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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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Stone Leaders – ‘Stone Leaders’ (Vanity Music Group)

Stone Leaders trace their origins back to early 2016 when renowned session drummer John Macaluso – known for his work with Ark, Yngwie Malmsteen, TNT, Symphony X and James LaBrie, among others – was contracted to do a drum clinic in the Croatian capital of Zagreb. But he needed a band, so the promoter hooked him up with guitarist/vocalist Ivan Mihaljevic and bassist Marko Karacic, from local band Side Effects. The trio, and especially Macaluso and Mihaljevic, clicked immediately and so began the long road towards the release, three years later, of this debut studio offering from the project.

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Stiff Little Fingers/Eddie & the Hot Rods – Kentish Town, O2 Forum – 24 March 2019

March seems to be the month of choice for an SLF tour, and The Forum seems to be the London venue of choice too, and here we are once again, on the last night of the ‘Ignition’ tour with what promises to be a great combination as they team up with Eddie & the Hot Rods. Click the lonk to find out why our very own JR agrees with the ‘Best Live Band’ acccolade they subsequently picked up at the Vive Le Rock Awards a few nights later…

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Tesla – ‘Shock’ (UMC)

ÜR boss Monk first came across Tesla back in early 1987. he was about 18 months into his journalism career and writing the only rock column being published on a regular basis by any Northern Ireland newspaper. A copy of an album called ‘Mechanical Resonance’ by an unknown band from Sacramento plopped onto his desk. Monk was immediately drawn to it – and to say it blew him away would be the understatement of the millennium!  He reckons he has burned out three copies of the album, and still rates it as one of the best pure hard rock albums ever, never mind one of the classic debuts of all time. Now, here we are a little more than three decades later and Tesla are about to drop their eighth studio album…

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Dream Theater – ‘Distance Over Time’ (InsideOut Music)

There can be no doubt about it: we think we can quite safely say that Dream Theater are THE pioneers of the modern progressive metal sound. Their iconic debut, ‘When Day And Dream Unite’ – an album which, at the time of writing, is just a few weeks short of celebrating its 30th anniversary – merged prog rock values with those of classic rock and thrash, combining power, speed and, above all, melody in a way which a few artists had attempted but had so far failed to achieve to such a gloriously successful degree.

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Death Tribe – ‘Beyond Pain and Pleasure: A Desert Experiment’ (Self-Released)

2018 was a massive year for Lebanese black metal heroes Kaoteon. Not only did they release a stunning second album in ‘Damnatio Memoriae’, but the band managed to bag an award at Metal Hammer’s Golden Gods awards and Anthony Kaoteon finally joined Walid Wolflust in the Netherlands to ensure the band could pursue their ambitions as a full-time concern. Yet, even with all of this going on, Anthony has managed to find time to spawn his own solo project – the band Death Tribe, described in their bio as “a project inspired by the suffering of warfare, spirit breaking oppression and the refusal to submit to either”.

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Overkill – ‘The Wings Of War’ (Nuclear Blast)

When a band who are regarded as pioneers of the genre in which they ply their trade release a new album, there quite rightly is a high degree of expectation, as well as the inevitable questioning as to whether or not the act in question can still deliver the goods. Fortunately, in the case of this, the 19th studio offering (a remarkable achievement in its own right) from the thrash wrecking crew that is Overkill, the expectations are more than fulfilled and the latter question is answered with an extremely affirmative “hell fuckin’ yes” as, like a good wine, Messrs Ellsworth, Verni et al just seem to get better with age.

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Electric Mary – ‘Mother’ (Listenable)

We don’t know what they’re putting in the beer in Australia, but it certainly seems to have got the creative juices flowing in the land down under, as a plethora of hot, talented new rock ‘n’ roll bands have been emerging on a virtually weekly basis over the past year or so. Now, you can add the name of Electric Mary to that ever-growing list, as they seek to develop their equally expanding reputation with this, their fourth studio album in their ten years.

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Beth Blade and the Beautiful Disasters – ‘Show Me Your Teeth’ (Self-Released)

Having seen BBATB several times around South Wales over the past few years and bought the previous album as a fan, it was only right that David O’Neill had the opportunity to review the new release, ‘Show Me Your Teeth’, for ÜR. He had been following last year’s journey with interest and highlights such as the Kiss Kruise, hobnobbing with rock royalty such as Marco Mendoza and performing backing vocals on Thunders’ ‘Miracle Man’ have only served to strengthen the band’s presence in the current music arena.

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