Various Artists – Sounds Of Hell Volume II

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Various Artists – Sounds Of Hell Volume II
Sounds Of Hell Records
Release Date: 29/12/2020
Running Time: 66:11
Review by Dark Juan

Greetings, salutations, hello, good afternoon and welcome, my dear acolytes and denizens of the world. I trust I find you all hale, hearty and eagerly grasping the somewhat limited opportunities that lockdown life offers you? Good, good… Always remember to look after yourselves and those closest to you, no matter how irritating the fuckers are being considering you have basically been under house arrest with them for nearly a year and the steak knives have been tactically removed for reasons of safety and you never signed up for this because you expected the bastards/ bitches to actually occasionally go to fucking work or something instead of eating their own body weight in Maltesers and re-watching Blade Runner for the four millionth time simply because they like Roy Batty (if they were something of a Sean Young fan, that would be an entirely different kettle of fish. Sigh…) Doubtless there are some of you who might like to kick Roy Batty’s bottle blond arse right through the Tannhauser Gate and watch attack ships on Orion glittering c-beams at his fucking peroxided square head, the pretentious twerp.

I’m sorry. I had my COVID vaccination yesterday. It’s kicked my arse to be frank. I can’t eat anything and only Yorkshire tea appears to be an acceptable beverage. Yes, there is beer in Dark Juan Terrace that lies unconsumed. This is such an unusual state of affairs I have the BBC news round at 4pm to report on it. I’ve fallen asleep 27 times just writing the above paragraph and have the same level of concentration as a 14-year-old boy doing online schoolwork who secretly has Pornhub open on another tab. Long division is much less interesting when there’s ladies having sex. I am desperately hoping that the mighty and puissant power of metal might keep me awake long enough to give you my opinions on this compilation record from Sounds Of Hell Records. As this is a compilation of the artists on the roster of this label, I’m going to dispense with my usual verbose style and tortured metaphors (370 words in and nothing about the music so far. So Much for curtailing the verbose style) and just write a short paragraph on each song… All of the bands on this compilation are either Dutch or Belgian, so it will be most interesting to see how they compare to the French, Greek and Italian metal scenes. Obviously, The Netherlands have given us the utterly wonderful The Gathering (with the glorious Anneke Van Giersbergen – I’ll be reviewing her latest soon too), the equally wonderful Within Temptation and the tour de force that is Floor Jansen. So, the Dutch have pretty much sewn up the gothic operatic metal scene, but what have the Belgians done? Well, they gave us one of the greatest industrial/ EBM bands there has ever been in Front 242 and also melodic deathsters Ancient Rites (who I actually saw live supporting Cradle Of Filth one time, and whose vocalist amused me greatly by doing his between song raps in exactly the same voice as his singing in a classic case of trying much too hard).

So, let’s crack on then… I’m going to put whether the bands are Belgian or Dutch next to the titles.

Malfested – Masked With The Skulls Of The Fallen (Belgium)

Gothic tinged death metal encompassing a sneaky black metal vibe in the middle eight with an absolute beast of a vocalist. Punchy, aggressive and fast and mightily pleasing to the ears of your favourite speaker of absolute nonsense. Worth checking out.

Cathobodua – Hydra (Belgium)

Operatically trained female singer takes on Luca Turilli influenced power metal. Think a less polished and considerably more speedy Nightwish while holding the image of Floor Jansen fronting Rhapsody in your mind. Actually, that sounds negative because this is a bloody good song of several parts and by god Sara Vanderheyden can fucking belt out a tune. They have my interest, and they should have yours…

Ashturn – Changes (Belgium)

When nu-metal meets the modern version of metal. Derivative and uninteresting unless you like Slipknot’s less manic moments. Imagine the polish of Avenged Sevenfold’s later releases with the aggressiveness of Slipknot and Unearth, complete with wholly overdone roaring and the obligatory breakdown in the middle. Sounds like every band did in 2015. I could literally predict everywhere this song was going to go. Unimpressive apart from their fucking excellent drummer who’s wasted on this band.

Los Fantasmas – El Rey (Belgium)

This is more like it. A bizarre mix of rock and psychobilly taking on a classic instrumental tune and making it their bitch. Quite, quite mad and fucking brilliant. However, there is a slight concern that Los Fantasmas may be a bit of a one trick pony as playing Mexican music when you’re from one of the Benelux Countries might be an odd choice limiting your fanbase.

