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..

Vanden Plas – Ghost Xperiment -Awakening (Frontiers Music)

So, how do you follow the quite magnificent and sublime Chronicles Of The Immortal World Parts One and Two, the outrageously epic sci-fi collaboration the band produced with the German author Wolfgang Hohlbein? Well, you start by taking time to recharge the batteries and then make a triumphant return, albeit a slightly delayed one, with..

Michael Sweet – Ten (Frontiers Music)

Michael Sweet is the singer and guitarist from the American Christian rock band Stryper and he was also involved with the melodic rock legends Boston from 2007 to 2011 and, yes you’ve guessed it, this is his 10th solo recording.  If you are yet to sample the wares of Michael Sweet then you are in for a real treat as he..