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Album review: THE POODLES – Prisma

Gain Music/Sony [Release date 26.01.18] The Poodles add to the growing list of rock acts who have released a covers album in the past few years. On ‘Prisma’ they tackle a variety of genres and eras, including a few surprise pop choices. Jakob … Continue reading

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Album review: W.A.S.P. – Re-idolized

Napalm Records [Release date 02.02.18] Moving away from the trashy, good-time, OTT lyrics of earlier albums, The Crimson Idol (released in 1993) saw Blackie Lawless and W.A.S.P. move into the territory of the concept  album. The Crimson Idol tells the … Continue reading

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EP review: BLACK TREE VULTURES – Sanity Isn’t Perfect

Straight outta Bournemouth (with an attitude which says “f**k you, Compton !”) come spunky pistols Black Tree Vultures with their manic and muscly debut EP, Sanity Isn’t Perfect. Tipping the hat to several heavy rock protagonists and oozing piss-and-vinegar confidence, … Continue reading

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Album review: SAXON – Thunderbolt

SAXON - Thunderbolt

UDR [Release date 02.02.18] Bastions of British heavy metal, NWoBHM stalwarts, basically if you like trad heavy metal, Saxon are where it’s at and have been for longer than I can remember. Album number 22 comes two and a half … Continue reading

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Album review: LEAVES’ EYES – Sign Of The Dragonhead

LEAVES

AFM Records [Release date 12.01.18] Back in April 2016 Leaves’ Eyes parted ways with singer Liv Kristine, which led to various accounts of how the departure came about surfacing on social media and ill feeling between both parties. So this … Continue reading

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News: For Your Listening Pleasure…January 2018 – Toto, Judas Priest, Narrow Plains

JUDAS PRIEST - Firepower

A new monthly page where we give a brief mention and/or review to new lead songs from upcoming albums and more… Judas Priest are back with ‘Lightning Strikes’ off their upcoming album ‘Firepower’ which is due on 9 March via … Continue reading

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Album review: CHRIS BAY – Chasing The Sun

CHRIS BAY - Chasing The Sun

SPV [Release date 23.02.18] Vocalist and guitarist Chris Bay is best known as the founder and frontman of German power metal band Freedom Call (formed Nuremberg, 1998), whose sound has centred around catchy guitar melodies and big vocal harmonies. Inheriting … Continue reading

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Album review: ALMANAC – Kingslayer

ALMANAC - Kingslayer

Nuclear Blast [Release date 24.11.17] Second album from the band Almanac, which was formed by former Rage guitarist Victor Smolski, who utilises a trio of vocalists, namely Andy B. Franke (Brainstorm), David Readman (Pink Cream 69) and Jeannette Marchewka (Lingua Mortis … Continue reading

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Gig review: The Choir Boy, A Bullet Belt & Lemmy by Tim Atkinson – Saffron Waldren, 28 December 2017

The Choir Boy, A Bullet Belt & Lemmy by Tim Atkinson - Saffron Waldren, 28 December 2017

It is December 28th 2017 two years to the day of the passing of his lord Lemmy; after a treacherous walk uphill on sheet and black ice, a Jack Daniels and Coke is in my hand and I am compelled … Continue reading

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Gig review: EXTREME/Dan Reed Network – Bristol Academy, 18 December 2017

Dan Reed Network - Bristol Academy, 18 December 2017

A double bill tour that not only sees the return of Extreme to these shores – capitalising soon after a headline slot headline at this summer’s Ramblin Man – but also the return of the groove masters in Dan Reed … Continue reading

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Album review: ANVIL – Pounding The Pavement

ANVIL - Pounding The Pavement

Steamhammer/SPV (Release date 19.01.18) Few who have seen the brilliant ‘Story Of  Anvil’ film could fail to fall in love with this band. But is being the world’s most loveable metal band enough to make you want to carry on … Continue reading

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Album review: FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH – A Decade Of Destruction

Eleven Seven Music [Release date 01.12.17] It has been quite a tenth anniversary year for Five Finger Death Punch. It did appear at one point that the whole FFDP world may come crashing down and the future of the band … Continue reading

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Quick plays: PRIMAL FEAR, KRANKSCHAFT

PRIMAL FEAR - Best Of Fear

PRIMAL FEAR Best Of Fear Frontiers [Release date 10.11.17] Primal Fear have been around since 1997 and to celebrate their twentieth year we have a two disc best of. Disc one has four new songs, although one ‘Area 16′ is … Continue reading

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Upcoming: New releases (CD/DVD) January – March 2018

Joe Satriani - What Happens Next

Compiled by Jason Ritchie January 12th ASKING ALEXANDRIA S/T Summerin Records AUDREY HORNE ‘Blackout’ Napalam Records AVATAR ‘Avatar Country’ BLACK VEIL BRIDES ‘Vale’ CORROSION OF CONFORMITY ‘No Cross No Crown’ Nuclear Blast FLEETWOOD MAC S/T (re-issue of 1975 album with … Continue reading

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Album review: KYLE SHUTT – Doom Side Of The Moon

Doom Side Of The Moon

Music Theories Recordings [Release date 08.12.17] ‘Doom Side Of The Moon’ celebrates 50 years of Pink Floyd by re-imagining a heavier version of ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’. It’s an attempt to get inside the textural richness of Pink Floyd’s … Continue reading

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The Best of 2017: top albums, top live acts – the reviewers’ choice

The Best of 2017

On Sunday 17 December on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, David Randall announced the popular poll results.  This two-hour special includes artists voted for in the various categories: Top Albums, Top Live Acts, Top Breakthrough Acts. Every year we ask … Continue reading

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Album review: TANKARD – Hymns For the Drunk

TANKARD - Hymns For the Drunk

AFM Records [Release date 12.01.18] I’ve said it before and I’ll say it until I’m tits up and in the ground: Germany has produced some of the best Metal bands around. From so many varying sub genres, the German Metal … Continue reading

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Album review: BLIND GUARDIAN – Re-issues

Battalions Of Fear/Follow Me Blind/Tales From The Twilight World/Somewhere Far Beyond/Tokyo Tales’/Imaginations From The Other Side/The Forgotten Tales (compilation)/Nightfall In Middle Earth/A Night At The Opera/Live Nuclear Blast [Release date 27.10.17] German power metal band Blind Guardian have produced some … Continue reading

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Gig review: ALICE COOPER – Manchester Arena, 15 November 2017

ALICE COOPER - Manchester Arena, 15 November 2017

The release of Killer in 1971 was a defining moment in my love affair with rock and I’ve waited 40 plus years to see Alice perform with what remains of the original Alice Cooper band, Glen Buxton having passed away … Continue reading

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Album review: BARBARA BLACK – Ad Libitum

BARBARA BLACK - Ad Libitum

[Release date 18.09.17] Barbara Black (not a very Spanish name) is, by all accounts, one of the best female voices on the Spanish female singer/songwriter, rock/metal scene. A classically trained singer, as well a pianist, and make-up artist and hairdresser … Continue reading

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