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PAGANS/ HIP PRIESTS - Split {Just4Fun} Was interesting listening to this for the first time as I found out that PAGANS vocalist (and someone I was in semi-regular contact with) had passed away but a few weeks prior. Always loved the PAGANS and this new track, ‘Bad Bet’ is no exception. Hudson sounds in great form: raw, ragged, determined and, as always, a wild cannon. Guitarist Richard Duguay plays a strong lead - maybe over plays it in places - but the track is still distinctly PAGANS, if not exactly ‘Not Now No Way’ or ‘Dead End America’. Flip the bright pink 7" over and you get England’s HIP PRIESTS slamming ‘Scene Is A Crime’ that comes on like IGGY AND THE STOOGES over amped ‘Raw Power’ having a no-rules wrestling match with TURBONEGRO’s ‘Apocalypse Dudes’ while Lemmy dishes out advice. Raucous, Garage Punk Rock and Roll played with earnest, intense conviction - and those guitars.. Any sharper and I’d be sending you a medical bill cuz they’d be slitting my throat. A very complimentary pairing of bands; hopefully Mike Hudson recorded more tracks than just this so a posthumous PAGANS disc will be in the pipeline. If not, this is a fitting swansong. (07.05.18)

PALE ANGELS - Daydreaming Blues {Recess} Never heard this trio (based in both Swansea, Wales and New Jersey) before but apparently this is the band’s third album and you get 12 eclectic tracks that run from dreamy, country-tinged DINOSAUR Jr-esque tunes (see ‘Don’t Leave’ and ‘Another Lie’) through to New Wave Power Pop, a few flat-out MEAN JEANS-esque rockers and even the odd relentless HUSKER DU noise-guitar jam!! Mostly though, I heard an EDDY CURRENT SUPPRESSION RING vibe with a bit of ARCHERS OF LOAF thrown in. Highlights of this pot pourri of styles would be the morose, droning seven-plus minutes of ‘Funeral’, both ‘Secretly Insane’ and ‘Loveless’ that are cyclones of riffarama guitars and ribald vocals and opener ‘Aeroplane’. Out right best tracks are a battle between the spritely ringing guitars and tom-heavy beats of ‘Don’t Feel A Thing’ and the Power Pop urgency of ‘You Don’t Dance’ that’s mixed up with some depth-charge noise behind it. Recess continually put out interesting stuff and this little baby is right up there with the best. (27.03.18)

PARASITE - Zankyo Reverberation {Boss Tuneage/ Tadpole} I don’t really get this kinda stuff at all... Metal Punk crossover stuff that leans heavily on G.I.S.M but lacks the intensity and even includes those harmonised lead guitar lines a’la Iron Maiden. The band’s outta Japan, with previous releases on Tadpole Records having sold out. This, an eight track album sold out within two weeks on initial release. Must’ve had a good review in Kerrang! Anyway, this limited gatefold CD gives us that album plus three demo tracks recorded back in 2009. Some of the riffs here are pretty ploddy, chuggy affairs with the constant widdly Metal leads being quite annoying. Barked vocals, pedestrian beats... Best bits would have to be ‘Doomsday’ that’s got a rather cheesy but smart Rock riff and ‘Grave’ that ups the intensity levels rather well. Fact is, this’ll get put on the CD shelf to collect dust. If I wanna hear some Metal I’ll reach for my SLAYER records... If I wanna hear G.I.S.M I’ll reach for my G.I.S.M records. If I’m really honest, this bored me to tears. (07.09.18)

Hit HERE for material review prior to 2018 including:
PACHINKO, PAGANS/Guillotines split, PANDEMIX (2 reviews), PANSY DIVISION (2 reviews), PARANOID VISIONS (3 reviews), PARASITES, PAST LIFE, PEARS (3 reviews), PENNY COCKS, PETER HOOK AND THE LIGHT, PETER PAN SPEED ROCK, PHYLUMS, POINTED STICKS, POISON IDEA (2 reviews), P.R.O.B.L.E.M.S (2 reviews), PRONTO and PURE HELL