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Westworld re-release review

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Westworld was recently re-introduced to the wider masses in a new format, packaged together nicely over a much grander scale this time around. I’ll forgive you if you thought I was referring to the recent TV series Westworld, but it couldn’t possibly be any further from the truth. Westworld is a post-punk belter of an album from Theatre Of Hate. The album, which was produced by Mick Jones of The Clash fame, entered the UK charts at a respectable No.17 when it was originally released back in 1982, with the lead single ‘Do You Believe In The West World’ becoming…

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Album Review: The Greasy Slicks

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The Greasy Slicks 'Manipulator'

Many young bands manage to put on powerful and engaging live shows in front of small but loyal fan bases, yet when it comes to recording and releasing that first batch of songs, this is the real litmus test to show ones quality and metal. The Greasy Slicks can be proud of their melody-rich mature sounds which, despite their youthful appearance, packs an abundance of experience and energy into the record. The album manages to capture all of their raw vigour. Yes, it is indeed a good début album. The album opens up with ‘Hawks’, a raw and almost visceral…

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Andy Bennett Thinkin’ Drinkin’ Singin’

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Andy Bennett releases his first solo album, Thinkin’ Drinkin’ Singin’, since his decision to leave Ocean Colour Scene behind in 2015, consisting of a collection of ten new songs with glorious threads of The Beatles throughout. ‘Hole in the Road’ opens up the album, which is an infectious, tantalising ballad-like slice of musical and lyrical poetry. It basks in warmth and sincerity, while the strings add an idyllic fullness. If released by a well-known established act then this would be a huge sing-along anthem in packed arenas up and down the country. ‘Drift Away’ delivers a floating, aching melody that…

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ALBUM REVIEW: Metallica ‘Hardwire To Self-Destruct’

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Metallica Hardwire To Self-Destruct

Making my way up to London, Mayfair for the secret album playback I was feeling a mixture of feelings. Would their new album take me back to the good old days or would they be carrying on from post Metallica’s black album which, hands up is where my love for Metallica was lost. The atmosphere of the room was on edge as many writers, reviewers and long-time fans took their seats waiting for the ride that follows. This was surely going to be my hardest review to date as there is no rewind, pause or 2nd play so this article…

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ALBUM REVIEW: Peter Doherty ‘Hamburg Demonstrations’

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Worth the wait: Peter Doherty returns with his new release “Hamburg Demonstrations” Some things are worth waiting for, and this certainly rings true for Peter Doherty’s new album, his first solo release since 2009’s Grace/Wasteland. First announced on September 27th, the new album was recorded, mixed and produced by Johann Scheerer at Clouds Hill Recordings in Hamburg, Germany. In light of Doherty’s tumultuous past, his fans have by no means had an easy ride. And yet those who have stayed true to him through all the years will not be disappointed by “Hamburg Demonstrations”, a harmonious composition of tracks that humour, provoke…

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ALBUM REVIEW: Slaves ‘Take Control’

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Kent-duo Slaves unleash their second album, ‘Take Control’, but is it up to scratch? Following up a Mercury-nominated début album is never going to be an easy task, especially with a lot of people already doubting the band’s capabilities, labelling them as fake, repetitive and having nothing left to offer. That’s not entirely accurate. The best way to open up a new album and blow away any lingering doubt is by playing the strongest song, ‘Spit It out’. It’s pure punk aggression, making you pump your fists into the air and head-bang – if you’re into that kind of thing,…

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Album review: The Cadillac Three “Bury Me In My Boots”

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Southern Rock from Nashville – smooth and gnarly sounding album This is not a country record like you know it. This is a gnarly and smoothed down southern rock album, that reminds me of Slash’ Snakepit in a drunken bourbon pit after the lights go out. Plus: Jeff Buckley, anyone? Recorded at Sound Emporium and Blackbird studios in Nashville, Tennessee, this is an atypical country/southern rock band, that sounds a lot more rock than country, but stay true to their apparent roots. I really like this album. I normally listen to more heavy stuff, hence why I mentioned Slash’ Snakepit,…

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Holy Esque – “At Hope’s Ravine” Album Review

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Holy Esque – “At Hope’s Ravine” If you take equal parts of The Cure and Kings Of Leon, and make the last half up from genuine originality, you get Holy Esque. This indie/alternative quartet formed in Glasgow in 2011 by East Kilbride homebred Keir Reid (keyboards) and Pat Hynes (vocals), they were joined by Ralph McClure for the drums, and Hugo McGinley for the guitars. East Kilbride is also known for fostering The Jesus And Mary Chain, so the legacy is set for Holy Esque. Reid actually met McClure on Glasgow School Of Art, which have had students that became…

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