Bite Size Review

The 100 word review.

When Rivers Meet – Testify (single)

I first came across When Rivers Meet in November 2020 when I was asked to review their debut album We Fly Free and its eccentricity got them an easy 5/5 rating from myself. So fast forward to 2021 with ‘Testify’, the first single taken from forthcoming studio album Saving Grace …

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Troy Redfern – Stone (single)

Taking a step back from his usual guitar histrionics, Troy Redfern shows a softer side to his repertoire with recently released ‘Stone’, the 4th single taken from the highly impressive The Fire Cosmic album. A lilting intro sets the scene perfectly with dreamy guitar lines and a heart melting vocal …

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Bad Touch – Twenty-Five Miles(single)

Not content with resting on their laurels from recently releasing a monstrous cover of ‘Cant You See’ by The Marshall Tucker Band, the self proclaimed “Norfolk Rock And Roll” band Bad Touch belt out their latest single ‘Twenty-Five Miles, a force of nature cover of the 1968 Edwin Starr soul …

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Takeaway Thieves – Spider (single)

It’s a busy Bank Holiday Weekend for Blackpool terrors Takeaway Thieves as they release their second single ‘Spider’ today that’s taken from their forthcoming debut album ‘9’ due for release on September 17th 2021 via Rock People Management. On Saturday they spread their rollicking rock and roll onto the main …

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Ward XVI – Burn The Witch (single)

Even by the standards that Ward XVI set with their 2017 debut album The Art Of Manipulation they forged ahead with giant steps for the follow up Metamorphosis released in 2020 on Metal Rocka Recordings and one of my major highlights from it, ‘Burn The Witch’ has recently been released …

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Bad Touch – Can’t You See (single)

It takes some balls to take on a song of this magnitude and come out with your heads held high as Bad Touch step up for their version of ‘Can’t You See’ from The Marshall Tucker Band, first released in 1973. The original was sublime and credit is due to …

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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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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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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)

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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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Little Triggers – Yeh Man! (Single Review)

Liverpool’s Little Triggers have just released their new single Yeh Man! with an accompanying lyric video. The band allegedly wrote Yeh Man! after watching media coverage of businesses winning massive contracts to provide protective equipment for the NHS during the Covid-19 pandemic, purely because of who they knew, not what …

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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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