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UPF: Fall In Love With The World (2014)

Written by: Kev Rowland UPF stands for United Progressive Fraternity, and originally came about after the demise of Australian band Unitopia. Mark Trueack (vocals), Matt Williams (guitar, bass, vocals), Dave Hopgood (drums, vocals) and Tim Irrgang (percussion) then joined forces with Guy Manning (Manning, The Tangent etc.), who brought in Marek Arnold (Toxic Smile, Flaming Row, SSTTGG etc.) and with…

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Universe Infinitiy: Rock Is Alive (2018)

Written by: Kev Rowland Apparently the band Universe were formed back in 1982. After leaving the band Moon, lead guitarist Michael Kling, who founded the band WC in the late 70’s with John Norum, was one of the founding members bassist Hasse Hagman, who played in Joey Tempest’s first band, along with drummer Anders Wetterström and guitarist Per Nilsson, all…

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Unruly Child: Unhinged – Live In Milan (2018)

Written by: Kev Rowland Following Mark Free’s successful career with King Kobra and Signal, Unruly Child were born when he started writing songs with Bruce Gowdy (Stone Fury, World Trade) and Guy Allison (Lodgic, World Trade, Doobie Brothers). With a line-up completed with Jay Schellen (Hurricane, World Trade, Asia) and Larry Antonino (Pablo Cruise), Unruly Child released their in 1992….

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Vantomme: Vegir (2018)

Written by: Kev Rowland Dominique Vantomme is a pianist, keyboardist, composer, band leader, music educator and producer, equally well known for his work with many European pop and rock acts as for being the jazz piano instructor at the Music Conservatory in Kortrijk, Belgium. In 2016 he travelled to Holland to see Stick Men, and after befriending the Tony Levin…

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Vespero: Shum – Shir (2017)

Written by: Kev Rowland Originally released digitally and on vinyl in 2017, this has now also been released on CD with some additional songs. This is the eighth full-length studio album by Russian band Vespero, and is the second in the ‘Abyssinian Tales’ series, following on from 2016’s ‘Lique Mekwas’. Apparently, “shum-shir” is an ancient Ethiopian ceremony where every ten…

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Zero For Conduct: CTRL+Z (2018)

Written by: Kev Rowland This New Jersey trio are back with their second album, eight songs at a fraction under 30 minutes, bringing together indie rock, shoegaze and punk, with a post-rock fringe. The music is incredibly angular and pointy, yet even with guitarist/singer Morgan Chen also providing bass as well as bassist Pat Holden (apparently they sometimes both play…

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Aborted Fetus: The Ancient Spirits of Decay (2018)

Written by: Kev Rowland These Russians have been portraying their particular brand of brutal death metal since 2000, but in fairness only guitarist Alexander “Meatgrinder” Andreev has been the constant, with the rest of the quartet having only been onboard since 2014. But, given that their most recent album, ‘The Art of Violent Torture’, is viewed by many as their…

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