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Dave Ling OnlineDecember 2016
1) Big Big Train – 'A Stone's Throw From The Line' (English Electric – Double live album from the Kings Place shows in 2015)
2) FM – 'Indiscreet 30' (Frontiers – The classic first album given a cool post-Millennial reboot)
3) Hand Of Dimes – 'Raise' (Coda Recordings – The glorious return of ex-Kooga men Nev MacDonald and Neil Garland)
4) Metallica – 'Hardwired… To Self-Destruct' (Blackened – A big improvement upon 'Death Magnetic' but it's twice as long as necessary)
5) Dirkchneider – 'Live – Back To The Roots' (AFM – Double live album of Udo's Accept-only set… bloody monster!)
6) Son Of Man – 'Son Of Man' (Esoteric Antenna – Great, hummable songs from a band with obvious Man connections)
7) Diamond Head – 'Lighting To The Nations' (Hear No Evil – Their quintessential debut now comes with a disc of the era's singles)
8) The Quireboys – 'Twisted Love' (Off Yer Rocka – Without doubt, the band's best record in aeons!)
9) Enuff Z'Nuff – 'Clowns Lounge' (Frontiers – A treasure trove of archive material from the late 1980s)
10) White Widdow – 'Silhouette' (AOR Heaven – This'll remind ya how awesome the 1980s used to be)
11) Roth Brock Project – 'Roth Brock project' (Frontiers – Winger/Giant guitarist teams with Strangeways/Giant singer with rather spectacular effect)
12) Comedy Of Errors – 'Spirit' (www.comedyoferrors.org – These Scottish proggers are bloody excellent!)
13) Avenged Sevenfold – 'The Stage' (Capitol – A spectacular prog-flavoured reinvention!)
14) The Black Circles – 'Undone' (www.theblackcirclesuk.com – Modern-sounding blues-rock with a fiery delivery)
15) Alice Cooper – 'Easy Action' (Rhino – Their second album… record fair CD bargain – well worth a quid!)
16) Crowbar – 'The Serpent Only Lies' (SPV – Humongous slabs of doom-rock!)
17) Fair Warning – 'Pimp Your Past' (SPV – 2016 re-workings of material from their first three albums)
18) Pretty Maids – 'Kingmaker' (Frontiers – The Danes still meld precious melody into their metal ingots)
19) Kissin' Dynamite – 'Generation Goodbye' (AFM – Feisty modern rock, with some telling lyrics)
20) Bryan Cole – 'Sands Of Time' (MelodicRock – Includes four Jim Peterik co-writes… rather good!)
21) Mike Zito – 'Make Blues Nor War' (Ruf – This fella is such an underrated guitarist and songwriter)
22) Graham Bonnet – 'The Book' (Frontiers – New solo album, plus bonus disc of career re-recordings)
23) Killer Bee – 'Eye In The Sky' (Target – Rousing hard rock from Holland; feats Paul 'Tonka' Chapman on guitar!)
24) The Answer – 'Solas' (Napalm – A vast improvement over the last flew lacklustre LPs)
25) Apollo – 'Waterdevils' (Escape Music – I never really rated Papathanasioas a singer, but this is pretty good)

November 2016
1) Opeth – 'Sorceress' (Metal Blade – The double gatefold edition… includes two vinyl-only tracks!)
2) Gong – 'Rejoice! I'm Dead' (Madfish – Daevid and Gilli will be proud)
3) Alter Bridge – 'The Last Hero' (Napalm – What a voice! What a band!)
4) Testament – 'Brotherhood Of The Snake' (Nuclear Blast – Thrash-metal doesn't get much better)
5) Detective – 'It Takes One To Know One'/'Live From The Atlantic Studios' (Hear No Evil – Fantastic to own these on CD at last!)
