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Hollow Water: Rainbow’s End (2016)

Written by: Kev Rowland Until recently, Hollow Water consisted of just Alan Cookson on keyboards and Huw Roberts on guitars. They have been producing instrumental material since 2012 which culminated with a loose collection of compositions entitled ‘Jigsaw Music’ in 2013. However, for this album they also brought in guests, so there are a further three guitarists, a few bassists,…

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Hot Texas Swing Band: Off the Beaten Trail (2017)

Written by: Kev Rowland I bet no-one can work out where these guys are from, or what style of music they play? The line-up of Alex Dormont (vocals and upright bass), Selena Rosanbalm (vocals), Liz Morphis (vocals), Cat Clemons (guitar), Ileana Nina (fiddle), Stephen Bidwell (drums), Joey Colarusso (sax), Jimmy Shortell (trumpet), Dave Biller (steel guitar) and Dan Walton (piano)…

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Jeff Scott Soto: Retribution (2017)

Written by: Kev Rowland Surely, Jeff Scott Soto needs no introduction, having been an important part of the melodic rock and metal scene for some thirty years now. He was first introduced to the public as the vocalist for guitar virtuoso Yngwie Malmsteen’s iconic first two solo albums before going on to front esteemed hard rock band Talisman, and the…

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Karfagen: Spektra (2016)

Written by: Kev Rowland Although I reviewed the debut album from Antony Kalugin under the Karfagen name a few years ago, I hadn’t heard anything since, and this 2016 album was his eighth studio release. Over the last few years I have been listening to a great deal of Camel, especially ‘Snow Goose’ which has become one of my “go…

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Karmamoi: Silence Between Sounds (2016)

Written by: Kev Rowland This is the third album from Italian-UK band Karamoi, and after suffering some line-up changes the remaining trio of Daniele Giovannoni (drums, recording engineer and producer), Alessandro Cefalì (bass guitar) and Alex Massari (guitar) decided not to bring in new permanent members of the band, but instead have relied on session musicians and for vocals feature…

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Kindred Spirit: Metamorphosis (2009)

Written by: Kev Rowland Driving along in the car, listening to this 2009 folk rock album, I was incredibly impressed by flautist Annie Parker on “Dragon Song”, and kept thinking to myself that she had obviously been spending a great period of time listening to Ian Anderson, as although she didn’t have the vocal self-accompaniment that makes his style so…

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Brujeria: Pocho Aztlan (2016)

Written by: Kev Rowland When Brujeria first hit the extreme metal scene back in the Nineties, there was a great deal of discussion as to who was actually in the band, as they all used nicknames to hide their true identities. On guitar and bass was none other than Aesino, probably best known to many as Dino Cazares of Fear…

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Darkest Sins: The Broken (2016)

Written by: Kev Rowland Darkest Sins is a five-piece melodic metal band from Ålesund, Norway founded by Marius Danielsen and Anniken Rasmussen in 2009. This is their debut full-length album, having previously released a demo in 2011 and an EP in 2013. The CD was mixed and mastered by Piet Sielck (Iron Saviour) who also has mixed albums for Blind…

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