Author: Richard Proctor

Former reviewer in the CRS "Rock Society" magazine. Formative music years were the 70's, from psychedelia, folk-rock, blues-rock, heavy rock, punkdom, New Wave through to Indie. I love pretty much all rock music, .... I just don't do soul and disco! ?

Lesoir – Mosaic (Glassville Music)

Our lives are made up of various elements and parts; people, pets, work, our homes. They all have a colour; a shape and they vary in size. It is up to us to make our lives into works of art, using all these parts and elements, to make the complete picture. This is the 'mission..

Robert Jon and The Wreck – Tour and New Album

The band's exciting new album Last Light On The Highway will be released on Friday 8th May 2020, available on CD / vinyl / limited deluxe edition coloured vinyl plus bundles. The single Oh Miss Carolina and video were released Friday 27 March, the album can now be pre-ordered via www.robertjonandthewreck.com .The band will also..

Coldbones – The Cataclysm (Dunk! Records, Incendia Music)

Wielding a stunning, combined arsenal of post-rock, prog, shoegaze and traditional metal, UK three-piece COLDBONES have announced the forthcoming arrival of their highly-anticipated second studio album - the ominously-titled The Cataclysm - as well as  the album’s first single, which arrived on 12th March. Planned for release on 17th April 2020 via Dunk! Records, Coldbones' forthcoming studio offering..

Askvader – Askvader (The Sign Records)

Åskväder are a tuneful, melodic power-trio from Gothenburg, Sweden, whose self-titled debut album contains ten tracks of classic 'Scandinavian rock'. The band was formed in 2018 and consists of Staffan Persson (previously in Let Them Hang) with his lightning-speed bass grooves, Jon Solheim (ex Dödaren, Solheim, Dådet) on drums and lead vocals, and Martin Gut..

Son of Man – Interview

Son Of Man, led by George Jones (son of man legend Mickey) recently released the album State of Dystopia (see review posted 27 Feb 2020). Following the release of the album, I have the opportunity to sit down with George for Velvet Thunder, and discuss the latest news about the band and also the strange..

True Moon – II (Lovely Records)

True Moon are a foursome from Sweden who are genuinely and interestingly different. They have created a quite enchanting blend of darkwave, post-punk, and alternative rock that eclipses musical trends - a sort of cross between an 80's mix of Siouxsie and the Banshees, early Cure, Joy Division, Sisters of Mercy, The Mission; and more..

CB3 – Aeons

"Stars above, evil below and fire in between, a trinity in peace". The original meaning of the word aeon was "life force", so this new album called "Aeons" is legitimately painting a picture of a spatial trinity! CB3 (Charlottas Burning Trio) are a wacky trio from Malmo in Sweden who have been together for five..

Our City Fires – Foundations (EP), Incendia Music

Fostering influences from the likes of You Me at Six, Foo Fighters, Incubus and Paramore, five-piece alternative rock band Our City Fires may be a relatively fresh face on the UK’s music scene (having formed only in 2018), but the Leicester lads are keen to make their mark in 2020, following the recent release of..