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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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Sangue – ‘Culś’ (Nuclear War Now!)

Hailing from the Italian capital of Rome, black metallers Sangue (who, incidentally, appear to be one of a number of different bands from the same corner of the Überverse sharing the same name but playing different forms of metal) take their lyrical and musical inspiration from a time before the Empire which burst forth from their hometown and conquered vast tracts of the then known world. As you would expect from a band working this genre, they harken back to pagan times, when men spent much of their time placating angry gods whom they believed had the sole objective of bringing divine wrath and destruction down on their evolutionary shoulders. And it is the anger of these gods that permeates the length of this debut opus.

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Pharlee – ‘Pharlee’ (Tee Pee Records)

San Diego troupe Pharlee feature a line-up of musicians who should be familiar to erstwhile fans of the US West Coast blues/doom scene, bringing together as they do Budrows vocalist Macarena Rivera, Harsh Toke guitarist Justin ‘Figgy’ Figueroa, Sacri Monti bassist Dylan Donovan and Zach Oakley of Joy and Volcano, who swaps guitar for drums on this debut six-track offering. This particular collaboration should also be familiar to European audiences, as they were part of the ‘San Diego Takedown’, alongside the likes of Earthless and the constituent members’ “other” bands at last year’s Roadburn festival.

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Lethal Vendetta – ‘No Prisoners, No Mercy’ (Black Roos)

Thanks to a very raw production quality, the greatest strength of ‘No Prisoners, No Mercy’ is that it sounds like a live recording. The debut from Sydney thrashers Lethal Vendetta is one of those “rough around the edges” albums, where it’s entirely possible it was recorded in a single take. There’s no major studio effects and you get a very good idea of what they’d be like on stage. This is energetic and upbeat metal, made by headbangers who are clearly having a grand old time playing music.

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