September 22, 2020

FRASER EDWARDS – The Architect

The name of Fraser Edwards is new to me, but it seems he has created a little piece in history for himself - as the guitarist and creator of Sharky Sharky which is, apparently, a shark themed rock band for kids! I kid you not, I checked out their website and there it is in..

Interview- Heathen guitarist Kragen Lum

It has been a decade since bay area thrashers heathen released their last album the evolution of chaos. guitarist kragen lum talks to velvet thunder about the band's reformation in the new milennium and brings us right up to date with the story of the astonishing new album empire of the blind. Heathen (L-R): Jim..

Erja Lyytinen – “Lockdown Live 2020” CD/DVD released 6 November, 2020

Photo: Heikki Kervinen European Blues Award winner Erja Lyytinen will release her Lockdown Live 2020 as a live album CD and DVD package on Friday 6th November 2020. The album brilliantly captures a historic moment in time, as it was filmed and recorded during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Pre-Order Live In Lockdown 2020 Lockdown Live 2021 comes out four months before..

The Best Of Rory Gallagher (UMC)

Ireland has been no stranger to musical success, from the traditional folk of The Chieftains to the Irish soul of Van Morrison and Celtic pop acts such as The Cranberries, Clannad and Enya. Punk and New Wave saw a veritable wave of Irish bands such as The Undertones and the Boomtown Rats, while politico pop-rockers..

Pyrogenesis – A Silent Soul Screams Loud (AFM Records)

Another German band, Pyogenesis has had a long and illustrious career during which it has flirted with various styles including death, gothic, punk and now alternative metal. Originally, from Stuttgart this is the ninth album of often eclectic rock from a band that delights in exploring and pushing boundaries A Silent Soul Screams Loud is..

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Arjen In Transitus

It's been a busy few years for Arjen Lucassen since the release of the last Ayreon studio album The Source in 2017. Firstly, the colossal Ayreon Universe was a lavish stage production, a star-studded retrospective that spanned a quarter century's worth of music. Not to be outdone by his own opulence, Lucassen bravely upped the..

Newman – Ignition (AOR Heaven)

The British singer, guitarist and songwriter Steve Newman formed the band Newman in 1997 as a melodic rock band with an emphasis on hook laden songs with precise and incisive lyrics. By my reckoning, Ignition would now be album number 15 (if you include the Decade compilation album from 2008 which included a disc of..

Ruff Majik – news of forthcoming album

FFO: Clutch, Kyuss, Queens Of The Stone Age, Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats Set to surface from the pits of Hell with their third studio album The Devil’s Cattle, South African sludge ‘n’ roll outfit RUFF MAJIK have released further details of their forthcoming record - their first release under new label Mongrel Records - having put..