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!

First Signal in the Line Of Fire

First Signal are onto their third album and show no signs of losing that melodic sheen that Harry Hess and crew are so good at. Their latest addition is Line Of Fire which is probably their best yet. Hess has a long list of recordings and achievements, not least with Harem Scarum. With this ‘new’ band however, he takes the ethos of ...

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The Well

The Well’s third album Death and Consolation

Austin-based power trio The Well are usually classed as having progressive influences as wide ranging as Joy Division and Blue Cheer. The group is made up of guitarist/vocalist Ian Graham, bassist/vocalist Lisa Alley and drummer Jason Sullivan. Their third album, Death and Consolation reveals, to my ears at least, a definite Blue Cheer style of raw bluesy rock… but it has been ...

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Texas Hippie Coalition

Texas Hippie Coalition show true grit

The heavy rock band known as the Texas Hippie Coalition from Denison in Texas, (never guessed that did you?) release their 6th album and after numerous line-up changes seem to have settled into their own particular groove. They call it “Red Dirt Metal”… I call it heavy southern rock with enough metal running through it to weld everything together. Their last album, ...

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Hot Suede

Hot Suede get leathered

Hot Suede are a five-piece rock band from Kansas City with a sound that suggests bands as diverse as Queen, Floyd, Soundgarden and Queens of the Stone Age are among their chosen influences. In other words we get an amalgam of the best of rock from the 70’s through to the 90’s. The band, Bobby W. Topaz (vocals), Doug Nelson (guitar), ...

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Bright Curse

Time Of The Healer by Bright Curse

I have always had a soft spot for a bit of heavy French psychedelia, and Soul Manifest were very good exponents of that with their doomy, out there riffs. They split and two of their numbers (Romain Daut on guitar, Peruvian flute and vocals + Sammy Deveille on bass and double bass) decamped to London. In 2012 they met up ...

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The Shrine

The Shrine are in a Cruel World

I love it when I’m researching a band for a review and find other bands out there with the same name. The Shrine are a heavy rock/metal band from California, not I’m pleased to say, the Devon based group that are ‘the premier wedding and function’ band! The trio of skateboarding wastrels have three previous albums 2012’s Primitive Blast, 2014’s Bless ...

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Danny Worsnop Goes Blue

Danny Worsnop has a new solo album called Shades of Blue that takes different steps that began with his country infused ‘The Long Road Home’. This time he adds his blues and soul influences into the mix. To be honest, this is a breath of fresh air as the eleven tracks showcase his wide vocal range and compositional abilities across a wholly different ...

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Roulette suggests the time is Now!

For a band that formed in 1985 Roulette never reached the peaks they deserved…this was mainly down to that old chestnut, record label cock-ups. The good news is thatbassist/vocalist Hansi Fellbrink, Thomas Lundgren on vocals, Magnus Nelin on guitar/vocals and Mats Nelin on drums, are back together and have recorded ten new tracks that have inherited their Swedish AOR roots and ...

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Reflector on the Turn

Andreas Heller and David Reumüller played as a duo called Reflector for over twenty years and released four albums in that time. Recently however, Martin Plass a talented singer and bassist for a band known as the Striggles, joined them. That was a sort of Bon Jovi style band and Plass has combined his melodic experiences with the heaviness of the ...

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Suzi Quatro

Suzi Quatro engages four-wheel drive

It’s Thursday, it’s seven o’clock…it’s Top of the Pops! (Crackerjack was Fridays at five, but seemed like a relevant misuse of their catchphrase). It was 1973, the time of the hormonal youth of fourteen, and ToTP was a must see each week… most of the music was crap as I’d already adopted heavy rock, but Pans People were not to ...

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