January 25, 2018, and Real Rock Roll has your fresh tracks.
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Tracks by Judas Priest, The Black Bullets, and Howling Sludge!!!
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JUDAS PRIEST – Lightning Strike
Judas Priest needs no introduction. This is one of the iconic bands in the heavy metal world, and they are still going strong. The band’s last release, ‘Redeemer of Souls’, was a terrific album, and the live-album ‘Battle Cry’ was (in my humble opinion) even better. (Read my review of Battle Cry.)
Now, the band is back with a new single, a new video, and a new album called ‘Firepower’, set for release in March. There’s also huge world tour coming up (though I’m rather heartbroken that the band does not appear to be stopping by Vancouver this time!), so fans of Judas Priest will have a lot to headbang to this year.
The new track is a real metal treat. You can also check out Revolver Magazine’s article and video of singer / Metal God Rob Halford talking about the lyrics for this track. And if you crave even more tasty Judas Priest news, you can read an excellent interview with guitarist Richie Faulkner at Epiphone’s website.
THE BLACK BULLETS – Dolls
by Maria Savva
The Black Bullets were one of my favorite discoveries of 2017. I saw them live at the Redrock Festival last year and they were amazing. The band has just released a new single “Dolls”, which is fantastic. No-nonsense rock ‘n’ roll at its best.
Stream/add to your playlist on Spotify
The band has announced some 2018 tour dates. Make sure you catch them if they play near you!
HOWLING SLUDGE – Drag the Sea
With a name like Howling Sludge, you’re probably not expecting a bouncy euro-pop hit, and you’d be right. The name will probably divide opinion – I can’t quite decide myself if it’s genius or not – but one thing that isn’t in doubt is their music. Because this is fantastic.
The band are from North Yorkshire and comprise just Hayley Hutchinson on drums and vocals with Sam Forrest on both guitar and bass. Actually, they’re a bit of a supergroup, with Hutchinson stepping in from the band The Sorry Kisses and Forrest playing mostly in the brilliant Nine Black Alps.
(EDIT: Actually, The Sorry Kisses also features both Hutchinson and Forrest, so it looks like Howling Sludge is actually the same band. I assume they’re using a different name to differentiate the sound they’ve created here: The Sorry Kisses are more stripped-back indie pop, in the vein of latter-day Lemonheads. You should check them out too though as they’re pretty great…)
Anyway, if you like your rock music loud, and distorted, played in a minor key, but melodic, and straight out of the early SubPop songbook, then this will be right up your street. Think Bleach-era Nirvana. Think early Hole and The Breeders. I love it.
Check out their debut album, also called Howling Sludge (they do really like that name), it’s pretty great. It’s my Birthday today and finding this is a pretty nice Birthday present to myself.
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