Tag Archives: melodic

Album review: TNT – XIII

Frontiers [Release date 08.06.18] With vocalist Tony Harnell leaving TNT again last year, TNT’s latest album ‘XIII’ sees a new vocalist join the band, Baol Bardot Bulsara. Bassist Ove Husemoen is a relative newcomer as well having joined the band in … Continue reading

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Album review: GUILD OF AGES – Rise

Escape Music [Release date 29.06.18] Guild Of Ages are this year’s ‘Missing In Action’ band now returning to action, following on from the return of Boulevard last year. They called it a day in 2002 before being tempted back for … Continue reading

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Album review: SMASH FASHION – Rompus Pompous

Electric Pudding Recordings [Release date 13.07.18] It has been a long wait since Smash Fashion gave us the power pop-tastic treat that was their debut album ‘Big Cat Love’. Now they are back with their new album, the gloriously titled ‘Rompus … Continue reading

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Album review: SKERRYVORE – Evo

SKERRYVORE - Evo

Tyree Tecords [Release date 11.06.18] Skerryvore formed in 2005 by Isle of Tiree-born Gillespie brothers Daniel (accordion) and Martin (Highland bagpipes), with Scott Wood (pipes, whistles) – the band’s newest member who joined last year, Craig Espie (fiddle), Alan Scobie (keys),  … Continue reading

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Album review: SPACE ELEVATOR – II

Space Elevator - II

SPV/Steamhammer [Release date 25.05.18] Album number two from Space Elevator still sees the flamboyant singer The Duchess and guitarist David Young leading the band. In a neat twist they have collaborated with a Canadian space tech company Torth Technology who … Continue reading

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Album review: JEAN BEAUVOIR – Rock Masterpieces Vol 1

JEAN BEAUVOIR - Rock Masterpieces Vol 1

AOR Heaven [Release date 29.06.18] Jean Beauvoir has a had a long and varied career working with Kiss, the Plasmatics, an album with cult faves Voodoo X and melodic rockers Crown Of Thorns, whose 1993 debut album featured Beauvoir alongside … Continue reading

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Album review: THE SENIOR MANAGEMENT – Heart & Soul

MelodicRock Records [Release date 30.05.18] Guitarist Dennis Heltorp and drummer Henrik Zetterlund formed the Senior Management in 2015. They recruited vocalist Göran Edman (Malmsteen/John Norum/Kharma/Street Talk et al) and bassist Magnus Rosen to complete the band, so far so AOR. … Continue reading

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Album review: BRAM TCHAIKOVSKY – Strange Men, Changed Men (The Complete Recordings 1978-1981)

BRAM TCHAIKOVSKY – Strange Men, Changed Men (The Complete Recordings 1978-1981)

Cherry Red [Release date 27.04.18] Bram Tchaikovsky left The Motors in 1978 after playing on their 1977 debut album. Born Peter Bramall, he’d been christened Bram Tchaikovsky by fellow Motor, Andy McMaster. This new 3CD set collects all three albums … Continue reading

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Album review: BLACK COFFEE – Take One

[Release date 21.04.18] Columbus, Ohio represents the US industrial heartland the same way Birmingham and Wolverhampton do in the UK so it’s entirely unsurprising that Black Coffee hail from there. Formed in 2017 by drummer Tommy McCullough, singer/bassist Ehab Omran … Continue reading

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Album review: PRAYING MANTIS – Gravity

PRAYING MANTIS - Gravity

Frontiers [Release date 11.05.18] Originally part of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal, albeit at the more melodic almost AOR end of the spectrum, Praying Mantis are still going strong. This new album is their 10th studio outing, 11 if you include … Continue reading

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Album review: JAMES CHRISTIAN – Craving

JAMES CHRISTIAN - Craving

Frontiers [Release date 20.04.18] Fourth solo album from House Of Lords frontman James Christian sees him work with a variety of songwriters including Tommy Denander (who also plays guitars, bass and keys), Cliff Magness (who has his solo album released … Continue reading

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Album review: BULLETBOYS – From Out Of The Skies

BULLETBOYS - From Out Of The Skies

Frontiers [Release date 23.03.18] I’ll be honest, I was never a huge fan of the Bulletboys , sure they were on my radar but that was about as far as it got. So when I saw that long term fans … Continue reading

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Album review: SPOCK’S BEARD – Noise Floor

SPOCK

Inside Out [Release date 25.05.18] Spock’s Beard return with their thirteenth album and it also marks the return of original drummer Nick D’Virgilio who guests on the album, after the previous drummer Jimmy Keegan left the band in 2016. On … Continue reading

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Quick plays: SHARKS, GIG, SANDERS & SAVAGE

SHARKS Ready Steady Go

SHARKS Ready Steady Go 3MS Music [Release date 29.06.18] Sharks can trace their origins back to 1972 when they were formed by former Free bass player Andy Fraser, guitarist Chris Spedding and vocalist Steve ‘Snips’ Parsons, both of who are in this … Continue reading

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Gig review: NINEBARROW – South Hill Park, Bracknell, 3 May 2018

South Hill Park is a lovely venue on the outskirts of Bracknell and tonight’s gig was in the cellar bar, perfect for a folk gig. Before Ninebarrow we had Edward Naismith who performed a short set and his vocals and … Continue reading

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Album review: STONELAKE – Thunder And Rain

STONELAKE - Thunder And Rain

  MelodicRock Records [Release date 20.04.18] This is album number seven from StoneLake, who return with their first album in five years and the band’s first for MelodicRock Records. The band features founder members Jan Akesson (S.A.Y./Jan Akesson’s Shadow Rain) … Continue reading

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News: Albums of the Month (January 2018 – March 2018)

The Temperance Movement

    THE TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT A Deeper Cut(Earache) “In a world of abundance of everything, The Temperance Movement shine like a beacon and stand head and shoulders above the crowd for their sheer creative genius and their intense, high energy … Continue reading

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Album review: ROBIN GEORGE – Rogue Angels

Angel Air Music [Release date 18.05.18] Robin George is back with a new album and one which he plays all the instruments, bar his long time associate Charlie Morgan (Elton John) on drums. He is also sticking with Angel Air … Continue reading

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Album review: JK NORTHRUP & DAVID CAGLE – That’s Gonna Leave A Mark

MelodicRock Records [Release date 30.03.18] An interesting match-up here as guitarist JK Northrup is well known to hard rock fans for his work with King Kobra, Paul Shortino et al, however vocalist David Cagle will be a new name and boy does he have a rocking good vocal! … Continue reading

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Quick plays: THE DARK LIGHT, MOOD GROOVE, GREG RUSSELL & CIARAN ALGAR

THE DARK LIGHT - Keep Off The Grass

THE DARK LIGHT Keep Off The Grass [Release date 06.04.18] The Dark Light formed in 2015 and this is their debut album with a line-up consisting of Gerrard Edwards (vocals), Henning Brand (drums), Roberto Cicorella (guitars), Sonny Moylan (guitars) and … Continue reading

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