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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: RAMMSTEIN – Rammstein

Spinefarm Records  [Release date 17.05.19] 10 years is a long time in anyone’s book but in musical terms it can be a whole career, or in the case of some X Factor winners a career can pass in 10 minutes. The fact … Continue reading

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Album review: CHANTEL McGREGOR – Bury’d Alive

Chantel McGregor - Bury

Tis Rock Music Ltd [Release date 24.09.19] ‘Bury’d Alive’ is an album that celebrates honesty, integrity and intensity. It’s honest because what you hear is what went down on the night. It’s full of integrity because Chantel McGregor champions new … Continue reading

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Gig review: HRH FESTIVAL, DAY 3 – Vauxhall Holiday Park, Gt Yarmouth, 9 November 2019

After the high of Saturday there was a more subdued feeling around the smaller arena as the early unplugged sessions got underway with CADENCE NOIR and DEVILFIRE.  A little thin on the ground at this early hour, the previous long … Continue reading

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Gig review: HRH FESTIVAL, DAY 2 – Vauxhall Holiday Park, Gt Yarmouth, 8 November 2019

First band on the mainstage were Highway To Hell winners, TWISTER.  The Durham band had been popular winners and the early start saw many seeking out breakfast and a brew to join the band in the main arena. The set-up … 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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Gig review – DRAGONFORCE, Liquid Room, Edinburgh, 2 November 2019

Its 15 years since I first caught Dragonforce live at this very venue and although tonight is sold out we are still in a fairly small hall so what, if anything, does this tell us about the band’s career? For me it tells me … Continue reading

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Album review: OTHERWISE – Defy

OTHERWISE - Defy

Mascot Records [Release date 08.11.19] New signing to the Mascot label, although this is the fourth album from Otherwise. Otherwise are brothers’ vocalist Adrian and guitarist Ryan Patrick, bassist Tony “The Beast” Carboney and drummer Brian Medeiro. Opening with a … 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: VINNIE MOORE – Soul Shifter

VINNIE MOORE - Soul Shifter

Mind’s Eye Music [Release date 09.10.19] What does a still-relevant guitarist do when his main band says farewell?  You keep releasing solo albums, that’s what.  Vinnie Moore’s last solo outing was in 2015 – Aerial Visions – but in fairness … Continue reading

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Album review: PHIL CAMPBELL – Old Lions Still Roar

PHIL CAMPBELL - Old Lions Still Roar

Nuclear Blast [Release date 25.10.19] Since the end of Motorhead drummer Mikkey Dee has found a home with the Scorpions and guitarist Phil Campbell has been forging ahead with his band the Bastard Sons. Now Campbell has decided to release … Continue reading

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Album review: POSSESSED – Revelations of Oblivion

POSSESSED - Revelations of Oblivion

Nuclear Blast Records [Release date 10.05.19] If you were told to imagine how a Possessed album would sound given the circumstances, no matter how vivid of imagination one may have, there is now way that this outcome could have been … Continue reading

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Album review: XENTRIX – Bury The Pain

XENTRIX - Bury The Pain

Listenable Records [Release date 07.06.19] To me, Xentrix has always been the leading UK thrash metal band back in the day. When it comes to having the whole package meaning musicianship, compositions, ferocity, melodic lines they came up on top … Continue reading

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Album review: TURBOKILL – Vice World

TURBOKILL - Vice World

SPV/Steamhammer [Release date 25.10.19] What we have here is a contender for the next generation of classic rock. In 2019 we get album based on the kind of classic trad metal that, at the heavier end, influenced and then rode … Continue reading

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Album review: FIGHT – War Of Words/A Small Deadly Space

FIGHT - War Of Words

BGO Records [Release date 27.09.19] BGO Records re-issue Fight’s two albums on one CD with sleeve notes by Neil Daniels. Fight featured Rob Halford, fresh from leaving Judas Priest in 1992, and he was joined by Priest drummer Scott Travis, … Continue reading

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Album review: DRAGONFORCE – Extreme Power Metal

earMUSIC [Release date 27.09.19] Dragonforce are back with album number eight and it does what it says on the tin. ‘Extreme Power Metal’ has been the band’s weapon of choice since their inception and they still continue to use twenty notes where … 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: WEAPON UK – Ghosts Of War

WEAPON UK - Ghosts Of War

Pure Steel Records [Release date 27.09.19] Weapon first came onto the scene back in 1980 during the New Wave of British Heavy Metal boom. The current line-up sees original duo – vocalist Danny Hynes and guitarist Jeff Summers – joined … Continue reading

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