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.

Arena release video for ‘Poisoned’

After a career spanning 23 years, rockers Arena has announced the releasing of their first ever video single – Poisoned. This is a reworking of the song which featured on their 2018 album, ‘Double Vision.’ The purpose of this release is to pay homage to loved ones everywhere who’ve lost someone to cancer.Arena are calling on fans to join with ...

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Nita Strauss

Nita Strauss’s Controlled Chaos is coming 

Controlled Chaos, the debut solo album from guitar lady extraordinaire, Nita Strauss, is due to be released on November 12th on the Sumerian label. A taster for the album, the track ‘Our Most Desperate Hour’ gives the listener a first look at the continuous evolving of Nita’s career, which has seen her play with and alongside Alice Cooper, The Iron Maidens ...

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Iron Maiden reveal ‘The Studio Collection – Remastered’

Parlophone records are to continue releasing the back catalogue of heavy metal legends Iron Maiden with ‘The Studio Collection-Remastered,’ which will cover the band’s album collection right the way throughout their almost forty years and sixteen studio album career. ‘The Studio Collection-Remastered’ is to be released in Digipack format, with the track listings matching the original studio albums, and will ...

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Billybio reveals details on debut album ‘Feed The Fire’

Billy Gradziadei – aka Billybio – will be releasing his first solo album entitled ‘Feed The Fire’ released on November 30th. Billy played in Biohazard, combining the urban sounds of hardcore, metal and rap with scorching lyrics for many years and most recently formed Powerflo. Continuing to work with them, Billy decided it was time for his first solo album to ...

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SAXON’s The Eagle Has Landed            

To be a rock fan in the early eighties was heaven itself. The awkwardly named ‘New Wave of British Heavy Metal’ (NWOBHM) had seen some great bands coming forward, the Monsters of Rock festivals at Donington (forerunner of Download), had begun and there were some great live albums being released. No Sleep Til’ Hammersmith, Strangers in the Night and Saxon’s 1982 offering The ...

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Arthur Brown joins Hawkwind on tour as vocalist

Legendary space overlords, the mighty Hawkwind, kick off their ‘In search of Utopia-Infinity and beyond’ UK tour on October 18th to promote their most recent studio album, ‘Road To Utopia.’  For the first five dates only on this tour, Hawkwind have a guest vocalist joining them, the legendary God of Hellfire himself, Arthur Brown, adding his unique style to the ...

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BABYMETAL share footage of ‘Distortion’ from Download Festival

J-metal icons Babymetal have confirmed the worldwide release of their single, ‘Distortion,’ This will be put out in limited coloured 12” vinyl single format and is being made available via selected indie retailers, on November 23rd 2018. The A- side of the exclusive red vinyl single will feature the studio recording of the song, but the B- side will feature the ...

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Jungle Rot announce 2019 tour dates

Wisconsin metal pioneers Jungle Rot have announced, for the first time since 2014, they will be bringing their thrash influenced style of ‘Death Metal’ to Europe for a tour in Spring 2019. Under the title of the “Send Forth Oblivion Tour, part 1.” Part 2 will follow later on in the summer when the band will be returning to Europe ...

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Semisonic reissue ‘Feeling Strangley Fine’

American alternative rock band Semisonic have announced their debut album, Feeling Strangely Fine, is to have a 20th-anniversary deluxe reissue edition, available from October 19th  via UMe. The reissue will be on CD and digital, as well as having a limited edition release on gold vinyl, making this the first occasion a Semisonic album has been released on vinyl. The deluxe ...

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Riverside set to release their most emotionally charged album yet         

European progmeisters Riverside return with their new album, their seventh and certainly the most emotionally charged album they’ve ever released. This is the first album of new music the band have released since the tragic death of guitarist Piotr Grudzinski in February 2016, which produced much soul searching on the part of band leader Mariusz Duda, who also lost his ...

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