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Deathbarrel – Rebuke Revoke (Soulseller Records)

Who doesn’t like a bit of country music, or at least a bit of Johnny Cash? I like Johnny Cash a lot, especially his lyrics and his poetry (yes, he wrote poetry, too). That’s why I was not put off… Continue Reading →

Souls of Tide – Black Magic (Mighty Music)

Firstly, you must give props, platitudes and other hyperbolic praise for ANY band that decides to name their album ‘Black Magic’. It is so on the nose for anything even vaguely smelling of rock in any shape, way of form,… Continue Reading →

Brant Bjork – Brant Bjork (Heavy Psych Sounds)

The desert rock scene of California, despite its arid sands, has been a fertile land in terms of growing so many classic acts, spawning the likes of Fu Manchu and Kyuss and its many children. My last encounter with a… Continue Reading →

Smokemaster – S/T (Tonzonen)

It should come as absolutely no surprise once seeing this band name that they bring a fragrant perfume of herby scents with them all the way from Cologne in Germany. This is the group’s debut album of psychedelic rock and… Continue Reading →

Little Albert – Swamp King (Aural Music)

I was a lucky young man growing up. My local The Torrington in North Finchley , London put two gigs on a week that featured the great and the good of the rock and blues world past and present (late… Continue Reading →

Gorilla – Gorilla / Maximum Riff Overdrive (S/R)

Dear readers, the supposedly “landmark” age of 50 is now well and truly behind me; does that make a difference to how I live my life? Nope, not one jot. However, there are significant times in popular music that are… Continue Reading →

The Black Wizards – Reflections (Kozmic Artifactz / Raging Planet)

Damn this modern life for making me have to have a job to pay my bills! Why can’t I be like that Swedish chap who made the news a couple of years ago when he got state benefits to go… Continue Reading →

Sacri Monti – Waiting Room for the Magic Hour (Tee Pee)

It’s been four years since their debut, and my expectations are high for this one. The San Diego based quintet’s debut was a psychedelic master class, reminiscent of messiah’s Cream, Hendrix, Uriah Heep and so on. This one, well, they… Continue Reading →

Duel – Valley of Shadows (Heavy Psych Sounds)

Fucking hell, but time flies. Go back to 2013, and my joint favourite albums of the year were Hell’s ‘Chapter and Curse’ and Scorpion Child’s self titled helping of excellence. Well “what does that have to do with this review… Continue Reading →

Heavy Feather – Debris and Rubble (The Sign)

Another month. Another hot tub time machine filled with tie dyed flares. Yes that’s right it’s bluesy retro rock time.  April’s furry freak family are Heavy Feather from Sweden. Big fans of Cream and Free you can guess where this is… Continue Reading →

Satyagraha – An Insistence on Truth (S/R Demo)

The first thing is that this demo is by Satyagraha from Perlis in Malaysia, not any of the alternatives of the same name out there. The term satyagraha itself is best known for meaning passive political resistance in the Gandhi… Continue Reading →

The Riven – S/T (The Sign Records)

As Metal and Hard Rock continues to evolve, with so many genres pushed and explored over so many years, stretching and expanding in that everlasting search for originality, sometimes I get a pleasant surprise when music totally rooted in the… Continue Reading →

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