Reviews – Albums/Gigs 2019

Here are links to Album and Live Show Reviews that I do for a number of media outlets in the UK and Ireland.  Click on the individual review title or Album Cover image to go to the publication.


Robert Tepper – Better Than The Rest       for                   Rockposer

Very good release from the Singer/Songwriter probably best known for the track “No Easy Way Out” from the Rocky IV soundtrack, clearly he can still pen a good song and definitely worth a listen.







GUN – Dan Reed Network – FM  – Rock City, Nottingham   for    Moshville Times

Gig Review: FM / Dan Reed Network / GUN, “The Big 3-0 Tour” – Rock City, Nottingham (15th December 2019)

What a fantastic night in Rock City, GUN were excellent, DRN were off the scale and FM pure class as always, what better way to spend a cold December night in Nottingham. Rock City once again was the venue for a wonderful night for Hard Rock fans.



Jailbirds – The Great Escape                   for                     

An Austrailian/Irish mix of powerful upbeat rock n’ roll, and live these guys are electric, well worth checking this one out.








Ramblin’ Man Fair  2019 .                       for                                FRAME Music (Firebrand)

Day 1 . –  19-07-2019




Day 2 . –  20-07-2019



Day 3 . –  21-07-2019




Ketos – First Strike                                            for                           

Belfast band Ketos have done a great job on their debut album release. This is without a doubt Melodic Thrash with a side kick that punishes you as heavy music should. Great vocals/delivery from Peter Renshaw, flying solos, crunching riffs, and pummeling drums, all the elements are here and fit together so well. First Strike is well worth you attention and I look forward to hearing more from these guys.








Lonerider – Attitude                                     for                                     

Anytime you hear of a project with Steve Overland on vocals you have to sit up, and here’s another really good release, alongside Steve you have his Shadoman partner Steve Morris on guitars, Thunder’s Chris Childs on bass and the legend that is Simon Kirke (Free/Bad Company) on drums, with a lineup of that pedigree you expect a lot, and they pretty much deliver on this album, but will we ever see it Toured.







Matt Mitchell & The Coldhearts – Matt Mitchell & The Coldhearts      for

Excellent and very varied solo release from a singer we all know very well, whatever direction Matt takes next will be interesting, some excellent songs here and everything has been put together so well, great songwriting, playing and production.







HRH AOR VII – Preshaven Sands, Prestatyn, Wales – 14th – 16th-03-2019

Preview – HRH AOR VII


Tyketto – 14


HRH AOR VII – Day 1 – 14-03-2019


Phil Mogg – UFO – HRH AOR VII


HRH AOR VII – Day 2 – 15-03-2019


Ted Poley – HRH AOR VII

HRH AOR VII – Day 3 – 16-03-2019




The Ocean Collective – Voodoo Lounge, Dublin – 22-03-2019   for   Firebrand ( FRAME )

Absolutely superb performance from The Ocean in Dublin, if you get the chance to go see them take it, the music is heavy, powerful, progressive and there’s just that something a little special about this band, great performance and with the added bonus of a terrific support acts in Downfall Of Gaia and Herod.










Toby Hitchcock – Reckoning                                                      for Firebrand (FRAME)

Since arriving on the scene Toby’s wonderful voice has always been something you will be happy to hear, this is a very good album that for me could have perhaps had a bit more focus on guitars, but at the end of the day it’s that voice that carries everything, certainly one to check out and easily missed with the deluge of releases.









Trishula – Scared To Breathe                                                        for     RockposerDotCom

Very good Solo album by former Rage Of Angels/Ten Guitarist Neil Fraser, wonderful guitar playing as expected and really well written and performed songs, Neil has put together a great band to make this album, with Jason Morgan (ex Rage Of Angels) on Vocals, Joao Colaco (ex Rage Of Angels) on Drums and some extra keyboards being added by Rick Benton of Magnum.Well worth checking this one out.





Elles Bailey – Whelans (Upstairs), Dublin – 07-03-2019                for       RockposerDotCom

Superb show from Elles containing material from the superb new album ‘Road I Call Home’, great support from Dom Maring.

Elles Bailey – Whelans, Dublin – 07-03-2019








Geoff Tate’s Operation Mindcrime – Button Factory, Dublin       for      Firebrand (

Excellent nights entertainment with support from Skyfever and Mark Daly, and a set of classic Queensryche songs, Geoff’s voice was in fine form and supported by a strong backing band. Let’s hope we get to see Empire Toured next year on it’s anniversary.

Geoff Tate – Button Factory – 19-02-2019








Mike Tramp – Stray From The Flock                   for

Mike Tramp continues to create his own brand of vibrant rock infused music, another continuation from the creative juices that spawned from the excellent Cobblestone Street album. Stray From The Flock is another group of honest heartfelt songs that will I’m sure once again work really well live.





Altitudes & Attitudes – Get It Out                          for

Very interesting release from Thrash Bass legends David Ellefson (Megadeth) and Frank Bello (Anthrax), with a Hard Rock/Alt Rock album that sees both men providing not only Bass but also Guitar and Vocals from Bello. Definitely one to take a lisen to, with some elements of Foo Fighters, Alkaline Trio etc….




Elles Bailey – Road I Call Home                                for

Superb album from Elles, wonderful songs, blending of styles, and just a beautiful delivery, certainly one not to miss if you like soulful blues with some country influences here and there.




Blood Red Saints – Pulse                                              for

With the release of their third album Pulse once again BRS have proved why they are so highly rated, some excellent songs, continuing to sound different to the hordes and once again providing us with some cracking new Melodic Rock music.







Behemoth – Vicar St, Dublin – 10-02-2019                    for

When you watch an extreme Metal Band elevate to a new level from a small crowd at their first Dublin show to a Sold Out Vicar Street, brilliant stuff and At The Gates were perfect as support.

Behemoth – Vicar St, Dublin – 10-02-2019









King King – Birmingham Town Hall – 01-02-2019         for         TearsOfFirePhotography

Stunning set from King King and a wonderful support slot from Sari Schorr, and absolutely cracking night in a beautiful venue.




Evergrey – The Atlantic                                                  for                 Firebrand FRAME

A band at the very top of their brilliant game, absolutely stunning album, already in my Top 10 list for the year and sure to be fighting hard for the top spot even this early. Brilliant musicianship, vocals and such well written and put together songs.




Flotsam And Jetsam – The End Of Chaos                           for                       RockposerDotCom

Thrash Metal legends Flotsam And Jetsam continue to show they are a force to be reckoned with some 38 years after the began. The End Of Chaos is another cracking slab of Metal, go get this one, what a great start to the year.