Author: Tom Thrower

Status Quo @ The 02, London – December 13, 2015

2013 brought us the long-awaited reunion of the original frantic four line up and the subsequent sold out tour. 2014 brought us two things; the laughable b movie Bula Bula Quo and soundtrack album, and “Aquostic” – a surprisingly great acoustic covers album complete with mentally scarring front cover. After the successful unplugged tour of said album, they returned to their bread and butter – rocking out their back catalogue. The current tour is in conjunction with yet another compilation album, this one entitled “The Definitive Hits”. Tonight’s support Wilko is undergoing a new leash of life, having discovered a...

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Blitzen Trapper – All Across This Land

Portland’s Blitzen Trapper‘s eighth album “All Across This Land” is an ode to classic rock, with Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty and Joe Walsh influences felt strongly throughout. The latter is especially true on the album opening title track, replete with a sweet guitar lick and Rolling Stones’s trademark ‘hoo hoos’. Regarding Joe Walsh, lead singer and main songwriter Eric Earley enthuses; He’s always been one of my favourite guitar players, and you can hear it on the album. The riffs and chords on “All Across This Land”, that’s straight from Joe Walsh. This American tinged rock is the main preserve...

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Perfect Beings – Perfect Beings II

Avant garde Los Angeles prog rock outfit Perfect Beings formed in 2012 after the dissolution of guitarist Johannes Luley’s previous band Moth Vellum. Their 2014 self titled debut was lavished with praise and rightly so, it is intelligent prog with a keen sense of melody. The follow up, cunningly titled “Perfect Beings II”, continues where it’s predecessor left off – offering up sleek yet intelligent prog. Their sound is unique and draws from various sources, Yes, Pink Floyd and Genesis with a whiff of The Beatles. The jolly clap happy opening cut ‘Mar Del Fuego’ skips along wonderfully, channelling their love of Yes. ‘The...

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W.A.S.P. – Golgotha

Bursting on the scene back in 1982 clad in leather, circular saws and flaming cod pieces whilst bathing their audiences in blood and chunks of meat was W.A.S.P. Blackie Lawless is the sole survivor from the original line up but in much the same way that Dave Mustaine is Megadeth, Blackie is W.A.S.P. Now 33 years down the line they have released “Golgotha”, their fifteenth record. “Golgotha” sees W.A.S.P. return to the sound of their first two, and arguably their best, albums. With the anthemic opening duo ‘Scream’ and ‘Last Runaway’ that mission is well and truly accomplished. Containing the...

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Jaded Star – Memories From The Future

In 2013 ex Visions of Atlantis singer Maxi Nil and Iced Earth drummer Raphael Saini joined forces, hired Kosta Vret (guitars) and Babis Nikou (bass/synth) and formed Jaded Star. Hailing from Greece the modus operandi on their debut album “Memories From The Future” is symphonic metal. You are greeted with 45 minutes of catchy and commercial metal infused with plenty of intensity and melodrama, very similar to Maxi Nils previous band Visions of Atlantis. ‘Wake Up’ captures the emotive and sleek metal wonderfully, complete with an annoying memorable chorus. The musicianship on show is high, all are consummate professionals...

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