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Albums of the Year 2017

Posted in Albums of the Year, AOR, Folk, Folk rock, hard rock, indie, Melodic rock, metal, pop, Pop rock, Power metal, Power pop, Prog metal, Progressive rock, rock n roll with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 5, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

1  CATS IN SPACE Scarecrow
Their debut was pretty damn fine, so high expectations and they delivered! A marvellous mix of 70s’ rock, pomp, pop and more melodies than you can shake a stick at.

2  THRESHOLD Legends of the Shires
Returning vocalist Glynn Morgan helps the band to make one of the finest albums to date. A real return to form.

3  LONELY ROBOT The Big Dream
Part two of the trilogy and another fine set of musical adventures. No name guests this time as John Mitchell does it all bar the drums and some backing vocals.

4  BOULEVARD IV
Finally we get a new album from Boulevard. Fantastic tunes and production, deserves a place in every melodic rock/AOR fans collection.

5  THE YOUNG ‘UNS Strangers
Folk acapella from this talented three piece. Each song is based on a true story and the songs are all positive and uplifting.

STEVE WALSH Black Butterfly former Kansas vocalist returns with an album chock full of melodic rock treats.

7 SONS OF APOLLO supergroup featuring Jeff Scott Soto, Mike Portnoy, Derek Sherinan and Billy Sheenhan. Fantastic joining of music talents and the music lives up to expectations.

8 LIONHEART only 20 odd years since their last album…with Lee Small (Shy/Phenomena) on vocals, Lionheart deserve a place in any melodic rock fans collection.

9 IT Home thought provoking and timely progressive rock backed by oodles of melody.

10= H.E.A.T. Into The Great Unknown they have changed their sound a bit which may upset some fans, but for me they are heading onwards and upwards.

10= PUGWASH Silverlake the power pop album of the year. If you like ELO, Duckworth Lewis grab a copy of this.

Honorable mentions…

HAREM SCAREM United they keep on churning out classy melodic hard rock and long may that continue.

THE BITERS plenty of retro on this one, with the T Rex sounding songs

JEFF SCOTT SOTO Retribution not as instant but stick with it

BIGFOOT one of the debuts of the year. Modern hard rock and the singer doesn’t half sound like Tyketto’s Danny Vaughn at times!

THE NIGHTS more classy Scandi melodic rock with hook filled choruses big enough to land a whale.

THE NEW ROSES One More For The Road good time hard rock, no frills and plenty of riffs.

NIGHT RANGER Don’t Let Up they show no sign of letting up quality wise, another ‘must have’ for fans.

DANKO JONES Wild Cat if you like 70’s rock, Thin Lizzy and foot tapping tunes look no further.

THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA Amber Galactic like Brother Firetribe their ‘day bands’ are heavy yet here they show their love of 80’s melodic rock and AOR.

Fellow GRTR! reviewers choices can be found here

The music is out there…

Posted in Blues rock, Classic albums, Classic rock, Folk, Folk rock, Get Ready To Rock!, gigs, hard rock, Heavy metal, indie, Melodic rock, metal, Mix tape, Modern rock, Music for 2016, pop, Pop rock, Power metal, Power pop, Prog metal, Progressive rock with tags , , , , on February 28, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

I love discovering and listening to new music, be it actual new music or older music that I listen to for the first time. I know many music fans my age or older get very set in their tastes and say nothing new is as good as the older, established bands, however that misses the point a little for me. Yes bands like say the Temperance Movement or Inglorious, to name but two, are nothing new musically yet they take the music they love and give it their own twist. Heck, bands like Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple borrowed and were influenced by established artists in their day to create the music that still resonates today.

Just this week I picked up a Richard Hawley CD after reading a rave gig review on GRTR! On Twitter I have been picking up on new music and currently loving Broken Witt Rebels (their new EP is superb!) and the indie rock of Mountain Jam. The joy and thrill of hearing new music and championing the musicians is one of life’s great joys for me and many others.

Go on, listen to at least one new band/musician this week, be they new or old…

Music for 2016: SHADOW HUNTERS

Posted in Melodic rock, metal, Music for 2016, Power metal, Prog metal with tags , , , , on February 25, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Describing themselves as “Modern Energetic Sci-Fi Rock”, Norway’s Shadow Hunters merge epic goth rock instrumentation with powerful, anthemic vocals and visceral, fast-paced guitars – a sound which led to their last song premiering exclusively on Kerrang!

