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Hard Rock and Metal CD Reviews 2013 www.theRockpit.net

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ALTER BRIDGE

FORTRESS

 

2013

 

BOSTON

LIFE LOVE AND HOPE

FRONTIERS RECORDS

2013

HEAVENS BASEMENT

FILTHY EMPIRE

2013

NASHVILLE PUSSY

UP THE DOSAGE

2013

APPLEBITE THE BEGGARS ON ACID

THE NEW ANTI-SOCIAL

2013

BRUCE

BRUCE

2013

NIVA

GRAVITATION / MAGNITUDE

2013

PERSUADER

THE FRICTION MAZE

2013

YOUR FAVORITE ENEMIES

BETWEEN ILLNESS AND MIGRATION

2013

THE DEAD DAISIES

THE DEAD DAISIES

SPITFIRE MUSIC

2013

MAD MAX

INTERCEPTOR

2013

IAN JAMES STEWART

JUNK DNA

2013

DAVEY LANE

THE GOOD BORNE OF BAD TIMES

2013

CHEMIA

THE ONE INSIDE

2013

DAMIEN LEITH

CHAPTER SEVEN

2013

NO HOME FOR HEROES

FRAGMENTS OF A DYING SUN

2013

CEMETARY DANCE

POSER ZOMBIES

2013

GRAND MAGUS

TRIUMPH AND POWER

 

NUCLEAR BLAST RECORDS

31 JANUARY 2014

 

EAT THE GUN

STRIPPED TO THE BONE

2013

SCORPIONS

MTV UNPLUGGED IN ATHENS

2013

RED DRAGON CARTEL

RED DRAGON CARTEL

2013

COMING SOON

THE MARCH VIOLETS

MADE GLORIOUS

2013

SAXON

UNPLUGGED AND STRUNG UP

2013

NIGHTWISH

SHOWTIME STORYTIME

NUCLEAR BLAST

2013

THE VINTAGE CARAVAN

VOYAGE

NUCLEAR BLAST

31 JANUARY 2014

KILL DEVIL HILL

REVOLUTION RISE

2013

PRETTY WILD

PRETTY WILD

2013

BLOODGOOD

DANGEROUSLY CLOSE

2013

BAUHAUS

SINGLES

2013

NIGHTRANGER

BIG IN JAPAN

2013

Lullwater album review

ALBUM OF THE MONTH

 

LULLWATER

LULLWATER

 

OUT NOW!

2013

 

 

 

ROYAL HUNT

A LIFE TO DIE FOR

2013

PRO-PAIN

THE FINAL REVOLUTION

2013

ANGELICA

THRIVE

2013

BENEDICTUM

OBEY

2013

REO SPEEDWAGON

LIVE AT MOONDANCE JAM

2013

TUMBLEWEED

SOUNDS FROM THE OTHER SIDE

2013

DAVID LEE ROTH

GREATEST HITS THE DELUXE EDITION

2013

DESYRE

GLAMTRON

2013

PEARL JAM

LIGHTNING BOLT

2013

GIULIO GARGENTINI

BELIEVE

2013

BLACK TIDE

BITE THE BULLET

2013

ROSES UNREAD

ROSES UNREAD

2013

SUPERCHARGER

WOLF TICKETS (EP)

2013

TIDES FROM THE NEBULA

ETERNAL MOVEMENT

2013

SAVIOUR

FIRST LIGHT TO MY DEATH BED

2013

SO MANY WAYS

SEER (EP)

2013

LEAH

OTHERWORLD (EP)

2013

EIDOLA

ENDS OF THE SPECTRUM (EP)

