Review: Maverick – Cold Star Dancer

Review: Maverick – Cold Star Dancer

Metalopolis Records (April 6th 2018)

Reviewer: Stephen Brophy 

After the success of their second album ‘Big Red’ Northern Ireland’s Maverick are back with a brand new opus, and it’s just so damn good. The expectations have been quite high for this release and they have been smashed, this is the sound of a band maturing and continuing to grow as they develop. Eleven new songs and a cover, and there is a great flow to this album even though the vibe and pace is different right through.

From the first time I saw Jonathan playing with the band it was quite obvious that he was going to be a beast behind the drum kit, and there are places on this album where he’s allowed to push a bit harder, there are few albums that sound like this and contain double bass drumming (the powerful end to ‘Cold Star Dancer‘ and opening of the following power house ‘Myrmidon‘), but it fits in perfectly with the riffs and feel of the tracks., he’s fo

Ryan’s guitar sound and playing throughout is terrific and these tracks are just going to be monsters live with Steve weighing in, there is a nice crunch alongside the soaring solos, but for everything it’s the control of the power that shines through, everything has clearly been thought through and worked on in minute detail.

There are many highlights on this album, it’s a blinding piece of work, from the depth and power in the title track and ‘Myrmidon‘, through the epic feel of ‘Magellan Rise‘” there is just something different that grabs you in each song, and this is different from a lot of their earlier work, but it’s excellent. It’s not like they have forgotten how to write a ballsy driving rocker, just grab a listen to ‘Seize The Day‘, everywhere you turn it’s a different path, but somehow they’ve manage to blend different styles perfectly. Still with everything else on offer ‘Devil’s Night‘ keeps grabbing me by the throat and drags me kicking and screaming along with the chorus, it’s the one I’m singing along to without even noticing.

The inclusion of a cover of Rick Springfield’s classic ‘Jessie’s Girl‘ may certainly raise a few eyebrows when they see it on the track listing, it certainly did mine, but bloody hell they’ve taken the song and really run with it themselves, the sound is the same but very different..

There really aren’t enough bands like Maverick on the Melodic Rock scene these days, they write a lot of songs that become anthems without necessarily creating them to be that, the music is upbeat and uplifting but at the same time contains a harder edge than most bands in this genre can access without messing up the overall sound. To me this is the album that will make a bigger mark for the band, it has the special quality that offers something different on every listen, just love it. Go and grab this one and play it loud, it deserves that.

Federal Charm Announce Special Guest Gabriella Jones For April-May UK Tour

Federal Charm embark on four UK concerts from April 14th. Dates include Open Club in Norwich (April 14) The Louisiana in Bristol (April 22), The Deaf Institute in Manchester (May 12), and the Cluny in Newcastle (May 18). Tickets are now on sale and can be booked from or from the 24 hour box office: 08702 183 805.

Very special guest at the Bristol and Newcastle shows is Gabriella Jones featuring Planet Rock radio’s Wyatt Wendels on drums.

Federal Charm – April – May 2018 UK Tour

*With  Special Guest Gabriella Jones feat. Wyatt Wendels (Planet Rock)

Norwich, Open Club                                       Saturday 14 April

*Bristol, The Louisiana                                  Sunday 22 April

Manchester, The Deaf Institute                Saturday 12 May

*Newcastle, The Cluny                                 Saturday 18 May

Photo Credit: © Simon Reed / Musical Pictures



Wonderworld Release Lyric Video For ‘Background Noises’

Power trio Wonderworld have released an Official lyric video for the track ‘Background Noises‘, taken from their upcoming new album ‘III‘.

The new album is set to be released in June of this year.

Line up:

Roberto Tiranti – Vocals and bass

Ken Ingwersen – Guitar

Tom Fossheim – Drums

Official Website



Review: Little Caesar – Eight

Review: Little Caesar – Eight

Golden Robot (March 16 2018)

Reviewer: Grant Foster

Right. Let’s get this out of the way first up.

There is absolutely no way that a band of this age, should be writing material this good. They sound like a band a couple of albums into their career. It’s fresh, groovy, soulful, rocking and makes you wanna dance, shout and sing.