6) The Outlaws – 'Legacy Live' (SPV – Double in-concert set from the Southern rawk legends)
7) Airbourne – 'Breakin' Outta Hell' (Spinefarm – Still not the all-time classic they threaten, but pretty darned close)
8) John Wesley – 'A Way You'll Never Be…' (Inside Out – He should be much, much better known)
9) Willie & The Bandits – 'Steal' (Jig-Saw Music – High quality, Bonamassa-approved bluesy hard rock)
10) Elf featuring Ronnie James Dio – 'Carolina Country Ball'/'Trying To Burn The Sun' (2016 editions of these pre-Rainbow gems from the 1970s)
11) Gov't Mule – 'Live… With A Little Help From Our Friends, Vol 2' (Retroworld – Never owned this on any format before… how shameful)
12) Royal Republic – 'Weekend Man' (Vertigo – Air-punching, hook-laden garage punk from Sweden… I've got see 'em live!)
13) XTC – 'Skylarking' (The Surround Sound Series – Steven Wilson overhauls their Rundgren-helmed catalogue watermark from 1986)
14) Rhino's Revenge – 'Rhino's Revenge II' (Molano Music – Barring a few duffers this is surprisingly good!)
15) KilliT – 'Shut It Down' (www.killitband.com – Powerful, tune-friendly hard rock-meets-metal… lots of potential here)
16) Hardline – 'Human Nature' (Frontiers – Another sharp, incisive slab of melodic hard rock)
17) Sonata Artica – 'The Ninth Hour' (Nuclear Blast – Their best in many a long year)
18) Jadis – 'No Fear Of Looking Down' (Jadismusic – High quality neo-prog, with melody and muscle)
19) The Donnas – 'Spend The Night' (Hear No Evil – Newly expanded edition of a bubblegum gem from 2002)
20) Massive Wagons – 'Welcome To The World' (Off Yer Rocka – Big, noisy, rowdy, dumb… a whole lot of fun!)
21) Kee Marcello – 'Scaling Up' (Frontiers – Having written him off many moons ago, this was a rather pleasant shock…)
22) Jody Grind – 'One Step On'/'Far Canal' (Esoteric – Hammond-soaked progressive hard rock)
23) Rock Wolves – 'Rock Wolves' (SPV – Some fine moments, but as with everything Herman 'Ze German' does these days, supplemented with plenty of padding)
24) Candlebox – 'Disappearing In Airports' (Pavement Entertainment – Alternative rock with… gasp… some decent chewns!)
25) Tony Lowe & Mark Brzezicki – 'ESP: Invisible Din' (Sunn Creative – Impressive symphonic/progressive sounds)

October 2016
1) Kansas – 'The Prelude Implicit' (Inside Out – This could well be my album of 2016)
2) Tyketto – 'Reach' (Frontiers – And this one ain't fair behind it!)
3) The Cadillac Three – 'Bury Me In My Boots' (Big Machine – Their greatness continues…)
4) Marillion – 'Fuck Everyone And Run (F E A R)' (Inside Out – Incisive, thought-provoking… bloody great!)
5) Mecca – 'III' (Melodic Rock – Well worth the three years it took to complete)
6) King Crimson – 'Radical Action: Unseat The Hold Of Monkey Mind' (DGM Live – A fantastic four-disc concert document)
7) Overland – 'Contagious' (Escape Music – A welcome fourth solo album from the FM's lead singer)
8) The Western Sizzlers –'1-4-5- Go' (Roar Hide – More kick-ass rock 'n' roll from frontman Kevin Jennings and ex-Georgia Satellites guitarist Rick Richards)
9) The Ruts DC – 'Music Must Destroy' (Sosumi Recordings – The title track is a complete beast!)
10) Seven – 'Shattered' (Escape Music – Slick, insistent melodic hard rock)
11) Blues Pills – 'Lady In Gold' (Nuclear Blast – Better late than never…)
12) Foy Vance – 'The Wild Swan' (Gingerbread Man – Ditto!
13) Volbeat – Seal The Deal & Let's Boogie' (Universal – Ditto again!)
