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The Darts ‘Me.Ow’ (Dirty Water Records) Print E-mail
Written by Gerald Stansbury   
Thursday, 21 September 2017 04:40

The Darts artworkWith one half of the band – drummer Nicole Laurenne and bassist Christina Nunez – previously having been members of The Love Me Nots, The Darts had already gone a long way towards winning over Gerald Stansbury to their new project… so, would he find that their debut album would indeed be the cat’s whiskers?  Click the link to find out:

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Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real – ‘Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real’ (Fantasy Records) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Thursday, 21 September 2017 04:20

LukasNelsonTPOTR rgbLukas Nelson is the son of one musical legend and a close collaborator with another – but does that stop him ploughing his own furrow as, ten years into his career, he finally gets around to releasing his debut album? Click the link to find out all about his famous connections and whether or not these have had any bearing on his own sound:

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Dyscarnate – ‘With All Their Might’ (Unique Leader Records) Print E-mail
Written by Jonni D   
Thursday, 21 September 2017 04:00

Dyscarnate - With All Their Might ArtworkQuite how UK death metal trio Dyscarnate have been so shamefully underappreciated by the metal community, both on their home turf and abroad, is something of a mystery to our man Jonni D, as he reckons that, with three albums under their belt and over a decade into their career, these lads have been the most consistent purveyors of death metal on this side of the Atlantic. Click the link to find out why he reckons they might be just about to break through with all their might:

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The Gun Club – ‘Elvis From Hell’ (Bang! Records) Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 04:40

The Gun Club artworkIt seems like only yesterday that Dom Daley was mulling over some plundering of bedroom demos and recordings from The Gun Club and Jeffrey Lee Pierce.  Now, he’s delving back into the JLP archive with this newly unearthed double dose of more gems and rareties, and revelling in the experience. Click the link to find out more:

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Paradise Lost – ‘Medusa’ (Nuclear Blast) Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 04:20

Paradise Lost - MedusaOn a constant path of reinvention, Paradise Lost have never been a band to shy away from taking musical left turns whenever the mood took them. The only consistent throughout their career has been a dogged adherence to reinventing the wheel in expanding the boundaries of what a band could achieve within doom metal. without alienating their fanbase. So why should ‘Medusa’, the band’s 15th studio album, be any different? Rich Hobson has the answers:

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Bigfoot – ‘Bigfoot’ (Frontiers) Print E-mail
Written by David O'Neill   
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 04:00

Bigfoot artworkapproved small 2013What’s that we here stomping its way out of Wigan and into big bad rock ‘n’ roll Überverse?  Is it the Abominable Snowman? Or a Yeti? No, it’s five lads on a mission, to rock your world to its foundations with their particular brand of riffage. Click the link to find out why David O’Neill is already converted to their cause:

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Josh Todd & The Conflict – ‘Year Of The Tiger’ (Century Media) Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 04:30

Josh Todd Conflict artworkFollowing the surprise departure of guitarist Keith Nelson earlier this year, Buckcherry frontman Josh Todd decided to go solo – well, sort of, as he brought rhythm guitarist Steve Dacanay and drummer Sean Winchester along for the ride as well.  Our man Double D gets his claws into the project’s debut album and finds himself slightly conflicted by what he hears:

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Kickin Valentina – ‘Imaginary Creatures’ (Mighty Music) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 04:00

imgcreaturesalbum1UR boss Mark Ashby came across the name Kickin Valentina a few years back when he got a friend request on ye olde social media from a guy who turned out not only to have a connection to his past but also to be the drummer in said band… Click the link to find out why, a little way down the timeline, the fates once again aligned and da Monk man found that he wasn’t imagining things when their new album arrived on his doorstep:

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Trucker Diablo – ‘Fighting For Everything’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
Written by David O'Neill   
Monday, 18 September 2017 04:30

Trucker Diablo - FFEYou sort of know what to expect from a new Trucker Diablo album: big riffs, big hooks, big choruses – everything big, in fact. And their fourth album delivers just that – and more, as it is their heaviest, and also their most personal to date. Click the link as David O’Neill explains just what keeps the big truck rollin’:

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Midnite City – ‘Midnite City’ (AOR Heaven) Print E-mail
Written by Dave Prince   
Monday, 18 September 2017 04:00

MIDNITE CITY 3000x3000pxHaving team up with the workaholic and Brit AOR guru that is Pete Newdeck, Rob Wylde is about to deliver a new album which is quite possible career-defining. Certainly, it is one he has always threatened, and wanted to make – and one which our very own ‘Prince Of Parp’ has been eagerly anticipating. Get ready to mop up the drool as he takes a stroll through the streets of Midnite City, right on the other side of this link:

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The Singles Club - Sensational September Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Sunday, 17 September 2017 04:30

Mick JaggerIn all the time he’s done the Singles Club, Dom Daley has come across some fantastic singles. It’s a format he can't get enough of and, whilst it might now come in many guises and formats, he still loves hearing a great single by a band or singer. But even he reckons that his month’s batch, without exception, is the strongest and finest selection to date. Click the link to find out why:

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Black Sabbath – ‘The End Of The End’ Premiere – London, Soho Screening Rooms – 6 September 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rowland   
Sunday, 17 September 2017 04:00

black-sabbath-the-end-of-the-end-posterEarlier this year, the founding fathers of heavy metal declared that is was indeed ‘The End’, at least as far as touring is concerned.  Events around their last ever live appearance, in their home town of Birmingham, were recorded for posterity, with the resulting film due to be shown in cinemas at the end of this month.  Our man Jim Rowland was very lucky to be among the invited audience at a very special preview, as you can find out on the other side of the link:

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Role Models/The Loyalties /Shush/Billy Liar – Camden, The Black Heart - 2 September 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Saturday, 16 September 2017 04:30

Role Models - CamdenWhat else would any self-respecting music writer be doing on a Saturday night than heading into the black heart of London Town to revel in the joys of sharing a sweaty room with hundreds of like-minded folk enjoying a four-band rock ‘n roll ride? Nothing, right? Well, that’s exactly what Double D did the other weekend, when he joined in the fun for the launch of the Role Models’ latest album:

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The Dowling Poole – Bedford, Esquires, 8 September 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Martin Haslam   
Saturday, 16 September 2017 04:00

Dowling Poole - Bedford 3There is a corner of Martin Haslam’s heart that shall belong forever to the music of Willie Dowling and Jon Poole, be it the two albums they have produced together, or through their work with the likes of The Grip, The Wildhearts, Honeycrack, Cardiacs, and God Damn Whores… so, when they played one of only three gigs this year down his local, he really had to be front and centre, didn’t he?

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HRH Sleaze – Sheffield, O2 Academy – 3 September 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Saturday, 16 September 2017 03:00

Tyla - HRH SleazeSheffield may be best known as Steel City, but earlier this month it was transformed into Sleaze City when the Hard Rock Roll team unveiled their latest themed weekender. Always proud of the fact that they were born in the gutter, looking at the stars and revelling in their reflected light, the UR team headed braved the hairspray laden air to see what the second day of this bespoke festival had to offer:

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Moonlight Desires – ‘Just The Hits: 1981-1985’ (Infamous Butcher Records) Print E-mail
Written by Dave Prince   
Friday, 15 September 2017 05:00

Moonlight Desires coverThere are those who would say that, like most of the UR crüe, our ‘Prince Of Parp’ is still living in the Eighties! If that is the case, then he may well have found the soundtrack to his life. Will he resist those moonlight desires or will he strut his funky stuff to just the hits of the era? Click the link to find out:

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