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Book / Film / TV Reviews / Knock Out Kaine - Cruel Britannia
« on: March 22, 2016, 03:44:41 PM »
Well, it's 2016 and so far it's shaping up to be one we'll remember for all the wrong reasons.

Our old girl's retired, we've lost Lemmy, David Bowie, Keith Emerson and Glenn Frey. Status Quo are hanging up their Telecasters and Fish is looking to retire by the end of 2017. The world of Classic Rock is looking very bleak indeed.

There is hope, however. Our good friends Knock Out Kaine are back with their new E.P. Cruel Britannia.

Coming just a year after their monumental second album, Rise Of The Electric Jester, the four tracks here show the fantastic potential of a band that means serious business.

The opening track, Cruel Britannia, is a firing on all cylinders, storming hard rock anthem. The humourous yet brutal lyrics, delivered by a brilliant performance by Dean Foxx, are a no holds barred attack aimed at the government and big businesses. The virtuoso guitar of Jimmy Bohemian soars over the top of the thundering rhythm section of Lee Byrne and Danny Krash.

Love The Way You Hate is a singalong classic. It's complex yet solid rhythms showcase the band's acoustic based side.

Going Down, from the album House Of Sins, has been given a complete overhaul and highlights the band's versatility.

The last track, a faithful cover version of Steve Earle's classic, Copperhead Road is a master stroke.

With a new album already being planned for later in the year, it's exciting times for the band. Let's hope they start to get the recognition they so richly deserve for all their hard work.

The E.P. can be ordered directly from their record company. The price of £5 (plus £1 P&P) is a very reasonable.

Ways To Raise Funding / 2015 Forum T-Shirt
« on: March 12, 2015, 01:22:47 PM »
I don't want to miss out this year.

Are there any plans in place yet for a 2015 shirt?

Book / Film / TV Reviews / Knock Out Kaine - Rise Of The Electric Jester
« on: February 11, 2015, 09:55:39 PM »
Just short of two years ago we got the exciting news that Knock Out Kaine were to film a video for "Set The Night On Fire" with our old lady. Out of interest I checked out their debut album "House Of Sins" and was blown away by it. Judging by the responses to my review, quite a lot of us bought the album and were as impressed with it as I was.

Following it's completion last year, we were able to enjoy the video and I'm sure I'm not the only one who reacquainted myself with the album. It truly is an excellent debut that you never get bored with and it certainly showed what the band are capable of.

On March 2, we'll be all able to add a second album to the collection as the band release "Rise Of The Electric Jester" on Rocksector Records.

Through my friendship with Dean, I have been honoured to be allowed access to hear the album in advance so that I can review it for everyone here.

I've had worse jobs! ;D ;D ;D

The only problem with releasing a monumental debut album is, how on earth do you follow it?

That is obviously something that hasn't phased Knock Out Kaine as what they deliver is the finest sound to come out of Lincolnshire since the Avro Sisters left Waddington last year.

"16 Grams Of Heart Attack" is a fine way to open the album. It's a slick piece of melodic metal that features a guest appearance from HellYeah! guitarist Christian Brady. The tight rhythm section of Drummer Danny Krash and Bassist Lee Byrne machine gun their way through the track as Jimmy and Christian trade Guitar licks behind the snappy vocals of Dean Foxx.

One of the endearing qualities of Knock Out Kaine is their ability to pay homage to their many influences without sounding like any one of them. There's no shortage of that on show here. "Fire And Smoke" has a bluesy swagger to it that's reminiscent of Aerosmith. "How Would I Know" with it's jaunty piano has an almost Beatles-like feel to the song. However they crucially put their own original stamp on them and at no point do the influences overshadow the fact that they are superb songwriters.

"Diamond Blue", "Ain't Your Kind", "Boxes" and "One More For The Road" are good solid rockers with stomping rhythms that will be live favourites for years to come. On the vocals to the chorus of "Cascading" Dean mimics the hourly chimes of Lincoln Cathedral. "Flying Blind" is a fantastic majestic anthem which, in a perfect world, would be a sure-fire hit single. "Because You Were There" which although is deeply personal with it's sentiments is an upbeat slice of arena-style rock.

