Monthly Archives: November 2021

Album Review: AFTERLIGHT (Thea Gilmore) – Afterlight

Afterlight

Mighty Village Records  -  [Release date: 01.10.21] What’s a woman to do when the life that you’ve led for over twenty years reveals itself over time to be a stifling, coercive relationship that’s dominated your life and musical career? The … Continue reading

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Gig review: THE DARKNESS – Reading Hexagon, 26 November 2021

THE DARKNESS- Reading Hexagon, 26 November 2021

Never mind the hysteria that surrounded them in the early 2000’s, proof of how quickly time marches lies in the fact that it now a full ten years since the Darkness triumphantly reformed at Download. Since then they have surprised … Continue reading

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Book review: On track – Decades – ERIC CLAPTON, PORCUPINE TREE, LED ZEPPELIN, GENESIS, YES

On track...ERIC CLAPTON SOLO

Sonicbond Publishing The On Track series continues unabated and this – and the companion series ‘Decades’ – to a large extent reflects the enthusiasm of the publisher Stephen Lambe and his band of individual authors. Whilst we are frequently critical … Continue reading

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Album review: JULIAN LITTMAN – Goblin Market Music

JULIAN LITTMAN - Goblin Market Music

Website [Release date 01.12.21] Steeleye Span’s Julian Littman has created a concept album based on Christina Rossetti’s famous 19th Century poem ‘Goblin Market’. In addition, author John Matthews set out to adapt the themes in the poem to create a … Continue reading

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News: ELLES BAILEY, STONEDEAD, URIAH HEEP (December 2021)

Michael Schenker, photo by Simon Dunkerley

Elles Bailey has opened pre-orders for her next album, ‘Shining in the Half Light’, due for release on 25 February 2022. HammerFall release their new album ‘Hammer Of Dawn’ on February 25 via Napalm Records. Alan Parsons with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, release … Continue reading

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Album review: THORBJORN RISAGER & THE BLACK TORNADO – Best Of

THORBJORN RISAGER & THE BLACK TORNADO – Best Of

  Ruf [Release date 21.09.21] If there’s still a debate about the merits of European blues as opposed to its American antecedents, then Denmark’s Thorbjørn Risager  & The Black Tornado have finally kicked the argument into touch with this stellar … Continue reading

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Gig review: MARILLION – Hammersmith Apollo, London, 26 November 2021

MARILLION – Hammersmith Apollo, London, 26 November 2021

Marillion are one of the hardest working live bands around and no surprise that they have wasted little time in getting back on the road after their enforced pandemic hiatus. Tonight was the first of a brace of gigs at … Continue reading

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Album review: MANIMAL – Armageddon

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AFM Records [Release date 3.12.21] Armageddon is Swedish Power Metal band, Manimal’s 6th release. What it lacks in subtlety, it makes up for in bravado and sheer power, with the rough edges sanded down by a bunch of resilient, tough … Continue reading

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Gig review: SKERRYVORE – Arlington Arts Centre, Friday November 26 2021

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Possibly the most tartan on display south of the border outside of an Edinburgh Woollen Mill shop, Celtic folk rockers Skerryvore were in town for a Friday night to remember. Skerryvore consist of Alec Dalglish (vocals, guitar & the band’s … Continue reading

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Album review: RHAPSODY OF FIRE – Glory For Salvation

RHAPSODY OF FIRE - Glory For Salvation

AFM Records [Release date 26.11.21] Italian symphonic metal legends Rhapsody (for that is what they were originally called) return with their 13th studio album and is the second in the The Nephilim’s Empire Saga concept series, and follows on from … Continue reading

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Album review: SKID ROW – The Atlantic Years

SKID ROW

BMG [Release date 03.12.21] American rock band Skid Row, who formed in New Jersey in 1986, found fame in the late 80s and early 90s with their brand of hard rock that included elements of glam and sleaze. Signing to … Continue reading

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Gig review: ELLES BAILEY – Cambridge Junction 2, Tuesday 23 November 2021

ELLES BAILEY Road I Call Home

A natural born storyteller, Elles Bailey also has the sort of voice that could make angels weep and this combination is like a siren draw into her endlessly colourful and wonderful world. Back on the road now after an extended … Continue reading

