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
Lehmann is not afraid to explore different moods on this debut solo album and, with or without her illustrious cohorts, I am sure she would have produced something of note. Solid songwriting, solid playing. Out of the shadows.
Review by David Randall
THE PETAL FALLS All These Years (indie)
This album feels like The Petal Falls know exactly who they are, what they’re about and what their sound is, this is a move to share their voice and confirm their rightful place in the status quo.
The title track “All these years” feels particularly poignant given the struggles they have had to release their music when an earlier record company deal went sour, and that ultimately led to the eventual demise of the original band, after never being given the opportunity to publicly release the wealth of material. *****
Review by Karen Clayton
IRON MAIDEN Senjutsu (Parlophone)
‘Senjutsu’ is a long album and for some it may to too much but for me this album is everything that Book Of Souls wasn’t. Where the last album sounded like it was produced by a band who were past their best and jaded, this album is from a newly revitalised Iron Maiden who have honed their metal edge once more and have delivered a collection of songs worthy of their legacy. *****
Review by Dave Wilson
TOMMY CASTRO Presents A Bluesman Came To Town (Alligator)
‘Tommy Castro Presents A Bluesman Came To Town’, a blues concept album that finds him applying his soulful grooves and resonant playing to the story of a nascent blues man who lives the dream, but never quite turns his back on home. ****1/2
Review by Pete Feenstra
STEVE HACKETT Surrender Of Silence (Inside Out)
On first listen I hated it – its heaviness and gloomy orchestrations seemed anathema to what a Steve Hackett album usually sounds like.
But there’s the rub, it is meant to sound different. It is meant to shock. It is meant to get us to sit up and listen.
And the more you listen to it, like all great albums, the better it gets. *****
Review by Alan Jones
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Power Plays w/c 16 May 2022 (Mon-Fri)
FLOYA The Hymn (Arising Empire)
VEXES The Dream Disease (indie)
NEAR DUSK The Way It Goes (Iron Head Records)
IN SEARCH OF SUN Make Me Crazy (indie)
WALLNER VAIN Deceive Her (indie)
FIGHT THE FADE Where You Go I Go (FiXT)
MARATON Non-Euclidean Heart (Indie Recordings)
Featured Albums w/c 16 May (Mon-Fri)
09:00-12:00 TERRA NOVA Ring That Bell (Lion Music)
12:00-13:00 FOZZY Boombox (Mascot)
14:00-16:00 MICHAEL McDERMOTT St.Paul’s Boulevard (Pauper Sky Records)
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