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Horisont ‘Odyssey’ CD/LP/DD 2015

3rd October 2015 at 6:35 pm

Horisont

Since the release of their explosive debut Två Sidor Av Horisonten, Sweden’s Horisont have been a special band. Their unique take on hard rock has so much emotional depth and clever musicianship that it gives the same type of euphoric feeling as putting Steppenwolf…
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Carousel ‘2113’ CD/LP/DD 2015

17th September 2015 at 7:24 pm

Carousel

There’s no denying that retro rock is very de rigueur right now. There is no shortage of bands who looking back to the 70’s rock heyday with rose tinted spectacles and seeking to emulate the sounds of a time when heavy rock was new,…
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Graveyard ‘Innocence & Decadence’ CD/LP/DD 2015

15th September 2015 at 6:35 pm

Graveyard

Starting from very humble beginnings, Sweden’s bluesy rock quartet Graveyard have grown significantly in stature over the past few years, thanks to their no nonsense live shows and spirited studio output. Now a recognisable name on the very hit and miss, but undeniably massive,…
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Ape Machine ‘Live At Freak Valley’ LP/DVD/DD 2015

15th June 2015 at 6:48 pm

Ape Machine

I’m a big fan of the Ripple Music family. They have been quietly (or loudly depending on your take on it) assembling a catalogue of artists who all share a love of retro sounding, ass kicking, bootie shaking rock and roll. Of course there…
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The Socks – S/T – CD/DD 2014

19th March 2014 at 9:34 am

The Socks - S/T

It can’t have escaped your notice that retro, 70’s flavoured rock is very much de rigueur right now and the influx of bands aping the vintage tones of bands such as Deep Purple, Budgie, and Sabbath…etc is almost overwhelming. It was only a matter…
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Samsara Blues Experiment ‘Waiting For The Flood’ CD/LP/DD 2013

15th November 2013 at 10:01 am

Samsara Blues Experiment

‘Innovative” is a word that is bandied about far too readily these days, particularly in the context of new music. It’s almost as if for something to be good, by definition it must be innovative. Cue Samsara Blues Experiment’s new record ‘Waiting For The…
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Skånska Mord ‘Paths To Charon’ CD/LP/DD 2012

13th September 2012 at 8:19 am

Skånska Mord

Goddam how do Small Stone Records do it? Their knack for sniffing out killer bands to release is almost supernatural. It’s as if Small Stone head honcho Scott Hamilton is Simon Cowell in some alternative reality where music doesn’t suck!!! I don’t think I’ve…
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Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell ‘Don’t Hear It…Fear It!!’ CD/LP 2012

31st August 2012 at 8:51 am

Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell ‘Don’t Hear It…Fear It!’ CD/LP 2012

Some bands are definitely influenced by the old guard of bands whereas other bands actually seem to inhabit some bygone era and recreate the styles and sounds with unnerving accuracy. The good chaps in Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell seem blissfully unaware of anything that…
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Santa Cruz ‘Down On My’ 2xLP/DD 2012

20th August 2012 at 7:41 am

Santa Cruz ‘Down On My’ 2xLP/DD 2012

Once upon a time, in a land far away (Japan actually) there once lived a label called Leaf Hound. With a name taken from one of the most influential Seventies rock groups, they put out a universally excellent series of releases new and old,…
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Lord Fowl ‘Moon Queen’ CD/Digital 2012

9th August 2012 at 11:30 am

Lord Fowl

Oh, so you have a band, that’s great. Wow, look how many notes you can play and how many times you can change tempo…and your songs have so many parts…I’m impressed!!! Now please unplug your instruments, step aside and let Lord Fowl show you…
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