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Ravager – ‘Thrashletics’ (Iron Shield)

In 2017, Germany’s Ravager released their debut album, ‘Eradicate…Annihilate…Exterminate’; a solid collection of Euro-thrash tunes with a lyrical tone that leant towards the more jocular end of the spectrum. Mad scientists, zombie hunting – let’s just say it wasn’t exactly ‘Peace Sells…’. Nevertheless, it was a fun little outing from a promising group that suggested better things were to come in future. With ‘Thrashletics’, the lads have largely left behind the more tongue in cheek elements of their songwriting and delivered a much more expansive and overall successful follow-up.

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FESTIVAL NEWS: Download drops 43 more bands in first announcement of 2019!

It feels like an age since Download Festival last made any significant additions to the line-up – especially as other fests have steadily filled their ranks – but the big dog has bit back with a massive 43-band announcement. What’s more, the poster finally clears up any confusion about which days and stages bands are playing, the updated line-up poster showing the shape of how days will likely look.

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Blood Red Saints – ‘Pulse’ (AOR Heaven)

Now, at the very outset of this review, Monk would like to state that he is a massive fan of Blood Red Saints and get on well with the guys. He first came across them at one of the HRH AOR fests a whack of years back and, despite not being familiar with the band beforehand, was immediately smitten by their highly polished brand of melodic rock. With that caveat in place, he has to now confess that he initially found ‘Pulse’, their third album, to be a disappointing listening experience. On the first couple of spins, he felt that there was something missing…

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