2013

ZOLTAR SPEAKS

SAVE AS I SAVE

2013

DARKHAUS

MY ONLY SHELTER

2013

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH

THE WRONG SIDE OF HEAVEN... VOL II

2013

THE 69 EYES

THE BEST OF THE HELSINKI VAMPIRES

2013

SAMSARA BLUES EXPERIMENT

WAITING FOR THE FLOOD

2013

MUTATION

ERROR 500

2013

EYE EMPIRE

EVOLVE

2013

NITERAIN

CROSSFIRE

2013

SLEEPING ROMANCE

ENLIGHTEN

2013

THE LAST TEN SECONDS OF LIFE

INVIVO

2013

HUMBLE PIE

PERFORMANCE ROCKIN THE FILLMORE THE COMPLETE RECORDINGS

2013

WOLF MAIL

ABOVE THE INFLUENCE

2013

THUNDER TRIBE

WAR CHANT

2013

THE LOW FREQUENCY IN STEREO

POP OBSKURA

2013

ALBUM OF THE MONTH - OCTOBER

 

BURNING KINGDOM

 

SIMPLIFIED

 

22 OCTOBER 2013

 

LOVE CREAM

SPEND THE NIGHT TOGETHER (SINGLE)

2013

NEW MODEL ARMY

BETWEEN DOG AND WOLF

2013

MOTORHEAD

AFTERSHOCK

2013

LULLWATER

LULLWATER

2013

REVOLUTION ROAD

REVOLUTION ROAD

2013

HARTMANN

THE BEST IS YET TO COME

2013

SKELETONWITCH

SERPENTS UNLEASHED

2013

THE NEW VARSITY

RUNNING OUT OF TIME

2013

LEAVES EYES

SYMPHONIES OF THE NIGHT

2013

FATE

IF NOT FOR THE DEVIL

2013

EPICA

RETROSPECT

2013

ROADFEVER

WOLF PACK

2013

Thunder Live at Donington Review

THUNDER

 

LIVE AT DONINGTON

1990 & 1992

 

OCTOBER 2013

 

 

BY MARK

PLACE VENDOME

THUNDER IN THE DISTANCE

2013

ÆVANGELIST

OMEN EX SIMULACRA

2013

ARIA

ABANDON (EP)

2013

SEVENTH KEY

I WILL SURVIVE

2013

HALESTORM

REANIMATE 2.0 THE COVERS

2013

77

MAXIMUM ROCK 'N' ROLL

2013

AVATARIUM

AVATARIUM

2013

SAHG

DELUSIONS OF GRANDEUR

2013

DEF LEPPARD

VIVA HYSTERIA

2013

MINOTAURO

MASTER OF THE SEA

2013

THE MELVINS

TRES CARBONES

2013

AC ANGRY

BLACK DENUIM

2013

TRIVIUM

 

VENGEANCE FALLS

 

OCTOBER 15 2013

 

 

BY MARK

 

STRYPER

NO MORE HELL TO PAY

Frontiers Records

2013

STONE TEMPLE PILOTS with Chester Bennington

HIGH RISE (EP)

2013

SOUL ASYLUM

NO FUN INTENDED (EP)

2013

A BREACH OF SILENCE

DEAD OR ALIVE

2013

TIGERTAILZ

KNIVES EP

2013

RED FANG

WHALES AND LEECHES

2013

STEVE BALBI

BLACK RAINBOW

2013

RUNNING WILD

RESILIENT

2013

LITA FORD

THE BITCH IS BACK LIVE

2013

JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS

UNVARNISHED

2013

MINDCAGE

OUR OWN DEVICES

2013

THUNDERFUCK AND THE DEADLY ROMANTICS

SEXPLOITATION

2013

Monster Magnet Last Patrol Review

MONSTER MAGNET

 

LAST PATROL

 

NAPALM RECORDS

 

15 OCTOBER 2013

 

 

