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Fri
29
May

HOUSE OF LORDS - New World, New Eyes (Review)

Once you get past the absolutely horrendous “drum” sound and the somewhat muddy mix, the new House Of Lords (or on this occasion, House Of Spiro), offers some of the band’s best tunes in several years.   A production budget would have raised the quality of this record to sit alongside some of my favourite HOL records. I love the return to a more interesting musical landscape, a touch progressive even, much like parts of Sahara and Demon’s Down.  
 
Wed
20
May

MR Update on Whats Next

G’day to all friends, followers, subscribers and stalkers.   I’ve presented an open letter of sorts on a couple of occasions already, so this can be seen as an update to those, or a fresh take on where I stand right now and the complicated world we all live in currently.
 
Thu
07
May

BRIAN HOWE R.I.P

BRIAN HOWE – RIP   Died from a heart attack yesterday at home.   This one hurts. Brian was an outspoken and sometimes controversial character, but a good heart with a great fondness for dogs and promoting dog adoption homes, which in my book is a truly great thing.   He was also one hell of a singer. And I don't give a flying fukarri if you want to argue the fact, but the Bad Company albums Brian was a part of were the BEST Bad Company albums. Dangerous Age, Holy Water and Here Comes Trouble were Terry Thomas produced perfection!  
 
Thu
30
Apr

The MR Interviews - NEAL SCHON #1 (1998)(Audio & PDF)

 

As part of my move to tidy up old interviews, for what eventually will be a book of them all, I've gone back to find the original audio recordings that went with them.

 
Wed
29
Apr

WAITING FOR MONDAY - Waiting For Monday (Review)

  Much hype for this debut album from this Los Angeles based melodic rock band, touted as a modern equivalent to the Big 3 (Foreigner, Styx and Journey). And despite the obvious shortcomings in the album’s production quality, the opening anthem ‘Until The Dawn’ certainly gets your attention.   Unfortunately, that’s clearly the album’s best track. The guys have talent and the singer has a sure set of lungs on him, but when the album is dominated by ballads (a couple of very good ones) and the rockers fall short, the song consistency comes to light and the production issue becomes something that can’t be ignored.  
 
Wed
29
Apr

NEWMAN - Ignition (Review)

  There is a sense of comfort when diving into a new NEWMAN album. Much like Ten, Vega (to name just two), you know exactly what you are going to get, and Steve Newman never disappoints. With a history dating back to his debut in 1997 that stretches over 2 decades and 15 releases, you are always going to have albums that fans rate more highly than others and differing opinions of just which those albums are.  
 
Wed
29
Apr

AXEL RUDI PELL - Sign Of The Times (Review)

  I could be a lazy reviewer and just write 'Axel. Rudi. Pell'. You’d still know exactly what to expect from the German guitar wiz and his right-hand man, Johnny Gioeli. I’ve expressed some disinterest in the last couple of albums, due mainly to the restrictions of delivering the same formula album after album, but I’m very happy to declare this album head and shoulders above the last couple of records, with stronger songs and some terrific melodies – delivered by both guitar and vocals.   While there are no surprises, this album’s surge of urgency has definitely re-sparked my interest in Axel’s unmistakable style. I think fans will be more than happy.  
 
Wed
29
Apr

THE UNITY - Pride (Review)

What a great album this is.   Having been bombarded with several hundred new releases in the last few years, THE UNITY had until now slipped under my radar. Let’s fix that right now, with their newly released album ‘Pride’.   The 6-piece German hard rockers fit beautifully alongside the likes of Masterplan, Dynazty and maybe Eclipse even, with 12 cracking rock tracks with surprisingly melodic chorus hooks.  
 
Tue
28
Apr

JEFF SCOTT SOTO Releases 'Live In Milan' Digital Live Album

Jeff Scott Soto has released a new live album, “Live At Frontiers Rock Festival 2019” on all digital platforms.  Today marks the one year anniversary of the performance captured in Milan, Italy on April 27, 2019 at the Frontiers Rock Festival.    Stream or download it HERE: https://orcd.co/loudlivemilan  Listen to a performance of 'Eyes Of Love'    
 
Tue
28
Apr

The Latest From Rock Candy: ZON, SABU, MOLLY HATCHET, ORPHAN

NOW AVAILABLE FROM www.rockcandyrecords.com   MOLLY HATCHET ‘S/T’ CANDY412   BY THE MID 1970s the southern rock sound had been well and truly established by the likes of the Allman Brothers Band, the Outlaws and, most prominently, Lynyrd Skynyrd. It was a style that seemed resistant to change but with the release of Molly Hatchet’s debut album in 1978, that tradition was challenged by a bigger, louder and harder sound that introduced elements of contemporary hard rock into the mix. Indeed, Hatchet’s debut album signalled a new, supercharged, approach to old school blues and country music.
 

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