Tag Archives: hard rock

EP review: DEAD MAN’S WHISKEY – Breakout

DEAD MAN'S WHISKEY - Breakout

Self-release [Release date 01.10.21] Dead Man’s Whiskey are back in action with an appearance at this year’s Stone Dead festival and a string of tour dates this month (September at the time of publication). This five song EP is produced … Continue reading

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Album review: M.ILL.ION – Back On Track

M.ILL.ION - Back On Track

AOR Heaven [Release date 10.09.21] Four original M.ILL.ION members reunited in the autumn of 2020 – Hans Dalzon (vocals), CT Rohdell (guitar), Marcus Berglund (keyboards) and B.J Laneby (bass) – and they were joined by new recruits Henrik Andersson (lead … Continue reading

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Gig review: THE DARKER MY HORIZON & FRIENDS FESTIVAL, The Vic, Coalville, 20-22 August 2021

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I think it would be fair to say that travelling to the venue on 20th was challenging for most, due to a number of accidents and roadworks everywhere, however, none so much as The Darker My Horizon (TDmH) as their … Continue reading

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Album review: APRIL WINE – First Glance, Harder…Faster

APRIL WINE – First Glance, Harder…Faster

BGO Records [Release date 06.08.21] Although April Wine had been around since 1969, they only really made in big outside of their native Canada with 1978’s ‘First Glance’, an album that also marked the debut of guitarist Brian Greenway. Between … Continue reading

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Album review: SLADE – Slayed?

SLADE - Slayed?

BMG (LP, splatter vinyl)  [Release date 03.09.21] Wolverhampton born legends Slade were important and successful innovators in hard rock and glam rock during the 70s, both musically and visually. There have been many reissues, but this LP reminds us of … Continue reading

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Album review: DANKO JONES – Power Trio

DANKO JONES - Power Trio

Mate In Germany [Release date 27.08.21] Danko Jones are onto their tenth album, which also celebrates the 25th year anniversary of this uncompromising band. They have their own unique sound and keep on doing what they do best – uncompromising … Continue reading

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Album review: CRUZH – Tropical Thunder

CRUZH - Tropical Thunder

Frontiers [Release date 06.08.21] Cruzh is back with a new vocalist, Alex Waghorn, in a belated follow-up to 2016’s self-titled debut. Waghorn joined Cruzh in 2019 when the band released an acoustic version of ‘Aim For The Head’. Now, Waghorn, … Continue reading

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Album review: ALIRIO – All Things Must Pass

ALIRIO - All Things Must Pass

Frontiers [Release date 06.08.21] Alirio (Netto) is big in Brazil. Arguably, he’s paid his dues several times over, appearing on stage in several rock musicals through the years to considerable acclaim, as well as being the frontman for Khalice, Age … Continue reading

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Album review: LEE AARON – Radio On!

LEE AARON - Radio On!

In this exclusive interview edit, containing non-broadcast material, Lee Aaron chats about her “return” to a hard rock format in 2016. The full interview, first broadcast 1 August 2021,  includes a selection of tracks from her earliest albums to the … Continue reading

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Album review: BLACKTHORNE – Afterlife and Don’t Kill The Thrill (2-CD package)

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The Store For Music [Release date 23.07.21] Blackthorne is probably one of the more obscure Graham (Rainbow/MSG/Alcatrazz) Bonnet ventures. At first glance it looks anything but: Jimmy (New England) Waldo, Bob (Kiss/WASP) Kulick, Frankie Banali and Chuck Wright, both ex … Continue reading

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Album review: HARDLINE – Heart, Mind and Soul

HARDLINE – Heart, Mind and Soul

Frontiers [Release date 09.07.21] Album number seven from melodic hard rockers Hardline who still feature sole remaining original member vocalist Johnny Gioeli. The rest of Hardline is guitarist Mario Percudani, bassist Anna Portalupi, drummer Marco Di Salvia and on keyboards, … Continue reading

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EP review: DRAGGED UNDER – We’ll Do It Live

DRAGGED UNDER – We’ll Do It Live

Mascot Records/Mascot Label Group [Release date 06.08.21] Dragged Under were formed from by former members of Rest, Repose in 2019. In just a few short years they have released their debut album (last year) and had a number of line-up … Continue reading

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News: Albums of the Month (April 2021 – June 2021)

SMITH KOTZEN (Adrian Smith, Richie Kotzen)

