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Grumpynators – ‘Still Alive’ (Mighty Music)

Hearing a band described as mix of Social Distortion, Motörhead and The Stray Cats piqued Phil C’s interest straight away. The concept conjures up all kinds of things in the minds ear. Certainly, the idea of a sound with catchy rhythms, gritty riffs and bags of swagger. That is exactly what the Danish four-piece Grumpynators have offered up with their third album, ‘Still Alive’.  No strangers to the live circuits of northern Europe and bagging support slots with countrymates Volbeat, Grumpynators have been a hard-grafting band and their energy and passion shines through on this record.

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ZipGun Bomber – ‘Paper Airplanes (Revisited)’ (Rum Bar Records)

In a world where nothing seems to make sense anymore, It’s comforting knowing that bands like ZipGun Bomber still exist. When Steve M pushed play on the ‘Paper Airplanes EP’ this morning, his pop-punk time machine instantly transported him back to the mid-Nineties! Our man immediately felt like his worries were melting away and things would be OK from the first chords of their hit single, ‘Chase That Feeling’. Nate Doyle (vocals/guitar) has an endearing voice and style very reminiscent of early Green Day and Billie Joe Armstrong. Click the link to find out why he immediately wanted to jump up and start dancing around the living room as the songs played on!

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Blind River – ‘Made of Dirt’ (Self-Released)

If ever there was a year for good times rock ‘n’ roll, 2020 would be it. While the world burns loudly outside, sometimes its good to just find a record that taps into a base desire for a good dance and sing – and if that’s the kind of thing you are seeking out, Blind River are your band. ‘Made of Dirt’ continues the journey the band first set out on their self-titled debut, drawing on a mixture of 70s and 80s hard rock greats to evoke the same sense of grease-and-grit that prevails over the pantheon of classic rock.

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Behind The Horror – ‘Burn Up This Truth’ (Self-Released)

This album has definitely been hard-won. Ten years in the making, it arrives before us in spite of Behind The Horror’s personal experiences of unsettling major life-changes, troubles, fights and upheaval.  The band are the Alves brothers, a duo originating from Brazil with Lucas on drums and Gabriel who tackles vocals, guitar and bass. As Behind The Horror, they have composed ‘Burn Up This Truth’, their first full-length release, from their current base in New Jersey. 

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Begrafven – ‘Dödsriket’ (Unexploded Records)

Seven years in the making, ‘Dödsriket’ is the debut release for Swedish black metal duo Begrafven. With concepts formed with a previous demo, the sum of the ten tracks present had been delayed by line up changes and other reasons until recording in 2017. Now, at last, the duo is able to capitalise on the original two track demo release that sparked the whole project. From the opening track of ‘Nyckeln’ till ‘Dödsriket’ itself, it’s clear that this album is intended to make a statement.

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