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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 […]

OF ALLIES – Tempers EP

OF ALLIES – Tempers EP

Together for only a year at the time of its release, ‘Tempers’ by UK alt-rockers Of Allies shows a strong sense of focus and of self-belief.  The material doesn’t always show a great range of styles, but essentially this is a good thing – a sign of a band that know exactly what works for […]

FIRE RED EMPRESS – Paint Me The Devil EP

FIRE RED EMPRESS – Paint Me The Devil EP

This EP from hard rockers Fire Red Empress serves as a not just a taster of what’s over the horizon for the UK band, but also a timely reminder that if self-released material can sound this good, the days of the major labels calling the shots are seriously numbered.  Decamping to Denmark and hiring Jacob […]

REASON – Beyond The Dark Horizon EP

REASON – Beyond The Dark Horizon EP

Formed in 2009 Cheltenham rockers Reason attracted positive online press with their 2011 full length release ‘The Darkest Star’.  Three years on, ‘Boyond The Dark Horizon’ offers three previously unreleased hard rock tunes that – although clearly independently produced and perhaps a little more DIY sounding than that full-length release– bring out the best in […]

HOUSE OF LORDS – Precious Metal

HOUSE OF LORDS – Precious Metal

House of Lords’ self-titled debut from 1989 is somewhat of a melodic rock cult classic.  The combination of Chuck Wright’s meaty bass work, Lanny Cordolla’s nifty-yet-melodic guitar shredding, Greg Giuffria’s bombastic keyboards and James Christian’s commanding vocals pull together excellently – like listening to a melodic rock supergroup, even though the original project was never […]

JIZZY PEARL – Crucified

JIZZY PEARL – Crucified

In terms of consistency Love/Hate kind of fizzled out after the release of the somewhat under-rated ‘Let’s Rumble’ in 1993.  The band soldiered on for another six years (with varying line-ups, issuing another three records), but despite best efforts from those later years (and the band almost blowing Gilby Clarke off stage in London during […]

IMPERA – Pieces Of Eden

IMPERA – Pieces Of Eden

In 2012, session drummer JK Impera’s eponymously named band released ‘Legacy of Life’, a solid melodic rock offering also showcasing the talents of much-loved guitarist Tommy Denander and European vocalist Matti Alfonzetti (best known to most as the frontman of Myke Gray’s Jagged Edge in the early 90s).  With a first class guitarist and a […]

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