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Blackfoot – ‘Southern Native’

To be brutally honest, as I sit down to write this review, I am struggling to know where to begin…after all, Blackfoot is one of the bands who, in the late 1970s and early 1980s, turned me on to the energy of loud rock ‘n’ roll.  They also were the …

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Palace of the King-Valles Marineris

Following on almost immediately from their debut album White Bird/ Burn The Sky, which has received much critical success, Australian Rock sextet Palace of the King have now released Valles Marineris, which has moments of high quality and also – on occasion – Bad Newsesque clichedom. Let’s get the good …

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Sari Schorr-A Force of Nature

Chance may well have brought Sari Schorr to the attention of esteemed – not to say legendary – producer Mike Vernon, but what they and their happy band of cohorts have managed to create with Schorr’s damn near eponymously named debut album, A Force of Nature, is nothing short of …

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Tony Wright-Tony Wright

Tony Wright, Terrorvision’s enigmatic frontman is back with his second solo album, strangely this time around it’s a self-titled effort, that honour normally reserved for the first solo release. Most people only know Terrorvision for that one song (tequila) but there is much more to the band, and indeed Tony. His …

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Seek Irony – “Tech N’ Roll”

Tech N’ Roll is the debut album from Seek Irony, originally from Tel Aviv, but now relocated to Austin Texas. Founding members and brothers Kfir and Rom Gov relocated to join forces with Grammy Nominated guitarist Alex Campbell, bassist Adam Donovan and multi-talented Mikael Oganes (Pianist, Keyboardist, DJ). Tech and …

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Uriah Heep-The Classic Rock Years DVD boxset

This 6 disc boxed set (3 CD/3 DVD) pulls the band’s annual “party” bashes which are either themed or feature special guests/former band members, which have all been previously released into one complete box set. The dawn of the new millennium saw the band get stripped down for the appropriately …

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Van Zant – ‘Red White & Blue (Live)’

The name Van Zant is synonymous with the development of American southern rock.  The oldest of three brothers who make up what has been described as the south’s “first family” was, of course, the late Ronnie Van Zant, frontman of the legendary Lynyrd Skynyrd – the band who singularly put …

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Attica Rage – Warheads Ltd

It’s been a long wait for fans of the Scottish Metal band but finally the new album Warheads Ltd is out on the shelves to much critical acclaim. Main songwriter Jonny Parr is a (sometimes frustratingly) perfectionist if ever there was, indeed, opening track ‘Beyond The 45’ had been kicking …

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Blues Pills – ‘Lady In Gold’

The self-titled debut album by psyched-out retro blues rockers Blues Pills understandably made a huge impact on its release two years ago.  Not only was it one of the few albums of its kind to genuinely coalesce all its constituent elements into a strong, powerful and cohesive manner which did …

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Steven Tyler – We’re All Somebody From Somewhere

Even before the release of Aerosmith’s 2012 album, ‘Music From Another Dimension’ which featured guest vocals from country superstar Carrie Underwood, there were rumors of Steven Tyler branching out of the Aerosmith musical juggernaut, since then there have been several well choreographed clues as to which direction the new music …

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Jupiter Way-Catch Fire E.P

London based Jupiter Way consisting of Kevin Thomas (guitar, vocals), Jullian Vuitton (lead guitar), James Collymore (keyboard), Alex Walls (bass) and Sebastien Solsona (drums) are, if nothing else, an interesting listen. The band’s debut EP, Catch Fire, is available now and what you’ll get, above all else, is a sound that …

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Dare – ‘Sacred Ground’

Dare, a melodic rock band hailing from Manchester and formed in 1988, have just today (Friday 15 July) released their seventh studio album – a highly anticapted release for all their fans.  I had the privilege of seeing them live when they last played Belfast, and they put on a fantastic …

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Steve Hackett-The Total Experience Live In Liverpool

Steve Hackett has just released another dvd/cd combo called ‘The Total Experience Live In Liverpool’, what sets this apart from previous releases, is that on this he tries to cram as many of his solo hits as well as Genesis favourites into a show lasting a little under three hours, …

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Nervosa – Agony

Let me start by giving you a small introduction to the deadly Nervosa: originating from Sao Paulo, Brazil, they began forming in 2010 and finally became the line up we love in 2013 with the arrival of Prika Ferraz on drums.  This created this unit of metal awesomeness, and they began …

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Opeth – Lamentations – Vinyl re-release

I was so excited on hearing that Opeth were putting ‘Lamentations’ out on vinyl; I still can’t quite believe that iconic show was thirteen years ago at Shepherd’s Bush Empire.  This is a really special one for me to revisit; fifteen year old me was handed ‘Blackwater Park’ by a friend and …

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Raging Speedhorn – ‘Lost Ritual’

It could be argued that, for a while, Raging Speedhorn could have been regarded as one of the “also rans” of the heavy metal scene.  Breaking ground with their use of two vocalists – a combination extremely hard to work effectively effectively, especially in the hardcore subgenre – the band …

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The Dead Daisies – Make Some Noise

It doesn’t seem that long ago since The Dead Daisies came out of the woodwork, and in the space of only four years, the band are back again with their third studio album, ‘Make Some Noise‘, set for release worldwide on Friday 5th August 2016. In such a short period …

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Rich Robinson – Flux

Moody, heartfelt and outstanding. Three words that quite nicely sum up the vibe running through Rich Robinson’s latest solo album, Flux. The Black Crowes founder member and guitarist has more than enough capability to pack so much into the thirteen original songs, broaching a broad spectrum of genres.  This is testament not only to his own self-belief, but …

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Vivaldi Metal Project – ‘The Four Seasons’

If nothing else, Italian keyboard player Mistheria – real name Giuseppe Iampieri, who has included collaborations with the likes of Bruce Dickinson and Rob Rock in an 18-year career that has also seen him release a series of movie soundtrack-based albums – possesses a sense of the ambitious and the …

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Incite – Oppression

After a bit of a break from the whole writing thing, I am so happy to have something that is out of this world to review. To my great pleasure, a bunch of lads that dominated Dublin a few months ago are my next review. Incite are back and you’re …

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