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Mohawk radio – Shoot from the hip

Manchester band Mohawk Radio formed in July 2012.  Singer Mia Page had just moved to the UK from Bermuda, which caused difficulty with rehearsals in the early days due to her strong accent.  Her love of bands such as the Stone Roses and Oasis differed from the taste of drummer …

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Lilith and the knight – Insanity EP

Lilith and the Knight are a London based hard rock band.  Their Insanity EP was released a couple of months ago, so this review is a bit late, but it’s too good an EP to skip.  As befits the title, the video for the first song to be released – …

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Aaron Buchanan and the cult classics – All the things you’ve said and done

“All the things you’ve said and done” is the debut single from Aaron Buchanan and the cult classics.  Aaron Buchanan formed the band after leaving Heavens Basement with his sister Laurie Buchanan and Tom McCCarthy on guitar, Chris Guyatt on bass and Kev Hickman on drums.  They toured in late …

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Crowbar – The serpent only lies

US sludge metal band Crowbar are back with their eleventh album.  For this album, Kirk Windstein went back to the early albums to try and recapture the mindset of the band in the early days.  As a result the album has some of that early album feel, but with a …

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Delicate Steve – This is Steve

Delicate Steve is a guitarist who plays all the instruments on this record.  The album is an instrumental album, which would normally result in my hitting the Eject button after a couple of tracks, but this album is something very rare – a truly enjoyable instrumental album.  The tracks all …

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Beachheads – Beachheads

Beachheads is a band that was founded by Kvelertak members Marvin Nygaard and Vidar Landa.  They had the idea for the band several years ago but as Kvelertak are a hard working band it’s only recently they’ve had time to put their plans into action.  They brought in two musicians …

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Quartz – Fear No Evil

Almost a year ago, Quartz released Too Hot To Handle, an album consisting of sixteen demo tracks written between 1981/1982 remastered by Bart Gabriel and released on Skol Records. An announcement was made that a studio album of brand new material was planned and so here we have Fear No …

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Born To Destruct – Devasteight With Destruction

Some great punk rock anthems on here which will make terrific sing along at the top of your voice songs at live shows. Should appeal to fans of Dirt Box Disco, Spunk Volcano and The Eruptions, The Exploited and Sandie Shaw! Ok maybe not the latter, but I'd love to see Born To Destruct's Eufuckinphoric as the UK's entry for The Eurovision Song Contest 2017!

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Night Ranger – 35 Years And A Night In Chicago

Now entering thirty five years on from their beginnings in San Francisco as a power trio known as Rubicon in 1979 onto the five piece Ranger until an enforced name change to Night Ranger in 1982 and apart from a hiatus between 1990-1996, they have steadfastly delivered some prime AOR …

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Kitshickers – 111.0

Not a new band, one with quite a history and now unleashing their 7th album. Originally formed in Luxembourg in 1997 and evolved through time from a grunge quartet to become the very different animal that is presented here on this beautiful self-released  Double White Vinyl. The opening track “Birth. …

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Rotten UK – That is not Dead

Hailing from Rochester, New York and trying to bridge the gap between uk82 and 2016 is somewhat of a tall order. Being on the Hells Headbanger’s label the expectation was something a lot more vicious and unruly.  Instead what we have got is a rounded take on the old uk …

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Jeff Healey – Holding On: A Heal My Soul Companion

Slipping the late, great Jeff Healey’s Holding On: A Heal My Soul Companion into the CD tray resembles throwing open the door to your much missed brother. As rich melted Bourneville chocolate mixed with liberal doses of sweetened marshmallow, this is an album not to have on as background music. …

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Rush – 2112 – 40th Anniversary

With the announcement last year that drummer and songwriter Neil Peart no longer wanted to tour and the subsequent R40 farewell tour over, Rush fans have not had the best of years. To fill the gap and ease the pain slightly, the band have released a 40th Anniversary edition of their commercial …

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Solstafir – Tilberi EP

Tilberi, the three song EP by Iceland’s Solstafir, starts out slowly, almost melancholic, and highly melodic. As with it’s contemporaries in the sonic land of atmospheric post-metal, Tilberi‘s tracks quickly evolve into something deeper, compelling one to listen further. Tilberi‘s mix is raw, retaining an almost ‘demo’ quality muddiness in …

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Dropkick Murphys – 11 Short Stories of Pain & Glory

When you hear the name Dropkick Murphys, you think loud, Celtic punk / rock and roll party music and as always there’s plenty of that, but there’s a more thoughtful side to the band too.  They established the Claddagh fund in 2009 – a charity to help support addiction recovery …

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Akoma – Revangels

  January 2017 marks the release of the debut album from Akoma, titled Revangels. And although so early in the calendar, this surely has to be a contender for Symphonic Metal’s album of the year. Remember this bands name, for they are destined for the very top Symphonic, Gothic, Female …

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Deep Purple – California Jam 1974

To be honest I was never a fan of the David Coverdale/Glenn Hughes era of Deep Purple back in the day but my blinkered youthful naivety from well over thirty five years ago has been changed by this recent DVD release from ear@MUSIC. The previous line up with Ian Gillan …

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Kentucky Headhunters – On Safari

Kentucky headhunters are a band that has been around in one form or another for almost 50 years, first as “Itchy brother” before splitting then reuniting with a new name – The headhunters.  Finding another band with that name led to a quick change to Kentucky headhunters, and thats what …

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Lamb of God – The Duke

Lamb of God’s new EP isn’t just a typical “keep the fans happy till we write a new album” type of EP release, but instead is part of a charity campaign to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.  The choice of charity is linked to the title track – The …

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Phil Campbell And The Bastard Sons – Self titled E.P

From tragedy comes triumph! It has been almost a year since the sad loss of Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister. The day after his death, drummer Mikkey Dee announced that the band was over. Guitarist Phil Campbell, who had been in the band since 1984 has now put together the Phil …

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