Recent Music Reviews
Friday, January 13
by Jason on Fri 13 Jan 2012 22:12 GMT
Classical rock is a nascent ... more »
by Jason on Fri 13 Jan 2012 13:12 GMT
How did you become involved in the music business?
I started my career as a Pontins Bluecoat in Blackpool at the age of 16. That was really my apprenticeship into the world of entertainment, plus as a Blue all the girls wanted to bed you!
What was your ... more »
by Jason on Fri 13 Jan 2012 11:39 GMT
SPOCK’S BEARD ‘The X-Tour Live’ Music Theories Recordings/Mascot
Recorded live at the Downey Civic Centre in September 2010 this live release will make the swansong of Nick D’Virgilio who left the band last year. They play all of the ‘X’ album on disc one save for ‘Their Names Escape ... more »
by Jason on Fri 13 Jan 2012 11:00 GMT
VADER – “WELCOME TO THE MORBID REICH”
by Jason on Fri 13 Jan 2012 10:52 GMT
Orphaned Land is a band that is famous for its unique blend of Oriental sounding Metal and the high energy performances that they have been giving ever since they first came together as a band twenty years ago. In view of the recent release of their quite impressive DVD “The ... more »
by Jason on Fri 13 Jan 2012 10:42 GMT
2011 has been quite a fulfilling year in terms of impressive album releases and good quality live shows and as someone who grew up supporting the extreme Metal scene I could not think of a better way to end it other than attending a Napalm Death gig at the legendary ... more »
by Jason on Fri 13 Jan 2012 09:57 GMT
DIABOLOS DUST – “RUINS OF MANKIND”
by Jason on Fri 13 Jan 2012 09:54 GMT
ORPHANED LAND Gig Review
by Jason on Fri 13 Jan 2012 09:45 GMT
THE DEVIL’S BLOOD – “THE THOUSANDFOLD EPICENTRE”
by Jason on Fri 13 Jan 2012 09:31 GMT
Anton Reisenegger is one of the most pleasant people you can ever wish to meet in the music industry. When not recording albums with either Criminal or Pentagram (Chile), his ‘own’ musical projects, Anton handles guitar duties for the Grind legends Lock Up who earlier in 2011 released their latest ... more »
by Jason on Fri 13 Jan 2012 09:30 GMT
Yorkshire-based Doomsters My Dying Bride have never been the kind of band which shies away from experimentation. Clear evidence can be found in any of the band’s recordings including “Evinta” - a collection of fourteen compositions which was released earlier this year and which saw the band presenting riffs and ... more »
by Jason on Fri 13 Jan 2012 09:26 GMT
It is very rare for me to find myself in the situation that I have to do an interview with a band for an album that I have not yet listened to but in the case of Gorgoroth the circumstances were pretty special, as the album in question is a ... more »
by Jason on Fri 13 Jan 2012 09:25 GMT
There are only a handful of albums that managed to create such a massive impression on me as “The Thousandfold Epicentre”, the second studio album of the Dutch Occult Rockers The Devil’s Blood, so grabbing the opportunity of doing an interview with the band was a no brainer. When I ... more »
by Jason on Fri 13 Jan 2012 08:25 GMT
When my good friend Mike asked me to arrange an interview with the members of a band called The Quill, I did so without having listen to a single note of their latest album “Full Circle” – an album that I came to truly love as it is a classic ... more »
Tuesday, January 10
by Jason on Tue 10 Jan 2012 23:30 GMT
Five years on since their last album 'Retoxed' House Of Shakira are back. The band's line-up has changed radically as well with former Mind's Eye vocalist Andreas Novak joining the band, along with Basse Blyberg and Martin Larsson on bass and drums. These new members join the guitar duo of ... more »
by Jason on Tue 10 Jan 2012 22:49 GMT
Hailing from that most rocking of towns, Scunthorpe, Skarlett Riot will shortly be unleashing their second EP to their ever expanding fan base. The female fronted four piece play melodic hard rock in the vein of Paramore and Halestorm. They have gained a lot of exposure over the last year ... more »
by Jason on Tue 10 Jan 2012 22:47 GMT
Firefalldown are a trio from London who have been treading the boards for a few years now. This is the band’s latest single which will be the title track from their forthcoming album.
Soundwise the three piece blend a bit of the Chili Peppers with a smattering of nu metal ... more »
by Jason on Tue 10 Jan 2012 22:33 GMT
Venom, now there is a name from the past. My earliest encounter with Cronos and co was way back on the early 80 ’s Channel 4 rock programme ‘ ECT’ playing ‘Too Loud For The Crowd’, happy days.
