Classic Rock

Best of the rest


Other new releases out this month.

The Survival Code

Crosses To Carry, Coffins To Fill

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The Survival Code are a duo, so their palette is limited. Guitarist Gary McGuinness’s lead vocal is characteri­stic, but swathed in bolstering effects. Formulaic modern rock, no more, no less. Next! 5/10

Crushed Beaks


The Other Room

Skewed Swervedriv­ing guitar, propulsive motorik drums, vocals reminiscen­t of love beads-era Albarn. Eagulls producer Matt Peel’s located the heroism at the heart of these fuzzed-up epic shoegazers. 7/10

Rat Face Lewey

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The Fall Of Man

Obvious mainstream post-grunge ambitions cannot hide this twobrother­s-and-another Midlands trio’s obvious taste for 90s SoCal popcore on this solid second album. 7/10


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From Home

Veteran San Francisco power-poppers who spent their Berserkley peak overshadow­ed by Mac, punk ‘n’ return with a dozen crackers (produced by Chuck Prophet) that exhibit timeless songwritin­g class. 8/10

Stevie D & Corey Glover


Torn From The Pages

That’ll be producer/guitarist Stephen DeAcutis, last seen with the Appices. His epic rock’s reliably rolled, but it’s the incendiary soul power of Living Colour singer Glover that provides the fireworks. 8/10


Night Echoes

Sydney-based harmonic prog-metal quartet return with fourth album of significan­t emotive power, on which Douglas Skene’s strident vocal soars across a roaring soundscape of instrument­al pyro. Beware: there are also ballads. 8/10


BiG MaChiNe

Let It Roll

Duded up in clichéd trad country duds, both physically and sonically, this slick trio from Dripping Springs, Texas add cloying twang to yachtrock tropes to asset-stripping effect. 5/10

Mallory Knox

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Mallory Knox

Maintainin­g a course that’s paid significan­t dividends over the past decade, the Cambridge quartet deliver more anodyne meat for the rock-lite grinder. Riffs riff, vocals keen, a nation shrugs. 5/10

Robert Randolph & The Family Band


Brighter Days

Gospel-inclined blues rock with Stax of Staples’ soul on the side, Randolph’s evocative pedal steel soars reliably as his assured vocal attains new peaks of emotive character. 7/10

Balls Gone Wild


High Roller

Sounding just like their logo’s font suggests, this German trio worship at the altar of ‘DC, yet despite having the chops they come across as mere pastiche. A superfluou­s umlaut might have helped. 6/10


50 Live

Not so much Yes as ‘almost’, what we have here is Steve Howe’s version of the much-splintered trad-prog veterans captured last year at the Philly Fillmore. No disgrace, but hardly essential. 6/10



How To Fit In



Did anyone order the Dutch QOTSA? Well, it seems they’re here anyway, and polished to perfection. Crisp ‘n’ heavy riffs, assured unshakeabl­e hooks, intuitive melodic sensibilit­ies. Ones to watch. 8/10

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