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Swamp Coffin – ‘Flatcap Bastard Features’ (Self-Released)

Three-piece sludgy drone act Swamp Coffin hail from Rotherham, something which our resident DJ reckons may, in fact, inspire the sense of hopelessness and forboding that emanates out of this recording.   A four-track EP that times out at not far shy of 35 minutes is a strong opening showing, if a band can get it right. Swamp Coffin have, most definitely, achieved exactly that.

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Slade – ‘Feel the Noize: The Singlez Box’ (BMG)

How good were Slade? For Jim Rowland, they were one of the true greats of British rock of the Seventies and early 80’s. They were also hugely influential, whether it be the American big hair stadium bands (just ask KISS and Motley Crüe), the original wave of Britsh punk, the NWOBHM, right through to the recent wave of ‘bovver rock’ bands, spearheaded by the wonderful Giuda. Like contemporaries Sweet, they’re probably still best remembered as a singles band, but also like Sweet, they did produce a string of excellent hard rock albums too.

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Russian Circles – ‘Blood Year’ (Sargent House)

Off to a dangerously middle-class wine tasting night and need some fresh music to impress the other guests with? You could do a lot worse than familiarising yourself with ‘Blood Year,’ the latest release from math-rock titans Russian Circles. Their seventh full-length sees them firing on all cylinders, even if it does clock in at a surprisingly compact forty-minute run time. It’s progressive, uncompromising and highly involving, Charles from the marketing department will be mightily impressed if you casually discuss its merits over a glass of Chateau Desmirail.

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