Album Review : Daxx & Roxane (Self-titled)

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Self-titled album – released May 8th 2020

The second album from London-based Swiss rockers Daxx & Roxane has been at least partly crowd-funded, and is the follow up to their 2017 debut Ticket To Rock.  Produced by Colin Parkinson (ex Inglorious) and demanded to be played LOUD, this shows a development towards a more sophisticated and mature sounding record – still very much a few-frills rock album, but with a bit more polish.

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Album Review : Vega – Grit Your Teeth

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Album Release Date 12th June 2020 (Frontiers)
VEGA have been a favourite of mine for a few years now, having picked up their first album Kiss of Life around 10 years ago, and also having known singer Nick Workman from previous band Kick.  Always melodic, with a touch of modern nu-metal edge that set them a little apart from the crowd, they have released a handful of albums now, and have played with the likes of FM, Magnum, Dan Reed Network and Skid Row, and are due to be out supporting H.E.A.T. on their UK Tour in October which will be a cracking match of hard-edged melodic rock.

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Interview/Review : BAD TOUCH – KISS THE SKY

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Release Date –  June 19th 2020

If you remember the excitement back in 2006 when The Answer, a relatively unknown band from Northern Ireland found themselves nominated for album of the year for Rise by Classic Rock Magazine, supported Deep Purple in London, and Whitesnake and Paul Rodgers across Europe to great acclaim…..then you might get a sense of the buzz that Bad Touch are generating across the UK currently.

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Album Review : Robert Jon & The Wreck – Last Light On The Highway

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The heavy card envelope from the UK arrived in the mailbox here in Australia and out dropped the promo copy of this much-anticipated new release from Robert Jon Burrison and his crew – The Wreck!

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EP Review : Félix Rabin – Pogboy

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This is the debut release from young French blues rock guitarist Félix Rabin who has been based in London for the past 3 years developing his craft and reputation, including his first main support slot with Wishbone Ash around the UK, which then led on to his own UK club tours and summer festival shows before heading over to LA to record what has ended up as a 6-track EP with engineering from Ross Hogarth (Van Halen / Ziggy Marley / REM).

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EP Review : Gypsy’s Kiss – Heat Crazed Vole: Re-tailed

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Roulette Records / Cargo Distribution

This is a little slice of NWOBHM history being re-released on May 1st, from a band that first started life in 1974, with one Steve Harris (Iron Maiden) as a founder member of the band along with David Smith who is back fronting the band today after finally reforming the band in 2018 under pressure from many areas, for a charity festival.  

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Single Review : Vega – “Grit Your Teeth”

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British rock band VEGA will release their new album Grit Your Teeth on Friday 12th June 2020 via Frontier Records.  Band members Nick Workman, Tom Martin, James Martin, Marcus Thurston, Hutch and Mikey Kew have a rich history; including stints with UK rock bands Kick, Sugartown and Paul Dianno, but it was their meeting of musical minds back in 2009 that gave the rock-genre one of the finest releases of that year in the form of their debut album, Kiss Of Life.

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EP Review : Hannah Wicklund – The Inbetween

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South Carolina-born Hannah Wicklund releases The Inbetween a very special 10” inch vinyl EP of four stripped back solo performances on Friday 17th April 2020. The EP is available via the webstore (, and if you order the vinyl edition of the EP you will automatically receive the EP digitally.

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EP Review : Molly Karloff – Supernaturalation

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Since the release of their critically acclaimed debut EP, Dancing for Money (2018), this Oxfordshire (UK) based three-piece band have toured their contagiously hook-filled, fist pumping sound to packed venues around the country, as one of many rock bands in the NWOCR universe.

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Album Review : Wille and the Bandits – PATHS

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Wille and the Bandits are a British-based band who play a variety of different genres spanning across the Blues, Rock, Latin and Folk styles. The band currently consists of Wille Edwards, Matthew Gallagher, Harry Mackaill and Finn McAuley, and this album, Paths, was released in early 2019 in the UK.

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Music Spotlight – 10.04.20

‘Beast’ is the debut single from Newcastle, Australia five-piece metal band Where the Devil. It’s available via Spotify, Apple Music and all the usual streaming channels right now!
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Album Review : WARBIRDS – Order From Chaos

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An Australian modern rock three-piece who released this, their first full-length album in October 2019, having previously issued two EPs, WARBIRDS have been around for a while with Anth Nekich as the front-man on lead guitars and vocals, and Lee Strapp behind the kit – Lee’s brother Ben is currently the live bass player, although does not appear on the record, with the bass lines provided by Anth, producer Mat Robins, previous bassist Jared Piatkowski and Jason Meracis.

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Album Review : Beau Bowen – The Great Anticlimax

Review by Peter Coates

Release Date – April 10th 2020

Back in the good old days of 2018, a young singer / guitarist / multi-instrumentalist called Kaleb McKane released an EP titled Universe in Reverse with three tracks channelling Muse, Roxy Music, David Bowie and Hendrix with a modern twist on psychedelic glam rock – featuring a cracking voice and some very tasty guitar work.  

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