Album Review: Age Of Heroes (Elmo Karjalainen)

Review by Cameron Arndt It’s been quite a while since I properly gave some time to a guitar-oriented, fully instrumental album. However, the new record from Finnish guitar virtuoso and composer, Elmo Karjalainen, really made me sit up and take notice. Despite the obvious touchstones of the trio of Steve Vai, Joe Satriani and Yngwie Malmsteen, Karjalainen crafts a record that is his very much his own, infusing the songs with a melodic sensibility and a rich vein of humour which …

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 …