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Album review: NEW HORIZON – Gate Of The Gods

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Frontiers [Release date: 11.02.22] New Horizon is a H.E.A.T. splinter group, or splinter duo, to be precise. Being almost famous gives you room to try other things, and so Jonah Tee and Erik Gronwall have been given the opportunity to … Continue reading

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Album review: RUST N’ RAGE – One For The Road

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Frontiers [Release date: 11.03.22] The label debut from young Finnish band, Rust N’ Rage. The label claims that Rust N’ Rage’s influences are Dokken, ‘Crue and ‘Priest, but in fact they’ve taken their lead from second or third generation European … Continue reading

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Album review: FIND ME – Lightning In A Bottle

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Frontiers [Release date: 11.03.22] Find Me is Robbie LaBlanc, a rock vocalist who enjoys iconic status, and Daniel Flores (and his band) who’s on the same path, if not the same trajectory. The duo have been breathing new life into … Continue reading

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Album review: EDGE OF FOREVER – Days Of Future Past (Remasters, 3 CD set)

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Frontiers [Release date: 11.02.22] Frontiers’ golden boy, Alessandro Del Vecchio, formed Edge Of Forever in 2004. The label has now released the band’s back catalogue in a 3 CD, remastered set, titled Days Of Future Past, with a bonus track … Continue reading

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Album review: HOUSE OF SHAKIRA – Lint XXV

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Frontiers [release date: 11.02.22] Well, this is interesting… two richly textured remasters of House Of Shakira’s 1997 album, Lint. It is a most unusual approach. To celebrate the album’s 25th Anniversary, the first disc is a remastered version of the … Continue reading

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Album review: BANGALORE CHOIR – All Or Nothing, The Complete Studio Albums (3 CD Set)

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Global Rock [Release date: 11.03.22] This 3 disc set from Bangalore Choir is outstandingly well compiled. It’s the first release from Store For Music’s new imprint, Global Rock. As well as the band’s career albums, On Target (1992), Cadence (2010) … Continue reading

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Album review: JACOB BRYANT – Bar Stool Preacher

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Snakefarm Records [Release date o4.03.22] Bar Stool Preacher is a well known phrase in country music, but still a clever one, and it’s apt – it sums up the songs on this pretty fine album. Jacob Bryant is a road … Continue reading

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Album review: SERIOUS BLACK – Vengeance Is Mine

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AFM Records [Release date: 25.02.22] Sixth album from Power Metal band, Serious Black. Their reputation for international membership has continued throughout a 7 years and counting career. German founding member, Roland (Helloween) Grapow bailed early on. US vocalist Urban (Tad … Continue reading

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Album review: JOHN ILLSLEY – VIII

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100% Records [Release date 04.03.22] VIII is ex Dire Straits founding member John Ilsley’s eighth solo album. The singing bass player’s voice is rough hewn. His grainy, been-round-the-block-a-few times, half spoken, half sung vocal style is a perfect fit for … Continue reading

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Album review: THE RODS – Metal Will Never Die (The Official Bootleg Boxset)

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Cherry Red/HNE [Release date: 25.02.22] Metal Will Never Die is an understandable assertion from The Rods, a band who’ve survived multiple assaults on their place in the genre’s popularity over the last 40 years. The band, a trio, consisted of … Continue reading

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Album review: SPIRITS OF FIRE – Embrace The Unknown

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Frontiers [Release date: 18.02.22] Classic Metal band, Spirits Of Fire release their second album, Embrace The Unknown. The band was formed from scratch in 2017 by Chris (Savatage) Caffery, Steve (Testament) DeGiorgio, and Mark (Fates Warning) Zonder with the estimable … Continue reading

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Album review: ZADRA – Guiding Star

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Frontiers [Release date : 18.02.22] Guitarist/songwriter/vocalist, August Zadra’s main claim to fame is his lengthy tenure as Dennis DeYoung’s sideman, touring and recording with him since 2010. Guiding Star is his first “solo” album. A considerable weight of talent and … Continue reading

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Album review : MECCA – 20 Years (3 CD reissue w/bonus tracks)

