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Stormbringer

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...

Guitarist

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...

Stormbringer

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!..it 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 www.SummerlandActionFestival.com 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...

Canadian Rock Royalty

Mar 10, 2015 / 7:30 pm
His is a distinct voice, a songwriter with storytelling qualities, and an icon in the Canadian music sky!……Burton Cummings may just be the most recognised singer in Canadian history, and a stellar song writer to boot! Joining the Guess Who in the late sixties, Burton either penned or...

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...
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 does not warrant the contents.


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