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Spotlights – ‘Love & Decay’ (Ipecac Recordings)

‘Love & Decay’ isn’t just the title of Spotlights’ third full-length, but an apt description of the weighty emotional resonance they cause with their crushingly heavy yet oddly uplifting music. Difficult to categorise, the New York-based band push pop sensibilities through an incredible intense emotional filter, their music bridging the gaps between what can be done with a sense of unyielding melody and sheer sonic weight.

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Last Wail – ‘Forgotten’ (Stygian Crypt)

Russia produces lots of things that are exported across the world, like oil, steel and let’s not forget vodka. But little do people know that Russia has also been churning out a wave of folk metal bands… Arkona and Troll Bends Fir are some of the more recognisable names from the Russian folk metal scene, but today it’s the turn of Last Wail to show their wares.

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Grand Magus – ‘Wolf God’ (Nuclear Blast)

Like many metallians, Monk first came across Grand Magus when their mighty ‘Iron Will’ opus first landed on his death decks back in 2008. It came as a bolt from blue, an eye- (and ear-) opening revelation and clear evidence of the true power of heavy fuckin’ metal to energise, entertain and excite – and also to create serious muscular damage, especially in the neck region. Unbelievably, the band were already more than a decade into their career and were very firmly shaking off their doom/stoner roots to adhere to a more “classic” metal sound. And now, a little more than another ten years later, their latest, ninth, album has landed with an equally emphatic thump.

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Luna Kiss – ‘Following Shadows’ (Crow Face Records)

This debut full-length album from Coventry crüe Luna Kiss (they have previously released two EPs, 2013’s ‘Conjure And Sin’ and ‘Gravity’ two years later) is a confident and assured offering from a young band who clearly have put a lot of effort and thought into crafting the 11 songs which it contains, with the result that this is as good as slice of alt-rock as your going to hear this or any other month.

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