BY MARK

TY'R

VALKYRJA

2013

SPIRALARMS

FREEDOM

2013

ORCHID

THE ZODIAC SESSIONS

2013

NOCTUM

FINAL SACRIFICE

2013

SEPULTURA

The Mediator Between Head And Hands Must Be The Heart

2013

AMON AMARTH

DECEIVER OF THE GODS

2013

MYSTERY

2013

2013

THE SWORD

APOCRYPHON

2013

WALKING PAPERS

WALKING PAPERS

2013

TARJA

COLOURS IN THE DARK

2013

SIGNUM REGIS

EXODUS

2013

BRONSON

BLOOD BROTHERS

2013

DEATH ANGEL

 

THE DREAM CALLS FOR BLOOD

 

15 OCTOBER 2013

 

 

BY ANDREW

SHAMELESS

BEAUTIFUL DISASTER

2013

OLIVA

RAISE THE CURTAIN

2013

CAPTIVES

EP

2013

VARIOUS ARTISTS

METAL FOR JESUS

2013

VISTA CHINO

PEACE

2013

OUR LAST ENEMY

ENGINEERING THE ENEMY

2013

VARIOUS ARTISTS

SWEDISH HITZ GOES METAL VOL II

2013

REDS'COOL

BAD STORY

2013

THE QUILL

TIGER BLOOD

2013

by Mark

JETTBLACK

BLACK GOLD

2013

by Mark

TABERAH

NECROMANCER

2013

by Leslii

BLACK LABEL SOCIETY

UNBLACKENED

2013

by Mark

3 PARTS DEAD

'EP'

2013

by Mark

BLACK SPIDERS

THIS SAVAGE LAND

2013

by Leslii

ED KOWALCZYK

THE FLOOD & THE MERCY

2013

by Mark

GLASVEGAS

LATER WHEN THE TV TURNS TO STATIC

2013

by Leslii

SOULFLY

SAVAGES

 

NUCLEAR BLAST RECORDS

OCTOBER 2013

 

 

BY ANDREW

GOV'T MULE

SHOUT!

2013

by Mark

BLUES PILLS

DEVIL MAN (EP)

2013

by Mark

LESTER THE FIERCE

LESTER THE FIERCE EP

2013

by Mark

LACEY

OUTLAWS EP

2013

by Mark

SIX MINUTE CENTURY

WASTING TIME

2013

by Mark

NEW KILLER SHOES

AIN'T EVEN PLUGGED IN

2013

by Leslii

RECKLESS LOVE

SPIRIT

2013

by Mark

HORNET

SKIES ARE FALLING

2013

by Leslii

DEATHPOINT

SINISTER

2013

by Leslii

CULT OF LUNA

VERTIKAL II

2013

by Leslii

BARONESS

YELLOW GREEN

2013

by Mark

DEVIL DRIVER

WINTER KILLS

2013

by Leslii

EARTHLESS

FROM THE AGES

2013

by Leslii

FERGIE FREDERIKSEN

ANY GIVEN MOMENT

2013

by Jo

ASG

BLOOD DRIVE

2013

by Mark

HUNTRESS

STARBOUND BEAST

2013

COMING SOON

TEENAGE CASKET COMPANY

STILL STANDING

 

TRASHPIT RECORDS

30 SEPTEMBER 2013

 

 

