Tag Archives: melodic

Album review: LONELY ROBOT – Under Stars

 LONELY ROBOT – Under Stars

Inside Out [Release date 26.04.19] ‘Under Stars’ sees John Mitchell bring his Lonely Robot project trilogy to a finale. Joining him on this one are drummer Craig Blundell (Steven Wilson, Frost*) and bassist Steve Vantsis (Tilt, Fish). Available on vinyl … Continue reading

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Album review: CANNONBALLZ – 8Ballz2Many

MelodicRock Records [Release date 10.05.19] Andrew McNeice and his MelodicRock Records label have released some top quality AOR releases in recent years including Don Barnes and the excellent comeback album from Boulevard, now you can add to this Cannonballz. Who … Continue reading

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Album review: CORMAC NEESON – White Feather

Cormac Neeson Music [Release date 26.04.19] The solo debut album from the Answer’s vocalist Cormac Neeson has had a bumpy ride as it was one of those caught up in the recent Pledge Music issues, which have scuppered plans for … Continue reading

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News: MAGNUM – UK dates in June 2019

MAGNUM - Giants Of Rock 2018

Melodic pomp rockers Magnum play UK dates in June, during which time they will also appear at the prestigious Sweden Rock festival and Rock Hard festival in Germany. The band’s current studio album was released in January 2018 via SPV … Continue reading

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Album review: BATTLE BEAST – No More Hollywood Endings

Nuclear Blast [Release date 22.03.19] Battle Beast are back with their second album since founding member, guitarist and chief songwriter Anton Kabanen left in 2016 to form Beast In Black (who released their latest album earlier this year on the … Continue reading

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Album review: JOANovARC

JOANovARC

Holier Than Thou Records [Release date 31.05.19] JOANovARC released their debut album ‘Ride Of Your Life’ to critical acclaim in 2016. Now they are back with their second album, mixed and mastered by Wayne Proctor and recorded at the legendary … Continue reading

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Album review: DEVIN TOWNSEND – Empath

Hevy Devy/Inside Out [Release date 29.03.19] Devin Townsend has rested his Project and with ‘Empath’ we have his first solo album since ‘Ziltoid’. Guests include regular contributor Anneke van Giersbergen, Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger, Frank Zappa alumni Mike Keneally as music … Continue reading

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Album review: BECKY MILLS – Tall Tales and Home Truths

BECKY MILLS – Tall Tales and Home Truths

Talking Elephant [Release date 26.04.19] Becky Mills was part of the all girl folk band Waking the Witch, who split-up in 2008. After the band’s break-up Becky Mills released her debut solo album ‘Dandelion’ back in 2013. This new album … Continue reading

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Gig review: FM/DARE – Sub 89, Reading, 1 March 2019

FM – Sub 89, Reading, 1 March 2019

FM and Dare were back in the UK for a couple more co-headliner shows following an eventful trip to Spain where FM had their equipment and merchandise stolen and in the FM set vocalist Steve Overland made it clear how … Continue reading

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Album review: RUTH NOTMAN & SAM KELLY – Changeable Heart

RUTH NOTMAN & SAM KELLY – Changeable Heart

Pure Records [Release date 15.03.19] In young folk terms this is a bit of a star studded collaboration, with former BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award finalist Ruth Notman making a return to making music (she took time out to … Continue reading

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Album review: TIM BOWNESS – Flowers At The Scene

Inside Out [Release date 01.03.19] ‘Flowers At The Scene’ is Tim Bowness and Steven Wilson’s first joint production in over a decade – they have been working as a duo under the no-man name since 1987 – although it is … Continue reading

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EP review: ALEX JAMES BRIERLEY – Home Sweet Home

Facebook [Release date 22.02.19] Alex James Brierley released his debut EP ‘Listen’ last year to positive reviews, including a four star review from this reviewer. Fast forward a year and we have a new EP, four songs recorded over the … Continue reading

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Album review: CATS IN SPACE – Daytrip to Narnia

CATS IN SPACE – Daytrip to Narnia

Harmony Factory [Release date 08.03.19] Album number three already from these groove filled Cats In Space who since their last album ‘Scarecrow‘ have been touring with the likes of Status Quo and Deep Purple, plus their own headlining tour. In … Continue reading

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Album review: EMPIRE CIRCUS – Ti

Paper Scissors Rock [Release date 01.02.19] Empire Circus formed in 2012 and released their self-titled debut album the following year. The line-up remains that of Alan Doyle (vocals, guitar), Neil Eurelle (bass, vocals), David Walsh (guitar, keyboards) and Brian Ellis … Continue reading

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Album review: GLENN SHORROCK – Glenn Shorrock Sings The Little River Band

GLENN SHORROCK – Glenn Shorrock Sings the Little River Band

Social Family Records [Release date 08.03.19] Although Little River Band (LRB) still exists, there are no original members in the band and the owner of the business name refuses to allow the founding members to perform with any sign of … Continue reading

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EP review: THIRD LUNG – Sooner Or Later

THIRD LUNG - Sooner Or Later

These Bloody Thieves Records [Release date 01.03.19] Third Lung hail from Reading and in their four years to date have picked up rave reviews including BBC 6 Music’s Steve Lamacq. Third Lung consist of Tom Farrelly (vocals, guitars), Camilla Jurasek … Continue reading

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Album review: TRISTAN MACKAY – Invisible Light

TRISTAN MACKAY – Invisible Light

Website [Release date 14.02.19] Following the incredibly good ‘Out Along the Wire’, with its breezy Eric Clapton unplugged vibe which was a showcase for Tristan Mackay’s electric guitar playing and the second album ‘Wire and Wood’, which was a darker … Continue reading

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Album review: JOHN SLOMAN – El Dorado

Facebook Slogger Records [Release date 04.02.19] John Sloman is known to rock fans of a certain age for his singing in Lone Star and the ‘Conquest’ album by Uriah Heep. He has released a series of solo albums starting with … Continue reading

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Album review: BLOOD RED SAINTS – Pulse

AOR Heaven [Release date 22.02.19] Album number three from the Blood Red Saints, following hot on the heels of last year’s enjoyable ‘Love Hate Conspiracies’, an album which made a fair few year end best of lists. After searching the … Continue reading

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EP review: STEVE BALSAMO – Circle The Wagons

www.stevebalsamomusic.com Steve Balsamo came to my musical attention via the country rockers the Storys, who are well worth checking out and sadly another of those bands that had heaps of talent, yet never got the musical success they deserved. He … Continue reading

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