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Diamond Dogs – ‘Honked All Over Again’ (Wild Kingdom)

Look up the term “kick-ass rock ‘n’ roll” in the Oxford Dictionary Of Musical Terminology and you will see a number of references. One of them, of course, is this very website that you are reading at this exact moment in time, as we have been delivering exactly that for the past decade… and another will be legendary Swedish glunkers Diamond Dogs, who have been doing the same since the early part of the 1990s and are serving us a reminder of their collective genius with this, the latest in a series of re-issues from their first decade of kickin’ those very same asses…

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Lucynine – ‘Amor Venenat’ (Inverse Records)

This one is a bit out of left field. It took John B a little while to figure out what to make of what he was hearing. There is such a wide range of styles that all come into play throughout the album. You never feel totally grounded in what you are experiencing – but JB means that in a good way. Every layer adds depth and texture. While still feeling connected through the experience each track also feels very unique from one another. Kind of like when you are watching a TV show with very set characters but each episode is a self-contained story. Our man gets that kind of impression. Every track is in the same family but takes on its own style distinct from the rest. It makes for a really cool experience.

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Fortune – ‘The Gun’s Still Smokin’ – Live’ (Frontiers)

Monk must admit that, despite the band having been formed in the mid-Eighties, he was completely unfamiliar with LA melodic rockers Fortune before the second iteration of the late, much-lamented Rockingham festival back in 2016. Their couple of minor hits and self-titled album completely by-passed the boss man first time around: as he said at the time, maybe our chief pack mule had better things to do than listen to a bunch of Styx/Toto wannabes? To be equally honest, as he said in his review of that reunion performance, they didn’t do much to stir this particular hardened rock ‘n’ roller’s loins, with their straightforward classic AOR. But, 12 months later, they were back for a second successive year, as a result of which they were picked up by Frontiers Records for their second album, which finally surfaced in 2019 – a full 34 years after their debut release!

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Volturyon – ‘Xenogenesis’ (ViciSolum Productions)

Sometimes you don’t need to change the world. Sometimes doing what you do best and doing it really well is exactly what is needed. Now, John B is not going to go off on his usual speech about being super unique or anything like that. It does not apply here really as this is pretty standard for death metal, but it is an excellent example of the genre. No nothing has been redefined, just delivered in an excellent way, and in that ‘Xenogenesis’ does stand out as a great album. Starting with a deep breath and then not letting up for the rest of the experience.

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Dun Ringill – ‘Library of Death’ (Argonauta Records)

Anyone that knows Jonny B will know that that the big man with the impressive beard just can’t get enough of folk metal. If it’s the kind of music that makes him want to dance bollock naked in the middle of a forest and drink shed loads of beer, then you can guarantee that it will definitely be his scene. But, of course, folk metal isn’t all beer and dancing, in fact this is just the tip of the folk metal iceberg. If you dig a bit deeper into the genre you’ll find a wealth of music that takes strong influence from traditional folk music and tales from the native country to give what could be called a cultural experience – if that’s your kind of thing, that is…

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Shezmu – ‘À Travers Les Lambeaux’ (Krucyator Productions)

Whenever a metal band professes to come from ‘the frozen fields of [wherever]’, an immediate association is made in the mind of most metalheads. Icy tundras; high pitched shrieks, an overload of blastbeats, Taylor Swift album covers… Well, maybe not the last, but its fair to say the general consensus points towards the notoriously frostbitten nethers of black metal. Not so with Montréal’s Shezmu, the death metal denizens taking a decidedly bleak and powerful headlong dive into extremity on their full-length debut ‘À Travers Les Lambeaux’.

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK – OCEANS OF SLUMBER

Despite the ongoing lockdown in many parts of the Überverse, we are still receiving a healthy bundle of submissions for our coveted ‘Video Of The Week’ title. Many of them are produced against the background of continuing quarantine conditions in some countries, while others reflect artists being able to return and flex their creative muscles once again.

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King Buzzo with Trevor Dunn – ‘Gift Of Sacrifice’ (Ipecac Recordings)

When you combine two people known for their eccentric and experimental approach to music as King Buzzo and Trevor Dunn, it’s seldom going to turn out in a straight-laced manner. They’ve worked together in the past in Fantomas, Melvins Lite and elsewhere and we have plenty of evidence of where that went, so how would a more intimate combination fare? Time for DJ Astrocreep to give it the first spin and to find out…

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Pain Of Salvation – ‘Panther’ (InsideOut Music)

Pain Of Salvation are a relatively new band to Jase W’s ears. We know, we know – their first album was released over two decades ago and he’s an uncultured swine, but you got to find a band at some point though, haven’t you? They first crossed our tech wizard’s path when they played Manchester’s Club Academy back in 2018 but he never really got round to giving them a proper listen despite a few friends of his singing their praises quite loudly. It wasn’t until he decided to sit and watch the music video for ‘Accelerator’ ,which is the first track from the forthcoming album, ‘Panther’ that he really got invested in checking out more of their stuff – it’s a pretty weird video itself but man, there’s something about the swell to a crescendo that really caught his attention… that and the “mad synths”!

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NOFX vs Frank Turner – ‘West Coast vs Wessex’ (Fat Wreck Chords)

NOFX have been up there with Jonny B’s favourite bands for years, with their short snappy songs and super relatable songs about generally just being a fucked-up waster, it was a soundtrack to his teens. Finding out they had some new tunes coming out got him all excited to get back into that frame of his mind, but it turns out this isn’t just another NOFX release. Instead this is a collaboration with Frank Turner, who isn’t the dude who has a band called The Rattlesnakes (he can’t be the only one to make that mistake, right?), where they cover each other’s songs and put their own unique twist on them…

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