WHITESNAKE, FOREIGNER & EUROPE – 14.05.2022 – Newcastle

VENUE: Utilita ArenaDATE: 14.05.2022 ORGANIZER: Live NationPHOTOGRAPHER: C. NepperPhotos copyrights belong to the photographer. No unauthorized usage allowed. Please contact photographer if you wish to reuse images in any context.   The day had finally arrived where my better half and I (and roughly eleven thousand other fans) were to witness a most impressive line-up…

HOUSE OF SHAKIRA – Lint XXV (Remastered Anniversary Edition)

RELEASE YEAR: 2022  BAND URL: https://www.facebook.com/HouseofShakira/ Swedish melodic rockers House of Shakira recently released this nicely packaged double disc edition of their debut offering “Lint”, which is turning 25 this year. The booklet contains some interesting liner notes, but more importantly, you get a remastered version of the album as well as an entire disc containing…

RADIOACTIVE – XXX

RELEASE YEAR: 2022  BAND URL: Tommy Denander The supremely talented Tommy Denander recently put this impressive and superbly written album of his out via Frontiers Records, and this is simply a fabulous mixture of hard rock, classic rock, and AOR/melodic rock. Deftly executed, versatile, and full of excitement, the record is packed with everything from high-octane…

RUST N’ RAGE – One for the Road

RELEASE YEAR: 2022  BAND URL: https://www.facebook.com/rustnrageofficial The promising Finnish outfit Rust N’ Rage released their debut album just a few weeks ago and there is reason to rejoice if hook-laden, well-written hard rock with plenty of drive and energy to it is what your mind and body crave. Consisting of eleven tunes that all encompass the…

FIND ME – Lightning in a Bottle

RELEASE YEAR: 2022  BAND URL: https://www.facebook.com/FindMeBandOfficial/ I was quite enamored with the previous output by Find Me and found that one rather memorable and enjoyable and so this new album of theirs was something that I had been looking forward to. Luckily, they do not disappoint this time either. Musically, these guys dabble in melodic rock…

MECCA – 20 Years

RELEASE YEAR: 2022BAND URL: Mecca – Startside | Facebook Mecca is one of those outfits that I have heard and read about previously but never actually listened to until now, and I must say that this collection containing the group’s three studio albums is quite impressive and oozes class and professionalism. We are essentially talking…

DEGREED – Are You Ready

RELEASE YEAR: 2022  BAND URL: degreed (degreedmusic.com) The latest output by Swedish hard rockers Degreed sounds absolutely massive in every sense of the word and if you desire passionate vocals, an incredibly tight and powerful rhythm section, and thunderous choruses that will blow you away, look no further than “Are You Ready”. Listening to these barnstormers…

CITY OF LIGHTS – Before the Sun Sets

RELEASE YEAR: 2022BAND URL: https://www.facebook.com/cityoflightsbanduk/ City of Lights recently released this 12-track debut offering of theirs via Frontiers Records, and what immediately becomes apparent when spinning the disc is that these guys are massive fans of melodic hard rock’s glory days. There is a lot to like about this one; the crisp and punchy production…

MANIC SINNERS – King of the Badlands

RELEASE YEAR: 2022BAND URL: https://www.facebook.com/manicsinners/ Energetic hard rock from the country of Romania is what we have here and the 12-track effort that is “King of the Badlands” contains a pretty decent number of hooks and powerful riffs. The sound is crunchy and packs punch while the interplay between the three members of the ensemble…

LIONVILLE – So Close to Heaven

RELEASE YEAR: 2022  BAND URL: https://nb-no.facebook.com/LIONVILLEofficial I am quite fond of the previous offering by the Italian outfit named Lionville, more specifically the album titled “Magic is Alive” from 2020, and so naturally, I was looking forward to the follow-up. Thankfully, “So Close to Heaven” is just as good if not slightly better than its predecessor,…

BLACK LAKES – For All We’ve Left Behind

RELEASE YEAR: 2022  BAND URL: https://www.blacklakes.com/ Thanks to the good people over at Stampede Press, I got my filthy paws on a promo version of the upcoming debut offering by the alternative metal/hard rock outfit known as Black Lakes. With such an evocative title as “For All We’ve Left Behind” as well as some interesting song…

SAGA – Detours (Remastered 2021)

RELEASE YEAR: 2021  BAND URL: https://sagagen.com/ Here is another reissue by the well-known Saga that deserves mention on our hallowed webpage and this time around it is all about the live album “Detours”, which came out twenty-three years ago, but which was recently remastered and given a visual and sonic facelift. Apart from the setlist being…

GIANT – Shifting Time

RELEASE YEAR: 2022BAND URL: https://www.facebook.com/Giant.The.Band/ What a pleasure it is to see and witness the return of Giant. I was quite smitten with the US rockers’ earlier albums back in the day and I was actually rather surprised when this sparkling new disc of theirs named “Shifting Time” showed up in my mailbox, but that…