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Balls Gone Wild – ‘High Roller’ (Metalville)

Hang on a second, what the fuck is that? Yes, that yellow disc thing up there? Oh, it’s the sun… I wondered what you called it. Does that mean that mysterious concept called summer has arrived? Yes? Well, we better fire up the (t)rusty barbecue here in the back yard of ÜRHQ and get a few friends around for beers and boogies… Let’s see, who to invite. Well, Lemmy hasn’t waited for his envelope to arrive: he’s just kicked in the gate with his cowboy boot and plonked down a case of JD, which Joey Ramone has joined Phil Lynott in cracking open, while Angus Young is fixing the waistband on his shorts and fine tuning his trusty red SG. With the great and good smelling the delicious aroma of stale BO and crisping leather, all that we need are some party toons…

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The Allman Betts Band – ‘Down To The River’ (BMG)

Allman and Betts are two of the most prominent names in the history of southern rock, thanks to Greg Allman and Dickey Betts, original members of The Allman Brothers Band as well as prolific solo artists in their own right. The Allman Betts Band is led by Devon Allman and Duane Betts, sons of Greg and Dickey, picking up the baton of their dads’ legacy and running with it. The original Allman’s connection doesn’t end there either, with bass duties in the band being handled by Berry Duane Oakley, son of the late Berry Oakley, the Allman Brothers Band original bassist. ‘Down To The River’ is the debut album from the newly formed Allman Betts Band, and even features guest appearances from Chuck Leavell, the Rolling Stones keyboard player and former Allman Brothers member, and Peter Levin from the late Greg Allman’s band.

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MONO/Unbelievable Lake – Belfast, Voodoo – 16 July 2019

Japanese post-rock collective MONO are celebrating a double anniversary this year, marking as they are both their 20th year as a band and a decade since the release of their ‘Nowhere Here Now’ album. And it is was part of this latter celebration that the quartet headed to ÜR’s home city in the midst of the otherwise usually quiet July holiday period to perform a one-off UK headline show for a packed room of fans who obviously had been waiting a long time for this special occasion. It’s an eclectic crowd, ranging in ages from late teens through to early seventies, demonstrating the cross-generational appeal of music, and from smartly dressed middle-age women to rockers in T-shirts which have obviously seen better days.

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Sum 41 – ‘Order In Decline’ (Hopeless Records)

John Bedard sometimes wonders if Sum 41 is even capable of releasing a bad album. There is a good reason for their more than 15 million albums sold. From album to album, they are very consistent. It never matters if it is their older stuff from back when I was a teen or their newer stuff, JB always know it is them and I never think that they lost what they had in the old days. Very few bands, especially in pop-punk, he can say this about. ‘Order In Decline’ is no different. Now we know our man has just set it up like this is going to be a total gush fest but it is not. He definitely have my issues with this album…

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