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Frontiers [release date: 18.02.22] Mecca’s 20 Years bundles the band’s 3 albums, released over the last two decades, into an attractive package of original recordings, now remastered, with 5 bonus tracks spread across the 3 CDs. The self titled debut … Continue reading

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Album review: MANIC SINNERS – King Of The Badlands

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Frontiers [Release date: 18.02.22] Manic Sinners are Frontiers’ first signing from Romania. They are a talented, hard rocking trio of multi-instrumentalists who’ve borrowed heavily from the past, (who hasn’t?). If you’re going to borrow, borrow from the best. They’ve picked … Continue reading

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Album review: ALAN PARSONS – One Note Symphony (Live In Tel Aviv)

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Frontiers [release date: 11.02.22] This was Alan Parsons and his travelling band’s fourth time gigging in Israel, enjoying the huge honour of appearing with the highly regarded Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra. Frontiers signed Parsons 4 years ago, releasing his “solo” album, … Continue reading

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Album review: GIRISH AND THE CHRONICLES – Hail To The Heroes

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Frontiers [release date: 11.02.22] Highly derivative hard rock/metal from Bengaluru, India band, Girish And The Chronicles. They are now on their third album, and first on Frontiers. The album’s title, ‘Hail To The Heroes’ suggests a bunch of declamatory stadium … Continue reading

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Album review: CITY OF LIGHTS – Before The Sun Sets

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Frontiers [Release date: 11.02.22] Debut album from City Of Lights – Brit guitarist/writer Neil Austin and Greek vocalist Manos Fatsis (Hideaway).  They are joined in the studio by members of Creye, Degreed and Art Nation. It’s clear that a passionate … Continue reading

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Album review : DEGREED – Are You Ready

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Frontiers [Release date: 11.02.22] Are You Ready is Degreed’s sixth album, and their first on Frontiers. Robin Erikkson, Mats Erikkson, Mikael Blanc and Daniel Johansson have come a long long way in six albums. Their focus is clearly on the … Continue reading

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Album review: JACK FRANCIS – Jack Francis

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Good Deeds Music [Release date: 04.02.22] In introducing his remarkably lean and confident debut album, Jack Francis manages to namecheck Bruce Springsteen, and without realising it, Paul McCartney. There are echoes of ‘Yesterday’ in his story that the song, ‘Helena’, … Continue reading

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Album review : BRIX SMITH and MARTY WILLSON-PIPER – Lost Angeles

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Cadiz Music [Release date: 17.o1.22] This one has an interesting story behind it. Brix Smith was originally named after The Clash standard, Guns of Brixton, which is pretty cool. In the 90’s she went to a gig in her native … Continue reading

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Album review: PRAYING MANTIS – Katharsis

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Frontiers [Release date: 28.02.22] Only occasionally since their debut have Praying Mantis registered a decent sized blip on the radar of rock music in the UK. It was in Japan – where NWOBHM labelling was less meaningful – that the … Continue reading

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Album review: FASTER PUSSYCAT – Babylon, The Elektra Years (4 CD boxset)

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  Cherry Red [release date: 25.02.22] Faster Pussycat were one of a number of apparently identikit Glamrock bands who emerged from the LA Club scene in the mid eighties. Many fell by the wayside, but some stood out. Faster Pussycat … Continue reading

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Album review: LANA LANE – Neptune Blue

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Frontiers [Release date: 28.01.22] Neptune Blue is Lana Lane’s first album release since 2012. The close knit band that surrounds her includes her husband/ producer/ keyboard player, Erik Norlander, with Jeff Kollman on guitar and John (Asia) Payne on vocals, … Continue reading

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Album review : GIRLSCHOOL – From London To Nashville (2 CD Set)

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The Store For Music [Release date: 21.01.22] Girlschool experienced their share of heartache… label let downs, revolving door membership issues, conflicting views on musical direction and the struggles to sustain their ambitions in the face of all of the above, … Continue reading

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Album review: TOKYO BLADE – Fury

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Dissonance/Cherry Red [Release date: 21.01.22] It’s interesting to note that Tokyo Blade’s current members, including guitarist Andy Boulton and vocalist Alan Marsh, were with the band almost from the beginning, but left and rejoined at various intervals since the band’s … Continue reading

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