Tag Archives: melodic

Album review: DEWOLFF – Tascam Tapes

DeWolff – Tascam Tapes

Mascot Records [Release date 20.01.20] Dutch funk/soul rockers, DeWollf, strip it back to bare bones – literally – for their extraordinary new album, Tascam Tapes. Dedicated followers of this fine young group of musicians already appreciate their ability to adapt … Continue reading

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Album review: JASON ALDEAN – 9

JASON ALDEAN - 9

BMG [Release date 22.11.19] Jason Aldean is the reigning Academy of Country Music ‘Artist of the Decade’ and has scored 23 Number One Country singles. He’s also the only country act in history to top the Billboard 200 album chart … Continue reading

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Album review: RODNEY MATTHEWS & JEFF SCHEETZ – Trinity

RODNEY MATTHEWS - Trinity

Rodney Matthews Studios [Release date 13.12.19] Renowned fantasy artist Rodney Matthews, illustrator of over140 album covers, is also a jazz/rock/prog drummer of note, and has previously recorded solo and with guitarist Jeff Scheetz. Here he teams up again with Scheetz … Continue reading

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Album review: RAY ALDER – What the Water Want

RAY ALDER – What the Water Want

Inside Out [Release date 18.10.19] It takes a lot of guts to step out from the safety an established band but Fates Warning frontman Ray Alder has produced an album of extraordinary depth and passion in this, his debut solo … Continue reading

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Album review: INCOGNITO – Tomorrow’s New Dream

INCOGNITO – Tomorrow’s New Dream

Absolute [Release date 08.11.19] While the name may not immediately trigger recognition, acid jazz group Incognito are a group that have a long association with the London club scene. Formed in 1979 by Jean-Paul ‘Bluey’ Maunick and Paul “Tubbs” Williams, … Continue reading

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Album review: THE DARKER MY HORIZON – Seize The Day

THE DARKER MY HORIZON – Seize The Day

Winkelrant Records [Release date 01.11.19] The Darker My Horizon are back with their third album and one that sees them produce their best album to date. The core duo of Paul Stead (lead vocals, guitar) and Mark Stephenson (guitars, backing … Continue reading

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Album review: THE IRONTOWN DIEHARDS – Linchpin

THE IRONTOWN DIEHARDS - Linchpin

www.theirontowndiehards.com [Release date 08.11.19] Second album from the Irontown Diehards who formed in 2014 and released their self-titled debut album in 2016. The band consists of Phil Dixon (vocals), Andrew Baxter (guitar), Mark McCallion (bass) and Eamon Lenehan (drums). They … Continue reading

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Album review: FOREST FIELD – Seasons

FOREST FIELD - Seasons

Rock Company [Release date 18.09.19] Forest Field are the brainchild of Peter Cox, who plays all the instruments, songwriting and production, with Phil Vincent on vocals and guitarist Vince O’Regan guests on two songs. ‘Seasons’ is a concept piece, based … Continue reading

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Album review: THE DARKNESS – Easter Is Cancelled

THE DARKNESS – Easter Is Cancelled

Cooking Vinyl [Release date 04.10.19] Album number six from the Darkness, with an album cover that will certainly cause some comment, although the band have always liked to push the boundaries. It also marks one of their heaviest albums overall, … 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: DANDELION CHARM – Maybe Dreamers

DANDELION CHARM – Maybe Dreamers

Independent [Release date 01.11.19] Dandelion Charm – John Fowler and Clare Fowler – return with their second studio album and ‘Maybe Dreamers’ marks a big leap forward for the band, as they widen their musical horizons further. Sadly this album … Continue reading

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Album review: KING CALAWAY – Rivers

KING CALAWAY - Rivers

BMG [Release date 04.10.19] King Calaway formed last year, released an EP earlier this year and now are set to unleash their debut album ‘Rivers’. I will admit this is not your standard GRTR! fare, however good songs are just … 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: LEE ABRAHAM – Comatose

LEE ABRAHAM - Comatose

F2 Music [Release date 27.09.19] I really enjoyed Lee Abraham’s 2017 album ‘Colours’, a veritable AOR meets prog delight and now Lee Abraham is back with a new solo outing, this time a concept piece. ‘Comatose’ tells the story 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: SHOW OF HANDS – Battlefield Dance Floor

SHOW OF HANDS - Battlefield Dance Floor

Hands On Music [Release date 27.09.19] Show Of Hands – Steve Knightley and Phil Beer – have been making music since 1987, going on to become one of the biggest folk bands around today (they have sold out the Royal … Continue reading

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Album review: SWIM DEEP – Emerald Classics

SWIM DEEP - Emerald Classics

[Release date 04.10.19] Swim Deep formed in 2011 and their first two albums made the UK album charts. However, last year they were sat at a crossroads in their local pub – The Emerald, from which the album takes its … Continue reading

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Gig review: DANNY VAUGHN – Eleven, Stoke, 29 August 2019

Eleven has been going a couple of years now and although it is a converted warehouse, it has that rock club/gig venue vibe that suggests it has been here a lot longer. Excellent sound on the night too, plus a … 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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Album review: EIGHTEENTH HOUR – Eighteenth Hour

EIGHTEENTH HOUR - Eighteenth Hour

Escape Music [Release date 23.08.19] Something a bit different on Escape Music, a label more associated with melodic rock and AOR, as Eighteenth Hour are modern rockers. This is the band’s seventh album and they have landed some prestigious support … Continue reading

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