Category Archives: ALBUM REVIEWS

Album review: SPINOUT UK – Calling Out

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Just Chillin Records [Release date 21.01.21] Spinout UK is a powerful Bournemouth based anthemic rock band fronted by singer-songwriter and guitarist Gary Roberts, known for his work with Denny Laine, Zak Starkey and John Lodge. ‘Calling Out’ builds on the … Continue reading

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News: Albums of the Month (July 2021 – September 2021)

Albums of the Month (July-September 2021)

EDGE OF PARADISE The Universe (Frontiers) It’s passionate, articulate symphonic metal, occasionally conducting lightning raids onto hard rock terrain… ****1/2 Review by Brian McGowan AMANDA LEHMANN Innocence And Illusion (indie) Lehmann is not afraid to explore different moods on this … Continue reading

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Album review: THE PAT McMANUS BAND – Full Service Resumed

THE PAT McMANUS BAND - Full Service Resumed

David Randall chatted to Pat McManus for his show ‘Assume The Position’ on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio,  Sunday 3 October.  The interview includes tracks from the new album. The Store For Music [Release date 01.10.21] Pat McManus is the … Continue reading

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Album review: STEVE HACKETT – Surrender Of Silence

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Inside Out  [Release date: 10.09.21] A new album from Steve Hackett is always an event to look forward to, such has been his consistency in releasing work of the highest calibre, year on year, racking up over thirty albums and … Continue reading

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Album review: YES – The Quest

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Inside Out Music [Release date: 01.10.21] Yes are a British institution. As much woven into the fabric of UK culture as many other artistic endeavours. An omnipresent rock band with a constantly changing line up, currently: Davison, Howe, Sherwood, Downes … Continue reading

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Album review: KK’S PRIEST – Sermons Of The Sinner

KK’S PRIEST – Sermons of the Sinner

EX1 Records [Release date 01.10.21] Fans of the perennial metal gods Judas Priest have been lucky on the albums front in recent years. First we had two killer albums from Priest itself. Both 2014’s Redeemer of Souls (recorded after the … Continue reading

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Album review: SPIERS & BODEN – Fallow Ground

SPIERS & BODEN – Fallow Ground

Hudson Records [Release date 17.09.21] By the time John Spiers & Jon Boden had hung up their highly regarded hats as the Spiers & Boden duo in 2014 they had earned a place in the hearts of the folk audience … Continue reading

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Album review: JOHN McLAUGHLIN – Liberation Blues

John McLaughlin - Liberation Blues

Abstract Logix [Release date 16.07.21] It was John McLaughlin who on being asked about his “loud” playing in the Mahavishnu Orchestra pricelessly responded: “Who said spiritual music should be quiet?” On the evidence of ‘Liberation Time’ he’s turned down, but … Continue reading

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Album review: DANNY DANZI – Tribulations

DANNY DANZI - Tribulations

Escape Music [Release date 24.09.21] Danny Danzi is back with his third album (hardly prolific as his debut was released back in 1999!). His 2003 album ‘Danziland’ still gets regular plays by this reviewer. This album has been ten years … Continue reading

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Album review: ERIC BIBB – Dear America

ERIC BIBB - Dear America

Provogue Records/Mascot Label Group [Release date 10.09.21] Eric Bibb returns with possibly his most timely release to date, as Bibb explains the album “…a love letter, because America, for all of its associations with pain and its bloody history, has … Continue reading

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Feature: Albums that time forgot…CALVERT FLEMING PROJECT – Shotgun Pixie

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Amazing Radio 2021 ‘Shotgun Pixie’ is the ultimate album that time forgot, except it’s not been forgotten. This post psychedelic gem of an album by Ohio  guitarist Jimmy Fleming and Robert Calvert’s grand daughter Maya Calvert is very much available … Continue reading

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Album review: BLACK SABBATH – Technical Ecstasy (Super Deluxe 5LP Vinyl Box Set)

BLACK SABBATH - Technical Ecstasy

WIN A CD or VINYL COPY! BMG / Sanctuary Records   [Release date: 01.10.21] Following the superb ‘Super-Deluxe’ releases of ‘Paranoid’, ‘Volume 4’ and ‘Sabotage’ in the last couple of years, it is now the turn of ‘Technical Ecstasy’ to … Continue reading

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Album review: MY GLASS WORLD – Still Life With Machine Gun

