Album Reviews

Security Project - CONTACT

Review: Security Project – CONTACT

Featuring former members of King Crimson, post-punk band Shriekback  and Jerry Marotta, who played drums on Peter Gabriel’s first five solo albums, Security Project have returned with a new vocalist and another collection of live tracks. Taken from recent shows in the US and Japan, the album largely features reworkings of Peter Gabriel’s seminal early solo material, with the exception ...

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STEVE AND VIRGIL HOWE - Nexus

Review: STEVE AND VIRGIL HOWE – Nexus

Even before listening to this album, there’s a tinge of sadness involved because, soon after the album was completed, Virgil Howe, son of Yes guitar legend Steve Howe, died on September 11th, aged only 41, from an as of yet unexplained cause. As well as the new album with his father, Virgil Howe was due to begin a nationwide tour ...

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STORMBRINGER - Born a dying breed

Review: STORMBRINGER – Born a Dying Breed

Stormbringer are a band from Northants who’ve been making waves at gigs for a few years and building a name for themselves in the process. Their 2013 debut album, MMX111, was a mix of classic rock and heavy metal with a contemporary edge, which brought the band to the attention of fans. Since then, they’ve played at prestigious gigs such ...

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Broken Witt Rebels - Debut Album

Review: Broken Witt Rebels – Debut Album

The darlings of a certain UK ‘Classic’ Rock station release their eponymous debut album, Broken Witt Rebels in late November. This 10-track CD combines the six songs from the Birmingham band’s two most recent EPs – Howlin‘ and Georgia Pine – with four brand new numbers. Their sound is soaked in heavy blues mixed with a dash of Americana, so it’s worth ...

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TARJA .. From spirits and ghosts

TARJA – From spirits and ghosts (score for a dark xmas)

Since leaving Nightwish under a cloud in 2005, an event which even saw the Finnish Prime Minister being asked his opinion about it, Tarja Soile Susanna-Turunen Cabui (Tarja to her fans!) has operated largely as a solo artist. On this her latest album, she’s come up with her own fascinating and intriguing take on some very traditional Xmas tunes. There’re ...

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BROWN ACID - The Fifth Trip

BROWN ACID – The Fifth Trip

Another release from the always reliable Brown Acid series, ten more slices of the weird, the wonderful and the occasionally quirky. If the digital revolution has done only one good thing, it’s helped make accessible many previously unheard of bands who’re now finally getting to see their music made available to a wider audience, rather than simply be the preserve of ...

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The infernal Sea - Agents of Satan

The Infernal Sea – Agents of Satan

It’s safe to say that The Infernal Sea in their years have caused a stir, forming less than a decade ago, they have made a name for themselves with their unique stage presence and black metal style. After their original full length release ‘Call of the Augur’ and following three EP releases, ‘The Crypt Sessions’, a split with Disinterred, and ...

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KANSAS - Leftoverture Live & Beyond

Review: KANSAS – Leftoverture Live & Beyond

Kansas made their name as one of the mainstays of the 70’s and 80’s AOR genre, alongside bands like REO Speedwagon and Foreigner. They’re classed as a classic rock band but the music they play is far too complex for such a description, as the music on this album stands testament. Largely unknown in the UK outside of the rock ...

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Michael Crimson - Weeping Window

Review: Michael Crimson – Medusa

Medusa is a new release by Swedish born Michael Crimson. He is a new name to me and his website assures us he is “a guitarist, songwriter and vocalist who makes mind-bending music shaped by everyday life, literature and his own imagination. Inspired by elements of classic rock, glam and pop, he tells character-driven stories through powerhouse guitar passages and ...

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Whitesnake 1987 - 30th Anniversary Edition

Review: Whitesnake 1987 – 30th Anniversary Edition

It is 30 years since Whitesnake graced us with the album that became known as 1987 (or, in Japan as Serpens Albus). To celebrate, Mr Coverdale has helped put together a luxury box set of 4CDs and a DVD! Reasonably priced at £40 it does include a poster, a lyric book and a 60 page hardback book with new pictures ...

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