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MUSIC: LLOYD SPIEGEL – Backroads

MUSIC: LLOYD SPIEGEL – Backroads

| 22 May 2018 | Reply

MUSIC: LLOYD SPIEGEL – Backroads Only Blues Music April 2018 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8.5/10 Australia’s premiere bluesman is back, and in fine style. In recent years he’s focussed on his incredible acoustic playing, but on Backroads he’s rocking out like the road dog he is. From opener Kick Around, with its Hendrix-styled squealing soloing, […]

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MUSIC: ROYAL HUNT – Cast In Stone

MUSIC: ROYAL HUNT – Cast In Stone

| 22 May 2018 | Reply

MUSIC: ROYAL HUNT – Cast In Stone Northpoint Productions February 2018 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7 ½ /10 Cast In Stone is Andre Andersen and Royal Hunt’s fourteenth studio album – quite a feat for any band – and it’s made by the same line-up who released Devil’s Dozen in 2015. This far into their […]

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MUSIC: ROADHOUSE DIET – Won’t Bend Or Break

MUSIC: ROADHOUSE DIET – Won’t Bend Or Break

| 22 May 2018 | Reply

MUSIC: ROADHOUSE DIET – Won’t Bend Or Break Mojoholic Records February 2018 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7 ½ /10 Roadhouse Diet’s debut album Original Soundtrack was an inspired slab of Southern-tinged hard rock from the Swedish hinterland, full of ragged glory and faded denim charm. Three years on and the follow-up is finally here, and […]

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DVD REVIEW: L.A.M.F. Live at the Bowery Electric

DVD REVIEW: L.A.M.F. Live at the Bowery Electric

| 22 May 2018 | Reply

DVD REVIEW: L.A.M.F. Live at the Bowery Electric MVD Entertainment December 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8.5/10 L.A.M.F. stood for Like A Mother Fucker, and was the only studio album by Johnny Thunders and The Heartbreakers – featuring former New York Dolls Thunders and Jerry Nolan, Billy Rath and Walter Lure – recorded in the […]

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MUSIC: THE LOCKHEARTS – Americana Doom Fuzz

MUSIC: THE LOCKHEARTS – Americana Doom Fuzz

| 18 May 2018 | Reply

MUSIC: THE LOCKHEARTS – Americana Doom Fuzz Golden Robot Records April 2018 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9.5/10 Don’t let the name fool ya: there is some heavy guitar here, but no ‘doom’ per se. The ‘Americana’ part of the title is the key – this album is far more Black Crowes than Black Sabbath! Want […]

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MUSIC: GHOST VAPORS – The Valley Of Ashes

MUSIC: GHOST VAPORS – The Valley Of Ashes

| 18 May 2018 | Reply

MUSIC: GHOST VAPORS – The Valley Of Ashes Independent October 2012 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 10/10 It doesn’t matter how plugged in you think you are to the musical landscape, you’re always going to miss a few class releases along the road. Maybe it’s the digital age, information overload, or the difficulties in marketing music, […]

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MUSIC: ABSTRACT ARTIMUS – When The Beast Is After Me

MUSIC: ABSTRACT ARTIMUS – When The Beast Is After Me

| 18 May 2018 | Reply

MUSIC: ABSTRACT ARTIMUS – When The Beast Is After Me Dire Life Records April 2018 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 Waddaya get when you cross a southern rocker (Alabama native Artimus’s Dad used to play in Jimmie Van Zant’s band) with some heavy as fuck stoner riffs referencing everyone from Sabbath through to Monster Magnet, […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: MERRITT GIBSON – Eyes On Us

MUSIC REVIEW: MERRITT GIBSON – Eyes On Us

Label: Independent Release Date: March 30, 2018 Rating: 8.5/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Indie new-comer Merritt Gibson recently released her debut album complete with twelve tracks that emotionally charged but not overwhelming or downtrodden, but rather eye opening and enlightening.  Disc opener “When You Were Mine” starts us off on an acoustically driven road that […]

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MUSIC: SHONEN KNIFE – Alive In Osaka [and a competition!!]

MUSIC: SHONEN KNIFE – Alive In Osaka [and a competition!!]

| 10 May 2018 | Reply

MUSIC: SHONEN KNIFE – Alive In Osaka Valve Records April 2018 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7 ½ /10 The legendary Japanese punk trio are captured live here in all their bouncy, J-pop/Ramones glory in their hometown of Osaka, recorded in December 2017. It’s hard to believe they released their first cassette way back in 1982, […]

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MUSIC REVIEW: W.E.T. – Earthrage

MUSIC REVIEW: W.E.T. – Earthrage

Label: Frontiers Music s.r.l. Release Date: March 23, 2018 Rating: 10/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur The guys in W.E.T. have knocked another one out of the park wit their third and latest studio release Earthrage.  This 11-track collection is full of melodic rock gems and more.  Opening track “Watch The Fire” sets the bar – […]

