Twisted Vi­sions (Last Ride)

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New­cas­tle’s Ill Na­tured have been bran­dish­ing their bel­liger­ent blasts of burly break­downs for the better part of this decade. Only now, how­ever, have they pulled the trig­ger on their de­but LP. Such a build-up would give one the im­pres­sion that the five-piece have been wait­ing to make this one count—and upon lis­ten­ing to ‘Twisted Vi­sions’, you’d be right. It’s a half-hour of power that makes good use of the band’s key strengths—the mer­ci­lessly heavy gui­tars; the un­mit­i­gated anger in its vo­cals. It also marks the dis­tance be­tween their early days and their cur­rent state, as st­ing-in-the-tail closer Skele­tons will at­test. Sound­ing more like Type O Neg­a­tive than Ter­ror, the song is em­blem­atic of a de­sire to progress and ex­pand. Such am­bi­tion is sur­pris­ingly rare among Aus­tralian bands of this ilk. David James Young

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