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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 […]

WHITE LION – Return Of The Pride

WHITE LION – Return Of The Pride

Back in the late 80s/early 90s, White Lion released a couple of great albums in ‘Pride’ and ‘Mane Attraction’. By more modern standards, the production on ‘Pride’ is a tiny bit trebly (okay, maybe a lot trebly), but it had the songs to back up any technical shortcomings.  A couple of ‘Mane Attraction’s songs were […]

HAREM SCAREM – Mood Swings II

HAREM SCAREM – Mood Swings II

Almost any melodic rock fan will tell you that the first two Harem Scarem albums are classics.  The band’s 1992 debut and ‘Mood Swings’ – their harder sounding follow up from 1993 – set out the Canadian outfit’s stall as a band to be reckoned with.  Twenty years on from ‘Mood Swings’, someone in the […]

UGLY KID JOE – Stairway To Hell

UGLY KID JOE – Stairway To Hell

At the beginning of the 90s, it seemed almost impossible to watch MTV’s ‘Headbanger’s Ball’ or listen to the BBC Friday Rock Show with Tommy Vance (RIP) without encountering Ugly Kid Joe.  Their best-known singles ‘Everything About You’, ‘Neighbour’ and ‘Cats In The Cradle’ were huge.  Despite such success, the band’s time in the sun […]

GIUNTINI PROJECT – IV

GIUNTINI PROJECT – IV

Tony ‘The Cat’ Martin rarely gets any credit for his time in Black Sabbath between 1987-90/1993-97.  That’s a pity, since he always did his absolute best with the given material, while tackling a job that – in rock terms – was the epitome of “dead man’s shoes”.  Maybe those six studio records would now be […]

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