CALUM INGRAM – ‘THE MAN’

Calum Ingram - The Man

Sometimes though you need to go off-piste, embrace the unknown, be excited by what’s different and remember what it really feels like to be alive. ‘The Man’ from Calum Ingram will do this to your music collection.

AMONGST LIARS –‘BY DESIGN’

Amongst Liars

With ‘Design,’ Amongst Liars just go up another level, as the anger of the ‘Black Days’ era is now superseded by channelled rage for album two…

ELLIS MANO BAND: ‘LIVE – ACCESS ALL AREAS’

Ellis Mano Band - Access All Areas

Ellis Mano Band have been firm listener favourites with Great Music Stories for some years now. They’ve had two previous albums of the month, and then ‘Single of the Year’ for a song that was never actually a single, but magically – and totally organically – generated a massive groundswell of requests that kept it on the rockshow playlist for a year…

JACK J HUTCHINSON –‘BATTLES’

Jack J Hutchinson - Battles

As 2023 drew to a close, the rock community was greatly saddened by the news Tony Clarkin shared on his rare spinal condition and the band’s decision to cancel their 2024 tour dates. Over the Christmas period, I spent time returning to some of Magnum’s live albums – ‘The Spirit’, ‘Stronghold’ and the famous Symphony Hall release, three live releases that define the essence of Magnum as one of the great and enduring live bands.

MAGNUM – ‘HERE COMES THE RAIN’

Magnum - Here Comes the Rain

As 2023 drew to a close, the rock community was greatly saddened by the news Tony Clarkin shared on his rare spinal condition and the band’s decision to cancel their 2024 tour dates. Over the Christmas period, I spent time returning to some of Magnum’s live albums – ‘The Spirit’, ‘Stronghold’ and the famous Symphony Hall release, three live releases that define the essence of Magnum as one of the great and enduring live bands.

EMPYRE ‘RELENTLESS’

Empyre - Relentless

Following a mini review earlier this year, 2023 finished with us calling this modern-day opus as Album of the Year. ‘Relentless’ is the remarkable second studio album from one of British’s most accomplished rising rock bands – Empyre.

Violet Blend – ‘Live And True’

Violet Blend - Live and True

Looking back, it’s hard to understand how Violet Blend’s ‘Demons’ didn’t quite make Album of the Month – so its second time lucky, I guess.

BAD TOUCH – ‘BITTERSWEET SATISFACTION’

Bad Touch - Bittersweet Satisfaction cover

It’s quite possible that all roads in the Bad Touch story have led to this point. With ‘Bittersweet Satisfaction’ Bad Touch have served up their career-best album: the album that sees them take on the mantle as the UK’s ultimate feel-good rock‘n’roll band.