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Album review: ACCEPT – Restless And Wild

ACCEPT - Restless And Wild

Nuclear Blast [Release date 13.01.17] Legendary German metal band Accept has been a dominant force in the genre for a few decades now. Fewer bands have been as heralded and influential as Accept. Years ago original vocalist Udo Dirckschneider parted … Continue reading

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Album review: NIGHT RANGER – 35 Years and A Night In Chicago

Frontiers [Release date 02.12.16] Night Ranger celebrate 35 years together with this double live CD and DVD set, recorded back in May this year at the House Of Blues in Chicago. Having been lucky enough to have seen them live … Continue reading

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Gig review: STATUS QUO – Heineken Music Hall, Amsterdam, 2 December 2016

STATUS QUO - Parc Y Scarletts, Llanelli, 27 August 2016

Let’s put some background markers down first – I first saw Quo in Sheffield in 1977 and assuming an average of a gig per tour since and then throw in the ad-hoc promotional stuff like the first Aquostic gig at … Continue reading

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

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

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Album review: BLACKBERRY SMOKE – Like An Arrow

The Best of 2016

Earache Records [Release date 15.10.16] Blackberry Smoke are back with the follow-up to last year’s ‘Holding All The Roses’, an Album of the Year selection here at GRTR! and a rare five star album from me. So no pressure then … Continue reading

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DVD review: SCORPIONS – Forever And A Day

SCORPIONS - Forever And A Day

Eagle Vision [Release date 30.09.16] New Scorpions documentary ‘Forever and A Day’ was filmed on what was supposed to be that band’s farewell tour and climaxes with their final show in Munich, as such it is reflective, honest and insightful. … Continue reading

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Album review: DIRKSCHNEIDER – Back To The Roots

DIRKSCHNEIDER - Back To The Roots

AFM Records [Release date 28.10.16] If you don’t know who Udo Dirkschneider is, you’re either really young or not a metal fan. Former singer for legendary German metal band Accept, Udo has one of the most distinctive voices in the … Continue reading

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Album review: DENIAL – No Comment

DENIAL - No Comment

Heaven and Hell Records [Release date 29.06.16] Old school Thrash Metal fans, especially those who are into finding those rare, obscure, and hard to find bands, need look no further for the coolest release of the year in this genre. … Continue reading

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Album review: ASSASSIN – License To Kill

ASSASSIN - License To Kill

Thanks to this little invention called the Internet I have managed to discover an amazing amount of music and bands – some of it stuff just hitting the shelves while others are items I’ve often heard or read about and … Continue reading

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Album review: MEDEVIL – Conductor Of Storms

[Release date 26.08.16] I am a metalhead. There are no two ways to put it. I’ve been a rabid worshipper of all things metal for pretty much my whole life. I love damn near every sub genre of metal and … Continue reading

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DVD review: GOD BLESS OZZY OSBOURNE

Eagle Classics The DVD was originally released back in 2011 and now gets a budget re-issue as part of the Eagle Classics series. Directed by Ozzy’s son Jack and Mike Fleiss, this is a no-holds barred look back at Ozzy’s … Continue reading

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Gig review: BLUE OYSTER CULT – Kentish Town Forum, London, 29 July 2016

BLUE OYSTER CULT - Kentish Town Forum, London, 29 July 2016

This was a bit of a special event as not only was this the first sighting of Blue Oyster Cult outside of a holiday camp in the UK for a few years, but this gig marked the return of drummer … Continue reading

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Album review: JORN – Heavy Rock Radio

Frontiers www.frontiers.it [Release date 03.06.16] Jorn is back with…another covers album. In the past few years he has been doing various re-recordings of his older work or covers, plus last years rather good ‘Dracula – The Swing Of Death’ with … Continue reading

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Album review: BARENAKED LADIES – BNL Rocks Red Rocks

BARENAKED LADIES - BNL Rocks Red Rocks

Concord/Universal [Release date 20.05.16] Barenaked Ladies (BNL) are one of those bands I have heard the name and read the odd album review through the years, but never really heard anything by them. That will change after listening to this … Continue reading

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Album review: CHEAP TRICK – Boom Zoom Crazy…Hello

CHEAP TRICK - Boom Zoom Crazy...Hello

[Release date 01.14.16] Cheap Trick are back with their first album in a little while, ‘The Latest’ came out back in 2009. They have had a good year to date being inducted to the Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall of Fame … Continue reading

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Album review: KANSAS – Always Never The Same

KANSAS – Always Never The Same

Store For Music www.storeformusic.com An album overlooked in the Kansas catalogue being originally released back in 1998, three years after their last studio album ‘Freaks Of Nature’. I remember reading an interview back at that time where drummer Phil Ehart … Continue reading

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Album review: THE WONDER STUFF – 30 Goes Around The Sun

THE WONDER STUFF - 30 Goes Around The Sun

IRL records [Release date 19.03.16] This is the Wonder Stuff’s eighth studio album and the album’s title refers to the bands thirtieth year. Vocalist/guitarist Miles Hunt is the sole original member (and his uncle Bill was a member of both … Continue reading

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Album review: ANTHRAX – For All Kings

ANTHRAX - For All Kings

Nuclear Blast [Release date 26.02.16] I will admit it has been awhile since I heard an Anthrax album right through, although I was a big fan back in their 80′s period when thrash metal was at its commercial peak. This … Continue reading

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News: The Rebelles announce a cover of All The Young Dudes

THE REBELLES release their take on ‘All The Young Dudes’, featuring Ian Hunter, on 18th March, via Turtle Recordings. The Rebelles is the sound of three stunning vocal talents paying tribute to the songs that inspire them.  Formed of Tracie … Continue reading

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Album review: THE TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT – White Bear

THE TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT - White Bear

Earache Records [Release date 15.01.16] The Temperance Movement’s debut album released back in 2013 proved a big hit, making the upper echelons of the UK album charts. Since then they have opened for the Rolling Stones and toured extensively, including … Continue reading

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