I must admit to being rather partial to this song and it reminded me of Aussie prog metal band Voyager.

 

Cambridge Rock Festival 2016 First Band Announcement

Posted in AOR, Blues rock, Classic rock, Folk, Folk rock, hard rock, Heavy metal, Melodic rock, Modern rock, Music for 2016, News, Power metal, Prog metal, Progressive rock with tags , , , , , , , on January 6, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Cambridge Rock Festival 2016 First Band Announcement

4th-7th August 2016

70’s Legends Headline This Years Main Stage

The Cambridge Rock Festival is a superb music event featuring Classic Rock, Blues, with Progressive Rock and some young and exciting Metal bands, all stages are covered.  On the Thursday, the festival caters to the locals, with an evening of Tribute bands. This festival offers a stage to some up and coming younger bands and has seen some become successful. The Treatment, Bonafide, Pearl Handled Revolver and Walkway (recently supported the great Status Quo) to name a few. The Festival has some great food stalls, and is renowned for its 70 real ales, ciders, wines and lager!

The first bands announced for the 2016 festival are: One of Progressive Rock’s greatest legends, Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy Tour.    The extraordinary Dutch band Focus still featuring original members Thijs Van Leer (organ, flute and vocals) and Pierre Van Der Linden (drums). Curved Air with the beautiful Sonja Kristina at the helm. Sonja was one of the stars of the original cast of the musical Hair, in London in 1968. Curved Air rose to fame with their song Back Street Luv.

80’s star Hazel O’Connor, is huge favorite of the festival, and we are thrilled that she playing again in 2016.

Cregan and Co, Jim Cregan is Rod Stewart’s guitarist and co-songwriter. X-Factor finalist Ben Mills is on vocals. Jim was responsible not only for writing many of Stewart’s greatest hits, he also wrote Cockney Rebel’s hit Come Up And See Me.

The Pink Fairies are an English rock band initially active in the London underground and psychedelic scene of the early 1970s.  They have reformed for a series of gigs including the CRF.

Also playing are:  Walkway, a great Cambridge favorite.  HeKz a progressive metal band, who received a huge ovation at Cambridge 2014.  The Mentulls play their own brand of Progressive Blues. Purson,  Yossarian, Malayan Blues, Doris Brendel, and Derecho.

The Blues Stage bands will be announced soon.  Many more bands are still to be confirmed.

Camping and caravaning available over the full festival. Just 2.5 miles from the historic centre of Cambridge and 3.3miles from Cambridge Rail Station. 30 mins from Stansted Airport (150metres from M11 Motorway J12). Cambridge Rocks! as after all Cambridge is the original hometown of Pink Floyd.

Cambridge Rock Festival, Haggis Farm Polo Club, Barton, CB23 7PZ.Just off the M11 Junction 12.

www.cambridgerockfestival.co.uk

Albums of the Year – My Top 25 :-)

Posted in AOR, Best of 2015, Classic rock, ELO, Get Ready To Rock!, hard rock, Heavy metal, Jeff Lynne, Melodic rock, Modern rock, Music for 2015, pop, Pop rock, Power metal, Power pop, Prog metal, rock n roll, Singer songwriter with tags , , , , , , , , on November 17, 2015 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Not in any order as it was hard enough whittling it down to 25. Honourable mentions to WASP (a real return to form), Spock’s Beard, Big Big Train, Joel Hoekstra’s 13, Jorn Lande & Trond Holter, Adrenaline Mob and PowerWolf.

