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Anti-Nowhere League/The Defects/Borrowed Time – London, The 100 Club – 5 January 2018 Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rowland   
Saturday, 13 January 2018 04:00

anwldefectsBack in the early ‘80s, a label called WXYZ Records released two cracking albums – Anti-Nowhere League’s ‘We Are …The League’ in 1982, and The Defects’ ‘Defective Breakdown’ the following year. Jim Rowland loved them both then, and still does today. Last weekend saw both bands back together on the same stage on the second night of this year’s Resolution Festival at Oxford Street’s legendary 100 Club venue - and our man was there like a rat up a drainpipe:

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Watain - ‘Trident Wolf Eclipse’ (Century Media) Print E-mail
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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Worry Blast – ‘.44’ (Mighty Music) Print E-mail
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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Tonight Alive – ‘Underworld’ (Hopeless Records) Print E-mail
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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Tankard – ‘Hymns For The Drunk’ (AFM Records) Print E-mail
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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Anvil – ‘Pounding The Pavement’ (Steamhammer/SPV) Print E-mail
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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Magnum – ‘Lost On The Road To Eternity’ (Steamhammer/SPV) Print E-mail
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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Freerock Saints - ‘Electric Passion’ (Grooveyard Records) Print E-mail
Written by Gerald Stansbury   
Wednesday, 10 January 2018 04:40

Freerock Saints artworkapproved small 2013Hard rock with genuine flashes of southern rock is not the first thing Gerald S – never mind most other right-minded people - think about when they, er, think about Greek music. But, that’s exactly what is on offer from this little gem, which somehow winged its way from the Mediterranean shores to the vastness of Texas and into our man’s ears and heart, as you’ll find out when you do what the link says:

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Corrosion Of Conformity – ‘No Cross No Crown’ (Nuclear Blast) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Wednesday, 10 January 2018 04:20

Corrosion Of Conformity artworkTwelve years. Twelve long fucking years. Twelve dry, arid, desert-like years. Twelve years too fucking many. What the fuck is Über boss Monk talking about? Well, that’s the length of time we’ve had to wait for a new album from the classic line-up of the muthafuckin’ godfathers of the modern southern blues-meets-doom/sludge sound, Corrosion of Fuckin’ Conformity, that’s what! Find out if it has been worth the wait on the other side of this link:

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I Fight Bears – ‘I Fight Bears’ (Lost Generation Records) Print E-mail
Written by Phil Cooper   
Wednesday, 10 January 2018 04:00

I Fight Bears artworkapproved small 2013Formed a little over two years ago, Bridgend's I Fight Bears have been noted as drawing upon influence from the likes of Killswitch Engage and Lamb of God. Next month sees the release of their self-titled debut album following a healthy buzz around singles ‘State’, ‘Believe in Me’ and most recently ‘Hammers’ and ‘Lost the Fight’. So, with weighty anticipation already in place and an ever growing fanbase courtesy of live performances, what does the debut have in store? Phil C is the man with the answer:

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Bloodshot Dawn – ‘Reanimation’ (Hostile Media) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Tuesday, 09 January 2018 04:40

Bloodshot Dawn ReanimationA lot has happened in the Bloodshot Dawn camp in the three-and-a-bit years since the release of their second album, the titanic ‘Demons’ – not the least of which has been a complete change of line-up, with only frontman Josh McMorran left… But, lo, here we are on the cusp of both a new year and a new era for BD, with the imminent landing of the band’s third album, completed and supported by a new line-up, which sees the band ready to take things to the next level, as Mark Ashby found out when he let it invade his ears:

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Trespass – ‘Footprints In The Rock’ (Mighty Music) Print E-mail
Written by Phil Cooper   
Tuesday, 09 January 2018 04:20

Trespass artworkFollowing a brief but bright start in the late Seventies into the early Eighties, when they released a string of singles and EPs in their early career and featured on the compilation ‘Metal for Muthas, Vol. II’, NWOBHM flag bearers Trespass sank without trace, re-emerging briefly in the early Nineties, and again five years ago with an album of re-recordings of their early material. Now, they’re back to give it another go… Phil C wraps his ears around their first original material more than three decades:

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Deuce – ‘Invincible’ (Better Noise Records) Print E-mail
Written by Allan Maxwell   
Tuesday, 09 January 2018 04:00

Deuce Invincible AlbumCover 1First known as one of the founding members of Hollywood Undead before being kicked out of / leaving the band in early 2010, Portland-based LA raised Deuce has since been making a name for himself alongside his crew 9lives. Last month saw the release of his second full-length album ‘Invincible’. As his former bandmates prepare to return to the Über Kingdom of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Allan Maxwell turned his baseball cap backwards and got into Deuce’s groove:

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The Atomic Bitchwax – ‘Force Field’ (Tee Pee Records) Print E-mail
Written by DJ Astrocreep   
Monday, 08 January 2018 04:40

TAB largeThere's something to be said for a band releasing their seventh full album, without it being the main project for most of its members. Featuring over half of Monster Magnet at different points in their career, The Atomic Bitchwax have released another quality album, as our resident DJ explains on the other side of thon wee link:

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Armortura – ‘Armortura’ (Mighty Music) Print E-mail
Written by Phil Cooper   
Monday, 08 January 2018 04:20

Armortura artworkHailing from the north-east of England and with a nod towards old school thrash, Armortura are set to release their self-titled debut album.  And it is a release which has left our man Phil C hoping for a lot more to come from the five-piece, as he breaks this year’s reviewing duck – along with a few neck muscles in the process:

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Avatar – ‘Avatar Country’ (Century Media) Print E-mail
Written by Tim Bolitho-Jones   
Monday, 08 January 2018 04:00

Avatar Country artworkDespite having threatened to go nuclear for quite some time now, Sweden’s Avatar somehow haven’t fully cracked the big time and seem destined to remain a cult band rather than rock superstars… At least, that’s how UR new recruit Tim Bolitho-Jones assesses their career to date – and he reckons that their latest album may go some way to explaining why the painted ones find themselves in the position they do.  So, click the link to find out:

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