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Under the Lights


Sep 25, 2015 / 7:00 pm

Recently a couple of groups have come to my attention, one from the Rock Fortress of the world, the United Kingdom, and one from a country that we don’t usually associate with rock Artists, let alone—Progressive Metal groups: Greece. We’ll start with the twin guitar attack of the...


Sep 19, 2015 / 10:30 am

As with most aspiring musicians, this local guitarist began very humbly…”…I saved for my first guitar and bought a Mexican made Strat at a Boxing Day sale. I actually still have it. It’s a great guitar. Besides changing the pickups, I’ve done nothing to it. It...

Fall Harvest part two

Sep 11, 2015 / 7:00 pm

As the title suggests, we are going to look, once again, at some new music coming out this Fall. Last week we looked at several, this week-again, but I hope you will notice the diversity. Within the Rock umbrella, we are continuing to see a very healthy music scene—supporting many styles,...

Fall Harvest pt. 1

Sep 4, 2015 / 7:00 pm

Wow!...the beginnings of autumn already! Musically speaking the heat is increasing, what with a robust harvest of musical offerings about to hit the streets including: He led Seattle based supergroup Queensryche to the upper echelons of Progressive Rock, and is about to do the same with...

Devil's Dozen

Aug 28, 2015 / 7:00 pm

Last weekend I found myself in the heart of the Okanagan, steeped in business meetings and such—but did have time to attend a Social that found some of the top local Musical Artists there relaxing and jamming! Now, I was overwhelmed by the variety of Talent and the caliber. Some were...

A touch of magic

Aug 21, 2015 / 7:00 pm

In Chile, she may be known as a lawyer, in the rest of the world she is becoming known as part of the new wave of strong female vocalists delivering sonic brilliance to the Hard Rock realm! Caterina Nix also adds a little magic to her talents, this is her story: Bruce: First, if we may,...

Power of voice

Aug 14, 2015 / 7:00 pm

If I may…this review says it all…. She says she is a bit nervous and beyond excited!—well Veronica Freeman should not be nervous—but beyond excited?, yes!—because she is releasing her first solo album which in of itself, is beyond exciting!! “Now Or...

Gypsy souls

Jul 31, 2015 / 7:00 pm

Four years or so ago, I was honoured to have the opportunity to review this unique album release from the very down to earth and talented English group “The Quireboys: The Quireboys “Halfpenny Dancer” Vol I JCPL Recording Review by: Bruce E.J. Atkinson For the life of me,...

Rock solid

Jul 24, 2015 / 7:00 pm

They are celebrating fifteen years, hard to believe that these Irish upstarts began their musical journey at the turn of the century! Paul Mahon, Cormac Neeson, Mickey Waters and James Heatley are collectively known as “The Answer”. Since their first release “Rise” these...

The voice of angel

Jul 17, 2015 / 7:00 pm

The voice of Angel… Frank Dimino has re-surfaced with a strong stripped down slice of rock in “Old Habits Die Hard”! That distinctive voice is still intact, however hovering around a lower register than when he fronted the symphonic American iconic group Angel. The rhythms and...

Summer reviews

Jul 10, 2015 / 7:00 pm

The Vintage Caravan “Arrival” Nuclear Blast Records Review by: Bruce E.J. Atkinson First—kudos to Nuclear Blast for seeing the vast talent in this young Power trio! Secondly—be prepared to be totally amazed by “The Vintage Caravan”! Three young...

XIII-Devil’s Dozen

Jul 3, 2015 / 7:00 pm

At the time, we were celebrating the twelfth release of the musical brainchild of Andre Andersen—“Royal Hunt”, a group that I have listened to and admired since their beginning in 1989. Just over two years ago, I was able to catch up with Mr. Andersen for the following interview,...

It's gonna get heavy

Jun 26, 2015 / 7:00 pm

They have grown…from a boutique label to a dominant entity within the world-wide music industry! Whether it is the uncanny talent of putting certain musicians together or just recognising the fact that veteran musicians still have a lot to sing and play…Frontiers Records have become...

Human Era

Jun 19, 2015 / 7:00 pm

With a new lease on life, “Trixter” are back! Steve Brown welcomes all of us back to the “Human Era”…. Question: From the release of the last album, you have toured extensively…When did you guys settle down to begin writing the new record? Answer: After...

True Disciples part 2

Jun 12, 2015 / 7:00 pm

Back in May, I introduced the progressive rock sounds of one die hard group, “Pyramaze”, under the heading of “True Disciples”…in part here is some of what was written: They are labelled a ‘Power-Melodic Metal’ band, but this group of dedicated...

Time for action (fest)

Jun 5, 2015 / 7:00 pm

Whether you consider it being the last major event of Spring, or the first Festival of Summer…in the Okanagan, it is time for Action (fest)!! The annual Summerland Action Festival is upon us. This first full weekend of June, Summerland celebrates all that is Summer. Centred around...

Holder of the keys

May 29, 2015 / 7:00 pm

Both were considered to be intellectual, progressive rock ensembles. One from Middle America, and one from the distant shores of England. The English group “City Boy” were making the scene much earlier than the American powerhouse “Kansas”. Yet both groups had a common...

Expanding the frontiers

May 22, 2015 / 7:00 pm

If you are a regular reader…of this column, you have followed the story of Frontiers Records. Starting out as an unassuming select distribution entity in Italy, promoting Melodic Rock and Hard Rock in that country, the Company grew to first becoming a Label, with lucrative licensing deals,...

True disciples

May 15, 2015 / 7:00 pm

They are labelled a ‘Power-Melodic Metal’ band, but this group of dedicated musicians really defy all categories. Recently, I was assigned to look in to this group and review their fourth album release “Disciples Of The Sun”. What I found was a group of dedicated and...


May 8, 2015 / 7:00 pm

As a young and ambitious vocalist, David Coverdale was in the right place at the right time! Before “Whitesnake”, David, along with Glenn Hughes were brought in to the iconic creative pastures of “Deep Purple”, where the both actually changed the face of that hard rock...

About the Author

We call him the Professor of Rock: With a career in music, television and media arts spanning 30 years, Atkinson knows music. He's traveled as a professional musician and he loves Rock 'N Roll. He is a music journalist who writes internationally for Frontier Records' Melodic Rock magazine and he owns FBA International a multifaceted management, consulting, promotional entity.


The views expressed are strictly those of the author and not necessarily those of Castanet. Castanet presents its columns "as is" and does not warrant the contents.

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