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Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell - Check 'em Before You Wreck 'em (CD) Cover Art Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell - Check 'em Before You Wreck 'em (CD)



The Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell are the last of a dying breed of Grease Rock Bastard musicians who somehow, despite and in spite of the last 3 decades trying their best to kill off balls out, non-bullshit rock'n'roll music, somehow, against all the fucking odds, still exist, surviving on a steady diet of God sent gigs, hire vans, broken down amps, split drum skins, greasy spoon fry ups, patched up jeans, roll-ups, cheap leather jackets, booze, weed and bathtub speed.

On their new album CHECK 'EM BEFORE YOU WRECK EM the Shovell somehow carry on the lineage of the truly golden age of British heavy rock whose dog shit stained road was paved by the likes of Budgie, Sabbath, early Motörhead, Quo, Lizzy, The Groundhogs, Stray etc. Chuck in a healthy chunk of U.S. and Aussie proto metallurgists Sir Lord Baltimore, Dust, Bang, The Litter and Buffalo, as well as a healthy Vertigo Swirl of dew picked mushrooms bad trip psych. The Shovell thinks the world could do with another slice of no-nonsense re-gressive proto-rock'n'metal - one that you don't need a degree in doom-rock or a masters in metal to appreciate just a love of when music was F U N !!!!

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Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell - Check 'em Before You Wreck 'em (White) (IMPORT) (LP) Cover Art Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell - Check 'em Before You Wreck 'em (White) (IMPORT) (LP)

Limited edition of only 400 copies on white vinyl.

The Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell are the last of a dying breed of Grease Rock Bastard musicians who somehow, despite and in spite of the last 3 decades trying their best to kill off balls out, non-bullshit rock'n'roll music, somehow, against all the fucking odds, still exist, surviving on a steady diet of God sent gigs, hire vans, broken down amps, split drum skins, greasy spoon fry ups, patched up jeans, roll-ups, cheap leather jackets, booze, weed and bathtub speed.

On their new album CHECK 'EM BEFORE YOU WRECK EM the Shovell somehow carry on the lineage of the truly golden age of British heavy rock whose dog shit stained road was paved by the likes of Budgie, Sabbath, early Motörhead, Quo, Lizzy, The Groundhogs, Stray etc. Chuck in a healthy chunk of U.S. and Aussie proto metallurgists Sir Lord Baltimore, Dust, Bang, The Litter and Buffalo, as well as a healthy Vertigo Swirl of dew picked mushrooms bad trip psych. The Shovell thinks the world could do with another slice of no-nonsense re-gressive proto-rock'n'metal - one that you don't need a degree in doom-rock or a masters in metal to appreciate just a love of when music was F U N !!!!

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Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell - Don't Hear It... Fear It! (IMPORT) (CD) Cover Art Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell - Don't Hear It... Fear It! (IMPORT) (CD)



This band decided to name themselves after a British Naval officer who lived in the 17th and 18th centuries. Their band name had me thinking of Sir Lord Baltimore. The sound isn't exactly the same as that, but it's in the ballpark or at least the right era. Fuzzy, psychedelic tinged proto-metal is the sound that's at the core of Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell's madness. Think the usual suspects like Sabbath and Deep Purple, but also Budgie (that may explain the cover too), Dust, Buffalo and others from that late 60's-to early 70's period when playing heavy music was still in its early stages and these bands were pioneers still figuring out hold to mold and control these sounds. This band captures that raw spirit, and despite having definite influences they still channel their music in such a way that you feel like you exeperiencing this style for the first time.

When I am given a promo copy of a band entitled Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell with a photo of a man in a giant red chicken head on the cover, I tend to take notice. My first impression was, “Oh my God! Are you having a laugh?” But once Don’t Hear It…Fear It! started spinning I was hooked!

What can you say about the album? The band is a throwback to some trippy 70s vibe. The guitars are distorted. The bass guitar is totally in your face. The tone is heavy. The drumming is bombastic. It's got this slow burn southern rock thing happening. Some of the songs are even bluesy with a rock overtone. The only thing missing is the crisp and crackle of needle on vinyl.