14) Angels Or Kings – 'Go Ask The Moon' (AOR Heaven – Classy sophomore effort from the reunited Mancunian veterans)
15) Various Artists – 'I'm A Freak Baby… A Journey Through The British Heavy Psych And Undeground Scene 1968-72' (Grapefruit – An absorbing triple-disc set)
16) Hardline – 'Human Nature' (Frontiers – Bright, punchy and joyful hard rock)
17) Seven Hard Years – 'Stories We Tell' (Lions Pride Music – Alan Kelly, the ex-Shy drummer, and cohorts, return in stirring form)
18) Stick Men – 'Prog Noir' (MSN – Fascinating, insidious and at times a bit on the creepy side)
19) Madame Mayhem – 'Now You Know' (Headball – Female-fronted rock, produced by Billy Sheehan and with special guests galore)
20) Steven Tyler – 'We're All Somebody From Somewhere' (Dot – A coupla nice moments, the rest is pretty forgettable)

September 2016
1) Uriah Heep – '…Very 'Eavy …Very 'Umble'/'Salisbury' (BMG – The new double-disc editions)
2) Uriah Heep – 'Your Turn To Remember: The Definitive Anthology 1970-1990' (BMG – Does what it says on the tin)
3) Uriah Heep – 'The Classic Rock Years' (The Store For Music – Six-disc boxed set)
4) Mitch Malloy – 'Making Noise' (www.mitchmalloy.com – A quite remarkable melodic hard rock record)
5) Silverhead – 'Silverhead'/'16 And Savaged'/'Live At The Rainbow Theatre London' (Purple – Newly expanded editions of the cult classics from the 1970s)
6) Tygers Of Pan Tang – 'Tygers Of Pan Tang' (Mighty Music – Wow… the Tygers' most consistent record in many a long year!)
7) Hawklords – 'Fusion' (Shellshock – Tasty space-rock… with guest appearance from Kim McAuliffe)
8) Laurence Jones – 'Take Me High' (Ruf – He just keeps on getting better and better)
9) Tilt – 'Hinterland' (Tilt Music – Intelligent, hypnotic pop-rock dressed up in a prog overcoat)
10) Karmakanic – 'Dot' (Inside Out – Ditto!)
11) The Dead Daisies – 'Make Some Noise' (SPV – Bluesy hard rock from band with Crüe, GN'R, Whitesnake pedigree)
12) Palace – 'Master Of The Universe' (Frontiers – A wonderful name for an equally wonderful AOR group)
13) Devon Allman – 'Ride Or Die' (Ruf – Superb blues-rock)
14) Cairo – 'Say' (www.cairorocks.com – Exquisite female-fronted prog courtesy of ex-Touchstone member Rob Cottingham)
15) The Virginmarys – 'Divides' (Spinefarm – Hummable punk-rock from Macclesfield's finest)
16) Spike & Tyla's Hot Knives – 'The Sinister Indecisions Of Frankie Gray And Jimmy Pallas' (King Outlaw – It begins with a song called 'The Curse Of The Day Drinker'… 'nuff said)
17) Johnny Winter – 'I'm A Blues Man' (Talking Elephant – Re-issue of album from 2004)
18) Pain Of Salvation – 'Remedy Lane Re:Visited' (Inside Out – The prog-metal gem from 2002 given a new twist)
19) Vicious Rumors – 'Concussion Protocol' (SPV – By their usual high standards, it felt a bit patchy to me)
20) Renaissance – 'Live At Fillmore West' (Angel Air – Archive release from Jim McCarty's personal collection)
21) Shotgun Revolution – 'All This Could Be Yours' (Target – Punchy, fuzz-toned yet hummable hard rock)
22) Jericho Summer – 'Night Train' (Devil's Blade – Southern country rock with cameos from Albert Lee, Richard Fortus and more)
23) House Of Shakira – 'Sour Grapes' (Melodic Rock – Exuberant, light-waving melodic hard rock)
24) Elektradrive – 'Over The Space – 30th Anniversary Edition' (Escape Music – Metal-meets-AOR fusion… I missed it first time around)
25) Mutter Slater Band – 'The Champ' (Angel Air – Raw, heartfelt and bluesy fare from the ex-member of Stackridge)

August 2016
1) Cheap Trick – 'Bang Boom Crazy… Hello' (Big Machine – Better late than never! This is great!)
