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Black Coast – Ache (single)

Losing the speed of their last two singles but definitely not any of the power, Stoke speaker blowing noisemongers Black Coast have released their latest tune ‘Ache’ on Feb 28th 2021 making it not just a normal Good Friday but a GOOD F**KING FRIDAY! They manage to make you lose …

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Troy Redfern – Waiting For Your Love (Single)

As somebody much more wiser than me once said, “Never judge a book by its cover”. With a song title of ‘Waiting For Your Love’, I was expecting some easy listening but how wrong was I as it’s barroom boogie at its beer swilling, pool playing best, point proven by …

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Avarus – Vultures (Single)

So how do Blackpool based metal maniacs Avarus follow their previous single ‘In Disbelief’? Well maybe an equally over the top one should do the trick and they’ve fulfilled their ever growing potential with the recently released ‘Vultures’ It’s a touch more melodic but could still stop a charging rhino …

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Black Coast – Vodka Smile (single)

Stoke based Black Coast stoke up the fire and the flames of Hell with their recently released single ‘Vodka Smile’. This gnarly nugget is definitely 100% proof and not 37.5% especially from the vocal rant of Charlie Hewitt with a real lung shredding delivery. From the off they take no …

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Arielle – Inside And Outside (single)

Two pieces of good news arrive from Arielle to whet our appetites for her forthcoming studio album Analog Girl In A Digital World on Friday May 7th 2021. She has just released another single taken from it titled ‘Inside And Outside’ and will undertake four Livestream sessions on May 13th, …

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Massive Wagons – Changes

To borrow a song title of ‘Feel Good Hit Of The Summer’ from QOTSA, with their brand new single ‘Changes’, Massive Wagons have brought the summer vibes a few months early and it’s more than welcome to say the least! They’ve dedicated it as “This one is for the fans”, …

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The Damn Truth – This Is Who We Are Now (single)

The Damn Truth

So here is yet another episode of “where have this band been all of my life?” as my love of Canadian rock/metal bands continue with Montreal based The Damn Truth. Their latest single ‘This Is Who We Are Now’ released on March 19th is taken from their upcoming studio album …

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Sky Valley Mistress – Acoustic Sessions EP

It’s been a while since I’ve had chance to review any new material by Sky Valley Mistress as it’s just over year since I did a piece for their stunning debut studio album Faithless Rituals. So fast forward to 2021 for their four track Acoustic Sessions EP. It’s the first …

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The Sweet – Set Me Free (single)

Sweet

Rewind 47 years to when I was 10 years old at a Woodside Primary School disco in Oswestry, standing in the corner eating a Jammie Dodger washed down with watered down orange squash. All of a sudden I hear an air raid siren, then a huge riff and the unmistakable …

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Black Coast – Paradise (single)

A double celebration is on the menu here for Stoke On Trent based metal monsters Black Coast as they release their latest single ‘Paradise’ and sign up with Blood Blast Distribution Nuclear Blast. This raging song is a bonafide skull crusher. They are not reinventing the wheel here but theirs …

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When Rivers Meet – Walking On The Wire (single) review

When Rivers Meet

I’m not sure whether the lack of gigs in 2020 has anything to do with it but with my writing, I looked beyond rock/metal for new horizons and one band that really caught my attention were the husband and wife duo of When Rivers Meet. In November I reviewed their …

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Molly Karloff – She Said (Romesh Mix)

molly karloff

Oxfordshire based power trio Molly Karloff power up with new single ‘She Said (Romesh Mix)’ as well as donating all proceeds to the aid of UK mental health charity “Oxfordshire Mind”. Band frontmanSimon Gee explains that “Lockdowns are bad for mental health. It’s a serious issue and that’s why we’ve …

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Solid Liquid – Never Mind! (single)

I suppose with a band named Solid Liquid you can’t really expect any or no sanity from them and my gut feeling was right after the first of many plays of their recent single ‘Never Mind!’ This German based band are hard to categorize as these frantic four minutes are …

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Arielle – Peace Of Mind (single)

On Friday May 7th 2021 American guitarist Arielle releases her latest studio album Analog Girl In A Digital World and from it she has just released a single taken from it, ‘Peace Of Mind’. It’s a heavenly four minutes of guitar driven blues rock, recorded in one take with her …

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Underking – Shadow I’ve Become (single review)

2021 sees the return to Earth of starship Underking, piloted by space cadet Mad Maxwell Jeffries, jettisoning their latest single, the recently released ‘Shadow I’ve Become’. Multi instrumentalist Stoke-On-Trent based stormtrooper Max handles all duties and channels his inner nerd for a Star Wars based song inspired by Darth Maul, …

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The Swamp Born Assassins – The Lockdown Sessions (acoustic)

The Swamp

The Swamp Born Assassins will give them a good seeing to and they do so with ease to the four songs featured on their ‘The Lockdown Sessions’ (Acoustic) EP. Released on the 8th of February 2021. Now then, now then, now then, if any band should have an acoustic punt …

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The Dying Lights – Crash (single)

On February 5th 2021, Cheshire based noisemongers The Dying Lights stick a big middle finger up to Covid-19 by releasing their slightly unhinged new single ‘Crash’. In just under four minutes they summon up some spine chilling inner demons. Formed in 2017 by guitarist Derek Holmes, several line up changes …

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Second Cities – Out With The Old EP

Three singles from Birmingham based Second Cities released in 2020 got the ball rolling towards 2021 and that momentum has spawned their debut EP Out With The Old, a five track tumult that includes the three aforementioned tracks. The band proclaim that the EP title is from being sick of …

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Lugosi – They Came From Outer Space single review.

Ireland’s Lugosi formed in 2016, and was influenced by the unholy quadrilogy of beer, books, movies and music. They embarked on a mission to make heavy music informed by horror and science fiction. Like an Ed Wood movie transmitted through rock and roll, they have created a cartoon catalogue of …

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