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Category: CD Reviews

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IAN ANDERSON – Thick As A Brick 2 CD

IAN ANDERSON – Thick As A Brick 2 CD

| 10 September 2012 | Reply

Chrysalis/EMI, March 2012 By Shane Pinnegar 8/10 What a curious oddity is the concept album – the very nature of having to cram the narrative of a cohesive story into the more traditional structures of rock and roll songs lends itself to compromise and clunkiness. Ian Anderson pulls it off remarkably well in this sequel […]

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HUMBLE PIE – On To Victory/Go For The Throat  CD reissue

HUMBLE PIE – On To Victory/Go For The Throat CD reissue

| 10 September 2012 | Reply

Dead Line Music, 2012 By Shane Pinnegar 6.5/10 It’s fair to say that by 1980 Steve Marriot was a bit lost in his career. The Small Faces and Humble Pie had been huge successes, but an abortive Small Faces reunion and a failed attempt at an All Star band with ex-Pie man Peter Frampton left […]

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Head in a Jar – Atomic Circus EP

Head in a Jar – Atomic Circus EP

| 10 September 2012 | Reply

By Shayne Bishop 6/10 Listen to Head in a Jar, and it’s blatantly obvious that the bands influences are firmly entrenched in the thrash metal titans of the 80’s and early 90’s. Overall, the influence of Anthrax is strongest, but vocally, Dave Mustaine can be heard loud and clear, while thrash bands that didn’t make […]

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GINGER – 555%  Triple CD

GINGER – 555% Triple CD

| 10 September 2012 | Reply

self released, April 2012 By Shane Pinnegar 9.5/10 Ginger Wildheart took the unusual step of setting up a fan pledge request through Pledge Music to fund his next project (unusual but not unheard of – and surely for artists with an established following but no major record label bankrolling them, a viable option for the […]

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GERRY QUIGLEY & the NOMADIC DRUIDS – Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow CD

GERRY QUIGLEY & the NOMADIC DRUIDS – Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow CD

| 10 September 2012 | Reply

Self released, 2012 By Shane Pinnegar 8/10 Gerry Quigley – Irish by birth, childhood friend to not only Phil Lynott, but also Gary Moore and Rory Gallagher, Perth blues legend and much more – has delivered a tender, touching and intriguing EP in Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow. A conceptual instrumental Celtic blues tale encompassing nothing […]

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EVERCLEAR – Invisible Stars CD

EVERCLEAR – Invisible Stars CD

| 10 September 2012 | Reply

2012 By Shane Pinnegar 8/10 Opener Tiger In A Burning Tree makes it abundantly clear that Art Alexakis is back on form after a few lacklustre albums which failed to live up to Everclear’s “Big Two” – 1995’s “Sparkle & Fade” and 1997 “So Much For The Afterglow”. “Invisible Stars” gets pretty close to those […]

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Empra – Self Titled

Empra – Self Titled

| 10 September 2012 | Reply

2012 By Shayne McGowan 9/10 For Empra, the road to making this record and actually having it see the light of day has been a long one. After countless dollars spent and battles with recording studios, their self titled debut album has finally been released, and to say it has been worth the wait is […]

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DRAGONFORCE – The Power Within

DRAGONFORCE – The Power Within

| 10 September 2012 | Reply

Electric Generation Recordings (Through 3Wise – Australia, Roadrunner – North America, Essential Music – UK, JVC Victor – Japan) By Shane Pinnegar 8.5/10 Dragonforce see the world through Valhalla tinted glasses – Dragons war with men, epic battles are fought (usually amid flames – oh, so many flames), emotions and environments are anthropomorphised (liberty is […]

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DE LA CRUZ – Self titled EP

DE LA CRUZ – Self titled EP

| 10 September 2012 | Reply

Self released October 2011 By Shane Pinnegar 8/10 Remember Roxus and Boss – late 80’s radio bothering, big haired Aussies who played a riffy AOR style of bubbly hard rock? Well Brisbane’s De La Cruz may well be their descendants – serving up a debut 6 track EP chock full of polished, hook-filled pop metal […]

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DAVID BOWIE – The Rise & Fall Of Ziggy Stardust & The Spiders From Mars [40th Anniversary Edition]

DAVID BOWIE – The Rise & Fall Of Ziggy Stardust & The Spiders From Mars [40th Anniversary Edition]

| 4 September 2012 | Reply

EMI, 2012 9.5/10 By Shane Pinnegar In 1972 Bowie was a space age glam god, taking rock n’ roll in new directions and blowing minds around the world – Ziggy Stardust was his most vibrant and perfect creation, both uniquely of it’s time, and timeless. Let’s assume for a moment that anyone who is into […]