BY MARK

ALBUM OF THE MONTH FOR SEPTEMBER

SIRENS CRY

SCATTERED HORIZONS

By Mark

KEEN EYED

REFLECTION

By Leslii

KINGS CALL

LIONS DEN

2013

By Leslii

KADAVAR

ABRA KADAVAR

2013

by Mark

HELHORSE

OH DEATH

TARGET RECORDS

2013

by Mark

TED NUGENT

ULTRALIVE BALLISTICROCK

FRONTIERS RECORDS

OCTOBER 2013

by Mark

FIND ME

WINGS OF LOVE

FRONTIERS RECORDS

2013

by Mark

SHARED ENMITY

FORSAKEN AND FORGOTTEN

2013

by Mark

AVENGED SEVENFOLD

HAIL TO THE KING

2013

by Mark

THE ANSWER

NEW HORIZON

2013

by Mark

MICHAEL MONROE

HORNS AND HALOS

SPINEFARM RECORDS

2013

by Mark

HAREM SCAREM

MOOD SWINGS II

FRONTIERS RECORDS

2013

by Mark

KILLER BEE

EVOLUTIONARY CHILDREN

2013

by Leslii

ARC ANGELS

HARLEQUINS OF LIGHT

2013

by Mark

CONEY HATCH

FOUR

FRONTIERS RECORDS

2013

by Mark

GUILTZ N PLEASUREZ

OUT OF CONTROL

2013

by Mark

ALL THAT REMAINS

A WAR YOU CANNOT WIN

2013

by Mark

DENNERS TRICKBAG

DENNERS TRICKBAG

2013

by Leslii

TESLA

TASTE MY PAIN

2013

by Mark

WREATHS

EP

2013

by Mark

VANITY RIOTS

AMBULANCE EP

SELF-RELEASED

2013

 

WIN A COPY OF THE NEW EP HERE

MASTERPLAN

NOVUM INFINITUM

2013

DEAF HAVANA

OLD SOULS

2013

VANITY RIOTS

AMBULANCE EP

2013

LITTLE RIVER BAND

CUTS LIKE A DIAMOND

2013

THE CULT

ELECTRIC PEACE

2013

HOUSTON

II

2013

KILLCODE

KILLCODE

2013

DIESEL

LET IT FLY

2013

HELM

III

PANTHALASSA

2013

I THE WRITER

THE PRISONER'S DILEMMA

2013

ROCK IN FUSION

MY RHYTHM IS ROCK N ROLL

2013

COUNTERPARTS

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HELL AND HOME

2013

REAPER'S RIDDLE

DROP (SINGLE)

 

SELF-RELEASED

 

AUGUST 2013

 

ROBIN BECK

UNDERNEATH

2013

By Mark

SIRENIA

PERILS OF THE DEEP BLUE

2013

By Mark

BENESSER

THE START OF SOMETHING NEW

2013

By Mark

REINEXEED

A NEW WORLD

2013

By Mark

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH

THE WRONG SIDE OF HEAVEN VOL 1

2013

JARED JAMES NICHOLS

OLD GLORY AND THE WILD REVIVAL EP

2013

by Todd

THE QUIREBOYS

BEAUTIFUL CURSE

2013

WHITESNAKE

LITTLE BOX OF SNAKES

2013

FOREVER THE SICKEST KIDS

J.A.C.K.

FEARLESS RECORDS

2013

by Todd

AS ANGELS BLEED

AS ANGELS BLEED

2013

by Mark

PRETTY MAIDS

MOTHERLAND

Frontiers Records

2013

by Jo Rockpit

QUEENSRYCHE

QUEENSRYCHE

2013

by Mark

THUNDER

THE MANCUNIAN CANDIDATE

DODGY DISCS

2013

by Mark

SLEEP PARADE

INSIDE OUT

2013

by Leslii

DIVA DEMOLITION

LIKE IT TOO MUCH

SPITFIRE MUSIC

2013

by Leslii

THE DOGS D'AMOUR

CYBER RECORDINGS

2013

DYNAMITE JET SALOON RECORDS

by Mark

DEAD DEITIES

VALLEY OF THE GIANTS

2013

by Mark

MAGNUS KARLSSON

MAGNUS KARLSSON'S FREEFALL

FRONTIERS RECORDS

2013

by Mark

ELDORADO

ANTIGRAVITY SOUND MACHINE

2013

by Mark

HIGH SIDE DRIVER

HIGH SIDE DRIVER (EP)

