ALBUM REVIEW: Black Stone Cherry – Black To Blues Vol. 2

After the success of the first one, and acting as a nice stop gap between albums, comes Back to Blues Vol. 2 (Mascot Records) – Black Stone Cherry’s second EP covering blues standards from years gone by. Like the first one it comes a year after a proper album, 2018s Family Tree (Mascot Records) in this case, and is chock full of big names. Happily, also like the first volume, it is a joy from start to finish – with the six blues classics given the full Black Stone Cherry treatment.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Crobot – Motherbrain

Three years after the release of Welcome to Fat City (Wind-Up Records) Crobot returns with Motherbrain (Mascot Records). I’ve actually been looking forward to this release for quite a while. I can’t get enough of dirty, rock jams. Continue reading

Yngwie Malmsteen – Blue Lightning

It’s weird hearing Yngwie Malmsteen not doing the Yngwie Malmsteen million mile per hour guitar run thing 100% of the time. Blue Lightning (Mascot Records / Mascot Label Group) is Yngwie’s bluesy take on classic Rock n’ Roll cover songs, hand-picked, played and sung by the guitar virtuoso. It’s a mindbender to hear. It’s like, Blue Lightning consists of classic tunes but Malmsteen and his eccentric guitar playing makes them seem space-age science fiction futuristic sounding. Continue reading

VOLA – Applause Of A Distant Crowd

Danish quartet VOLA are an impossible band to pigeonhole as their 2016 debut Inmazes gleefully hopped genres encompassing Heavy Metal, Prog Rock, Industrial and Electro elements amongst others. Their new album Applause of a Distant Crowd (both Mascot) continues this broad outlook, but this time the keys of Martin Werner play a more prominent role. Continue reading

P.O.D. Shares Title Track From New Album – “Circles”

San Diego rockers P.O.D. have streamed the title track from their upcoming new album Circles, their first for their new label Mascot Records/Mascot Label Group. Dropping on November 16th, ‘Circles’ brings the lyrics, grooves and fire P.O.D. fans are used to. Check it out! Continue reading

Monster Truck – True Rocker

If, as world-renowned loud mouth Gene Simmons has more than once mused, rock is dead then someone forgot to pass the message on to Monster Truck. The Canadian four-piece have been churning out no-nonsense Rock since 2009, with their third album True Rockers (Mascot) carrying on their energetic mix of Southern and Classic Rock but, this time, with a few modern touches. Continue reading

Adrian Vandenberg’s Moonkings Release Lyric Video- Reputation

Heavy metal and shred guitar icon Adrian Vandenberg (Vandenberg, Whitesnake) and his band Vandenberg’s Moonkings have shared a new lyric video for their track ‘Reputation’. The song comes from their late 2017 release MK II which was released via Mascot Records. Continue reading