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Luxury Noise [release date: 24.09.21] Everything Absent Or Distorted was a (now defunct) “sprawling, American, Indie Rock Ensemble”. They recorded their song ‘Still Life With Machine Gun’ in 2006. 15 years later, My Glass World have recorded their own song … Continue reading

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Album review: TOMMY CASTRO Presents A Bluesman Came To Town: A Blues Odyssey

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Alligator Records [Release date: 17.09.21] Every since breaking nationally on NBC’s Comedy Showcase, San Francisco’s Tommy Castro has enjoyed a well founded reputation in the new blues vanguard for his willingness to explore new avenues in the blues genre. Down … Continue reading

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Album review: PARADOX – Heresy II, End Of A Legend

PARADOX – Heresy II, End Of A Legend

AFM Records [Release date: 24.09.21] German giants of Thrash, Paradox are well known within the genre. They have a sizeable coterie of discerning fans who’ve followed them since the band’s inception in 1986. Had their chosen genre been say, power … Continue reading

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Album review: SAVATAGE – Sirens and Dungeons Are Calling (remasters)

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ear-MUSIC [release date 3.09.21] We’re cranking the machine way back to 1982, and Savatage’s twin debuts, Sirens and Dungeons Are Calling, both independently released. The band, Jon and Criss Oliva, Keith Collins and Steve Wacholz recorded and mixed all the … Continue reading

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Album review: INGLORIOUS- Heroine

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Frontiers Records (Release Date 10.09.21) In the seventies it was not uncommon for bands to release two albums a year but it is virtually unheard of these days. So I was surprised when I learned that a little over six … Continue reading

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Album review: LEAVES EYES – The Last Viking, Midsummer Version

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AFM Records [release date: 17.09.21] Leaves Eyes’ latest release, The Last Viking, Midsummer Version, is a multi media concept album, a high impact audiovisual story. The “Last Viking” was Harald III of Norway, known as Harald Hardrada (Harald the Hard … Continue reading

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Album review: BONNIE TYLER – The East West Years 1995-98 (3 CDs)

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Cherry Red [release date: 17.09.21] Bonnie Tyler’s two most famous songs, ‘Total Eclipse Of The Heart’ (1983) and ‘It’s A Heartache’ (1977) are among the best selling singles of all time, with combined sales of over 12 million. She’s enjoyed … Continue reading

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Album review: IRON MAIDEN – Senjutsu

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Parlophone [Release date 03.09.21] It’s been almost 6 years since Iron Maiden released Book Of Souls to an eagerly waiting world. For me it was one of the most disappointing releases of the band’s career, over long, plodding and ultimately boring, not a … Continue reading

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Album review: GUS G – Quantum Leap

GUS G - Quantum Leap

AFM Records [Release date 08.10.21] When I interviewed Gus G back stage in Manchester in 2012 all the talk was how he had fared with Ozzy.  He contributed to the album ‘Scream’ (2010) and there were high hopes of a … Continue reading

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Album review: EDGE OF PARADISE – The Unknown

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Frontiers Music [Release date 17.09.21] Edge Of Paradise is a duo made up of Armenian/ Russian/ American singer, “the female Robin McAuley”, Margarita Monet, and American guitarist and songwriter, Dave Bates. The Unknown is their fourth album, and second on … Continue reading

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Album review: NEWMAN – Into The Monsters’ Playground

NEWMAN- Into the Monsters' Playground

AOR Heaven (Release date 10.09.21) For a remarkable near quarter of a century Steve Newman has turned out a series of finely crafted albums. He never remotely hinted at the big time, but as compensation his name enjoys almost universal … Continue reading

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Album review: IAN PARRY’s ROCK EMPORIUM – Brute Force

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Metal Mind [release date 14.07.21] Singer/songwriter, Ian Parry has always been master of his own destiny, moving from project to project and label to label over the course of his 30 year career. He counts Hammerhead, Elegy, Ayreon and Vengeance … Continue reading

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Album review: PETER H NILSSON – Sign Of Myself

PETER H NILSSON – Sign Of Myself

AOR Heaven [Release date 10.09.21] Peter H Nilsson’s debut ‘Little American Dream’ was a very enjoyable AOR/ West Coast listen and still played regularly by this reviewer. The good news is that this follow-up album sees Nilsson still teamed up … Continue reading

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