Tag Archives: Rush

Album review: DUFFY – Scruffy Duffy (remaster w/bonus tracks)

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Cherry Red [Release date 25.06.21] An undiscovered gem of an album. That’s a familiar phrase, and one that too often disappoints when exposed to the light. Scruffy Duffy doesn’t let us down. This was Brit band, Duffy’s second album, recorded … Continue reading

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Album review: THE BULLETBOYS – The Warner Albums 1988-93 (3 CDs)

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Cherry Red Records [release date 18.06.21] No doubt about it, The Bulletboys started out as contenders. This package of CD remasters, comprising the band’s first 3 albums, The Bullet Boys, Freakshow and Za-Za, covers the most important chapters of the … Continue reading

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Album review: RONAN FURLONG – The King Of Leaves

Ronan Furlong - The King Of Leaves

Thoroughbred Music [Release date 20.11.20] Ronan Furlong’s ‘The King Of Leaves’ is an essential jagged-edged, genre bending, Celtic tinged roots rocking album of the highest order. It’s shot through with unrelenting intensity, yet understated swagger. And there’s enough musical diversity, … Continue reading

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Book review: Limelight: Rush in the 80’s by Martin Popoff

Limelight by Martin Popoff

[Publication date 20.10.20] Martin Popoff’s follow up to ‘Anthem: Rush in the ‘70s’ he now covers the band’s 80’s albums – both studio and live. Different from the ever expanded ‘Track By Track’ books in that although Martin Popoff critiques … Continue reading

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Album review: RUSH – Permanent Waves 40th Anniversary Edition

UCM [Release date 29.05.20] Back in January 1980 Rush released their seventh studio album which met with great critical acclaim and saw the band reach their highest chart positions worldwide. That album was Permanent Waves and it was the first … Continue reading

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Album review: THE MUTE GODS – Atheists and Believers

THE MUTE GODS – Atheists and Believers

Inside Out [Release date 22.03.19] The core line-up of Nick Beggs (vocals, bass) , Roger King (keyboards) and Marco Minnemann (drums) – all three play guitar as well – are joined by guests including Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson, drummer Craig … Continue reading

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Album review: JIM McCARTY – Walking In The Wild Land

JIM McCARTY - Walking In The Wild Land

Angel Air [Release date 09.03.18] Jim McCarty, of course, is known to rock fans as the long-standing drummer of the Yardbirds. Indeed, he is the only original Yardbird left in the latter-day version of the band and the only member … Continue reading

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EP review: GOYA – Kathmandu

GOYA - Kathmandu

[Release date 08.12.17] Hailing from Stoke-on-Trent, Goya are a bit like a progressive/stoner Stoke City – fans that love them, love them but a lot won’t like the stuff they play. That said, and with all the usual trepidation of … Continue reading

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Album review: RUSH – 2112 – 40th Anniversary Edition

Universal Music [Release date 16.12.16] There are many albums that can be considered as classics in rock, however there are a select few which go beyond that classification. This select band of albums are records that define a genre, ones … Continue reading

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Album review: RIK EMMETT & RESolution 9 – RES9

Rik Emmett - RES9

Provogue [Release date 11.11.16] Rik Emmett’s RESolution 9 is a beacon of quality on a sometimes bewilderingly fragmented rock landscape. Emmett’s 26 year solo career reflects the fact that he’s a gifted songwriter with something meaningful to say. When he … Continue reading

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Album review: STORMTROOPER – Pride Before A Fall (The Lost Album)

STORMTROOPER – Pride Before A Fall (The Lost Album)

Bristol Archive Records [Release date 19.08.16] This album dates back to the glory days of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal when so many great rock bands emerged on the UK scene. Some went on to worldwide fame and … Continue reading

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Album review: SCORPION CHILD – Acid Roulette

SCORPION CHILD - Acid Roulette

Nuclear Blast [Release date 10.06.16] Save Save Second album by Scorpion Child, a five piece hailing from the US consisting of Aryn Jonathan Black (vocals), Christopher Jay Cowart (guitar), Jon “Charn” Rice (drums), Alec “Caballero” Padron (bass) and Aaron John … Continue reading

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Album review: THE GALACTIC COWBOY ORCHESTRA – Earth Lift

