Monthly Archives: September 2021

Album review: KASIM SULTON – 2021

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Deko Entertainment [Release date 17.09.21] If you were Kasim Sulton and had played bass and sung backing vocals on Meat Loaf’s 50 million selling Bat Out Of Hell, and had been an integral part of Todd Rundgren’s Utopia during ten … Continue reading

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News: RODNEY MATTHEWS, DEPECHE MODE, LILLIAN AXE (October 2021)

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Bryan Adams releases his latest album, ‘So Happy It Hurts’, on March 11. Alter Bridge enter the studio next April to start work on their new album. Battle Beast release their new album, ‘Circus Of Doom’, on January 21 via … Continue reading

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EP review: NAKED SUNDAY – Skeleton Keys

NAKED SUNDAY - Skeleton Keys

Facebook  [Release date 03.09.21] Naked Sunday are a hard rock, 4 piece band from Stafford, they are the epitome of what we define as the new wave of classic rock genre in my humble opinion. The vocals, lyrics and heavy … Continue reading

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Album review: HARDWICKE CIRCUS – The Borderland

HARDWICKE CIRCUS - The Borderland

Website [Release date 23.07.21] This band hail from Carlisle, apparently Hardwicke Circus is the first roundabout in Carlisle, as a the band say, they are the “greatest band you’ve never heard of”, somehow I think that is all about to … Continue reading

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Album review: FICTION SYXX – Ghost Of My Fathers Past

FICTION SYXX – Ghost Of My Fathers Past

MR Records [Release date 04.08.21 digital/28.09.21 physical] Here we have the third album from Fiction Syxx who have been pretty consistent in releasing a new album every couple of years since they started back in 2017. The band consists of … Continue reading

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Album review: CARAVAN – It’s None Of Your Business

CARAVAN - It's None Of Your Business

On Sunday 10 October 2021 Pete Feenstra chatted to Pye Hastings for Get Ready to ROCK! Radio.  Madfish Music [Release date 8.10.21] Masters of the snappy album title, Caravan are yet another English Progressive Rock institution. For a band who … Continue reading

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Gig review: MASON HILL- Camden Underworld, London, 24 September 2021

MASON HILL- Camden Underworld, London, 24 September 2021

Mason Hill have been making up for lost time in more ways than one. The young Scots full-length album seemed to have been ages in the making not least with record company politics, and then just as they were building … Continue reading

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Album review: SPINOUT UK – Calling Out

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Just Chillin Records [Release date 21.01.21] Spinout UK is a powerful Bournemouth based anthemic rock band fronted by singer-songwriter and guitarist Gary Roberts, known for his work with Denny Laine, Zak Starkey and John Lodge. ‘Calling Out’ builds on the … Continue reading

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News: Albums of the Month (July 2021 – September 2021)

Albums of the Month (July-September 2021)

EDGE OF PARADISE The Universe (Frontiers) It’s passionate, articulate symphonic metal, occasionally conducting lightning raids onto hard rock terrain… ****1/2 Review by Brian McGowan AMANDA LEHMANN Innocence And Illusion (indie) Lehmann is not afraid to explore different moods on this … Continue reading

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Album review: THE PAT McMANUS BAND – Full Service Resumed

THE PAT McMANUS BAND - Full Service Resumed

David Randall chatted to Pat McManus for his show ‘Assume The Position’ on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio,  Sunday 3 October.  The interview includes tracks from the new album. The Store For Music [Release date 01.10.21] Pat McManus is the … Continue reading

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Gig review: MASSIVE WAGONS – Grand Central Hall, Liverpool, 25 September 2021

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This was only my second gig with zero restrictions in place, what a venue the Grand Central Hall is. I have not been before, I will definitely be back – the venue team were well organised and entry was easy, … Continue reading

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Album review: STEVE HACKETT – Surrender Of Silence

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Inside Out  [Release date: 10.09.21] A new album from Steve Hackett is always an event to look forward to, such has been his consistency in releasing work of the highest calibre, year on year, racking up over thirty albums and … Continue reading

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Gig review: INGLORIOUS – Islington Assembly Hall – 22nd September 2021

INGLORIOUS - Islington Assembly Hall - 22nd September 2021

The award for busiest band of 2021 might have to be Inglorious. They finally got to play material from the two albums they have already released on an extensive tour of 20 dates, taking in several places off the usual gig circuit. After contenting myself with local shows … Continue reading

