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Merda Mundi – ‘Hatred’ (Malpermesita)

John B would like to start by painting a picture for you. He opens his latest email from ÜRHQ and sees that he has a new album that has been sent to him for review. He takes a look at the subject line and sees that it is a band that he has never heard of. Awesome! He loves to hear new bands he did not know about before. He keeps reading and sees that the album is called ‘Hatred’. Okay, so probably something pretty heavy. Sounds good to him. He opens the email and where there is usually a paragraph or two about the album to give you an idea about what to expect or some backstory about the making of the album this time there is just one sentence and all it said was, “four intense tracks, filled with the purest hate you’ll ever hear!” What on Earth has he gotten myself into?

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Birdeatsbaby – ‘The World Conspires’ (Dr Metal)

Sometimes, you just glance through the available albums and take a punt on a band you’ve never heard of before, based solely on their genre. Dark progressive rock? Sure, that sounds like my kind of thing. A glance at their social media, classical, gothic and metal are also included, so the interest of our resident DJ was definitely piqued. Put the album on and then…

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Arx Atrata – ‘The Path Untravelled’ (Self-Released)

We have all heard someone, at some point, tell us that metal requires no talent or it is just someone screaming into a microphone. Usually, those are the same people who listen to auto-tuned artists that think C, G and F are the only chords you need. John B doesn’t really want to downplay any person’s individual taste as what music you like is a very personal thing and people are absolutely allowed to not like the same thing someone else does. That being said, there are some things that are objectively beautiful. Some things that even if you are not a huge fan yourself you still have to sit back and admit the beauty in it. Things like Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony or a sunset over the ocean or a perfectly bloomed rose. For those people that say metal has no talent, our man thinks we should show them this album because even if they still are not a fan of metal after they will have to acknowledge that it is beautiful…

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The Magpie Salute – ‘High Water II’ (Provogue Records)

The Magpie Salute will quite possibly not be news to many of our readers. Despite being about to release their second album, Rich Robinson already has quite the reputation from The Black Crowes and deservedly so. So how does this fare against the similarly titled ‘High Water’ from last year? Frankly, according to the big lad known as DJ Astrocreep, they’ve turned the notch up a touch more.

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‘Life After Lloyd: A Rock ’n’ Roll Tale’ – Mick Geggus (Cadiz Music)

A fair few years back now, Cockney Rejects front man Jeff Turner released a book, ‘Cockney Reject’, to much acclaim. Now it’s the turn of his brother Mick Geggus, guitarist and co-founder of the band. But don’t expect a rehash of Turner’s book: this one is a different beast and largely deals with more recent times, as Jim R explains…

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