Gareth Franklin

UK - Writer
Album Reviews

Album Review: TANTRIC – Mercury Retrograde

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – there are some bands that you just know what you’re…
Album Reviews

Album Review: MAVERICK – Cold Star Dancer

I guess that I have a tiny bit of bias to admit to before I start this review – Maverick…
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Album Review: THE DEAD DAISIES – Burn It Down

There are some bands that you can almost guess what they’ll sound like, just by their name – Rammstein would…
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Album Review: ASKING ALEXANDRIA – Asking Alexandria

I seem to have a habit recently of reviewing bands who I know little to nothing about. Asking Alexandria, however,…
Concert Reviews

Concert Review: Y&T at The Limelight – Belfast

Y&T The Limelight – Belfast, Northern Ireland – 8 November 2017 I’m one of those people who, when they go…
Album Reviews

Album Review: BLACK STONE CHERRY – Black To Blues EP

When I was given the chance to do a review of the new Black Stone Cherry EP, I jumped at…
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Album Review: TAROT RATS – 3.0 EP

I went into this review not knowing a huge amount about the Tarot Rats. I’d been forwarded a few of…
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Album Review: ALTER BRIDGE – Live At The O2 Arena + Rarities

I was lucky enough to see Alter Bridge perform live in Belfast earlier this year, so I had a vague…
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Album Review: THE VIRGINMARYS – Sitting Ducks EP

I don’t often write reviews of EPs – I’m not sure why, but I think it boils down to the…
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Album Review: AARON BUCHANAN AND THE CULT CLASSICS – The Man With Stars On His Knees

Normally when I’m doing an album review, I’ll have heard a bit of the band beforehand, so I at least…
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Album Review: THUNDER – Rip It Up

Thunder are one of those bands that, if you ask a friend to name a song of theirs, there’s a…
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Album Review: BLACK STAR RIDERS – Heavy Fire

I’m sure everyone knows the story of Black Star Riders, so I won’t bore you with that. And most of…
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Album Review: TRIVIUM – Ember To Inferno: Ab Initio

I remember when Trivium first came out. It feels like years ago, yet at the same time, it feels like…
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Album Review: RavenEye – Nova

With the amount of touring that RavenEye have been doing, you’d be forgiven for thinking that they’d been around for years and…
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Album Review: THE ANSWER – Solas

This is a band who aren’t so much back on form (they were never off form), but reminding us just…
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Album Review: ALTER BRIDGE – The Last Hero

If you like rock music in general, this should be a must-buy album for you – with an album this…
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Single Review: THE SOUL SHAKERS – “Here To Have A Good Time

Quite frankly, this is a great song and a great choice for them to have made for their first single.…
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Album Review: BLUES PILLS – Lady In Gold

Written by Gareth Franklin There seems to be a bit of a recurring theme with my reviews recently. No, I…
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Album Review: MAVERICK – Big Red

Written by Garreth Franklin I’ve seen Maverick live twice, so I’m immediately going to start this review with a recommendation…
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Album Review: HEART – Beautiful Broken

Written by Garreth Franklin If, like me, your knowledge of Heart is limited to “Alone” and “Barracuda,” then prepare to…