BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION – V

RELEASE YEAR: 2024BAND URL: https://blackcountrycommunion.com/ Very few if any hard rock acts that I can think of deserve the “super group” tag as much as the awe-inspiring Black Country Communion do, which comes down to the simple facct that not many star-studded constellations of musicians have released such stellar outputs as Joe Bonamasa, Jason Bonham,…

GJENFERD – Gjenferd

RELEASE YEAR: 2024BAND URL: https://gjenferdbergen.bandcamp.com/album/gjenferd This stunning and ridiculously well-written not to mention infectiously catchy debut effort by the Norwegian outfit named Gjenferd is one of the best things that has happened to me this year. By Odin, this is so fucking awesome and inspired that I lack words, and that rarely happens, mind you.…

SUNFACE – Cloud Castles

RELEASE YEAR: 2024BAND URL: https://www.facebook.com/sunfaceband/ It has been way too long since we last heard from the Oslo-based rockers known as Sunface, but the eight-year gap between their stunning debut album and this, their highly potent sophomore effort, has been worth the wait, which is testament to just how delightfully enthralling Cloud Castles well and…

JOE BONAMASSA – Live at the Hollywood Bowl with Orchestra

RELEASE YEAR: 2024BAND URL: https://jbonamassa.com/ This stunning live document by renowned blues rocker Joe Bonamassa is nothing short of a musical triumph that brings even more flavor and depth to the brilliant musician’s arsenal of superbly written, emotionally rich tunes. Bonamassa performed at the legendary Hollywood Bowl with a full orchestra back in August last…

CEDRIC BURNSIDE – Hill Country Love

RELEASE YEAR: 2024BAND URL: https://www.cedricburnside.net/ Renowned blues maestro Cedric Burnside is one of the greats of the genre and his upcoming album titled Hill Country Love is nothing short of a triumph. The vibrant aura and heartfelt passion of the material make for a frighteningly convincing, outright authentic, and emotionally gratifying listening experience that speaks…

JACK RUSSELL/TRACII GUNS – Medusa

RELEASE YEAR: 2024BAND URL: https://open.spotify.com/artist/4HBC3DZwjOaVS5TQEt7fwB Medusa turned out to be a rather uplifting and enjoyable listening experience to these ears – more so than many of the other Frontiers projects conceived by the label – due to the style and tone of the record having a cool, groovy, and seventies-ish hard rock vibe to it.…

THUNDER – Live at Islington Academy

RELEASE YEAR: 2024BAND URL: https://www.thunderonline.com/ The fabulous British rockers Thunder have unearthed a cracking good and highly energetic live recording dating back to late December of 2006 when they played a surprise gig at the Planet Rock Christmas party, which took place at the Islington Academy in London as the title of the release aptly…

WALTER TROUT – Broken

RELEASE YEAR: 2024BAND URL: https://www.waltertrout.com/ The upcoming record by blues rock legend Walter Trout entitled Broken is nothing short of spectacular, and the entire thing is brimming with atmosphere, heart, soul, and some of the best riffs and licks that I have ever come across, which is saying something. This twelve-track output packs so much…

ROBBEN FORD – Night in the City

RELEASE YEAR: 2023  BAND URL: https://www.robbenford.com/ The legendary guitar-slinger Robben Ford is a true master of his craft as evidenced by the quality of his recorded works and live performances be that as a solo artist or a member of various bands such as Yellowjackets and L.A. Express. Also, the number of renowned artists and musicians…

MARTIN POWER – White Knuckles: The Life and Music of Gary Moore

RELEASE YEAR: 2023  BAND URL: https://omnibuspress.com/products/white-knuckles-the-life-of-gary-moore-published-on-8th-september-2021?_pos=1&_sid=672ce29c4&_ss=r Being the huge fan and admirer of Martin Power’s epic book on Jimmy Page titled No Quarter that I am, I was naturally rather psyched and excited when a copy of White Knuckles landed on my doorstep. The role and significance of the immortal and sadly missed Gary Moore cannot…