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MUSIC: THE MEZCALTONES – The Mezcaltones Second

MUSIC: THE MEZCALTONES – The Mezcaltones Second

| 7 May 2018 | Reply

MUSIC: THE MEZCALTONES – The Mezcaltones Second Independent April 2018 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 A superbly entertaining mashup of Serge Leone spaghetti western heart, Tarantino mariachi grooves, Marty Robbins gunfighter cool and catchy Johnny’s-style cowpunkabilly, The Mezcaltones second offering after 2016’s debut EP is finally here. Chock full of alt-country cool, rock smarts and […]

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MUSIC: JUDAS PRIEST – Firepower

MUSIC: JUDAS PRIEST – Firepower

| 7 May 2018 | Reply

MUSIC: JUDAS PRIEST – Firepower Sony March 2018 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9/10 Judas Priest return to their strengths after the disappointingly turgid mess that was Nostradamus, and the so-so Redeemer Of Souls on this eighteenth studio album, produced by veteran Tom Allom and Andy Sneap. It’s ironic that as long-term members leave the band […]

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MUSIC: FULL THROTTLE BABY – Rock ‘n’ Brawl

MUSIC: FULL THROTTLE BABY – Rock ‘n’ Brawl

| 7 May 2018 | Reply

MUSIC: FULL THROTTLE BABY – Rock ‘n’ Brawl Independent 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 Fast, frenetic French punk that reaches borderline thrash levels at times, Full Throttle Baby are the epitome of the ‘short fast loud’ punk ethos. Riffs and screams vie for attention over machine gun drum bursts and lyrics that range from […]

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MUSIC: ROSE CARLEO BAND – Battle Scars EP

MUSIC: ROSE CARLEO BAND – Battle Scars EP

| 3 May 2018 | Reply

MUSIC: ROSE CARLEO BAND – Battle Scars EP Independent April 2018 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 10/10 The cherry high of a first listen to Rose Carleo Band’s debut EP (Rose has three studio albums under her belt as a solo artist) imparts the same tingles and chills as that first excited listen to Baby Animals’ […]

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MUSIC: MATTERHORN – Crimes Of Man

MUSIC: MATTERHORN – Crimes Of Man

| 3 May 2018 | Reply

MUSIC: MATTERHORN – Crimes Of Man Independent April 2018 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7 ½ /10 When we first heard Matterhorn’s debut they were an Adelaide cover band touting an EP featuring their take on classics including Ozzy’s Over The Mountain, Dio’s Don’t Talk To Strangers, Diamondhead’s Am I Evil and even Maiden’s epic Rime […]

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MUSIC: MASTIN – Suitcase Of Stories EP

MUSIC: MASTIN – Suitcase Of Stories EP

| 3 May 2018 | Reply

MUSIC: MASTIN – Suitcase Of Stories EP Independent April 2018 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7 ½ /10 Winning 2011’s Australian X-Factor reality TV singing contest was a dream for teen pinup Reece Mastin, and he lapped up the screaming girls and shallow pop industry attention… until he realised that he had no control over his […]

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MUSIC: BAND OF MISSFITS – Higher Passage EP

MUSIC: BAND OF MISSFITS – Higher Passage EP

| 3 May 2018 | Reply

MUSIC: BAND OF MISSFITS – Higher Passage EP Independent April 2018 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 A sombre drum pattern opens Higher Passage before a breakout guitar and frontwoman/primary songwriter/guitarist Kym Redmond’s vocals take us on a journey into gritty betrayal. It’s a raw and honest opening song which points at the grungey bedrock of […]

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MUSIC: JAIME PAGE’S DARK UNIVERSE – Into The Black

MUSIC: JAIME PAGE’S DARK UNIVERSE – Into The Black

| 2 May 2018 | Reply

MUSIC: JAIME PAGE’S DARK UNIVERSE – Into The Black Independent April 2018 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 10/10 Few and far between are albums which give one tingles upon repeated listens; which stimulate all the senses on a physical level; and which move us emotionally to turn our gaze deep within and assess our own worth. […]

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CD REVIEW: LITTLE CAESAR – Eight

CD REVIEW: LITTLE CAESAR – Eight

  Label: Golden Robot Records Release Date: March 16, 2018 Rating: 8.5/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur To quote the press release for the latest material from Little Caesar: “US Rock and Soul masters, Little Caesar have released their highly anticipated new album, 8, via Golden Robot Records. 8 is the band’s first studio album in six years – centered around […]

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CD REVIEW: MYLES KENNEDY – Year Of The Tiger

CD REVIEW: MYLES KENNEDY – Year Of The Tiger

| 27 April 2018 | Reply

Label: Napalm Records Release Date: March 9, 2018 Rating: 9.5/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur Myles Kennedy has finally done it… stepped out from under the umbrella that is a rock band.  After outings with Mayfield Four, Slash, and Alter Bridge, Kennedy has poured himself into a solo effort – and the wait was well worth […]

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