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!
Electric Boys

Electric Boys open The Ghost Ward Diaries

Stockholm band, Electric Boys, formed back in 1988 and debuted with Funk-O-Metal Carpet Ride 1989. Two further albums were released before they went on hiatus for a couple of years. Reforming on 2009, they recorded two more whilst touring with the likes of Metallica, Alice Cooper and Thunder. Taking us up to date, the line up of Conny Bloom (guitar ...

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Howling Lords

Howling Lords make the Texas Medicine go down

Hailing, probably literally, from the beautiful Isle of Lewis The Howling Lords are a heavy, riff based trio who formed in 2015 and have already racked up an eponymous album and an EP in 2016. They now have the second album on release called Texas Medicine. The three guys, Eoghainn Lapsley (pronounced, I think, Owen) on drums, Jens Johansen on bass, ...

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Radiant

Radiant are luminous

Radiant is a five-piece hard rock band from Northern Germany; they formed in 2014 when vocalist Herbie Langhans (Voodoo Circle, Avantasia), guitarist Flo Gottsleben and bass player Markus Beck (both ex-Seventh Avenue) got together, recruited drummer Manni Spalka and lead guitarist Carsten Stepanowicz and began to write and record in the old fashioned way…not by email, but by playing in ...

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Seventh Wonder

Seventh Wonder wonder no more

Swedish band, Seventh Wonder was formed in 2000 by bass player Andreas Blomqvist, guitarist Johan Liefvendahl and drummer Johnny Sandin and keyboard player Andreas “Kyrt” Söderin. They hit the ground running with a metal edged rock sound. Eighteen years later and now joined by Tommy Karevik on vocals and Stefan Norgren on drums, their fifth album, Tiara, is on release. It is a ...

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Creye

Creye me a river

Creye was put together by former Grand Slam guitarist Andreas Gullstrand in early 2015 with a vision of generating a sound that would take listeners back to the polished melodic rock of the 80’s. Their 2016 debut single ‘Never Too Late’, certainly promised that the AOR genre was about to have a new and powerful force. Inevitably they have been compared, ...

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City of Thieves

City of Thieves deliver Beast Reality

For a band sharing a name with a novel about the search for a dozen eggs in war torn Leningrad (strange but true), this trio certainly lob some sonic hand grenades into the current scene. They made their live debut as recently as 2015 at Camden Rocks Festival and City of Thieves have rapidly risen in the public eye and now ...

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IMPELLITTERI

Impellitteri has shreddies for breakfast

I guess Chris Impellitteri’s name came to many people’s attention back in 1988 with the Stand In Line album, noted for the appearance of Graham Bonnet on vocals and the covers of ‘Since You’ve Been Gone’ and ‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow’… a clue to his influences perhaps? It also had a quote in the liner notes (on the vinyl at least) ...

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Crazy Lixx revisit Loud Minority

Crazy Lixx revisit Loud Minority

Swedish hard rock come metal band Crazy Lixx formed in 2002 by singer Danny Rexon and they have been playing their take on 80’s hard rock ever since. They released their debut album on Swedmetal, their local Swedish record label and they gained quite a reputation on the back of that. So much so that they went on to release two more ...

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All Them Witches

All Them Witches burn on ATW

This is the fifth album by Nashville based All Them Witches and if you’ve heard any of the previous ones (the excellent Sleeping Through the War springs to mind), prepare for something different, something even better. This latest album, ATW, owes more to Blue Cheer and the 13thFloor Elevators than their earlier output, although the signs were there… now they are ...

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Monte Pittman

Monte Pittman gets Between the Space(s)

For a man whose first band, Myra Mains, may not have set the world alight, Monte Pittman has certainly made up for it with his subsequent success in very different areas. His stint in the metal legends Prong, a number of collaborations with various artists and to cap it all he was the guitar player for Madonna. He has released a ...

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