Category Archives: ALBUM REVIEWS

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

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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, never … Continue reading

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Album review: URIAH HEEP – vinyl picture discs

URIAH HEEP - …Very ‘Eavy …Very ‘Umble

…Very ‘Eavy …Very ‘Umble, Salisbury, Demons And Wizards, The Magician’s Birthday BMG [Release date 28.01.22] Led by the ever present and ever grinning guitarist Mick Box (the sole remaining founding member), Uriah Heep are iconic legends in British progressive rock. … 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 … Continue reading

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Album review: GRAHAM BONNET – The Historic Collection (2 CDs)

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Store For Music [Release date 21.01.22] Graham Bonnet needs little or no introduction. His 5 decade back catalogue is a rich and constant source of reissues and expanded versions. This double CD package sees his 1991 album, Here Comes The … Continue reading

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Album review: DAN REED NETWORK – Let’s Hear It For The King

DAN REED NETWORK - Let's Hear It For The King

Drakkar Entertainment [Release date 04.03.22] In 2022 all we need is some live music and a Dan Reed Network album. This is the band’s third album of their more recent renaissance following 2018′s ‘Origins’ which sprinkled some new stuff along … Continue reading

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Album review: EDGE OF FOREVER – Seminole

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Frontiers [Release date 21.01.22] Edge Of Forever’s mainman, Alessandro Del Vecchio’s description of the band’s fifth album is worth reading. You get the gist, but its over the top, disconnected language gives the impression it’s an outtake from Spinal Tap. … Continue reading

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Album review: HEAL & HARROW

Heal & Harrow - Rachel Newton & Lauren MacColl

Website [Release date 04.02.22] Composer, singer and harpist Rachel Newton (The Shee, The Furrow Collective, Spell Songs) and fiddle player Lauren MacColl’s (Salt House, Rant) new project, Heal & Harrow, is a tribute to those persecuted during the Scottish Witch … Continue reading

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Album review: iVARDENSPHERE – Ragemaker

iVARDENSPHERE - Ragemaker

Metropolis Records [Release date 04.02.22] Albums like this one are why, after nearly twenty years reviewing for GRTR!, my love of discovering and hearing new music shows no signs of waning. Not for everyone this one, as industrial-tribalist iVardenspehere weaves … Continue reading

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Album review: JOHN MAYALL – The Sun Is Shining Down

John Mayall - The Sun Is Shining Down

Forty Below [Release date 28.01.22] John Mayall’s 5th album for his producer Eric Corne’s Forty Below label may or may not be his 43rd in all, but it’s surprisingly good. Surprising, because despite 6 guests and 3 covers it’s still … Continue reading

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Album review: THE FERRYMEN – One More River To Cross

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Frontiers [Release date: 21.01.21] The Ferrymen are Magnus (Freefall/ Heart Healer) Karlsson, Ronnie (Lords Of Black/  Rainbow) Romero and Mike (Rage/ Axel Rudi Pell) Terrana. One More River To Cross is their third album on Frontiers, and this is a … Continue reading

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Album review: DOM PRAG – Needle & Thread

DOM PRAG – Needle & Thread

Website [Release date 04.02.22] Dom Prag has been steeped in the traditions of the classical guitar since childhood, then learning to play blues and composing songs of his own. He still plays in the classical style, however, his song writing … Continue reading

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Album review: ERIC GALES – Crown

Eric Gales - Crown

Provogue [Release date 28.01.21] Eric Gales opens his 21st album ‘Crown’ with a track called ‘Death Of Me’ with the open ended: “My name is Eric Gales, any questions?” It’s a more ambivalent intro than you might at first imagine, … Continue reading

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Album review: PETER GOALBY – Easy With The Heartaches

PETER GOALBY – Easy With The Heartaches

Cherry Red Records [Release date 10.12.21] Peter Goalby was the vocalist on a trio of albums released in the 80s by Uriah Heep – Abominog, Head First and Equator. After he left the band in 1986 little was heard from … Continue reading

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Album review: OUT OF THIS WORLD – S/T

