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Album review: GUS G – Quantum Leap

GUS G - Quantum Leap

AFM Records [Release date 08.10.21] When I interviewed Gus G back stage in Manchester in 2012 all the talk was how he had fared with Ozzy.  He contributed to the album ‘Scream’ (2010) and there were high hopes of a … Continue reading

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Gig review: STONEDEAD FESTIVAL – Showground, Newark – 28th August 2021

Uriah Heep - Stonedead Festival 2021

“It was quite simply great for everyone – bands and fans alike - to be back in the groove doing what they love, and the set up was as a good festival should be…” Stonedead Festival was set up by genuine music fans who wanted to recapture some of the spirit of … Continue reading

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Album review: OVERKILL – The Atlantic Years 1986-1994

OVERKILL - The Atlantic Years 1986-1994

BMG [Release date 29.10.21] New Jersey band Overkill, named after the Motorhead album/song, formed in 1980 and were part of the early US thrash scene. Nineteen studio albums, three live and three EPs later, there’s quite a legacy there. There … Continue reading

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News: ANVIL, TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT, ALAN PARSONS (September 2021)

The Temperance Movement - The Ritz, Manchester, 17 November 2014

Abba release a new album ‘Voyage’ – their first in 40 years – on November 5. They have also announced a new live show, ‘Abba Voyage’, will open at the new 3,000 capacity Abba Arena in London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park … Continue reading

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News: VANGELIS, SLADE, GENESIS (August 2021)

JOANNE SHAW TAYLOR - O2 Ritz, Manchester, 17 March 2019

Bryan Adams has signed with BMG who will release his new album later this year. Elles Bailey has released a new single ‘Cheats & Liars’. It’s the first single from her third album ‘Shining in the Half Light’ which is due next … Continue reading

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Album review: GEEZER BUTLER – Manipulations of the Mind – The Complete Collection/The Very Best of Geezer Butler

Album review: GEEZER BUTLER – Manipulations of the Mind – The Complete Collection

BMG [Release date: 30.07.21] Widely respected as the bassist that invented the heavyweight bottom-end of the metal genre, and rightly held in esteem for being the main lyricist of Black Sabbath, Geezer Butler’s solo material has been packaged into a … Continue reading

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Album review: DEE SNIDER – Leave A Scar

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Napalm Records [Release date 30.07.21] Dee is back and he sounds angry, be afraid, very afraid! This album follows on from Dee’s last album ‘For The Love Of Metal’ released in 2018 and is once again produced by Jamey Jasta of Hatebreed fame. After the demise … Continue reading

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Album review: TANTRIC – The Sum Of All Things

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Cleopatra Records [Release date 23.07.21] Tantric have been around since 1999 and have more ex-members (especially drummers) to give Spinal Tap a run for their money! Vocalist/rhythm guitarist Hugo Ferreira is the sole remaining original member joined by bassist, backing … Continue reading

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News: Albums of the Month (April 2021 – June 2021)

SMITH KOTZEN (Adrian Smith, Richie Kotzen)

SMITH KOTZEN (BMG) Adrian Smith (Iron Maiden) and Richie Kotzen (Poison, Mr Big, Winery Dogs) have pitted their combined guitaring and songwriting skills to fashion nine tracks of pure unadulterated hard rock heaven.  ****1/2 Review by David Randall THE DUST … Continue reading

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Album review: RESURRECTION KINGS – Skygazer

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Frontiers [Release date 16.07.21] The Resurrection Kings are less of a supergroup, and more a ragtag collection of talented musicians who struck gold at the box office a few times, but most often found their place in supporting roles. Craig … Continue reading

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Album review: HEAVY WATER – Red Brick City

HEAVY WATER - Red Brick City

Silver Lining Music [Release date 23.07.21] With, amongst others, the sons of both Iron Maiden’s Steve Harris and Bruce Dickinson’s sons kicking up serious dust in The Raven Age and As Lions respectively, it’s no surprise that Seb Byford stepped … Continue reading

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Album review: THOR – Alliance

THOR - Alliance

Deadline/Cleopatra [Release date 16.07.21] Canadian bodybuilder, historian, actor, and musician John Mikl Thor has produced some very fine metal over the years, debuting in the mid 70s. Since the turn of the millennium Thor has been particularly prolific, and this … Continue reading

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News: ENVY OF NONE, HOOKERS & BLOW, TROY REDFERN (July 2021)

INGLORIOUS, 02 Academy, Oxford, 28 October 2019

Alcatrazz guitarist Joe Stump’s new solo instrumental record, ‘Diabolical Ferocity’, is due to be released on September 17 through Lion Music. Barclay James Harvest’s 1975 album, ‘Time Honoured Ghosts’, will be reissued in remastered and expanded form by Esoteric Recordings … Continue reading

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Gig review: BARE KNUCKLE + MORE HUMAN THAN HUMAN, The Victoria,Swindon,18 June 2021

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The Vic in Old Town, Swindon is an established and well-known small music venue. With the current restrictions their capacity is reduced to 36, but they are not shying away from putting live music on and bands are queueing up … Continue reading

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EP review: OVERDRIVERS – Rock Out!

