Album Reviews

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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FireRoad - Flesh Blood and Bone

Fireroad – Flesh Blood & Bone

AUGUST ALBUM OF THE MONTH For those that bemoan where the next generation of rock talent is going to come from – you just have to open your eyes. I first stumbled across Fireroad by accident two years ago, when they supported The Quireboys for an acoustic show. I met …

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THEIA

THEIA – BACK IN LINE

JULY ALBUM OF THE MONTH Whilst this album landed a couple of weeks ago, I wanted to wait to see the band perform at Wildfire at the end of June before taking a final view on the album. Why? Over a three-day weekend, many of the finest emerging acts from …

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AARON BUCHANAN & THE CULT CLASSICS

June Album Of The Month ‘THE MAN WITH STARS ON HIS KNEES’ Very occasionally after a great film at the cinema, people break into applause. It’s not planned. They just have to react by doing something. I got a review copy of ‘The Man With Stars On His Knees’ late …

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Mammoth Mammoth - Mount the Mountain

MAMMOTH MAMMOTH – MOUNT THE MOUNTAIN

MAY ALBUM OF THE MONTH Sometimes an album can stand tall without all the PR hype and media noise that can often surround a carefully managed product launch. If you’re looking for a collection of new songs that deliver in-your-face rock with intensity, a big wall of sound and a …

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Hellbound Hearts

HELLBOUND HEARTS – ‘FILM NOIR’

APRIL ALBUM OF THE MONTH It’s dark. Yes it is a bit, but that’s good – this is, after all, an album to listen to loud and with the lights off. After EP success and developing a solid reputation for their live sets, the Hellbound Hearts’ debut album lands on …

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IT – ‘WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER’

SPRING PROG REVIEW Set in a Covent Garden street café in the early evening shadows of autumn 2016, I conducted what was to become a four-part feature interview with IT. That session captured the essence and parameters on what was to become their first studio album for seven years, after …

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The Texas Flood – ‘Over Worked & Under Paid’

MARCH ALBUM OF THE MONTH There is clearly something in the water in Wales: Fireroad, Buffalo Summer, The Starling Radicals, Florence Black, Those Damn Crows, Kane’d and, of course, The Texas Flood. They are back with a new album and that magic water in Wales clearly has no limits. Someone …

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