"House Of Sins" showcased what the band are capable of, "Rise Of The Electric Jester" cements their reputation. Every track on this album is a fantastic example of a band that deserve to be recognised on a global basis. The musicianship is once again superb! Dean Foxx has a voice that is very easy on the ear. Guitarist Jimmy Bohemian sounds like he was born with a fretboard in his hand. Lee Byrne, like the greatest Bass Players, squeezes in some highly technical fills whilst still keeping a solid rhythm.  Danny Krash is a fine Drummer that effortlessly shifts between solid and true to rapid fire attack.

The production is smoother than a cold beer on a hot summer afternoon. This album will sound just as good as it does on the Hi-fi, in the car, through a good pair of Headphones or through an iPod on a Bus. Although if you're playing it in the car watch your speed! Also, at the end of track 10 there's a hidden track so don't say you weren't warned.

So there you have it! If you enjoyed their first album, you'll love this one. If you didn't then give it a go anyway and if you don't like it then pass it on to someone who does.

The band are about to embark on a tour to promote the release and with tickets for the launch party selling out quickly, it seems that they're finally getting recognition for all their hard work. If they're playing near you then go and support them and see these gems being played live. If there's any justice in the world, they won't be playing the small intimate venues for much longer.

Ways To Raise Funding / 2014 DVD
« on: November 12, 2014, 01:11:39 AM »
After seeing some fantastic clips from PlanesTV this year, I was looking forward to buying the DVD.

Is there going to be one, or is it just the Avro Sisters that will be available.

From the e-mail I received yesterday, I got the impression that Lee was not pleased.

If there has been correspondence to appease everyone, I have not been made aware of this and I sincerely appologise.

Book / Film / TV Reviews / Airline
« on: July 30, 2013, 03:51:28 AM »
After waiting in vain for so long for this to come out on DVD, I found out on Amazon that it had sneaked out last year!!!

For those too young to remember it, it was a series from about 1982 about a demobbed pilot, played by Roy Marsden (in a wig) who sets up his own private Airline with a DC-3.

The story was exceptionally written by William Greatorex and holds up well to todays standards.

The aerial shots are still as breataking as you remember and the acting is superb.

The only thing that lets it down is that after watching the entire series, you know there should be more to come.

Sadly, that was not to be. William Greatorex and Yorkshire TV fell out, and the second series never happened.

If you can find a copy, there's a book called Air Berlin which tells the story that sadly never made it to screen.

But the 3 disc package is well priced and is a great trip down memory lane and thoroughly recommended.

Ways To Raise Funding / New DVD?
« on: July 30, 2013, 03:36:54 AM »
I read in Flypast, if you subscribe to Flypast for 2 years, you get a Vulcan DVD that I haven't seen before.

Will this be available from the webshop at some point?

Book / Film / TV Reviews / The Big Book Of Flight by Rowland White
« on: May 31, 2013, 06:45:15 AM »
Rowland White does it again!!!

I've been waiting for this book ever since Rowland mentioned it whilst he was graciously signing all the copies of Vulcan 607 that the Club Stand had at Duxford last year.

I knew it was out this week, thanks to Amazon, but I thought I would see if Tesco had it in stock.

Tesco didn't let me down, it's currently on offer for £10, which is half the marked price, so I would recommend you invade your local Tesco store and bag a genuine bargain.

After waiting for so long for it, I'm glad to say that it's been well worth waiting for!!!

It truly is everything you have ever wanted to know, plus a lot of stuff you didn't know but will gladly learn regarding just about every aspect of flight!!!

Over 320 pages it covers pretty much everything from the earliest days of aviation to modern space travel.

It also goes into detail on classic aircraft like the C130 and the F4, as well as give an insight into great aircraft that should have been like the TSR2 and the XB70.

Some of the things that I personally thought were nice touches were details of the roundels used by every Air Force and diagrams of all the formations used by the Red Arrows.

