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MUSIC: SCORPIONS – Born To Touch Your Feelings – Best of Rock Ballads

MUSIC: SCORPIONS – Born To Touch Your Feelings – Best of Rock Ballads

| 25 April 2018 | Reply

MUSIC: SCORPIONS – Born To Touch Your Feelings – Best of Rock Ballads Sony November 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7/10 Not to be confused with 1995 compilation album of the same name, this Born to Touch Your Feelings is a new compilation of ballads spanning Scorpions’ career and including a few alternate and new […]

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MUSIC: THUNGUR – No Going Back

MUSIC: THUNGUR – No Going Back

| 25 April 2018 | Reply

MUSIC: THUNGUR – No Going Back Independent November, 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7/10 Armed with this year’s best press release (“We are Thunger… and we rock”) and a modern rock sound that is both referential and individual, Finland’s Thungur made a late 2017 splash with this debut, and if you can imagine elements of […]

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MUSIC: COSMIC PSYCHOS – Loudmouth Soup

MUSIC: COSMIC PSYCHOS – Loudmouth Soup

| 25 April 2018 | Reply

MUSIC: COSMIC PSYCHOS – Loudmouth Soup Go The Hack Records April 2018 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 They’re not labelled the “blokes you can trust” for nothin’. The Cosmic Psychos brand of monstrously heavy punk riffs, bludgeoning bottom end and beer-soaked larrikinism is as reliable from record to record as the sun coming up tomorrow, […]

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CD REVIEW: INNER CORE – Soultaker

CD REVIEW: INNER CORE – Soultaker

| 24 April 2018 | Reply

CD REVIEW: INNER CORE – Soultaker Echozone April 2018 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7 ½ /10 Inner Core’s epic Eurometal is lifted to stellar heights by Artur Schall’s neo-classical keyboards, giving the album a proggy feel from the opening salvo of the eight-minute title track. If there’s any question as to whether keyboards belong in […]

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CD REVIEW: JIMI HENDRIX – Both Sides Of The Sky

CD REVIEW: JIMI HENDRIX – Both Sides Of The Sky

| 24 April 2018 | Reply

CD REVIEW: JIMI HENDRIX – Both Sides Of The Sky Legacy Recordings March 2018 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7/10 It’s easy to be cynical about every ‘new’ Jimi Hendrix album – almost fifty years after his death his estate are still releasing ‘new’ material from his scant recording career. Our first question surely must be, […]

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CD REVIEW BATS – Truthless Faithless

CD REVIEW BATS – Truthless Faithless

| 24 April 2018 | Reply

CD REVIEW BATS – Truthless Faithless Independent November 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7/10 BATS gather up a barrowful of influences for this debut album and spew it out like post-modernist art. Elements of Britpop and ‘90s alt-rock vie with modern psyche and noise-rock touches to produce a sound which is simultaneously fresh and retro. […]

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MUSIC: BLACK STONE CHERRY – Family Tree

MUSIC: BLACK STONE CHERRY – Family Tree

| 19 April 2018 | Reply

MUSIC: BLACK STONE CHERRY – Family Tree Mascot Label Group April 2018 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8 ½ /10 Black Stone Cherry are the truest type of grass-roots band: childhood friends who’ve honed their craft meticulously over seventeen years and six albums, slowly building up and nurturing an audience territory by territory, and getting better […]

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MUSIC: DAVE HOLE – Goin’ Back Down

MUSIC: DAVE HOLE – Goin’ Back Down

| 19 April 2018 | Reply

MUSIC: DAVE HOLE – Goin’ Back Down Only Blues Music April 2018 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8 ½ /10 Dave Hole’s guitar tone on Goin’ Back Down is to die for: ringing clear and pure, it’s a clarion call for the precision of his iconic blues slide playing, but rest assured he’s got plenty more […]

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MUSIC: MOTHER MISERY – Megalodon

MUSIC: MOTHER MISERY – Megalodon

| 19 April 2018 | Reply

MUSIC: MOTHER MISERY – Megalodon Transsbstans Records January 2018 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7 ½ /10 Mother Misery are a big deal in Sweden, where they regularly play with some of the biggest names in rock and metal, but this fourth album is the first to reach our turntable. Combining classic rock and metal with […]

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EP REVIEW: THE IVORY LIES – Road To Seduction

EP REVIEW: THE IVORY LIES – Road To Seduction

| 18 April 2018 | Reply

EP REVIEW: THE IVORY LIES – Road To Seduction Independent March 2018 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7.5/10 The Ivory Lies burst out of the speakers with Limousine Cuisine to open debut EP Road To Seduction with hard driving rock n’ roll, the DNA of Guns n’ Roses and more running through the foursome’s collective bloodstream. […]

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CD REVIEW: IAN MOSS – Ian Moss

