CD review SWEET OBLIVION ‘Sweet Oblivion’

(8/10) Sweet Oblivion is based on idea of Frontiers Music, bringing together a few musicians under the imaginary header ‘Queensryche’. Sweet Oblivion has basically Geoff Tate and guitarist Simone Mularoni, known from DSG. The band/project gets completed by Emanuela Casali and Paolo Caridi and it’s this four-piece band that worked on a debut that available... Continue Reading →

CD review HARDLINE ‘Life’

(8/10) The 1992 album 'Double Eclipse' was a great start for Hardline, initiated by the Gioeli brothers. Unfortunately the great start wasn't followed by a great continuation. It took ten years and some line-up changes before the second album 'II' saw the light of day. Since then the band releases longplayers on a more regular... Continue Reading →

CD review WHITESNAKE ‘Flesh & Blood’

(8/10) What to write about a frontman and a band that's more than 40 years in business? Certainly I don't need to introduce you to David Coverdale and Whitesnake, the singer and band I'm talking about. If you didn't live under a rock for the last decades you have heard about the legendary band earlier... Continue Reading →

CD review BURNING RAIN ‘Face the Music’

(9/10) If an album/band includes Doug Aldrich on guitar the result can‘t be anything else than a blistering rock record with excellent guitar play as a fundamental ingredient. Regardless if it is Aldrich’s contribution to The Dead Daisies or Revolution Saints, all good bands with great songs in their musical repertoire. Another outfit, with Aldrich... Continue Reading →

CD review L.A. GUNS ‘The Devil You Know’

(8/10) L.A. Guns are a forerunner of sleaze rock. The band was formed in 1983 and it was the moniker of this band and its guitarist that added the ‘Guns’ to Guns’n’Roses. Axl Rose and Tracii Guns worked together in various constellations and bands with the guitarist being a driving factor. While Guns’n’Roses took off... Continue Reading →

CD review LAST IN LINE ‘II’

(8/10) Usually I'm not that much thrilled by renewed bands that surf on a successful history, especially when it's about the continuation of a heritage that's out of reach. Fortunately there are exceptions and Last In Line is one of them. As the moniker indicates the band is inspired by Dio's masterpiece from 1984. Actually... Continue Reading →

CD review TORA TORA “Bastards of Beale’

(7/10) US-based hard rockers Tora Tora is another ‘80s rock outfit that’s back in business and signed by Frontiers Records. The discography of the band, hailing from Memphis, Tennessee, is overseeable with the debut ‘Surprise! Attack!’ being the most successful one out of two. The sophomore record was entitled ‘Wild America’ and a third album... Continue Reading →

TEN announces a box set

British hard rockers Ten have an outstanding history of releases in their storied and revered catalog. Starting out as a sort of solo project built around singer and songwriter Gary Hughes, Ten found their audience playing a hard rock sound influenced by such giants as UFO, Thin Lizzy, Magnum, Giant, and Whitesnake in a time... Continue Reading →

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