecord a … Continue reading

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Album review: DANZIG – Black Laden Crown

AFM Records [Release date 26.05.17] My history with Glenn Danzig as a solo artist has been kinda iffy. I loved his stuff with The Misfits and Samhain, and the first three solo Danzig albums are stunningly brilliant. The fourth had … Continue reading

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Album review: DANNY BRYANT – BIG, Live in Europe

DANNY BRYANT – BIG, Live in Europe

Jazzhaus Records [Release date 21.04.17] There’s huge vacuum to be filled when you leap from a power trio to a nine piece big band. Apart from the statistical logistics, there’s the intricacy of the arrangements, the need for a big … Continue reading

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Album review: LABYRINTH – Architecture of a God

LABYRINTH - Architecture of a God

Frontiers [Release date 21.04.17] Labyrinth seemed to have disappeared off the scene follwoing 2010′s ‘Return to Heaven Denied Pt. II: A Midnight’, however they added vocalist Mark Boals to the line-up in 2014. Then last year a reunion of founding members Olaf … Continue reading

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