Lawnmower Deth – Blunt Cutters (Cherry Red Records)

Hardly short of a social conscience or politically incisive lyrics, thrash metal is known for being serious business. Back in its 1980s heyday, the world was in the throes of the Cold War and nuclear annihilation always seemed to be a button press away – there was plenty to be angry about. Laughs were available..

Hawkwind – Dust Of Time: 1969-2021 (Cherry Red)

...anyone who has more than a passing interest in Hawkwind really must own this superbly comprehensive six-CD box set. I know, I know. You are probably thinking ‘oh no, not another another Hawkwind compilation album’. After all, there have been so many Hawkwind compilations that if you laid them back-to-back then you might be able..

Al Stewart – Time Passages (Esoteric / Cherry Red)

Last year I did an interview for Velvet Thunder with Eric Bloom and the conversation turned to Blue Oyster Cult’s most famous song, (Don’t Fear) The Reaper. Asking about its longevity, Bloom said that certain songs simply ‘have legs’ and they just keep on getting played and played until they burrow themselves into the public..