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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 […]

PLASTIC RHINO – Recondition EP

PLASTIC RHINO – Recondition EP

US alt-rockers Plastic Rhino mean business on their second release ‘Recondition’, as they celebrate a trashy hard rock sound with a nineties slant. Bringing back riffs from a (mostly) pre-grunge world, there’s a retro quality, though surprisingly, given the potentially disposable feel of some of the material, there’s a defiant steering away from the more […]

STORMBRINGER – Blood & Rust

STORMBRINGER – Blood & Rust

Nottingham rockers Stormbringer worked hard to promote their debut album ‘MMXIII’ with a slew of gigs, including appearances at the renowned Bloodstock and Download festivals. At the point where they were really gaining momentum, vocalist Mike Stockley moved on. His replacement, Jimi Brown was an instantly good fit with the band, his voice – occasionally […]

VOODOO HILL – Waterfall

VOODOO HILL – Waterfall

After three releases with Black Country Communion and one with subsequent spin-off band California Breed, legendary rock vocalist Glenn Hughes found himself very much back in vogue and at the top of his game. Those releases gained Glenn some of the most enthusiastic press he’d gained since the 70s. With that in mind, you’d think […]

NINE MILES SOUTH – Nine Miles South EP

NINE MILES SOUTH – Nine Miles South EP

Situated in middle-class Surrey, Guildford is hardly the epicentre of British rock.  Aside from The Stranglers, few bands have ever put that town on the map.  It was the location for Carter USM’s final show first time around – a show succinctly described as “shit” by frontman Jim Bob – and is only a few […]

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 […]

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