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SHAFT OF STEEL – Shaft Of Steel EP

SHAFT OF STEEL – Shaft Of Steel EP

In an age where so many melodic rock discs seem to suffer from average production values, it’s a pleasure when one comes along that sounds almost as sharp as those great releases from the late 80s. Although only an EP, this debut release from London based Shaft of Steel is a bright and shiny affair […]

LYNCH MOB – Rebel

LYNCH MOB – Rebel

Early in 2015, ex-Dokken guitarist George Lynch teamed up with Stryper vocalist Michael Sweet.  Their resultant album ‘Only To Rise’ contained a bunch of feel good hard rock tunes with big choruses.   This release by Lynch Mob, released only seven months later, lacks the general joie de vive of the Sweet & Lynch project. It […]

PRAYING MANTIS – Legacy

PRAYING MANTIS – Legacy

Back in the early eighties when the New Wave of British Heavy Metal was in force, there were various bands flying the flag for British rock music.  While Iron Maiden and Saxon went on to achieve worldwide acclaim and and Metallica’s constant championing of Diamond Head meant that band’s place in the rock history books […]

SCORPIONS – Fly To The Rainbow

SCORPIONS – Fly To The Rainbow

After losing three members following the release of their debut album, Scorpions vocalist Klaus Meine and rhythm guitarist Rudolf Schenker merged with the remnants of a band named Dawn Road. Though the Scorpions name was chosen for the newly formed quintet, in terms of overall sound, their second album credited to Scorpions is a world […]

LAWLESS – Rock Savage

LAWLESS – Rock Savage

Lawless is a band that brings together a few cult names from second division hard rock bands.  Vocalist/guitarist Paul Hume and drummer Nigel Ogden have previous ties with Demon, while guitarist Howie G previously played with Persian Risk.  ‘Rock Savage’, their debut album, pulls elements from various classic rock sources, adding up to create a […]

THE V – Now Or Never

THE V – Now Or Never

Veronica “The V” Freeman will be familar to some as the vocalist with power metallers Benedictum, a US/Euro outfit who often favour bombast over decent songs.  Her first solo release, 2015’s ‘Now Or Never’ (released via Frontiers Records, home of the previous two Benedictum discs) retains a fair amount of heaviness, but brings in a […]

INTERIM – Metanarratives EP

INTERIM – Metanarratives EP

Interim are a five piece alternative/hard rock band from Australia who’ve previously been championed by their own country’s famous rock radio station Triple J.  By the time of their 2015 EP release ‘Metanarratives’ the band sounds more than established – the five songs on this release are of a very high standard indeed, effortlessly mixing […]

DEAD SHED JOKERS – Dead Shed Jokers

DEAD SHED JOKERS – Dead Shed Jokers

Following the release of their debut album in 2013, Welsh hard rockers Dead Shed Jokers were praised by UK’s Classic Rock Magazine and picked out as a band whose star was very much on the ascent.  Two years on, their self-titled follow up brings the rock in a hugely unsubtle fashion, mixing heavy blues riffs […]

LEVEL 10 – Chapter One

LEVEL 10 – Chapter One

Making their debut in 2015, the (mostly) European metal band Level 10 features a few familiar faces.  While not quite stepping up to the true supergroup mantle, with its coming together of members from Symphony X, Masterplan, Primal Fear and Sinner, the band includes personnel that should be more than familiar to hard rock fans. […]

X-DRIVE – Get Your Rock On

X-DRIVE – Get Your Rock On

Spearheaded by unknown guitarist Jeremy Brunner, X-Drive is a hard rock project that celebrates 80s melodic rock in a particularly unashamed and brazen fashion. Joining Brunner on this particular journey are ex-White Lion bassist James Lomenzo, Montrose vocalist Keith St. John and Midline drummer Fred Fischer. They say you can’t always judge a book by […]

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