HANNAH WICKLUND AND THE STEPPIN STONES (Album Review)

HANNAH WICKLUND AND THE STEPPIN STONES (Album Review)

Hannah Wicklund is a young lady from the USA who started playing in a band around the age of 9! She is now 21 or 22 and sounds older due to the quality and depth of her voice along with her excellent guitar work. (Are bands getting younger or am I actually just an old fart? On second thoughts please don’t answer that!) This self-titled album is the first “official” release that is readily available…

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BLACKTOP MOJO – Under The Sun (Album Review)

BLACKTOP MOJO – Under The Sun (Album Review)

Blacktop Mojo – The Band Under The Sun is the third album by Texans Blacktop Mojo. The band have been around since 2012, formed by singer Matt James and drummer Nathan Gillis. They are a five piece, made up additionally of Ryan Kiefer on lead guitar, Matt Curtis on bass, and finally Chuck Wepfer on rhythm guitar. They play a cross of classic blues inspired hard rock and grunge, or at least due to singer…

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VOKONIS – Grasping Time (Album Review)

VOKONIS – Grasping Time (Album Review)

Vokonis are a brand new name to me. They are 3-piece from Sweden who play doom-laden psychedelic progressive rock. Grasping Time is their third album and it features eight songs, three over 7 minutes long a couple at 5 and 2 short interludes. They formed back in 2015 but do have a new drummer who joined this year. Being new to Vokonis it is difficult to do a comparison, but the new boy Peter is bloody…

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BLACK STAR RIDERS – Another State Of Grace (Album Review)

BLACK STAR RIDERS – Another State Of Grace (Album Review)

Foreword: Before I start let’s get rid of the elephant in the room. Yes, Black Star Riders feature an ex-member of Thin Lizzy in Scott Gorham who played with them from 1974 right through all the classic albums as well as Ricky Warwick who played in the reformed band until they decided to start writing their own new material in the guise of BSR! Yes, there is a similarity in sound to Lizzy but that should…

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CHANTEL McGREGOR (Interview)

CHANTEL McGREGOR (Interview)

Introduction There are a couple of things you notice when chatting with Chantel McGregor; the first being that she is very honest and open and secondly she laughs a lot. Full of life and utterly charming, it was a treat to have a little time with her. We chatted in the stairwell of the flat above the venue (Bannerman’s Bar in Edinburgh before her show that night). I have tried to capture all she said…

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CHANTEL McGREGOR – Bannerman’s Bar Edinburgh (Concert Review)

CHANTEL McGREGOR – Bannerman’s Bar Edinburgh (Concert Review)

Chantel McGregor returned to Bannerman’s Bar in Edinburgh as part of a short northern tour in advance of her new live album Bury’d Alive recorded I believe in Bury St Edmunds hence the title. A healthy crowd turned up on a Tuesday night to see the lady and her band perform songs from both albums as well as some new material. They opened with the title track of the last album “Take The Power” followed…

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MAGIC PIE – Fragments Of The 5th Element (Album Review)

MAGIC PIE – Fragments Of The 5th Element (Album Review)

Fragments Of The 5th Element is the fifth album by Norwegian progressive rockers Magic Pie. The band formed away back in 2001, with the first recording being released in 2005 called Motions Of Desire. There are three original members still in the outfit. These being guitarist, writer and arranger Kim Stenberg, singer and guitarist Eirik Hanssen and drummer Jan T Johannessen with bassist Lars Peter Holstad arriving in time for the first album. Since then, two…

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TWILIGHT FORCE – Dawn Of The Dragonstar (Album Review)

TWILIGHT FORCE – Dawn Of The Dragonstar (Album Review)

A Little Background to Twilight Force Twilight Force are a Swedish power/symphonic metal band who have been around since 2011 and have two albums out. Or at least until August 16 when it becomes three with the latest opus Dawn Of The Dragonstar. The band all go by pseudonyms with two of them, Lynd and Blackwald, being original members. They have a new vocalist Allyon who was in Rhapsody for a number of years. The press release…

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HAMMERFALL – Dominion – (Album Review)

HAMMERFALL – Dominion – (Album Review)

Dominion is the 11th album by power metal stalwarts Hammerfall. It is 12 tracks of good old fashioned heavy metal. For anyone who wants classic sounding metal then this is an album that will please greatly. The quality of songs and riffs after all this time is terrific. Right from the opening track, “Never Forgive, Never Forget” my head was nodding, my toes tapping and on the second time around I was singing along to the…

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BLOODSTOCK 2020 – First Bands Already Announced (News)

BLOODSTOCK 2020 – First Bands Already Announced (News)

A Little History Of the Bloodstock Metal Festival Sadly, due to a major health issue, we couldn’t bring you all the action from Bloodstock Metal Festival as it happened this year.  However, we can still keep you up with news for next year’s festival. Really! The festival may only just have finished, but they have decided to release some names for next year being as it will be 20 years of Bloodstock. Yes, the very…

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