January CD
Walking Papers – ‘WP2’ (Loud & Proud Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Jonni D   
Friday, 19 January 2018 04:40

Walking Papers artworkHang on a minute… this is 2018, right?  Just about? Good, Jonni D is just checking… just as he’s also checking out the brand new second album from the “supergroup” comprising the talents of The Missionary Position’s Jeff Angell and Benjamin Anderson,Screaming Trees’ Barrett Martin and G’nR’s Duff McKagan. You can find out if his ears were attuned to their retro rock vibes on the other side of this ‘ere link:

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Trampolene – ‘Swansea To Hornsey’ (Mi7 Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Friday, 19 January 2018 04:20

Trampolene artworkOur resident punk ‘n’ roller Double D loves himself a bit of poetry, especially when it comes coupled with a bunch of kick ass songs that range from ugly ballads to beautiful hard rockers… and he reckons that a forthcoming tour supporting thon super gob front bloke from Oasis can’t do anything but boost the profile of Swansea's swaggering hoodlums Trampolene and this superb debut album, about which you can read more on the other side of the link:

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Machine Head – ‘Catharsis’ (Nuclear Blast) Print E-mail
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Written by Jonni D   
Thursday, 18 January 2018 04:40

Machine Head CatharsisJonni D reckons that the declarative statement of “fuck the world” that opens Machine Head’s new record may be more telling than it initially appears, and wouldn’t be at all surprised if said album does not turn out to be incredibly polarizing among their fans. You can find out why on the other side of this link:

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Mean Motor Scooter – ‘Hindu Flying Machine’ (Dirty Water Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Thursday, 18 January 2018 04:20

Mean Motor Scooter artworkDom Daley reckons that it doesn't seem fair that one label should be responsible for churning out great record after great record, again and again. But, when they are as consistently good as this latest bunch of garage rock ‘n’ rollers, is he complaining? Is he heckers like?  Click the link to find out why getting the shit kicked out of his speakers put a smile on his grizzled fizzog:

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Ammouri – ‘Dare To Be Happy’ (Pride And Joy Music) Print E-mail
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Written by Tim Bolitho-Jones   
Wednesday, 17 January 2018 04:20

Ammouri artworkIn certain corners of the music industry, Swedish singer Marina Ammouri is already being spoken of as the second coming of Doro Pesch. But does she have the voice, the presence and the charisma – never mind the songs and the album – to live up to such high levels of expectation? Tim Bolitho-Jones gives his detailed assessment on the other side of this link:

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The Defects – ‘Feed The Good Dog’ (Punkerama) Print E-mail
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Written by Jim Rowland   
Tuesday, 16 January 2018 04:40

The Defects artworkapproved small 2013Jim Rowland believes in putting things simply – and in doing so he reckons ‘Feed The Good Dog’, the third studio album from Belfast punk legends The Defects since they reformed in 2010, is “a great album from a great band”. Click the link to find out why:

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Greyhaven – ‘Breathe’ EP (Outsider Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Tim Bolitho-Jones   
Tuesday, 16 January 2018 04:00

Greyhaven Cover Artworkapproved small 2013Post-hardcore lads Greyhaven seem to be on a roll at the moment. They’ve only been around since 2015 but they’re already on their third EP and have a small but dedicated following waiting on their every word. And if ‘Breathe’ is anything to go by, they’re going to have a very good year indeed, at least according to Tim Bolitho-Jones:

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Choke Chains – ‘Choke Chains’ (Hound Gawd Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Monday, 15 January 2018 04:00

Choke Chains artworkChoke Chains are a bunch of Midwestern misfits who love playing loud garage rock with a thick fuzzy bass and big jarring riffs with vocals that more often than not are distorted cries for help. Just the sort of loud garage rock that Double D just lurvs… and you can find out what he thought of this particular example on the other side of this ‘ere link:

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Watain - ‘Trident Wolf Eclipse’ (Century Media) Print E-mail
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Written by Jonni D   
Friday, 12 January 2018 04:40

Watain TWE 2018 CoverMore than four years after they took us on ‘The Wild Hunt’ with an album which experimented with the inclusion of traditional and progressive elements to their relatively standard black metal sound, a bold move which proved to be a winning formula, Watain have gone back to basics with their just-released follow-up, as Jonni D explains on the other side of this link:

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Tonight Alive – ‘Underworld’ (Hopeless Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Allan Maxwell   
Friday, 12 January 2018 04:00

Tonight Alive artworkHaving followed their career since they asked ‘What Are You Scared Of?’ back in 2011, Allan Maxwell admitted approaching Tonight Alive’s latest album with mixed feelings, especially as he had watched them slowly eschew the “punk” part of the sound that once set them up as serious contenders to Paramore, and given the fact that singer Jenna McDougall openly admitted that it was going to explore the darker side of her psyche. Click the link to find if he need to have worried about them straying even further from the pop punk path:

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Anvil – ‘Pounding The Pavement’ (Steamhammer/SPV) Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Ashby   
Thursday, 11 January 2018 04:20

Anvil Pounding The Pavement 1500x1500There are certain bands from whom you know exactly what to expect before you slip their latest album onto your deathdeck. AC/DC, Motorhead, Status Quo, ZZ Top… they don’t tend to stray too far from the musical formula which established their reputations. You can, of course, add Anvil to that illustrious list: they have been delivering their particular brand of straightforward, no nonsense, balls to the wall heavy fuckin’ metal for more than three decades now – and, this, their 17th album, is absolutely no exception to the rule which they have set themselves. To adapt one of the songs titles, ‘Pounding…’ sees the Canadian trio still doing what they want, as Mark Ashby found out:

