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MURDER BAY – Never Was An Angel

MURDER BAY – Never Was An Angel

| 11 September 2012 | Reply

2012 reissue, Eonian Records By Shane Pinnegar 8/10 In the late eighties and early nineties, purveyors of the glory days of the Sunset Strip Sound were practically living in the land of plenty with fat cat record companies throwing bottomless cheques at any potential “next big thing”, and hundreds of thousands of kids ready to […]

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MOTORTRAIN – Straight Six EP

MOTORTRAIN – Straight Six EP

| 11 September 2012 | Reply

Vanity Music Group, 2011 By Shane Pinnegar 6.5/10 Hailing from “the middle of nowhere, Oklahoma”, MOTORTRAIN play rock n’ roll – 2 guitars, drums, bass and voice – nothing more, nothing less. Combining the heads down dirty denim boogie of AC/DC, the supercharged rock n’ roll belligerence of Motorhead, and the Southern groove of Junkyard, […]

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MAMMOTH MAMMOTH – Volume III – Hell’s Likely

MAMMOTH MAMMOTH – Volume III – Hell’s Likely

| 11 September 2012 | Reply

Golden Triangle Productions, 2012 By Shane Pinnegar 8.5/10 “Got a tattoo on my chest that says ‘Fuck You’ Got a demon inside my head telling me what to do Cos I’m up all night Got demons to fight (Six foot high and bulletproof)” – (Up All Night) Demons To Fight MAMMOTH MAMMOTH – the band […]

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MAGIC BONES – Self titled EP

MAGIC BONES – Self titled EP

| 11 September 2012 | Reply

Self released, April 2012 By Shane Pinnegar 7/10 Melbourne’s MAGIC BONES have released a minor gem in this, their 5-track debut EP. Trippy, spacey psych rock abounds here – like Hawkwind if they’d been brought up on Americana rather than 60’s British R&B – from the barely restrained opener Space Between Us, featuring the beautifully […]

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LIL’ BAND O’ GOLD – …Plays Fats

LIL’ BAND O’ GOLD – …Plays Fats

| 11 September 2012 | Reply

Dust Devil Music/EMI, 2012 By Shane Pinnegar 8/10 Louisiana stalwarts Lil’ Band Of Gold have produced a record completely devoid of pretention or trend-chasing in this tribute to Antoine “Fats” Domino, and they’ve dragged a few (very) special guests into the studio to lend a hand. The band are all long time studio veterans from […]

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L.A. GUNS – Hollywood Forever

L.A. GUNS – Hollywood Forever

| 11 September 2012 | Reply

Deadline Records, 2012 By Shane Pinnegar 9/10 By tapping into their classic sound, L.A. Guns have created one of the best albums of their career in any incarnation. To clarify, this is Phil Lewis’s L.A. Guns, not the band of the same name featuring Tracii Guns, and “Hollywood Forever” does give some strength to the […]

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LACED IN LUST – Fire [single]

LACED IN LUST – Fire [single]

| 11 September 2012 | Reply

Self released, 2012 By Shane Pinnegar 7/10 Adelaide may the “City of churches” to some, but to those of us in the know it’s fast becoming the dirty sleaze rock capital of this sunburnt country. LACED IN LUST follow in the footsteps of Generation Swine with a raw, sleazy debut slab. LIL have more Hanoi […]

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KISSIN’ DYNAMITE – Money, Sex & Power CD

KISSIN’ DYNAMITE – Money, Sex & Power CD

| 10 September 2012 | Reply

2012 By Shane Pinnegar 8/10 Kissin’ Dynamite, hailing from Germany’s Swabia (near Bavaria), prove my theory that what I called “Metal” back in my teens in the early Eighties has little to do with what passes for Metal nowadays. Ferociously combining a sleaze rock look and attitude with old school Teutonic metal violence and force, […]

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KING CANNONS – The Brightest Light CD

KING CANNONS – The Brightest Light CD

| 10 September 2012 | Reply

EMI, 2012 By Shane Pinnegar 8/10 The shadow of Joe Strummer looms large over King Cannons’ debut album – Luke Yeoward’s vocal style and phrasing often reminds us of the Clash and Mescaleros frontman, an open-minded approach to instrumentation, a wonderful ability to tell a story that matters in three and a half minutes and […]

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JACKSON FIREBIRD – Cock Rockin’ CD

JACKSON FIREBIRD – Cock Rockin’ CD

| 10 September 2012 | Reply

Warner Music, June 2012 By Shane Pinnegar 7/10 JACKSON FIREBIRD are an Aussie two piece who kick hard against the pricks on this, their nitrous infused debut album. No prisoners are taken from the opening salvo of title track Cock Rockin’ – Brendan Harvey’s guitar is as raw as his vocals, and Dale Hudak thunders […]

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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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