Album Reviews

Theia - The Ghost Light

THEIA: THE GHOST LIGHT

AUGUST ALBUM OF THE MONTH It’s a Great Music Stories first when a band bags album of the month twice within a year – and, more importantly, it’s a tribute to the momentum and work-rate of rising rock trio Theia. The band was one of our surprise packages of 2017. …

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Massive Wagons - Full Nelson

MASSIVE WAGONS – FULL NELSON

JULY ALBUM OF THE MONTH Well, well, well – for those that thought the band’s 2016 album ‘Welcome To The World’ couldn’t be topped, Massive Wagons return with a double-barrelled rock‘n’roll assault on the senses: visceral, direct, original and heartfelt. Blowing away bands that write music which sounds like a …

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Ryders Creed

RYDERS CREED – ‘RYDERS CREED’

JUNE ALBUM OF THE MONTH Well, the gang at Off Yer Rocka have a pretty stellar track record at spotting new talent, and Ryders Creed are the next exciting rock debutants from the record label. Yet another bright rock band from the Midlands, this five piece formed only a year …

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the Amorettes

THE AMORETTES – BORN TO BREAK

MAY ALBUM OF THE MONTH The Amorettes – BORN TO BREAK Some albums sparkle for a moment on release day and some have the power to endure. The new Amorettes album, their most accomplished and rounded album to date, is definitely in the latter camp and I have a feeling …

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Dead Daisies - Burn It Down

THE DEAD DAISIES – BURN IT DOWN

APRIL ALBUM OF THE MONTH: THE DEAD DAISIES – BURN IT DOWN The Dead Daisies are back with an almighty bang. Building on the critical success of ‘Revolucion’ and ‘Make Some Noise’, the new album ‘Burn It Down’ represents a bit of a new chapter – perhaps even a new …

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Thundermother

Thundermother – Thundermother

MARCH ALBUM OF THE MONTH: THUNDERMOTHER – THUNDERMOTHER Some of my albums of the month are picked purely on the songs. Sometimes an album lands that stands for something bigger. This album makes an emphatic, bold statement about the power of a band to endure and overcome. Thundermother is back …

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Pontius Snibb's Wreck of Blues

PONTUS SNIBB’S WRECK OF BLUES – TOO LATE TO DIE YOUNG

FEBRUARY ALBUM OF THE MONTH PONTUS SNIBB’S WRECK OF BLUES: ‘Too Late To Die Young’   This month it’s time for a change of mood for our album of the month – a break from the rocking riffs, pounding bass lines and crashing cymbals that characterise the endless flow of …

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Magnum

Magnum: Lost On The Road To Eternity

JANUARY ALBUM OF THE MONTH A lasting memory of 2017 was seeing Magnum play at Ramblin’ Man Fair. I couldn’t quite work out why they were billed on the prog stage and some of the people I spoke to weren’t sure if they wanted to go over to the prog …

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broken-witt-rebels

BROKEN WITT REBELS – BROKEN WITT REBELS

December Album of the Month Our final album of the month for 2017 – and after a staggeringly good year for debut and new album releases, could the best have been saved ‘til last? The self-titled debut album from Broken Witt Rebels has been a long time coming but, like …

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SKAM

SKAM – The Amazing Memoirs of Geoffrey Goddard

November Album Of The Month They say on their Twitter page that they rock harder than you would believe. It’s true. British three-piece SKAM return next month with their career-defining album to date. The culmination of two early albums and a schedule of relentless touring, all roads lead to the …

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TRUCKER DIABLO – FIGHTING FOR EVERYTHING

TRUCKER DIABLO – FIGHTING FOR EVERYTHING

October Album Of The Month It’s been a hectic couple of months for new album releases, and the task of picking just one album of the month has been testing. For October we were torn between three contenders before something landed from the heavens. Trucker Diablo. They’re back and they …

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The Quireboys - White Trash Blues

THE QUIREBOYS – WHITE TRASH BLUES

SEPTEMBER ALBUM OF THE MONTH It’s the blues people – but not quite as you know it. In the same fashion as The Quireboys confidently strode on to the Blues stage at Ramblin’ Man Fair and knocked the ball out the park in front of a full house, so here …

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