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Black Moth – Anatomical Venus (Candlelight Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Rich Hobson   
Friday, 19 January 2018 04:00

Black Moth artworkIntentionally or not, the spirit of 2017 looms large on the third Black Moth record. Between its themes of femininity and objectification and the band’s established doom-with-a-twist inclinations, ‘Anatomical Venus’ could very well have slotted in nicely with the similarly themed and sonically-inclined 2017 releases by King Woman and Chelsea Wolfe, as Rich H explains on the other side of this link:

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Kane’d - ‘Show Me Your Skeleton’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
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Written by Gerald Stansbury   
Thursday, 18 January 2018 04:20

Kaned artworkapproved small 2013Welsh rockers Kane’d offer quite a unique proposition, in that they are front not by one, not by two but by no less than three vocalists, all of them sisters… they first came to Gerald S’s attention at the end of last year, when the title track to this, their latest album, became his current earworm.  But, would the entire opus have the same effect as its lead single? Well, you know where the answer is:

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White Wizzard – ‘Infernal Overdrive’ (M-Theory Audio) Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Ashby   
Wednesday, 17 January 2018 04:40

White Wizzard artworkIt’s been nearly five years since LA metallians White Wizzard last bothered the eardrums of Uber boss Monk with their brand of Maiden-meets-Manowar metal, but now they’re back on the aural attack with an epic new album, which has our main man seeking out his spandex and reaching for a box of badgers… To find out what we’re one about, click that link and shift your reading gears to (infernal) overdrive:

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Bestialord – ‘Law of the Burning’ (Cimmerian Shade Recordings) Print E-mail
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Written by DJ Astrocreep   
Wednesday, 17 January 2018 04:00

Bestialord artworkThe new year may be just two weeks old, but already our resident DJ is in full-on Hallowe’en mould, thanks to the arrival on his death of this debut opus noir from this new occult horror metal crue from deepest, darkest Kansas… but will it be providing the soundtrack to all sorts of ghoulish goings-on ten months down the line from its release? Click the link to find out:

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Dissociates – ‘A Capital Idea’ (Safety Second Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Tuesday, 16 January 2018 04:20

Dissociates artworkThe first thing that grabbed Double D about this new album from London post-punkers Dissociates was the production and arrangements, resulting in a mighty fine polished long player that embraces great songwriting with plenty of thoughtful songs that are very well crafted indeed. You can find out what he means on the other side of this link:

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Leaves’ Eyes – ‘Sign Of The Dragonhead’ (AFM Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Nick Russell   
Monday, 15 January 2018 04:20

Leaves Eyes artworkBig Nick reckons that the epic Euro dominated genre of symphonic metal can generally be classed as marmite metal: you either love it with a passion bordering on partisan obsession or you hate it with every fibre of your being! One band who have been at the centre of driving the genre forward are Leaves’ Eyes, who have just released their first album with new vocalist Elina Siirala. Will their tales of Viking derring-do appeal to our man’s cold, black heart? There’s only one way to find out:

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The Über Rock Singles Club: Blowin’ away the January Blues Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Sunday, 14 January 2018 04:40

approved image lrg 2013Welcome, welcome, welcome - come on in and pull up a seat… the Singles Club is open for business in 2018 and boy has Uncle Dom got a bunch of bands to shake off the hangovers from 2017 and drag you kicking and screaming into the new year with some of the latest list of applicants from around the globe. Click the link to find out what 7” slabs of delight are tickling the earlobes of our expert in all things punk ‘n’ roll this month:

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Worry Blast – ‘.44’ (Mighty Music) Print E-mail
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Written by Phil Cooper   
Friday, 12 January 2018 04:20

Worry Blast artworkWith the passing of the giant that was AC/DC, there has been a rock ‘n’ roll void that many bands have endeavoured to fill. The likes of Airbourne being arguably the most commercially successful band to form from the hard-rocking mould.  However, in Swiss four-piece Worry Blast Phil C reckons that he has found another group of potential pretenders, without sounding like a thinly veiled tribute act.  Click the link to find out more:

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Tankard – ‘Hymns For The Drunk’ (AFM Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Nick Russell   
Thursday, 11 January 2018 04:40

Tankard Hymns artworkGerman thrashers Tankard, one of the original grand daddies of the thrash metal scene and one-quarter of the “Teutonic Big Four”, have been together for an unbelievable 35 years and have released 17 studio albums. This compilation covers the period between 2002 and 2010. While it may be only a small snapshot of their storied career, Big Nick reckons it’s a clear demonstration of why they are just as important and influential as some of their more illustrious contemporaries:

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Magnum – ‘Lost On The Road To Eternity’ (Steamhammer/SPV) Print E-mail
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Written by Jonni D   
Thursday, 11 January 2018 04:00

Magnum artworkDespite a career spanning 40 years, Magnum’s significant contributions to British rock music are all too often understated.  They may not have enjoyed the same commercial success as some of their peers, but the consistent quality of their output has garnered an intensely loyal following among fans in the know.  ‘Lost On The Road To Eternity’ is the 20 full-length album from the Birmingham rockers, and continues Magnum’s recent streak of late-career successes from a creative standpoint, as Jonni D discovered:

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