CD REVIEW: IAN MOSS – Ian Moss

| 18 April 2018 | Reply

CD REVIEW: IAN MOSS – Ian Moss Bloodlines March 2018 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9/10 Never one to rush into anything – this self-titled record is Cold Chisel guitarist Ian Moss’s seventh solo effort, and his first since 2009’s Soul On West 53rd (his last album of all original songs dates way back to 1996’s […]

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CD REVIEW: THE DEAD DAISIES – Burn It Down

CD REVIEW: THE DEAD DAISIES – Burn It Down

| 18 April 2018 | Reply

CD REVIEW: THE DEAD DAISIES – Burn It Down Spitfire Music/SPV 6 April, 2018 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8 ½ /10 Credit where it’s due – after two good-not-great (plus one live outing) albums that sounded like what they were – a group of veteran sidemen bankrolled by a rich kid with rockstar ambitions – […]

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CD REVIEW: LITTLE CAESAR – Eight

CD REVIEW: LITTLE CAESAR – Eight

| 18 April 2018 | Reply

CD REVIEW: LITTLE CAESAR – Eight Golden Robot Records March 2018 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8 ½ /10 There was always more to Little Caesar than the cavalcade of late ‘80s/early ‘90s big-haired Gn’R and AC/DC copyists. Sure, you don’t need CSI to dust for trace DNA of either band’s sound, but singer Ron Young’s […]

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EP REVIEW: DIRTWATER BLOOM – Dirtwater Bloom

EP REVIEW: DIRTWATER BLOOM – Dirtwater Bloom

| 29 March 2018 | Reply

EP REVIEW: DIRTWATER BLOOM – Dirtwater Bloom Independent 2015 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 “Train wreck blues” they call it in their press release, and it’s a fitting summary of their raucous mix of slave chants, bad-ass harp-driven blues, frenetic boogie and ragged charm, all tempered by a dark, hungover edge as if ole skullface […]

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EP REVIEW: BUZZ & THE PICKUPS – Buzz & the Pickups

EP REVIEW: BUZZ & THE PICKUPS – Buzz & the Pickups

| 29 March 2018 | Reply

EP REVIEW: BUZZ & THE PICKUPS – Buzz & the Pickups Black Garage Records 2018 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7/10 Grab your board and hit the half-pipe for this quiet-loud-quiet ‘90s-reminiscent EP from Melbourne trio Buzz & the Pickups. It’s a fun ride, dude – tubular, even, with a strong whiff of Dinosaur Jr (surely […]

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CD REVIEW: JOE SATRIANI – What Happens Next

CD REVIEW: JOE SATRIANI – What Happens Next

| 29 March 2018 | Reply

CD REVIEW: JOE SATRIANI – What Happens Next Legacy/Sony January 2018 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9/10 At times shred heaven, at others delicate and exquisitely beautiful (Forever and Ever has the power to draw tears), Joe Satriani’s 16th solo album again achieves the rare goal of featuring instrumental tracks with such melody and style that […]

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EP REVIEW: FIVE MILE SMILE – The Truth About Dogs And Wolves

EP REVIEW: FIVE MILE SMILE – The Truth About Dogs And Wolves

| 28 March 2018 | Reply

EP REVIEW: FIVE MILE SMILE – The Truth About Dogs And Wolves Independent 2018 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8.5/10 Five Mile Smile hail from Belfast, Northern Ireland, where they worked as a trio between 2000 and 2003. Reuniting in 2014 – first through Facebook, then for fun, then more seriously – they trimmed down to […]

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EP REVIEW: THE TRASH DOVES – Lemme Smash

EP REVIEW: THE TRASH DOVES – Lemme Smash

| 28 March 2018 | Reply

EP REVIEW: THE TRASH DOVES – Lemme Smash Independent 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7/10 A four-piece combo of music students, The Trash Doves debut is raw, green, and full of promise. Wearing their influences on their young sleeves, there’s the infectious pop punk of Try Harder, surly attitude rock of Love Is ill, Sabbathy […]

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CD REVIEW: JUNIOR DANGER – Junior Danger

CD REVIEW: JUNIOR DANGER – Junior Danger

| 28 March 2018 | Reply

CD REVIEW: JUNIOR DANGER – Junior Danger Independent January 2018 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 Darren Skewes combines menacingly dark, sonorous vocals and crunchy guitar riffs with a deep-fried southern twang over the top of Junior Danger’s rock solid rhythm section of Tom Meyer and Damien Brown, making this a bewitching mix of hellpunk, and […]

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EP REVIEW: YOMI SHIP – Yomi Ship

EP REVIEW: YOMI SHIP – Yomi Ship

| 28 March 2018 | Reply

EP REVIEW: YOMI SHIP – Yomi Ship Independent 2018 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 Yomi Ship navigate some enthralling seas on this self-titled debut EP, cut in one take with no overdubs because guitarist Jarred Osborne prefers to keep the sound fresh – and he has an impressive enough effects rack and playing skills to […]

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