Album Reviews

Dizzy Reed – Rock ‘N Roll Ain’t Easy

Dizzy Reed’s obviously an amiable sort. Brought in to augment Guns ‘N Roses on keyboards, he stayed the course through thick and thin when all and sundry left leaving only the temperamental Axl Rose in charge. With friends in high places – and low – elsewhere he’s also been a busy bee, playing with many and fronting live bands too. ...

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FROZEN CROWN

Frozen Crown’s The Fallen King

Frozen Crown is an Italian band, from Lombardy, who only got together in 2017 and who’ve just released their debut album, The Fallen King. They’re described as being a power metal band with a toehold in melodic classic metal and, in that sense, with the structure of their music, and the occasional usage of keyboards, they’re occasionally reminiscent of Nightwish ...

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Danny Bryant – Revelation

Two years down the road since his last album, Blood Money,  there’s much to remind us of British blues guitarist Danny Bryant‘s credentials via some long stirring guitar solos on new album Revelation. It also finds him travelling down roads less travelled musically, and sometimes hitting an unexpected classic rock mother lode. Much of the record, however, is informed by the ...

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Little Caesar – Eight

Little Caesar were one of those bands who should have made it big, or that’s what I’ve read. I missed them when they first made a noise, back in the late 80s. They reformed a few years back, as bands have a habit of doing. Aside from their front man Ron Young I’m not sure how many of the old ...

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The Dead XIII

The Dead XIII release a solid collection of tunes with a touch of the dark stuff

In a time when a lot of the more ‘mainstream’ rock and metal outfits seem to be stepping away from the darker side of their genre, it’s always refreshing when a band like the Dead XIII so unashamedly bring it right back to the borderline satanic sector in which it belongs. Lots of black, spades full of make-up, demonic screaming and ...

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Borealis – The Offering

Borealis hail from Canada, The Offering their fourth album. It offers power metal that travels into the bordering hinterlands of symphonic rock and some progressive areas via its instrumental sections. Self-releasing their debut album World Of Silence in 2008, Borealis they would subsequently tour with the likes of Kamelot, Epica and Sonata Arctica in their homeland. When Fall From Grace ...

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Outlaws & Moonshine – The Devil In The Moonshine

Sounding like someone’s banging on a dustbin lid while a hoary old voice calls out, I’m expecting something avant garde here but then a regular rhythm section gets going with electrics and acoustics settling in some licks for Outlaws & Moonshine’s statement of intent that is opening track ‘Devil in The Moonshine’. There are sing-along lyrics of the countrified sort ...

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Drive – IDEFI, A Tribute to Rick Chavez and David Earl Taylor

Drive were a five-piece progressive, power metal band formed on the north side of Houston, Texas by guitarist Rick Chavez. They released two albums, Characters In Time (1988) and Diablero (1992). The band’s original members were barely out of high school back in the early 80s as they began making a name for themselves. Moving out to California, and inevitably the Sunset Strip , where they signed ...

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Black Magic – Jared James Nichols

Wisconsin-born guitar-slinger Jared James Nichols is a throwback to when rock was wild, young and free. His latest album is a collection of song that hit you wham, bam, in and out, with most tracks coming in under the three minute mark. Do they get you under their spell? Let’s find out. A whirring echoing guitar stretches through your speakers, ...

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don-broco

DON BROCO — The most adjustable scenester try-hards & pop-survivalists of the 21st century.

British rock four piece DON BROCO released their third album Technology this month. The new album finds the band filtering their post-hardcore rock through the percolation filter of a 1980s pop-machine, and then finger-testing the results before adding a swirl-or-two of clotty cream: these twists come in the form of metal, funk and electronics. This album ends-up lip-puckering strong and ...

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