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CRASH STREET KIDS – Sweet Creatures

CRASH STREET KIDS – Sweet Creatures

| 3 September 2012 | Reply

Head First Entertainment, 2012 8/10 By Shane Pinnegar Flouncing out of the Arizona desert with a studied insouciance and a Mott The Hoople sensibility come The Crash Street Kids with their fourth album “Sweet Creatures”. Exhibiting the same ability to tie up a story about seedy rock characters (to quote their press, the album is […]

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CHAINSAW HOOKERS – Self titled

CHAINSAW HOOKERS – Self titled

| 3 September 2012 | Reply

Blood Rock Records, April 2012 9.5/10 By Shane Pinnegar Stepping out of a Tarantino/Zombie-esque desert hillbilly nightmare and onto the filthy stages of Australia’s most notorious dives are Chainsaw Hookers, a four piece that aurally emulate the explosive and destructive qualities of a thermite packed automatic shotgun. Their self-styled “Blood Rock” is, in their own […]

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BRENT ENMAN – Wildman

BRENT ENMAN – Wildman

| 3 September 2012 | Reply

2012 7.5/10 By Shane Pinnegar Brent “Wildman” Enman knows how to rock – real, honest, blue collar, hard edged rock n’ roll is his stock in trade and on “Wildman” he delivers time and time again. Performed as a hard rockin’ four piece – with Enman playing every role (and the cover proudly proclaiming that […]

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BLOOD RUNNERS – Objective #1

BLOOD RUNNERS – Objective #1

| 3 September 2012 | Reply

5B Records, 2011 7/10 By Shane Pinnegar Seven tracks of dirty, filthy rock n’ roll from the gutters of Noo Yawk, fuelled by a full tank of glam punk sense and sleaze rock senselessness. Blood Runners have cherry picked through their influences to great effect – a shade of New York Dolls pink sits next […]

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BEACH BOYS – That’s Why God Made The Radio

BEACH BOYS – That’s Why God Made The Radio

| 3 September 2012 | Reply

Capitol, 2012 7/10 By Shane Pinnegar Old is still the new New, and 2012’s latest serve of oldies coming up with a goodie is courtesy of none other than The Beach Boys – with as close to their classic line-up as is possible nowadays reunited for the first time in donkey’s years. The first thing […]

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AMERICAN DOG – Poison Smile

AMERICAN DOG – Poison Smile

| 3 September 2012 | Reply

Colonial Canine/BMI, 2012 8.5/10 By Shane Pinnegar America’s favourite booze-fuelled hard rockin’ riff road train again prove why they are such an adored cult act throughout their homeland and beyond. A machine gunned boogie riff punctuated by a guitar squealing like a freshly dumped teenager rams Devil Dog down your throat for starters, before the […]

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ACCEPT – Stalingrad

ACCEPT – Stalingrad

| 3 September 2012 | Reply

Nuclear Blast, April 2012 10/10 By guest reviewer Matt Williams – lead vocalist Project X/Black Steel Within the first few seconds of listening to the album’s opener ‘Hung, Drawn and Quartered’, I knew this one was gonna deliver, just as 2010’s ‘Blood Of The Nations’ did. As successful as that album was in re-establishing the […]

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4ARM – Submission For Liberty

4ARM – Submission For Liberty

| 3 September 2012 | Reply

Rising Records/Riot, April 2012 8/10 By Shane Pinnegar Melbourne’s 4ARM have delivered a mighty old school thrash metal assault on this, their third full length album. Fine tuning the production for the new age with an earth shakingly relentless rhythm section sound – the double kick drums boom like Michael Vafiotis has been possessed by […]

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IRON MAIDEN – En Vivo [CD/DVD]

IRON MAIDEN – En Vivo [CD/DVD]

| 3 September 2012 | Reply

EMI, March 2012 Double CD, DVD, Blu Ray 7.5/10 By Shane Pinnegar Recorded before 50,000 rabid Chilean fans in Santiago in April 2011, En Vivo is a glorious treat for any Iron Maiden fan, no matter which format you choose. Having graduated to a status similar to that of the heavy metal answer to The […]

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Emma – Sarò Libera

Emma – Sarò Libera

| 31 August 2012 | Reply

  Label: Universal Music Release Date: February 12, 2012 Rating: 9.5/10 Reviewed by: ToddStar Again I find myself in the odd position of reviewing a disc recorded in a foreign language.  Why would I possibly care about an Italian artist that won the 2012 Sanremo Music Festival?  It all started when my better half suggested […]

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