THE GALACTIC COWBOY ORCHESTRA – Earth Lift

Loud Folk [Release date 22.09.15] Minneapolis art rockers The Galactic Cowboy Orchestra take us back to the experimental and adventurous days of early 70’s prog rock and fusion, when bands like King Crimson, Jethro Tull and later the Mahavishnu Orchestra … Continue reading

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Book review: THE HISTORY OF CANADIAN ROCK ‘N’ ROLL by BOB MERSEREAU

THE HISTORY OF CANADIAN ROCK

Backbeat Books [Published 22.05.15] RRP £16.50 A quick word of advice: this book covers rock ‘n’ roll in its broadest terms, heck even Celine Dion gets mentioned and Triumph get a one page mention, so don’t go expecting any Maple … Continue reading

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DVD review: RUSH – Rush In Rio/R30 (Reissues)

Rush In Rio

Eagle Rock [Release date 15.06.15] 2-DVD/Bluray Recorded at the end of their 2002 world tour, in Brazil and in front of a Rush-crazy throng of 44,000, Rush In Rio – a double DVD – celebrates one of rock’s most enduring … Continue reading

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Album review: THE ROYAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA – Plays Prog Rock Classics

THE ROYAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA - Plays Prog Rock Classics

Purple Pyramid/Cleopatra [Release date 20.04.15] Classical rock is an often maligned genre, when done well it can bring new dimension to time-worn classics, done badly and it can fail to enhance the originals. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra have always done … Continue reading

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Album review: FRANCK CARDUCCI – Torn Apart

FRANCK CARDUCCI – Torn Apart

Franck Carducci [Release date 09.01.15] Multi instrumentalist Franck Carducci is a Frenchman who moved to Holland to find his blues tinged prog rock niche. He tells us that during his musical formative years he played with upwards of 20 different … Continue reading

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Single & EP reviews: BERLIN BREAKS, BLACK ACES, JUSTIN LERNER, FLIGHT 49

BERLIN BREAKS – Berlin Breaks EP Self Release   [Release date - Out now] Berlin Breaks are a brand new band from Salt lake City, Utah. According to their facebook page they were founded this year and, if so, it shows. … Continue reading

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Album review: THE SIXXIS – Hollow Shrine

The Sixxis - Hollow Shrine

Glassville Records  [Release date – 12.09.14] It’s not often that a new album has me reaching for the ‘repeat’ button after listening to just one track but that was the case with ‘Hollow Shrine’. The opening track of the album, … Continue reading

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Album review: AMBERJACKS – Amberjacks

Amberjacks

Self release  [Released 01.02.14] The Dutch band Amberjacks have so much energy that they’re not always sure where to channel it. Their self titled debut album is a roller coaster of heavy stoner rock, with psychedelic proggy colourings and occasional … Continue reading

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Quick plays: MACHINE ROX, WINTTER, ANTI-CLONE

      Album review:  MACHINE ROX – Next Level Synchrotrax Records  [Release date 22.09.14] Electro metal/ Cyber metal/ Industrial metal, call it what you will, can either produce glorious masterpieces of heaviness as with Rammstein or repetitive, snore inducing … Continue reading

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Album review: AUDIO NATION – Wait It Out

Audio Nation - Wait It Out

Self Release  [Release date -  Out now] Audio Nation was founded in 2012 in Reykjavik, Iceland (one of my old haunts) by Gulli Falk and Gisli. They cite influences from Alice in Chains and Rush among others. ‘Wait It Out’ … Continue reading

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Album review: THE MANIC SHINE – Let Go Or Be Dragged

THE MANIC SHINE – Let Go Or Be Dragged

The Animal Farm – [Release date: 27.01.14] It’s rare to hear an album crammed full of original ideas, great playing, a subtle production and crossover rock songs with real commercial potential. The aptly named The Manic Shine is a powerful … Continue reading

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Single review: JOSH TAERK – Casie

Josh Taerk, aircheck (Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, 26 November 2013)  Misty Creek Records [Release Date 9.12.13] We live in the age of the self expressive singer songwriter, whose hegemony of the air waves must make the more enduring folkies … Continue reading

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Album review: SUNS OF STONE – Suns Of Stone

Self release [Release Date: 24.05.13] Ottawa’s Suns of Stone are a classic rock band with bluesy influences. They cross over from Bad Company at their best to The Black Crows, with occasional Purple influences that extend beyond the familiar title … Continue reading

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