The band have been through a lot ... more »
by Jason on Tue 10 Jan 2012 21:57 GMT
So Van Halen are (finally!) back with a new album 'A Different Kind Of Truth' due in early February (7th in the US) and this song, 'Tattoo' is the lead single. It is very much a family affair with Wolfgang Van Halen on bass with the master showman David Lee ... more »
by Jason on Tue 10 Jan 2012 13:30 GMT
Former hail from the home of country music, Nashville, but there is little of that city’s musical heritage evident in this the band’s second album. The band are billed as pop/rock and quote Cheap Trick, The Wildhearts and Elvis Costello as influences.
Their sound though owes more to Feeder than ... more »
by Jason on Tue 10 Jan 2012 13:14 GMT
Darker Half are a heavy metal band from the land down under, Sydney to be exact, but their influences are most definitely from the northern hemisphere. The band owe a lot to early Maiden more than anything else with a raw metal sound, twin guitar delivery and screaming vocals. Just ... more »
by Jason on Tue 10 Jan 2012 13:08 GMT
Tarja Turunen, as most people will no doubt know, was front women of Nightwish, a heavy metal band with major classical overtones. Tarja’s vocal delivery has always been very much in an operatic style, which was perfect for the majestic sound of Nightwish and on this DVD and CD package ... more »
Saturday, January 7
by Jason on Sat 07 Jan 2012 22:00 GMT
Another new EP, this time from Liverpudlian Quintet Always The Quiet Ones. The band formed in 2010 and have so far gathered a good size following and landed a few tasty support slots with the likes of Deaf Havana and Turbogeist.
Sound wise the obvious influences on the band have ... more »
by Jason on Sat 07 Jan 2012 21:58 GMT
Southampton based 5 piece ‘In Place Of Hope’ are another new band entering the realm of hardcore metal, much in the vein of Parkway Drive. This is a self titled 3 track EP which is a gloriously noisy affair. The EP was recorded with Justin Hill of Sikth, which if ... more »
by Jason on Sat 07 Jan 2012 21:56 GMT
Isolated Atoms hark back to a time when indie rock was all low slung basses and dodgy angular hair cuts. Billed as an‘electro rock’ outfit they borrow heavily from Joy Division/ New Order and The Cure to name but two, but a whole raft of 80‘s names could be added ... more »
Wednesday, January 4
by Jason on Wed 04 Jan 2012 15:27 GMT
Josh Taerk has recently released a very accomplished album 'Never Look Back' and he recently played a couple of UK dates back in November. Defintely an artist to look out for in the coming months and years...
1. What are you currently up to?
I’m always writing new songs, I ... more »
Tuesday, January 3
by Jason on Tue 03 Jan 2012 21:38 GMT
Trevor Jones releases his new album 'Ghost Of Song' in March and it is highly recommended, as is his blog which you can access here
What are you
currently up to?
As well as lining up the release of ‘Ghost of Song’ for early March, I’m working on ... more »
by Jason on Tue 03 Jan 2012 16:34 GMT
The band released a debut EP in 2011 which received rave reviews and they release this, their full debut album in March. The Straylings are a duo consisting of vocalist Dana Zeera and guitarist Oliver Drake.
An album of definite interest to those who enjoy PJ Harvey and the ... more »
by Jason on Tue 03 Jan 2012 10:44 GMT
1. What are you currently up to?
a. Currently up to our necks is what we’re up to! Total madness. But a very cool kind. Semi-controlled madness. Just a lot of incredible things happening right now all at the same time. It’s a thrill and a rush for sure. But it ... more »
Monday, January 2
by Jason on Mon 02 Jan 2012 21:37 GMT
One of a number of excellent melodic ... more »
by Jason on Mon 02 Jan 2012 21:17 GMT
Angel Air have done a sterling job over the past few years bringing rare, previously unreleased and out of print titles in John Du Cann's catalogue to the shelves again and this collection forms a good overview of the man's career, or maybe a good starting point should you be ... more »
by Jason on Mon 02 Jan 2012 20:55 GMT
In bemoaning the fact this album got overlooked upon initial release, vocalist David DeFeis explains his decision to remaster and revisit this album again. A late 80s release it marked the band's fourth full length discs and in places certainly features some grand ideas that see rough edges smoothed by ... more »
Sunday, January 1
by Jason on Sun 01 Jan 2012 15:07 GMT
Hiya gents… What are Big Life currently up to? (recording, gigs, plans etc.)