2013

by Mark

THE DATE

SEDATED

SELF-RELEASED

2013

by Mark

JAMES CHRISTIAN

LAY IT ALL ON ME

FRONTIERS RECORDS

2013

by Mark

DIVA DEMOLITION

DIVA DISEASE EP

SPITFIRE MUSIC

2013

by Leslii

PAMELA MOORE

RESURRECT ME

RAT PACK RECORDS

2013

by Mark

MIKE TRAMP

COBBLESTONE STREET

TARGET RECORDS

2013

THE POODLES

TOUR DE FORCE

FRONTIERS RECORDS

MAY 2013

TOM KEIFER

THE WAY LIFE GOES

MAY 2013

by Jo Rockpit

AMERICAN FANGS

AMERICAN FANGS

MAY 2013

by Lesli

ROB LANE

STRAIGHT TO VIDEO (EP)

TRASHPIT RECORDS

2013

by Mark

THE DEAD DAISIES

LOCK 'N' LOAD

(SINGLE)

2013

READ OUR LATEST INTERVIEW WITH RICHARD FORTUS HERE

TRUCKER DIABLO

SONGS OF IRON

2013

by Mark

GAY PARIS

THE LAST GOOD PARTY

MGM

2013

by Mark

CHASING VIOLETS

JADE HEARTS

AOR Records

JUNE 2013

by Mark

HAMISH ANDERSON

EP

MAY 2013

by Lesli

AUTHORITY ZERO

THE TIPPING POINT

3WISE

2013

by Mark

SENSES FAIL

RENACER

2013

by Lesli

HARDCORE SUPERSTAR

C'MON TAKE ON ME

2013

by Mark

QUICKSILVER MESSENGER SERVICE

LIVE AT THE FILLMORE JUNE 7, 1968

CLEOPATRA RECORDS

by Mark

 

SKID ROW

UNITED WORLD REBELLION (CHAPTER ONE)

2013

by Mark

QUEENSRYCHE

FREQUENCY UNKNOWN

DEADLINE

2013

by Mark

SPIRITUAL BEGGARS

EARTH BLUES

2013

by Mark

ORIANTHI

HEAVEN IN THIS HELL

2013

by Mark

ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA

LIVE

FRONTIERS RECORDS

2013

by Mark

VOODOO HIGHWAY

SHOWDOWN

2013

by Mark

S.U.N.

SOMETHING UNTO NOTHING

2012

by Mark

CLUTCH

EARTH ROCKER

2013

by Mark

CIRCLE II CIRCLE

SEASONS WILL FALL

2013

by Mark

YEAH YEAH YEAHS

MOSQUITO

2013

by Mark

DIAMOND DAWN

OVERDRIVE

FRONTIERS RECORDS

2013

Jo Rockpit

PARAMORE

PARAMORE

2013

by Mark

HIM

TEARS ON TAPE

2013

by Mark

GHOST

INFESTISSUMAM

2013

by Mark

THE STROKES

COMEDOWN MACHINE

2013

by Leslie

STALA & SO

PLAY ANOTHER ROUND

2013

by Mark

WAR AND PEACE

THE FLESH AND BLOOD SESSIONS

DEADLINE

2013

by Mark

NEVSKY PROSPEKT

POSEIDON'S IRE

SELF-RELEASED

2013

by Mark

LOVE AND DEATH

BETWEEN HERE AND LOST

2013

by Mark

ROOFTOP REVOLUTIONARIES

RESOLUTE

2013

by Mark

THE BLACK CROWES

WISER FOR THE TIME

SILVER ARROW RECORDS

MARCH 2013

by Mark

SEBASTIAN BACH

ABACHALYPSE NOW

FRONTIERS RECORDS

MARCH 2013

by Mark

KING LIZARD

A NIGHTMARE LIVIN' THE DREAM

2013

by Mark

PLAYER

TOO MANY REASONS

FRIONTIERS RECORDS

2013

by Mark

KROKUS

DIRTY DYNAMITE

2013

by Leslie

LORDI

TO BEAST OR NOT TO BEAST

2013

by Leslie

NOW

BOHEMIAN KINGDOM

ESCAPE MUSIC

22 MARCH 2013

by Jo

STRYPER

SECOND COMING

FRONTIERS RECORDS

22 MARCH 2013

by Mark

SAXON

SACRIFICE

20123

by Mark

DE LA CRUZ

STREET LEVEL

FRONTIERS RECORDS

2013

by Leslie

THE BLACKOUT

START THE PARTY

2013

by Leslie

GAMMA RAY

MASTER OF CONFUSION (EP)

