Tag Archives: hard rock

Album review: STONEWIRE – Life As We Know It

STONEWIRE - Life As We Know It

Independent [Release date 01.11.19] Step aside Anne and Nancy, there’s a new Favorite Bitch in town – big-lunged Sky Hunter and her cohorts who testify as StoneWire and they kick up one helluva sandstorm. This is an outstanding album of … Continue reading

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News: Albums of the Month (July 2019 – September 2019)

DANNY BEARDSLEY - Blood From A Stone

January-March 2019 April-June 2019 DANNY BEARDSLEY Blood From A Stone www.dannybeardsley.com [Release date 20.09.19] Just when you thought it was safe to go back in to your ageing album collection – frustrated that much new stuff merely recycles the old … Continue reading

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Album review: CRASHDIET – Rust

CRASHDIET - Rust

Frontiers [Release date 13.09.19] “Rust” is a welcome return for Sweden’s Crashdiet, their first album since 2013’s “The Savage Playground” and the first to feature new(ish) vocalist Gabriel Keyes. The album is top quality melodic yet sleazy rock, with heavier … Continue reading

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Album review: DOWN ‘N’ OUTZ – This Is How We Roll

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UMC [Release date 11.10.19] Third album from Down ‘N’ Outz who feature Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott, The Quireboys’ Paul Guerin (guitar), Guy Griffin (guitar) and Keith Weir (keyboards), plus the rhythm section of Vixen bassist Share Ross and Wayward Sons … Continue reading

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Gig review: STRAY – Boom Boom Club, Sutton, 20 September 2019

STRAY- Boom Boom Club, Sutton, 20 September 2019

For every guitar great that sprang to prominence in rock’s golden age- a Blackmore, a Page, a Schenker – there were other guitar heroes who given the breaks should have become equal household names on musical terms alone, one of … Continue reading

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Album review: KXM – Circle Of Dolls (featuring George Lynch, dUg Pinnick, Ray Luzier)

KXM - Circle Of Dolls

Frontiers [Release date 13.09.19] Of all the projects George Lynch has been associated with in the past five or six years, KXM seems to be a keeper.  We noted their debut, in 2014, “will appeal to his fans (and to … Continue reading

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Album review: IAN GILLAN with The DON AIREY BAND and ORCHESTRA – Contractual Obligation #3 Live In St Petersburg

IAN GILLAN with The DON AIREY BAND and ORCHESTRA - Contractual Obligation #3 Live In St Petersburg

Edel/Ear Music [Release date 26.07.19] Singer Ian Gillan, best known for fronting rock legends Deep Purple, took this solo project on the road during a break in the Purple schedule, and recorded some live sets in November 2016. Featuring a … Continue reading

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Album review: WEAPON UK – Ghosts Of War

WEAPON UK - Ghosts Of War

Pure Steel Records [Release date 27.09.19] Weapon first came onto the scene back in 1980 during the New Wave of British Heavy Metal boom. The current line-up sees original duo – vocalist Danny Hynes and guitarist Jeff Summers – joined … Continue reading

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Album review: BAKER GURVITZ ARMY – On The Road Again

BAKER GURVITZ ARMY - On The Road Again

The Store For Music [Release date 20.09.19] Baker Gurvitz Army formed out of sixties trio The Gun who had a hit with ‘Race With The Devil’ and then morphed into Three Man Army.  Their original drummer Tony Newman jumped ship … Continue reading

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Album review: FAITHSEDGE – Bleed For Passion

FAITHSEDGE - Bleed For Passion

Scarlet Records [Release date 26.07.19] ”Bleed For Passion” is the new album from Faithsedge, the band comprising of former Dokken guitarist Alex De Rosso, Timothy Gaines (formerly of Stryper) on bass, drummer Matt Starr (Ace Frehley/Mr Big) and vocalist Giancarlo … Continue reading

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Album review: SPREAD EAGLE – Subway To The Stars

SPREAD EAGLE - Subway To The Stars

Frontiers [Release date 09.08.19] Those lovely people at Frontiers have treated us to another fine slab of late 80’s/early 90’s rock, the spotlight this time falling on New York’s Spread Eagle. Not so much of a comebaclk in this case … Continue reading

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Album review: ROXY BLUE – Roxy Blue

ROXY BLUE - Roxy Blue

Frontiers [Release date 09.08.19] Coming a mere 25 years since their debut album (“Want Some”), Roxy Blue are back with a brand new album, very good it is too, and with the exception of guitarist Jeffrey Wade Caughron, the band … Continue reading

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Quick plays: VISIONATICA, ARDOURS

VISIONATICA - Enigma Fire

VISIONATICA Enigma Fire (Frontiers) [Release date 12.07.19] You have to ask yourself, on occasions, where has originality gone? Visionatica, a[nother] female fronted symphonic metal band, this time, from Nuremberg, failed to make much of a global ‘splash’ with their 2016 … Continue reading

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Album review: THE DEAD DAISIES – Locked And Loaded

DEAD DAISIES – Locked And Loaded

SPV [Release date 23.08.19] The Dead Daisies have been touring and recording since 2013 when David Lowy put the first line-up of the band together. Now, as the various current members of the band take a year out to concentrate … Continue reading

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Rising Stars: PISTON

Piston by Rob Blackham

Piston’s eponymous debut album is released September 13th. They tour the UK with Collateral in September, followed by a “Roadstars” October UK tour with Hannah Wicklund & The Steppin’ Stones and Gorilla Riot. We caught up with guitarist Jack Edwards … Continue reading

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Album review: THE NEW ROSES – Nothing But Wild

THE NEW ROSES - Nothing But Wild

Napalm Records [Release 02.08.19] What can I say, I f’king love this album. “Nothing But Wild” is the fourth album from German band The New Roses and what an album it is, from the start this is from the heart, … Continue reading

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Album review: DEEP PURPLE – Live In Newcastle 2001 The Soundboard Series

DEEP PURPLE - Live In Newcastle 2001 The Soundboard Series

earMUSIC [Release date 05.07.19] First in a series of official bootleg type recordings/releases, getting a wider release as they originally had a very limited showing. And well worth it they are too. This is one of six shows recorded on … Continue reading

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Album review: DAVE BICKLER – Darklight

DAVE BICKLER - Darklight

Deko Music [Release date 19.04.19] Amazingly this is the debut solo album from former Survivor vocalist Dave Bickler, most famous for the voice on that band’s classic anthem ‘Eye Of The Tiger’. A solo album has long been rumoured and … Continue reading

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Album review: MARK BAKER – The Future Ain’t What It Used To Be

MARK BAKER - The Future Ain

MelodicRock Records [Release date 26.07.19] The name Mark Baker may not be immediately recognizable to many, but he is the man behind the classic Signal ‘Loud & Clear’ album as well as many other songs for the likes of .38 … Continue reading

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Quick plays: JAILBIRDS, TIMO TOLKKI’S AVALON, CHAOS MAGIC

JAILBIRDS - The Great Escape

JAILBIRDS The Great Escape Golden Robot Records [Released date 05.07.19] Jailbirds are an Australian/Irish hard rock band based in Dublin, Ireland and ‘The Great Escape’ is their debut album. The band is composed of Axel McDonald (vocals, lead guitar), Jay … Continue reading

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