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EP review: LAURA EVANS – Running Back To You

LAURA EVANS - Running Back To You

Rosie Music [Release date 31.07.20] Laura Evans has released a couple of singles earlier this year – the EP”s title track and ‘Drag Me Back In’ – both of which are on this five song EP. Laura Evans has been … Continue reading

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Album review: WHITESNAKE – The Rock Album: MMXX

WHITESNAKE - The Rock Album MMXX

Rhino [Release date 19.06.20] Part one of a remastered trio (the Red White & Blue trio), this compilation goes back to 1984’s Slide It In and takes in rock tracks of Ol’ Cov’s catalogue since, all given a 2020 remix. … Continue reading

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Album review: TOBY JEPSON & THE TRUTH – Ignorance Is Bliss

TOBY JEPSON & THE TRUTH – Ignorance is Bliss

Website [Release date 13.07.20] Toby Jepson is a national treasure and one of the finest musicians, songwriters and producers in the country. From his time fronting Little Angels, his successful solo career, stints with Fastway, Gun and Dio Disciples through … Continue reading

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Single reviews: LIONHEART, UDO

LIONHEART - Thine Is The Kingdom

LIONHEART Thine Is The Kingdom Metalville Records A reformed Lionheart (after 30 years) recorded and released a rather fine album of American influenced Melodic Rock in 2017, “Second Nature”, reviewed here. They weren’t all original band members, but old hands, … Continue reading

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Album review: MAGNUS KARLSSON’S FREE FALL – We Are The Night

MAGNUS KARLSSON

Frontiers [Release date 12.06.20] Album number three from the Free Fall project fronted by Primal Fear guitarist Magnus Karlsson, who has been busy of late having had a hand in the recent Allen/Olzen album also released by Frontiers. Karlsson handles … Continue reading

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EP review: MOONLIGHT DESIRES – At The Movies

MOONLIGHT DESIRES - At The Movies

Infamous Butcher Records [Release date 17.07.20] Moonlight Desires are a covers band hailing from Canada and their 2017 release, ‘Just The Hits 1981-85′ was good fun. This time they are still on a covers theme, going back to the 1980′s … Continue reading

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Single reviews: LA GUNS, GILBY CLARKE, PSSR, PHIL X

L.A. GUNS

Golden Robot Records The LA Guns, PhilX & The Drills, Gilby Clarke and PSSR, all enduring talents who started life in the glow of Eighties’ Hair Metal, are all releasing albums soon on the fast growing Golden Robot Records. The … Continue reading

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Album review: LONELY ROBOT – Feelings Are Good

LONELY ROBOT - Feelings Are Good

Inside Out [Release date 17.07.20] In true Douglas Adams fashion Lonely Robot are back with their fourth album in a trilogy. Actually the first three albums were part of the space trilogy, whereas ‘Feelings Are Good’ as John Mitchell explains … Continue reading

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Album review: VIOLENT SOHO – Everything is A-OK

Violent Soho - Everything is A-OK

I Oh You Records [Release date: 03.04.20] Accomplished indie/alt rock from Brisbane. I assume the title is not meant to be ironic. The album surfaced in the Spring and the recording/packaging would have been created long before the Covid-19 pandemic. … Continue reading

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CHESTER KAMEN AND THE LOVES – Americanized

CHESTER KAMEN & THE LOVES - Americanized

Stoney Records [Release date 03.07.20] In another era Chester Kamen and the Loves might have shifted a ton of copies. They somehow evoke the days of New Wave/Punk, coming across like early Talking Heads, like the Buzzcocks, Eddie and the … Continue reading

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Feature: Call Collect – An introduction to STEVE HACKETT

Steve Hackett Liverpool Philharmonic Hall 7th May 2017 photo Steve Goudie 27

Alan Jones and David Randall chart the rise and revival of progmeister par excellence, Steve Hackett When we reviewed the Steve Hackett gig in October 2013 following the release of the second Genesis Revisited album, Pete Whalley summed things up.  … Continue reading

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Album review: BLUE OYSTER CULT – Iheart Radio Theater NYC 2012

BLUE OYSTER CULT – Iheart Radio Theater NYC 2012

Frontiers [Release date 08.05.20] An invited audience of 200 lucky fans saw Blue Oyster Cult live on stage at the IHeart Radio Theater in New York in 2012. The event noisily celebrated the band’s 40th year together, expertly recorded by … Continue reading

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Album review: EBBA BERGKVIST & THE FLAT TIRE BAND – Spilt Milk

EBBA BERGKVIST & THE FLAT TIRE BAND - Spilt Milk

[Release date 29.05.20] The debut album from Ebba Bergkvist & The Flat Tire Band – a Stockholm based, blues rock band featuring  Ebba Bergkvist (vocals, guitar), Adam Randolph (drums), Erik Edgren (guitar)and Björn Korning (bass) – offers a bewildering smogasboard … Continue reading

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Album review: THUNDERMOTHER – Heat Wave

THUNDERMOTHER - Heat Wave

AFM Records [Release date 31.07.20] Heat Wave – Thundermother’s fourth album – finds the no frills, all-female, Swedish, rock ‘n’ raunchers still in line-up transition. With all bar founder member/guitarist/songwriter Filippa Nässil quitting the band after touring their 2015 sophomore … Continue reading

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Album review: LARKIN POE – Self Made Man

LARKIN POE - Self Made Man

Tricki-Woo Records [Release date 12.06.20] Atlanta-bred, Nashville-based multi-instrumentalist Lovell sisters Rebecca and Megan have never been less than prolific, passing through folk, and then pop before alighting on the pop meets American South roots based format they debuted on Peach … Continue reading

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Album review: MAGENTA – Masters Of Illusion

MAGENTA - Masters Of Illusion

Tigermoth [Release date 10.07.20] It seems a while since Magenta’s last studio release – We Are Legend (2017), and much as I enjoyed it, I have to confess it isn’t an album I’ve felt overly inclined to revisit at regular … Continue reading

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Album review: SHRED KELLY – Like A Rising Sun

SHRED KELLY - Like A Rising Sun

Devil Duck Records [Release date 03.07.20] Where do these excellent bands keep appearing from? Shred Kelly are another one, a five piece alt folk rock band (and not a speed metal band as their name may suggest) hailing from Canada … Continue reading

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EP review: COUNCIL, MARISA AND THE MOTHS

Website [Release date 23.06.20] Council is made up of 3 brothers and they are based out of NYC now. They have gone the organic route by building up a fan base by interacting with them, playing plenty of live shows … Continue reading

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Album review: SMACKBOUND – 20/20

SMACKBOUND – 20 20

Frontiers [Release date 12.06.20] Finland’s Smackbound paid their dues playing clubs as a covers’ band. Their debut album, “20/20” is a distillation of all the styles and stuff they performed on stage…with added songwriting. And the songwriting shines brightly. It … Continue reading

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Album review: MANDOKI SOULMATES – Living In The Gap/Hungarian Pictures

MANDOKI SOULMATES - Living In The Gap/Hungarian Pictures

Red Rock Production/Cleopatra Records [Release date 06.20] 2-CD Reviewing in the millennium means that we miss out on previous decades’ lavish PR packages.  If we are lucky these days we get a 320kbps download.  The arrival of the re-promoted Mandoki … Continue reading

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