For people like us, this book is essential!!!

My only criticism is it's too damn hard to put it down!

Well done Rowland, you have produced a book that will be regarded as a classic!!!

Ways To Raise Funding / It's never too early!!!
« on: April 21, 2013, 04:27:15 PM »
It's never too early to start bugging Fiona for a forum T-Shirt!!! :D  :D  :D

Is there going to be one this year??? :D  :D  :D

Thanking you in advance...


Ways To Raise Funding / Knock Out Kaine
« on: April 17, 2013, 07:22:34 AM »
It was mentioned that those who attended the video shoot would receive a copy of the single on its release.

For those, like myself, who like to use old fashioned CDs, will there be a chance to buy the single on CD?

I'm sure I'm not the only one who would think that it would be nice to own a physical copy of the single, preferably with the video on it as a multimedia extra.

Book / Film / TV Reviews / Knock Out Kaine - House Of Sins
« on: March 23, 2013, 07:23:08 PM »
When the news about Knock Out Kaine was announced this week, I'm sure I wasn't the only one who hadn't heard of them. As someone who's obsessed with music, I had to put that right, so I took the plunge and got hold of their debut album, House Of Sins.

What followed was 45 minutes of pure pleasure!!!

The opening fairground/circus intro "The Welcome" is reminiscent of similar intros to albums by W.A.S.P. and Kiss and it sets the mood nicely for the album's title track which is pure CLASSIC rock. It's a groove that doesn't let up for the entire album!

The overall sound of the album reminds me of the late 80s/early 90s era of rock before the grunge movement took over. You can pick up influences of Kiss, Motley Crue, and Guns N' Roses, but they stop short of sounding like any of them. There's vocal harmonies are reminiscent of Def Leppard, but without the over-production.

Overall, I have to say that this is an outstanding debut album by a band that I hope we're going to hear a lot more of. All it would take is for a band like Iron Maiden to take them out on tour as special guests and their future would be secured.

If you like your music hard and heavy, then this is an album that is well worth checking out!!!

This is the title track of the album :-


Book / Film / TV Reviews / Iron Maiden - On Board Flight 666
« on: February 03, 2013, 04:40:16 PM »
Having enjoyed the film Flight 666 and the bonus feature Behind The Beast, when I saw the John McMurtrie book at a good price (£16 from Amazon), I thought I'd give it a go.

I certainly wasn't disappointed.

I'm sure that most of us are aware about lead singer Bruce Dickinson and one of his his day jobs as an Airline Captain for Astraeus Airlines. Most of us will also know how he frequently flies the band around the world on modified Boeing 757s called Ed Force One. The book begins with a foreword by Bruce Dickinson where he explains some of the extraordinary logistics that went into the two tours.

This book is a journal of the Somewhere Back In Time Tour of 2008 and the Final Frontier Tour of 2010/11 by the band's official photographer John McMurtrie and his account begins with the livery being applied to the first Ed Force One at Lasham Airfield in November 2007. Over the 256 full colour pages he manages to balance an informative and entertaining text to accompany his breathtaking photography. As a companion to the Flight 666 and Behind The Beast documentaries, this book is excellent as it goes into the more finer details of the tour.

Anyone that's a fan of Iron Maiden will already know that they got where they are today by going the extra mile to please their fans, this book documents that...literally! Over the two tours the book documents they play countries like India, Vietnam and places in South America that have never before witnessed any show of this kind, let alone a band of Iron Maiden's stature.

Obviously, if you're not into Iron Maiden then this isn't a book for you, but it is worth looking out for if you are in your local library.

Book / Film / TV Reviews / The War Of The Worlds - The New Generation
« on: November 26, 2012, 07:16:53 PM »
When I first heard that Jeff Wayne was going to milk his cash cow yet again by re-recording the album with a new cast, I was horrified!

The original album is my favourite album of all time and over the years I have managed to collect every album and single variant to do with it.

I couldn't let musical snobbery stand in the way of completing my collection, so I pre-ordered this a while back.

