Dennis Jarman

Full time downtrodden album/gig reviewer and part time rock God!

Troy Redfern – Sanctify (single)

Troy Redfern

‘Sanctify’, the third single taken from the no holds barred recently released album The Fire Cosmic is four minutes of boisterous barroom boogie driven along by snare drums that snarl and snap at your ankles. A midway slide guitar solo from Troy flies off his fretboard like bolts of lightning …

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Joanne Shaw Taylor – Let Me Down Easy (single)

A very quick review could come from “How to have your heart broken in 5 minutes” from ‘Let Me Down Easy’ by Joanne Shaw Taylor but such brevity would not convey the sheer magnitude of this song. This recently released song comes from her upcoming studio release The Blues Album …

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Robert Jon And The Wreck – Shine A Light On Me Brother

Robert Jon

April 2020 saw me having my reviewing skills tested to the max by an album which blew me away on first play. That album was Last Light On The Highway by Robert Jon And The Wreck. I like a bit of Southern rock but this also had elements of country …

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Bernie Marsden – ‘Kings’

The constant work ethic of Bernie Marsden sees him release ‘Kings’, his first solo album in 7 years via Conquest Music and Bernie Marsden’s Little House Music. The album is the first of the ‘Inspirations Series’ as Bernie pays tribute to his peers. The idea came out in 2018 when …

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Joe Bonamassa – Notches (single)

A more than welcome return from Joe Bonamassa sees him release a brand new single ‘Notches’ taken from a forthcoming studio album later on in 2021 and this strong song to say the least bodes well for it. These fiery four minutes are built on a laid back barroom boogie …

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Bastette – Exposed (EP)

Bastette, another band that have come my way via the NWOCR various artists album impress highly with their 5 track Exposed EP due for release on September 17th 2021 on RPM Records. Opening track ‘Stand Back’ has soothing keyboards and snappy snare work in the verses giving off a 1980’s …

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Dead Man’s Whiskey – Breakout (single)

dead mans whiskey

I only heard about Dead Man’s Whiskey just over a week ago from hearing them on the NWOCR compilation album with a stunning track called ‘War Machine’ and that quality also comes from this recently released single ‘Breakout’. This 5 piece London based band kick out the jams with not …

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The Autumn Killers – One Of 5 (Single Review)

South Wales based band The Autumn Killers are not a band who are scared to take risks. They took a sidestep from their rockier side at the end of 2020 with a spine tingling cover of ‘The Power Of Love’ by Frankie Goes To Hollywood. 2021 sees them full steam …

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Joanne Shaw Taylor – If That Ain’t A Reason (single)

Joanne

Taken from her forthcoming studio album due for release later this year, ‘If That Ain’t A Reason’ is a tantalizing tune to say the least from Joanne Shaw Taylor as this single is a sassy, classy foot tapper recently released on Keeping The Blues Alive (KBTA Records) set up by …

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The Official New Wave Of Classic Rock – Volume 1

NWOCR

The last time I heard of a genre starting with The New Wave Of would have been in the late 70’s when the NWOBHM (New Wave Of British Heavy Metal) came to be. It was a very exciting period as bands sprung up from nowhere to give it a go, …

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Bang Bang Firecracker – See Evil (EP1)

Strangely enough, Stoke metallers Bang Bang Firecracker played at the last gig I went to before the first lockdown in March 2020 when they opened up for Syteria. They took to the stage and really kicked out the jams and they’ve lost none of that fire as they’ve just released …

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Black Coast – Stranger’s Skin (single)

‘Stranger’s Skin’ the fourth single taken from the upcoming debut album Outworld due for release on November 19th 2021 will surely make November reign for Black Coast! It’s a tantalizing teaser of what’s to come as a foundation of earworm slamming riffs pave the way for a languid lead vocal …

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Takeaway Thieves – Soothe Me (single)

Takeaway Thieves

Blackpool bruisers Takeaway Thieves far from soothe us with ‘Soothe Me’, first single taken from their debut album ‘9’ released on September 9th 2021 via Rock People Management as it’s one of the heaviest songs I’ve heard by them. Maybe the impending release date has fired them up! Stop start …

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Troy Redfern – Ghosts

Troy Redfern

Friday 6th August 2021 sees Troy Redfern unleash his sixth studio album ‘The Fire Cosmic’ via RED7 Records. An early taster came from the potent single ‘Waiting For Your Love’ and now a free download track ‘Ghosts’ is now available from it to. Both of these tunes bode well for …

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The Hot Damn! – Dance Around (single)

the Hot Damn

Goddamn here comes The Hot Damn! with their debut single ‘Dance Around’ released on July 2nd 2021 via Rock People Management. The four ladies are not just a super group but a super duper group consisting of Gill Montgomery (ex- The Amorettes), Josie O’Toole (ex-Tequila Mockingbird), Laurie Buchanan (Aaron Buchanan …

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Troyen – No Going Back (single)

For me in my late teens the NWOBHM genre was a very exciting time for rock/metal music. It threw up a variety of styles of bands, some made it, some didn’t but most importantly some decided to give it another go, one of those being Troyen. Formed in 1981 in …

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Robert Jon And The Wreck – Shine A Light On Me Brother (single)

Robert Jon

Formed in 2011, Orange County California based Robert Jon And The Wreck released my album of 2020 with the utterly heart melting release of Last Light On The Highway so fast forward to 2021 and their fourth studio album Shine A Light On Me Brother due out on September 3rd …

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Hoss Thompson And Verity White – When Push Comes To Shove (Single)

Here’s a little ditty from the Motor City, well to be precise, Cumbria and Gloucestershire as Hoss Thompson from Thirteen Stars and Verity White join forces to bring even more sunshine to an already blazing summer as they team up for ‘When Push Comes To Shove’, recently released via WDFD …

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Dazzle Rebel – Condor Leader

I’m a firm believer in not just listening to the music that the printed magazines want us to but to look further afield to bands who self release their own music point proven by Condor Leader, the debut solo album from Dazzle Rebel due to be released on July 23rd …

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Fear Factory – Aggression Continuum

Fear Factory

In 1995 the World of metal music was shaken to its very foundations when Los Angeles based Fear Factory unleashed their Demanufacture album to critical acclaim. Labelled as industrial metal, cyber metal, futuristic metal or whatever genre you wanted to throw at it, the album was a major game changer …

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