2) Sixx:A.M. – 'Prayers For The Damned' (Eleven Seven – Fabulously contagious modern rock from Nikki Sixx et al)
3) The Neal Morse Band – 'Alive Again' (Metal Blade – 2 x CD/1 DVD set package from a killer show in Holland)
4) Gregg Allman – 'No Stranger To The Dark: The Best Of' (Retro World – The man's a bloody genius!)
5) Kiama – 'Sign Of IV' (Tigermoth Productions – Brilliant melodic prog-rock)
6) David Cross Band – 'Sign Of The Crow' (Noisy Records – King Crimson associated… tasty!)
7) The Pineapple Thief – 'Your Wilderness' (Kscope – Their best in a while)
8) Coheed And Cambria – 'The Colour Before The Sun' (300 Entertainment – Better late than never!)
9) Leslie West – 'Mountain' (Repertoire – Re-mastered gem from 1969, never owned it on CD)
10) Denner/Sherman – 'Masters Of Metal' (Metal Blade – The Mercyful Fate duo serves up a banquet of steaming riffs)
11) Jerusalem – 'Cooler Than Antarctica' (Angel Air – Prog-rock with a crisp, bluesy touch… rather good)
12) Dare – 'Sacred Ground' (Legend – Not the return to AOR-dom that I'd hoped for, but classy nonetheless…)
13) Fates Warning – 'Theories Of Flight' (Inside Out – Cultured, tuneful prog-metal)
14) The Amorettes – 'White Hot Heat' (Off Yer Rocka – Sophomore effort produced by Mr Morley… a big improvement song-wise!)
15) Gojira – 'Magma' (Roadrunner – The Frenchmen's most accessible record yet)
16) Virgin Steele – 'The House Of Atreus, Act I & Act II' (SPV – Three discs… staggeringly overblown)
17) The Stranglers – 'The Collection 1977-1982' (Liberty – Record & Tape Exchange gem… I've never owned these songs on CD before!)
18) Circa – 'Valley Of The Windmill' (Frontiers – A tasty fusion of prog and melody from Billy Sherwood and Tony Kaye)
19) The Snakes – 'Once Bitten…' (Talking Elephant – New edition of album from 1998;
Moody and Marsden with Jørn Lande doing his best Cov impression)
20) Vargas Blues Band – 'Hard Time Blues' (Santo Grial Records – Assured blues-rock, with high quality vox from Paul Shortino)
21) Albert Castiglia – 'Big Dog' (Ruf – Fiery blues… I can't stop playing it!)
22) Shiraz Lane – 'For Crying Out Loud' (Frontiers – High-pitched, turbo-charged sleaze rock)
23) Neal Hoffmann – 'Untrained Heart' (Amphibic – Soothing singer/songwriter fare)
24) Culver Kingz – 'This Time' (Escape Music – The namesake of the Michael Thompson Band returns in new West Coast guise)
25) Cain Rising – 'Cain Rising' (That'll Do Records – Hummable Americana from London via Scotland)
26) Multi Story – 'Crimson Stone' (Festival Music – The veteran Welsh proggers return… occasionally insipid though largely enjoyable)
27) Witham – 'The Unforgiving Road' (Frontiers – Melodic Norwegian progressive-metal)
28) Snips – 'La Rocca!' (Angel Air – Lost gem from 1979, with Chris Spedding and Bill nelson)
29) Alcatrazz – 'Disturbing The Peace'/'Dangerous Games' (Hear No Evil – newly expanded editions)
30) Jørn Lande – 'Heavy Rock Radio' (Frontiers – Covers set… one of the funniest records I've heard in a while)

July 2016

1) Yes – 'Fragile – Definitive Edition' (Panegyric – The expanded version, complete with Steven Wilson remix)
2) Vega – 'Who We Are' (Frontiers – Magnificent pop-rock)
3) Punky Meadows – 'Fallen Angel' (Escape Music – A welcome return for Angel's God-like former guitarist!)
4) Rush – 'Hemispheres' (Mercury – For no particular reason except it's still my favourite of their albums)
5) Scorpion Child – 'Acid Roulette' (Nuclear Blast – Fascinating concept piece from the US psych-rockers)
6) Ted Poley – 'Beyond The Fade' (Frontiers – Possibly a little ballad-heavy, but contains some terrific chewns)
7) Anderson/Stolt – 'Invention Of Knowledge' (Inside Out – Four epic pieces from the former Yes singer with Flower Kings' guitarist!)
