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THE SENTON BOMBS – Mass Vendetta

THE SENTON BOMBS – Mass Vendetta

Ten years of label changes, line up changes and a decade’s worth of sweat led to the making of The Senton Bombs’ ‘Mass Vendetta’. On this fourth album, the Blackpool rockers deliver eleven tunes that recycle lots of classic influences, leading to a collection of songs that might just excite listeners who still hanker after […]

WHEEL IN THE SKY – Heading For The Night

WHEEL IN THE SKY – Heading For The Night

Back in 1978 Steve Perry sang about a wheel in the sky and, as such, it’s pretty much impossible to encounter this Swedish band’s choice of name without hearing his high tenor as part of the old internal jukebox. The band may or may not be aware of that… There are far more irritating earworms […]

RAGE OF ANGELS – Devil’s New Tricks

RAGE OF ANGELS – Devil’s New Tricks

The 2013 debut album from Rage of Angels featured an impressive roll-call of guest vocalists. Tyketto’s Danny Vaughn, Impera‘s Matti Alfonzetti and the legendary Harry Hess were among those helping to bring ex-Ten keysman Ged Rylands’s larger than life project to fruition. It takes more than impressive vocals to create a classic, of course, and […]

AMERICAN KILLERS – Young Blood EP

AMERICAN KILLERS – Young Blood EP

Formerly known as Lite Brite until the threat of legal action necessitated a name change, Sacramento’s American Killers are anything but delicate. Set to bring back various old school rock styles on their debut EP, this three piece band are loud, brash and subtle as bricks. What they aren’t is very good. These five songs […]

RHYN – Absence EP

RHYN – Absence EP

Working through a variety of styles and inflences on their debut EP, Buckinghamshire’s Rhyn are an interesting band. At first, their music displays a heaviness, but as ‘Absence’ plays through, each passing number shows a slightly different aspect to their songcraft. Here is a band who are capable of complexity, but understands that complexity for […]

LIFELINE – Scream

LIFELINE – Scream

A collaboration between bassist/vocalist Nigel Bailey of melodic rockers Three Lions and Shy vocalist Lee Small, Lifeline’s debut album ‘Scream’ presents thirteen old style hard rock tunes, most of which find both performers in good voice. Enlisting Three Lions keyboard man Andy Bailey, Lawless guitarist Paul Hume and long time friend Steve Clarkson to supply […]

RAGE OF ANGELS – Dreamworld

RAGE OF ANGELS – Dreamworld

Already home to the Phenomena project (a collective whose 2010 release may be a career high point for that particular collective) and the much lesser-known and lesser-talented Sebastien, British melodic rock label Escape Music is no stranger to big “all-star” gatherings. The beginning of 2013 saw the label release ‘Dreamworld’ by Rage of Angels, another […]

MOTÖRHEAD – Inferno

MOTÖRHEAD – Inferno

In 1991, Motörhead realeased the album ‘1916’, an album on which they sounded more alive than they had in years. The songs were sharper than their late 80s efforts and the band sounded like they’d regained a lot of their spark. There was a surprise too: the title track was a cello backed ballad, where […]

MAGNUS KARLSSON’S FREE FALL – Kingdom Of Rock

MAGNUS KARLSSON’S FREE FALL – Kingdom Of Rock

Back in 2013 Magnus Karlsson released an album entitled ‘Free Fall‘, a disc of hard rock collaborations with various guest vocalists that yielded mixed results. Mixed, maybe, but when those collaborations worked, in terms of classic hard rock, they hit the spot. The idea that the magic strikes every so often seemed reason enough, then, […]

VARIOUS ARTISTS – Electric Gathering

VARIOUS ARTISTS – Electric Gathering

When it comes to hard rock and metal guitar playing. there’s a fine line between melodic, harmonious workouts and empty, soulless fretboard bashing for the sake of it. For every player who understands the importance of filling several bars with succinct and thoughful soloing, there are a thousand John Petrucci wannabes who think – oft […]

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