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Joe Satriani – ‘Shapeshifter’ (SonyCMGUK)

In these deeply uncertain times, Jonni D reckons that it’s good to know there are still some steadfast universal truths we can cling to: sausage rolls are only to be consumed with brown sauce – get that ketchup outta here; the Star Wars prequels have merit for those wishing to do some digging; and Joe Satriani remains a vital force in the world of virtuosic, instrumental rock music.

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Shodan – ‘Death, Rule Over Us’ (Deformeathing Productions)

Have you ever had music that had so much energy and gets to you in just the right way that you have a hard time putting into words what you like about it? That is how John B feel about this, and since he needed to write a review this was wildly inconvenient. When the press information is just one paragraph saying it is melodic death metal and giving just some very basic info, our man knows that they are confident enough in the product to let it speak for itself. That confidence was well placed. This album is honest. The passion of the band comes through on every track…

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Dynazty – ‘The Dark Delight’ (AFM)

They say that every cloud has a silver lining, and, personally speaking, one advantage of the current lockdown is being given the opportunity to listen a whole shitload of new music that otherwise most likely would have passed Monk by. After all, ÜRHQ normally receives in excess of 100 album submissions each and every week: most of them are added to a spreadsheet for our esteemed team of ninja reviewers to digest. Now and again, our chief pack mule look at one and say to myself “that looks interesting” – but running a busy website, attending up to four gigs a week and helming a PR company normally has meant that he just doesn’t get the time to explore may of these offerings further… but the last few weeks, and the coming months, have undoubtedly changed that scenario, and so the boss man finds himself cherry picking our inbox with a wee bit more attention than before…

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Bonfire – ‘Fistful Of Fire’ (AFM)

It’s hard to believe that German rockers Bonfire have been lighting a flame (sic) under the melodic metal scene for almost 35 years now. Perhaps part of the reason for this disbelief may that they have been flirting on the edge of the scene for much of that period, not quite achieving them same level of success as some of the their contemporaries (and countrymen such as Helloween), but instead ploughed a slow and steady furrow that has led them to the release of this, their 16th studio album and the third with vocalist Alexx Stahl.

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