Helloween – United Alive In Madrid (Nuclear Blast)

Pumpkins Reunited: Michael Kiske, Andi Deris & Kai Hansen There should be a constant reminder as to what Germans Helloween have brought to metal. With their beginnings as a speed metal Iron Maiden gallop and complete with Kai Hansen’s raspy vocals, the band made an auspicious start but it was when Kai felt that he..

YES – BOX SET OF UNRELEASED RECORDINGS

Legendary Prog Rock band YES reveals four previously unreleased 2010 recordings, on the new ‘From A Page’ five piece mini-box set, personally overseen by ex-member Oliver Wakeman. YES has returned to the recordings made in late 2010 to mix the four completed tracks as new content for a miniature five piece box set of recordings..

Chris Rea – One Fine Day (Rhino)

One Fine Day provides an intriguing snapshot of an artist at a pivotal moment in his career. Chris Rea first emerged in 1978 thanks mostly to the US hit single Fool If You Think It’s Over from his debut album. Eventually he would go on to hit the big time in the mid-late 80s with..

Danny Bryant – Means of Escape (Jazzhaus Records)

I’ve recently reviewed Danny and his band playing live in Chesterfield (see Live Reviews section, 14 October). Danny has been around for over 15 years, constantly performing live and being feted by Planet Rock and Classic Rock as a rare talent. Danny’s studio albums have simply got better and better (from a strong base), last..

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 –..

THE BLACKHEART ORCHESTRA

Photo: Lee Bolton I must say the progressive world has totally embraced us, which is wonderful (Chrissy Mostyn) A word of explanation is probably in order if you aren’t familiar with The Blackheart Orchestra. First and most important would be that they aren’t an orchestra. In actual fact, they are scarcely a band by the..

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...

Magnum To Release 21st Studio Album In January

Birmingham’s own heavy rock veterans Magnum will be back with a brand new studio album next January, called The Serpent Rings. The album, which will be released by SPV on January 17th, comes almost exactly two years after the hugely successful Lost On The Road To Eternity. Here is the tracklist: Where Are You Eden?You..

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..