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Sam Millar – Holy Sass EP

Normally the class clown on and offstage with Bigfoot, guitarist Sam Millar seems to have surprisingly grown up (but I doubt it will last) by releasing his first solo EP Holy Sass and very impressive it is to! Its five tracks bristle with confidence, opening up with ‘Eyes’ it has …

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Soldier – Storm Rider EP.

It’s been a bit quiet on the Soldier front since the release of the Defiant album in 2015 but they are back with all guns blazing for new EP Storm Rider. Founded way back in 1979 by Ian Dick, this three track EP released on Starhaven Records sees them battling …

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Thirteen Stars – Running So Long.

New single ‘Running So Long’ from Cumbria based rockers Thirteen Stars is a bit special for many reasons. Not only is it a country tinged musical tour de force, it was written by lead singer/guitarist Hoss Thompson as a dedication to the sadly departed Tom Petty. It’s a heart wrenching …

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Saltwater Injection – You Don’t Know Nothing About

Saltwater Injection Press-release: Originally formed to create the soundtrack for a film that was never released.  After years of legal wrangling, the band will finally be able to release that soundtrack. The film, which cannot be named due to legal reasons, was banned before it even reached the screens. However …

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Next Year – Waterfalls

Next Year are a 4 piece pop punk unit from Loughborough and were formed in late 2017. Similar in vein to the likes of Sum 41, Good Charlotte and Blink 182 etc, they have enough in their music to make their own identity stand out to the forefront. ‘Waterfalls ‘ …

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Swamp Coffin – Flatcap Bastard Features

Not to be confused with an Australian band from Melbourne with the same name, Rotherham Sludgers Swamp Coffin deliver us an EP of pure doom and gloom all rolled into thirty four minutes of depression. Musically, it’s not much different to the Sludge kings already out there in the form …

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3 Headed Snake – 3 Headed Snake E.P

When a new band on the scene features two members of Ministry, you know it’s going to be a bit special. 3 Headed Snake is the brainchild of guitarist Sin Quirin on guitar joined by fellow Ministry member Derek S Abrams on drums. Aided by Johnny Ray on vocals and …

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Eva Bartok – Self Titled

Post-punk merchants Eva Bartok release their self-titled debut EP this Friday 23rd August, and I have to say this feels like a very risky EP, in all the right ways of course.  Clocking in at just over ten minutes, this EP comes and goes within the blink of an eye. …

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Kim Jennett – Psycho (single).

Earlier this year I saw a performance by the tour de force ball of energy Kim Jennett at the Waterloo Music Bar in Blackpool. Her set flew by as she delivered with being on as well as offstage and ‘Psycho’, her opening song that day is her brand new single. …

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Mystica – Oratorio

Bulgaria holds great memories for me. I go there most years to Sunny Beach for my holiday, and I know that there is some great talent over there. So when a review request came through for Mystica, I jumped at the chance. Amazingly, Mystica have been around for some twenty …

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Dig Lazarus – Figured It Out EP.

Currently available from the band and major streaming sites, this tasty four track EP titled Figured It Out should have you not taking too much time to figure out why it is well worth £5 by Nuneaton based trio Dig Lazarus! Opening track immediately sets a high standard with the …

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Reaper – Death Games.

My first impression of Liverpool based metallers Reaper was definitely not a grim one as they tear into current single ‘Death Games’ available now from their bandcamp page. The single thrashes and slashes akin to vintage Exodus as twin guitar mayhem from Daniel Moran (whose lead vocal sounds he gargles …

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Stormrider – What Lies Within EP

“The Gods made heavy metal and they saw that it was good. They said to play it louder than Hell, we promised that we would”. Those Manowar lyrics perfectly sum up the attitude that Stormrider have conjured up once again with their brand new EP, What Lies Within and what …

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Parasitic Twins / The Carnival Rejects – Parasitic Rejects

The press release’s opening paragraph for this release states: ‘Just under a year since firing their debut EP “All That’s Left To Do Now Is Sleep With Each Other”,  Hull’s scariest kids Parasitic Twins are back with a split EP alongside crust punk mob The Carnival Rejects; “The Parasitic Rejects”.  …

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Troyen – A New Dawn EP

Recently released EP A New Dawn from NWOBHM band Troyen is aptly titled due to the addition of new bass guitarist Mark Nortley and by the superhuman recovery from a triple heart bypass operation undertaken by lead guitarist/vocalist Steve McGuire, one of two original members since their formation in 1980, …

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CRO-MAGS – Don’t Give In

Hardcore Punk legends Cro-Mags have just signed with Victory Records (and Arising Empire Records in Europe) to release a three track EP ‘Don’t Give In’. Their first release since the ‘Revenge’ album’ in 2000! They head out on tour supporting the Misfits on several shows in the USA before heading …

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Spreading The Disease – Mindcell EP.

I very much doubt that Spreading The Disease will ever record anything acoustic as they continue to batter us into submission once more with the Mindcell EP. Currently available on their webpage for £8 it certainly hits hard and heavy. Opener ‘Obsession’ is a full on rant from the off. …

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Blind Haze – Red Light Fever EP

I can remember Leeds based nutters Blind Haze play a hangover curing set at Bloodstock Open Air Festival a few years ago and it’s good to see they have still got that fire as they hit the ground running with their latest EP Red Light Fever. It’s currently available for …

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Vader – Thy Messenger EP

Vader, a band I’ve heard of but criminally have heard nothing by until now and I have certainly got a lot of catching up to do judging by the quality of soon to be released EP via Nuclear Blast called Thy Messenger. Formed in 1983 in Olsztyn, Poland, they open …

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