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Album review: ADAM DOUGLAS – Better Angels

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Sonnet Music [release date 05.02.21] I first heard Adam Douglas about five or so years ago singing ‘A Change is Gonna Come’ a la Sam Cooke / Otis Redding on a TV game show. Now that’s some song to tackle, … Continue reading

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

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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: SKINNY KNOWLEDGE – Don’t Turn Out the Lights

SKINNY KNOWLEDGE – Don’t Turn Out the Lights

Self-release [Release date 05.03.21] Bournemouth based rockers, Skinny Knowledge deliver a frankly, awesome debut album that oozes attitude with great energy and a message to all those that are shallow or judgemental in our society – take note of the … Continue reading

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Album review: TOBY JEPSON – Viewfinder

TOBY JEPSON - Viewfinder

Jepsongs Recordings [Release date 12.03.21] “This is a selection of my solo songs that I hope you enjoy for what they are; moments in time when I was on a journey that ultimately brought them into being.” So says former … Continue reading

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Album review: WHITESNAKE – The Blues Album

WHITESNAKE – The Blues Album

Rhino [Release date 19.02.21] There’s always been a huge swathe of older fans who believe that Whitesnake were at their peak some forty years ago, the bluesy hard rock of the ‘classic’ line-up unbeatable and everything since the world conquering … Continue reading

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Album review: TOMMY BOLIN – Shake The Devil The Lost Sessions

TOMMY BOLIN - Shake The Devil The Lost Sessions

Cleopatra Records [Release date 12.02.21] As Dave Thompson’s notes make clear, based on a recent interview with Tommy Bolin’s brother Johnnie, the latest “lost sessions” have been something of a holy grail amongst fans. After Bolin’s premature death in December … Continue reading

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Album review: ELECTRIC BLUES MATES – Electric Blues Mates

Electric Blues Mates

Timezone [Release date 18.12.20] Given the recent number of lockdown and remotely recorded albums, ‘Electric Blues Mates’ is by no means a unique project.  But when it comes down to the spirit of cooperation, focus, intensity and sheer exuberance, this … Continue reading

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Quick plays: IVY GOLD, BLACK PISTOL FIRE

IVY GOLD - Six Dusty Winds

IVY GOLD Six Dusty Winds A1 Records/Golden Ivy Records [Release date 12.03.21] Ivy Gold is built around singer Manou and guitarist Sebastian Eder (Avalon). Rounding out Ivy Gold are drummer Tal Bergman (Joe Bonamassa, Billy Idol, Rod Stewart, Simple Minds, … Continue reading

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Album review: ANNEKE VAN GIERSBERGEN – The Darkest Skies Are The Brightest

ANNEKE VAN GIERSBERGEN - The Darkest Skies Are The Brightest

InsideOut Music [Release date 26.02.21] There is no doubt that some of the best music is made as a result of emotional adversity.  This explains why we cannot, perhaps, expect any great emotional pull from aged rockers who are more … Continue reading

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Album review: THE HOLD STEADY – Open Door Policy

THE HOLD STEADY – Open Door Policy

Thirty Tigers [Release date 19.02.21] The Hold Steady return to action with eighth album which as vocalist Craig Fin explains – “This album was written and almost entirely recorded before the pandemic started, but the songs and stories explore power, … Continue reading

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Album review : DURBIN – The Beast Awakens

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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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Album review: JASON BIELER & THE BARON VON BIELSKI ORCHESTRA – Songs For The Apocalypse

JASON BIELER & THE BARON VON BIELSKI ORCHESTRA – Songs For The Apocalypse

Frontiers [Release date 29.01.21] Jason Bieler scored a winner with hard rockers Saigon Kick (who had a US hit with ‘Love Is On The Way’ in 1991), and since then Jason Bieler has been mixing up styles. Indeed, when asked … Continue reading

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Book review: On track…KATE BUSH, RENAISSANCE, DIRE STRAITS, JONI MITCHELL

On Track...KATE BUSH

Sonicbond Publishing [Publication dates: December 2020; January/February 2021] The On Track volumes from Sonicbond come thick and fast.  I can’t help thinking that in the rush certain standards are being compromised or, at least, opportunities missed. Firstly there are a … Continue reading

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

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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: MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP – Immortal

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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: CATFISH – Exile – Live In Lockdown

Catfish - Exile Live In Lockdown

Self release [Release date 01.12.20] With their first gig in 5 months, with no rehearsals, a new drummer in Kev Hickman and just their own frisson to feed the adrenalin for a live stream, Catfish join the ranks of bands … Continue reading

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Album review: DRAGONY – Viribus Unitis

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Napalm Records [Release date 15.01.21] This is the 4th album from the Austrian Power metal crew Dragony and it is a tale from the glorious days of empire when Emperor Franz Joseph ruled. However, this is no straightforward, boring history lesson … Continue reading

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Album review: WIG WAM – Never Say Die

WIGWAM – Never Say Die

Frontiers Records [Release date 22.01.21] Much of today’s melodic rock’n’roll has degenerated into pro-tooled, prefabricated, flatpack assembly blandness. So it’s a genuine joy to hear Wigwam’s Never Say Die, their first release since reforming in 2020. It’s a relentless powerhouse … Continue reading

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EP review: RAY FENWICK – Going Large

RAY FENWICK - Going Large

Ray Fenwick “goes large” in this promotional audio for the new EP (Singsong Music) (11:29) A Ray Fenwick interview special will be broadcast on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio on Sunday 14 February 18:00 GMT. Singsong Music [Release date 15.01.21] … Continue reading

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