Steve : “Hi Jason…. Alright? I’m currently in the studio recording the follow up to “The Art Of Balance”, the last Newman album. I’m hoping to get this out in the late summer. And, I am also ... more »
Friday, December 30
by Jason on Fri 30 Dec 2011 22:09 GMT
When the American Progressive/Heavy Metal quintet Symphony X first released the amazing “Paradise Lost” back in 2007 I was one of those people who felt that the New Jersey outfit had pretty much reached the pinnacle of their creativity. Three years later the band decided to prove us all wrong ... more »
by Jason on Fri 30 Dec 2011 21:53 GMT
Mikael Stanne has a reputation of being not only one of the best frontment in Death Metal but also one of the kindest and most accommodating people in the music business – something that I eventually had to find out for myself, especially seeing as I have been supporting Dark ... more »
by Jason on Fri 30 Dec 2011 20:43 GMT
Joe Geesin contributes to 'Record Collector' and GRTR! plus compiles sleevenotes for various CD's and has a famous dad...
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Thursday, December 29
by Jason on Thu 29 Dec 2011 23:24 GMT
This is the second album from the Norwegian metal crew Teodor Tuff. Their debut album was released back in 2009 which dented the Norwegian charts and led to support slots with Whitesnake and Deep Purple. Due to a number of line up changes, following this the band were forced to ... more »
by Jason on Thu 29 Dec 2011 22:20 GMT
Trucker Diablo look like they should be from the American deep south, all beards, baseball caps and Mack Trucks, but they actually hail from the closer shores of Ireland. The band formed in 2008 and have garnered a lot of acclaim through hard work and self promotion ultimately leading to ... more »
by Jason on Thu 29 Dec 2011 22:17 GMT
This is the debut album from Red, White & Blues who you may not have heard of yet…I say yet as you will soon, believe me.
The band features Myke Gray from Skin/ Jagged Edge on guitar, Matti Alfonzetti from Jagged Edge on bass and vocals and Che Leon Beresford ... more »
by Jason on Thu 29 Dec 2011 22:13 GMT
Lillian Axe are back with a new album and another change in the vocalist department - step forward Brian C Jones who replaces Ronnie Munroe (the former Metal Church vocalist). They are also on a new label and in AFM Records they are sure to get more coverage than their ... more »
by Jason on Thu 29 Dec 2011 20:50 GMT
Guitarist Mollo Martin (check out the two Voodoo Hill albums he did with Glenn Hughes) and vocalist Tony Martin (Black Sabbath/Empire) return with their third Cage album, the last one was released way back in 2002.more »
Monday, December 26
by Jason on Mon 26 Dec 2011 20:48 GMT
The ability to embrace change is an important quality for any Prog-orientated band to have, especially so if that band happens to be as brave and musically diverse as the Swedish powerhouse Pain Of Salvation. When I arranged to do an interview with founding member and mastermind Daniel Gildenlow, I ... more »
by Jason on Mon 26 Dec 2011 19:19 GMT
Saturday, December 24
by Jason on Sat 24 Dec 2011 20:51 GMT
This album is the result of a collaboration between original Judas Priest vocalist Al Atkins and noted guitarist Paul May who has featured on around 50 albums to date mostly within the realms of Christian rock.
The album opens with ‘The Shallowing’ which is a solid chunk of ... more »
by Jason on Sat 24 Dec 2011 20:37 GMT
I read through the accompanying blurb with this album before I played it and the following words jumped out at me, “ Lithuanian Avant-Garde Black Metal”, words to strike fear in to most mortals but in the name of professionalism and curiosity it went straight in my CD ... more »
by Jason on Sat 24 Dec 2011 20:30 GMT
Burn The Sunset are a young melodic hardcore band that hail from Stirling in Scotland just a few miles away from me although I was oblivious to their existence until this, their debut album ‘Home’, arrived on my doormat. The five piece master in hard and heavy ... more »
Friday, December 23
by Jason on Fri 23 Dec 2011 09:51 GMT
Hello Jules (White Widdow), loving the new album, which if anything, is better than the debut, which is no mean feat!
“Thanks very much Jason!! We are really happy with the new album.”
What are you currently up to?
“Well, we’ve just finished up a two month long tour to ... more »
Thursday, December 22
by Jason on Thu 22 Dec 2011 22:20 GMT
Jones is the solo album of Trevor Jones who is joined by the duo Miracle Mile. He has already garnered rave reviews for his previous work and going by the ten songs on here he is going to do it again. The overall feel is one of quiet reflection - ... more »
by Jason on Thu 22 Dec 2011 14:06 GMT
The BBC, between its various music radio shows, Top Of The Pops and the Old Grey Whistle Test, could really ... more »
by Jason on Thu 22 Dec 2011 14:01 GMT