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News – NEAL SCHON, HEART, MAGNUM, THE DARKNESS (December 2020)

  Journey’s Neal Schon (pictured) releases his new album ‘Universe’ this month. Dream Theater have started work on their new album. In the meantime they have released a seasonal medly ‘The Holiday Spirit Carries On’, available for download at dreamtheaterofficial.bandcamp.com … Continue reading

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Album review: REB BEACH – A View From The Inside

REB BEACH – A View From The Inside

Frontiers Records [Release date 12.11.20] Reb Beach’s (Winger/Whitesnake) choice of musicians with whose help he recorded “A View From The Inside” is revealing: David Throckmorton, primarily known as a jazz drummer, especially for Maynard Ferguson; bassman Philip Bynoe worked extensively … Continue reading

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Album review: RICH YOUNG – Nonsense of the Heart

RICH YOUNG - Nonsense of the Heart

North Star Music [04.09.20] We often miss the big picture whilst staring directly at one aspect. In that way we may see a particularly bright colour whilst failing to notice the multitude of hues that also make up the rest … Continue reading

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Album review: TREMENDOUS – Relentless

TREMENDOUS - Relentless

Facebook [Release date 20.11.20] TREMENDOUS (stand down grammar peeps as they deliberately have their name in capitals) hail from Birmingham, UK and consist of Mark Dudzinski (guitar, vocals), Ryan Jee (bass) and Dave Lee (drums). The TREMENDOUS name is taken … Continue reading

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Album review: MARK KELLY – Marathon

Mark Kelly's Marathon

earMUSIC [Release date 27.11.20] Thirty years in the making… well, ok, thirty years in the planning, Marillion’s much sought after keyboard player, Mark Kelly at last releases his “solo” album, the appropriately titled “Marathon”. He’s enlisted the help of a … Continue reading

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Album review: LOUISE STEEL – Sideshow

LOUISE STEEL - Sideshow

Website [Release date 20.11.20] Here at GRTR! Towers we enjoyed Louise Steel’s 2017 debut ‘Heartstorm’ very much. Louise Steel’s second album has been two years in the making that has included personal tragedy and making this album has proved cathartic … Continue reading

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Album review: CATS IN SPACE – Atlantis

CATS IN SPACE – Atlantis

Harmony Factory [Release date 27.11.20] On new album, “Atlantis”, it seems the new CIS line up, with vocalist Damien Edwards replacing Mark Pascall, has largely abandoned the iconoclastic tone of its predecessor, “Daytrip To Narnia” That of course, is down … Continue reading

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Album review: AC/DC – Power Up

AC/DC - Power Up

Columbia  [Release date 13.11.20] I can remember my disappointment four years ago when AC/DC announced that Brian Johnson was pulling out of their then current tour due to hearing problems but that they would likely conclude the tour with a … Continue reading

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Album review: L.A. GUNS – Renegades

L.A. GUNS - Renegades

Golden Robot Records [Release date 13.11.20] L.A. Guns, born out of the 1980’s rock scene in Los Angeles and the Sunset Strip, have become synonymous with the Hollywood hair metal rock scene, famous for putting on amazing live shows with … Continue reading

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Album review: BLACK STONE CHERRY – The Human Condition

BLACK STONE CHERRY – The Human Condition

Mascot Records [Release date 30.10.20] Amazing to think Black Stone Cherry (BSC) celebrate their twentieth anniversary next year, with ‘The Human Condition’ being the band’s seventh studio album. Black Stone Cherry have certainly built up an impressive following here in … Continue reading

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EP review: ATTIC THEORY – The Sign of An Active Mind

ATTIC THEORY – The Sign of An Active Mind

ThunderGun Records [Release date 27.11.20] Crowned ‘Best New Band’ at Planet Rock Radio’s ‘The Rocks 2020’ awards, Attic Theory have released a couple of singles ahead of this EP. Since forming in late 2017, Attic Theory have supported the likes … Continue reading

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Album review: THE SHARPEEZ – Live At Leo’s Red Lion

The Sharpeez - Live At Leo

Black Frog Records [Release date 01.11.20] The Sharpeez ‘Live at Leo’s’ is a celebratory live album full of vim and vigour, despite being recorded outside and at short notice under socially distanced circumstances. The Sharpeez are song driven outfit with … Continue reading

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Album review: STRAY – Roll Up! Roll Up!

STRAY – Roll Up! Roll Up!

Monstrous Child [Release date 23.1o.20] Stray’s ‘Roll Up! Roll Up!’ is a very honest warts and all document of what went down on the night. If anything, it could have done with a few edits to bring a more mellifluous … Continue reading

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Album review: BILLION DOLLAR BABIES – Battleaxe

BILLION DOLLAR BABIES – Battleaxe

Cherry Red {Release date 27.11.20] Expanded Reissue/3 CDs Alice Cooper, the band, acrimoniously separated into 1. Alice Cooper, and 2. The band, in 1974, after “Muscle Of Love”. (There’s a well documented story there, one that illustrates the cold, self … Continue reading

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Album review: LAZARUS DREAM – Alive

LAZARUS DREAM - Alive

Pride & Joy Music [Release date 13.11.20] Lazarus Dream was put together by vocalist Carsten Lizard Shultz (Evidence One, Domain, Dead Heroes Club) and guitarist/multi-instrumentalist Markus Pfeffer (Scarlett, Winterland). Joining the pair are drummer Markus Kullmann (Sinner, Glenn Hughes), percussionist … Continue reading

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Album review: BLUE OCTOBER – This Is What I Live For

BLUE OCTOBER – This Is What I Live For

Up/Down – Brando Records [Release date 23.10.20] The tenth studio album from Blue October recorded during the current pandemic. All bar two of the album’s thirteen songs were solely written by Justin Furstenfeld. Producer Eric Holtz is another key element … Continue reading

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Album review: STORM WARNING – Different Horizons

Storm Warning - Different Horizons

Lightnin’ Fingers  [Release date 06.11.20] Different Horizons is that rare thing, a finely honed mature album by a heritage rock- band, full of spark, creativity and inspired playing. It’s an adventurous rock album with an enveloping wall of sound, salient prog … Continue reading

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Album Review: KING KING – Maverick

KING KING – Maverick

Channel 9 Music [Release date 06.11.20] With a second lockdown, miserable British weather and little sign of something vaguely resembling normality returning any time soon a new King King album is probably just the antidote we need. Driving rhythms, fat … Continue reading

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Album review: HEAVEN – Where Angels Fear To Tread

HEAVEN - Where Angels Fear To Tread

Rock Candy Records [Release date 09.10.20] Australia’s tough as teak rock bands. There were four: AC/DC, The Angels, Cold Chisel and Rose Tattoo. But there was also a fifth…Heaven. They had formed in 1980′s Sydney. The band’s vocalist, Scottish born … Continue reading

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News – BLACKMORE’S NIGHT, H.E.A.T., ORANGE GOBLIN (November 2020)

DORO - The Tivoli, Buckley, North Wales, 21 November 2015

Blackmore’s Night release a festive themed four song EP ‘Here We Come A-Caroling’ on December 4 via earMUSIC. The same label release the band’s new studio album ‘Nature’s Light’ next spring. Lizzy Borden releases ‘Best of Lizzy Borden, Vol. 2‘ … Continue reading

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