It arrived this morning, so I sat back with the headphones and gave it a spin.

I have to say, my initial fears have been realised.

On the whole, the album stays close to the original but, without the time constraints of vinyl, features additional dialogue and musical passages.

Musically it's not bad, but not brilliant either. There's too much digital instrumentation and it gets really annoying at times.

Liam Neeson's narration was always going to be the making-or-breaking of this project and, fortunately, he pulls it off. He was never going to be as good as Richard Burton and was obviously chosen above other actors to appeal to the US market, but his performance is rather good.

The "acting" on the original album was it's weakest point, and it's no better on this either. Ricky Wilson (Kaiser Chiefs vocalist) isn't bad as the Artilleryman, but Joss Stone as Beth and Maverick Sabre (no...I haven't heard of him either!) as Parson Nathaniel are awful!

That leaves the vocal performances, Ricky Wilson and Alex Clare, who sings Thunderchild, stand out as the best. Joss Stone isn't too bad, but Maverick Sabre totally ruins The Spirit Of Man.

The other make-or-break part of the project, the vocals on The Eve Of The War and Forever Autumn, does not come off well. Gary Barlow's vocals are far too thin and his phrasing is, quite frankly, annoying! He too was only chosen to appeal to mass markets, and he was an abysmal choice.

The artwork, although nice, is just like the music, all done on Computer and is nothing like the beautiful paintings that were in the original's booklet.

The original album was put together on a tight budget and the recording pushed the limits of the technology available at the time. In my opinion, this is just another way for Jeff to milk the one good idea he has ever had.

The only good thing I can say about this album is it will make more people check out the original version.

For anybody who has booked tickets for the live show, all I can say is, I hope it's better live!

Here's hoping that once this tour is over he will go back to the version we all know and love!

Book / Film / TV Reviews / Fortress
« on: November 21, 2012, 06:59:34 AM »
Having heard nothing but bad reviews of this, I avoided it like the plague!

However, having heard it was worth watching from Clive (wcg), I thought I'd give it a go!

Clive has never let me down when it comes to films before, and he's even right when it came to this!!!

The plot of the film is as thin as a bus ticket, it centres on the struggles of a B-17 pilot and two waist gunners who are sent in to replace the members of an established crew that were killed on a bombing mission.

That is about it!

It shouldn't be as good as it actually is!

The CGI effects are really good and, I agree with Clive, in a lot of places they are better than Red Tails.

Apparently, the budget for this film was next to nothing, but they spent what they had where it mattered!

Lord Puttnam can rest easy, this film will never rival Memphis Belle, but it is worthy of 90 minutes of anybody's time!

If you're a member of Lovefilm, you could do a lot worse than add this to your list!

Book / Film / TV Reviews / Red Tails
« on: November 16, 2012, 08:10:32 PM »
After hearing mixed reviews about this film, I thought I'd watch it and make up my own mind.

I have to say, I was more than pleasantly surprised.

The film is based on true events during WWII when an all-black Squadron of US Pilots, fought towards a "Double Victory" against Facism in Europe and Racism back home.

Without giving too much of the story away, it shows how they went from being a unit based hundreds of miles away from any serious action flying "hand-me-down" aircraft to their eventual acceptance as equals as they accompany bombers on major sorties.

George Lucas has described this film as "20 years in the making" and that he couldn't make it before as the technology wasn't available. As you may expect there is a great deal of special effects, but at no point do they overshadow the story. The film begins with an impressive display of CGI graphics as a wave of B-17s get picked off in great numbers by the ME-109s.

As far as WWII movies go, this is nowhere near the best, but it's far from being the worst. As it's so CGI-based, it would be unfair to compare it to any live-action film, however, if Peter Jackson finally gets his act together regarding his remake of The Dambusters, then he could learn a lot from this film.

I rented the Blu-Ray of this from Lovefilm, and there's an added bonus of a lengthy documentary about those that inspired the film called Double Victory.

All in all, if you can rent this, you could do a lot worse than give up a couple of hours to watch this.

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