Album Reviews

Laurence Jones Band

Previously on record Laurence Jones songs have been slick and aimed at your mainstream music listener but not captured the vibrant groove of his live band. That latter aspect has been addressed with this eponymous new album, not just by the fact of its title and their being collectively present on the cover and promotional material but in that the ...

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Hank Marvin strikes ‘Gold’ in this new collection

The UK has consistently punched above its weight when it comes to producing the world’s stellar rock guitarists down the years, with many of them going on to sustain long, illustrious and influential careers. Few of these players, though, can truly be described as having been seminal, in the sense they’ve inspired a whole generation to want to learn how ...

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Aaron Buchanan & The Cult Classics – The Man With Stars On His Knees (Special Edition)

“Think Soundgarden. Think Muse,” was the suggestion offered when former Heaven’s Basement vocalist Aaron Buchanan began describing this his new band. More some Faustian pact between The Manic Street Preachers and The Darkness possibly; to be more specific let’s accept the initial flamboyant outrage that latter act presented the mainstream listener with and suggest their intent to be to go ...

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D-A-D show they are more than ‘Dad Rock’ with ‘A Prayer For The Loud’.

D-A-D began playing together in the early 1980s in Copenhagen, Denmark, under their original band name Disneyland After Dark, although it was quickly abbreviated in the face of the wrath emanating from the land of Walt. I kind of agree with the sentiment though. Mickey was always hiding a malevolent streak. They released their first EP in 1985 and are in ...

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Calamity deliver well rounded return with ‘Kairos’

Originally formed as a Metallica cover band, Peurto Rico’s Calamity is far more than you may think at first, having evolved into a totally new beast over the course of their first two original full-length albums. Kairos is the second of these albums and comes out of the gate like a starved wolverine. Dealing out tight thrash riffs at warp speed ...

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The Rods invite you into the ‘Brotherhood of Metal’

It might be thirty-odd years since Dave ‘Rock’ Feinstein and the power trio that was -and is – The Rods first came to the notice of the music industry. Their latest album, which is the third since the 2008 reunion, suggests that time hasn’t changed them that much. Nor has time (or the press) allowed Dave to forget that he is the ...

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Indian Nightmare land a heavy hitter with ‘By Ancient Force’

According to Indian Nightmare themselves, the follow up to 2016’s Taking Back the Land is just the beginning of their story. Self-styled, Tribal Metal Punks, they are possibly the most diverse band I’ve come across when it comes to international talent. Based out of  Germany but comprised of members from Indonesia, Italy, Turkey, and Mexico, Indian Nightmare let their collective cultures flow through ...

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Ada Lea introduces prog to pop with ‘what we say in private’.

A conceptual pop album from a Canadian vocalist isn’t the usual sort of fodder for these pages, but Ada Lea has produced a record of rare imagery and a sound that is immediate and refreshing in its construction. Ada is a painter too and she certainly brings that regime to her compositions on this new album called (in lower case) what ...

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Perry Farrell is in Kind Heaven

Jane’s Addiction seemed, at their height, to be able to appeal to a broader spectrum of music fans than many of their contemporaries. Everyone loved ‘Been Caught Stealing’ even if they didn’t admit it at the time. Now their charismatic frontman, Perry Farrell has his first new material in almost a decade out on release. Called Kind Heaven it features Dhani Harrison ...

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CJ Ramone proves punk’s not dead with ‘The Holy Spell’         

If the Rolling Stones are the greatest rock ‘n roll in the world, then Ramones have a more than viable claim to be the greatest punk rock band in the world. And while arguments will forever rage over which band were the first real punk band, there can be little doubt, circa 1977 -Ramones were the most influential, certainly here ...

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