Blue Öyster Cult – Cult Classics (Frontiers)

Is there anyone out there who has never heard of Blue Öyster Cult? Good, I thought not! I always considered them to be one of the very few American serious contenders to the British heavy rock bands of the '70s and they truly deserve to be the heavyweights in the rock world that they are...

Annihilator – Ballistic, Sadistic (Silver Lining Music)

Jeff Waters and co. are back with their 17th (wow!) album, less than three years after the great For The Demented. Just a little bit awkwardly titled, Ballistic, Sadistic features Fabio Alessandrini, with everything else (vocals included) performed and recorded by Waters (Mr. Riff) himself. The album picks up just where For The Demented left,..

Dirty Shirley – Dirty Shirley (Frontiers)

This is the debut album by Dirty Shirley and I wasn’t sure what to expect given that the album cover is fairly non-descript and looks like something I would expect on a modern indie album with attitude, I’m more used to the usually sumptuous power metal covers and they can nearly always tell you everything..

Jack Broadbent – Moonshine Blue (Crows Feet Records)

This is the fourth release by the Lincolnshire born singer/song writer/guitarist Jack Broadbent and I’m amazed by the scale of his voice, songs and dexterity. This whole album screams American roots with a blues bias and it is just so surprising that Broadbent is actually English as he seems to have the U.S. sound ingrained..

Jesse Damon – Damon’s Rage (AOR Heaven)

The lasting impression listening to this album is of a master craftsman who knows what he is good at and takes great joy in delivering it. If the name Jesse Damon rings a bell and you can’t quite place it then there‘s a massive hint in the title of his new album: Damon’s Rage. If..