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Shane’s Rock Challenge: TOKYO DRAGONS – 2005 – Give Me The Fear

Shane’s Rock Challenge: TOKYO DRAGONS – 2005 – Give Me The Fear

Shane’s Rock Challenge: TOKYO DRAGONS – 2005 – Give Me The Fear By Shane Pinnegar 6/10 Young, dumb n’ full of cum, Tokyo Dragons made sure you could shake your head, tap your feet and dance like no-one’s watching to their debut album as they sang about girls clothes coming off (Get ‘Em Off), partying […]

Shane’s Rock Challenge: NEW YORK DOLLS – 2006 - One Day It Will Please Us To Remember Even This

Shane’s Rock Challenge: NEW YORK DOLLS – 2006 – One Day It Will Please Us To Remember Even This

Shane’s Rock Challenge: NEW YORK DOLLS – 2006 – One Day It Will Please Us To Remember Even This By Shane Pinnegar 9/10 The New York Dolls lived, breathed and sweated rock n’ roll – it’s as simple as that. Years of excess may have weathered them and slimmed their numbers so that only David […]

Shane’s Rock Challenge: THE ROLLING STONES – 1978 – Some Girls

Shane’s Rock Challenge: THE ROLLING STONES – 1978 – Some Girls

Shane’s Rock Challenge: THE ROLLING STONES – 1978 – Some Girls By Shane Pinnegar 9/10 If memory serves me correctly, Keef Richards quipped of this album title that they called it Some Girls, “because we couldn’t remember all their fucking names.” It certainly captures The Stones at the end of a decade of hard living […]

Shane’s Rock Challenge: MAGIC DIRT – 2000 - What Are Rock Stars Doing Today

Shane’s Rock Challenge: MAGIC DIRT – 2000 – What Are Rock Stars Doing Today

Shane’s Rock Challenge: MAGIC DIRT – 2000 – What Are Rock Stars Doing Today By Shane Pinnegar 8/10 I’d like to believe in an alternative universe where talented artists like Adalita Srnsen are treated with the respect and acknowledgement they deserve and paid accordingly. A national treasure, Adalita lives and breathes rock n’ roll, and […]

Shane’s Rock Challenge: FIONA – Beyond The Pale

Shane’s Rock Challenge: FIONA – Beyond The Pale

Shane’s Rock Challenge: FIONA – Beyond The Pale By Shane Pinnegar 6/10 Fiona Flanagan sports a horribly dated pale pastel outfit and a thousand bangles on the cover of this, her second album, and to many ears the music herein will be the aural equivalent. Listen a bit closer though – through the mid-80s production […]

Shane’s Rock Challenge: FAITHFUL BREATH – 1984 - Gold n’ Glory

Shane’s Rock Challenge: FAITHFUL BREATH – 1984 – Gold n’ Glory

Shane’s Rock Challenge: FAITHFUL BREATH – 1984 – Gold n’ Glory By Shane Pinnegar 7/10 As Vikingtastic a band of horned-helmet wearing early metalheads as ever existed, Faithful Breath hailed not from the Nordic northern lands, but from Germany, but they weren’t always studded-leather-wristband-metal, having released an early 70s prog/space rock album called Fading Beauty […]

Shane’s Rock Challenge: DEF LEPPARD – 1983 – Pyromania

Shane’s Rock Challenge: DEF LEPPARD – 1983 – Pyromania

Shane’s Rock Challenge: DEF LEPPARD – 1983 – Pyromania By Shane Pinnegar 9/10 Pyromania was exactly the right album for the time, and turned Def Leppard from UK NWOBHM upstarts into US chart-busting superstars with a collection of songs that proved heavy metal (as they called it at the time) could not only be as […]

Shane’s Rock Challenge: ROBERT PLANT – 1993 - Fate Of Nations

Shane’s Rock Challenge: ROBERT PLANT – 1993 – Fate Of Nations

Shane’s Rock Challenge: ROBERT PLANT – 1993 – Fate Of Nations Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9/10 One of Robert Plant’s most emotional solo recordings, Fate Of Nations (his sixth full-length solo album) is wonderfully moving and a delight to listen to over & over. I daresay it’s arguably my favourite of his post-Led Zeppelin works. […]

Shane’s Rock Challenge: Lee Aaron – 1982 – The Lee Aaron Project

Shane’s Rock Challenge: Lee Aaron – 1982 – The Lee Aaron Project

Shane’s Rock Challenge: Lee Aaron – 1982 – The Lee Aaron Project By Shane Pinnegar 6.5/10 Before she was a Metal Queen, a pop diva, a jazz chanteuse – hell, even before she posed topless (and instantly regretted it), Canadian Lee Aaron roped in members of a bunch of Canadian bands to back her ‘Project’ […]

Shane’s Rock Challenge: VAN HALEN – 1978 – Van Halen

Shane’s Rock Challenge: VAN HALEN – 1978 – Van Halen

Shane’s Rock Challenge: VAN HALEN – 1978 – Van Halen By Shane Pinnegar 10/10 ‘Discovered’ by Gene Simmons playing in Gazzari’s on the Sunset Strip, Eddie Van Halen was so shy and protective of his revolutionary new ‘tapping’ fretboard technique that he would often play with his back to the audience, leaving singer David Lee […]

