Album Reviews

SCARLET REBELS – ‘SEE THROUGH BLUE’

DECEMBER ALBUM OF THE MONTH Perfect symmetry, the year closes at it began. In thinking about our final album review of the year, I’m drawn back to the first new music I heard in 2021. In the early days of January, Scarlet Rebels sent me a top-secret link, to listen …

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WAYWARD SONS - EVEN UP THE SCORE

WAYWARD SONS – EVEN UP THE SCORE

NOVEMBER ALBUM OF THE MONTH Confidence. We all need it at this moment in time – and this is the autumn album release that brings it. Having been through a seismic time of suffering and loss, there is a time and place for music that captures the dark days but, …

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The Autumn Killers - Darkside

THE AUTUMN KILLERS – ‘DARKSIDE’

OCTOBER ALBUM OF THE MONTH Something different for October. The last few months have seen a run of really fine albums released and, when things get busy, the releases that grab the headlines are often the ones backed by label muscle or big fan clubs. For this month, I’ve resolved …

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Badflower

Badflower – ‘This is how the World Ends’

SEPTEMBER ALBUM OF THE MONTH The most urgently needed music of 2021, Badflower return with the defining album of 2021. No ‘difficult second album’ syndrome here; ‘OK I’m Sick’ disappears in the rear-view mirror as Badflower hold a mirror up the world with a new body of work that is …

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Artwork from Troy Redfern's album 'The Fire Cosmic'

TROY REDFERN – ‘THE FIRE COSMIC’

AUGUST ALBUM OF THE MONTH Nightfall. Imagine Marshal Jed Cooper and Captn Jack Sparrow racing to Rockfield late at night in the Batmobile – and you have the essence of ‘Scorpio,’ the opening track of this benchmark new album from Troy Redfern. The swagger and grit of a spaghetti western, …

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Ellis Mano

THE ELLIS MANO BAND – ‘AMBEDO’

JULY ALBUM OF THE MONTH OK folks, it’s time to take the black T shirts off and get those chinos on for summer. Here’s an album that reminds us that guitar rock music today extends far beyond heavy rock riffs, mosh pits, devil horns and those sometimes tired-looking black T …

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SPIKE – ‘LATE NIGHT SONG BOOK’

JUNE ALBUM OF THE MONTH As the dark era of Covid and repeated waves of home lockdown finally draw to an end, here we have an album that, in substance and spirit, speaks for the difficult times we have lived through. Once upon a time, album reviews were all about …

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TWISTED ILLUSION – TEMPLE OF ARTIFICE

TWISTED ILLUSION – TEMPLE OF ARTIFICE

MAY ALBUM OF THE MONTH There’s an unprecedented amount of new music released every week – but there’s not that much that’s truly jaw-dropping on first listen. This is where Twisted Illusion come in. To this day, I remember very clearly the listener reaction to the band during our Wellbeing …

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Cry For Mercy - 'Resist'

CRY FOR MERCY: ‘RESIST’

APRIL ALBUM OF THE MONTH This review is probably a reflection of the character, enterprise and engagement of a band that spans the duration of a pandemic – and concludes with a fine debut album. When I set up the rock caravan on the first day of the first lockdown, …

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Unknown Refuge - From the Darkness

UNKNOWN REFUGE – ‘FROM THE DARKNESS’

MARCH ALBUM OF THE MONTH With promise of the lockdown paralysis easing, the spring sunshine may well usher in a new era of hope, as we all slowly start to rebuild our lives – and, for some, to contemplate the prospect of a world with gigs once again. The end …

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Inglorious

INGLORIOUS – ‘WE WILL RIDE’

FEBRUARY ALBUM OF THE MONTH Seven years in to Great Music Stories, I’m yet to write an ‘Album of the Month’ review for Inglorious – but this is absolutely the right time. ‘We Will Ride’ is both a step up and a departure for Inglorious who have created what is …

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The Marshall Chess

THE MARSHALL CHESS – ‘TIME AND TIDE’

JANUARY ALBUM OF THE MONTH Nothing like a bit of intrigue to get a New Year rolling! Richard Jones of Fireroad is back; but not as Richard, nor as Fireroad. It is Fireroad music but at the same time it’s not – it’s The Marshall Chess – and it’s marvellous. …

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