Album Reviews

Crystal Ball

Swiss melodic rock band Crystal Ball release ‘Best of…’ entitled 2020

For the first time in their twenty years and counting career, Swiss melodic rock band Crystal Ball are releasing a ‘Best of ..’ entitled 2020 (twenty songs, twenty years ..geddit?) This is a double CD celebrating the twentieth anniversary of the band. The first CD contains ten of Crystal Ball’s most popular songs in their first two decades together, all of them ...

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Black Belt Eagle Scout

Black Belt Eagle Scout strikes a bullseye in the epicenter of the soul in upcoming record, “At The Party with My Brown Friends”

There is something effortlessly comforting about Black Belt Eagle Scout’s forthcoming record, At The Party with My Brown Friends. As a whole, the record provides a similar sensation to changing into dry clothes after getting caught in the rain, or drinking a soothing, warm beverage in the small hours of the morning. Yet, the record is also reminiscent of the ...

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Iamthemorning – The Bell

Iamthemorning, the name deriving from a track on Oceansize’s debut album, is a Russian prog / chamber pop duo from St. Petersburg, Russia, and it revolves around the creative partnership of two persons, Marjana Semkina (vocals and backing guitar) and Gleb Kolyadin (piano/ keyboards). They’re still something of an unknown quantity amongst many prog fans in the UK, although they’ve ...

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SAXON – The Eagle has Landed 40 ‘live’

Since their inception in the late 1970’s, Saxon have gone from being one of the forerunners of the awkwardly titled New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) to become one of the standard bearers of rock, and whilst they’ve never achieved the iconic status of other NWOBHM bands like Maiden and Leppard, nonetheless they’ve become one of the most successful ...

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Supersonic Blues Machine play some solid bluesy rock on Road Chronicles ‘live’

Supersonic Blues Machine (SBM) are claimed by their fan base to be ‘the ultimate rock, blues and soul’ jam band. All the musicians involved have been around the block more than once and they came together in 2015 to form SBM. Since then they’ve released two studio albums and this, their first ‘live’ album, Road Chronicles, was recorded in Italy ...

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Rebecca Downes

Rebecca Downes – More Sinner than Saint  

Following on from her last album, 2016’s Believe, Rebecca Downes has released the follow-up, putting it out on her own label, Mad Hat Records. The title track ‘Believe’ won the accolade of Song of the Year at the 2016 British Blues Awards, so she’s set her own bar high for the follow-up. Rebecca Downes is an artist said to be a ...

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MYRATH - Shehili

North African band MYRATH play powerful rock on new album Shehili    

In case you were unaware, there is such a thing as North African hard rock. Myrath (pronounced Meer-rath) are a band from Tunisia, a nation not exactly overflowing with well-known rock bands, and they’ve gone some way towards blending the sounds of their nation with the kerrang of heavy metal and hard rock. Over the time they’ve been playing together, ...

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 ANTENNA - The Gift

The Gift continue to evolve on Antenna

Following on from 2016’s Why The Sea Is Salt, The Gift have now released their much-anticipated follow-up, Antenna. Three years in the making, it’s an album which probably won’t count as the band’s most ambitious work, but it’s one which sees The Gift moving away from playing the lengthier, more complex pieces they’ve become known for (no song here is ...

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Fangclub amplifies skill and sophistication on upcoming LP, Vulture Culture

Fangclub has long been teetering on the precipice of explosion. Their second LP Vulture Culture, which is set for release on 5 July, encompasses enough sonic power and creative mastery to push them over the edge into universal acclaim. The Dublin-based trio (comprised of Steven King, Kevin Keane, and Dara Coleman) have long illustrated a steadfast ability to create rock ...

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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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