2013

by Leslie

BON JOVI

WHAT ABOUT NOW

2013

by Mark

TOMAHAWK

ODDFELLOWS

2013

by Leslie

TIM BEAM AND THE DEAD FLOWERS

HO HITS - NO AIRPLAY - SO WHAT!

KICKOFF RECORDS

2011

by Mark Diggins

Sometimes you hear something you like that much you really don't care if it's a couple of years old. A month or so ago I had never heard of Tim Beam, now this 'Greatest-non-hits' of sorts is on heavy rotation at Rockpit HQ! READ MORE

LORD

DIGITAL LIES

DOMINUS/RIOT!

2013

by Mark Diggins

This is the album where LORD spread their wings and take their chances, and that's the gamble. We think it's paid off and can open the band up to a whole new set of fans. READ MORE

BUCHCHERRY

CONFESSIONS

CENTURY MEDIA

2013

by Mark Diggins

Buckcherry seemingly had it all, then laost it, then had it all again. We're back on the roundabout again with a new album that suggests it's all back on again! Get a copy of 'Confession' now... READ MORE

RAVEN LORD

DESCENT INTO THE UNDERWORLD

2013

by Mark Diggins

This is metal that makes you realise why metal is so good. There's tastes on here of everything from traditional to thrash and all points in between. It's done with a passion and it's very, very, good. READ MORE

XANDER DEMOS

GUITARCADIA

2013

by Leslie Phillips

Xander Demos may not be a name on everyone's lips but on this evidence that may only be a matter of time. READ MORE

NO POSSESSION BLUES

NO POSSESSION BLUES

DOOLITTLE GROUP

2013

by Leslie Phillips

Great new blues from Sweden, No Possession Blues sound like a band with plenty of heart and nont-inconsideable feel. READ MORE

BLANCAWHITE

SPRING BREAK (SINGLE)

2013

by Jo Rockpit

More summer fun from the gys behind last year's the Resurgence of Rock - Blancawhite, start pouring the tequila! READ MORE

WEDNESDAY 13

THE DIXIE DEAD

3WISE RECORDS

MARCH 2013

by Mark Diggins

Wednesday is back with his heaviest offering since his debut and it's one not to miss. READ MORE

GREAT WHITE

30 YEARS LIVE FROM THE SUNSET STRIP

FRONTIERS RECORDS

2013

by Mark Diggins

I love Great White, always have - and where do I stand on the Jack vs the rest of the guys? Right on the fence where I can enjoy what both have to offer. READ MORE

W.E.T.

RISE UP

FRONTIERS RECORDS

2013

by Mark Diggins

I know that WET’s debut was widely regarded in the Melodic community as a masterpiece, but to be perfectly honest, despite the pedigree of those involved it just didn’t do it for me. This is another story entirely… READ MORE

RAGE OF ANGELS

DREAMWORLD

ESCAPE MUSIC

2013

by Mark Diggins

Ged Rylands and co have created an album that sets the bar high early in the year for Melodic Rock releases. With vocalists like Danny Vaughn and Harry Hess on board and some very fine guitar-work this is the one to beat! READ MORE

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THE ROCKPIT - THE WORLD UNITED THROUGH ROCK AND ROLL!