Shane’s Rock Challenge: GARY MOORE – 1990 - Still Got The Blues

Shane’s Rock Challenge: GARY MOORE – 1990 – Still Got The Blues

Shane’s Rock Challenge: GARY MOORE – 1990 – Still Got The Blues By Shane Pinnegar 8/10 Depicted as a child on the front cover, young Moore is in his bedroom playing a guitar, surrounded by Hendrix and James Dean posters, vinyl albums strewn everywhere, while on the back Moore the elder is in a similar […]

Shane’s Rock Challenge: TRIXTER – 1990 - Trixter

Shane’s Rock Challenge: TRIXTER – 1990 – Trixter

Shane’s Rock Challenge: TRIXTER – 1990 – Trixter By Shane Pinnegar 4.5/10 In the wake of the Bon Jovi/Poison/Guns n’ Roses/Warrant hair metal explosion, record companies smelling a suitcase full of laundered bills went on a feeding frenzy, and ever bunch of big-haired boys in torn denim who could play a power chord and do […]

Shane’s Rock Challenge: LED ZEPPELIN – 1993 – Remasters [Box Set #2]

Shane’s Rock Challenge: LED ZEPPELIN – 1993 – Remasters [Box Set #2]

Shane’s Rock Challenge: LED ZEPPELIN – 1993 – Remasters [Box Set #2] By Shane Pinnegar 9.5/10 Jimmy Page finally got round to remastering the rest of Led Zeppelin’s studio work after releasing two thirds of it on the 1990 Remasters Box Set, and although this is called Box Set #2, it’s really just a double […]

Shane’s Rock Challenge: LED ZEPPELIN – 1990 – Remasters [Box Set]

Shane’s Rock Challenge: LED ZEPPELIN – 1990 – Remasters [Box Set]

Shane’s Rock Challenge: LED ZEPPELIN – 1990 – Remasters [Box Set] By Shane Pinnegar 9.5/10 In 1990 – ten years after Led Zeppelin disbanded – Jimmy Page sat down with the master tapes and started to remaster EVERYTHING. The whole bloody lot. It was a gargantuan task, but for reasons known only to himself, he […]

Shane’s Rock Challenge: TWISTED SISTER – 1982 - Under The Blade

Shane’s Rock Challenge: TWISTED SISTER – 1982 – Under The Blade

Shane’s Rock Challenge: TWISTED SISTER – 1982 – Under The Blade By Shane Pinnegar 8.5/10 Twisted Sister had been treading the boards of every shitty New York State club for the better part of a decade with a variety of line-ups by the time they went to England to record their debut album with UFO’s […]

Shane’s Rock Challenge: LIBERTY N’ JUSTICE – 2010 – Light It Up

Shane’s Rock Challenge: LIBERTY N’ JUSTICE – 2010 – Light It Up

Shane’s Rock Challenge: LIBERTY N’ JUSTICE – 2010 – Light It Up By Shane Pinnegar 6.5/10 Liberty n’ Justice are a damn fine rock band who deliver some finessed hard rocking tunes on their 2010 debut, even though they do have a tendency to bang on about their god ad infinitum. When they stop preaching […]

Shane’s Rock Challenge: RAINBOW – 1979 - Down To Earth

Shane’s Rock Challenge: RAINBOW – 1979 – Down To Earth

Shane’s Rock Challenge: RAINBOW – 1979 – Down To Earth By Shane Pinnegar 7/10 Notoriously difficult to work with, Ritchie Blackmore had made three albums under the Rainbow banner with Ronnie James Dio centre stage and an ever-changing assembly of musos by the time Dio and he fell out for the final time. Blackmore wasted […]

Shane’s Rock Challenge: REVERSE GRIP – 2010 - Nasty Reputation EP

Shane’s Rock Challenge: REVERSE GRIP – 2010 – Nasty Reputation EP

Shane’s Rock Challenge: REVERSE GRIP – 2010 – Nasty Reputation EP By Shane Pinnegar 8/10 Upon its release in 2010 I wrote about this Toronto band’s debut EP: “Hailing from Toronto, Canada, Reverse Grip sees the three Broda brothers – Dru, Sean & Dylan on vocals, guitar and drums respectively – plus bassist Eskander Mirza, […]

Shane’s Rock Challenge: KROKUS – 1984 - The Blitz

Shane’s Rock Challenge: KROKUS – 1984 – The Blitz

Shane’s Rock Challenge: KROKUS – 1984 – The Blitz Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 6/10 I have to be honest: The Blitz was a disappointment. Having made a couple of fun, but very AC/DC derivative albums, Krokus released Headhunter in 1983 (I’ll review it soon – I promise!), which was a Euro metal classic. As was […]

Shane’s Rock Challenge: OTIS REDDING – 1987 - The Definitive Collection

Shane’s Rock Challenge: OTIS REDDING – 1987 – The Definitive Collection

Shane’s Rock Challenge: OTIS REDDING – 1987 – The Definitive Collection By Shane Pinnegar 9/10 Otis practically lived and breathed Soul. If he had a cold, I bet he sneezed with soul. He probably ate breakfast soulfully, and if he snored, it would have been worth recording and releasing in vinyl. Every song here – […]

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