Bacon Fat – 110% (Belgium)

Band wins award for best band name on this compilation. Bluesy, hard edged Southern Rock with elements of Volbeat, Kyuss and Down to their sound. As a song, it’s competent and enjoyable but it would come into its own on a hot summer night when you’re on a four hour drive to see your girl/ boy/ significant other for the weekend. A song that would exceed the sum of its parts in certain circumstances with a too long, drawn out ending that ruins the vibe of the whole thing and would have you scrabbling for the skip button at the end.

Bullet N’ Arrow – Heaven And Hell (Belgium)

I’ve always fucking hated that “n’” thing that bands do. Just fucking say “and,” you shitbags!!! Bullet N’ Arrow are interesting as the music is modern (even though they say they are 80’s influenced) but the powerful female vocal appears to have emanated from the general area of 1987-1993, being very kind of Robin Beck, Lita Ford and Doro Pesch-esque. A curious song that attempts to weld two distinct styles and times of rock and metal with a limited degree of success. Even the solo is an anachronism. I love Astrid Laekeman’s voice though. I could listen to her all day. The song is two minutes too long.

Demenzia Mortis – Antikult (Belgium)

Dialling up the heaviness again, Demenzia Mortis appear to have taken early 2000’s Rotting Christ as their blueprint for the start of this song before kicking up into high gear with some extremely primal black metal, and we are off into high-speed savagery, although the production does eschew the usual black metal wasp in a jam jar in a soundproofed room four miles away from the 70p microphone sound we normally enjoy from BM bands. Very Emperor and early Dimmu Borgir in sound and execution. Rather good.

Ars Veneficium – Devour The Light (Belgium)

More super primal black metal but of an order of magnitude heavier than Demenzia Mortis. This is fucking superb black metal very reminiscent of Anaal Nathrakh’s sound on “When Fire Rains Down From The Sky Mankind Shall Reap What It Has Sown”. I like this song. A LOT. Utterly murderous and uncompromising.

Instriumae – Ab Initio (Belgium)

Oooh. Instrumental metal with violins. Even though I am sure that Instriumae are capable of arranging a song better than this because the arrangement of the music is frankly all over the fucking place it’s still jolly good fun and goosebump inducing. Metal needs more fucking violin solos!

Fat Bastard – Blood, Sweat And Beer (Belgium)

Bacon Fat don’t have the best name, as it turns out. In other news, hello Belgian Motorhead. I need say no more. Damn good rock and roll bringing back the memory of the Lord Our God Lemmy. Raise your Jack and Coke high.

Ossebolle O – Den Ouwe (Netherlands)

Dutch old school punk rock reminiscent of 70’s Britain, but sung in their own language. Clash-esque and of marginal interest to a metal fan unless you like repetitive shouting in the background of your music. Strictly average and about as frightening as a teddy bear.

Odd Obsessions – Mistify (Netherlands)

There appears to be a kind of obsession with 80’s power metal in the Benelux region. This song could have been written by Helloween as long as they had Adrian Vandenberg and Rudolf Schenker on guitar. Gang vocals, extended lead lines and a desire to “fuck you up” (try it you long haired jessies, I’ll smear your pansy arses all over the wall.) Epic, in a super 80’s way. Old men in denim cutoffs wearing original Accept t-shirts will adore it.

Valkyre featuring Liv Kristine – Buried Alive (Belgium)

As soon as you look at the band name and who’s guesting on this record, you know what it’s going to sound like. Did you guess Nightwish mixed with Epica and Leaves Eyes? Well done, have a fucking cookie because I can’t eat them right now. Good, because I like symphonic gothic metal with operatic female vocals but absolutely unoriginal. However, the band has a drummer whose mind appears to have cracked, judging by the amount of time he spends either double bass drumming or skipping merrily along at the gait of a galloping horse.

Carrion – Supreme (Belgium)

Let’s play guess the genre again with this band. Did you guess old school death metal? WRONG! Give me back my fucking cookies. Instead, Carrion play technical melodic death metal and appear to worship at the shrine of shiny Scandinavian melodic death, and especially at the chapel of At The Gates. Good, solid tune but another style of music that dearly needs some innovation injecting into it. It sounds like every other melodic tech death record done in the past ten years. Uninspiring.

Exoto – Absolution In Death (Belgium)

Another band whose drummer appears to fucking adore cardio day at the gym. Exoto offer us an unusual fusion of blackened death, thrash and the odd proggy element which is very good indeed. A good, fun, fast slab of solid metal and a fine closer to the album.

