Monthly Archives: December 2021

Album review: SARAH PERROTTA – Blue To Gold

SARAH PERROTTA - Blue To Gold

7D Media/Third Star Records [Release date  15.10.21] Sarah Perrotta released her debut album – ‘Drink The Sky’ (2000) – with the band Outland Dreamer when 19 and it received rave reviews.  Since that time she has worked with Garth Hudson … Continue reading

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Album review: STARLITE CAMPBELL BAND – The Language Of Curiosity

Starlite Campbell Band - The Language Of Curiosity

Pete Feenstra chatted to Suzi Starlite and Simon Campbell for Get Ready to ROCK! Radio.  First broadcast on 12 December 2021. Supertone [Release date 29.09.21] The Starlite Campbell Band’s second album ‘The Language of Curiosity’ is a cross genre, conceptual … Continue reading

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Album review: PERFECT PLAN- Live at Sharpener’s House

PERFECT PLAN- Live at Sharpener's House

Frontiers Records (Release Date 10.12.21) Among the finest of this golden generation of Scandinavian acts, Perfect Plan‘s second album ‘Time for a Miracle’ was voted GRTR’s melodic rock album of 2020. That year also saw them play a ‘live in … Continue reading

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News: BIG BIG TRAIN, DIAMOND DOGS, NICK MASON (January 2022)

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Alestorm begin work on their next album, ‘Seventh Rum Of A Seventh Rum’, which will be released on Napalm Records later this year. Big Big Train recently released ‘Bats In The Belfry’, composed by the band’s drummer Nick D’Virgilio, and … Continue reading

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Upcoming: New releases (CD/DVD) January 2022 – June 2022

BITE THE BULLET - End of the Line

Compiled by Jason Ritchie October-December 2021 2022 January 3rd ADRIANGALE ‘Final Piece’ 7th TIM ARNOLD ‘Maybe Magic’ AT THE MOVIES ‘The soundtrack of your life – Vol. 2′, ‘The Soundtrack Of Your Life – Vol. 1 + 1′ Atomic Fire … Continue reading

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Quick plays: BLACKLITE DISTRICT, NORTHTALE

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BLACKLITE DISTRICT – 1990 AK19 Entertainment, LLC [Release date 31.12.21] Kyle Pfeiffer is better known by the name Blacklite District and has been releasing music since 2011. The album title gives a little clue to the sounds contained within, as the … Continue reading

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Album review: L.A. GUNS – Checkered Past

L.A. GUNS - Checkered Past

Frontiers [Release date 12.11.21] When vocalist Phil Lewis and guitarist Tracii Guns buried the hatchet and started working together again, they breathed new life into L.A Guns and, whilst retaining the sleaze and swagger of their 80’s and early 90’s … Continue reading

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Album review: AT THE MOVIES – The Soundtrack of Your Life Vol. 1 & 2

AT THE MOVIES – The Soundtrack of Your Life Vol. 1

Atomic Fire Records [Release date 07.01.22] Pretty Maids Chris Laney has been watching lots of movies during the pandemic and he noticed how great the soundtracks often were. So, At The Movies was born when he enlisted drummer Allan Sørensen … Continue reading

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Album review : ZELBO – In My Dreams

ZELBO - In My Dreams

Frontiers [Release date 10.12.21] Melodic Rock/AOR band, Zelbo is named for keyboard player and founding member, Dag Selboskar. This relatively unknown Norwegian musician in fact has quite a pedigree. He debuted with the legendary Da Vinci. His DV bandmate, Bjorn … Continue reading

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Gig review: THE DARKNESS – 02 Academy, Bristol, Tuesday 7 December 2021

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Never have I seen a queue so big so early at the 02 Academy in Bristol, particularly on a school night – and this had nothing to do with the time taken to show covid status and get in, which … Continue reading

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Album review: BITE THE BULLET – End of the Line

BITE THE BULLET - End of the Line

Escape Music [Release date 22.01.22] Bite the Bullet trace their origins back to 1986 and still feature the original duo of Mick Benton (Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Keyboards) and Graham Cowling (Drums). They released a strong comeback album, ‘Black and White’, … Continue reading

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Album review: HAWKWIND – Dust Of Time

HAWKWIND - Dust Of Time

Atomhenge [Release date 10.12.21] Synonymous with Space Rock and the surprise hit single Silver Machine, Hawkwind are one of the UK’s most revered and hard working rock bands. Formed in the late 60s, they mixed blues rock, progressive and space … Continue reading

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Album review: MINISTRY – Bad Blood, The Mayan Albums, 2002-2005 (4 CDs)