SMITH KOTZEN (BMG) Adrian Smith (Iron Maiden) and Richie Kotzen (Poison, Mr Big, Winery Dogs) have pitted their combined guitaring and songwriting skills to fashion nine tracks of pure unadulterated hard rock heaven.  ****1/2 Review by David Randall THE DUST … Continue reading

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Album review: HEAVY WATER – Red Brick City

HEAVY WATER - Red Brick City

Silver Lining Music [Release date 23.07.21] With, amongst others, the sons of both Iron Maiden’s Steve Harris and Bruce Dickinson’s sons kicking up serious dust in The Raven Age and As Lions respectively, it’s no surprise that Seb Byford stepped … Continue reading

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Album review: CROWNE – Kings In The North

CROWNE – Kings In The North

Frontiers [Release date 18.06.21] Crowne is (another) gathering of Scandinavian melodic hard rockers from various bands comprising of vocalist Alexander Strandell (Art Nation), guitar, keyboards & producer Jona Tee (H.E.A.T), bassist John Levén (Europe) and drummer Christian Lundqvist (The Poodles), … Continue reading

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EP review: OVERDRIVERS – Rock Out!

OVERDRIVERS – Rock Out!

Rock Of Angels Records [Release date 09.07.21] Overdrivers hail from France, although their sound owes more to Australia and the likes of AC/DC and Airbourne. This is their first new music since their 2018 album ‘She’s On Her Period’ (yes … Continue reading

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EP review: CROBOT – Rat Child

CROBOT - Rat Child

Mascot Records [Release date 18.06.21] Crobot have announced their new record Rat Child EP, which features a mighty cast of pure rock pedigree. It’s a punchy taste of what is to come in the future – this is a collaborative … Continue reading

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Gig review: THE DARKER MY HORIZON – Dirty Rockers, Dudley, Saturday 22 May 2021

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I actually can’t quite believe that I am writing a gig review – a real live gig review, not a livestream, live music with an audience, in a rock venue, it’s been way too long. The anticipation of this gig … Continue reading

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Album review: DAVE BURN – Nothing Is As It Seems

DAVE BURN - Nothing Is As It Seems

www.daveburn.net  [Release date 01.06.21] ‘Nothing Is As It Seems‘ is the 17th solo album from guitarist Dave Burn and first to feature vocals, a departure from previous solo albums which were all instrumentals. Dave Burn has toured and recorded as … Continue reading

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EP review: THE JAILBIRDS – Jungle

THE JAILBIRDS - Jungle

Golden Robot Records [Release date 21.05.21] Now this is a Canadian three piece called the Jailbirds, not the Aussie/Irish Jailbirds who have a penchant for AC/DC riffs, which could explain why on first listen I thought they had undergone a … Continue reading

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Quick plays: BADFINGER, CACTUS

BADFINGER No Matter What Revisiting The Hits

BADFINGER No Matter What Revisiting The Hits  Cleopatra Records [Release date 02.04.21] Badfinger were one of our greatest pop rock bands with a criminally short life-span, not least due to the sad demise of the band’s two main movers and … Continue reading

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Album review: PHIL VINCENT – Stigmata

PHIL VINCENT - Stigmata

Bandcamp [Release date 26.05.21] Solo album number 23 from Phil Vincent and like last year’s ‘Yesterday, Tomorrow & Today’ he is joined by guitarist Vince O’Regan and Janne Stark guests on ‘So Tired’, with Jacob Hansen once again in the … Continue reading

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Album review: SWEET OBLIVION (feat Geoff Tate) – Relentless

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Frontiers Music [Release date 09.03.21] Another Italian job. The Sweet Oblivion (feat Geoff Tate) debut was co-written by Tate and DGM guitarist/producer, Simone Mularoni. Relentless is the follow up, and it’s been been co-written and produced by another multi-talented Italian … Continue reading

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Album review: THE TREATMENT – Waiting for Good Luck

The Treatment – Waiting for Good Luck

Frontier Records [Release date 09.04.21] “Waiting For Good Luck” is the fifth album from well-established British rockers, The Treatment and I have to say I think this is their best to date. This is simply a classic rock album with … Continue reading

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EP review: KISS KISS BANG – Hungry, High & Seeing Things

KISS KISS BANG – Hungry, High & Seeing Things

Bandcamp [Release date 26.03.21] Hailing from Bowling Green, Kentucky Kiss Kiss Bang comprises of Trevor Smith (vocals, guitars, synth, percussion), Clayton Crowder (guitars, slide guitars, vocals, percussion) and Andrew Hopper (bass, vocals, percussion) who were joined by drummer Taylor Sanders … Continue reading

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