So, there we have it. The best of two thirds of the Benelux in one compact package for your perusal. Standouts for me on this record were Cathobodua, Ars Veneficium and Instriumae with an honourable mention for Bullet N’ Arrow, strictly because I like Astrid Laekeman’s voice so much as it transports me back to when I was a mere teenage neophyte and had a VHS videotape, “Kerrang! Ladykillers”, which had Vixen (Jan Kuehnemund was a young Dark Juan’s crush), Romeo’s Daughter (so was Leigh Matty), Femme Fatale, Saraya, Robin Beck and Lisa Dominique among others on it.

Belgium and The Netherlands appear to have a rich and varied metal scene encompassing many different styles, then, and aren’t just the homes of electronic industrial and gothic symphonic metal. This is a worthy and well-priced compilation CD at a paltry 7.50EUR and is obtainable through the label or featured bands’ sites, and it is well worth your time and effort to acquire.

The Patented Dark Juan Blood Splat Rating System (Het gepatenteerde Dark Juan-classificatiesysteem voor bloedspatten OR le système breveté d’évaluation des éclaboussures de sang Dark Juan – I’m sorry, I don’t know Flemish and neither does Google Translate. I checked) awards this Sounds Of Hell compilation 7/10. When it’s good it’s very very good but when it’s bad it’s rubbish! Fare thee well. May ye gang faur and fare waur. I’m returning to my bed of pain and suffering.


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Various Artists – Brown Acid: The Eleventh Trip

Various Artists – Brown Acid: The Eleventh Trip
RidingEasy Records
Release Date: 31/10/2020
Running Time: 32:42
Review by Alun Jones

One of the best things about the Brown Acid series is imagining the alternate reality where these songs, long forgotten in the mists of rock’n’roll legend, actually attained the success so many of them deserve. A world where these long-lost bands are as equally revered as BÖC, Grand Funk or the MC5. The same world, probably, where Lemmy’s still alive, Trump never got near the White House and the last Star Wars film came out in 1983.

But maybe that’s just me. What I do know, is that the Brown Acid series from RidingEasy Records offers up another batch of ten proto heavy rockers that have been excavated from the depths of memory and given new purpose. Lovingly curated and nursed back to life; then unleashed upon a musical landscape that didn’t know it needed the songs, but by Jimi – we’re thankful for them.

The first track on this compilation, ‘Something Else’ by Adam Wind, didn’t flip my switch much at first. After a couple of plays, however, the Hendrix style guitar frenzy did the trick. Then the marvellously named Grump rock out with ‘I’ll Give You Love’, reminiscent of the mighty Steppenwolf with skronky organs and scratchy guitar.

‘Diamond Lady’ from Larry Lynn is a fantastic punchy, psychedelic number. Then midway through the album, we get ‘In Wyrd’ by Renaissance Fare. This track sounds like the Doors being particularly annoying when they’re on the wrong drugs. Thankfully, at under 3 minutes, it avoids some of Jimbo and pals’ lengthier exasperations; it’s the only challenge on an otherwise album of rock’n’roll killers.

My highlight of the collection is ‘Just Can’t Say’ by Day Break – a boogie influenced groover with desert rock swagger. Debb Johnson contribute ‘Dancing In The Ruin’, which packs Stax style brass to great effect, and finally Crazy Jerry rounds things off with the riff-tastic ‘Every Girl Gets One’.

The Eleventh Trip in this series continues to surprise and entertain. It’s a compilation that’s so solid you’d need a forklift to move it. Dig out your flares and love beads, heat up the lava lamp – it’s party time again!

By the way, I invented the term “skronky organs” and I’m trademarking it.

01. Adam Wind – Something Else
02. Grump – I’ll Give You Love
03. Bagshot Row – Turtle Wax Blues
04. Larry Lynn – Diamond Lady
05. Renaissance Fair – In Wyrd
06. Zendik – Mom’s Apple Pie Boy
07. Day Break – Just Can’t Say
08. West Minist’r – I Want You
09. Debb Johnson – Dancing in the Ruin
10. Crazy Jerry – Every Girl Gets One


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Various Artists – Fangs: Volume 2

Various Artists – Fangs: Volume 2
Mongrel Records
Release Date: 25/09/2020
Running Time 71:41
Review by Chris Galea

Unfailingly ubiquitous and adaptable, Metal always finds a way to reach every part of the planet, but some areas’ contributions tend to get overlooked. “Fangs: Volume 2” is an attempt to address that transgression by shining some light on a few Metal bands from Africa. Most of the bands in this sampler are from South Africa (which is where its label, Mongrel Records, is based) but there are also tracks from the opposite extremity of the continent.

