Category Archives: hard rock

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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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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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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RES 9 – Rik Emmett and RESolution 9 (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

“This album represents a journey through my life,” observes Rik Emmett and what a life it has been, a fact borne out by the calibre of the guest musicians found on the album. As well as the regular RES 9 … 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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Monster Truck Tourin’ Heavy

  Monster Truck is gearing up for an exclusive European tour in support of their new album Sittin’ Heavy, which will be released in Europe on February 19, 2016 on Mascot Records. Tickets are available now! March 29 Rockpalast Bochum – Germany … Continue reading

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