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Album review: AYREON – Into The Electric Castle

AYREON - Into The Electric Castle

Music Theories Recordings [Release date 26.10.18] Aside from being the 20th anniversary of its release and a long overdue vinyl release, the most significant thing about the Arjen Lucassen’s remixed and re-mastered 1998 Ayreon project, is the way it successfully … Continue reading

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Album review: JOHN BUTLER TRIO – Home

Because Music [Release date 28.09.18] ‘Home’ is the John Butler Trio’s first album since 2014′s ‘Flesh & Blood’, which reached number 2 in his native Australian charts, as well as topping the US Billboard chart and those of France and Switzerland. … Continue reading

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Album review: VOLA – Applause Of A Distant Crowd

VOLA – Applause Of A Distant Crowd

Mascot records [Release date 12.10.18] Vola’s name means flying in Italian and that is precisely what the band aims for with a mixture of prog-metal, electronics and big resolving hooks, as they envelope the listener with a judiciously used wall … Continue reading

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Album review: SIMON KENT – In Another Life

SIMON KENT - In Another Life

ReprinT [Release date 04.05.18] Originally slated for release 12 months ago, and with the lead single ‘Never Stop Believing’ released as long ago as February 2016, Portsmouth singer songwriter Simon Kent’s follow up to his 2014 sophomore album Dreams And … Continue reading

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Album review: KYLE SHUTT – Doom Side Of The Moon

Doom Side Of The Moon

Music Theories Recordings [Release date 08.12.17] ‘Doom Side Of The Moon’ celebrates 50 years of Pink Floyd by re-imagining a heavier version of ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’. It’s an attempt to get inside the textural richness of Pink Floyd’s … Continue reading

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Album review: WHEN MARY – Tainted

WHEN MARY - Tainted

Sonicbond [Release date 10.11.17] The second album from Norwegian art rock band When Mary – Trude Eidtang (vocals, synth, percussion, glockenspiel), Christian Paulsen (guitars, programming, synth, bass) and Vidar Uthaug (synth, organ, korg, Rhodes) is a rather enchanting affair. That … Continue reading

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Quick plays: SCARVED, OOBERFUSE

SCARVED Lodestone

SCARVED Lodestone [Release date 03.03.17] What springs to mind when you think about Belgium?  World class beer, chocolate, and a national football team?   Could female fronted rock be added to that impressive roster with the sophomore release from Scarved? Fronted … 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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Album review: RUN LIBERTY RUN – We Are

RUN LIBERTY RUN - We Are

earMUSIC [Release date 22.07.16] There’s something in the ether.  Having just reviewed goth/metal revivalists Sinnergod I’ve also been privy to a new German band and their debut album.  The read across – albeit with less heavy guitars – is quite … 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: DREAM ETERNAL BLISS, THREE DAYS FROM RETIREMENT

DREAM ETERNAL BLISS

DREAM ETERNAL BLISS DEB EP New Jersey debutants Dream Eternal Bliss deliberately bringing together the 80s pop of bands like Berlin, Roxette, and Duran Duran, and fuse it with the AOR melodic dexterity of bands like Toto on their debut … Continue reading

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Gig review: JOHNNY HATES JAZZ – Darwen Library Theatre, Lancs, 4 March 2016

JOHNNY HATES JAZZ - Darwen Library Theatre, 4 March 2016

In this hour long special, first broadcast as part of his weekly show on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, David Randall chatted to Clark Datchler with tracks from Johnny Hates Jazz past and present, plus a special acoustic version of … Continue reading

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Album review: GLITCH CODE – Gifted_Damaged

GLITCH CODE - Gifted_Damaged

Basilica Music [Release date 12.02.16] Glitch Code is a collaboration between songwriter/producer/sound designer Paul Kirkpatrick and vocalist Rachel Harvey.  And a lot of attention to detail has gone into the creation of their debut – even the packaging for the … Continue reading

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Album review: LISA RONSON – Emperors Of Medieval Japan

LINDA RONSON - Emperors Of Medieval Japan

Maniac Squat Records [Release date 09.11.15] Back in 1974 David Bowie, regaled us with tales of a skeletal post-apocalyptic landscape of Diamond Dogs.  By then, Mick Ronson was no longer his trusted foil, but 40 years later Ronson’s daughter seems … Continue reading

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Album review: SHWIZZ – My Good Side/My Bad Side

SHWIZZ – My Good Side/My Bad Side

CD Baby [Release date 16.05.15] There’s something stirring on the Stateside prog rock scene, from the exciting new bands populating the festival circuit to the upswing in independent releases. Look no further than New Yorkers ShwizZ for further evidence. They … Continue reading

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Album review: DORIS BRENDEL & LEE DUNHAM – Upsidedownworld

DORIS BRENDEL & LEE DUNHAM - Upsidedownworld

Sky Rocket Records [Release date 20.04.15] Doris Brendel.  It’s a name to be conjured with.  It isn’t one that sounds particularly rock ‘n’ roll.  Maybe a 1920′s sidekick for Miss Marple? First encountered back in 1991 fronting The Violet Hour … Continue reading

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News: SONJA KRISTINA (Curved Air) interview on Sunday 3 May 2015

Curved Air - Giants Of Rock

Photo: Simon Dunkerley/GRTR! Sonja Kristina Special (Part 1) – 3 May 2015 by Get Ready To Rock! Radio on Mixcloud Curved Air vocalist Sonja Kristina is the latest subject of a two-part special on internet-based Get Ready to ROCK! Radio. … Continue reading

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Album review: KALLE VILPUU – Silver Lining

KALLE VILPUU - Silver Lining

www.kallevilpuu.com [Release date 22.12.13] I have to say I always approach guitarist-led independent releases with a certain amount of intrepidation.  Often they are mere vanity projects, apeing others, badly recorded, badly executed and maybe enlisting a “name” to help sales … Continue reading

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Album review: ROBERT PLANT – Lullaby and…The Ceaseless Roar

Robert Plant - Lullaby and...The Ceasless Roar

East West [Release date 08.09.14] Sometimes an album leaves your jaw dropped, with words incapable of doing it justice.  Such is Robert Plant’s latest offering. While Jimmy Page continues to yearn for days of yore, Plant continues to look for … Continue reading

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Album review: CLAUDIA BRUCKEN – Where Else

Claudia Brucken - Where Else

Cherry Red [Release date 06.10.14] For many, Claudia Brücken will be synonymous with 80′s German synth pop band Propaganda – one of the first bands to be signed to Trevor Horn’s ZTT label and their 1985 debut A Secret Wish. … Continue reading

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