OVERDRIVERS – Rock Out!

Rock Of Angels Records [Release date 09.07.21] Overdrivers hail from France, although their sound owes more to Australia and the likes of AC/DC and Airbourne. This is their first new music since their 2018 album ‘She’s On Her Period’ (yes … Continue reading

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EP review: CROBOT – Rat Child

CROBOT - Rat Child

Mascot Records [Release date 18.06.21] Crobot have announced their new record Rat Child EP, which features a mighty cast of pure rock pedigree. It’s a punchy taste of what is to come in the future – this is a collaborative … Continue reading

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News: CARAVAN, DONNIE IRIS, DOWNLOAD (June 2021)

FIREWIND - Manchester Academy, 16 February 2017

Asking Alexandria have signed with Better Noise Music and have already started work on new music. Barenaked Ladies release their latest album ’Detour de Force’ on July 16. The Beach Boys will release a new five-CD box set, ‘Feel Flows — The … Continue reading

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Singles: NIGHT RANGER, PATRICK HEMER, VOODOO BLUE,

Night Ranger

NIGHT RANGER Breakout (Frontiers) A taster from the band’s 12th studio album, ‘ATBPO’ (And the Bands Played On), due out on August 6. It is a typical, upbeat rocker from Night Ranger with guitars to the fore and the band … Continue reading

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Album review: BLACK SABBATH – Sabotage (Super Deluxe Edition)

Black Sabbath - Sabotage

  BMG [Release date 11.06.21] Following finely in the footsteps of the recent Paranoid and Volume 4 reissues, Black Sabbath’s 6th album Sabotage gets the full expansion works. And what a wonderful package it is. And much like its predecessors, … Continue reading

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Album review: KITT WAKELEY – Symphony Of Sinners And Saints

KITT WAKELEY - Symphony Of Sinners And Saints

Website An interesting mix here, and following on nicely from Kitt Wakeley’s previous album, this is a high energy programmed sounding orchestral rock, with very big (almost TSO like) production. Imagine, if you will, a synth pop band going orchestral, … Continue reading

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Album review: ESCAPE THE FATE – Chemical Warfare

ESCAPE THE FATE – Chemical Warfare

Better Noise Music [Release date 16.04.21] Escape the fate have shaken off their bad boy image and this album, ‘Chemical WarFare’ sees them reinvigorated and enthused – if you like rock n roll, I’ll be amazed if you don’t enjoy … Continue reading

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Album review: SKARLETT RIOT – Invicta

Skarlett Riot - Invicta

[Release date 07.05.21] With this latest album, Skarlett Riot have arrived at the forefront of the modern Metal scene. This UK quartet with a heavy hitting, superbly talented female vocalist and heavy, riff-led songs blending melody and raw power, Invicta … Continue reading

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Album review: TRUCKER DIABLO – Tail End Of A Hurricane

Trucker Diablo - Tail End Of A Hurricane

Self Release [Release date 07.05.21] Given the past year it feels like we are all at the tail end of a hurricane with a trail of devastation behind us but blue skies up ahead. Who better to take us there then … Continue reading

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Quick plays: KATE VARGAS, TRICK OR TREAT, CRAIG CARDIFF

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KATE VARGAS For the Wolfish & Wandering Bad Reputation This is Kate Vargas’s third album, released last year, and she has recently launched a Crowdfunding campaign to finance her next album. Her press bio has her down as a reformed … Continue reading

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News: ASIA, ANTHRAX, TOBY HITCHCOCK, GENESIS (May 2021)

Dream Theater - Manchester O2 Apollo, 13 February 2014

Alter Bridge plan to record their next album in 2022. Joan Armatrading’s new album ‘Consequences’ is released on June 18 via BMG. Asia are celebrating their 40th anniversary by releasing a 5CD boxset ‘The Reunion Albums: 2007 – 2012′ through … Continue reading

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