August 10, 2020

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 –..

WALLY – MARTYRS AND COWBOYS 1974-75 (Esoteric)

A fine collection of a band who might well have slipped under your radar There are a lot of natural combinations of musical genres through the years which have endured and proven ever-popular. There’s jazz and rock, of course. There’s prog and metal. There’s jazz and funk, folk and rock and certainly rock and blues...

JAN AKKERMAN – CLOSE BEAUTY (Mascot)

... if you like hearing musical virtuosos in action, you’ll enjoy what’s included here When the lists of the top guitarists of the 60’s and 70’s are compiled, the familiar names are always included - Clapton, Beck, Page, etc - with a few others following in their slipstream, such as Peter Green, Eddie van Halen..

Leprous – Pitfalls (Inside Out Music)

Fans cannot be fooled. Particularly the most loyal fans, who will see right through any insincere motivation behind a band's sudden shift in style or change of direction. Twenty years ago, when Scorpions made the bizarre decision to release a dance pop album titled Eye II Eye, their puzzled fan base collectively groaned and tossed..

ANNIE HASLAM – ANNIE IN WONDERLAND (Esoteric)

... the old classic Nature Boy, a song whose other-worldly, slightly surreal melody has always made it sound like a song simply waiting for Annie's voice to join it ... In 1977, while Renaissance were taking a short hiatus in order for John Tout to recover from illness, Annie Haslam decide to take advantage of..

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..

Mayhem – Daemon (Century Media Records)

More than 5 years have passed since Mayhem last released new material, with Esoteric Warfare and, to say the anticipation was high, would be an understatement. Daemon appears to be the second full-length album with heavy contribution in the composing department from The Konsortium and Nidingr axeman Teloch, who was not afraid to dig deep..

MAINHORSE – MAINHORSE (Esoteric)

What's this? It's the sound of a massively distorted guitar, fuzzed up to the psychedelic eyeballs and dying to run amok over the record ... Sometimes you just look at an album and you know exactly what it's going to sound like. Such as this one. The band's name is Mainhorse, the cover features a..

HAWKWIND – ALL ABOARD THE SKYLARK (Cherry Red)

Opener  Flesh Fondue ... might well be the best song Hawkwind have written in this millennium Hawkwind don’t lack a sense of humour. Their previous album, the serious sounding Road To Utopia, was in fact a relaxed and sometimes humorous reworking of Hawkwind classics along with brass and string accompaniment.  Now their latest effort, All..