Wizard Rifle – S/T

There’s a kind of unholy majesty about the songs on offer here – each of these five tracks feels expansive, monstrously heavy and crams so many ideas and twists within its layers.

The Austerity Program – Bible Songs 1

The Austerity Program continue their trend of uneasy listening with this caustic and bone-crushingly heavy barrage of uncomfortable and scorched noise rock.

Charger – S/T

Charger seem to have one goal; to finish a song as quickly as possible and blast through into the next one.

USA Nails – Life Cinema

On Life Cinema, USA Nails  continue to hack, carve and flesh out this ghastly totem of their acerbic and unique sound.

Horseflies – Lucidity

Portsmouth’s Horseflies are made up from current and ex-members Deluxe Flamingos and Attack! Vipers! and have been kicking around since 2016, treating us to their noisy, discordant racket.

False Bliss – Ritual Terrains

What strikes you at first about Ritual Terrains is the fluidity of the music on offer – it seamlessly flows together as one orchestrated piece of work as tracks meld and reshape together as a cohesive body of sound.

Dead River Kings – Hymns of Hope and Despair

Dead River Kings hail from River Tees in the North, but sound like they’ve more in common with Maryland southern-rock  and even elements of the sadly defunct-Bad Guys especially in the throaty vocal delivery and the truckload of riffs they drive up an dump on your porch. 

USA/Mexico – Matamoros

The press release for USA/Mexico’s second album, Matamoros, features the words “once you’re comfortably settled in…” which I have to say is an odd turn of phrase, considering this is a turbulent and disturbing slab of vomit-inducing horror.

Sugar Horse – Druj

Describing themselves as a “decidedly average band” and everyone being the bassist from Iron Maiden, it’s fair to say obnoxious Birthday-ruiners, Sugar Horse are a great bunch of lads.

Sofy Major – Total Dump

It’s great when a band doesn’t take themselves seriously. France’s Sofy Major don’t really fit into the noise rock template – they’re more likely to flush it down the toilet than conform, which is refreshingly brilliant.