CD/DVD Review: Michael Schenker Fest “Live” Tokyo

Review by Cameron Arndt, Tokyo show photos by and © © Emili Muraki I got through the first four tracks of Michael Schenker’s new live CD in the car this morning, before arriving at my destination. As I reluctantly turned the engine off, a thought popped into my head: This is magic! …and magic it is. As it says on the back of the box, ‘Like a miracle Michael Schenker returns to Japan.‘ In August 2016 the German axeman assembled an unparalleled …

Music Review: Down To The River EP (Black Cat Bones)

Review by Cameron Arndt All pictures and images provided by and © Black Cat Bones Liverpool’s Black Cat Bones formed in 2013, and burst out of the blocks in 2015 with debut EP False Promises and Wasted Time, dispensing their high octane brand of rock with plenty of attitude, and giving no quarter to any listener who could’t stand the pace. Since their inception in they’ve made a name for themselves, playing at the O2 Academy and the famous Cavern …

Song Review: Burn The Sun (The Elephant Men)

Review by Cameron Arndt The new track from The Elephant Men is fast, it’s raw, and it’s punishing. The band say they combine rock, metal, punk and folk to create ‘the mother of all cacophony.’ They’ll get no argument here! Formed in late 2015, they have since been gigging on the local scene and ‘splitting eardrums wherever [they] plug in!’ On Burn The Sun, singer Terry Martin’s visceral lead vocal bleeds punky energy over the punishing hard rock backing of …

Monthly Roundup: January 2017

It’s been a pretty rock & roll-filled start to the year, both here on Rock And Roll Traffic (naturally!), and in the wider world. Huge tours by Black Sabbath, Rival Sons, Glenn Hughes and Tyketto have kept us busy in recent weeks, as well as plenty of new music. Here’s our first regular monthly roundup showing you everything we’ve featured in the last four weeks – hit the titles to go to the article in question. Maybe you missed some …

#5: Metal(core?) – Chris Gardner (Spectacular Primate Disaster)

 Roads To Rock N Roll #5 One of the most interesting features in Classic Rock’s – sadly recently discontinued – Blues Magazine was ‘The First Time I Met The Blues’ where a musician was asked what got them interested in blues  music in the first place. While it’s perhaps a little foolish to try to pin an artist down to a particular genre, in this series we’re going to attempt to do it anyway! What we’re really interested in is …

The Best Of 2016

By Cameron Arndt It’s been a year of uncertainty… tumultuous political happenings, distressing incidents, seemingly neverending celebrity deaths, including many in the music world, and – in the last month – the shocking demise of Team Rock, owners of Classic Rock Magazine, Metal Hammer and others who were the undisputed leaders in rock journalism. None of that is what we’re here for though and, through all the craziness, there’s been plenty of great new rock releases. Here we’ve collected just a few …

Music Review: The Book Of Souls (Iron Maiden)

Iron Maiden  – Book Of Souls (September 2016) By Cameron Arndt Iron Maiden’s previous album, The Final Frontier, was released way back in 2010. It was a good record, but for me never quite hit the heights of the preceding trio – the excellent Brave New World (2000), Dance Of Death (2003) and my favourite, A Matter Of Life And Death (2006). There were some great songs on it, but where El Dorado was classic Maiden, some tracks, like title …

Known Unknowns: Death In Music

By Cameron Arndt (Edited by Matthew Currie) I know, morbid subject for my first ever article, right?! Facing death is a theme that features heavily in popular culture –books, movies and TV shows to name a few – but it is also a sad reality of life. As someone who enjoys writing and performing songs about all sorts of subjects, the handling of mortality in music is of particular interest to me. How do songwriters who spend their lives crafting …