Now I could just submit that to my editor, but I’d probably get my P45 before I got to press the ‘send’ button, so allow me to flesh it out a little.

Little Caesar, if you weren’t aware have been around since 1987, playing rock and roll with a subtle difference. That being their injection of soul and cool on the music we all know and love. A classic example being their take on ‘Chain Of Fools.’

But here they are still insisting on flying over to Europe to play in bars, clubs, dives, you name it, because, like a lot of bands these days, they still love what they do. But, not only that, LC are still releasing albums that count and have something to say in the musical landscape. F**k it that they might not be shifting multi platinum status. They want this. Badly.

Which brings me back to this fine opus.

’21 Again’ opens proceedings all muscle and menace and it feels like the band are 21. Again. The LC hook chorus rears it’s head straight away to reel you in.

Mama Tried’ ups the ante further, but always in a soulful, musical way. These guys have the tools to rock hard, but always with that soulful sing a long a swagger.

Have I mentioned Ron Young yet? A unique voice in rock for me. Part Bon Scott, part Aretha, all class. He hasn’t lost it and thank god for that.

Vegas’ has a classic hook – ‘too stoopid for New York, too ugly for Hollywood.’ And these boys should know!

Velvet’ has been in their live set for some time now. It’s a groover, lyrically evoking the ladies who refused to acknowledge that the days of the Sunset Strip were far behind them. You get the feeling that this is a personal tale.

Nobody loves a good time more than me and the guitar riff that opens ‘Good Times’ has it in spades. ‘Those are the days that we won’t let fade away’. Absolutely.

It wouldn’t be a LC album without a soulful lament and ‘Time Enough For That’ provides it. The guitar picking is subtle, yet highlights and accompanies Ron’s vocal. Sublime. They really do write this type of song that can reduce a hard man to rubble.

Straight Shooter’ is a hard edge rocker. It asks the question, ‘Is there anyone out there, that’ll look you right in the eye?’ No BS, just like this tune.

Another Fine Mess’. Nope, it’s not a homage to Laurel and Hardy (!), but a fine romp in the style of the Faces / Bachman Turner Overdrive type bar room brawling. All honk with an earworm of a chorus that won’t leave you alone.

Morning’ brings to mind an old roadie I used to work with. He used to walk off into the sunrise after an all night party, leather jacket slung over his shoulder, into the morning glow. ‘I can’t wait for the morning ’………yep Red would have loved this laid back sunshine of a song.

That’s Alright’ closes the album proper and it’s a little left field. A hint of Cheap Trick, a hint of Foo Fighters mixed with LC.

Two bonus tracks – ‘Mixed Signs’, a more laid back Louisiana sounding tune as Ron laments a woman who he can’t read properly. Ahem! Then a modern take on ‘Slow Ride’, a tune that initially appeared on the Influence album. However the boys play it, it’s still class.

Eight – I’d give it a 9 actually. Go get it.



Michael Bormann To Release ‘Rock Hard’ On May 5th

Vocalist Michael Bormann (Jaded Heart,Redrum, Bonfire, The Trophy) is set to release a brand new album ‘Rock Hard‘ on May 5th 2018.

It is available to pre-order Here

Track listing:


