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Album review: BLAZE BAYLEY – War Within Me

BLAZE BAYLEY – War Within Me

Blaze Bayley Recording [Release date 09.04.21] If you like your rock of the metal variety you are in for a treat – this is a blistering, classic metal album in the making. The guitar work is simply put superb – … Continue reading

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News: POWERWOLF, TONY IOMMI, OPETH, TRIFECTA (April 2021)

Lee Aaron will release her latest album, ‘Radio On!’, on June 18. Chicago’s 1971 album ‘Chicago Live At Carnegie Hall’ gets a 19CD set, 50th anniversary release on July 9. Focus release ‘Focus 50′, a 3CD/Blu-Ray package released on April … Continue reading

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Album review: UNDERKING – At Hell’s Gate

Underking - At Hell's Gate

Bandcamp [Release date 23.04.21] Underking is in fact a one-man band consisting of Maxwell Jeffries hailing from Nottingham and this is Underking’s third album. Maxwell has been working on this album for over a year, with the songs covering “topics … Continue reading

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Album review: BEN RANDALL – Before The Rain

BEN RANDALL

Thoroughbred Music    [Release date: 02.04.21] www.benrandallguitar.com For me, it’s always been about the guitar. Back in the day, from the moment I heard Paul Kossoff’s wailing Les Paul on the early Free albums, I was hooked. Koss, Blackmore, Iommi, … Continue reading

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Upcoming: New releases (CD/DVD) April 2021 – June 2021

LYLE WORKMAN - Uncommon Measures

Compiled by Jason Ritchie January – March 2021 April 2nd DAVID BOWIE ‘The Kit Kat Klub (Live In New York ’99)’ Parlophone CACTUS ‘Tightrope’ Cleopatra Records DR FEELGOOD ‘Greatest Hits’ EAGLES ‘The Millennium Concert’ (vinyl) BRYAN FERRY ‘Royal Albert Hall … Continue reading

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EP review: SILVER NIGHTMARES – The Wandering Angel

SILVER NIGHTMARES – The Wandering Angel

Bandcamp [Release date 31.03.20] Silver Nightmares were formed in Palermo in 2018 by bassist Gabriele Esposito, drummer Alessio Maddaloni, keyboardist Gabriele Taormina with guitarist Mimmo Garofalo joining shortly after. They wrote, composed and orchestrated this, their first EP, which features … Continue reading

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Album review: KEN HENSLEY – My Book Of Answers

KEN HENSLEY - My Book Of Answers

HNE Recordings [Release date 05.02.21] Proving that the language of rock’n’roll is universal, the late Ken Hensley’s final album is a collaboration with Russian poet and lyricist, Vladimir Emelin. My Book Of Answers grew out of a chance meeting between … Continue reading

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News: QUEEN, SABATON, ANGEL, RAMMSTEIN (March 2021)

Rammstein - DOWNLOAD, 10-12 June 2016

Rammstein (pictured) have been working on a new studio album during the current lockdown. No news as yet on a release date, title, etc. Alice Cooper has already announced plans for his next album. It will be recorded by his … Continue reading

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Album review : DURBIN – The Beast Awakens

Durbin

Frontiers [Release date 12.02.21] By spinning a fourth place finish on American Idol into 4 solo albums and a stint fronting Quiet Riot, singer/guitarist James Durbin clearly had more than TV celebrity on his side.The Beast Awakens is the next … Continue reading

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EP review: TEMPERANCE – Melodies Of Green And Blue

TEMPERANCE - Melodies Of Green And Blue

Napalm Records [Release date 19.02.21] Italian melodic metal band Temperance have been around since 2013, releasing their latest studio album ‘Viridian’ last year. They also feature three vocalists, namely Alessia Scolletti, Michele Guaitoli and Marco Pastorino (although he is credited … Continue reading

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News: CHEAP TRICK, FM, LEAGUE OF LIGHTS (February 2021)

IAN ANDERSON (JETHRO TULL) - The Lowry, Salford, 14 September 2015

Cheap Trick release their new album ‘In Another World’ on April 9 via BMG. Sweet Oblivion featuring Geoff Tate release their second album ‘Relentless’ on April 9 via Frontiers. FM release a double live album ‘Tough It Out Live’ on … Continue reading

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Album review: ACCEPT – Too Mean To Die

