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CD REVIEW: STEEL PANTHER – LOWER THE BAR

CD REVIEW: STEEL PANTHER – LOWER THE BAR

CD REVIEW: STEEL PANTHER – LOWER THE BAR Kobalt Label Services 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 6 ½ /10 Steel Panther hit a dangerous fork in the road with their last studio album, All You Can Eat, released a full three years ago: their one-joke-pony had grown stale, fast, even though their unapologetically hair-metal playing […]

CD REVIEW: ZOE SCHWARZ BLUE COMMOTION – This Is The Life I Choose

CD REVIEW: ZOE SCHWARZ BLUE COMMOTION – This Is The Life I Choose

CD REVIEW: ZOE SCHWARZ BLUE COMMOTION – This Is The Life I Choose 33 Records March 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7 ½ /10 Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion have delivered an accomplished fourth studio album of polished, mellow blues, with a few feisty and eclectic edges. A captivating vocalist out front of a watertight musical […]

CD/DVD REVIEW: ROY ORBISON: BLACK & WHITE NIGHT 30

CD/DVD REVIEW: ROY ORBISON: BLACK & WHITE NIGHT 30

CD/DVD REVIEW: ROY ORBISON: BLACK & WHITE NIGHT 30 Sony March 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 10/10 For the thirtieth anniversary of Roy Orbison’s Black & White Night all-star television special, the entire package has been revisited from scratch: all footage from every camera originally used has been re-edited; the sound is immaculate; liner notes […]

CD REVIEW: ASHLEY RILEY - Can't Let You Go [EP]

CD REVIEW: ASHLEY RILEY – Can’t Let You Go [EP]

Label: Riled Up Records Release Date: March 3, 2017 Rating: 9/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur There seems to be a run on Americana music lately, and while it isn’t my go to, it is becoming something I will listen to without cringing.  The latest from Ashley Riley is a mish-mash of the Americana groove […]

CD REVIEW: WATTS – The Black Heart Of Rock N’ Roll

CD REVIEW: WATTS – The Black Heart Of Rock N’ Roll

CD REVIEW: WATTS – The Black Heart Of Rock N’ Roll Rum Bar Records July 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 Just like their cover image suggests, Watts are a Boston four-pieced gravel-throated, ripped amp, punk attitude, juvenile delinquent rap sheet, sweat-dripping-from-the-ceiling bunch channelling their own brand of Pistols-Dolls-Keef-Thunders-Accadacca take no shit, no fucks given, […]

CD REVIEW: THE CHEAP CASSETTES – All Anxious, All The Time

CD REVIEW: THE CHEAP CASSETTES – All Anxious, All The Time

CD REVIEW: THE CHEAP CASSETTES – All Anxious, All The Time Rum Bar Records February 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7 ½ /10 The Cheap Cassettes’ lo-fi, scuzzed up indie punk rock is a throwback to the heady days of yore, before music was digitally sanitised and over-produced. There’s no chance of that here – […]

CD REVIEW: BOMB THE WORLD & POISON HEART – Monsterace split album

CD REVIEW: BOMB THE WORLD & POISON HEART – Monsterace split album

CD REVIEW: BOMB THE WORLD & POISON HEART – Monsterace split album Independant December 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7 ½ /10 There’s a local restaurant we like to go to. They’ll never break new culinary ground or innovate much of anything, but we know we’ll always get a tasty, juicy steak there. This split […]

CD REVIEW: AVARGO GROOVE – Roll With The Dice EP

CD REVIEW: AVARGO GROOVE – Roll With The Dice EP

CD REVIEW: AVARGO GROOVE – Roll With The Dice EP Independent May 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7 ½ /10 Breezy sunny afternoon blues perfect for soundtracking a few beers and a few laughs with a few friends, Tasmanian five-piece Avargo Groove’s debut EP is a relaxed six-track affair that’s sure to brighten your day. […]

CD REVIEW: DAVE WARNER’S FROM THE SUBURBS – When

CD REVIEW: DAVE WARNER’S FROM THE SUBURBS – When

CD REVIEW: DAVE WARNER’S FROM THE SUBURBS – When Independent 17 March, 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8 ½ /10 Australian society may have changed dramatically since Dave Warner’s Suburban Rock packed full houses every Bicton weekend, but Warner is as insightful and cutting as he continues his relentless study of Australian identity on When, […]

CD REVIEW: DENIZ TEK – Mean Old Twister

CD REVIEW: DENIZ TEK – Mean Old Twister

CD REVIEW: DENIZ TEK – Mean Old Twister Citadel Records September 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 Deniz Tek, U.S.-born architect of the classic Radio Birdman sound, relentlessly continues to release new material, never less than engaging and interesting. This album, recorded in Montana and Hawaii as a trio with bassist Bob Brown and drummer […]

