Jim Kirkwood has been writing Electronic Music since the late 1980's when he stepped back from fronting a black metal band to explore a solo career in instrumental music. He has his own unique style of Gothic EM which moves easily between huge symphonic slabs of music, dark ambience and sequencer driven soundscapes. The music itself, inspired by Gothic and Symphonic Rock and Berlin School Electronica, is quite often a CD in length, moves and shifts in tempo and mood, sometimes dark and sombre, sometimes ethereal and melodic, yet the whole gels perfectly into a single experience that grips the imagination and brings you into a world of dark and exciting beauty.
The July 2010 issue of Fan the Fire Magazine featuring an interview with Pony Pony Run Run, features on Best Coast and Isle Of White Festival, Mystery Jets, Bombay Bicycle Club, Kele, M.I.A. and O. Children album reviews, 22 Bullets, Thor, Cowboys & Aliens, Pirates 4 and Gulliver’s Travels previews, featurette on 3-D, Toy Story 3, Heartbreaker, Splice, Shrek Forever After and The Collector reviews, art by eBoy, Lydia Nichols, Nicolas Bouvier and Toby Burrows, and style by Eric Ray Davidson, Kathryna Hancock and Antonella Arismendi, plus much more.
Russ Ballard's eponymous 1984 album and its sequel, The Fire Still Burns, were reissued on a single disc by Renaissance Records in 1996. Both albums are fairly spotty, but they have enough highlights to make this worthwhile for dedicated fans of Ballard or his former band Argent.Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine
"Start The Fire" is RPWL's first live album after their album success "World Through My Eyes". Disc one is featuring songs from a "Rockpalast" show highlighting the band’s first three albums ("God Has Failed", "Trying to Kiss the Sun" and "Stock") with a special appearance of Ray Wilson ("Roses", "Not About Us"). Disc two, on the other hand, is a tour de force that reflects RPWL's live experience from three tours. More upbeat and borderline sublime - punctuated by some Pink Floyd covers like the surprise version of Syd Barrett's "Opel" or the great "Welcome To The Machine". The album concludes with the complete 12-and-a-half-minute version of the evocative "New Stars Are Born" Only the first seven minutes of this song were included on "World Through My Eyes".