ACCEPT - Too Mean To Die

Nuclear Blast [Release date 29.01.21] Accept, the German masters of heavy metal for more than 40 years and key influencers on bands such as Metallica and Iron Maiden, return with their 16th studio album – ‘Too Mean To Die’. Accept … Continue reading

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Album review: MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP – Immortal

MSG

Nuclear Blast Records [Release date 29.01.21] You would forgive Michael Schenker if he announced he was about to step back from music for a bit and take things easy. Now 65 and celebrating not only 50 years in the business but 40 … Continue reading

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Single review: KING OF THE DEAD – Destroy My Name

KING OF THE DEAD – Destroy My Name

Independent [Release date 08.01.21] The first few bars of interplay between rhythm and lead guitar  from King Of The Dead could be Status Quo, but once the vocals are launched we’re back in NWOBHM territory. Pacey, piercing, high pitched, they … Continue reading

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Album review: IRON SAVIOR – Skycrest

IRON SAVIOUR - Skycrest

AFM Records [Release date 04.12.20] Installed like a figurehead at the prow of European heavy metal, Piet Sielck’s Iron Savior proudly trail the story of this classic musical movement behind them. You could argue that along with Kai Hansen, Sielck … Continue reading

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Album review: IRON MASK – Master Of Masters

IRON MASK – Master Of Masters

AFM Records [Release date 05.12.20] For those who live and work outside Power Metal territory, bands like Iron Mask sound much like every other Power Metal band. When you’re on the inside though, perspective comes easy. Different musical styles readily … Continue reading

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Album review: SORCERESS OF SIN – Mirrored Revenge

SORCERESS OF SIN – Mirrored Revenge

Bandcamp [Release date 27.11.20] Sorceress Of Sin formed in 2020 in Cambridge, based around vocalist/lyricist Lisa Skinner and her husband, drummer Paul Skinner. By day they run a post office but after hours they go all power metal! Joining them … Continue reading

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Album review: PHANTOM ELITE – Titanium

PHANTOM ELITE – Titanium

Frontiers Records (Release date 22/01/21) On their second album now, Phantom Elite grew from the seeds of an HDK tour band, embracing Progressive Rock, Contemporary Metal and Symphonic Rock, evolving into what we see today. Fronted by Marina (Avantasia) La … Continue reading

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News: FOO FIGHTERS, RAINBREAKERS, KISS, JOHN SYKES (January 2021)

HEART – O2 Apollo, Manchester, 30 June 2016

Foo Fighters have released a new song ‘No Son Of Mine’ taken from their upcoming album ‘Medicine at Midnight’, out February 5 on Roswell Records/Columbia Records. John Sykes (ex-Blue Murder, Whitesnake) released a new song ‘Dawning Of A Brand New … Continue reading

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Album review: EDENBRIDGE – The Chronicles of Eden Part 2

EDENBRIDGE – The Chronicles of Eden Part 2

SPV/Steamhammer [Release date 15.01.21] Second best of from symphonic metal band Edenbridge, with this volume drawn from their studio albums 5-10. Edenbridge, who have been around now for over twenty years, revolve around original members vocalist Sabine Edelsbacher and songwriter/multi-instrumentalist … Continue reading

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EP review: OBSESA – Let In The Light

OBSESA - Let In The Light

OBSESA [Release date 26.12.20] Obsesa formed in 2017 in Bury St Edmunds (Vocals/Guitar: Jason Smith, Guitar: Adam Ingram, Bass: Matt Cooper, Drums: Pete Hutchins) have come out swinging and bludgeoning on their debut ep ‘Let In The Light’. Three tracks … Continue reading

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Album review: THE RODS – Expanded Remasters

THE RODS - In The Raw

In The Raw, The Rods Live, Let Them Eat Metal Rock Candy’s remastered & reissued programme often serves to bring a deserving band (and album) to a new audience. The Rods are the perfect example. Their eighties’ albums were in … Continue reading

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Upcoming: New releases (CD/DVD) January 2021-March 2021

MAGNUM - Dance Of The Black Tattoo

Compiled by Jason Ritchie January – March 2020 April – June 2020 July – September 2020 October – December 2020 April – June 2021 2021 January 1st THE BLACK KEYS ‘Brothers’ (10th anniversary edition) 8th Frozen Soul ‘Crypt Of Ice’ … Continue reading

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