8) Vardis – 'Red Eye' (SPV – Their fifth album… after a 30-year hiatus! It has some shocks, too…)
9) Royal Southern Brotherhood – 'The Royal Gospel' (Ruf – Another slab of fiery, groovy blues-rock)
10) Phantom 5 – 'Phantom 5' (Frontiers – Recommended to fans of Bonfire!)
11) First Signal – 'One Step Over The Line' (Frontiers - Harem Scarem frontman Harry Hess returns in alternate guise)
12) Tempt – 'Runaway' (Rock Candy – Derek Oliver's latest discovery… old-school AOR from New York)
13) Rival Sons – 'Hollow Bones' (Earache – To these ears their best yet…)
14) Ayreon – 'The Theater Equation' (Inside Out – Lavish audio-visual documentation of the stage show of 'The Human Equation')
15) Chris Ousey – 'Dream Machine' (Escape Music –Terrific blues-laden hard rock)
16) Josh & Co Ltd – 'Transylvania Part 1, The Count Demands It' (Mostly Autumn – Fiendish storytelling from Bryan Josh and friends)
17) Girlschool – 'Nightmare At Maple Cross'/'Take A Bite' (Hear No Evil – Newly re-issued, a pair of underrated albums from late 1980s)
18) Vektor – 'Terminal Redux' (Earache – Conceptual thrash-metal with a dash of prog, a la Voivod)
19) Rob Moratti – 'Transcendent' (Escape Music – High quality AOR in a register that can only be described as 'stratospheric'!)
20) Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown – 'The Wayside EP' (Spinefarm – Kick-ass bluesy rawk from Nashville)
21) Sunstorm – 'Edge Of Tomorrow' (Frontiers – Featuring the unmistakable voice of Joe Lynn Turner)
22) Departed – 'Departed' (Six rather good new tracks from band featuring ex-Treatment guitarist ben Brookland)
23) Bun E Carlos – 'Greetings From Bunuzeula' (SPV - A solo set of covers from the former Cheap Trick drummer)
24) Apocalyptica – 'Plays Metallica By Four Cellos – 20th Anniversary Edition' (Odyssey – Now with three bonus tracks)
25) The Last Vegas – 'Eat Me' (AFM – Dreadful artwork, thankfully the music's a big improvement)

June 2016
1) Big Big Train – 'Folklore'/'Stone & Steel' (English Electric Recordings – Brand new studio and live releases… both are magnificent)
2) Frost* – 'Falling Satellites' (Inside Out – Back after eight years and in outstanding form)
3) Hawkwind – 'The Machine Sleeps' (Cherry Red – Their best in quite a while)
4) Status Quo – 'Rockin' All Over The World – John Eden Remix' (Universal – Record Store Day special vinyl edition… a vast improvement!)
5) Rose Tattoo – 'Rose Tattoo'/'Assault & Battery'/'Scarred For Life' (Repertoire – Newly re-mastered and with bonus tracks)
6) Jethro Tull – 'Aqualung – 40th Anniversary Edition' (Chrysalis – The bells and whistles edition, includes Steven Wilson stereo remix)
7) Lee Abraham – 'The Seasons Turn' (F2 – Hypnotically classy neo-prog)
8) Bad Company – 'Live 1977 and 1979' (Swan Song – Two discs of the classic line-up recorded in Houston and London)
9) Rainbow – 'Monsters Of Rock Live At Donington 1980' (Eagle – On CD and DVD at last!)
10) Megadeth – 'Dystopia' (T-Boy – Better late than never, this is great!)
11) Anthrax – 'For All Kings' (Nuclear Blast – Ditto!)
12) Dan Reed Network – 'Fight Another Day' (Frontiers – Not as tuneful or energetic as I'd hoped, but it's a grower…)
13) Robin Trower – 'Where Are You Going To' (Manhaton – Ol' Fishface is back! And how…)
14) Purson – 'Desire's Magic Theatre' (Spinefarm – A captivating mix of prog, psychedelic, folk, gothic and classic rock)
15) Skyclad – 'A Bellyfull Of Emptiness: The Very Best Of The Noise Years 1991-1995' (Noise – Double-disc anthology… so great to hear these songs again!)
