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Sam Millar – Radio Gouda EP

He’s back! Proving that his debut EP Holy Sass in 2019 was no flash in the pan, Sam Millar bounces back with his latest EP Radio Gouda, due for release on June 5th 2020. It could not have come at a better time with gigs postponed/cancelled as brief opener ‘Radio …

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Second Cities – Oceans (Elemental Hero Bubbleman) (single)

Oceans

Second Cities – Oceans (Elemental Hero Bubbleman) (single) Describing them themselves as melodic hardcore, Birmingham based Second Cities release a new single on April 20th 2020, curiously titled ‘Oceans (Elemental Hero Bubbleman)’. An accompanying video of them playing it in their various houses during lockdown highlight their frustration of cancelled/postpones …

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Cadence Noir – A Reckless Endeavour EP

  Self proclaimed Gothic Folk ‘N’ Rollers Cadence Noir return from the wilderness to defy us with their eccentricities courtesy of the latest musings on new EP A Reckless Endeavour. Even by their ludicrously over the top standards, opener ‘Weighing Owls’ is a jiggingly jiggy jig as Emma Bennett on …

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The Senton Bombs – Be What You Want (single)

This is just what we need in these troubled times, a brand new single from the Blackpool beach boys, The Senton Bombs! It’s available on all digital suppliers for 99p on April 20th, 2020, ‘Be What You Want’. A quote from frontman Joey Class of “Time to rockdown in lockdown” …

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Malevolence – The Other Side

Sheffield shredders Malevolence return with another (few and far between) release. But if the quality of their releases is governed by time in between them, then please keep that as it is. This is a superb release. ‘Reign Of Suffering ‘ was the band’s full length debut in 2013, followed …

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Hammerheart – Distant Skies (single) (featuring Blaze Bayley)

Hammerheart

Hammerheart – Distant Skies (single) (featuring Blaze Bayley) Hammerheart, formed in 1994 in Liptovsky Mikulas, Slovakia have released Distant Skies as a single from their upcoming album Beyond The Farthest Point. It’s a seven minute chest beating adrenaline rush of heavy metal and very Iron Maiden influenced, so the  obvious …

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Devils Henchmen – Built By Hate (EP)

Devils Henchmen

Devils Henchmen – Built By Hate (EP) Before I had even heard anything by Liverpool based trio the Devils Henchmen, I saw them play at a festival in Wakefield and talking to them after their set I was astonished by their playing and songwriting at the age of 14. Fast …

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Bad Touch – I Get High (single)

Bad Touch

Bad Touch – I Get High (single) Welcome back Bad Touch and what a return with a new single called ‘I Get High‘ taken from the forthcoming album Kiss The Sky. They tap into a winning formula of feisty funk-rock as tight but loose riffs writhe like snakes over a …

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Deus Mori – Umbra Mortis

Manchester based Deus Mori are another new band to me, recommended by my brother Lee Beardall from Hardcore punk outfit Eye Licker,  and I thank him for this brilliant recommendation. Only two years old are Deus Mori, but there is no sign of a lack of experience within this EP …

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Viscula – Just Go (single)

Viscula

Viscula – Just Go (single) Viscula, a band I came across by chance, checked out their single ‘Just Go’ on Youtube and thankfully I did as it’s a very rewarding listen, a far cry from the rock/metal bands I normally review but it’s always good to check out new genres. …

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Molly Karloff – Supernaturalation EP

Molly Karloff

Molly Karloff – Supernaturalation EP Molly Karloff, a new band to me, another UK trio and thankfully recommended by Peter Noble from Noble PR, come across with the smart talking suss of Therapy and the melodic leanings of Ash, point proven by the tongue twisting title of their latest EP …

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Hedra – Broken Bones (single)

Hedra

Hedra – Broken Bones (single) On March 21st 2020, Norwich based noisemongers Hedra announced “Hedra for Universal domination”. Just six days later on the 27th they may be on their way judging by the release of latest single ‘Broken Bones’. Is there such a thing as a melo industrial genre? …

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Hedra – Karma In Blood (single)

Hedra

Hedra – Karma In Blood (single) Norwich based bruisers Hedra do what they do best which is to create challenging music which they have certainly done with this single release Karma In Blood. It’s a phenomenal piece of work fitted into five feral minutes. Hate fueled lead vocals from Jim …

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Massive Wagons – In It Together

Rolling rolling rolling, keep those wagons rolling and Massive Wagons certainly have with ‘In It Together’, the opening track taken from forthcoming studio album House Of Noise released via Earache Records on July 17th 2020. I’ve heard this song twice in the last 18 months at gigs, it sounded impressive …

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Joe Satriani – Big Distortion (single)

Joe Satriani

Joe Satriani – Big Distortion (single)   Joe Satriani, the guitar maestro dazzles us again with Big Distortion, the latest single taken from his forthcoming studio album Shapeshifting, released on April 20th 2020 via Sony Music/Legacy Recordings. Even by his high standards, this song definitely whets the appetite for the …

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Bonfire – The Devil Made Me Do It (new single/video)

Bonfire

Bonfire – The Devil Made Me Do It (new single/video) Bonfire, a band who have slipped passed my radar since I saw them give Judas Priest a very hard act to follow on tour in 1988 have just released a brand new single/video ‘The Devil Made Me Do It’ from …

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Disconnected Souls – Warring Elements

Disconnected Souls – Warring Elements In their biography, Chester/Manchester-based Disconnected Souls aim to achieve three great pillars of music. Electronic, classical and metal but not only have they created the pillars they have built a whole temple to with their very impressive debut EP Warring Elements. Seven tracks astound with …

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Heavy Pettin – 4 Play

Heavy Pettin - 4Play

Not get enough foreplay on Valentines day? Well fear not as Glasgow hard rockers Heavy Pettin are here to the rescue courtesy of their just released 4 Play EP. Self produced by guitarist Gordon Bonnar, it bristles with pride throughout like a strutting peacock. Forming in 1981, they caused a …

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Six Sins Til Sunday – Unmasked EP

Minding my own business is a thing I tend to do from time to time. And minding my own business I was, when a messanger ‘ping’ came through on my phone from vocalist Chris Newman asking if I’d like to have a listen to this, Six Sins Til Sunday‘s follow …

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