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KING OF COW­ARDS ROCKET, OUT 28 SEPTEM­BER

Q (UK) - - Review -

Ad­ven­tures in ex­treme heav­i­ness from porcine Ge­ordies. As un­com­pro­mis­ing as their name sug­gests, this New­cas­tle five-piece’s 2017 de­but fea­tured two sprawl­ing ex­er­cises in heavy psych that each clocked in at more than 15 min­utes. No doubt the ac­cu­sa­tions of sell-out will be fly­ing with this fol­low-up and its sharper songs, yet the more fo­cused ap­proach suits them. It’s un­likely to make the Mid­dles­brough-Work­ing­ton road as iconic as Route 66, but A66 is made thrilling by the gear change mid­way through, ditch­ing its Sab­bath crawl for a bru­tal cli­max. Noth­ing else quite suc­ceeds in cut­ting through the down­tuned murk, although riffs are uni­formly mono­lithic and front­man Matt Baty’s throaty bark is never less than en­ter­tain­ing. ★★★ PHIL MONGREDIEN Lis­ten To: A66 | Cake Of Light

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