Tag Archives: hard rock

Album review: LORDI – Killection

LORDI - Killection

AFM Records [Release date 31.01.20] Finnish monsters Lordi have been rampaging through the planet since the first emerged from the deepest darkness in 1992. Over the years their own brand of twisted melodic and theatrical hard rock has won them … Continue reading

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EP review: MOLLY KARLOFF – Supernaturalation

MOLLY KARLOFF – Supernaturalation Coming on with the force of a wrecking ball, Molly Karloff play the sort of gloriously scuzzy rock ‘n’ roll that your mother warned you about. With an excitement not seen since the early days of … Continue reading

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Album review: ANCHOR LANE – Casino

ANCHOR LANE - Casino

R7 Records [Release date 31.01.20] Young, gifted and Scottish, What more could you want? Anchor Lane – Connor Gaffney, Scott Hanson, Lawrence O’Brien and Matthew Quigley – are a Glasgow band who came to the attention of the rock’n’roll world … Continue reading

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Album review: FASTWAY – Trick Or Treat

FASTWAY - Trick Or Treat

Rock Candy Records {Release date 29.11.19] The late, great “Fast” Eddie Clark died a year ago this month. Many consider Motorhead to be his single most important legacy. Fastway wasn’t far behind. The 80s produced some great horror movies. “Trick … Continue reading

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Album review: EDGE OF FOREVER – Native Soul

EDGE OF FOREVER - Native Soul

Frontiers [Release date 06.12.19] Edge Of Forever are back with their first album in nine years. They still feature founding member, producer, singer and keyboardist Alessandro Del Vecchio (who has been very busy in the interim as Frontiers ‘go to’ … Continue reading

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Album review: STORM FORCE – Age Of Fear

STORM FORCE - Age Of Fear

Escape Music [Release date 25.01.20] Storm Force hail from Canada and although a new band they have a familiar name in their ranks, Brighton Rock founder and guitarist Greg Fraser. Joining him are vocalist Patrick Gagliardi, drummer Brian Hamilton and … Continue reading

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Gig review: ALTER BRIDGE – O2 Arena, London, 21 December 2019

Gig review: ALTER BRIDGE/Shinedown – O2 Arena, London, 21 December 2019

Oh, what to make of Shinedown. Despite their second-billing on this tour, the multi-million selling Floridian quartet smashed out their anthemic tunes to an enthusiastic O2 Arena. The music mostly went down well. My problem is Brent Smith’s grandstanding audience participation … Continue reading

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Album review: JUNKYARD – Old Habits Die Hard

JUNKYARD - Old Habits Die Hard

Acetate Records USA [Release date 22.11.19] American rock band, Junkyard has had its share of lineup changes, but a solid core of David Roach, Patrick Muzingo and Todd Muscat has held the line since 1987. Co-founding member and Roach writing … Continue reading

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News: STONEDEAD FESTIVAL – Scottish hard rockers Gun added to line-up (29 August 2020) with Black Star Riders

Scottish rockers Gun have been added to the one-day Stonedead event, taking place 29 August at the Newark Showground, Nottinghamshire. They join headliners Black Star Riders with Terrorvision and Tyketto together with Kris Barras, Blaze Bayley and Tygers Of Pan … Continue reading

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Album review: HOUSE OF SHAKIRA – Radiocarbon

HOUSE OF SHAKIRA - Radiocarbon

Frontiers [Release date 06.12.19] Back in 1997, House Of Shakira were in the vanguard of Swedish bands who fanned the dying embers of Melodic Rock, reigniting the genre for a whole new generation of rock fans. And they were always … Continue reading

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Album review: MAGNUM – The Serpent Rings

MAGNUM - The Serpent Rings

Steamhammer/SPV [Release date 17.01.20] You have to admire Magnum.  They deliver a new studio album every two years almost like clockwork.  Maybe Tony Clarkin should be considered proper prime minister material – a deft ability to deliver on promises and … Continue reading

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Album review: ELIAS T. HOTH – Damascus

Elias T. Hoth - Damascus

CD Baby [Release date 15.04.19] Elias T. Hoth has carved out his own niche over the last decade with a catalogue of 11 southern tinged rock-a-boogie albums.  However, his last couple of albums have gradually broadened his musical outlook with … Continue reading

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Album review: BURNT OUT WRECK – This Is Hell

BURNT OUT WRECK - This Is Hell

Burnt Out Wreckords/Cherry Red [Release date 11.10.19] After an extremely well-received 2017 debut ‘Swallow’, some barnstorming festival appearances and support slots for the likes of Anvil, Burnt Out Wreck – the band created by former Heavy Pettin’ drummer Gary Moat … Continue reading

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Album review: QUIET RIOT – Hollywood Cowboys

QUIET RIOT - Hollywood Cowboys

Frontiers [Release date 08.11.19] “After nearly ten years since the loss of his friend and co-founding member and bandmate Kevin DuBrow, and with careful consideration, soul searching and with the blessings and support of Kevin DuBrow’s family, Frankie has moved … Continue reading

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Album review: LAURA COX – Burning Bright

LAURA COX - Burning Bright

Edel [Release date 08.11.19] Billed as half English, half French, 100% Rock’n’Roll, this is Laura Cox’s second album and from the outset it is serious rock’n’roll. Her 2017 debut Hard Blues Shot sold well in France and the lady has … Continue reading

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News: Albums of the Month (October 2019 – December 2019)

Buck & Evans - Write A Better Day

January – March 2019 April – June 2019 July – September 2019 BUCK AND EVANS Write A Better Day (Departure Records) …feels like an old school album crafted with contemporary values.  Given enough airplay this impressive debut album should help … Continue reading

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Album review: ABLAZE – No Chaser

ABLAZE - No Chaser

www.ablaze.com [Release date 08.10.18] Ablaze have been blazing their own trail (no more bad puns honest!) with an EP and debut album, plus a fair few live dates and support slots under their belts. Hailing from Australia, Ablaze are a … Continue reading

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Album review: HEAVY PETTIN’ – Reissues

BurntOut Wreckords/Cherry Red [Release date 29.11.19] Melodic rockers Heavy Pettin’, onetime Kerrang! faves, produced a couple of fine records in the 80s, and with drummer Gary Moat’s own Burnt Out Wreck currently receiving much acclaim, the band’s three albums get … Continue reading

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Album review: PRETTY MAIDS – Undress Your Madness

PRETTY MAIDS – Undress Your Madness

Frontiers [Release date 08.11.19] This new album by the Pretty Maids (number 16 from a band who have been around for nearly 40 years now), has been overshadowed by the sad news that vocalist Ronnie Atkins has been diagnosed with … Continue reading

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Gig review: BRIAN DOWNEY’S ALIVE AND DANGEROUS – Underworld, Camden, London, 7 November 2019

BRIAN DOWNEY

While Phil Lynott was the public face and voice of Thin Lizzy and the twin lead guitars their identifiable sound, the contribution of drummer Brian Downey throughout the band’s original existence should never be underestimated. He was even tempted back … Continue reading

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