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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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MUSIC: DIZZY REED – Rock ‘n Roll Ain’t Easy

MUSIC: DIZZY REED – Rock ‘n Roll Ain’t Easy

| 26 April 2018 | Reply

MUSIC: DIZZY REED – Rock ‘n Roll Ain’t Easy Golden Robot Records April 2018 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7/10 Longtime Guns n’ Roses also-ran Dizzy Reed makes his play for a little bit of spotlight of his own after his 28-year tenure working for Axl Rose, delivering this unexpectedly solid collection of sleazy rock n’ […]

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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 | 1 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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