Category Archives: Album Review

Album Review : ERIC GALES – MIDDLE OF THE ROAD

Review by Peter Coates
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ERIC GALES – MIDDLE OF THE ROAD (Mascot Label Group / Provogue)

“Now that’s how you start a riff” is spoken with feeling after the opening bar of Good Time which is a sparkling piece of gospel boogie that would not be out of place in a white clapboard church scene out in the US Midwest, featuring Eric Gales as the guitar-wielding preacher, and a the wailing back-up singing of his wife LaDonna Gales giving her all. There are some almost ridiculous testimonials being made about this guy, from the likes of Joe Bonamassa – “One of the best, if not the best guitar player in the world”; Carlos Santana – “He is absolutely incredible” and Mark Tremonti of Alter Bridge – “This guy could be the best player on Earth”. He was hailed as being the next Hendrix when he burst onto the scene in 1991 playing an upside down guitar left-handed.
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Album Review : Quinn Sullivan – “Midnight Highway”

Review by Peter Coates
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Quinn Sullivan is another young blues guitarist, already classed as a “prodigy” at 17 years old by some fairly credible media (Rolling Stone and The Washington Post), and when Billy Gibbons reckons you have mastered the blues, and Buddy Guy says “Players like Quinn come along once in a lifetime” you get the idea that there could be something special about this guy.
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Album Review : THUNDER – ‘Rip It Up’

Review by Peter Coates

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It is sometimes hard to try and set aside the fact that I have been a fan of this band for nearly 35 years and listen to a new record with an objective viewpoint – from club shows as Terraplane, and then the arena support slots when they were the next great hope of British Rock, through to the farewell show in 1999, and the next goodbye in 2009, and the triumphant UK tour in 2015. I haven’t loved everything they’ve released, but I do like most of it! The last album, Wonder Days, was a mighty return to their absolute best, so following that up was always going to be a challenge.
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Album Review : AARON KEYLOCK – Cut Against The Grain

Review by Peter Coates
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From the opening riff of All The Right Moves it appears that the UK has produced another stunning young talent in Aaron Keylock, able to combine the truly British classic 60’s and 70’s blues rock sound of Free and the Clapton, Beck, Page-era guitarists, with a modern American southern rock twist! Hints of early Black Keys or White Stripes in the stripped-down riff and drum lines combine with a greater variety of guitar sounds and raw vocals.
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Album Review : RAGDOLL – “Back To Zero”

Review : Peter Coates
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Ragdoll is a three-piece melodic rock band from Perth who has been around for several years, putting out a number of EPs and one full-length collection of remixes and live tracks which received limited exposure in Australia, and even less outside Perth, although they have been regular visitors to the USA touring extensively, and playing the Rocklahoma festival more than once.
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Album Review : Black Stone Cherry – ‘Kentucky’

Photos & Review : Peter Coates
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From the grungy opening chords of The Way of the Future all the way to the heartfelt soulful close of The Rambler, this is an album that wears its heart right on its Southern Frock-coat sleeve. The fifth full-length release from Kentucky born and bred rockers Black Stone Cherry sees them continue to stay loyal to their deep southern roots, while delivering probably their heaviest riffs, and most soulful ballad on the same record.
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Single Review : The John Steel Singers – Weekend Lover

By: Natalie Salvo
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They’ve done krautrock, guitar pop, folk-rock and even psychedelia and now Brisbane’s John Steel Singers have added another feather to their caps with, “Weekend Lover”. The single is from their forthcoming third album, Midnight At The Plutonium (named after their record label and studio) and sees a mix of seventies funk and soul.
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Album Review : 10 Years – From Birth to Burial

By Matt Bartolo
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10 Years have hit back strong with their 7th studio album “From Birth to Burial”. The last time they were here was for Soundwave in 2014, which was their first trip to our shores since the KoRn tour back in 2006. The boys from Tennessee have grown from strength to strength in that time (I remember being in the front row back in ’06 when they played in Sydney) and this the most complete album they have produced to date. Can’t wait to see what they have in store for us in October!

This album grabs you right from the opening title track, which lays a perfect platform for what is to come. It has just the right balance of Jesse Hasek’s haunting melodic vocals that blossom into a fusion of old school nu metal mixed with some awesome heavy rock riffs.

Brian Vodinh’s drumming on this opener is second to none. It is as tight & as sharp as it gets.

The first 3 tracks almost could be “as one” they blend in and flow together that well.

Triggers & Tripwires”, the 4th track, is where the alt/nu metal sound 10 Years have perfected over the last decade makes its first real appearance and Jesse does not hold back ripping into the heaviest song on the album. Great placement for this track.