Everything about Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell’s Don’t Hear It… Fear It! is hot! If you are driving in your car down the highway or sitting in traffic on the I95 or M25 this is the album you want spinning. If you are kicked back lounging by yourself or have a few mates over for a BBQ this is the album you want blasting. If you are knee deep in a first person shooter on your XBOX360… oh yesh, you want this album cranked!

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Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell - Don`t Hear It... Fear It! (with Bonus 7 inch) (Color) (IMPORT) (LP) Cover Art Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell - Don't Hear It... Fear It! (with Bonus 7 inch) (Color) (IMPORT) (LP)

Limited edition of only 300 copies on purple vinyl. Includes a purple 7 inch!

This band decided to name themselves after a British Naval officer who lived in the 17th and 18th centuries. Their band name had me thinking of Sir Lord Baltimore. The sound isn't exactly the same as that, but it's in the ballpark or at least the right era. Fuzzy, psychedelic tinged proto-metal is the sound that's at the core of Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell's madness. Think the usual suspects like Sabbath and Deep Purple, but also Budgie (that may explain the cover too), Dust, Buffalo and others from that late 60's-to early 70's period when playing heavy music was still in its early stages and these bands were pioneers still figuring out hold to mold and control these sounds. This band captures that raw spirit, and despite having definite influences they still channel their music in such a way that you feel like you experiencing this style for the first time.

When I am given a promo copy of a band entitled Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell with a photo of a man in a giant red chicken head on the cover, I tend to take notice. My first impression was, “Oh my God! Are you having a laugh?” But once Don’t Hear It…Fear It! started spinning I was hooked! What can you say about the album? The band is a throwback to some trippy 70s vibe. The guitars are distorted. The bass guitar is totally in your face. The tone is heavy. The drumming is bombastic. It's got this slow burn southern rock thing happening. Some of the songs are even bluesy with a rock overtone. The only thing missing is the crisp and crackle of needle on vinyl.

Everything about Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell’s Don’t Hear It… Fear It! is hot! If you are driving in your car down the highway or sitting in traffic on the I95 or M25 this is the album you want spinning. If you are kicked back lounging by yourself or have a few mates over for a BBQ this is the album you want blasting. If you are knee deep in a first person shooter on your XBOX360… oh yesh, you want this album cranked!

Price: 38,000 pts
Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell - Isobelle (Purple) (7 inch) Cover Art Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell - Isobelle (Purple) (7 inch)

Limited edition on purple colored vinyl.

Two killer cuts by the UK's, greasiest, unashamed, hard rocking erberts.

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Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell - Keep it Greasy (IMPORT) (CD) Cover Art Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell - Keep it Greasy (IMPORT) (CD)



There is no brash egotism at play here, just a rough-and-ready honesty which permeates in what these three guys do. Their songs haven't washed in weeks, far too busy spinning crackling Budgie vinyls, knackered Motörhead live albums played at a sluggish RPM and snorting self-inflammatories to do anything hygienic.

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Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell - Keep it Greasy (Purple) (IMPORT) (LP) Cover Art Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell - Keep it Greasy (Purple) (IMPORT) (LP)

Limited edition on purple colored vinyl.

There is no brash egotism at play here, just a rough-and-ready honesty which permeates in what these three guys do. Their songs haven't washed in weeks, far too busy spinning crackling Budgie vinyls, knackered Motörhead live albums played at a sluggish RPM and snorting self-inflammatories to do anything hygienic.

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Age of Taurus - Desperate Souls of Tortured Times (IMPORT) (CD) Cover Art Age of Taurus - Desperate Souls of Tortured Times (IMPORT) (CD)



Rumbling along like a giant boulder made of heavy gauge guitar strings, opener "A Rush of Power" is a Trouble-esque icebreaker that exemplifies the combination of meaty riffing and smooth, melodic vocals Age of Taurus do so well. Coupled with the following "Sinking City" makes for a nice one two punch to get things off to a strong start. What follows is as solid a set of songs as you could possibly ask for. This is a very English kind of doom, if you get me. Strident, heavy, but not over the top - it's without any fat or unnecessary frills and all the better for it. It avoids the obvious retro trappings and Sabbath cloning so many lean on, and instead feels like an NWOBHM 7" played on 33 instead of 45 at times. These here Taureans have made a fine opening mark with this debut album, and if this is the beginning, we're in for a fascinating journey in years to come.

