Reviews

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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John Lodge

Moody Blues bassman John Lodge brought his 10,000 Light Years band to London for a rare solo gig

In the almost baronial splendour of Cadogan Hall, Sloane Square, Moody Blues bassman John Lodge brought his 10,000 Light Years band to London for a rare solo gig in the capital. The Moodies have always been a class act so it was only fitting he chose to perform with his band in similar surroundings. He’d already done a short solo ...

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The Far Meadow - Foreign Land

The Far Meadow’s Foreign Land

The Far Meadow are a symphonic, prog rock band from London who emerged from Blind Panic, and who’ve just released their third album, Foreign Land, the follow-up to 2016’s Given the Impossible, which was this writers introduction to the band. Actually, the real introduction was seeing them open up the Saturday afternoons proceedings at the 2018 New Day Festival where, ...

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Lonely Robot

John Mitchell releases Under Stars by Lonely Robot

Lonely Robot are a crossover solo prog project from the mighty John Mitchell, a man who’s almost a tour de force and a one-man army in prog rock, both as a multi-instrumentalist and his contribution to bands such as It Bites, Kino, Frost* and Arena, amongst others. He’s also a producer of some note with his co-ownership of the label, White ...

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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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VULTURE INDUSTRIES

Eccentric avantgarde geniuses Vulture Industries unearth Deeper

The wonderfully eccentric avantgarde geniuses that are Vulture Industries recently unearthed this 2-track 7″ vinyl single, and if you consider yourself a fan of everything that is weird and captivating, Deeper is most certainly for you as this glorious piece of work perfectly illustrates why these manic Norwegians are one of the most fascinating musical ensembles out there today. This ...

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Enforcer

Enforcer release Zenith

As a long time fan of Enforcer I have been eagerly awaiting the release of the Sweedish quartet’s new album since there last outing From Beyond in 2015. For those of you who are not familiar with the band, imagine the bastard sons of Di’Anno-era Iron Maiden mixed with the fast-paced face-melting technicality of the first few Metallica and Megadeth albums ...

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