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Single review: THE AMBER QUILLS – Chords And Candles

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Empreint Cordialle [release date 7.07.22] Prodigious musician Michael Burdett, leader of The Little Death Orchestra, formed The Amber Quills in 1982. The tapes of the band’s recordings were thought to have been destroyed by flood, but Burdett has had them … Continue reading

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Album review: ARDOURS – Anatomy Of A Moment

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Frontiers [release date: 8.07.22] A merger of two musical forces who once crossed paths, Ardours are Mariangela (Tristania) Demurtas, who sings and writes. And Kris Laurent, who writes, plays all instruments and produces. Their album, Anatomy Of A Moment, frames … Continue reading

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Single review: DYNAZTY – Natural Born Killer

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AFM Records [Release date: 26.08.22] Always underrated, Dynazty is one of the best metal bands around right now. On this single teaser, ‘Natural Born Killers’, they create a keyboard heavy, symphonic/melodic metal concoction that just bursts with energy and invention. … Continue reading

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Single review: STRYPER Rise To The Call

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Frontiers Records [Release date: 24.06.22] Mining the motherlode of Classic Metal (with an extra melodic twist) seems to come easy to Stryper nowadays. You might say that on this single release, ‘Rise To The Call’, a trailer for their forthcoming … Continue reading

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Album review : TYGERS OF PAN TANG – 1985-87 (3 CD Boxset)

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Cherry Red / HNE [Release date 24.06.22] Arguably there are two Tygers Of Pan Tang. This boxset features Tygers 2.0. CD1: The Wreck-age (1985) CD2: Burning In The Shade (1987) and CD3: The Wreck-age Demos and the Burning In The … Continue reading

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Album review: PAUL DI’ANNO’s BATTLEZONE – Killers in The Battlezone (3CD Boxset)

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Cherry Red [release date: 24.06.22] The career of the currently wheelchair bound singer, Paul Di’Anno has been a journey of detours, dead ends, drug addiction and detainment. His public profile as a musician began with heavy metal band, Iron Maiden. … Continue reading

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Album review: JORN – Over The Horizon Radar

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Frontiers Music [Release date 17.06.22] Jorn Lande has worked with guitarist Tore Moren since The Snakes in 1998. These two have been in each other’s company for so long that they must by now have developed some kind of musical … Continue reading

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Album review: BUBBLEROCK IS HERE TO STAY VOLUME 2 (3 CD set)

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Grapefruit/Cherry Red [Release date : 17.06.22] To give this 3 CD Boxset its full title: Bubblerock Is Here To Stay: Volume 2: The British Pop Explosion, 1970-73. In the world of sixties and seventies pop, the single was the king. … Continue reading

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Album review: CHAOS MAGIC – Emerge

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Frontiers [Release date 17.06.22] Underwhelming Symphonic Metal from Timo Tolkki “discovery”, Caterina Nix. This new release,Emerge, is a second collaboration between Nix and one of Frontiers’ South American songwriter/producer wunderkind, Nasson. The first, Furyborn, was released in 2019. Nasson’s production … Continue reading

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Album review: BLOODY HEELS – Rotten Romance

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Frontiers [release date 10.06.22] Sounding heavier and harder than on their previous albums, it’s clear that Bloody Heels have realised that the confines of a genre only exist for those musicians who lack wit and imagination. There are few better … Continue reading

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Album review: MICHAEL MONROE – I Live Too Fast To Die Young

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Silver Lining Music [release date: 10.06.22] Even long time fans will be approaching this release with caution, uncertain if Michael Monroe remains just as provocative and influential as he once was. That whole Punk/ Glam/ Rock schtick wears thin eventually. … Continue reading

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Album review: VENUS 5 – Venus 5

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Frontiers [Release date: 10.06.22] The Venus 5 are: – Karmen (Hellcats) Klinc Jelena (The Voice finalist, Romania) Milovanovic Tezzi (Infinite & Divine) Persson Erina (The Voice finalist, Albania) Seitllari and the woman with only one name, Herma, of the SNB … Continue reading

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Album review: GODLEY and CREME – Frabjous Days, The Secret World Of, 1967-69

