Category Archives: hard rock

Scene and Heard – CCLVIII : Stand Up –  Ravenscroft (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Ravenscroft continue with their mission to keep rock music, especially that infused by its classic halcyon past, relevant to modern audiences. Not always an easy thing to do with the fickle finger of fashion constantly causing scenes to evolve and … Continue reading

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Grabbing At a Distant Star –  Electric Radio Kings (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

I sometimes wonder if the spirit of rock and roll hasn’t got a bit lost as modern bands try to out technical each other, out volume each other, to be tougher, harder, more dangerous than each other. It seems the … Continue reading

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Scandic Tribe  –  Light at The End (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Whilst the opening spoken word introduction which leads us into Scandic Tribe’s debut album keeps you guessing where this is all leading, it is a question which is quickly resolved as Dusty Sunrise kicks in with its classic rock hallmarks. … Continue reading

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Obsessed  –  Mishti (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

It’s difficult to imagine what someone obsessed by Chicago Blues, Klezmer and Slash could possible fashion those musical strands into. Difficult that is until you hear Mishti and her mercurial pop-rock blends. Raw rock guitar vibes collide into pop aware … Continue reading

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The Disorder –  O.D.D. (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

I always maintain that one of the things that sets apart bands destined to remain a permanent  fixture of their local gig circuit and those who get out there and get the breaks, ones that are easily marketed to an … Continue reading

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Lotion – Gold Phoenix (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Every band should get to have their AC/DC moment. The Cult did it better than most, certainly better than Accept did it, Rose Tattoo did it in it’s native accent and Humble Pie seemed to do it through the use … Continue reading

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New Music of the Day – CXCIII: Disposable – The Vampire Monkeys

According to their bio “The Vampire Monkeys take pride in being the voice of discontent in an unhinged world, even if they offer no valuable insights to its reformation.” And that’s fine, we don’t look to rock and roll for … Continue reading

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Proud Shame – Heavy America (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Despite being the product of modern day Boston, Heavy America have a sound that links together points in time and places on the map from a much wider and deeper musical palette. Alternative rock is a pretty broad term but … Continue reading

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New Music of the Day – CLXXXI: What’s Her Name? – Smoking Martha

Even with the best of intentions, rock music has a habit of veering off into cliché and self-parody. But what if you could find a way of discarding the extraneous silliness and blend all those remaining exciting and integral threads … Continue reading

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What You Deserve – Anonymous (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Classic rock, hard rock, rock…call it what you will but we can all agree that we are in familiar territory here. Not that it is a problem, not everything is about kicking down the barriers and exploring new pastures, some of … Continue reading

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