Author Archives: Tom Dixon

North East born, South West domiciled music lover - mainly heavy rock & blues but not averse to other genres. I'm fortunate to be semi retired & I can now take full advantage of the 40 years I have spent collecting, listening, watching & playing (badly) & have enjoyed researching how blues in particular has shaped the music we know & love today. Now if only I could get my Strat & Musicman to sound in reality how they do in my head!

Jetboy were Born To Fly

Founded in 1983, Jetboy first came to my attention with the brilliant and rocked up version of the Johnny Cash tune ‘Folsom Prison Blues’. How time flies, as we now have their ninth offering, Born To Fly, albeit after a wait of around twenty years. The current line-up features the two original guitarists Billy Rowe and Fernie Rod and longstanding cohort ...

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Quiet Riot

Quiet Riot live for One Night In Milan

Most people inevitably equate Quiet Riot with the late, lamented wizard Randy Rhodes… unsurprising perhaps, but also a little unfair to the current band who have been recording high quality rock for a number of years. With Frankie Banali (Drums), Chuck Wright (Bass), Alex Grossi (Guitar) and James Durbin (Vocals) their star is obviously in the ascendency again, as they ...

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Straytones say Beware, Dark Lord!

Straytones are an psychedelic rock/garage rock band from Kiyv, Ukraine and they have just released their third offering, a three track, ten minute long EP rather grandly called Beware, Dark Lord! Here Comes The Bell-Man. The three-piece band are Artem on guitars and vocals, Marina on drums and vocals, and bassist Vova. Should you wish to check them out online, be aware that there ...

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Krishna Peri

Krishna Peri spins the Cyclotron

Originally from Visakhapatnam, India, the now Texas based Krishna Peri is a guitarist of some experience having spent over six years playing with cover bands of various hues. Now going solo in order to put the many ideas he had percolating onto tape. He assembled a few musicians to help him… namely Marcus Shammah on bass, Noble John (sic) on drums, Joy Soloman ...

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Kane Roberts

Kane Roberts explains The New Normal

Guitarist Kane Roberts first came to my attention as part of Alice Cooper’s band for his ‘rebirth’ albums Constrictor and Raise Your Fist…  I was impressed enough to buy his first solo album Saints and Sinners (I still have the cassette stored somewhere after burning all of my vinyl and tapes onto CD). For this new album, he has called on numerous ...

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Pterodactyl Problems

Pterodactyl Problems: flying lizards with Esoteric Hobbies

Pterodactyls have a problem… they are extinct! However, Pterodactyl Problems the band, are anything but and they prove this with a massively energetic album neatly entitled Esoteric Hobbies. Hailing from Toronto they originally formed in 2012, released an eponymous album, then went on a brief hiatus, until reforming in 2017 to write and record this mad (in a good way) mix of genres ...

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Trauma play As The World Dies

Trauma made waves in what was known as the Bay Area Scene back in 1982, partly because Metallica man Cliff Burton was one of its members in their early days. Those waves crested in ’84 with their album Scratch And Scream which was fairly successful, but after that they seemed to disappear until 2015 when they released Rapture And Wrath to coincide with the reissue ...

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Breathe Atlantis bring fresh air with new release Soulmade

Breathe Atlantis​ is a German band whose previous release garnered a deal of praise in the alt-rock arena. They are an entertaining mix of rock, pop and electronica and bring to mind Pierce The Veil with their approach to rhythm and genre mix-ups. The latest release, Soulmade, provides just that. Opener ‘My Supernova’ paints the picture for the album with its soulful ...

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State of Ember

State of Ember smoulder on Broken Horizons

Redditch based trio State of Ember say that their music is an amalgam of metal, punk and prog rock… well having listened to their second EP Broken Horizons I can see what they mean to a certain extent. There is a definite metal, rock with a punk sensibility behind it all but the prog is a little harder to discern. Chris Tamburro ...

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Thunder Horse supply equine rumbling with new EP

Originally formed in 2012 from a group already seasoned musicians, Thunder Horse, led by guitarist/vocalist Stephen Bishop who, alongside lead guitarist TC Conally were the drivers of the industrial metal band Pitbull Daycare (I hadn’t heard of them but 10 out of 10 for the band name!) Their influences are steeped in the world of heavy rock and they cite ...

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