As Friday kindly holds the door open for the weekend, here’s the five songs which have soundtracked the last 604,800 seconds…
STEEL PANTHER – THE STOCKING SONG
Recorded in toilets during their recent US trek with Judas Priest, Hollywood’s most sensitive souls return with another Yuletide ballad. Are you hankering after a delicious feast garnished with kazoos and more innuendos that should be allowed by law? Well, all of your Christmasses have come at once.
HAWK EYES – DIE TRYING
The Leeds rock alchemists will release a brand new album, Everything Is Fine, in February. Here’s a taster. It might start off like the Dogtanian theme tune, but it spirals into a riff fest underpinned by a potent mix of 80s pop melancholy and the focussed power of Metallica’s Black Album. Look out for the creepy nod to their That’s What This Is artwork at the end of this video.
SIR CHRISTOPHER LEE – DARKEST CAROLS, FAITHFUL SING
At the ripe old age of 92, you’d think Sir Christopher would’ve been busy enough kicking arse as Saruman in The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies. But the legendary actor’s found time to record his third metal Christmas single. Well throw us in Dol Guldur and throw away the key, it’s heavier than Smeagol’s sense of guilt. Ace.
MAKE DO AND MEND – DON’T BE LONG
This week, Make Do And Mend released the title track from their forthcoming album, Don’t Be Long. Led by the gravel-throated James Carroll, this single sounds huge and all signs point to 2015 being a very special year for the Connecticut post-hardcore quartet.
**STORM THE SKY – PORTRAITS **
With a special guest vocal by Memphis May Fire frontman Matty Mullins, Portraits is a multi-layered chugging cocktail of weaving riffs, electronica and screamed backing vocals that sound like the sort of dog that guards a scrap yard.