EDGE

HEAVEN KNOWS

ESCAPE MUSIC

2013

by Mark Diggins

New from Sweden and featuring Tobias Andersson (Shadowland & Seven Wishes) & Tommy DenanderEDGE is a great new AOR/Melodic Rock band that on the face of this release we hope keeps going. READ MORE

OXYGEN

FINAL WARNING

ESCAPE MUSIC

2012

by Mark Diggins

I’d challenge any lover of all things Melodic not to love the opening track here ‘Janitor of Love’ which despite it’s crazy title is one of those songs that just makes you want to sing along and immediately takes you back in time to a place where it’s always Summer and the nights are always long. READ MORE

SHANNON

CIRCUS OF LOST SOULS

MAD ASSOCIATION

2013

by Jo Rockpit

Fast, furious Melodic Rock that hits you between the eyes and makes you remember just how fun rock used to be! READ MORE

BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE

TEMPER TEMPER

SONY MUSIC

FEBRUARY 2013

by Mark Diggins

Given an exclusive listening link to the new Bullet For My Valentine album Temper Temper in the lead up to our interview is like Christmas all over again…READ MORE

JOHN CORABI

UNPLUGGED

RAT PACK RECORDS

DECEMBER 2012

by Mark Diggins

“All of the best music, when you strip everything  away, should stand up with just an acoustic guitar and a voice”… excuse my paraphrasing but that’s pretty much what  John told me Steve Marriott once said to him. READ MORE

STEVE LUKATHER

TRANSITION

MASCOT RECORDS

JANUARY 2013

by Mark Diggins

Steve Lukather will need no introductions to most but for those few of you out there who aren’t aware he is the American guitarist, songwriter, singer, arranger and producer best known for his work with Toto and as a session musician with countless credits across a broad span of genres. He has also got 5 Grammys to his name. READ MORE

LANCER

LANCER

DOOLITTLE GROUP

JANUARY 2013

by Mark Diggins

When you hear the opening notes to ‘Purple Sky’ by Lancer you pretty much know what you are to expect from the rest of the album: this is fast, enthusiastic and well-written homage to bands like classic-era Iron Maiden. READ MORE

BLACK ROSE

TURN ON THE NIGHT

DOOLITTLE GROUP

JANUARY 2013

by Jo Rockpit

Only nine tracks here but Black Rose, who have been around on the Swedish Hard Rock/Metal scene now since 1990 have perhaps produced their best to date. READ MORE

PINK CREAM 69

CEREMONIAL

FRONTIERS RECORDS

JANUARY 2013

by Jo Rockpit

It’s been a while since we heard an original album by Germany’s hard rock veterans, the always entertainingly named Pink Cream 69, and in that time we are almost intact less a founding drummer. You know what? It’s been worth the wait... READ MORE

THE ROCKPIT - PROUDLY SUPPORTING LOCAL ROCK MUSIC

MAD CHARLIE

MAD AS A CUT SNAKE EP

2012

by Mark Diggins

I don’t know about you but I’d be pretty upset if a band with a name like Mad Charlie didn’t rock, and after a few spins of their new EP I’m happy to say these guys do in spades. READ MORE

TYLA

GRUB (AUDIO BOOK)

2012

by Mark Diggins

Tyla's second foray into audio-book territory in 2012 is perhaps even more entertaining than his first - 'Clobber'. READ MORE

STONE REVIVAL

STONE REVIVAL

JANUARY 2013

by Leslie Phillips

Heavy Stoner Bluesy rock from Melbourne: If you take a listen to the last track and single ‘Freezing’ you’ll get a pretty good idea of why you should be checking these guys out! READ MORE

THE OURZ

DIRTY TRACKS EP

2012

by Mark Diggins

This is good.  This is Rock and Roll. The OURZ: a self-proclaimed “Dirty Rock N Roll” band from Dublin, Ireland certainly knows how to rock on the basis of this album and you can see what all the fuss is about at home. READ MORE

SHAKRA

POWERPLAY

2012

by Jo Rockpit

The already converted will love the latest from Shakra. If you aren't already onboard you really don't know what you are missing! Shakra just keep getting better... READ MORE