Here’s a quick rundown of the album’s contents…

Facing The Gallows is a Hardcore band from South Africa and ‘Small Hands’ sounds furious if a tad unimaginative.

Papang are from Réunion, a small volcanic island in the Indian Ocean. I didn’t quite like the singing style and guitar solos in ‘My Engine Burns’ but the track contains some great Stoner Metal riffs.

Dividing The Element are a Nu Metal band from Zimbabwe. The band’s track has Limp Bizkit written all over it. Some hand percussion sounds give the song a nice touch. Despite straining my ears, I couldn’t understand the lyrics – then I discovered that Dividing The Element sing in a native Shona language.

Next are Ill System, from South Africa, who keep the Nu Metal vibes flowing but in a creative and original way.

We remain in South Africa with the next track, ‘Shadow Beast’ from Monstroid. I’m hearing some catchy Fuzz in the footsteps of Kyuss and Fireball Ministry. Decent stuff.

State Dependency, from South Africa, ply a sort of generic Groove Metal with occasional atmospheric spells.

Albinobeach are an instrumental band from South Africa…the band provides the music and as a listener you let your mind provide the lyrics. Groovy, sometimes psychedelic, ‘Jugga’ hovers back and forth between Progressive and Alternative Rock.

Vielikan seem to have their own brand of Black Metal. The vocals sound intense and the band says they’re inspired by Russian and Slavic folklore, which is odd coming from a band based in Tunisia.

Next door to Tunisia at the Northernmost regions of Africa is Algeria, which is where Lelahell are from. Lelahell was the only band in this compilation whose existence I was already aware of. The band plays classic and brutal Death Metal. A technical, well-recorded and incisive track.

It’s back to South Africa with Demogoroth Satanum, whose Black Metal sounds raw and chaotic with weak riffs often overshadowing the vocals and other instruments.

We remain in South Africa next with Ethyl Ether and there‘s a significant difference in style. Is this Psychedelic Blues, Stoner Rock or Alternative Rock? I’m undecided where to pigeon-hole this music but the band calls their style Agro-Pop so Agro-Pop it is. To be honest it’s not something I’d usually be caught listening to, but all instruments are well-played and the songwriting is pretty decent too.

Vulvodynia, from South Africa, play a Death Metal that is brutal, filthy and visceral. Apparently ‘vulvodynia’ is a chronic, severe vaginal pain with no identifiable cause. Charming.

Kishi are from Angola…a Portuguese-speaking country on the South West coast of Africa. The band describe themselves as Stoner Rock but what I’m actually hearing is a soul-crushing atmospheric Doom Death. I sense that Kishi really seem to grasp the essence of Doom.

Rounding off this sampler are Scarab and with a moniker like that the band can only come from Egypt. It’s hard to compartmentalise the band’s music but Dimmu Borgir comparisons probably wouldn’t be too far off the mark. Dramatic, intense and epic Death Metal with great guitar melodies and a very professional sound.

I know that Metal in the African continent is much richer and more diverse than this compilation might suggest. Nevertheless, “Fangs…” provides a useful insight for Metal communities beyond Africa. So, Kudos to Mongrel Records for putting it out.

My overall impressions are that some bands seem intent on doing what standards require but need to inject more freshness into the music. Others have interesting ideas but haven’t yet developed them well. A couple of bands are already on their way to greatness. Of course, it’s hard to be objective by listening to just 1 track. So, head over to the bands’ sites, check out anything that has piqued your fancy and make up your own minds. Links are provided.

“Fangs Volume 2” official sampler promo:

01. Facing The Gallows – Small Hands
02. Papang – My Engine Burns
03. Dividing The Element – Pakaipa
04. Ill System – Ego Check
05. Monstroid – Shadow Beast
06. State Dependency – Bridges
07. Albinobeach – Jugga
08. Vielikan – God(s), Love And Life
09. Lelahell – Adam The First
10. Demogoroth Satanum – The Apostate
11. Ethyl Ether – Ode
12. Vulvodynia – Anthropophagus
13. Kishi – Kianda
14. Scarab – Coffin Texts
















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Various Artists – Brown Acid: The Ninth Trip

Various Artists – Brown Acid: The Ninth Trip
RidingEasy Records
Release Date: 31/10/2019
Running Time: 36:00
Review by Alun Jones

Archaeologists of rock from RidingEasy Records have once again delved into the depths of the forgotten to present this, the ninth instalment of their “Brown Acid” series. They have unearthed yet more obscure gems from the past, in order to entertain and enlighten those obsessives who love to investigate the DNA of rock.

