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Commando – ‘Love Songs #1… (Total Destruction, Mass Executions)’ (Firecum Records)

According to our Tim, when thrash metal goes wrong it’s incredibly disappointing and that’s exactly what’s happened with the debut full-length from Commando. Hailing from the crossover end of the thrash spectrum, their songs are short and bratty bursts of energy, the majority of which are under two minutes long and the entire 16-track album wraps up in a neat half an hour. It’s full of juvenile humour and fast riffs, but it’s also totally forgettable and has little to recommend. The emphasis is firmly on fun but unlike similar bands, it was probably a lot more entertaining to record than listening to it is.

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tētēma – ‘Necroscape’ (Ipecac Recordings)

Like any educated rock fan, regular ÜR subscribers will be more than familiar with the name of Mike Patton, frontman of the legendary Faith No More and Mr Bungle, among other bands to whom you genuinely should need no introduction. You may, however, be less familiar with this, another of his multiple side projects, as debut offering ‘Geocidal’ more or less slipped under the radar of many critics and listeners alike. Now, after five years of experimentation with a combination of old and new sonic dynamics, Patton and his partner in crime Anthony Pateras have re-emerged into the sunlight with this extremely avant-garde follow up?

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Devilskin – ‘Red’ (Self-Released)

Red. The colour of passion. Vitality. Blood. Danger. Romance. Anger. Horror. Love. It is also the title of this, the just released new album from New Zealand metallic groovers Devilskin. It is a title that was carefully chosen by the band, with bassist Paul Martin telling us that the quartet “wanted to reflect the diversity, strength and depth of the songs on the album with an undeniable declaration”. Well, they certainly succeeded as, on first impression, ‘Red’ is as rich and vibrant as its name suggests…

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Aerial Salad – ‘Dirt Mall’ (Singing Light Music)

As punk rock bands go, Aerial Salad are very much babies in the field when you consider the late ’70s/’80s heyday of the genre, though it’s great to see such an up and coming band keeping faith with the old school in your face attitude of the greats before them. A sophomore full-length release can be a more daunting prospect though and has been a real thorn for so many bands, so it’s time to see how the trio have managed to cope with expectations.

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Joywave – ‘Possession’ (Hollywood Records)

Joywave are someone Jase Walker got to see a while back supporting PVRIS in Manchester’s Gorilla venue and left quite an impression on our man with their stylish synthpop music. They announced part way through the set amongst other things that they had a forthcoming album and our bai felt quite privileged in that je was the one tasked to review it!

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