2014 has had some superb releases, and it has yet again been a real struggle to narrow it down to only ten releases.

But I eventually managed it and here they are.

Listed in alphabetical order

American Mafia

Brother Firetribe

Dead End Heroes

Jimmy Barnes

Johnny Lima

Mother Road

Philip Sayce

Pretty Maids


Virgil & The Accelerators

And a mention to the albums which were almost there –

Bernie Marsden – Shine

Crowsaw – Smoke & Feathers

Danny Bryant – Temperature Rising

Daylight Robbery – Falling Back To Earth

H.E.A.T – Tearing Down The Walls

House Of Lords – Precious Metal

Rival Sons – Great Western Valkerie

There are already some great releases lined up for 2015.

Please support all the bands and artists who help keep music alive.











Kantation have released a video for the track ‘Power & the Glory’ (Saxon Cover)

The track is taken from the band’s second album ‘Nephilim’ which will be released January 23rd 2015. You can pre-order the album here


Nano Lugo – guitars

Brian Kairullah – bass

Martin DeBourge – vocals

Vinny Galore – drums

Jeremy Jimison – guitar

Official website


Level Eleven

Mikael Erlandsson from Gothenburg is one of the best singers/ songwriters in Sweden today. Beside LAD he has since 2006 been the front man in the Swedish super group Secret Service on live tours all over the world.

He has recorded four successful solo albums and his Japanese record company together with XTC Productions came up with the idea of putting him together with the fantastic guitar player Andy Malecek from the successful German hard rock band Fair Warning for an album project.

Mikael and Andy were both hooked by the idea and a plan for the album began to grow. Ian Haugland, Mic Michaeli and John Leven of Europe-fame were asked if they were interested to join, which they did and the band Last Autumn’s Dream was born.

Their self titled debut album resembled the best Scandinavian melodic rock heritage, but also added a distinctive Fair Warning influence coming from Malecek’s guitar playing.

The band lost 3/5’s of their members due to the comeback of Europe. So from their second album great musicians like bassist Marcel Jacob (Talisman) tragically died and was replaced by Nalley Påhlsson (Treat, Therion) and finally drummer Jamie Borger (Talisman, Treat, Secret Service) joined the band.

Andy Malecek unfortunately decided to leave the band in 2014 because of personal reasons and is now replaced by Peter “Pac” Söderström, a genius guitar player that earlier used to add rhythm guitars to the band’s previous albums.

Album number 11 “Level Eleven” will be released in Japan in December 2013 and in Europe in February 2013 and proposes as usual the combination of classic rock references with modern sound.

All albums recorded at XTC Studios in Stockholm. Executive producer Ulf Wahlberg (Secret Service).


LAST AUTUMNS DREAM – Follow Your Heart (Edit)

LAST AUTUMNS DREAM – I’ll Be There 4 U (Edit)


Track list: 1.

Kiss Me

2. Follow Your Heart

3. Fight The World

4. I’ll B There 4 U

5. Losing You

6. Go Go Go – Get Ready For The Show

7. Delirious

8. Made Of Stone

9. Stick Around

10. Star

11. PLZ (+ hidden track)

Mikael Erlandsson – vocals
Jamie Borger – drums
Nalley Pahlsson – bass
Peter Söderström – guitars

Last Autum's Dream


“They craft near-perfect garage-rock songs to hang the thrills and frills from.” – Kerrang!
“A powerhouse of big riffed rock ‘n’ roll” – Q Magazine
“..a cavalcade of fuzzy, hulking riffs, swinging psychedelic grooves and hollered vocals” – Mojo

“Sun kissed psychedelia and irresistible hooks, with the band’s soul, funk and blues influences thrust joyously to the fore… If you thrilled to the Black Keys it’s time to meet your new favourite band” – The Guardian
“..sheer unadultarated greatness” Classic Rock (#1 Album Of The Year 2014)
Long Beach, California’s Rival Sons are currently winding up the UK leg of their European tour, and are delighted to announce they will be heading back in March and April 2015 which will see them headline the prestigious Roundhouse in London.  Tickets go on sale THURSDAY 18TH DECEMBER 2014 – 10AM.

The band recently performed on Later With Jools Holland, following another TV appearance in the USA on the Late Show with David Letterman and   phenomenal performance at the star-studded Classic Rock Roll of Honour awards in LA.  They also fitted in a last minute support slot with Lenny Kravitz at Wembley Arena.

With elements of psychedelia and more than a nod to soul the new Rival Sons album ‘Great Western Valkyrie’ received rave reviews when it was released earlier this year. It was rated the No.1 album of 2014 by Classic Rock magazine as well as hitting the Top 20 albums of the year in Kerrang magazine. This, their fifth record in as many years saw the band yet again recording live in Nashville, using 50’s gear borrowed from Sun studios , acknowledging their heritage, but always having their eyes and ears focussed on the 21st Century.

There will be a new Rival Sons single in January 2015. ‘Good Things’  is a stroll through the land of possibilities that highlights the soulful melodies of enigmatic singer Jay Buchanan, shows off the signature guitar tones of Scott Holiday whilst the powerhouse rhythm section of Michael Miley on drums and the sultry grooves of Dave Beste on bass pin the whole song down.

March 2015

Sat 28 Leeds Academy, UK

Sun 29 Liverpool Academy, UK

Mon 30 Glasgow Academy, UK

April 2015

Wed 1    London Roundhouse, UK

Fri 3        Nottingham Rock City, UK

Sat 4       Southampton, Guildhall UK

Great Western Valkyrie, is available now and stormed into the charts around the world upon its release.  Available on digisleeve CD and limited edition vinyl LP at http://www.earache.com/rs14 – or on iTunes at http://bit.ly/rivalsons-iTunes

Official site – http://www.rivalsons.com
Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/rivalsons
Twitter – http://twitter.com/rivalsons

Profane And The Sacred

UK Stoner rockers Profane And The Sacred have released a video for ‘From The Top’

Featuring gigantic doom laden riffs that unashamedly smother you in nostalgia but waste no time in lacing prog tinged instrumental breakdowns into a 5 minute musical journey. Showcasing time progressions that shift gears but never let up on the momentum and allowing the rapsy, gritty vocals of singer Luke Alleeson to cover the organic soundtrack with a warning to all in the song’s lyrical content.

The band release their debut album ‘Chapter 1 : A Long Time Coming’  on 23rd February 2015 via Cargo Records.

Profance And The Sacred are:
Luke Alleeson – Vocals / guitars
Rick Spooner – Guitars
Rob Taylor – Bass guitar
Kieran Smith – Drums

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