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Edenbridge – ‘The Chronicles of Eden Pt. 2’ (Steamhammer/SPV)

“Well, we’ve had one greatest hits album, yes, but what about a second one?” When you’re a band that have been around as long as Edenbridge, that’s exactly the kind of question you end up asking yourself. With a career that has spanned over 20 years and resulted in ten studio albums and three live albums, there’s a lot of music to take in! But fortunately, the band released their first greatest hits ‘The Chronicles of Eden’ in 2007 that covered the first five albums, and now the aptly named ‘Chronicles of Eden Pt. 2’ is here to provide an easily digestible form of the most recent five albums from 2008 to the present day!

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20 Watt Tombstone – ‘Year of the Jackalope’ EP (Self-Released)

If you were asked to describe 2020 in one sentence, you could do worse than “it was a Jackalope of a year”. Death blues duo 20 Watt Tombstone were in the midst of touring with Doomstress in March when the madness of the pandemic hit. As venues cancelled shows, they headed home to Wisconsin, only to spend the next nine months watching the chaos unfold. Tough for a band who are known for their love of the road and especially given the high of their 2019 European tour. So, they put their effort into ‘Year of the Jackalope’, their third release since they took on the ‘Tombstone identity in 2001 (previously ‘The Goddams’). This EP title represents the barely believable, warped reality that 2020 became.

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Sumeru – ‘Blood Ordinance’ EP (Brilliant Emperor)

Australian heavy riffers Sumeru are nearing their first decade of output and they show no signs of slowing. Having recently changed the line-up with the introduction of Jake Willoughby on vocals, Sumeru have continued to develop since their last full length ‘Summon Destroyer’. ‘Blood Ordinance’ is a snap-shot offering that looks to showcase the punishing high tempo sludge that these Sydney heavyweights have become known for.

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Lotan – ‘Nihil Sacrum’ EP (Uprising! Records)

Lotan. The seven headed dragon, origin of chaos and the instigator of war against the cosmic order. Also, the new melodic black metal outfit formed primarily of members of Vanir and featuring others from Ethereal Kingdoms when it comes to live duties. Drawing together elements of hard-hitting death and thrash metal, sweeping melodic layering from symphonic metal and an over-arching atmospheric darkness from black metal. Lotan have cooked up a five-track EP to introduce their sound to the world at large.

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Hunted by Elephants – ‘Carry On’ (Self-Released)

This is the second album by HBE since 2019. Lockdown has obviously been prolific for them. The 10 tracks show a wide variety of influences steeped in the mysticism and musicality of bands from the 70s up to date. There is much to be admired in the tracks on show if you like bands as varied as Deep Purple and. Greta Van Fleet, rather an aural feast if the PR is to be believed.

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