Tag Archives: alt rock

Quick plays: LOVED ONES, DAVEY DODDS

LOVED ONES Harness Blood Records [Release date 05.05.17] Loved Ones are on ‘that difficult second album’, or so the theory goes, however this band have no qualms on that score as they have a plethora of musical ideas to share … Continue reading

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EP reviews: WAITING FOR TITOR, BEYOND RECALL, MALLEN

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

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Album review: LITTLE HURRICANE – Same Sun Same Moon

Little Hurricanes - Same Sun Same Moon

Mascot [Release date 14.04.17] Little Hurricane feature Anthony ‘Tone’ Catalano on guitar and vocals and Celeste ‘CC’ Spina on drums. ‘Same Sun, Same Moon’ is a contemporary take on “dirty blues” (think The White Stripes meets The Black Keys),  but the … Continue reading

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Gig review: BLUE OCTOBER – Islington O2 Academy, 4 March 2017

BLUE OCTOBER - Islington O2 Academy, 4 March 2017

Shortly before the UK tour, David Randall chatted to Justin Furstenfeld for Get Ready to ROCK! Radio.  In the first hour of his weekly show, David plays tracks from the current and recent albums whilst asking Justin about the band’s … Continue reading

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News: BLUE OCTOBER – UK dates and radio interview (February 2017)

Blue October

David Randall chatted to Blue October mainman Justin Furstenfeld on the eve of their UK visit.  This special feature includes tracks from several albums including ‘Home’  (59:40) First broadcast on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, 26 February 2017. Blue October … Continue reading

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Gig review: 3 DOORS DOWN – Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith, London, 6 November 2016

 3 DOORS DOWN - Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith, London, 6 November 2016

Enormous in their native USA since the turn of the millennium, 3 Doors Down have a low public profile in the UK, perhaps befitting a band whose everyday anonymity is one of their virtues. Yet a near sell out at … Continue reading

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Album review: CURE FOR GRAVITY – s/t

CURE FOR GRAVITY

[Release date 14.10.16] www.cureforgravity.net California-based trio Cure For Gravity describe their influences as traditional prog (Genesis, King Crimson) prog with a more experimental edge (Radiohead, God Is An Astronaut) This should give you an idea of the band’s musical range … Continue reading

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Album review: SINNERGOD – Sinnergod

The Best of 2016

[Release date 09.09.16] www.sinnergod.com Described as “Goth Metallers” this is the Wigan/Manchester quintet’s sophomore album release.  There’s a confidence at play, the more so when you realise it has been conceived and produced locally and by the band’s twin brothers … Continue reading

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EP review: CIRCLE OF REASON – Faith or Theory

CIRCLE OF REASON - Faith or Theory

[Release date 27.05.16] Southampton quartet, Circle of Reason come racing out the blocks with their latest EP ‘Faith or Theory’. The 7 song release has been making waves already, being featured on Scuzz TV and Kerrang! TV. This has began … Continue reading

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Album review: TAX THE HEAT – Fed To The Lions

Nuclear Blast [Release date 08.04.16] I first came across Tax The Heat supporting prog/pomp rock veterans Kansas back in 2014 and was suitably impressed by their live show. Since then they have toured extensively and signed with Nuclear Blast. The … Continue reading

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Gig review: CRACKER – Dingwalls, London, 7 December 2015

A spirit-lifting gig on a miserable Monday night from an inventive band who refuse to be pigeon-holed. Cracker have variously been described as alt rock, alt country, country rock, post-punk and blues-folk. I kid you not. Who needs labels when … Continue reading

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Album review: THE MANIC SHINE – Trial And Triumph

THE MANIC SHINE - Trial & Triumph

Pledge Music [Release date 11.15] The Manic Shine are one of those bands that – after several years – have finally hit proverbial  paydirt with their latest Pledge-funded album.  We came across them via the radio station with much airplay … Continue reading

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News: CHRIS SQUIRE, WARREN HAYNES, SEPULTURA – Tuesday 19th May 2015

Royal Hunt have launched a Pledge music campaign for their next album. They also have a new drummer Andreas “Habo” Johansson. Bullet For My Valentine release their new album ‘Venom’ on August 14th. Warren Haynes (Govt. Mule) releases his new … Continue reading

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Album review: LIFEHOUSE – Out Of The Wasteland plus interview

LIFEHOUSE - Out Of The Wasteland

Ironworks [Release date 22.06.15] Lifehouse have sold over 15m. albums worldwide with considerable success in their native US, yet they remain relatively unknown here in the UK.  This album sees the band on a new record label and back after … Continue reading

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Quick plays: HEKZ, STARSET, HANNE KOLSTO

HeKz - Caerus

HEKZ – Caerus Cherry Red Records [Released 03.11.14] This is the second album from up and coming UK based progressive metal band HeKz. They have been picked up by Cherry Red Records who will do a good job I am … Continue reading

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Album review: LIVE – The Turn

Live - The Turn

Released [03.11.14] Live have had an interesting history these past few years to say the least as after splitting-up in 2009 and parting with lead singer Ed Kowalczyk, lawsuits and recriminations followed. Eventually in 2011 the other band members rebooted … Continue reading

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Album review: SHAMAN’S HARVEST – Smokin’ Hearts & Broken Guns

Shaman

Mascot [Release date 15.09.14] If you had a secret liking for ‘Hero’ the Chad Kroeger song that featured Saliva’s Josey Scott in the original re-boot Spiderman movie, you will like Shaman’s Harvest. The band had some U.S. success with their … Continue reading

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Album review: KLOGR – Blacksnow

Klogr - Blacksnow

Zeta Factory (Release date – Out now) Blacksnow is the second album release by Italian alt-rockers Klogr. Their first album, ‘Till You Decay’, was released back in 2011 and gained some good press. Since then the band have been touring … Continue reading

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Album review: ALTER BRIDGE – Fortress

Alter Bridge - Fortress

Roadrunner After their well received ‘III’ album and Myles Kennedy gaining yet more exposure as part of Slash’s band, Alter Bridge are back and the expectations are high for this new album. Fear not as they have all their key … Continue reading

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Album review: CHEMIA – The One Inside

Chemia - The One Inside

DCM Records [Release date: 04.11.13] Poland is something of a hotbed for progressive rock, it is therefore somewhat surprising when you hear an absolutely cracking album from a Polish band which sounds like it could have been conceived in a … Continue reading

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