1. Jeff Lynne’s ELO – Alone In The Universe (Colombia/Sony)

2. Lonely Robot – Please Come Home (Inside Out)

3. Blackberry Smoke – Holding All The Roses (Spinefarm Records)

4. Five Grand Stereo – Sex & Money (indie)

5. Thunder – Wonder Years (earMusic)

6. Cats In Space – Too Many Gods (indie)

7. FM – Heroes & Villains (Frontiers)

8. Michael Monroe – Blackout States (Spinefarm Records)

9. The Radio Sun – Heaven Or Heartbreak (Melodic Rock Records)

10. Dennis Churchill Dries (ex-White Sister/Tatoo Rodeo) – I (AOR Heaven)

11. Ozone – Self Defence (Escape Music)

12. Neal Morse – The Grand Experiment (Inside Out)

13. Orden Ogan – Ravenhead (AFM Records)

14. Magnus Karlsson’s Free Fall – Kingdom Of Rock (Frontiers)

15. Revolution Saints (Frontiers)

16. Phantasma – The Deviant Hearts (Napalm)

17. Toto – XIV (Frontiers)

18. Third Eye Blind – Dopamine

19. Lifeline – Scream (Escape Music)

20. Tim Arnold – The Soho Hobo (indie)

21. Josh Taerk – Here’s To Change (Misty Creek Records)

22. Kamelot – Haven (Napalm)

23. The Darker My Horizon – Acquiesce (indie)

24. Khymera – The Grand Design (Frontiers)

25. Queensryche – Condition Human (Century Media)

Disappointing albums for me were Gloryhammer (not as good as the previous album), Eclipse and House Of Lords (bring back the pomp keyboards one more time please!).

The new Queensryche album is rather good…

Posted in Heavy metal, Music for 2015, Prog metal with tags , , , , , on October 7, 2015 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Queensryche are back with one of their strongest albums in many years. ‘Human Condition’ is the second album to feature former Crimson Glory vocalist Todd La Torre and he really makes an impression on this album.

Former vocalist Geoff Tate’s Operation: Mindchrime released their new album ‘The Key’ recently, which I like but not as much as this one.

‘Guardian’ is the second song to get the video treatment by the band…

Best of 2014 with Frederick Thunder of Neonfly

Posted in AOR, Best of 2014, Get Ready To Rock!, Melodic rock, Power metal, Prog metal with tags , , , , , , , on December 10, 2014 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Guitarist Frederick Thunder with Neonfly, gives his best of for the year. Neonfly’s second album ‘Strangers In Paradise’ is one of the albums of the year for me…

neonfly

What are your top albums of the year? In no particular order I really enjoyed:

Edguy – Space Police – such a  cool album, full of hooks and all the things that make Edguy such a great band. It’s great to see that after all these years they still put out great albums and manage to keep fresh with every new release.

Sonata Arctica – Pariah’s Child – Another great album, with some great tunes, a band that keeps moving forward creatively, but with this release they still managed to keep many of the elements that made their earlier success. I don’t get tired of listening to this one!

Breathe Carolina – Savages – I recently got into this band and I really like their sound. Really fun songs to party to!

Amaranthe – Massive Addictive – I think this is their best album by far, they’ve managed to make their modern metal sound a bit more varied in this album than in the previous two, and the riffs are killer!

Dirty Loops – Loopified – I can’t stop listening to this. It’s infectious!!!

Best gig(s) of the year? (can include you own band!)

TNT at Sweden Rock Festival. Oh how I love that band!!! –

Mago De Oz – London Underworld, it was really cool to get to see this Spanish band for the first time in London. They usually play stadiums in Spanish speaking countries… but rarely play outside of those. –

Ted Nugent at Sweden Rock Festival. What a guy!

How was 2014 for you…

Full of highs and lows… we got robbed on the road which was an extremely low point for the band, but in the end we manage to carry on, played a lot in the UK this year, released a new album, recorded a new video in Cyprus (it’ll be released in January), and played a really big show at the Forum in London with Epica and Dragonforce last weekend which was a great way to end the year!

…and what have you planned for 2015? Touring, touring, touring, and more touring! Hopefully…

You can pick a line-up for Download (or Monsters Of Rock as it was known). Maximum seven bands (can be past or present) and brief reason why you’d pick them…

Van Halen because Eddie Van Halen!!!

Led Zeppelin because I never got the chance to see them and they are the ultimate legends.

Virgin Steele, because I get so excited when I listen to that band… provided David can still sing the songs!

Meat Loaf – assuming he could still sing…

Dio – because we’re off to the witch, and we may never never never come home.

Savatage – because it’s such a cool band, and a million TSO, or Jon Oliva’s Pain, or Circle II Circle performances would never make up for the chance to see the real Savatage live!

Neonfly – Just because.

Was Gene Simmons right saying rock is dead or was Dee Snider & others right in saying it’s not dead yet?

I find this kind of debates silly. I don’t think rock is dead, otherwise I wouldn’t be trying to do this for a living. As a rock fan, it would be hard to be a fan if I considered rock was dead to me. As long as I like rock and I enjoy it then it would be pretty stupid to think that rock is dead, and I guess most rock fans feel the same way. If it’s not dead to you as a fan, then it’s not dead. And there are still millions of rock fans out there.

Anything else to add…

I’m naked right now.