CD REVIEW: SHY IMPOSTERS – Shy Imposters

CD REVIEW: SHY IMPOSTERS – Shy Imposters

CD REVIEW: SHY IMPOSTERS – Shy Imposters Citadel Records February 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 A nugget from the deep underground Sydney scene from 1979 and 1980, Shy Imposters collects all seven demos of this woulda – coulda – shoulda band. The band lasted from September 1979 to June 1980 – a scant ten […]

CD REVIEW: JIM DICKSON – Coelum Versus

CD REVIEW: JIM DICKSON – Coelum Versus

CD REVIEW: JIM DICKSON – Coelum Versus Citadel Records October 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 You can’t keep a good guitarist down, and Jim Dickson – latterly Radio Birdman bassist, and with a long CV that includes entries with a veritable myriad of underground luminaries including Passengers, Barracudas, The New Christs, Louis Tillett, Deniz […]

CD REVIEW: GHOWL – In The Woods

CD REVIEW: GHOWL – In The Woods

CD REVIEW: GHOWL – In The Woods Independent December 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7 ½ /10 Ghowl hail from Sweden, and deliver a creepy set of gothic horror metal that will haunt your dreams. A studio duo of Frederick Olsson and Kim Mattsson – Olsson on guitars, Mattsson plays everything else and co-writes the […]

CD REVIEW: VANISHING POINT – Tangled In Dream [Reissue]

CD REVIEW: VANISHING POINT – Tangled In Dream [Reissue]

CD REVIEW: VANISHING POINT – Tangled In Dream [Reissue] AFM Records 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 Originally released in 2000, Tangled In Dream was Australian prog metal band Vanishing Point’s second album, and was released to much critical and fan acclaim worldwide. Now, seventeen years later, they have reissued Tangled In Dream, complete with […]

CD REVIEW: MAPS TO THE HOLLYWOOD SCARS - Volume One [EP]

CD REVIEW: MAPS TO THE HOLLYWOOD SCARS – Volume One [EP]

Label: New Ocean Media – DIGITAL ONLY Release Date: February 17, 2017 Rating: 9/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur What do you get when you take an American Idol runner-up and toss him into a project with a killer guitarist from a legendary metal band?  You get the latest project from James Durbin and Alex […]

CD REVIEW: EDENBRIDGE - The Great Momentum

CD REVIEW: EDENBRIDGE – The Great Momentum

Label: Steamhammer / SPV Release Date: February 17, 2017 Rating: 8/10 Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur I really dig a lot of symphonic metal, but I typically have to be a little choosy.  Sometimes a lot of it runs together or just doesn’t fit correctly into the genre.  The latest from Edenbridge fits perfectly and this […]

SINGLES REVIEW: THE RICH AND FAMOUS

SINGLES REVIEW: THE RICH AND FAMOUS

SINGLES REVIEW: THE RICH AND FAMOUS Independent From 30 March, 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9/10 Jeffrey Hoad, frontman of ‘80s black leather afficianados Kings Of The Sun, has resurrected the band that KOTS morphed into, The Rich And Famous, after a few years out of the business for family duties. With first single Take […]

CD REVIEW: ROSE TATTOO – Live In Brunswick

CD REVIEW: ROSE TATTOO – Live In Brunswick

CD REVIEW: ROSE TATTOO – Live In Brunswick Golden Robot Records February 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8 ½ /10 Rose Tattoo were, in the early days, a gang as much as a band. Members came and went, sure, but all stayed part of that denim-clad, well-inked gang, and their post-1984 line-ups never recaptured the […]

CD REVIEW: ERIC GALE – Middle Of The Road

CD REVIEW: ERIC GALE – Middle Of The Road

CD REVIEW: ERIC GALE – Middle Of The Road Mascot Label Group/Provogue 24 February, 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8 ½ /10 Lawdy miss clawdy, Eric Gales has squeezed a life of living in the grooves of album #15, Middle Of The Road – which is nothing to do with mellowness, by the way, but […]

CD REVIEW: EILERA – Face Your Demons

CD REVIEW: EILERA – Face Your Demons

CD REVIEW: EILERA – Face Your Demons Echozone October 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7/10 There’s a Gothic complexity to Eilera’s fourth album of operatic metal, not to mention a distinct European flavour, which extends far beyond her exotically accented vocals. Born in France and now based in Finland, Eilera’s accent can be a little […]

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