16) Michael Schenker's Temple Of Rock – 'On A Mission: Live In Madrid' (Inakustic – Double-disc audio and visual sets from November 2015)
17) Rick Wakeman – 'Journey To The Centre Of The Earth – Deluxe Edition' (Universal – The first time I've owned this one on CD!)
18) Circus Maximus – 'Havoc' (Frontiers – Prog-metal with a tuneful edge)
19) Robin George & Dangerous Music – Painful Kiss' (Angel Air – There are some really good songs here…)
20) Tigertailz – 'Blast' (TT Records – A bit hit 'n' miss, but those highs outweigh the lows)
21) Royal Hunt – 'Cargo' (Frontiers – Two in-concert discs of melodic, progressive metal)
22) The White Buffalo – 'Love And The Death Of Damnation' (Earache – Rootsy rock; laid back and rather agreeable)
23) Greg Lake & Geoff Downes – 'Ride The Tiger' (Manticore – Unreleased collaborative recordings from late 1989/early 1990)
24) Headless – 'Melt The Ice Away' (Target – Melodic prog-metal with vox from Göran Edman)
25) Chis Holmes – 'CPH' (Target – Okay, I admit… I kept this one purely for comedic value!)

May 2016
1) Status Quo – 'On The Level'/'If You Can't Stand The Heat...'/'Whatever You Want' (Universal – Deluxe double-disc re-mastered editions, with sleeve essays from yours truly)
2) Human Zoo – 'My Own God' (Fastball – So full of joie de vivre that it could pass for vintage-era Gotthard)
3) The Enid – 'Dust' (Operation Seraphim – An extremely dignified exit for Robert John Godfrey)
4) Treat – 'Ghost Of Graceland' (Frontiers – Treat by name, treat by nature)
5) Haken – 'Affinity' (Inside Out – Progressive metal with a colourful 1980s twist)
6) The Defiants – 'The Degfiants' (Frontiers – Paul Laine, Bruno Ravel and Rob Marcello reunite… essential for fans of Danger Danger)
7) Ace Frehley – 'Origins, Vol 1' (SPV – A surprisingly good set of covers from the Spaceman)
8) Airrace – 'Live At Milton Keynes Woughton Centre 31.7.09 – Private recording… please don't ask!)
9) Fierce Heart – 'Fierce Heart' (AOR Blvd – Expanded revamp of their one and only album from the mid-'80s)
10) Lita Ford – 'Time Capsule' (SPV – The former Runaway opens her archives and invites along some friends)
11) Vôdûn – 'Possession' (Riff Rock Records – Stampeding, heavy stoner-psych-metal with voodoo-tinged female vocals)
12) Tainted Nation – 'On The Outside' (Pride & Joy Music – Gutsy, surreptitiously tuneful modern hard rock/metal)
13) Rebecca Downes – 'Believe' (Mad Hat – The Black Country songstress delivers blues-rock with an occasional Southern twang)
14) Ben Poole – 'Time Has Come' (Manhaton – Sinewy, often melodic blues-rock from a young guitarist praised by Jeff Beck and Gary Moore)
15) Nitroville – 'Cheating The Hangman' (Target – Balls-out, female fronted rock… if that's not a contradiction!)
16) Mob Rules – 'Tales From Beyond' (SPV – Grandiose, melodic, Teutonic power-metaaaaaaaaaal!)
