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First Thunder then The Answer

Feb 27, 2015 / 7:00 pm

Last month, I wrote a little on the upcoming new album from England’s straight-up rockers, Thunder. “Wonder Days” marks their first full album release in six years, and it is a killer! With a history of twenty-five years, and then some—Thunder remain true to their...

Enough Ammunition

Feb 20, 2015 / 7:00 pm

Last week, we looked at the brand new album and group from Age Sten Nilsen. This week’s column continues with the conversation with the lead vocalist, revealing some of what went on in the formation of “Ammunition” and the demise of “WigWam”. Himself, Age Sten is a...

Give 'Em Enough...

Feb 13, 2015 / 7:00 pm

From the ashes that was WigWam, raises the powerhouse that is Ammunition, Age Sten Nilsen’s brand new hard rocking outfit! Age Sten answered some of my questions last month about this project, and how it became the latest Hard Rock outfit out of Norway…. Bruce: I would like to...

Ranting & Rolling

Feb 6, 2015 / 7:00 pm

This legendary Artist just doesn’t quit!! Ian Hunter became known to the world as the lead singer of Mott the Hoople in the late sixties, early seventies. Ian also was the group’s main songwriter, and an inspirational leader of the group. Of course, “Mott the Hoople”...

New Talent Rising

Jan 30, 2015 / 7:00 pm

I have been privileged in the last couple of months to be able to discover some very interesting and varied new Talent assigned to me by the leading British music magazine; Fireworks! Here are a couple of the musical gems unearthed, of course, leading me to believe that the music industry is alive...

Rising Thunder

Jan 23, 2015 / 7:00 pm

Several years ago, I wrote about this five piece from the heart of Great Britain during their decision to retire from active duty. In one publication, the review below appeared, briefing some of their,then, last activities…as they set about fading from the scene: Thunder The...

Epically Bombastic

Jan 17, 2015 / 7:00 pm

Since 2004, this group has been pushing the boundaries of “Power Metal” with each and every release. Now, a six piece—this Swedish no-nonsense rock group continues to push both the musical and lyrical borders of their creative Masterpieces! In the dying weeks of 2014,...

A Familiar Voice

Jan 11, 2015 / 7:00 pm

His, was the distinctive voice of one of Norway’s premiere Melodic Hard Rock groups: ‘Wigwam’, consistently producing up-tempo and riff oriented hits throughout all of Northern Europe. Then, in 2014, they went silent! Thankfully not for long—as Age Sten Nilsen started...

Looking Forward II

Jan 2, 2015 / 7:00 pm

Continuing with looking in to 2015, as we did last week…the new year just seems to be brighter and a stronger start in the world of Hard Rock and Symphonic Rock. Plus, something started by the President of Frontiers Records seems to be catching on with other Artists—the unlikely...

Looking Ahead

Dec 26, 2014 / 7:00 pm

As most of you are readying yourselves for the year end feasts and celebrations, I’m peering in to 2015 and seeing how the music world is shaping up! As I gather information, it looks like 2015 will be another stellar year for good ole’ Rock n’ Roll! Below are a few of what we...

Symphony From Greece

Dec 19, 2014 / 7:00 pm

A few columns ago, I introduced you to Black Fate-a Symphonic Metal group from Greece…below is a little of their story: Question: Black Fate has an interesting history… Could you briefly bring us up to date on the group’s membership? Answer: Sure! Black Fate was formed...


Dec 12, 2014 / 7:00 pm

There comes a time in many rock group’s career that retrospect has to happen. In the case of Sweden’s “Crazy Lixx”, that time came in 2014, and here is a glimpse of how these five dealt with it: Question: So, knowing that this is Crazy Lixx’s fourth record, why the...

Long Way Down

Dec 5, 2014 / 7:00 pm

A few weeks ago, I introduced you to the lead singer of “Three Lions”, and raved about his new solo record! this week, I humbly give you the latest conversation I’ve had with this humble British Talent: Bruce: When I received this assignment, Nigel, I must tell you I was...

Unlikely Pairings

Nov 28, 2014 / 7:00 pm

You may recall back in 2013 I had the pleasure of interviewing the President of Frontiers Records, and we talked about his talent for putting musicians together that would otherwise not think of collaborating with each other. Serafino Perugino has pursued this concept and the fruits of his labour...

Just The Music

Nov 21, 2014 / 7:00 pm

This week finds me wrapping up some intense music assignments, for both Fireworks and Melodic Rock magazines. All the music is, of course, top notch—but I have found a couple of outstanding groups that bear further mention. The first is the San Francisco area group “T. Clemente...

The Journeymen part 2

Nov 14, 2014 / 7:00 pm

Last week, we introduced you to “The Journeymen”, a relatively new group out of the Okanagan. Actually, a new-veteran group! This quintet of seasoned musicians represent forty plus years of Western Canadian Rock!—and will take you through the bulk of that great time at any one...

The Journeymen - Part 1

Nov 7, 2014 / 7:00 pm

By definition: Journeyman: A person who has served an apprenticeship at a trade or handicraft and is certified to work at it-- any experienced, competent performer. So now Ladies and Gentlemen, meet Okanagan’s own Journeymen… “The Journeymen” are Mick Cretney,...

Music Is An Endless River

Nov 3, 2014 / 7:00 pm

I guess because the Bell still rings loudly in my ear, I was totally taken aback at the realisation that Pink Floyd’s impending new release marks their first in twenty years! Yes, almost a generation has grown up during the time between the new material from this iconic group of musicians. ...

Stereo Messiah

Oct 24, 2014 / 7:00 pm

A very British quintet, “Vega” has been making inroads on the Melodic Rock scene in the UK since 2010…and changing it ever so slightly each time they release new material! “Stereo Messiah” is the group’s third attempt, and is a powerful statement from the five....

Over The Moon

Oct 17, 2014 / 7:00 pm

If you read my interview with the President of Frontiers Records, you will recall that we talked about some unique future projects that he was putting together. Serafino has an uncanny talent of putting musicians together that would otherwise not get the opportunity of creating together, and this...

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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