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.

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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Ethernity release The Human Race Extinction   

The Human Race Extinction is the second album from Belgium power metal band Ethernity, following on from 2015’s Obscure Illusions, which was released to favourable reviews in the rock community. Actually, on listening to this album, it’s clear they’re slightly more than just power metal. They have distinct leanings towards symphonic rock as well, as demonstrated on their new release. ...

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ALICE COOPER Paranormal Night

ALICE COOPER’s new live album Paranormal Night at the Olympia, Paris

Alice Cooper, rock legend, elder statesman, one-time member of the original 1970’s Hollywood Vampires, rock n’ roll Hall of Famer and a whole lot more besides, is now fifty years into his career and at 70, he’s still going strong and showing no signs of slowing down. Actually, he’d probably be a legend even if all he’d ever recorded was ...

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Rise Of The Northstar announce UK dates

French rockers Rise of the Northstar, Europe’s biggest crossover metallers, will be releasing their much-awaited follow-up album to 2014’s Welcame on October 19th via Nuclear Blast. The album is entitled ‘The Legacy of Shi’ and will be available as a CD digipack as well as in various colour vinyl. For collectors, the digipack will include 1 of 10,000 ‘Northcards’ featuring ...

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Bigfoot say ‘Consider Yourself Invited’

Bigfoot, a five-piece hard rock band from Wigan, have announced a tour for autumn 2018 in support of their self-titled debut album, entitled ‘Consider Yourself Invited,’ which reached the top 40 UK albums chart. The tour takes in five dates across Europe before arriving in the UK for a run of fifteen dates, which includes appearances at two festivals. Bigfoot ...

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Ace Mafia announce self-titled EP

Hard rockers Ace Mafia, have announced the release of their self-titled EP on September 15th. The release will be officially launched at The Big Red, one of London’s premier hard rock venues, on September 29th. The EP will also feature Richie Faulkner, former lead guitarist before he left the band in 2011 to replace KK Downing in the mighty Judas ...

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PAUL FERGUSON is Remote Viewing

‘Big’ Paul Ferguson, known to many as the drummer in Killing Joke, releases a seven-track EP entitled Remote Viewing on August 24th on the Dead Radio Station label.  The EP will also feature guitarist Mark Gemini Thwaite. Paul Ferguson is a founder member of post-punk / industrial band Killing Joke, playing with the band from 1978 until 1987 when, along ...

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From Ashes To New are back with new music

Lancaster, Pennsylvania’s very own From Ashes To New have announced a series of forty-five dates across the USA this coming autumn where, as well as headlining several dates on their own, they’ll be touring as support act to other bands, including Papa Roach, Five Finger Death Punch and Stone Sour. Following on from their debut album, Day One, where they ...

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Mob Rules celebrate 25 years with new album ‘Beast Reborn’

Germany’s Mob Rules are close to celebrating their 25th anniversary as purveyors of power-metal, and Beast Reborn is their 9th album together. You could say they’ve been around long enough to be called veterans yet, as can be heard, they still retain the same infectious enthusiasm for the music which propelled them to begin in 1994. Compared to other albums ...

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Europe announce ‘The Siege’ as next single

Scandinavian rockers, Europe, will be releasing their new single ‘The Siege,’ on September 21st. Taken from the band’s last album, 2017’s Walk The Earth, which was recorded at the internationally renowned Abbey Road studios, and it saw the band achieving a fifth consecutive top five album in their homeland, Sweden, as well as a place in the top 70 albums ...

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