Out of This World

Atomic Fire Records (Release date 14.01.22) Kee Marcello’s recording debut with Europe was 1988’s ‘Out of This World’ and I well remember how, celebrating 30 years of the album on a solo tour, the guitarist expressed his pride in the … Continue reading

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JOE LYNN TURNER – Rescue You (Remaster)

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Rock Candy Records [Release date 17.12.21] 1985, and the first of Joe Lynn Turner’s ten solo albums over the last 20 years, Rescue You, is released to huge acclaim. He’s clearly decided to distance himself from the rock/metal approach of … Continue reading

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Album review: SAXON – Carpe Diem

SAXON - Carpe Diem

Silver Lining [Release date 04.02.22] Saxon, one of the world’s most consistent and reliable classic metal bands, a name synonymous with the New Wave Of British Heavy (NWoBHM); there were there at the start in the late 70s. Hits such … Continue reading

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Album review : LYNCH MOB – Lynch Mob (Remaster w/bonus tracks)

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Rock Candy Records [release date: 17.12.21] Lynch Mob, the album, came two years after the 1990 debut, Wicked Sensation. This was more of a band effort, with all members collaborating on the songwriting. Oni Logan had gone, and the superb … Continue reading

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Album review: LOVERBOY – Keep It Up/Lovin’ Every Minute Of It (Remasters)

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Rock Candy Records [release date: 17.12.21] The remasters of Loverboy’s third album, Keep It Up (1983), and their fourth, Lovin’ Every Minute Of It (1985) follow hard on the heels of the first two, Get Lucky (1981) and the self … Continue reading

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Album review: KISSIN’ DYNAMITE – Not The End Of The Road

Kissin’ Dynamite - Not the End of the Road

Napalm Records [Release date 21.01.22] Kissin’ Dynamite is a German band, formed in 2007. Entertaining the public with great albums for over 20 years, they now release their new album, ‘Not the End of the Road’, and it would be … Continue reading

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Album review: IVY GOLD – Six Dusty Winds

Ivy Gold - Six Dusty Winds

Pete Feenstra chatted to Manou and Sebastian from Ivy Gold for Get Ready to ROCK! Radio.  First broadcast 9 January 2022. Golden Ivy Records [Release date: 12.03.21] Ivy Gold is a muscular international rock-blues band featuring the dynamic duo of … Continue reading

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Album review: DIRTY WHITE BOY – Bad Reputation (Remaster with bonus track)

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Bad Reputation Records [Released 16.12.21] Dirty White Boy originally released Bad Reputation in 1990. Melodic hard rock had entered the new decade unconvincingly, and was rapidly evolving into a bloated, corporate rock cliché. Bad Reputation was a significant exception. The … Continue reading

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Album review: JETHRO TULL – The Zealot Gene

JETHRO TULL - The Zealot Gene

InsideOut Music [Release date 28.01.22] Some, like me, haven’t quite recovered from Martin Barre’s departure from Tull in 2011/12.  And, more recently, it appears his replacement Florian Ophale has given way to Joe Parrish-James although Ophale appears on the new … Continue reading

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Album review: STEVE GIBBONS BAND – Rollin’-The Albums 1976-78 (5CD boxset)

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Pete Feenstra chatted to Steve Gibbons for Get Ready to ROCK! radio.  First broadcast 16 January 2022. Cherry Red [Release date 07.01.22] The Steve Gibbons Band family tree has so many branches, you’d be forgiven for thinking that it’s an … Continue reading

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Album review: LIFESIGNS – Altitude

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Lifesigns Music [Release date: 08.03.21] There are certain bands aren’t there that make you wonder “why aren’t this band massive?” and Lifesigns undoubtedly fall into this category. Essentially the band of keyboard wizard John Young, whose eclectic career has included … Continue reading

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Album review: SONATA ARTICA – Acoustic Adventures: Volume One

SONATA ARTICA - Acoustic Adventures - Volume One

Atomic Fire Records [Release date 21.01.22] After Sonata Artica toured in 2016 with an acoustic set and then again in 2019. From these two successful tours the idea was born to capture these versions on two acoustic albums, the second … Continue reading

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