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Gig review: LIFESIGNS – The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes, Tuesday 23 November 2021

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Blackheart Orchestra are garnering quite a reputation for themselves, especially on the live circuit. So, unfamiliar as I was with them I was keen to catch their short support slot. The Manchester duo treated a pretty full room to a … Continue reading

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Album review : CORROSION OF CONFORMITY – Sleeping Martyr: 2000-2005 (3 CD digipack)

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Cherry Red [Release date 26.11.21] The Sleeping Martyr digipak is a cleverly selected three album package from one of the world’s coolest metal bands, Corrosion Of Conformity. All three – America’s Volume Dealer (2000), Live Volume (2001) and In The … Continue reading

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Rising Stars: WAX ON WATER

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Maya Damaris from Wax on Water answers GRTR! Q&A… Wax on Water -The Sting in the Raw – YouTube 1. Your new EP ‘The Drip -Part 1′ is out now – what has the reception been so far ? What … Continue reading

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Album review: JIM PETERIK & WORLD STAGE – Tigress – Women Who Rock the World

JIM PETERIK & WORLD STAGE- Tigress- Women Who Rock the World

Frontiers Records (Release date 05.11.21) Jim Peterik’s World Stage project, whether live or in the studio, is characterised by the Survivor founder using the widest array of musical chums to sing his songs. ‘Tigress’ (what is it with his obsession … Continue reading

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Gig review: PHIL CAMPBELL & THE BASTARD SONS – Thekla, Bristol, 18 November 2021

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First of all, what a venue, for the uninitiated, the Thekla is a floating music venue, it was a cargo ship in days gone by. It well and truly commands its place in Bristol’s thriving music scene. The staff are … Continue reading

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Album review: GROUNDBREAKER – Soul to Soul

GROUNDBREAKER- Soul to Soul

Frontiers Records (Release date 12.11.21) Groundbreaker’s debut album was a Frontiers Records project to reunite Steve Overland with the pure AOR sound of early FM. That was a collaboration with Work of Art’s Robert Sall, but  the latter is not … Continue reading

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Gig review: WISHBONE ASH – Islington Academy, London, 18 November 2021

WISHBONE ASH- Islington Academy, London, 18 November 2021

Sitting out live action during the pandemic must have been particularly galling for Wishbone Ash who always keep up a punishing live schedule. So there was a relief for both band and audience seeing them back in their familiar habitat … Continue reading

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EP review: BIG BIG TRAIN – Proper Jack Froster

Big Big Train

Digital only [Release date 19.11.21] A seasonal release from Big Big Train, ahead of their new album ‘Welcome To The Planet’ due in January next year. The single is expanded into a digital EP as they add the previously released … Continue reading

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EP review: TOM WEBBER – Stop and Think About It

Tom Webber

Facebook [Release date 16.10.21] Debut release by Oxfordshire based singer songwriter Tom Webber. Despite his youthful age his music takes the listener back to the late 50’s/early 60’s when artists like the Everly Brothers, the Drifters and Sam Cooke were … Continue reading

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Feature: Call Collect – An introduction to GIANT

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Giant are rightly revered in melodic rock circles, another of those bands who for a short period at the turn of the 1980s delivered two of the finest albums in the genre. The band formed in 1987 after the two … Continue reading

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Gig review: TOM WEBBER – Cornerstone Arts Centre, Didcot, Friday 19 November 2021

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First in a series of gigs promoted by the Music Box and tonught was a three solo artist showcase, headlined by local lad Tom Webber. Nicely staged with round tables and chairs providing a relaxed atmosphere, especially as appearing solo … Continue reading

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Album review: ASIA – The Official Live Bootlegs (10 CD Boxset)

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BMG UK [release date 26/11/21] Asia : In 1997, Paul Stump wrote in “A History Of Progressive Rock” that the band’s “links with the genre were as tenuous as George Formby’s links with Mozart”. It is a memorable quote. And … Continue reading

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Album review: ESKINA – We Were The Moon

ESKINA - We Were The Moon

Challenge Records [Release date 19.11.21] www.eskinamusic.com Has the music world gone all reflective?  Or maybe it is just a coincidence that in the past few weeks we have received several releases that seem to chime with the times.  Or maybe … Continue reading

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