Tag Archives: hard rock

Album review: JEFF SCOTT SOTO – Retribution

Frontiers [Release date 10.11.17] You do wonder at times when Jeff Scott Soto (JSS) finds time to rest, as he is involved in the recently released album from Sons Of Apollo, he has his more metal edged Soto band, there … Continue reading

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Album review: VON HERTZEN BROTHERS – War Is Over

Von Hertzen Brothers - War Is Over

Music Theories Recordings [Release date 03.11.17] ‘War Is Over’ isn’t so much a concept album as a dramatic prog rock album with associated musical influences, ranging from classic, hard and symphonic rock, to more poppy and synth influences. There’s plenty … Continue reading

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Quick plays: PENDULUM OF FORTUNE, TOMI MALM, THE ESKIES

PENDULUM OF FORTUNE Searching For The God Inside [Release date 08.12.17] Pendulum Of Fortune are based around former Eloy drummer Bodo Schopf, who is joined by Pink Cream 69/Almanac vocalist David Readman, guitarist Vladimir Shevyakov and bass player Franky R (who … Continue reading

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Album review: ROSE TATTOO – Tatts Live In Brunswick 1982

ROSE TATTOO - Tatts Live In Brunswick 1982

Golden Robot [Release date 24.11.17] Classic Australian hard rock band synonymous with the shaven headed frontman Angry Anderson and a tattoo or two, as well as a few AC/DC connections, Rose Tattoo were formed in the mid 70s and took AC/DC’s … Continue reading

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Album review: KISS THE GUN – Nightmares

KISS THE GUN - Nightmares

3MS Music [Release date 01.12.17] No ‘new kids on the block’, Kiss The Gun are a bunch of seasoned players.  Sort of. Formed in Salisbury when a pair of old duffers playing in local covers bands  – Dave South a … Continue reading

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Album review: DEEP PURPLE – A Fire In The Sky

Deep Purple - A Fire In The Sky

Parlophone [Release date 15.09.17] British classic rock legends are still going strong, and basking on the back of the rather wonderful ‘iNfinite’ album, released earlier this year. And while compilations may be so common they’re on a street corner with … Continue reading

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Album review: EUROPE – Walk The Earth

EUROPE - Walk The Earth

Hell & Back Recordings [Release date 20.10.17] Europe returned to our shores, and our record racks, in 2005 on the back of an excellent comeback album.  During the last decade they’ve consolidated their revival with a succession of generally well-received … 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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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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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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Quick plays: THE REMEDY CLUB, GYPSY SOUL

THE REMEDY CLUB Lovers, Legends & Lost Causes [Release date 08.10.17] ‘Lovers, Legends and Lost Causes’ is the first release under the duo’s new name The Remedy Club (they released two albums under the previous name – B & The … Continue reading

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Album review: SHADOWQUEEN – Living Madness

SHADOWQUEEN - Living Madness

[Release date 14.09.17] Shadowqueen, from Melbourne, Australia, caught our ears in 2013 with their debut album ‘Don’t Tell’.  Great vocals from Robbi Zana and piledriving riffs and an irresistible urgency characterised that debut and thankfully the band have retained all … Continue reading

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EP review: BLACK CAT BONES – Down To The River

Black Cat Bones - Down To The River

Black Cat Bones [Release date 29.09.17] Not to be confused with the band that gave the world Paul Kossoff and Simon Kirke from Free, this hard rocking quintet hail from Liverpool and deal with blues tinged hard rock. Fronted by … Continue reading

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Album review: URIAH HEEP – Raging Through The Silence

URIAH HEEP - Raging Through The Silence

Uriah Heep Records [Release date 08.09.17] One for hard rock and prog fans – you really can’t beat a bit of Uriah Heep. Really. Especially when it’s a well recorded live show. Even more so when it plugs a nice … Continue reading

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Gig review: INGLORIOUS – Muni Arts Centre, Pontypridd, 30 September 2017

INGLORIOUS - Muni Arts Centre, Pontypridd, 30 September 2017

A rainy South Wales valley in autumn can be a bleak miserable place but today a special double bill rolled into town and brightened up the weekend, the first date of a national tour. The venue – Pontypridd Muni(cipal) Arts … Continue reading

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Quick plays: DIRTY THRILLS, STEELHEART, SHAKRA

DIRTY THRILLS - Heavy Living

DIRTY THRILLS Heavy Living Frontiers [Release date 15.09.17] Despite their name Dirty Thrills are not a sleaze rock band, instead they draw from the musical well of 60′s/70′s rock giants Led Zep and Bad Company, to produce a big, hard … Continue reading

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Album review: FIREROAD – Flesh Blood And Bone

FIREROAD – Flesh Blood and Bone

[Release date 27.06.17] The cheque is in the mail, of course I love you, gosh you don’t look any different, that’s me done drinking and rock is dead all rank amongst some of the most oft-repeated bullshit lies of all … Continue reading

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Album review: WICKED STONE- Ain’t No Rest

WICKED STONE- Ain’t No Rest

[Release date 07.10.17] Formed in 2015, Wicked Stone are a British five-piece hard rock metal band, citing influences such as Guns n Roses, Alter Bridge and Black Stone Cherry.  ‘Ain’t No Rest’ is band’s debut album from Wicked Stone. The … Continue reading

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Single review: THE BAD FLOWERS – Thunder Child

THE BAD FLOWERS - Thunder Child

[Release date 15.09.17] The Bad Flowers are a no nonsense three-piece rock band hailing from Cannock – hometown of the legendary Glenn Hughes. The band’s line-up is Tom Leighton (Guitar/Vocals), Dale Tonks (Bass/Vocals) and Karl Selickis (Drums) and to date they … Continue reading

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Album review: COLDSPELL – A New World Arise

Coldspell - A New World Arise

Escape Music [Release date 22.09.17] ColdSpell have been around since 2005 and this is the band’s fourth album, with what is quite a gap for them since 2013′s ‘Frozen Paradise’. However, that extra time in between albums has allowed the … Continue reading

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