Category Archives: ALBUM REVIEWS

Album review: AMONGST LIARS – S/T

AMONGST LIARS

Website [Release date 08.07.22] Formed the end of 2019, Amongst Liars are a 4 piece from Eastbourne/Brighton. They released their first single ‘Over and Over’ in February 2020, at just about the worst time to launch a new band, but … Continue reading

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Album review: ORIANTHI – Live In Hollywood (CD and DVD)

Orianthi Live

Frontiers Music [Release date: 15.07.22] For the uninitiated, Greek/Australian blonde bombshell Orianthi Panagaris is a platinum selling, guitar playing rock artist whose songs have registered many millions of hits online. That’s when she’s not been treading the boards with Michael … Continue reading

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Album review: CHAS CRONK – Liberty

CHAS CRONK - Liberty

Renaissance Records [Release date 11.02.22] It’s only when you look at the Discography in the liner note that you may realise that Chas Cronk has been a long-time member of The Strawbs but also worked with Steve Hackett and Rick … Continue reading

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Album review: BELLA HARDY – Love Songs

BELLA HARDY - Love Songs

Noe Records [Release date 08.07.22] Recorded over just three days, ‘Love Songs‘ is Bella Hardy‘s tenth solo album. The album features seven traditional numbers with four self-penned originals, all loosely based on the album title. She is joined by Mike … Continue reading

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Album review: PETER GOALBY – I Will Come Runnin’

PETER GOALBY – I Will Come Runnin’

Cherry Red Records [Release date 06.05.22] Like buses, you wait ages for a Peter Goalby album, then two come along in quick succession. On this album, like last year’s ‘Easy With The Heartaches‘, it features songs originally recorded in the … Continue reading

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Album review: CROSSING RUBICON – Perfect Storm

CROSSING RUBICON - Perfect Storm

Frontiers [Release date: 08.07.22] Crossing Rubicon is a marriage made in the world of post Grunge AOR. That world might look and sound just like it did in the eighties, only much smaller, but there’s a greater expectation now especially … Continue reading

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Album review: ARDOURS – Anatomy Of A Moment

ARDOURS - Anatomy Of A Moment

Frontiers [Release date: 08.07.22] 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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Quick plays: LIPS TURN BLUE, O’KANE & BLOCK, CTP

Lips Turn Blue

LIPS TURN BLUE MIG Music [Release date 04.05.22] Lips Turn Blue feature Don Mancuso (a former member of Black Sheep which featured Lou Gramm who guests on this album), keyboardist Eric Bieber, bassist Mike Mullane, drummer Roy Stein and vocalist … Continue reading

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Album review: CHRISTINE McVIE – Songbird: A Solo Collection

CHRISTINE McVIE – Songbird: A Solo Collection

Rhino/Warner [Release date 24.6.22] This is the first release to bear Christine McVie’s name since her excellent 2017 collaboration with Lindsey Buckingham (which was essentially a Fleetwood Mac album without Stevie Nicks). “Songbird” contains a remixed selection from her 1984 … Continue reading

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Album review: WAX ON WATER – The Drip

WAX ON WATER - The Drip

Howling Tempest Records [Release date 24.06.22] Wax On Water are a three-piece led by singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Maya Damaris, and completed by drummer Garren Orr and guitarist Steven Blessing. They have already released two EPs this year under ‘The … Continue reading

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Album review: TIMOTHY B. SCHMIT – Day By Day

TIMOTHY B. SCHMIT - Day By Day

On Sunday 3 July, on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, Timothy B. Schmit chats to David Randall about his music with tracks from the new album.  (Assume The Position, 22:00 GMT+1) [Release date: Digital - 06.05.22; CD/Vinyl 02.09.22] Best known … Continue reading

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

TYGERS OF PAN TANG - 1985-1987

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)

PAUL DI’ANNO’s BATTLEZONE – Killers in The Battlezone

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

JORN - Over The Horizon Radar

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: HATS OFF GENTLEMEN IT’S ADEQUATE – The Confidence Trick

HATS OFF GENTLEMEN IT’S ADEQUATE - The Confidence Trick

Bandcamp [Release date 29.07.22] Here at GRTR! we are big fans of Hats Off Gentlemen It’s Adequate, enjoying what the band use to describe themselves as genre defying music. They have a prog rock basis but then wander off down … Continue reading

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

BUBBLEROCK IS HERE TO STAY VOLUME 2 (3 CD set),

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: THE BLACK FEATHERS – Angel Dust & Cyanide

THE BLACK FEATHERS – Angel Dust & Cyanide

www.theblackfeathers.com [Release date 08.07.22] The Black Feathers, made up of Ray Hughes (vocals, guitars, keys) and Sian Chandler (vocals), have been touring and recording since 2012. The pandemic put a temporary halt on their regular touring, although they have performed … Continue reading

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Album review: MY SOLILOQUY – FU3ION

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Rare Artist Music [Release date 11.07.22] Third album from My Soliloquy, which is the brainchild of former Threshold guitarist Pete Morten. On this album he is joined by Threshold’s drummer Johanne James – Morten plays all the other instruments on … Continue reading

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Album review: CHAOS MAGIC – Emerge

CHAOS MAGIC - Emerge

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

BLOODY-HEELS-rotten-romance-COVER

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: LONERIDER – Sundown

LONERIDER-Sundown

Escape Music (Release Date 20.05.22) The concept of a quiet life sees alien to peerless singer Steve Overland who must have one of the prolific recording schedules of any artist. Barely two months after releasing ‘Thirteen’ with his main band … Continue reading

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

MICHAEL MONROE - I Live Too Fast To Die Young

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: CATS IN SPACE – Kickstart The Sun

CATS IN SPACE - Kickstart The Sun

Harmony Factory [Release date 29.07.22] www.catsinspace.co.uk For the past few years, Cats in Space have been one of my favourite ‘new’ bands, offering something very different to the norm. These seasoned musicians have created a lavishly arranged sound inspired by … Continue reading

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Album review: FRANKY PEREZ – Crossing The Great Divide

FRANKY PEREZ – Crossing The Great Divide,

Black Sea Music [Release date 24.06.22] Singer-songwriter Franky Perez releases his fifth solo album. He has worked and toured with the likes of Slash, Scars On Broadway and Apocalyptica (for whom he is the band’s touring singer). On this album … Continue reading

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Album review: VENUS 5 – Venus 5

VENUS 5

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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