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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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Molly Karloff – She Said (Romesh Mix)

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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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Second Cities – Like A Moth (single)

Second Cities return with latest single ‘Like A Moth’ but these Birmingham based oiks sound more like a bat out of hell as they thrash out a brutal bludgeon. It’s not all noise for noise sake as there is a lot more to their oeuvre from the lead vocals of …

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Ward XVI – Unplugged And Sedated EP

As somebody a lot wiser than me once proclaimed, “Music hath charms to soothe the savage beast”. Point proven by the Unplugged And Sedated EP currently available by Preston based macabre metallers Ward XVI. Throughout the pandemic in 2020 they managed to release the over the top studio album Metamorphosis …

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The Senton Bombs – Dwelling In The Past (single)

Hey ho, let’s go as The Senton Bombs open their plan for World domination in 2021 with one big shit kicking get the fuck out of my way single called Dwelling In The Past now available to purchase from Amazon, iTunes, Spotify and Apple Music. Right from the off it’s …

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The Swamp Born Assassins – Gates Of Hades (single)

Welcome back to The Swamp Born Assassins! It’s been over 18 months since I reviewed their Dead Man’s Train album and they’re back and firing on all cylinders with their latest single ‘Gates Of Hades’ available now from Google Play, Amazon, i Tunes,Deezer,Applemusic, Spotify and from the band website. Since …

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Impavidus – Justice

Impavidus have just released a new single Justice. This is a track you might just get hooked to on your first listen. I know I did. If they carry one producing tracks of this quality they have just got themselves a new fan. Line up: – Michelle Adamson – Vocals …

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Son Of Shinobi – Lemon Spit (single)

What the phuq! Four years seems a helluva long wait since I’ve had chance to review new material from Crewe based Son Of Shinobi but with a new line up (Mark Ames on guitar) they return with a rip roaring single called ‘Lemon Spit’, available on all digital platforms. Thankfully …

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Vaneno – Struggle Through Absurdity

Vaneno are a Portuguese Sludge Metal band from Lisbon, formed in 2017. Born from the plot of old and new friends that wanted to jam together, the band’s sound combines strong elements of Sludge Metal with elements reminiscent of Stoner, Doom and Death. This debut four track offering is a …

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The Midwich Affair – Hard (single)

Staffordshire based The Midwich Affair in just under four minutes power out a song that straddles the line between indie and hard rock with latest single ‘Hard’. It lives up to its title with a no holds barred delivery that burst through my headphones as lead vocalist Vicky Travis channels …

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