You only need to see the name of Toby Hitchcock to know that you are in a safe pair of hands and a vocal masterclass is always guaranteed. Hitchcok has built up a solid reputation as a vocalist of renown with Pride Of Lions, the AOR band which was founded by the Survivor guitarist Jim..
Another name that needs either minimal or even no introduction is the American melodic rock band Hardline, a truly wonderful AOR band and another that consistently delivers classic hard rocking AOR albums. They hit the ground running in 1991 with a truly stellar line-up including the Gioeli brothers, Neal Schon, Todd Jensen and Deen Castronovo..
There is a lot of history behind Fang, an American proto-punk band that was formed in the early '80s then moved to Great Britain before moving again and settling in Bremen, Germany where they engaged in frequent violent exchanges on the streets of Bremen with political parties of the far right and managed to record..
Kudos should go to 'Big Eyes' and Calmese for coming back in at the same time after most of the stops... So it’s 1977, and guitar-slinger Johnny Winter has just produced and played guitar on blues legend Muddy Waters’ latest album Hard Again. He jumped at the chance to work with the mighty Muddy as any blues..
With the context of the passing of time, this is all brilliantly boundary-pushing music, and The Blue Meaning is an album which could astound the unprepared. Pure gold. The Cherry Red Toyah reissue programme continues with the second album, 1980's The Blue Meaning, following on from the excellent reissue of the Sheep Farming In Barnet..
A band we all know and most certainly should love is Rhapsody Of Fire; true giants of symphonic metal regardless of which version of the band you refer to. This band has added so much to the power/symphonic world and has taken the word bombastic to a whole new level and they are now the..
A trip back in time now to the mid-'80s for the Tasmanian rock band Devils In Heaven. As with so many others, the band originally began life as a covers band but when they left Launceston in 1989 to move to Northern Queensland they began mixing in original songs amongst the covers and learned their..
Any new release by Finland's King Company is to be welcomed with the band's new third album very much continuing the most exciting and superior metal exhibited on One For The Road from 2016 and Queen Of Hearts from 2018. The band has now moved from the Frontiers label to AOR Heaven and those at..
It was only relatively recently that Velvet Thunder reviewed the two albums so far released by the American film producer, director, songwriter and musician David Minasian with The Sound Of Dreams out in 2020 and the debut, Random Acts Of Beauty, originally in 2010 and now given a re-release. Look back at the review but..
Sometimes, all you need to know are the basic facts and then you can tell whether you are going to like something or not. Many moons ago it was the artwork that caught the eye and this is where vinyl scored highly as it gave the platform for an artist to truly go wild and..