Call it heavy rock, proto metal, garage rock – whatever, these Brown Acid compilations offer a wealth of hard to find material.

The songs may be long lost relics, but they sure ain’t amateur. In fact, it’s surprising how well they’ve cleaned up – and how well produced some of them were in the first place. Take the first track, White Lightning’s ‘Prelude To Opus IV’, which is surprisingly grand and opulent.

I won’t play favourites, but Peacepipe’s ‘The Sun Won’t Shine Forever’ has an almost Stooges like sound, filtered through Californian psychedelia. Magi’s ‘Win Or Lose’ sounds like Grand Funk playing an MC5 song, while Stonewall’s ‘Outer Spaced’ holds the most outrageous riff of the set, with perhaps a touch of Hendrix.

Elsewhere, the fantastically named Fibreglass Vegetables offer up a more laid back, groovy but still heavy song with ‘Pain’. ‘Rebel Woman’ by Erik (a simpler name, but that’s cool) is another superb rocker that demonstrates some real song writing and arranging talent.

Not as bluesy as Zeppelin or as heavy as Sabbath, the songs on offer are a fine example of Rock’n’Roll of the time. It doesn’t take much to imagine the guys from Fu Manchu listening to these pre-stoner rock goodies, sat in their van waiting for the cry of “surf’s up”.

This ninth edition of the Brown Acid compilation offers retro quality, never kitsch or silly, with tons of infectious music. It’s easy to wonder why some of these bands never became more famous. At least RidingEasy have done the hard work for us, dusting off the artefacts and preserving them for all to enjoy.


01. White Lightning – “Prelude to Opus IV”
02. Peacepipe – “The Sun Won’t Shine Forever”
03. Magi – “Win or Lose”
04. Fibreglass Vegetables – “Pain”
05. Erik – “Rebel Woman”
06. Stonewall – “Outer Spaced”
07. Ice – “Running High”
08. Spacerock – “Going Down the Road”
09. Buckshot – “Barstar”
10. 29.9 – “Paradiddle Blues”


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Various – MetalMessage VII: Respect The Steel

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Various – MetalMessage VII: Respect The Steel
Release Date: 14/10/2019
Running Time: 56:59
Review by Mark Pritchard and Rick Tilley

Hi Everyone, it’s Rick.

We don’t often get asked to review a Label/PR Company compilation and if we do receive them they often get put to one side as there are just too many other albums arriving, but they are definitely not pointless. Personally, I tend to listen to them in car going to or from other gigs and have discovered some really great bands on them that I would otherwise have missed.

German PR Agency METALMESSAGE are one of the many companies we deal with to bring you news, features, interviews and reviews and their owner Markus Eck is one of the nicest people you could wish to deal with so when he asked Mark if he could write a few words about the latest compilation album he had put together called METALMESSAGE VII: Respect The Steel” I said it was fine.

The following paragraph belongs to Mark and I have to say I pretty much agree with him on everything. You could certainly do a lot worse than checking out any one of the bands on this sampler, even the artwork by Serbian illustrator Dusan fabulous, and you should definitely check out METALMESSAGE too, a company that does things the right way!

The other day I was asked by METALMESSAGE owner and friend Markus Eck to have a listen to a compilation album he has spent months putting together with the possibility of me writing a small review and I can only say that I jumped at the chance! Ladies and Gentlemen, what we have here is an awesome album called “METALMESSAGE VII: Respect The Steel” which is comprised of thirteen tracks from thirteen different metal bands who come from various countries and there isn’t just one genre of metal being portrayed. ”VII: Respect The Steel” is, in my own words, a masterpiece of metal combinations all rolled up into one awesome album. With the likes of Invictus, Hell’s Guardian & Atrium Noctis, to name but three bands featured, ”VII: Respect The Steel” just entices to be heard and listened to. My album rating is an easy 9 out of 10 and I want to say a huge thank you to METALMESSAGE main man Markus for the huge amount of time he put into making the compilation and for asking if i would like to write a small review.

Below is a tracklist and links for all the bands and for METALMESSAGE.