ERIC SARDINAS – Midnight Junction

RELEASE YEAR: 2023  BAND URL: https://www.ericsardinasmusic.com/ American blues rocker EriC Sardinas is known for his wild and electrifying albums and tours, and his new offering titled Midnight Junction, which is out via earMUSIC, perfectly summarizes and encapsulates what he and his bandmates are all about. We are talking unashamedly raw, suitably loud, and delightfully unpolished blues…

BLACKBIRD ANGELS – Solsorte

RELEASE YEAR: 2023  BAND URL: https://www.facebook.com/traciiguns/ Blackbird Angels turned out to be a very cool and pleasant surprise in that it sees such skilled musicians as Tracii Guns (guitars), Todd Kerns (vocals), and Adam Hamilton (drums) teaming up to deliver a raw and raunchy slab of blues-infested hard rock. Two things that immediately came to mind…

JANET GARDNER & JUSTIN JAMES – No Strings

RELEASE YEAR: 2023BAND URL: https://www.facebook.com/JanetGardnerofficial/?locale=nb_NO Not being familiar with the previous offering titled Synergy by the skilled and musically powerful duo consisting of singer Janet Gardner and guitarist Justin James, I had no real idea what to expect when I popped this CD into the record player, but fortunately, I was in for a nice…

SHE BURNS RED – Out of Darkness

RELEASE YEAR: 2023  BAND URL: http://sheburnsred.com/ Having not yet had the pleasure of listening to the previous offering by this Scottish hard rock act, namely the debut EP named Take Back Tomorrow from 2020, I had no idea what to expect from this upcoming album by She Burns Red. What I can tell you is that…

DIRTY HONEY – 17.06.2023 – Bergen, Norway

VENUE: BastionenDATE: 17.06.2023 ORGANIZER: Bergen LivePHOTOGRAPHER: J. Nepper.Photos copyrights belong to the photographer. No unauthorized usage allowed. Please contact photographer if you wish to reuse images in any context.   The awesome purveyors of atomic hard rock from California known as Dirty Honey paid the lovely city of Bergen a visit on a hot and…

TRIBULATION – Hamartia

RELEASE YEAR: 2023 BAND URL: https://www.tribulation.se/ I remember once listening to The Formulas Of Death²⁰¹³ and later The Children Of The Night²⁰¹⁵ (which came out after The Horror²⁰⁰⁹, the debut after 5 years from Tribulation’s conception) and praising the melodic death metal the founders Johannes Andersson (bass, vocals) and Paul Adam “Zaars” Zars (guitars) then…

ORIANTHI – Rock Candy

RELEASE YEAR: 2022  BAND URL: https://www.instagram.com/iamorianthi/ The hugely talented Orianthi is keeping busy and staying creative these days, which is great to see, and her latest LP entitled Rock Candy is a fine entry in the awesome lady’s discography. That hard and sharp sound of the record suits the material quite nicely, and I love the…

MARTIN CELMINS – Peter Green: Founder of Fleetwood Mac (Revised and Updated Version)

RELEASE YEAR: 2022BAND URL: https://omnibuspress.com/products/peter-green-the-authorised-biography-published-on-31st-march-2022 This updated and revised classic on the wildly gifted and enigmatic founder of Fleetwood Mac, more specifically blues legend Peter Green, is an illuminating study of a musical icon and an extraordinarily complex human being that perpetually seemed to shun fame and fortune. Written by Martin Celmins who was a…

OLE DEVIL & THE SPIRIT CHASERS – Apocalypse Blues

RELEASE YEAR: 2022  BAND URL: https://www.facebook.com/oledevilandthespiritchasers The title of this sophomore offering by the talented Ole Teigen and his band known as the Spirit Chasers is a most fitting one in that the musical content is gritty as fuck. It crackles with restless energy, agony, heartache, loathing, despair, evil, and generally just all the different things…

JEFF BECK & JOHNNY DEPP – 18

RELEASE YEAR: 2022  BAND URL: http://www.jeffbeck.com/ Following their engaging and memorable performance at the old fortress in Bergen back in early July this year, I quickly became wildly enthusiastic about this collaboration by the two gentlemen, Jeff Beck (lead guitars and bass) and Johnny Depp (vocals, bass, and rhythm guitars). While the former is unarguably one…

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