Author Archives: Laurence Todd

Took early retirement after many years as a teacher in order to write books as well as about music. A long-time music obsessive, has wide and eclectic tastes but particularly likes prog rock and rock in general. Enjoys going to gigs and discovering new acts.
Brian Downey’s ALIVE AND DANGEROUS

Thin Lizzy’s Brian Downey to tour with his band Alive & Dangerous

Due to the level of popular demand, to help celebrate the release of Thin Lizzy’s iconic album, Alive & Dangerous, surely one of THE great rock ‘live’ albums in 1978, original member and drummer Brian Downey will be playing several dates across the country in September 2018 with his band Alive & Dangerous, and they’ll be performing the whole album ...

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Zeal & Ardor

Zeal & Ardor unveil new track ‘Waste’ – New Music Mondays

After dropping eerie track ‘Gravedigger’s Chant’ on Good Friday, Zeal & Ardor now share a contrasting second new song from their forthcoming new album – Stranger Fruit. The song is entitled ‘Waste’ and is one of the tracks on the new album which is being released on June 8th in multiple formats, including CD, cassette, vinyl and digital download/stream. For ...

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Jizzy Pearl’s Love/Hate reveal album details

The unmistakable voice of one of the most loved hard rock bands of the early 90’s is returning to the UK in May 2018. Jizzy Pearl of Love/Hate is back for an upcoming 21 date tour, which will also include 4 special acoustic shows, to mark the release of his highly anticipated new studio album, All You Need is Soul, ...

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Watch Trivium’s new video for ‘Endless Night’

The new video for ‘Endless Night’ by U.S headbangers Trivium has just been released. Taken from their critically acclaimed latest album,  The Sin and The Sentence, via Roadrunner Records.This is the band’s first album since their 2015 celebrated ‘Silence in the Snow’. The video, which is performance driven and visually charged, was filmed in Orlando and directed by John Deeb. Check ...

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Blackberry Smoke

Blackberry Smoke play to their strengths on Find A Light  

Blackberry Smoke are a southern rock/country rock band and seen by many as the spiritual heirs to the southern heritage of Lynyrd Skynyrd and The Black Crowes. Indeed, according to fellow southerners, Cadillac Three, “Blackberry Smoke are carrying forward the torch the Allmans and Skynyrd lit”. How true, or even accurate, this is is anybody’s guess, but what’s undeniable is ...

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Rainbow

RAINBOW – Memories in Rock II       

Of all the names regularly mentioned as sixties guitar heroes in the classic rock firmament, few stars shine brighter than that of the iconic man in black himself, Mr Ritchie Blackmore. Equally lauded as a guitar hero or the most divisive and truculent human being on the planet, and the bane of many a rock journalist, nonetheless he’s been responsible ...

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Saxon Reissues

RAMzine Classic: SAXON – Wheels of Steel, Strong Arm of the Law and their self-titled debut!

Following in the footsteps of their recent Decade of the Eagle comes a reissuing of the first three albums by metal giants Saxon. They, of course, will need no introduction to rock fans of any age. They were one of the pioneers of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal and, along with Iron Maiden and Def Leppard, went on ...

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MYLES KENNEDY …Year of the Tiger   

Myles Kennedy’s Year of the Tiger full of emotional sensitivity

Alter Bridge singer and Slash compadre Myles Kennedy has decided to forsake the rock route on this, his first solo album, and take a route less well travelled by those who frequent the rock genre, namely the acoustic singer-songwriter route. If your only exposure to the music of Myles has been with Alter Bridge or Slash, you may well be ...

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Temples on Mars

Temples on Mars will release a brand new album in April

So, what’s in a name, eh? Well, according to the band once known as ‘Agent’, there’s plenty, especially when your current name is too low profile to be noticed. So, they changed their name because “we weren’t standing out online, especially on Google and Spotify, where it counts, so we decided to relaunch the band and reinvent ourselves a little ...

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A New Day Festival

New Day Festival: Feeder, Jethro Tull’s Martin Barre

There almost certainly cannot be any other low-key festival anywhere across the UK, or further afield, where, to move between the two stages, The Spitfire stage and Shindig stage, necessitates the crossing of a pathway between a stream and a waterfall, where the festival camp site is situated next to an orchard, and where the parking is a clearing between ...

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