Category: CD Reviews

Tanzwut – ‘Seemannsgarn’ (AFM Records)

Bagpipes. Often a bit of a controversial topic, we’ve found! It seems that people either love bagpipes or they have a real passionate hated for them. Jonny B? He makes no secret of the fact that he’s a big fan of the bagpipes and he thinks that more bands should experiment with them. Fortunately, the latest release from Germany’s Tanzwut had bagpipes in spades, so this will be an exciting ride for our man…

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Footprints In The Custard – ‘A New Low’ (Self-Released)

Heaven knows the bar has plunged to new depths now. ‘A New Low,’ the latest release by Footprints In The Custard is an absolute masterclass in juvenile behaviour. Coming across like a crass sex-comedy made into an album, it’s so shamelessly bad taste that giving them a negative review almost feels like playing into their hands. You can tell they’d be absolutely delighted to have offended every music critic that crosses their paths and were most likely rubbing their hands with anticipation when the promos went out, eagerly awaiting the chance to plaster every soundbite slagging them off across their Facebook homepage.

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Feradur – ‘Legion’ (Self-Released)

John Bedard wastes absolutely no time at all in telling us exactly what he thinks about this new album from Luxembourg melodeath mob Feradur, jumping right in and delivering his verdict right in the opening sentence. But, we’ll not ruin it for you, but merely encourage you to click the link to find out if he signed up to their growing legion of followers…

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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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Trident Waters – ‘Hollywood To Vegas’ (Self-Released)

London combo Trident Waters epitomize, and summarize, the essence of the NWOCR tag that has been appended to so many acts over the past half-decade or so, and helped to keep festivals such as Steelhouse, Ramblin’ Man Fair and even HRH alive and thriving during that period. Now, this is not meant in any form of denigration, as anything that helps keep the illustrious format of rock ‘n’ roll alive has to be applauded, right? The problem is that it is becoming increasingly hard for bands to lay down unique markers which set them apart from the likes of Rival Sons, The Answer, Bad Flowers, Florence Black or Blackberry Smoke in bringing something genuinely exciting to a revived format – or even help them rise above dross like Inglorious, The Treatment and the totally inane Greta Von Fleet in the fight for not only our attention but also our hard-earned dosh.

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Savoy Brown – ‘City Night’ (Quarto Valley)

While The Rolling Stones may be regarded as the most enduring (and, of course, successful) bands to have emerged from the British rhythm and blues boom of the early- to mid-Sixties, one of their most consistently proficient and under-rated contemporaries undoubtedly has to be Kim Simmonds, who formed Savoy Brown in 1965 and has now released what amounts to the band’s 40th album in a singularly impressive half-a-century long career.

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Brand Of Sacrifice – ‘Godhand’ (Unique Leader)

Brand Of Sacrifice, are back at it, producing their debut full length album, ‘Godhand’. Formed in 2018, Brand Of Sacrifice have previously produced an EP. This was well received by fans, which gained them a high following. The debut album is nothing short of pure hell and chaos, being mainly grouped to the genre of death metal. Although, the album has something for everyone, placing genres such as hardcore and slam into the mix. For fans of Bind The Sacrifice, Within Destruction and  The Black Dahlia Murder.

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Ruled By Raptors – ‘Ouroboros’ (Pulse Music)

The problem with debut offerings from new bands is that they can often reflect a group of artists struggling to find their own identity, experimenting with different sounds in the struggle to set themselves apart and present something new, fresh and, above all, appealing. It is exactly this struggle that is reflected on this, the debut EP from new Northumberland quartet Ruled By Raptors.

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