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Buzzcocks – ‘Sell You Everything (1991-2014)’ (Cherry Red)

At the time of Pete Shelley’s untimely death in 2018, pop punk pioneers Buzzcocks were already established as a national treasure, at least in the world of alternative music. They’re probably still best known for that incredible run of perfect pop punk singles from 1977 to 1979 that eventually wound up gathered together on the classic ‘Singles Going Steady’ compilation. Of course, that wasn’t the full picture as the band’s original tenure also saw them produce three cracking albums – ‘Another Music In A Different Kitchen’, ‘Loves Bites’ and ‘A Different Kind Of Tension’ – it’s hard to choose between any of them. When Buzzcocks reformed in 1989, and have pretty much been going ever since, whilst we still packed out the concert halls to see them live, it’s probably fair to say we may not have kept up with the new albums they produced since that reformation in the same kind of numbers. So that may be what this new eight CD box set is all about.

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Asenblut – ‘Die Wilde Jagd’ (AFM)

There are many cultures throughout history who have fascinating myths, a variety of Gods causing havoc and elite warriors. However, there are few that really grip the imagination of metalheads across the world like the Vikings. Hell, there are bands out there who dedicate their entire catalogue to tales of the Aesir and the Viking warriors who worshipped them. This really doesn’t come as much surprise because, let’s face it, they’re pretty badass. One such band that finds itself rattling the doors of Valhalla is German melodic death metallers Asenblut…

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Paradise Lost – ‘Obsidian’ (Nuclear Blast)

Sixteen studio albums in 32 years is quite prolific for an act that have spawned or been involved in so many illustrious other projects, while they have only changed drummers during that time too, quite the feat for an act of such longevity. While they were initially amongst the pioneers of the death-doom movement, their later work has become much more gothic metal, akin to genre greats Type O Negative, with ‘Obsidian’ being very much in this vein too.

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No Trend – ‘Too Many Humans…’/’Teen Love’ (Drag City)

“Dear God, please make it stop!” pleads John B as we force him to listen to the new re-releases from Maryland anti-punks No Trend. Now, JB doesn’t want to shit on this too much as he thinks there are probably people who would like this, but as far as he knows he doesn’t know them. For someone who likes this genre, though, our man admits this would probably be an album, they would be into. There is a lot here as well, which if he liked the music he would love how much is packed in. He just couldn’t get into what he was hearing…

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Lesbian Bed Death – ‘Born To Die On VHS (2020 Remix/Remaster)’ (Psychophonic Records)

It may be some five months until Halloween, but given the somewhat neo-apocalyptic/dysptopian circumstances in which the Überverse finds itself as the moment, is there really any better time to release an album ripped straight from the soundtracks of some of our favourite Eighties horror movies? Well, that’s exactly what Midlands gothic punk ‘n’ rollers Lesbian Bed Death have done with their timely re-issue of last year’s homage to the genre…

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Xibalba – ‘Años En Infierno’ (Southern Lord)

John B reckons that this fourth album from Californian death metallers is “brutal in a great way”. It wastes no time and just starts out right in your face with heavy aggressive tones. Our man reckons that it is not for the faint of heart or even some fans of death metal might find this a bit heavier and darker than they are used to. Until the second to last track, where there is a very sudden shift in the tone. By now you should know JB loves surprises like that, and this is a good one. Sure, there were times when he thought things were getting a little too similar but all in all a great album that kept his interest…

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK – MASSIVE WAGONS

Despite the current lockdown, we are still receiving a healthy bundle of submissions for our coveted ‘Video Of The Week’ title. While some artists are trying to find new ways of visually interpreting their songs, others obviously have had the guts of their filming completed in advance of the global quarantine, with the finishing touches being added in isolated post-production. This week’s selection once again sees a balance of these two approaches….

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The BIG Über Rock Interview – Steven Jones (Bleed From Within)

Glasgow heavyweights Bleed From Within are about to assault our aural cortexes once more, with the release of their fifth studio album, the highly impressive ‘Fracture’, this coming Friday. Having had the pleasure of being able to absorb the album for several weeks now, Jase Walker had the opportunity to chat, appropriately socially-distanced of course. to guitarist Steven Jones about the release, where the band are coming from with it and, of course, the challenges of promoting new product in an age of lockdowns, pandemics and quarantine:

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The BIG Über Rock Interview – Arta Salehi (Quinn The Brain)

Quinn The Brain are a new band from Houston who this coming week are releasing their first official EP, ‘Open Wide’, which Gerald S can pretty safely say is his EP of the year. It was a show by the awesome Pretty Vacant (also from Houston) where Arta Salehi (vocals/ guitar) and or resident stetson-wearer met by chance a few months ago. The G man has been playing the EP nonstop since probably the end of February or beginning of March, and more recently recently braved the Covid lockdown and utilized the power of the internet to chat formally to the frontwoman about the band’s past, present, and future.

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Her Chariot Awaits – ‘Her Chariot Awaits’ (Frontiers)

Her Chariot Awaits is another of those collaborative projects in which the Italian (mostly) melodic rock label Frontiers specializes – drawing together different artists, sometimes from seemingly disparate backgrounds, with the objective of (hopefully) producing sweet rock ‘n’ roll music together. This latest project pairs the Spanish singer Ailyn, formerly of symphonic rockers Sirenia, and the guitarist Mike Orlando, best known for his work with the on-off amalgam by the name of Adrenaline Mob.

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