Dudes - Eternal Is The Fruit (Dudes Music)
Fuzzing, punchy riffs, shout choruses and lots of sneer, Eternal Is The Fruit is a heck of record for fans of bands such as The Hives, Turbonegro, Turbowolf and Foxy Shazam. Hip shaking garage rock riffs are the basis but the album ends up straddling multiple genres, from the frothing hardcore of Crimson Nectar, Horns Out is driven by some brass/synth, chuggy pop punk choruses on No Trouble with a hint of The Offspring, while Waterpark is a storming thrasher that features Gildas le Pape's (ex Satyricon/Hot Club de Norvège).
A solo project from Aussie (Melbourne) musician Matt Dodds, Druids Of Eld has been conceived as a way for him to write songs outside of the other bands he is part of (Arbrynth, live member of Be’lakor and Okera). Here it’s a more ethereal style of extreme metal, based in the blackened death/doom metal scene but drawn from folk traditions to. Ethereal chants, acoustics and low spoken vocals are as much a part of this album as the guttural growls and tremolo picking.
Cold Comfort - All Power No Sour (Self Released)
Self described as throwing psych, punk, goth, synth-pop and indie-rock into one big melting pot, All Power No Sour is the debut album from North West artist Ben Forrester aka Cold Comfort. I'll say first that this is a bloody weird record. Ben calls it noise rock and it's very noisy with twitching electronics, fuzzy guitar riffs and sneering vocals on the finale of All Change. Ben says that many of these songs come from older ideas and files, cutting and editing with samples to create this album. It's a disconcerting journey through 10 tracks that are jarring on the ears but speaks to experimental nature of this album, but there does seem to be cohesive link between all of them.