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! 😁

Van Alen – String Theory

Van Alen has been a guitarist for over 20 years now, starting when he was 14 and having had professional training while still in his teens in order to be able to play like his idols Slash, Steve Vai and Yngwie Malmsteen. So he was a relatively “driven” youngster, keen to understand the theory, structure..

Infringement – Alienism (Crime Records)

This lot got together one cold November evening in Oslo in 2015, them being Norwegian, the plan being (as with all of us?!) to guzzle whiskey and contemplate forming a band. Infringement was formed shortly after and their debut album Transition released in 2017. This was a concept album exploring the development of a single..

Malone Sibun – Come Together

Only “the most exciting blues rock super-group in the UK” right now. That’s the label being applied to Malone Sibun by the European Blues Awards ceremony, despite not yet having an album released. Malone Sibun are a partnership of soulful UK-based Detroit blues-rock star Marcus Malone and British blues rock guitarist Innes Sibun, who met..

Anchor Lane – Casino (R7 Records)

Anchor Lane are a young Scottish band in the Classic rock mould, hailing from Glasgow and continuing a proud tradition of cracking bands from that city. They’ve been together since (I think) 2017, having released a 4-track EP New Beginnings that year. Since then, they’ve plied their trade in the time-honoured manner, touring constantly and..

Danny Bryant – Means of Escape (Jazzhaus Records)

I’ve recently reviewed Danny and his band playing live in Chesterfield (see Live Reviews section, 14 October). Danny has been around for over 15 years, constantly performing live and being feted by Planet Rock and Classic Rock as a rare talent. Danny’s studio albums have simply got better and better (from a strong base), last..

Mirrorplain – Lost In Paradise (Fastball Music)

"A German quintet on the path of salvation" was one description of this new alternative rock /metal band when they launched their debut album in the summer of 2017 – largely because the album was called Path of Salvation! This was a well-produced mixture of classic rock/hardrock/metal tracks with strong melodies and good vocals –..

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..