THE BLACKHEART ORCHESTRA

Photo: Lee Bolton I must say the progressive world has totally embraced us, which is wonderful (Chrissy Mostyn) A word of explanation is probably in order if you aren’t familiar with The Blackheart Orchestra. First and most important would be that they aren’t an orchestra. In actual fact, they are scarcely a band by the..

WALLY – MARTYRS AND COWBOYS 1974-75 (Esoteric)

A fine collection of a band who might well have slipped under your radar There are a lot of natural combinations of musical genres through the years which have endured and proven ever-popular. There’s jazz and rock, of course. There’s prog and metal. There’s jazz and funk, folk and rock and certainly rock and blues...

Magnum To Release 21st Studio Album In January

Birmingham’s own heavy rock veterans Magnum will be back with a brand new studio album next January, called The Serpent Rings. The album, which will be released by SPV on January 17th, comes almost exactly two years after the hugely successful Lost On The Road To Eternity. Here is the tracklist: Where Are You Eden?You..

JAN AKKERMAN – CLOSE BEAUTY (Mascot)

... if you like hearing musical virtuosos in action, you’ll enjoy what’s included here When the lists of the top guitarists of the 60’s and 70’s are compiled, the familiar names are always included - Clapton, Beck, Page, etc - with a few others following in their slipstream, such as Peter Green, Eddie van Halen..

Leprous – Pitfalls (Inside Out Music)

Fans cannot be fooled. Particularly the most loyal fans, who will see right through any insincere motivation behind a band's sudden shift in style or change of direction. Twenty years ago, when Scorpions made the bizarre decision to release a dance pop album titled Eye II Eye, their puzzled fan base collectively groaned and tossed..

ANNIE HASLAM – ANNIE IN WONDERLAND (Esoteric)

... the old classic Nature Boy, a song whose other-worldly, slightly surreal melody has always made it sound like a song simply waiting for Annie's voice to join it ... In 1977, while Renaissance were taking a short hiatus in order for John Tout to recover from illness, Annie Haslam decide to take advantage of..

Black Star Riders – Another State of Grace

Hmm…..the Black Star Riders 4th album came out in September and mines the same vein of classic rock as its three predecessors. Another ten tracks which are essentially in the same mould as 2017s Heavy Fire and the previous The Killer Instinct and All Hell Breaks Loose. Fans of the Riders will know exactly what..