Author: Ian Girle

Michael Schenker’s Temple Of Rock – Spirit On A Mission

The release of a new recording by Michael Schenker is always a cause for celebration. Since the 1970s he has been part of the very fabric of rock music, his guitar playing featuring on some of rock’s finest anthems; he has been – ahem – instrumental in defining the genre. A quick rundown of the musicians he has performed with over the course of his career is an eye opener in itself: Graham Bonnet, Chris Glen, Don Airey, Neil Murrary, Doogie White and Ted McKenna to name just a few. And that’s before we even mention The Scorpions and...

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Frankenstein Rooster – The Nerdvrotic Sounds’ Escape

The wonderfully titled “The Nerdvrotic Sounds’ Escape” is the second album by Italian duo Frankenstein Rooster. Brainchild of guitarist Rafaello Indri (Elvenking, Harduo) and drummer Camillo Colleluori (Hollow Haze) the band’s mission is to ‘contaminate the musical genres’, combining rock, metal, funk, jazz and a profoundly cinematic sensibility. The album is entirely instrumental, Frankenstein Rooster content to let the music – and some well-chosen film dialogue samples – do the talking. Album cover artwork appears to show our erstwhile band at large in a world of dinosaurs, Jedis, adventurers and monsters, accompanied by the eponymous undead rooster. Of course...

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Angels & Airwaves – The Dreamwalker

“The Dreamwalker” is the fifth album by supergroup Angels & Airwaves. Blink 182’s Tom DeLonge is joined by members of Box Car Racer, Nine Inch Nails and Thrice in what DeLonge once described as an “art project”. If you’re expecting early Blink 182’s naughty teenage humour you’ll be surprised: just as that band matured and took on a darker tone, so Angels & Airwaves is a properly grown-up band. With influences like U2, Pink Floyd and Radiohead, they were always going to be a much more serious proposition. A short film, “Poet Anderson: The Dreamwalker”, released in support of...

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Ulver – Trolsk Sortmetall 1993-1997

“Trolsk Sortmetall 1993-1997” (Bewitching Black Metal, if my somewhat poor Norwegian is correct) is a 5 disc retrospective of the early work of Norway’s Ulver, chronicling their so-called ‘black metal trilogie’. The band’s first 3 albums – “Bergtatt – Et Eeventyr i 5 Capitler’, “Kveldssanger” and “Nattens Madrigal – Aatte Hymne til Ulven 1 Manden” are included, as well as the “Vargnatt” demo and a 4 track rehearsal recorded in 1995. There’s also a 16 page booklet and a further 104 page book containing photos and liner notes. If that’s not quite exciting enough for you, then the LP...

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