JORN

SYMPHONIC

FRONTIERS RECORDS

JANUARY 2013

by Mark Diggins

Few could deny that Jorn has one of the best Metal/Hard Rock voices out there these days and as an artist he is both prolific and consistent.  His latest outing ‘Symphonic’ is hardly breaking new ground  (symphonic is about as done over as ‘acoustic’ was in the early 90’s) but on paper it sounds perfect for an artist like Jorn, so surely nothing can go wrong? READ MORE

VARIOUS ARTISTS

BASEMENT APES LIVE I

2012

by Leslie Phillips

From the glorious sleaze punk and massive guitar solo of ‘Hookers Don’t Kiss’ by the wonderful ‘Destroy She Said’ you get the feeling that this live compilation is going to do what it was meant to – open your eyes up to some great Australian Rock talent. READ MORE

ALASTOR

OUT OF ANGER

METAL MIND PRODUCTIONS

2012

by Leslie Phillips

If you are a big fan of Thrash Metal and from Poland then Alastor may well already be in your sights. When you put the record on you actually think that you may have stumbled upon a gem as opening track 'Beaten' is a hell of a track, but sadly the album never matches that initial high. By number Thrash for fans or die-hards only...

GRAVEYARD ROCKSTARS

TERROR STRIKES TWICE

2013

by Will Hollands

Emerging from the tombstones of the graveyard surrounded by dim moonlight, where zombies lurk and Werewolves howl at the full moon, the Graveyard Rockstars are here to terrorize stages across Australia with their new breed of Horror Rock, certain to send shivers down your spine in a good way! READ MORE

VESTIBULE

THROUGH THE SURFACE

2012

by Leslie Phillips

Here's a new American band that doesn't sound American at all. Vestibule (stange name too) are not your run of the mill band at all ... READ MORE

RUSSELL MORRIS

SHARKMOUTH

FANFARE RECORDS

2012

by Mark Diggins

Anonymously posted to the Rockpit (presumably at a crossroads in the middle of the night) Russell Morriss' latest is a delight for blues lovers... READ MORE

TYLA J PALLAS

CLOBBER (SPOKEN WORD CD)

KING OUTLAW RECORDS

2012

by Mark Diggins

This is a bit of a first for the Rockpit as we debate whether this spoken word offereing by Tyla J Pallas of Dogs D'Amour fame goes under CD Reviews or Book Reviews. Bugger it, we'll put it up in both... READ MORE

THE LAST VEGAS

BAD DECISIONS

2012

by Paul Hadlington

The last Vegas are a Chicago based glam metal band that have released their fifth and strongest album to date. Bad Decisions is a quality album that emphasises their no frills Rock and Roll style. It's one of my favourites of 2012... READ MORE

ANOTHER PERFECT DAY

ANOTHER PERFECT DAY

FRONTIERS RECORDS

NOVEMBER 2012

By Leslie Phillips

One we missed last year is this gem from ‘A Perfect Day’ a great modern melodic rock record which is underpinned by some great tunes and some great vocals. READ MORE

HEAVEN'S CRY

WHEELS OF IMPERMENANCE

2012

by Mark Diggins

If Progressive metal and particularly bands like Lillian Axe is your thing then a listen to Heaven’s Cry might just be something that will pay off. READ MORE

SNAKECHARMER

SNAKECHARMER

FRONTIERS RECORDS

JANUARY 2013

by Mark Diggins

Early Whitesnake's Micky Moody and Neil Murray return with an album that is sure to please those in search of that bluesy sound...

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HOLY GRAIL

RIDE THE VOID

JANUARY 2013

by Mark Diggins

I was hoping that Holy Grail's new one was going to be big. What I didn't expect was this sheer quality that has me thinking of both Trivium's Crusade and Black Tide's stunning debut. This mixes the best of both traditional and new metal. READ MORE

CRASHDIET

THE SAVAGE PLAYGROUND

FRONTIERS RECORDS

JANUARY 2013

by Mark Diggins

So the big question is does Crashdiet keep it edgy and sleazy or do they play it safe?

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