17) Layla Zoe – 'Breaking Free' (Ruf – Soulful, blues-laden rock… the title cut is excellent)
18) Lucer – 'Bring Me Good News' (Target – Breezy pop-rock from Mike Tramp's former backing band)
19) Jane Lee Hooker – 'No B!' (Ruf – Spirited bluesy hard rock from an all-girl five-piece)
20) Ian Parry's Rock Emporium – 'Society Of Friends' (Escape Music – Slightly ploddy melodic hard rock)

April 2016
1) Boston – 'Boston'/'Don't Look Back' (Legacy – 2008 re-mastered editions, with notes from Tom… never owned 'em before on CD)
2) Zakk Wylde – 'Book Of Shadows II' (Spinefarm – At last… Wylde reveals more of the mellower side of his oeuvre)
3) Diamond Head – 'Diamond Head' (Diamond-Head.net – Their finest work in a very long time indeed)
4) Southern Empire – 'Southern Empire' (Giant Electric Pea – Where neo-prog meets AOR!)
5) Wolfmother – 'Victorious' (Universal – I don't own all of their records, but this is the best of theirs in my collection)
6) The Dowling Poole – 'One Hyde Park' (369 Music – More brilliantly, colourfully eclectic stuff from Willie and John)
7) Knifeworld – 'Bottled Out Of Eden' (Inside Out – Different band… same description as above!)
8) Jump – 'Over The Top' (Den-Tel – Clever storytelling set to a great musical backdrop)
9) Kansas – 'Always Never The Same' (Story Of Music – Digipack re-issue of their 1998 album with the London Symphony Orchestra)
10) The Zombies – 'Odessy & Oracle – 40th Anniversary Edition' (Repertoire – A true work of art)
11) Colour Of Noise – 'Colour Of Noise' (Colour Of Noise – High intensity, kick-ass rawkenrawlllll!)
12) Gin Lady – 'Call The Nation' (Bilocation – Authentic-sounding retro-rock with strong vocals and tasteful guitar playing)
13) Peter Frampton – 'Frampton Comes Alive!' (A&M – Impulse purchase at Fopp Records, nice to have it on CD at last)
14) Badfinger – 'Timeless… The Musical Legacy' (Apple – Ditto, this is also rather good)
15) AOR – 'LA Darkness' (Escape Music – Monsieur Slama pillages his address book again)
16) Graham Bonnet – 'Line-Up' (Hear No Evil – Re-mastered re-issue of this cult classic from 1981… with cameo from Rick Parfitt)
17) Deckchair Poets – 'Searchin' For A Lemon Squeezer' (Angel Air – Whimsical, sometimes amusing pop-rock)
18) Danger Zone – 'Closer To Heaven' (Pride & Joy Music – Bright, shiny, highly proficient AOR from Italia)
19) Maryscreek – 'Infinity' (Escape Music – Modern-flavoured melodic metal… just a wee bit too leaden for my personal taste)
20) Red Jasper – '777' (Angel Air – A Seventh album from the enduring UK proggers)

 March 2016
1) Dream Theater – 'The Astonishing' (Roadrunner – What a no-brainer, the title says it all…)
2) Magnum – 'Sacred Blood 'Divine' Lies' (SPV – That enviable run of form isn't stopping yet)
3) Jeff Lynne's ELO – 'Alone In The Universe' (Big Trilby/Sony – I got a finished copy at last… better late than never!)
4) Nightwish – 'Endless Forms Most Beautiful' (Nuclear Blast – Ditto!)
5) The Temperance Movement – 'White Bear' (Earache – Ditto again!)
6) Blind Guardian – 'Beyond The Red Mirror' (Nuclear Blast – Ditto again again!)
7) Primal Fear – 'Rulebreaker' (Frontiers – A monster of a melodic metal album)
8) Monster Truck – 'Sittin' Heavy' (Mascot – Groovy, fuzz-toned hard rock to die for)
9) Headspace – 'All That You Fear Is Gone' (Inside Out – Heavy, thoughtful progressive rock)
10) The Treatment – Generation Me' (Frontiers – Thought they were done when Matt left but the new frontguy is superb)
11) The Zombies – 'Still Got That Hunger' (Cherry Red – Colin Blunstone has still got that voice!)
12) Anvil – 'Anvil Is Anvil' (SPV – I *really* like the double-gatefold edition… it's on clear vinyl, too!)
13) Stevie Nimmo – 'Sky Won't Fall' (Manhaton – The Scottish blues-rocker's second solo release, quality stuff!)
