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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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Generation X – ‘Generation X (Deluxe Edition)’ (Chrysalis Records)

When you look back at the original wave of punk rock, there were so many classic debut albums – The Damned, Sex Pistols, The Ruts, X-Ray Spex, The Clash, Stiff Little Fingers, The Undertones, Ramones, The Saints – the list goes on. Perhaps one that slips under the radar a little is the self-titled 1978 debut by Generation X, perhaps because their career was eclipsed by Billy Idol’s subsequent ‘big rock’ success. This month sees the release of a beautifully packaged deluxe edition reissue, on both CD and vinyl, newly remastered from the original production tapes and including 11 previously unreleased recordings. It contains the original UK 11 track album with all the A and B-sides of their singles from the period, 11 previously unreleased outtakes, a single mix and a number of mixes made by engineer Alan Winstanley.

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Hollowstar – ‘Hollowstar’ (Self-Released)

Hollowstar have been making a bit of a name for themselves since 2016 having been supporting the likes of Stone Broken, and Dan Reed Network.  A great fit for the NWOCR genre with solid playing, and towering vocals of Joe Bonson akin to an early Paul Rodgers these guys are going to fly. Top this with a top five place in Planet Rock award for Best New Band, it can be readily seen why they’re making inroads in the music scene.

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