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Pounder – ‘Uncivilized’ (Hell’s Headbangers)

Formed in 2016 by main singer/songwriter Matt Harvey, who recruited Alejandro Corredor and Tom Draper, an ex-member of Angel Witch, Pounder recently signed to Hell’s Headbangers and have offered up their debut album. Having already released a demo and 7” vinyl EP, Pounder have been working to get their sound widely available and perfect their take on the classic style of heavy metal. Citing main influences from the NWOBHM era of metal yet looking to put a California twist on the sound. Looking to prove themselves, how much metal can be expected from their debut album?

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Swallow The Sun – ‘When A Shadow Is Forced Into The Light’ (Century Media)

The old aphorism that suffering makes for great art may well have validity in certain instances. After all, recent years have shown this to be the case with artists as diverse as Mastodon, Touché Amoré and Mount Eerie all using circumstances of significant loss as the catalytic inspiration for wonderful creative outputs. With that said, it’s worthwhile considering how much, if any, consolation these achievements are to the bands in question. In the case of Swallow The Sun’s, Juha Raivio, ‘When A Shadow Is Forced Into the Light’ is an album that he would rather not have had to ever exist.

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John Diva and the Rockets of Love – ‘Mama Said Rock Is Dead’ (Steamhammer)

Gerald S’s first experience with John Diva and the Rockets of Love was watching their video for their song ‘Lolita’ which immediately took him back to the days of David Lee Roth solo albums. Autograph, ‘Summertime Girls’ by Y&T, etc. Some further research took him to videos of them covering ’80s classics at Wacken. It has caused him to wonder where exactly the line gets drawn between parody, especially reading Diva’s bio, and a new band seeking world domination. Steel Panther has shown that there is business to be had by being ridiculously over the top, but the joke can wear really thin really fast. Lyrically, Diva avoids the offensive lyrics of SP which is what makes part of this so much more confusing. Sometimes it is best to stop pondering all of this and just dig into the music…

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