Author: Gary Clarke

ADRENALINE RUSH – Adrenaline Rush

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This self-titled debut proved to be a thrilling surprise.  The name of the band hardly conjures up feelings of excited anticipation, and knowing lead vocalist Tave Wanning used to be in a pop music duo called Peaches didn’t exactly set the right vibes either.  Thankfully, these observations are only on the surface of what is… Read more »


JUDAS PRIEST – Beginning of the End

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When a band have been plying their trade for 40 years wrapped in leather, surrounded by loud guitars and project the shapes of head-banging silhouettes amongst fumes from a Harley-Davidson, you feel somewhat humbled to have witnessed their evolution.  With minor line-up changes taking place over the decades and an attitude of trying new musical… Read more »


AMBERIAN DAWN – Entering the Magic Forest

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Finland has gained a lot of interest and respect in the rock music fraternity as more and more talent rises up from the Scandinavian nation.  H.I.M. created quite a buzz with their brand of ‘Love Metal’ whilst Nightwish swept away any scepticism with their influential and well executed symphonic metal.  Keeping these artists in mind,… Read more »


LINKIN PARK – The Hunting Party

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The universe of rock music is a versatile beast with many different versions and sub-genres going shoulder-to-shoulder with each other regarding what is purchased and digested by the consumer.  Nu-Metal is just one element of the entire scene which embraces hip-hop influences with loud and proud guitars, hook-laden moments and plenty of attitude.  One of… Read more »


SEETHER – Isolate and Medicate

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Crawling from the heat of South Africa for their seventh studio album, Seether consisting of Shaun Morgan, Dale Stewart and John Humphrey has streamlined their style of hard rock to fit American rock radio tapping into an arsenal of hooks and friendly deliveries.  For fans of Nickelback, Theory of a Deadman and the many other examples… Read more »


NIGHT BY NIGHT – NxN

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Backing vocalist and bassist for Sheffield’s finest exponents of melodic rock Def Leppard, Rick Savage explained; “Night by Night are without doubt one of the best young bands out there today.  Real songs with great riffs and vocal harmonies.  Packing the best of the 80’s with a youthful, fresh enthusiasm.”  High praise indeed from a… Read more »


AMBERIAN DAWN – Magic Forest

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Keeping their heads down, these Finnish female-fronted symphonic rockers are entering a new chapter of their existence.  The song-writing partnership of former lead vocalist Heidi Parviainen and Tuomas Seppälä are no more as the vocalist has moved to pastures new bringing about a long-held concept called Dark Sarah to fruition. Sometimes these events bringing in… Read more »


ANATHEMA – Distant Satellites

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It would be insulting to simply call this band a progressive rock band.  They are progressive and their music does rock on varying levels, but it’s such a disservice to merely place them under such a heading.  They caught a wave of interest and respect back in 2010 when they unveiled the highly acclaimed We’re… Read more »


SCARE DON’T FEAR – From the Ground Up

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Over the past couple of years, this rap-rockin’ quintet have unleashed videos for their own songs building up momentum and showcasing their style of hip-hop influences melded with metalcore and metal tendencies.  They are edgy, youthful and have a real temper as expletives fly around like throwing stars to a backdrop of razor-sharp guitars and… Read more »


JESSIE WAGNER & ENVY – Rallying Cry for the Underdog

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On the surface, this is an interesting band as they bring a fresh dynamic to the world of rock music.  Not necessarily the first band to confront the concept of mixing up soul, funk and blues with a rocky edge, they nevertheless have found their respective mojo and pull off these diverse varieties of music… Read more »


DEBORAH BONHAM – The Spirit is Alive and Well

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It isn’t something that everybody has to deal with, but can you imagine being related to someone who is an important part of a seminal rock band that has ascertained legendary status?  Juggling with the fallout of such circumstances is the situation that Deborah Bonham found herself confronted with.  This isn’t a story of woe,… Read more »


RIVAL SONS – Great Western Valkyrie

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If you’ve been fortunate enough to witness the genuine potential exhibited on their Head Down and Pressure & Time albums, then you’ll be hoping Rival Sons trimmed the fat off their last album, and fused it with the compact and neat songs from the Pressure & Time collection to create what the band should be… Read more »


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