Curated by DJ Astrocreep
It’s DJ Astrocreep back behind the decks for the latest Singles Club set and boy is it a doozy. Another 450+ submissions make the competition fiercer than ever – let’s get straight down to the music then, shall we and see how many we can cram in before the virtual (and physically distanced) bar shuts again?
Well, we’re ‘Ready For Action’ and our lead single is just that from the Jamie Porter Band, a NWoCR act who are high on melodies and good old-fashioned rock and roll!
While we’re there, let’s check out Ricky Warwick‘s latest effort, with the Northern Irish veteran showing his years in the business haven’t dulled his songwriting ability any, as he shows us he still has a ‘Fighting Heart’, with his first new solo material in five years:
From classic rock to prog rock now, as The Flower Kings show us their collective stunning soundscapes are as jaw-dropping and delicate as ever, with the ‘Morning News’ being that their forthcoming release ‘Islands’ is going to be one to definitely check out!
Next up, something truly experimental, that may take a few listens to properly appreciate. Sturle Dagsland has melded a plethora of instruments, from Zimbabwean finger harps to Norwegian billy goat horns with over 40 between into something that could be the soundtrack to a spiritual awakening in ‘Kusanagi’!
From the experimental to heavy, with Bleed From Within telling us they are ‘Into Nothing’ but creating top-quality modern metal mayhem, as they show in this effort which will leave you feeling equally ill at ease and sore in the neck department around 20 seconds after the opening riff!
Lüt are keeping it ‘Strictly Business’ in an up-tempo, energetic punk ‘n’ roll single that combines vocal harmonies into a sing-along chorus with some rifftastic groove.
Immerse are channeling their best positivity filled post-hardcore in latest track ‘Red Shade’, full of ferocious energy and guitar guile with their melodic side working well at a juxtaposition to their discordant verse approach.
Mayday Parade celebrate 15 years since their origin by getting the ‘First Train’ back to where they come from, with another chip off the old block – there’s a reason they garnered such support over the years with anthemic tracks like this!
Industrial rock legend PIG is back into the filth – well filthy electro-rock bass, anyway – as he declares himself a ‘Rock N Roll Refugee’ in this infectious anthem from the sacred saint of all seven sins!
Magick Mountain are chasing new horizons in latest single ‘Cherokee’, as wave after wave of psychedelic fuzzy goodness will wash over you in a manner quite akin to early QOTSA.
American garage punkers Gallows Birds declare that ‘I’m So Unhappy For You’, with their almost Californian surf-punk approach sitting well atop vocal harmonies and a vintage sound that pays plenty of homage without showing its age!
Alt-trio Calva Louise are back and putting themselves on ‘Trial’ with their latest track showing a heady mix of both their electronic and pulse-racing rock sides, putting them in tandem with each other to stunning effect.
Back to heavier tones now as the tremendously talented Employed To Serve declare that the ‘Party’s Over’ in their face-ripping, anger dripping, heartbeat skipping latest single!
Epica are heading off into the ‘Abyss of Time’, as their latest symphonic single combines all they’ve done best for so long, with the dual clean/rough vocals mixed into a compelling song that will have you grasping for the sky!
Nefesh Core demonstrate they need a ‘Getaway’ from their roles in prog metal as they release this 80s new wave-influenced melodic hard rock, the title track from their recently released debut!
Blue Öyster Cult are back with their first new material in 19 years, and showing they have so much more to their music than some missing cowbell as ‘The Alchemist’ mixes up an evil-sounding classic hard rock track that shows this particular potion brewer is only growing more sumptuous with age!
The Pineapple Thief take us into the home straight for this singles roundup, with their acoustic ‘Demons’ being exorcised in another example of what is pure prog perfection in a highly melodic, multi-layered and intimate feeling cry from the soul.
Plini says ‘I’ll Tell You Someday’ in his latest loosing of guitar wankery, showering us with his highly atmospheric lead track from forthcoming sophomore, ‘Impulse Voices’ and its sumptuous soaring melodies and guitar hooks.
Right, we all like to end the night on a high, so how about ‘Uranus’… actually, that sounds like it might be painful and a bit of a trip – well, it is a tier three lockdown here! Nanowar Of Steel are back, with some help from Michael Starr of Steel Panther, with an ’80s rock sounding extravaganza straight from the heavens!
What’s that? One more song? Fiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiine… Metal for Kids United is a charity dedicated to helping children suffering from cancer and a plethora of metal artists from around the world stepped in as Covid-19 made their annual fundraising concert impossible, recording this rather stunning cover of Deep Purple’s ‘Burn’. For any who can help, the link is www.gofundme.com/metal-for-kids-united-against-kids-cancer. Either way, take in the ridiculous levels of talent through the video!
Well, that’s your lot for this iteration of the Singles Club. Yet again, we’ve drunk the pumps dry and the optics are running low, so it’s time to neck the dregs and feck off to enjoy what’s left of this Sunday afternoon sunshine. We hope you agree that it has been another eclectic collection, and that you found something to tickle your earbuds and drive you to explore some new musical horizons.
Until next time, when the boss man will be back behind the death decks, keep ‘er lit, keep ‘er between the hedges and #StayTheFuckSafe!
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