Category: CD Reviews

Horns – ‘Horns’ (Self-Released)

What exactly do you get when you meld together the genres of jazz and metal? What really happens when Sinatra meets Satan? The answer to that question, friends, is Horns, the brilliant new project from the extraordinary mind of pianist and composer Simon Fache. Their self-titled debut album is a brilliant romp where the devil himself swing dances with his evil underlings to the sounds of bold and majestic horns set against the twisted metal of shredding guitars.

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Kowa Axis – ‘Ones and Threes’ (Trepanation Recordings)

It’s not often that Jonny B is lost for words; in fact, everyone at ÜRHQ will confirm that he’s always got something to say. However, recently he found himself completely lost for words whenhe started listening to the concept piece from Kowa Axis, ‘Ones and Threes’. Naturally, as this is something a little on the quirky side, it fell to JB to get his teeth stuck into it to find out what lay within this little musical package…

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Rock’s Finest – ‘Planet Rock’ (Self-Released)

Any band that calls themselves Rock’s Finest should really possess one of three things, the first being possibly as set of egos the size of every planet in the Milky Way put together, together with balls of steel. The second would be a set of balls the size of every planet in the Milky Way coupled with an ego of steel. And the third, perhaps most obviously, would be a musical ability to back up such a bold claim…

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The Darkness – ‘Motorheart’ (Cooking Vinyl)

The Darkness are like Marmite and Brussel sprouts – they completely divide opinion: there is no middle ground! David O’Neill always taken their musical offerings at face value, from ‘I Believe In A Thing Called Love’ to ‘Its Christmas Time’ and ‘Barbarian’, they are what they are. He’s not afraid to say that having seen them live twice atop the mountain for Steelhouse and now reviewing this latest offering he’s firmly in the same camp as he is for Marmite… but you’ll have to click the link to find out which it is…

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THE ÜBER ROCK SINGLES CLUB – NOISY NOVEMBER (VOLUME TWO)

Welcome to another edition of the Über Rock Singles Club, which we have managed to keep up-and-running despite the numerous Covidications which we all have had to endure over the past 20 months, in order to bring you the hottest new sounds around. And once again we have another hitlist of superb sonic experiences to tickle you sonic senses, with 17 of Monk’s favourite tunes to have found their way on to the ÜRHQ deathdecks over the course of the past fortnight… Bearing in mind that we received more than 600 submissions, it was not an easy task to whittle them down to this all-too-short playlist…

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Gov’t Mule – ‘Heavy Load Blues’ (Fantasy Records/Concord Music)

The Covidications of the past 20 months or so have caused a lot of people, including – or maybe especially – musicians, to re-evaluate themselves and their priorities, and also to revisit aspects of their lives which perhaps had become lost in the hectic hurdy-gurdy of everyday life as it was before things ground to a sudden and traumatic stop. For many artists, this cessation of normal activity also presented an opportunity to explore different aspects of their canon – which is probably why we now find ourselves presented with the first pure blues album in the 25+ year career of Warren Haynes and Gov’t Mule.

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Me And That Man – ‘New Man, New Songs, Same Shit Vol 2’ (Napalm Records)

For those unfamiliar with the concept – and, if you’re not, where the feck have you been hiding for the past few years – Me And That Man is a sort of “alter ego” project from Adam ‘Nergal’ Darski which has seen him explore a much darker, and defiantly more personal side, of his artistry than the pure black metal limitations of Behemoth have allowed him to do. Now, Darski has never been a man to compromise. In his 25 years as the frontman of Behemoth, one of the most iconic, confrontational and innovative extreme metal bands not only of their own but any generation, he has never backed down from a fight. He has taken on leukaemia – and beaten it. He has taken on the Polish government – and beaten it. He has taken on the critics, and beaten us, consistently. He has stood on the precipice, and jumped wholeheartedly into the abyss below, confident in the knowledge that he will both survive and prevail.

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All Hail The Yeti – ‘Within The Hollow Earth’ (MinusHEAD Records)

Despite hailing from the City of Angels, there is nothing in the slightest angelic about All Hail The Yeti. Indeed, they deliver a style of NOLA-encrusted sludge so dense and intense that the four guys must have been bathing in the muck and mire dredged the furthermost depths of the Mississippi for most of their individual and collective lives, while at the same time sounding like it has been dragged from the very bowels of Hades itself.

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KISS – ‘Destroyer (45th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition)’ (Universal Music)

If there is one word guaranteed to making an aging rocker feel even more ancient and decrepit than they probably already are it is “anniversary”. But it is also a testament to the longevity of both us and the music that we love so much that many artists and albums are marking significant landmarks. This year alone marks the 50th anniversary of Led Zeppelin’s seminal ‘IV’ and, in a different mien, three decades of Metallica’s ‘Black’ album… We could probably go on to fill the space we have for this review with a seemingly endless list of other releases marking such occasions. Now, as 2021, the year in which music was reborn, hurtles towards its eventful and Covidicated way towards its weary conclusion, we mark 45 years of an album on which fans initially turned their backs but then adopted to make it the biggest selling release in the band’s history – ‘Destroyer’…

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