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The Quireboys – ‘Amazing Disgrace’ (Off Yer Rocka Recordings)

Juan Pablo Mazzola – often featured in these pages as the driving force behind the brilliant Baby Scream – has always been a Quireboys fan. He remembers when he bought ‘A Bit Of What You Fancy’: it completely blew him away, in a way like The Faces, The Rolling Stones and Aerosmith always did. Now, stepping up to the reviewing plate and joining the ÜR reviewing team, he reveals how their new album, ‘Amazing Disgrace’, affected himin the same way… just like they did when he was 14 years old and had their posters on his wall.

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Lord Dying – ‘Mysterium Tremendum’ (eOne)

Death and doom metal go hand in hand – it is pretty heavily implied in the genre’s name, after all. But, where so many bands within doom canon have explored the subject across their discographies, Lord Dying have upped the ante some on ‘Mysterium Tremendum’, basing the whole record around the concept of what comes after the big full stop. Their third record, ‘Mysterium Tremendum’ is double the difference in gaps between the release of their debut and 2015’s ‘Poisoned Alters’, the band using that time to hone their skills into an art form worth reckoning with, offering up a bigger smorgasbord of riffs than ever before whilst also diving deeper into death metal adjacent tendencies, a la Paradise Lost.

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Black Tree Vultures – ‘Black Tree Vultures’ EP (BTV Records)

British four-piece Black Tree Vultures have returned with a follow up EP to 2018’s debut effort ‘Sanity Isn’t Perfect’. This new self-titled release sees the band expanding on their take on a classic metal sound, a sound which has earned them a healthy buzz amongst critics and metal fans alike. After numerous tour support slots and shows following their formation in 2017 and initial release, the band were keen to get more music out to a wider audience. The result is three new tracks recorded live in the studio in an attempt to harness their full power. Has it paid off?

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Legion – ‘Rising’ (Rock Company)

When the Dutch label Rock Company sent their latest consignment of CDs to ÜRHQ, they made a number of what would normally be fatal mistakes in terms of us even considering the releases contained therein for review . First, there was only a simple cover note stating the names of the bands and the albums concerned, and their release dates: no biographical information or any other reference points, such as Facebook addresses or whatever. Secondly, by the time the envelope arrived, four of the five albums mentioned had already been released – one of them as far back as January. Nevertheless, Monk was looking something to listen to in the background while he took care of some admin work and so slipped this, the only one – at the time of writing… Click the link to find out how some CSI-style investigation paid handsome dividends for our boss man:

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Spotlights – ‘Love & Decay’ (Ipecac Recordings)

‘Love & Decay’ isn’t just the title of Spotlights’ third full-length, but an apt description of the weighty emotional resonance they cause with their crushingly heavy yet oddly uplifting music. Difficult to categorise, the New York-based band push pop sensibilities through an incredible intense emotional filter, their music bridging the gaps between what can be done with a sense of unyielding melody and sheer sonic weight.

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Last Wail – ‘Forgotten’ (Stygian Crypt)

Russia produces lots of things that are exported across the world, like oil, steel and let’s not forget vodka. But little do people know that Russia has also been churning out a wave of folk metal bands… Arkona and Troll Bends Fir are some of the more recognisable names from the Russian folk metal scene, but today it’s the turn of Last Wail to show their wares.

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Grand Magus – ‘Wolf God’ (Nuclear Blast)

Like many metallians, Monk first came across Grand Magus when their mighty ‘Iron Will’ opus first landed on his death decks back in 2008. It came as a bolt from blue, an eye- (and ear-) opening revelation and clear evidence of the true power of heavy fuckin’ metal to energise, entertain and excite – and also to create serious muscular damage, especially in the neck region. Unbelievably, the band were already more than a decade into their career and were very firmly shaking off their doom/stoner roots to adhere to a more “classic” metal sound. And now, a little more than another ten years later, their latest, ninth, album has landed with an equally emphatic thump.

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Luna Kiss – ‘Following Shadows’ (Crow Face Records)

This debut full-length album from Coventry crüe Luna Kiss (they have previously released two EPs, 2013’s ‘Conjure And Sin’ and ‘Gravity’ two years later) is a confident and assured offering from a young band who clearly have put a lot of effort and thought into crafting the 11 songs which it contains, with the result that this is as good as slice of alt-rock as your going to hear this or any other month.

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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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