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Cherry Red/Grapefruit [Release date: 10.06.22] Kevin Godley and Lol Creme didn’t know what they were doing. Well, that’s not strictly true. To be accurate : There’s a thrill in not knowing what you’re doing but aiming high anyway and that, … Continue reading

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Album review: GRACE – Hope

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Frontiers Music [Release date 10.06.22] Under the Grace moniker, Hope is an album put together by twenty year music biz veteran, Isra Ramos, and it’s a genre hopping blast. Ramos has toured to support Europe, Nightwish, The Scorpions, Angra and … Continue reading

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Album review: SEVENTH WONDER – The Testament

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Frontiers [Release date: 10.06.22] Sixth album from Swedish Prog Metal band Seventh Wonder, for whom life began at the turn of the century. The band is full of virtuoso musicians. Guitarist Johan Liefvendal and bassist, Andreas Blomqvist are the driving … Continue reading

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Album review: RAVEN – Rock Until You Drop (the 4CD Over The Top Edition)

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Cherry Red/Sanctuary [release date : 27.05.22] Raven, the legendary heavy metal band from England’s industrial North East, have the perfect resume. They have recorded for six different labels (and never been without one) including major and major-ish imprints like Atlantic, … Continue reading

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Album review: STRANGEWAYS – Complete Recordings Volume 1, 1985-1994

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Cherry Red/HNE [Release date: 27.05.22] The clamour for reissues of the first 3 Strangeways albums rose to fever pitch in the late 90s, as AOR made an attempt to get back on its feet. All 3 had been received with … Continue reading

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Album review: BRIDEAR – Aegis Of Athena

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Setsuzoku Records [Release date 13.05.22] All girl band, Bridear, from Fukuoka, Japan has created a global fanbase since its inception in 2014. Aegis of Athena is its third album. The band’s skilful merge of Melodic Metal and J-Pop might not … Continue reading

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Album review : SKILLS – Different Worlds

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Frontiers Music [Release date: 13.05.22] Skills … “Supergroups” often deflate our expectations pretty quickly. Good to to be able to say that this bunch of seasoned professionals – Brad (Night Ranger) Gillis, David (Giant) Huff, Billy (Mr Big) Sheehan plus … Continue reading

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Album review: GRAHAM BONNET BAND – Day Out In Nowhere

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Frontiers Music [Release date 13.05.22] Bonnet’s back catalogue gets frequent outings via the world’s ever popular reissue/ remaster labels. So it’s good to hear some new material from him and this “elegant, late career outfit”, The Graham Bonnet Band. He’s … Continue reading

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Album review: THE BIG DEAL – First Bite

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Frontiers Music [Release date: 06.05.22] The Big Deal is a Serbian Melodic Rock band, an offshoot of highly successful Progrockers, Alogia. Husband and wife team, Srdjan and Nevena Brankovic are the band’s centrepoint, handling guitar, production, songwriting and vocals. Nevena … Continue reading

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Album review: STARCHASER – Starchaser

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Frontiers Music [Release date: 06.05.22] If you have an insatiable appetite for the genre, this meat and 2 veg power metal album from new band, Starchaser might provide reasonable, short term sustenance. It began life as a Kenneth (Tad Morose) … Continue reading

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Album review: JANI LIIMATEINAN – My Father’s Son

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Frontiers [Release date: 06.05.22] “Solo” album from Sonata Arctica/ Insomnium/ Dark Element guitar man/ composer, Jani Liimateinen. Considering that he’s put this album together with a host of guest vocalists, the finished article is a strongly cohesive whole, with barely … Continue reading

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Album review: LOVERBOY – Wildside (Remaster)

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Rock Candy Records [release date: 25.03.22] Loverboy’s fifth studio album, again produced by the maestro, Bruce Fairbairn (RIP), has been remastered and reissued recently by Rock Candy Records. When Fairbairn, Bob Rock and Mike Fraser are handling production, engineering and … Continue reading

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Album review: LILLIAN AXE – Psalms For Eternity (3 CD set)

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Global Rock [release date 6.04.22] This month, Lillian Axe release a 3 CD retrospective on Global Rock, SFM’s brand spanking new Rock and Metal label, grandly called Psalms For Eternity. It’s been curated by mainman, guitarist and songwriter, Steve Blaze, … Continue reading

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