Author: Terry Craven

A former reviewer and member of the Classic Rock Society having been involved since its early days. .Enjoys virtually all forms of music but first real love is Progressive Rock. Top three band, in no particular order, are Pink Floyd, Rush and the mighty Judas Priest.

Emerald Rage – High King (Stormspell Records)

Once again, the album cover never lies! Take a look to see an armoured knight with sword held high standing over a vanquished foe with some sort of demonic hell dog by his side whilst a castle burns in the background and all to a blood red portentous sky. Welcome back my friends to the..

The 450s – The 450s (Louder Than Loud Records)

The 450s is a new American rock band which features The Rods drummer Carl Canedy and anyone expecting a Rods type clone is going to be in for a major surprise. It seems that the musicians came together as an ad-hoc grouping rather than with any specified agenda and this informality has, in part, helped..

Rachel Mother Goose – Synra Bansho (Pride & Joy Music)

The rather curiously titled Rachel Mother Goose is a Japanese neoclassical band with large elements of power and symphonic rock incorporated into their glorious and all action style. A new name to me, the band was formed in 1999 by the band's guitarist Hideshi Ueki with Synra Bansho now being the bands sixth album to..

Heart Line – Back In The Game (Pride & Joy Music)

This came as something of a surprise as melodic rock is not a genre I normally expect from French bands with Heart Line being a new and exciting team put together in 2020 with Back In The Game being a very suave and sophisticated debut release indeed. The band was formed by the French guitarist..

Kaasin – Fired Up (Pride & Joy Music)

Kaasin is a new band put together by the Norwegian guitarist Jo Henning Kaasin and some of you may know him for his work with Come Taste The band, a vehicle he shared with some pretty top notch musicians in Joe Lynn Turner, Glen Hughes, Doogie White and Bernie Marsden. The clue is in the..

Various Artists – Rock For Myanmar (Golden Robot Records)

We can only applaud Golden Robot Records for releasing this very fine compilation of new and established talent to help raise awareness of the plight of the people of Myanmar, officially the Republic of the Union of Myanmar but more probably remembered as Burma in the UK and it is the largest country in Southeast Asia. The people have..

Wonders – The Fragment Of Wonders (Limb Music)

Wonders is a new progressive metal band that was put together in 2020 by Giorgio Lunesu (drums) and his brother Pietro Paolo (guitar) from the Italian progressive metal band Even Flow along with the producer and keyboard player Bob Katsionis who was previously with Firewind. They started a search for like minded musicians to join..

Tower – Shock To The System (Cruz Del Sur Music)

Hailing from the United States, Tower is a fast, frantic and furious female fronted hard rock band that only knows how to play loud and aggressively and the band hits with the ferocity of a runaway train! The group is from New York City and it seems to have taken the city's high energy, ever..

Nothing Exists – A Creature And Creation EP (Self Released)

Nothing Exists is the vehicle for multi-instrumentalist Alan Blaisdell from Oregon in the United States. Blaisdell is another in a long list of musicians who went to Berklee College of Music and has now released one full album and two EPs of instrumental rock music with very strong electronic influences. Swathes of keyboards and electro..