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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...

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...

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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