I Will Hold The Line

Live Your Life


Life Is A Miracle

I Wanna Be A Rockstar

When Push Comes To Shove

Come Take Me Higher

Won’t Surrender

It’s Only Physical

Let’s Make History

Live And Let Die


Stand Up 2017

I’m Not Your Entertainment

My Favorite Time

Official Website


Bonfire To Release ‘Temple Of Lies’ On 13th April On AFM Records

Few German rock acts can look back at as long and successful a career as Bonfire. Counting their predecessor – a group called Cacumen, which was also founded by Hans Ziller and featured more or less the same line-up – the band has been around since 1972, has operated under its current moniker since 1986 and released more than two dozen albums.
During the most successful phase of their career, Bonfire counted – alongside the Scorpions and Accept – among Germany’s three internationally most acclaimed acts, celebrating major success all over Europe and worldwide. Bonfire‘s trademarks are and have always been deeply melodic hard rock songs, driven by captivating guitars, grooving rhythms and haunting vocal melodies. All the features that came together so perfectly on their most popular releases ‘Fireworks‘ (1987), ‘Point Blank‘ (1989) and ‘Branded‘ (2011) are present on their current release ‘Temple Of Lies‘. Thanks to their new vocalist Alexx Stahl, who joined the fold two years ago, and a first-rate line-up on all instruments, the band’s creativity explodes on Temple Of Lies and is bound to wow a younger generation of rock music fans, too.
We were extremely lucky to find Alexx,” offers guitarist Hans Ziller in explanation of the group’s current creative and musical high. “He’s a team player who looks after his voice in a totally professional way and treats it like the important tool that it is. He doesn’t smoke and prepares optimally for every show. In addition, Alexx is a really nice guy. Being at the helm of the band, I couldn’t be happier to have him in the band.” Ziller is just as enthusiastic about his rhythm section consisting of bassist Ronnie Parkes and drummer Tim Breideband (“they seem to have reinvented the groove”), and of course guitarist Frank Pané (“one of the most awesome musicians I’ve ever worked with”). Ziller: “With this line-up, we’ll be able to increase the hardness level of our material whenever we feel like it. Numbers such as ‘Temple Of Lies‘ and ‘Stand Or Fall‘ wouldn’t have been possible with previous line-ups.”
It’s not only the occasionally tougher pace that impresses on ‘Temple Of Lies‘ (produced by Hans Ziller at the Flatliners Recording Studios in Ingolstadt) from the first to the very last note, but also the album’s diverse high-quality songwriting in general. Driving midtempo tracks (‘Feed The Fire‘, ‘On The Wings Of An Angel‘, ‘Fly Away‘, ‘Crazy Over You‘) support the afore-mentioned uptempo rock numbers and are expertly broken up by the ballad ‘Comin` Home‘ and ‘Love The Way You Hate Me‘, which surprises with a reggae groove verse. ‘Temple Of Lies‘ kicks off with the intro ‘In The Beginning‘, featuring American voice actor David Michael Williamson.
Line up:
Alexx Stahl (Vocals)
Hans Ziller (Guitar)
Frank Pané (Guitar)
Ronnie Parkes (Bass)
Tim Breideband (Drums)

Melbourne Rockers The Ugly Kings Release New Album ‘Darkness Is My Home’ April 13th

Melbourne rockers The Ugly Kings release their new album Darkness Is My Home‘ on 13th April
The Ugly Kings stunning video for ‘Promised Land‘ is out now.

The Ugly Kings are four powerhouse blues rockers, Russel Clark (Vocals), Christos Athanasias (Guitar), Nicolas Dumont (Bass) and Andy Alkemade (Drums), drawing influence from an eclectic and dynamic musical  background.
They have supported Airbourne on their successful sold out east coast Australia tour in January 2017 with great reviews and Airbourne’s main man Joel O’Keefe saying of the band; “Great show! The Ugly Kings have really got their own thing going on and it rocks! I love all the dynamics, pushing and pulling and then always smashing it out. Great intensity and power.“.
They also supported Rival Sons in 2016 on their first Australia headline side-show in Melbourne & were asked directly by Papa Roach to open for them on both their Melbourne shows in January this year. The Ugly Kings offer a powerful injection of energy and emotion to the modern rock scene, formulating what can only be described as power blues. Their unique catchy, melodic, groove driven, foot stomping rhythm and riffs lay the foundations for the deep reaching and soulful emotive vocals.

Having one mini-album under their belt already as well as having a full length album and single ready to be released on the Kozmik Artifactz label, they also boast an impressive collection of shows and performances for a young band.

New album ‘Darkness Is My Home‘ is due for release on 13th April, it will be available on Vinyl, CD and digital and can be pre-ordered from here

The Ugly Kings are for fans of The Doors, Jack White,  Black  Sabbath, The Black Keys, Royal Blood and Rival Sons.
Line up:
Russel Clark (Vocals)
Christos Athanasias (Guitar)
Nicolas Dumont (Bass)
Andy Alkemade (Drums)

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