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Cherry Red [release date: 17.12.21] There are Industrial Metal bands and there is Ministry. After the breakthrough in 1983, Al Jourgensen’s minimalist metal-in-extremis became the benchmark for the genre pretty rapidly. You could argue that this 4 CD snapshot, originally … Continue reading

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Album review: ORLEANS – New Star Shining

ORLEANS - New Star Shining

Sunset Blvd Records [Release date 22.10.21] The 2021 Christmas offering from Orleans is something of a welcome surprise.  The band have existed in some shape or form since their glory days in the late 1970s on the Asylum label, although … Continue reading

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Gig review: JOHN OTWAY – Sub89, Reading, Wednesday 15 December 2021

Otway The Movie: Rock & Roll's Greatest Failure

Welcome to the Brave New World/1984 as this was the first gig I was asked to show my covid pass. Sign of the times but if it keeps live music and entertainment going then it is a small price to … Continue reading

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Gig review: ALESTORM – Barrowlands, Glasgow, 5 December 2021

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For those who are unfamiliar with Glasgow, the Barrowlands Ballroom shares its name with Barra’s market which takes up a lot of the surrounding area. The Barra’s market used to be a huge affair which attracted people from all over Scotland looking … Continue reading

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Quick plays: TAYLOR YOUNG BAND, AUTUMN’S CHILD

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TAYLOR YOUNG BAND Mercury Transit Handrawn Records [Release date 08.10.21] Taylor Young drummed for the likes of The O’s, Young Heart Attack and Polyphonic Spree. Now he takes on the role of band leader and is joined by guitarist, vocalist … Continue reading

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Album review: CHRIS FARLOWE & THE THUNDERBIRDS – Stormy Monday & The Eagles Fly On Friday

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Repertoire [Release date 28.1.22] This 3CD set brings together more than 50 newly remastered tracks, recorded by the R&B/soul powerhouse Chris Farlowe between 1962 and 1969. It’s an eclectic mix of studio, radio session and live tracks, and a definitive … Continue reading

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Book review: NU METAL A DEFINITIVE GUIDE, ON TRACK…KORN by Matt Karpe

NU METAL A DEFINITIVE GUIDE

Nu Metal A Definitive Guide SonicBond Publishing [Publication date 24.09.21] Author Matt Karpe has been busy of late with two of his books published in quick succession. This Nu Metal guide is very comprehensive and a perfect introduction to a … Continue reading

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Book review: THE DEVELOPMENT OF LARGE ROCK SOUND SYSTEMS – Volume 2 by Chris Hewitt

Chris Hewitt - The Development of Large Rock Sound System Volume 2

Dandelion Records & Books  [Publication date 08.01.22] Chris Hewitt’s second volume of “The Development of Large Rock Sound Systems” is a lavishly illustrated, 500 photograph strong opus which charts the rise of big PA systems in rock music. It further … Continue reading

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Gig review: BRITISH LION- Camden Underworld, London, 4 December 2021

BRITISH LION- Camden Underworld, London, 4 December 2021

The phrase living legend is overused but in the world of metal Steve Harris deserves this description, as Iron Maiden’s founder member, single-minded visionary, principal songwriter and with his prominent bass playing a big part in the band’s sound. Hell, … Continue reading

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News: Albums of the Month (October 2021 – December 2021)

Albums of the Month (October-December 2021)

DEEP PURPLE Turning To Crime (earMUSIC) While the production is big, solid and bright, there’s also a live-in-the-studio feel, like it was recorded quickly and spontaneously. Listen with open ears and the album shows the band on great form, and … Continue reading

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Gig review: THE JONES GANG- 229 Club, London, 3 December 2021

THE JONES GANG- 229 Club, London, 3 December 2021

Few living people can claim as rich a classic rock pedigree as Kenney Jones- the only Small Faces member still with us, a mainstay in the Faces and Keith Moon’s replacement in the Who. Its not surprising then that the … Continue reading

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Gig review: LINDISFARNE – Backstage At The Green Hotel, Kinross – Friday 3rd December 2021

The week prior to this gig I had watched the excellent documentary on BBC about the life and music of Lindisfarne’s guiding light Alan Hull. Alan’s creative genius is at the centre of the Lindisfarne legacy and his timeless masterpieces … Continue reading

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Album review: THE MURDER OF MY SWEET – A Gentleman’s Legacy

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Frontiers [Release date: 10.12.21] The Murder Of My Sweet’s latest release, A Gentleman’s Legacy, is a concept album, with a plot worthy of some of the better psychological thriller writers we may have encountered over the years. The band is … Continue reading

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