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! ?

STOMB – From Nihil

It's a new decade, and French Modern Progressive Metal band STÖMB are keen to enter it with a fresh sense of purpose...and a new studio album to be released on 31 January. The quartet have also been tagged as being an instrumental post-djent quartet. For the uninitiated, post-djent is a heavy metal subgenre that recently..

Hot Breath – Hot Breath

What do you call a new release that's halfway between a CD and an EP? This is the debut production from Hot Breath, another hard-hitting foursome from Gothenburg, Sweden. Six tracks long, giving you a shade under 24 minutes, so it'll be interesting to see how its priced. But that apart, it's great rock and..

Grand Royale – Take It Easy (The Sign Records)

Now then, a new Scando Rock album with a difference! You could be forgiven from several recent reviews and interviews that virtually the entire rock scene in Scandanavia, and certainly in the hotspots of Stockholm, Goteborg and Jonkoping in Sweden, was sort of "newer wave Power Pop". These guys in Grande Royale stand out from..

The Drippers

Anyone out there remember Power Pop? It’s the closest tag I could think of for a lot of music coming out of Sweden from the nineties onwards that’s collectively badged as Swedish Action Rock. Among the early leaders of this movement were bands such as The Hellacopters, H.E.A.T. and Entombed, but there’s plenty more where..

Bad Touch Touring in March/April

Following their signing with ITB, Bad Touch are thrilled to announce their March/April 2020 UK tour. Tickets are available now from www.badtouchrocks.co.uk/gigs-tours. The 12-date tour includes their hometown Norwich (Mar 30), Manchester (Apr 3), London (Apr 6), Cardiff (Apr 7) and Glasgow (Apr 16). Special guests will be Cannock’s PISTON, who recently released their video..

InME – Jumpstart Hope (Killing Moon Records)

Gosh, where to start, because this is a very long way from the beginning! InME are an Essex-based band who have been around for a surprisingly long time – their debut album Overgrown Eden was released in 2003 and reached #1 in the UK Rock Album Charts. Six successful studio albums later, and having toured..

Heavy Feather – Debris and Rubble (The Sign Records)

Surreptitious (or not!) replaying of classic rock / blues-rock greats from the late 60s and early 70s such as Cream and Free is wonderful enough. But when you stumble across talented young(ish!) musicians creating and playing new stuff in the same vein with the same levels of energy, honesty and passion as said Household Gods,..

Black River Sons – Poison Stuff

Poison Stuff is the debut album by French Southern Rockers, Black River Sons. They are a new band, although seasoned musicians, all hailing from Lille. They are a four-piece with Emeric on lead vocals and guitar, Baptiste on guitar, Said on bass and Vincent on drums. These guys look, play and act the part of..

Midnight Prey – Uncertain Times (Dying Victims Productions)

Dying Victims Productions are the proud presenters of this debut album by Midnight Fury, with "Uncertain Times" being highly anticipated on the band's home turf of Germany. Described as playing “honest rock music on real instruments”, Midnight Prey are a trio soaked in the best old-school traditions of classic rock and like nothing better than..