Traditional doom that is as powerful as it is melodic. Driving rhythms which propel melodic vocals. Vocals that build momentum by what they reign in as much as by what they unleash. In the best traditional doom ... er, tradition, Age of Taurus' compositions are well structured affairs with muscular riffs and powerful drums. As always with Paranoid Hitsophrenic bands, they start with a solid riff and expand on it, speeding and slowing as needed, soloing and incorporating harmonies. So much of the appeal of doom and its subgenres is built around bands getting a familiar sound right, without straying too far into well-worn territory. In that way I can't imagine traditional doom people not digging the hell out of 'Desperate Souls of Tortured Times'.

Again, and as in most traditional doom bands, the vocals stand out above the other elements, but not in a way you might expect. These aren't the acrobatic and expressive vocals of epic metal. There's an understatement here that just fits, an overall inoffensiveness that are neither too busy nor lazy. They hit that perfect Josh Homme point and have a similar tone. 'Desperate Souls of Tortured Times' is pretty special. It sounds a lot more like to confident statement of a veteran band in mid-stride than a debut album from a band finding its niche. Perhaps that veteran feel comes from the band not setting out to break any molds, rather a strong sense of structure and good taste in influences are the aggregate of this solid foundation. No, Age of Taurus will not change the way you think about music but they don't need to, they are another reassurance that the best stuff comes in hard and heavy doses of riffs.

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Angel Witch - As Above, So Below (IMPORT) (CD) Cover Art Angel Witch - As Above, So Below (IMPORT) (CD)



One of the flag-bearers of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal in its early stages, Angel Witch is a band that started out as far back as 1977. The South London-based outfit released three studio albums “Angel Witch”, “Screamin’ ‘n’ Bleedin’” and “Frontal Assault” in the '80s, out of which the self-titled release is considered by many as a cult classic in this genre.

Interestingly, even though all eight tracks on here are completely fresh releases, the album combines old and new incarnations of Angel Witch. Two of the tracks, “Dead Sea Scrolls” and “Witching Hour” date back to the band’s 1983-84 sessions, and two other tracks “Guillotine” and “Into The Dark” are even older. The remaining four tracks are newly written, though. These newly created tunes sound very much like what you’d expect from Angel Witch, but they are clearly different from the older tunes, which is only a natural thing.

The album had me instantly hooked right from its first note, and other than a couple of brief segments here and there, it never let slip of its grip on me. These tunes exemplify the endearing qualities of traditional heavy metal, but in addition, they exude the uniquely dark aura of Angel Witch’s music, something that has always separated them from other bands in the NWOBHM movement. Angel Witch is back, and has delivered an album brimful of heavy metal in its purest form.

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Angel Witch - As Above, So Below (Color) (IMPORT) (2LP) Cover Art Angel Witch - As Above, So Below (Red) (IMPORT) (2LP)

Limited edition on red vinyl!

One of the flag-bearers of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal in its early stages, Angel Witch is a band that started out as far back as 1977. The South London-based outfit released three studio albums “Angel Witch”, “Screamin’ ‘n’ Bleedin’” and “Frontal Assault” in the '80s, out of which the self-titled release is considered by many as a cult classic in this genre.

Interestingly, even though all eight tracks on here are completely fresh releases, the album combines old and new incarnations of Angel Witch. Two of the tracks, “Dead Sea Scrolls” and “Witching Hour” date back to the band’s 1983-84 sessions, and two other tracks “Guillotine” and “Into The Dark” are even older. The remaining four tracks are newly written, though. These newly created tunes sound very much like what you’d expect from Angel Witch, but they are clearly different from the older tunes, which is only a natural thing.

The album had me instantly hooked right from its first note, and other than a couple of brief segments here and there, it never let slip of its grip on me. These tunes exemplify the endearing qualities of traditional heavy metal, but in addition, they exude the uniquely dark aura of Angel Witch’s music, something that has always separated them from other bands in the NWOBHM movement. Angel Witch is back, and has delivered an album brimful of heavy metal in its purest form.

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Price: $36.99
   
 
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