The comparisons to their upcoming tour headliners Dead Letter Circus will definitely be working overtime with quite a few tracks on this album. There is something almost “Hypnotic” in a lot of these songs & before you know it you find yourself at “Miscellanea”, the penultimate track & first single from “From Birth to Burial”. This song is a 9/10 every day of the week & arguably one of their best songs to date.

But wait, there is more.

The final song on this fantastic album, “Moisture Residue” is the crowning glory and just FLOWS with “Miscellanea”.

What a way to finish!

It is a very sombre close to a very “moody” album, but in my option, Jesse’s vocals on this track are his best hands down.

10 years will be a perfect fit with Dead Letter Circus next month when they arrive in Australia. Do not miss the chance to see these guys live.

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Album Review : Marilyn Manson – The Pale Emperor

Review by Wezzy Crüze – www.wezzycruze.com
Marilyn Manson2015 is off to a raging start, as we see the release of The Pale Emperor, the latest LP from controversial media personality and shock rock pioneer, Marilyn Manson.

The album poses as a real return to form for Manson, the “Anti-Christ Superstar” going above and beyond previous efforts to deliver an album that fans familiar to his work will not only appreciate, but feel the energy and rawness that some felt has been missing for a lengthy period.

While The Pale Emperor see long time member and musical collaborator Twiggy Ramirez (Jeordie White) absent from the writing and recording procedure (for unknown reasons), we’re introduced to Tyler Bates as he is welcomed to the fold as Manson’s new creative partner.
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Album Review | Augie March – ‘Havens Dumb’

Review by Ben Connolly
augieWithin seconds of the first chords of AWOL, the lead track off Augie March’s return opus Havens Dumb, one thing is abundantly clear: just how large the Augie March-sized hole in the Australian musical landscape had become.

In just five short years, the band’s ‘hiatus’ had all but slipped into that permanent mode many seem to become; save for an ambling solo album from frontman Glenn Richards, a few non-descript side-projects from other band members and a couple of choice late-night Facebook rants, the band had seemed to slip by the wayside.
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Album Review | Cold War Kids – ‘Hold My Home’

Reviewer: Wezzy Cruze
CWKIn the past decade, there’s been a dynamic shift in the way the music industry works. With more music based reality television shows taking the primetime slot, and contestants being handed record deals like they’re going out of fashion, we’ve seen the indie bands being placed on the back burner – some going bust, some barely hanging on. So one question remains: Whats the key to an indie band staying afloat in a world dominated by generic, autotuned, reality show produced popstars?

With a change in the line-up consisting of two new members joining the team and a brief stint with a side project called French Style Furs, Long Beach indie-soul rockers Cold War Kids return to the fold with their fifth album release, ‘Hold My Home’.
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Album Review | Bear’s Den – ‘Islands’

Reviewer: Wezzy Cruze

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Folk rock, or folk music in general, has a lovely and delicate way of popping up every now and then, pushing aside the likes of Katy Perry, Macklemore or other popular mainstream artists and taking a place high on many music charts around the world. And there is no denying that when a folk song makes its way there, that people get on board with it. Case in point, ‘Little Lion Man’ by Mumford & Sons, ‘Skinny Love’ by Bon Iver, or ‘Ho Hey’ by The Lumineers etc. I’ve made my point…

Andrew Davie, Joey Haynes and Kevin Jones are three gentlemen who are likely to join the ranks of their folk music peers, as their band, Bear’s Den, release their debut album in October, ‘Islands’.
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Album Review | FLYING COLORS – “Second Nature”

Review by Peter Coates
FCAlbumThe second album from progressive rock “supergroup / side-project” Flying Colors is released in Australia on October 3rd 2014 and perpetuates the initial basis for the band, formed in 2012, of seeking to combine virtuoso progressive rock musicians with a melodic pop singer / songwriter, and see what happens.

The musicians are all enormously experienced and influential heavyweights from the modern and progressive rock world, featuring Steve Morse (Deep Purple / Kansas / Dixie Dregs) on guitars, Neal Morse (Spock’s Beard / Transatlantic) on keyboards, Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater / Transatlantic / Adrenaline Mob / Winery Dogs) on drums, and Dave LaRue (Dixie Dregs / Satriani / Vai) on bass – with Casey McPherson (Alpha Rev) providing the songwriting and vocals.
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Album Review | JOE BONAMASSA – Different Shades of Blue

Review by Pete Coates
JB-DSOBJOE BONAMASSA – Different Shades of Blue
Release Date – 12th Sept 2014
J & R Adventures Records

Joe Bonamassa has produced an extraordinary range of blues and rock music in his career – whether as a solo artist, or in the blues rock fusion work of Black Country Communion. The common threads of all his work lie in the distinctive voice, and the pure but often slightly scuzzy guitar riffs, with the clean solos reminiscent of Gary Moore and Carlos Santana.
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