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Album review: YES – The Quest

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Inside Out Music [Release date: 01.10.21] Yes are a British institution. As much woven into the fabric of UK culture as many other artistic endeavours. An omnipresent rock band with a constantly changing line up, currently: Davison, Howe, Sherwood, Downes … Continue reading

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Album review: KK’S PRIEST – Sermons Of The Sinner

KK’S PRIEST – Sermons of the Sinner

EX1 Records [Release date 01.10.21] Fans of the perennial metal gods Judas Priest have been lucky on the albums front in recent years. First we had two killer albums from Priest itself. Both 2014’s Redeemer of Souls (recorded after the … Continue reading

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Album review: SPIERS & BODEN – Fallow Ground

SPIERS & BODEN – Fallow Ground

Hudson Records [Release date 17.09.21] By the time John Spiers & Jon Boden had hung up their highly regarded hats as the Spiers & Boden duo in 2014 they had earned a place in the hearts of the folk audience … Continue reading

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Album review: JOHN McLAUGHLIN – Liberation Blues

John McLaughlin - Liberation Blues

Abstract Logix [Release date 16.07.21] It was John McLaughlin who on being asked about his “loud” playing in the Mahavishnu Orchestra pricelessly responded: “Who said spiritual music should be quiet?” On the evidence of ‘Liberation Time’ he’s turned down, but … Continue reading

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Album review: DANNY DANZI – Tribulations

DANNY DANZI - Tribulations

Escape Music [Release date 24.09.21] Danny Danzi is back with his third album (hardly prolific as his debut was released back in 1999!). His 2003 album ‘Danziland’ still gets regular plays by this reviewer. This album has been ten years … Continue reading

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Album review: ERIC BIBB – Dear America

ERIC BIBB - Dear America

Provogue Records/Mascot Label Group [Release date 10.09.21] Eric Bibb returns with possibly his most timely release to date, as Bibb explains the album “…a love letter, because America, for all of its associations with pain and its bloody history, has … Continue reading

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Feature: Albums that time forgot…CALVERT FLEMING PROJECT – Shotgun Pixie

Calvert Fleming Project - Shotgun Pixie

Amazing Radio 2021 ‘Shotgun Pixie’ is the ultimate album that time forgot, except it’s not been forgotten. This post psychedelic gem of an album by Ohio  guitarist Jimmy Fleming and Robert Calvert’s grand daughter Maya Calvert is very much available … Continue reading

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Album review: BLACK SABBATH – Technical Ecstasy (Super Deluxe 5LP Vinyl Box Set)

BLACK SABBATH - Technical Ecstasy

WIN A CD or VINYL COPY! BMG / Sanctuary Records   [Release date: 01.10.21] Following the superb ‘Super-Deluxe’ releases of ‘Paranoid’, ‘Volume 4’ and ‘Sabotage’ in the last couple of years, it is now the turn of ‘Technical Ecstasy’ to … Continue reading

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Album review: MY GLASS WORLD – Still Life With Machine Gun

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Luxury Noise [release date: 24.09.21] Everything Absent Or Distorted was a (now defunct) “sprawling, American, Indie Rock Ensemble”. They recorded their song ‘Still Life With Machine Gun’ in 2006. 15 years later, My Glass World have recorded their own song … Continue reading

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Album review: TOMMY CASTRO Presents A Bluesman Came To Town: A Blues Odyssey

Tommy Castro - A Bluesman Came To Town

Alligator Records [Release date: 17.09.21] Every since breaking nationally on NBC’s Comedy Showcase, San Francisco’s Tommy Castro has enjoyed a well founded reputation in the new blues vanguard for his willingness to explore new avenues in the blues genre. Down … Continue reading

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Gig review: THE CINELLI BROTHERS- Cabbage Patch, Twickenham, 16 September 2021

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One of the advantages of being an active gig goer is picking up recommendations from like minded ‘gig buddies’ of new acts to discover. One such that were being raved about prior to the pandemic were blues band The Cinelli … Continue reading

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Book review: WHO IS BLUES Vol.2 – The Interviews. Blues Encounters 2000 – 2020 by Vincent Abbate

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Self Published [Publication date 01.09.21] ‘Who Is The Blues Vol.2: The Interviews. Blues Encounters 2000-2020′ is an interesting cross section of 20 years of interviews of contemporary blues artists by the German based, New York blues scribe Vincent Abbate. Abbate … Continue reading

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