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Jess By The Lake – ‘Under the Red Light Shine’ (Svart Recordings)

You may already be familiar with Jess and the Ancient Ones with their brand of psychedelic rock, and if you’re not then we suggest you stop reading this right now, stick on some of their tracks and come back to this afterwards. All sorted and ready to delve deeper into the rabbit hole? Good. Here we have the solo debut of Jasmin Saarela, better known for her fantastic vocal talent with Jess and the Ancient Ones. This new project will be released under the name Jess by the Lake – why ‘By The Lake’, you ask? Well it’s pretty simple…

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Bokassa – ‘Crimson Riders’ (MVKA)

Cleverly released on the day that they open for the mighty Metallica at Twickenham Stadium, ‘Crimson Riders’ is the second album from the self-styled kings of the Norwegian stoner-punk scene. And it’s not hard to see why Bokassa would seek to lay claim to that crown, as this is a collection of eight tracks of controlled anarchy, fueled with a visceral acidity that immediately grabs you by the balls and forces you to pay attention, while simultaneously moving your neck muscles into an almost involuntary moshing action.

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Brian Cottrill – ‘Through The Keyhole’ (Self-Released)

Brian Cottrill quite rightly can be called a veteran of the west Virginia music scene – in fact, it is an epithet he proudly uses himself. He will (hopefully) be already known to UR readers, as for the past five years he has been the frontman and primary songwriter with the fantastic The Grey Agents, whose second album, ‘Last Generation’, blew me away with its natural, organic energy when it was released this time last year. That same energy is very obviously present on this, Cottrill’s debut solo album, featuring songs covering the entire gamut of his 34 years as a writer and performer.

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