Category Archives: classic rock

Crawling – Fennr Lane (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

In some ways Fennr Lane has restored my faith in rock music. Having been bombarded with metal so extreme that it sounds like the sounds like the heavy industry sector of the seventh circle of hell and would-be rock more … Continue reading

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New Music of the Day – CLVIII : The Day That The World Breaks Down – Ayreon

THE SOURCE is an exciting new chapter in the Ayreon saga, with contributions from renowned vocalists like James LaBrie (Dream Theater), Simone Simons (Epica), Floor Jansen (Nightwish), Hansi Kürsch (Blind Guardian), Tobias Sammet (Edguy, Avantasia), and Russell Allen (Symphony X). … Continue reading

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New Music of The Day – CXXXIX: Time to Ruin – Fennr Lane

One of the downsides of being a music writer for a living is that all sorts of sounds find their way to my desk, music that, let’s say, isn’t exactly in my comfort zone. So after a morning spent trying … Continue reading

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New Music of The Day – CXXXVI: Demons – The Black Jackals

Every band plunders from the past, of course they do, but it is how subtly you apply those influences which is the difference between being an innovative torch bearer or a pastiche ridden revivalist. And whilst The Black Jackals freely … Continue reading

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Growing Wild – Slang (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Often reviewing music can be tricky, particularly when it is hard to find an interesting starting point, when nothing new or interesting is being offered up. Growing Wild presents a challenge for exactly the opposite reason. With so many intriguing … Continue reading

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Pilgrim – Pilgrim (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

So how do you stay true to the tenets of the music you love without becoming a pastiche of what has gone before? I guess if I knew that I would be a rich man but whether by luck or … Continue reading

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World Wide Genocide – Shotgun Rodeo (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Although I grew up on what was then termed as “metal” bands, the classics, bands that could be referenced by only using half of their name, Maiden, Purple, Priest, then the genre moved on to more extreme potential and left … Continue reading

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New Music of The Day – XLIV : Haze (Singing My Name) – The Manic Shine

Anyone who thinks that classic rock ran aground a long time ago should forget this countries nostalgic love in-with its cliched past and check out bands such as The Manic Shine. As a band, they sartorial reference every era of rock … Continue reading

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