Tag Archives: melodic rock

News: The Best of 2019 – Get Ready to ROCK! reviewer top albums and live acts of the year

The Best of 2019

The Get Ready to ROCK! end of year ‘Best of’ fully reflects the reviewers’ and the website’s eclectic tastes.  Their reviews are amongst the most highly visible and authoritative on the web. The Best of… has been a feature on … Continue reading

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Album review: VARIOUS – Hollywood Hairspray Vol 8

VARIOUS - Hollywood Hairspray Vol 8

Perris Records [Release date 18.10.19] Perris Records have recently released the 8th instalment of their Hollywood Hairspray series and although the bands are not massively well known, there are some great tracks on here. This is an album that is … 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: 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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Gig review: MIDNITE CITY – The Lounge, Archway, London, 8 November 2019

MIDNITE CITY- The Lounge, Archway, London, 8 November 2019

The list of successful UK melodic rock acts is a frustratingly short one, but Midnite City must be going about things the right way. After releasing a pair of excellent albums in short succession they recently enjoyed the prestige of … Continue reading

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Album review: KING OF HEARTS

KING OF HEARTS - King Of Hearts

MelodicRock Records [Release date 22.11.19] King Of Hearts are another band making a comeback many years after their first shot at musical stardom back in the late 80s. However, their label at the time didn’t release their debut album which … Continue reading

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Quick plays: D’ERCOLE, THE WAY, SPEARMINT

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D’ERCOLE The Ballad Of C.L. Rock Company [Release date 11.10.19] It’s that man again, Phil Vincent, on another release following hot on the heels of the Forest Field album. D’Ercole is a band affair with Damian D’Ercole (guitar) and B.F. … Continue reading

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Album review: FLYING COLORS – Third Degree

FLYING COLORS - Third Degree

Music Theories Recording/Mascot Label Group [Release date 04.10.19] The third album by the supergroup Flying Colors who feature Casey McPherson (lead vocals, guitar), Neal Morse (vocals, keyboards, acoustic guitar), Mike Portnoy (drums, percussion, vocals), Deep Purple’s Steve Morse (lead guitar) … Continue reading

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Gig review: KISSIN’ DYNAMITE – Camden Underworld, London, 18 October 2019

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Kissin’ Dynamite have over a decade’s worth of albums to their name, but the young Germans have managed to pass me by until I became aware their last album ‘Ecstasy’ was receiving rave reviews. Yet this sole UK date of … Continue reading

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Quick plays: THIRD EYE BLIND, MICK DEVINE, KEYWEST

THIRD EYE BLIND - Screamer

THIRD EYE BLIND Screamer [Release date 18.10.19] Album number six from Third Eye Blind and this reviewer enjoyed their last album, 2015’s ‘Dopamine’. Stephan Jenkins is back (in previous interviews he stated Third Eye Blind wouldn’t reach six albums) and … Continue reading

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Album review: THE DEFIANTS – Zokusho

Frontiers Records [Release Date 13.09.19] Boasting three quarters of the Paul Laine-fronted Danger Danger line up that plugged on through melodic rock’s wilderness years, the Defiants debut was one of the best albums of 2016, but I can’t remember making … Continue reading

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Gig review: THUNDER – The Garage, London, 26 September 2019

THUNDER- The Garage, London, 26 September 2019

Thunder gigs come in all shapes and sizes, from the crowd pleasing festival appearances, to their semi-legendary Christmas shows, to the recent ‘Please Remain Seated’ semi-unplugged tour. Since their latest reformation for a third spell they have even played arena … 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 October – December 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 … 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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Upcoming: New releases (CD/DVD) October 2019 – December 2019

ESP PROJECT - The Rising

Compiled by Jason Ritchie January – March 2019 April – June 2019 July – September 2019 October 4th SOREN ANDERSEN ‘Guilty Pleasures’ Mighty Music ANGEL ‘Risen’ Cleopatra Records Adrian Benegas ‘The Revenant’ Pride & Joy Music CHICAGO ‘Chicago Christmas’ Rhino … Continue reading

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Upcoming: New releases (CD/DVD) July 2019 – September 2019

HEATHER FINDLAY - Wild White Horses

Compiled by Jason Ritchie January – March 2019 April – June 2019 July 1st DAVID GELN EISLEY (ex-GUFFRIA, DIRTY WHITE BOY) ‘Tattered, Torn & Worn’ GANDALF’S FIST ‘The Clockwork Prologue’ (double LP) MAGENTA ‘Home’ (500 copy limited edition re-issue) THE … Continue reading

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Upcoming: UK & Ireland Tour Dates and Gig Listing (2019)

Focus - Hard Rock Hell Prog, Pwllheli, 21-22 March 2014

Compiled by Jason Ritchie Please check with venue and/or relevant website(s) to confirm availability. Your tour not listed? Contact us! Updated 23/11/2019 2019 AIRBOURNE Sun November 24 CARDIFF University Great Hall Mon November 25 O2 Academy Bristol Tue November 26 … Continue reading

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Album review: UNRULY CHILD – Big Blue World

UNRULY CHILD- Big Blue World

Frontiers [Release date 09.08.19] The reunion of Unruly Child’s classic line up with original singer Marcie Free,  which began with 2010’s excellent ‘Worlds Collide’,  has stood the test of time with its fourth album since then. Two years ago, try … Continue reading

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Quick plays: ROBERT TEPPER, JEREMY IVEY, INTO THE UNKNOWN

ROBERT TEPPER - Better Than The Rest

ROBERT TEPPER Better Than The Rest AOR Heaven [Release date 27.09.19] Robert Tepper is best known for his song ‘No Easy Way Out’, which was the theme to ‘Rocky IV’ and has been subsequently released in various dance remix guises, … Continue reading

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Album review: SOLEIL MOON – Warrior

SOLEIL MOON - Warrior

Frontiers [Release date 09.08.19] Soleil Moon formed as a collaboration between singer Larry King (Michael Thompson Band) and keyboardist John Blasucci (Dennis De Young) back in 1999 and have released two albums to date, both of which any self-respecting AOR … Continue reading

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