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 have retired early & 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!

Pröwess dispense some Blacktop Therapy

After two EPs, North Carolina rock band Pröwess are about to release a powerful 70’s centric rock album called Blacktop Therapy. (Note the umlaut, which I guess, is for effect a la BOC rather than a pronunciation guide as, in German it would mean the ‘o’ is pronounced ‘ay’ which makes sense for Mayterhead!) They call their approach ‘high energy classic rock’ ...

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Deaf Radio

Deaf Radio succumb to Modern Panic

Greece is an oft-neglected country for decent rock music and is usually associated with the darker side of metal, although the unfathomable brilliance of Socrates Drank the Conium is worth sounding out. Well, now we have a band called Deaf Radio who are based in Athens and bill themselves as “a guitar based desert/alternative rock band.” They’ve been active in their homeland ...

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Uncut arrive From Blue

Well, at least I learned a lot about uncut diamonds and the magazine when I tried to research the rock band Uncut… other than the fact you can order it from a couple of stores in Europe, I apologise that I found no detail on this talented band, but at least their music can do the talking. The new release, called ...

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Burning Witches

Burning Witches unfurl Wings Of Steel

Swiss band Burning Witches have built quite a reputation in Europe. This all female metal band formed in 2015 have released a couple of albums that received positive press and they promise even better things on their next album due early next year. To tease us all, they have a new single out called ‘Wings Of Steel’, the first with new ...

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Dirty Rats

Dirty Rats rock on Ends In Tears

As soon as a band reveals it’s from Australia, assumptions are made… often fair and obvious but, in the case of Dirty Rats I was struck by how individual they are within the heavy rock framework. Sure there are loads of hefty riffs, guitar solos to air guitar along to and raucous vocals, but this band has ‘been there, done ...

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Martin Harley

Martin Harley Rolls With The Punches

Blues fans rejoice as Martin Harley not only has a new album out, but it’s a plugged-in, full band experience that brings quality blues to a new height. After two acoustic albums, he has gone electric on Roll With The Punches but still gives us his trademark, luscious slide playing that first endeared him to me and delivers ten varied ...

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Blitzkrieg are Loud And Proud

This review is only slightly coloured by the fact that Brian Ross, the long time vocalist of NWOBHM heroes, Blitzkrieg, was a close friend back in the misty past of my teen years and by the fact that I was bassist in his early band. What this does is allow me to share the talent and commitment he always had ...

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The Dirty Denims

The Dirty Denims are set on Ready, Steady, Go!

Dutch band The Dirty Denims follow up 2017’s Back With A Bang. Called Ready, Steady,Go! it provides six tracks of hard rock interlaced with punk, pop and that all important sense of fun. Imagine the offspring of AC/DC, The Stranglers and Blondie having a party. Opener ‘Ready Steady Go’ shows the AC/DC lineage with a hint of Rosie, maybe if ...

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Stevie D.and Corey Glover

Stevie D featuring Corey Glover are Torn From The Pages

You must have heard of Stephen DeAcutis… no? Well, how about Stevie D? He is the ridiculously talented guitarist, producer, multi-Instumentalist, engineer, writer, and performer who has been involved with many and varied acts such as Vanilla Fudge,Vinny Moore, Pat Travers, Carmine and Vinny Appice, Punky Meadows, and Cyndi Lauper to name but a few. He has now teamed up with ...

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Grand Royal

Grand Royale don’t Take It Easy

First of all, this is NOT the Beastie Boys tribute band that plies their trade in Portland, Oregon (the home of Grimm!) so beware your Googling! This Grande Royale are from Sweden and presents a clever blend of 70s era American rock and the ever-strong Scandi rock of the 90s and beyond. Now on to album number five (counting a live ...

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