01. ASH OF ASHES (Germany) ‘Down The White Waters’ (Unreleased Single Edit)

02. HELL’S GUARDIAN (Italy) ‘Blood Must Have Blood’

03. INVICTUS (Germany) “Burst The Curse”

04. REVEREND HOUND (Germany) “War Of The Wolves”

05. DAWN AHEAD (Germany) “Sinister Thoughts”

06. WOLVES DEN “Nachtmahr”

07. AFTERMATH (USA) “Diethanasia”

08. ONTBORG (Italy) “Within The Depths Of Oblivion”

09. HOLLOWED (Germany) “Sick Society”

10. MISANTHROPIA (Germany) “Mirror”

11. ATRIUM NOCTIS (Germany) “Leviathan”

12. HANGATYR (Germany) “Blick aus Eis”

13. FORGE (Switzerland) “The Death Of A Warrior”




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Various Artists – Brown Acid: The Eighth Trip

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Various Artists – Brown Acid: The Eighth Trip
RidingEasy Records
Release date: 20/04/2019
Running time: 29 mins
Review by: Alun Jones

Back in ’68, I believe it was, though a lot of my memory remains hazy. It was a small London jazz club, in Chelsea I think, and Hendrix spontaneously got up to jam. Moon was on drums, John Paul Jones picked up the bass, and Clapton and Pagey jumped up to run through a few blues numbers. I was in the audience, somewhat refreshed, with a quality geezer who worked as a roadie for Hendrix. His name was Ian, though everyone called him “Lemmy”.

Anyway, I might have overindulged in something or other, but it was a fantastic night. I mean, musicians of that calibre sharing the same stage! Incredible! Until, that was, Jagger decided he wanted to join in on vocals. Brian Jones decided to bring his bandmate down a peg or two, and lobbed a huge quiche at old rubber lips. Bosh, hit him straight in the mush. Jagger was not happy. The next thing you know, Moon chucks his sticks at Mickey Dolenz and all hell breaks loose!

There was cake and vol-au-vents everywhere. It took me days to clean the sausage rolls out of Pagey’s pick-ups. But that was the sixties, you know? All good fun!

“Brown Acid: The Eighth Trip” does a great job of bringing back the vibes from that time. Compiled by RidingEasy Records and Permanent Records, it consists of ten rare shots of proto-metal and stoner rock from the late 60’s and early 70’s. These tracks are so long lost, whoever raided the tombs they were in probably received an ancient curse for disturbing them.

The songs on offer aren’t really of the sheer riff heavy variety that Black Sabbath would perfect, but if you’re interested in hearing how Rock’n’Roll was deep fried in LSD and pushed to the limit, there are some fine nuggets here.

The first track, ‘School Daze’ by Attack! has a real MC5 hell-for-leather Rock’n’Roll feel. That greasy, take-no-prisoners Detroit approach serves them well. Up next is White Rock with ‘Please Don’t Run Away’, a glorious fuzzed out, scuzzy rocker. The brilliantly named Luke and the Apostles give us ‘Not Far Off’, featuring fabulous throaty vocals over a dynamite slab of blues rock.

There’s plenty more psychedelic, acid drenched fare that will resonate with fans of Hendrix, Cream, Mountain and even early Alice Cooper. ‘I Need My Music’ by the Tourists is another highlight, along with Moloch’s ‘Cocaine Katy’. There’s a reassuring low-fi sound to the whole thing, with occasional faint vinyl crackles even, that gives the enterprise some charm.

Of the two covers on offer here, Inside Experience’s ‘Tales of Brave Ulysses’ is fine but doesn’t challenge the original. On the other hand, the wonderfully named Grump take the King’s ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ out on a glorious, whiskey fuelled Leo Sayer and don’t hand it back till it’s puked it’s kebab up in the back of the taxi.

The tracks compiled for “Brown Acid: The Eighth Trip” may not change your life, but there’s plenty to enjoy. If you’re not already a fan of rock music from this period, then think of this as a history lesson and indulge yourself. Just be careful what you indulge yourself in, eh?

Right then, gin and tonic, anyone?

01. Attack! – “School Daze”
02. White Rock – “Please Don’t Run Away”
03. River Side – “Wayfarer”
04. Luke and the Apostles – “Not Far Off”
05. Tourists – “I Need My Music”
06. Bartos Brothers Band – “Gambler”
07. Inside Experience – “Tales of Brave Ulysses”
08. Karma – “New Mexico”
09. Moloch – “Cocaine Katy”
10. Grump – “Heartbreak Hotel”



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