Motanka: Motanka (2019)

Motanka: Motanka (2019)

Motanka are a Ukrainian outfit formed in 2015, and comprise Viktor Zhalnin (vocals, keyboard, dulcimer), Anatolii Zhalnin (guitar), Sergii Khodorchuk (bass, dulcimer) and drummer Dmytro Diachenko. They are described by the label as playing mystic metal, adding...
Rozina Pátkai: Taladim (2018)

Rozina Pátkai: Taladim (2018)

Born and raised in Hungary, Rozina Pátkai has been leading jazz groups since 2011 and has also been working as a freelance composer. Her first two bossa nova-oriented albums, ‘Voce e Eu’ and ‘Paraiso na Terra’, were award winners at the Independent Music Awards, and...
Praying Mantis: Keep It Alive (2019)

Praying Mantis: Keep It Alive (2019)

Rodney Matthews, the Troy brothers, ‘Metal For Muthas’, when someone mentions Praying Mantis to me, I always tend to think of the same things. There is no doubt there was a brief period when they were mentioned alongside some of the greats of the NWOBHM movement, and...
Rage: Wings Of Rage (2020)

Rage: Wings Of Rage (2020)

There is no doubt that since I discovered Rage in the Nineties, I have looked forward to each and every release from the band. It does not seem to matter who he has with him, as bassist/singer Peavy Wagner ensures they fit with his vision and each album is full on...
Sly Stone: Sly Before The Family Stone (2020)

Sly Stone: Sly Before The Family Stone (2020)

According to Wikipedia, Sylvester Stewart joined The Viscaynes in 1961 when he was 17. Apparently, the band were one of the very few integrated doo-wop vocal act around, as they featured two white females, two white males, a Filipino male, and Stewart. After some...
Victoria Jane Kearney: Birth (2019)

Victoria Jane Kearney: Birth (2019)

One day I was having a chat with Elfin Bow, and she told me that her sister had just released an album, and maybe I would be interested in hearing it? I was certainly intrigued, and soon afterwards I heard from Victoria herself, and the result is I am listening to an...
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