14) Spiritual Beggars – 'Sunrise To Sundown' (Inside Out – Typically hairy, rhythmic hard rock, but I'm still not sold on the singer)
15) Resurrection Kings – Resurrection Kings' (Frontiers – Fiery, not too-widdly hard rock from Craig Goldy and chums)

February 2016
1) Status Quo – 'Accept No Substitute! The Definitive Hits' (Universal – Triple-disc career-spanning anthology… some fillers, but boy did they write their share of classics!)
2) Thunder – 'All You Can Eat' (Ear Music – "A veritable feast of Thunder-ness", they say. They're quite right!)
3) Def Leppard – 'Live At Wembley Arena 18.12.15' (Private recording… no requests please)
4) Rage Of Angels – 'The Devil's New Tricks' (Escape Music – Ged Rylands is back, with Rob Moratti on vocals)
5) Nordic Union – 'Nordic Union' (Frontiers – An impressive new alliance from Erik Mårtensson and Ronnie Atkins)
6) The Mute Gods – 'Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me' (Inside Out –Intelligent, stately pop-prog from Nick Beggs and company)
7) Swallow The Sun – 'Songs From The North I, II & III' (Century Media – Three new full-length albums in one!)
8) Damian Wilson & Adam Wakeman – 'Weir Keeper's Tale' (Blacklake – This is absolutely beautiful…)
9) Galahad – 'When Worlds Collide' (Avalon – 30th anniversary double-disc retrospective)
10) Rick Springfield – 'Rocket Science' (Frontiers – Great… except for the country bits)
11) Queensrÿche – 'Condition Hüman' (Century Media – I've got a finished copy at last… better late than never!)
12) Trivium – 'Silence In The Snow' (Roadrunner – Ditto)
13) Alkatrazz – 'Live Sentence' (Hear No Evil – Expanded edition with bonus DVD)
14) Darrell Bath – 'Roll Up' (Livewire/Cargo – I like this guy, he's a kick-ass rock 'n' roller!)
15) Tygers Of Pan Tang – 'Noises From The Cathouse' (Angel Air – Their 2003 album, now with bonus tracks)

 January 2016
1) Avantasia – 'Ghostlights' (Nuclear Blast – Herr Sammet's latest slice of rock opera brilliance)
2) Stellar Revival – 'Love, Lust And Bad Company' (Lions Pride Music – This is fantastic; shades of Hinder, Shinedown, Nickelback and a pinch of Black Stone Cherry)
3) Uriah Heep – 'Totally Driven' (Uriah Heep Records – Released in 2002 as 'Remasters: The Official Anthology' and long since out of print)
4) Magnus Karlsson's Freefall – 'Kingdom Of Rock' (Frontiers – All hail the missing link between heavy metal and melodic hard rock… fabulous!)
5) The Radio Sun – 'Heaven Or Heartbreak' (Melodic Rock – More quality from the Paul Laine-mentored Aussies)
6) Ragdoll – 'Rewound' (Lions Pride Music – Yet more Antipodeans… and another slab of quality AOR)
7) Slim Chance – 'On The Move' (Fishpool – Reworkings, new songs and a few surprises! I really liked it…)
8) The Mute Gods – 'Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me' (Inside Out – Nick Beggs, Roger King and Marco Minnemann pool forces to cool effect)
9) Axel Rudi Pell – 'Game Of Sins' (SPV – Yet more fiery, melodic hard rock with great vocals from Johnny Gioelli)
10) Skunk Anansie – 'Anarchytecture' (Spinefarm – I've always loved Skin's voice…)
11) The Gift – 'Land Of Shadows' (Bad Elephant Music – Weighty neo-prog, coloured by some delicious changes of mood)
12) Jac Dalton – 'Powerkeg' (jackdalton.com – Melodic hard rock with an engaging '80s slant)
13) Lugnet – 'Lugnet' (Pride & Joy Music – Just the type of chest-beating, '70s-influenced hard rock that I dig!)
14) Stone Machine – '10 Stones' (Lions Pride – Earthily simple retro-rawwwkkkk)
15) Electric Guitars – 'String Fever' (Target – Bruising, fuzz-laden hard rock… with the amps turned up to 11)

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