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Album Review : Diamond Head – Lightning To The Nations 2020

Review by Peter Coates – www.facebook.com/InsideEdgePhotography

DIAMOND HEAD

LIGHTNING TO THE NATIONS 2020 

Release Date : Nov 20th 2020

I will never forget the day that an LP envelope arrived at the house sometime in 1980 – and in that was a plain white album cover, with a signature in the top corner, and a vinyl LP with a blank white label inside!  This was one of the first run of 1,000 albums sold at gigs or mail order from the band, and it remains a prize possession today.  

Diamond Head were one of foremost bands of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal movement, and were lauded at the time by the likes of Metallica, who covered some of these tracks in their early sets, and released Am I Evil as a cover in 1984, and Megadeth as being important influences of their sound.

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Album Review : King King – Maverick

Review by Peter Coates – www.facebook.com/InsideEdgePhotography

Channel 9 Music
Release – 6th November 2020

UK Blues-Rock band King King are pleased to announce the release of their fifth studio album Maverick on Friday 6th November 2020 via Channel 9 Music – King King’s new independent label.   The follow-up to 2017’s Exile & Grace, this is the first album featuring the current live band, and with the new keyboard player having no little skill in arrangements, there is a clear lift in quality across the whole record.

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Album Review : The Casanovas – Reptilian Overlord

Review by Peter Coates – www.facebook.com/InsideEdgePhotography

THE CASANOVAS
Reptilian Overlord

The new album from The Casanovas was released in late August – their first release since the 2015 Terra Casanova – and 20 years after their debut single 10 Outta 10 was released to the world.

As stalwarts of the thriving Melbourne rock’n’roll scene, with influences coming equally from punk and blues as well as the more straight up classic rock bands, The Casanovas are not obviously an “Aussie-rock” band, as they have been able to meld some British and US rock influences into the mix which makes them more accessible internationally, and provides a sound that both retains the energy and rawness of the earlier records, but adds a little bit more spit and polish.

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Album Review : VAMBO – VAMBO DeLuxe

Review by Peter Coates – www.facebook.com/InsideEdgePhotography

VAMBO – VAMBO DeLuxe
Released 06/11/20
GOLIATH Records

The debut album from London-based classic rock band Vambo was first released in October 2019, and has been treated to a re-release with some extra tracks, including an acoustic version of one song, and a live version of one of hard rock’s classics, and is a perfect introduction to yet another exciting new band from the UK, whose material is very much grounded in the great British classic rock sounds of the 1970s and early 1980s, with their own individual take on the genre.

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Album Review : Brothers Osborne – Skeletons

Review by Peter Coates – www.facebook.com/InsideEdgePhotography

BROTHERS OSBORNE – Skeletons
Released Oct 9th 2020
Spinefarm Records

Better known for smooth and elegant country rock, and the warm, mellow tones of TJ Osborne’s baritone voice, the new album sees the band in the studio with their full stage band for the first time, and the result is a more honest representation of the band seen live, and much more of a rock’n’roll record, full of grit and swagger.

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Album Review : The Cadillac Three – Tabasco & Sweet Tea

Review by Peter Coates – www.facebook.com/InsideEdgePhotography

THE CADILLAC THREE
TABASCO & SWEET TEA
Release Date – 23/10/20

A second album in 2020 from The Cadillac Three is a doubling of the joy spread every time this band releases any new material.  This set of new songs has been dropped with less than 5 days notice, and has caused a flurry of excitement as a result.  

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Album Review : JOE BONAMASSA – Royal Tea

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JOE BONAMASSA – Royal Tea
Mascot Label Group / Provogue
Release Date – October 23rd

A new album from Joe Bonamassa is generally something to get very excited about – something of a phenomenon in the world of blues and rock guitars in the past 10 years, with his own solo career going stratospheric, as well as a number of collaborations with Beth Hart, the supergroup Black Country Communion, with Glenn Hughes, Jason Bonham and Derek Sherinian, and his most recent side-project, The Sleep Eazys, an instrumental tribute to Danny Gatton.

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Album Review : WHEN RIVERS MEET – We Fly Free

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WHEN RIVERS MEET – We Fly Free

One Road Records 

Release Date 20 November 2020
British husband and wife blues rock duo Grace and Aaron Bond are When Rivers Meet, and announce their debut album We Fly Free will be released on Friday 20th November 2020. The first single Battleground will be released on 9th October and is now available from www.smarturl.it/whenriversmeet 

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Album Review : The Best Of Rory Gallagher

Review by Peter Coates – www.facebook.com/InsideEdgePhotography

The Best Of Rory Gallagher
Release Date : October 9th

The extraordinary talent that was Rory Gallagher passed away 25 years ago, and to mark this anniversary UMC are releasing a comprehensive Best Of collection of 30 tracks from the extensive catalogue, including 4 tracks from his band Taste, and a duet from 1973 with Jerry Lee Lewis of the Rolling Stones (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction which has been released as a single.

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Album Review : Mike Elrington – Aftershock

Review by Peter Coates – www.facebook.com/InsideEdgePhotography

Mike Elrington has had what most of us would consider a tumultuous couple of years in his personal life, hence the title Aftershock, and that does not include the impacts of the last 6 months thanks to COVID-19 that any musician living in Victoria would have to be suffering.

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Album Review : TWISTER – Cursed & Corrected

Review by Peter Coates – www.facebook.com/InsideEdgePhotography

TWISTER
Cursed & Corrected
Release Date – 13/11/20

Cursed & Corrected, the debut album (Off Yer Rocka Recordings) from up and coming New Wave British rock band Twister,  features 13 tracks and was recorded, produced and mixed by Tony Draper at Parr Street Studios, Liverpool and mastered at the legendary Abbey Road Studios by Frank Arkwright (The Killers, Frank Turner, Biffy Clyro) – one of England’s greatest mastering engineers for contemporary rock music.

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Album Review : The Allman Betts Band – Bless Your Heart

Review by Peter Coates – www.facebook.com/InsideEdgePhotography

BLESS YOUR HEART – release date 28th August 2020 (BMG Records)

Greg Allman and Dickey Betts were founding members of the great American country rock band The Allman Brothers, and  two of the next generation, Devon Allman and Duane Betts joined forces in 2019 to launch a new album, and tour on the back of that and some of the Allman Brothers greatest hits, being the 50th anniversary of that seminal band.

Devon is also well known for his Royal Southern Brotherhood project with Cyril Neville (Neville Brothers) and Blues Guitar virtuoso Mike Zito.

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Album Review : Matt Pearce & The Mutiny – Gotta Get Home

Review by Peter Coates – www.facebook.com/InsideEdgePhotography

Matt Pearce is one of the guitarists in high-profile UK classic rock band Voodoo Six, who are about to release their long-awaited new album in October, and before I review that one, having missed out on the London gig for Matt due to COVID-19 in March this year, I wanted to give this one a spin.

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Album Review : Savoy Brown – Ain’t Done Yet

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They don’t come much more legendary than this – led by founding member Kim Simmonds, the British Blues-Rock band Savoy Brown is releasing a new album on August 28th – their 41st!

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