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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...

Melody In Milan

May 1, 2015 / 7:00 pm

It was a gathering…of some of the elite in the world of Melodic Rock! A gathering in one of the most romantic places on earth!-Milan, Italy. The second annual Frontiers Rock Festival! Frontiers Records has become an elite record label, continually giving voice to veteran rockers and...

A couple of treats

Apr 24, 2015 / 7:00 pm

A little while ago I mentioned that “House Of Lords” are about to unleash a brand new album…” Indestructible”. I also mentioned that touring plans are underway to see this enduring group hit stages all across the globe! In fact, they started at the second annual...

Musical Gypsies

Apr 17, 2015 / 7:00 pm

Continuing with their eighteen month world tour on the strength of their last studio album…”Outsider”, ”Uriah Heep” have also released a new DVD package that shows us why they are still a sought after live act, and below we can get a glimpse as to what drives these...

House Of Lords-Tenth

Apr 10, 2015 / 7:00 pm

Reigning supreme since 1987…’House Of Lords’ began with Lord Gregg Giuffria, ex-Angel keyboardist and Lord James Christian, ex Vocalist for ‘L.A. Rocks’. Initially signed to one Gene Simmons’ label: Simmons Records, the group’s self-titled debut took...

Worth Seeking

Apr 3, 2015 / 7:00 pm

They call themselves the “4th Dimension”, an Italian Progressive Rock band that are dedicated to the enduring Progressive/Symphonic style of music. Their musical meanderings are epically majestic! In part, here is what has been said about their second effort, “Dispelling The...

Time For Action

Mar 27, 2015 / 7:00 pm

I know! is only the beginning of Spring—but we can certainly plan for the upcoming Summer events around the Okanagan!! First up—let’s look at the Annual “Summerland Action Festival”! For all the events please go to Here though,...

A Bit Of What You Fancy

Mar 20, 2015 / 7:00 pm

I would like to introduce you to some “GoodFellas”, five seasoned musicians hailing from Kelowna: What with making the scene in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary and right here in Kelowna years ago…Will Hawkins, Cliff Giroux, Rick Berkley, Rick Rock, and Len Cornett have recently...

Two Worlds Collide

Mar 13, 2015 / 7:00 pm

“Only To Rise” is the first collaboration by these two iconic musicians…Michael Sweet and George Lynch. Two different worlds of music mesh together, and below is where you find out how it was done! Bruce: First , a couple of must ask questions: Knowing that 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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