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Eric Gales – The bookends

Over the last 28 years, blues-rock guitarist Eric Gales has released 18 studio albums – a fact made more impressive by the fact he’s only 44 years old now, making him just 16 when his first album was released. Needless to say, he’s a superb guitarist but on this album …

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The Heretic Order – Evil Rising

  As someone much wiser than me once said, “Never judge a book by its cover” and this certainly rings true with my first impression of The Heretic Order before I had heard any music from Evil Rising released via Massacre Records. Photos of the band and song titles suggested …

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Nailed To Obscurity – Black Frost

The German Doom Metallers, Nailed To Obscurity (NTO), return with their fourth full length album and their first on the Nuclear Blast label, and I have to say I’m not disappointed. There’s a nice eerie start to this album in the form of the title track. Drums, slowly followed by …

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Wille and the bandits – Paths

Wille & the bandits will release their new album, “Paths” on 1st February 2019 and are due to follow that with a 19 date UK tour in March with Rainbreakers as special guests. If you’ve seen them live you’ll know Wille & the bandits are a superb live act with …

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Beth Blade And The Beautiful Disasters – Show Me Your Teeth.

Sometimes you have to knock on a few doors to get on in the music business but with Show Me Your Teeth, the second studio album from Beth Blade And The Beautiful Disasters to be released on 25th January 2019, these twelve songs are taking a demolition ball to the whole …

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Plague Years – Unholy Infestation

Hailing from Detroit, Michigan, Plague Years are an unsigned Thrash / Death Metal outfit who are unleashing their first full length album upon us. Released at the end of October in the US, we British have had to wait until 4th January to grab a copy of this album which follows 2017’s …

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The Steel Woods – Old News

Country/Southern rock band The Steel Woods released their debut album “Straw in the wind” in 2017. Now as 2019 starts they’re releasing their second album – “Old news”. There are nine original songs on the album plus several cover versions – “Changes” (Black Sabbath), “Whipping post” (Allman brothers), “The Catfish …

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Slim chance – New cross road

Slim Chance is the band founded by Ronnie Lane after he left the Small faces. Although Ronnie died many years ago, the band lives on, and it’s latest incarnation dates back to 2011 when some former members reunited to restart the band. Between them the current members have an impressive …

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Mozes and the Firstborn – Dadcore

Dutch band Mozes and the Firstborn are described as unpredictable – and they see that as a compliment. It’s certainly a good description of their new album – Dadcore. It’s a mix of grungey garage rock and pop The press release for the album had this to say…”Ask an average …

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Caustic Vomit – Festering Odes To Deformity

Caustic Vomit unleash a mind warping beast of a demo in the form of ‘Festering Odes To Deformity’   That first listen of an Album/EP/Demo is a defining moment. Although your feelings may change or alter over the course of multiple spins, a lot depends on that initial exposure. I …

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Stay Tuned – Stay Tuned

Stay Tuned is the project of Austrian multi-instrumentalist Bernhard Welz. Put simply it’s an album he put together with a few friends, with money going to the Linda McCartney fundraising centre charity. Of course with a project like this it really helps to have the right friends, and Bernhard Welz …

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Jawbone – Jawbone

Jawbone are a new London based band formed by Marcus Bonfanti and Paddy Milner, both established solo artists. They then recruited Evan jenkins and Rex Horan to finish the lineup. Between them the band members have played with the likes of Tom Jones, Jack Bruce, Eric Clapton, Van Morrisson, David …

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Raven – Screaming Murder Death From Above : Live In Aalborg

In my opinion, the NWOBHM movement started in Newcastle Upon Tyne and Raven burst onto the scene when they signed to local label Neat Records in 1980 and released their classic single ‘Don’t Need Your Money’. They still play with the same verve, point proven on this warts and all …

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Magnum – Live at the symphony hall

In January 2018, Magnum released their 20th studio album, “Lost on the road to eternity”. Coming forty years afte the release of their debut album it was a great album that demonstrated that they’re still making great music and got great reviews. The release of the album was followed by …

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The Buzniks – The Buzniks

The Buzniks are a new band formed in 2017 by Squeeze bassist John Bentley. While he’s known for his work with Squeeze, he nearly didnt join them as he auditioned to join Suzi Quatro’s band the same day he auditioned for Squeeze, and was offered both jobs. He chose Squeeze …

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Heavy drapes – Crashing like stars

Heavy Drapes were a fast rising band on the punk scene and had grown rapidly in the space of a couple of years. Then in June this year, just 48 hours after performing at Rebellion festival in Amsterdam, singer Garry Borland died, not living long enough to see the release …

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Walter Trout – Survivor blues

Blues legend Walter Trout is back with a new album in January. It’s an album of cover versions, but whereas most people cover well known blues songs, Walter Trout has taken the opposite approach and chosen old obscure songs to cover and bring to a new audience. It’s an approach …

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T Clemente band – Man Machine

The T Clemente band was formed by guitarist and songwriter Teddy Clemente. “Man machine” is the band’s fourth album and has a definite 80s rock sound with a bit of a 70s influence. The first thing to hit me was the excellent vocals from Amanda Dieck. As the album progressed …

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Deer Tick – Mayonnaise

It’s around 15 months since Deer Tick broke their four year silence and released two albums on the same day – “Deer Tick Vol 1” and “Deer Tick Vol 2”. The two albums were very different musically hence why two albums rather than one double album, but the idea of …

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Thunder – Please remain seated

Thunder release their new album in January. It’s available as a single CD or a two CD edition as well as digital formats and vinyl. The album isn’t a typical new album though – there’s no new material and no cover versions either. Instead, Thunder have chosen to look back …

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