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Saint Blasphemer – Theotokos

Arguably, the most greatly anticipated release of this decade is the elusive new Tool album. The prog/alt-metal band have cultivated an intensely loyal fanbase who hang on their every word much like the world did at the height of Beatlemania. Any music is violently consumed over and over until it becomes mantra and the lyrics are dissected with the utmost rigour and scrutiny. Over the last 11 years, the fans

Silver 66 – Let Go or Be Dragged

Let Go or Be Dragged, as its name suggests, is a collection of laid-back Americana that asks you take a step back to find what’s truly important. Silver 66’s brand takes a pinch of honk from the southeast but leans heavily on the tremolo-heavy western sound from that swath of America cut from the Utah salt flats down to West Texas, El Paso. In recent years, the songwriting duo of

Chris Shiflett – #ChrisShiflett 'West Coast Town' @ChrisShiflett71

Former Foo Fighter’s lead guitarist Chris Shiflett releases his third studio album: ‘West Coast Town’. An LP full of the wonders of country and western, honky-tonk and Americana we have come accustom to from this artist. As Nashville is where Shiflett’s heart truly lies. For classic country fans out there; this is the album for you. As the pedal steel guitar constantly hovers around every track, thrown together with tales

Blood Command – Cult Drugs

Citing such disparate influences as Swedish hardcore ensemble Refused and German-Caribbean disco-doyens Boney M is an oh-so-po-mo-manner of now-fact and an historo-challenge that requires a lot of living up to. The question is are Blood Command cool daddies or trickbags? Thematically provocative and topically incisive Cult Drugs addresses those rigid and dogmatic belief systems that wreak havoc on the individual/collective psyche: religions, cults, gangs and secret societies that all act

Various – Eurovision Song Contest 2017

Love it or loathe it, it is impossible to deny the cultural status the Eurovision Song Contest holds around the world. As one of the biggest music events of the year, it constantly sparks debate and banter and 2017 is no exception. With Eurovision Titans Russia not partaking in the contest and Israel’s place still under debate, the arrival of the annual compilation in the build up to big event

The Reverend Shawn Amos – The Reverend Shawn Amos Loves You

I have a sore back, twisted knee and a smile wide enough to hurt my cheeks and I blame it all on the Reverend. What a bloody album! The album starts safely enough with ‘’Days Of Depression’, Amos singing over a dark picked guitar with handclaps and the beautiful voices of the Blind Boys of Alabama gradually turning the gospel up and then BAM! He rocks into ‘Brand New Man’,

Brody Buster's One Man Band – Brody Buster's One Man Band

Brody Buster isn’t a name I have too much experience with but one look at his history suggests that I should. A child prodigy on the harmonica he has played with Quincy Jones, Chaka Khan, B.B. King and a host of others – B. B. rating him as one of the best harp players of all time despite his young age. He went away for a while and re-emerged playing

Brody Buster's One MAn Band – Brody Buster's One Man Band

Brody Buster isn’t a name I have too much experience with but one look at his history suggests that I should. A child prodigy on the harmonica he has played with Quincy Jones, Chaka Khan, B.B. King and a host of others – B. B. rating him as one of the best harp players of all time despite his young age. He went away for a while and re-emerged playing

Samantha Fish – Chills & Fever

Coming up in the same period as Joanne Shaw Taylor, Dani Wilde, Cassie Taylor (in fact part of the original ‘Girls With Guitars’ troupe with Wilde & Taylor), Samantha Fish seemed to have almost disappeared but this album brings her back in the spotlight in a totally different manner. This album focuses on her voice and the music is all the better for it. This is one of the best

The Great Malarkey – Doghouse

A stone belter of an album. Packed with genres (and true to none) they manage to cross over from folk to punk, add in Gypsy, a touch of flamenco a bit of rap and even dark cabaret and wrap it all into a high energy package that I found just about irresistible. Damn but this album is fun. There is no shortage of great playing or songwriting, in fact I’d