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The Liars Club – ‘Of Self’ (Neoprima Music)

For what is only the second time during his ÜR tenure, Jonny B os fortunate enough to be reviewing a band from his own town’s surprisingly active music scene. Yes, that’s right, the “cul-de-sac of the UK”, Barrow-in-Furness, does indeed have an active and diverse music scene! Last time JB was reviewing some old school death metal, but this time it’s a complete change of pace with the post punk crew The Liars Club who happen to be based above his local record shop – TNT Records (which is where his wages seem to mysteriously disappear…)

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Mother of All – ‘Age Of The Solipsist’ (Black Lion)

When John B hears “melodic” and “progressive” being used to describe an upcoming death metal album you instantly get his full attention. That being said JB has high hopes and high expectations for the genre as it is a personal favorite. He expects complexity in the instrumentation and evolution within the tracks. He expects aggressive vocals with a lot of power to keep up with the heavy tone in the guitars – and, yes, he expects that heavy tone as well. So, do Mother of All live up to this expectation with their debut album? Hell yeah, they do!

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Mark Datter – ‘Deathswing’ (Self-Released)

The only way to introduce this album is to take you through Jonny B’s thought process that led him into his first listen… First of all, the name Mark Datter: he likes that; a classic spoonerism of Dark Matter. Next, the title ‘Deathswing’, now is that a hint at the style, or some sort of hint that we’re talking death metal that makes wild swings into other genres? And third, the opening track ‘Vaginal Frostbite’: well not only is that not what he expected, it also sounds seriously uncomfortable!

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Various Artists – ‘New Wave Of Classic Rock – Volume One’ (NWOCR)

There can be no doubt that one of THE buzz phrases of the past decade or so has been “new wave of classic rock”, which in turn seems to have evolved into something of a descriptive for an entire sub-genre, albeit one which encompasses a wide variety of musical styles, but all linked by one common factor, that being the mutual love of “classic rock” in all its myriad styles – even though this new generic denominator could be seen to be very much dominated by bands operating within the British blues rock revivalist mien.

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Living Dead Girl – ‘Exorcism’ (Self-Released)

Oh, hell yeah! It is not that often when John B feels an album absolutely nails it right out of the gate and to do so with a debut, well done! The press email JB received describes throwing out full EPs worth of material while looking for the perfect sound and it really shows. From top to bottom this is a wonderfully crafted experience…

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Metalwings – ‘A Whole New Land’ (Self-Released)

Now it’s pretty safe to say that Jonny B quite likes a bit of symphonic metal. Hell, when Nightwish played at Bloodstock, he and his mate spent the entire event telling everyone who would listen that “Nightwish have done more for music than The Beatles.” Okay, so partly that was to get a rise out of people, but also, JB does listen to more Nightwish than The Beatles, so take that as you will… The issue with the symphonic metal genre, though, is that it’s completely dominated by a handful of greats and those that try to breakthrough into the scene have a huge leap to be able to get noticed.

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VIDEOS OF THE WEEK – PAIN/POWERWOLF

As the rays of light at the end of the dark tunnel that has been the past 14 months of isolation and generally being shit upon from great heights grow brighter day by day, the rock ‘n’ roll year that is 2021 has somehow crept, crawled and sneaked closer to its halfway point, with its DMs firmly planted in the mire and muck of the chaos around it, with a healthy slew of new music pinging itself our way, and especially the continuing tsunami of submissions we receive for our coveted ‘Video Of The Week’ award… Yes, as we’ve said on multiple occasions, one constant throughout the vagaries of inconsistent and often hard to stomach lockdowns is the amazing level of adaptive creativity that bands and video directors the length and breadth of the Überverse have continued to show, often in the most adverse of circumstances.

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