Tracks Of The Week


Check out what, Metal Hammer, Classic Rock and Prog have been listening to during the past seven days, then vote for your favourite below!


**ROYAL BLOOD with METALLICA’s Lars Ulrich – Out Of The Black **They’ve already made fans out of Jimmy Page, Dave Grohl and Arctic Monkeys, but the über-successful, much-hyped Brighton duo added another notch to their musical bedpost on April 15 in San Francisco. As drummer Ben Thatcher crowd-surfed during a raucous rendition of set closer Out Of The Black, Metallica’s Lars Ulrich took his place behind the kit. Now that’s some kind of finale! Now Lars, get back into that studio…

THE PRODIGY FEATURING SLEAFORD MODS – Ibiza As enraged and energetic as ever, The Prodigy shake off the clubbing chaos with this frantic, frenetic barrage of noise. Additional vocals come courtesy of Sleaford Mods’ Jason Williamson, who adds an extra dose of visceral anger to the proceedings. It lasts less than three minutes, but doesn’t let up at all. Perfect for yelling along to when you’re on a Mediterranean holiday, then.

**GARBAGE – The Chemicals **It’s been three years since Garbage’s comeback album, but this standalone single for Record Store Day – which features Brian Aubert from Silversun Pickups – is the band at their sultry, seductive best. Over a wash of brooding white noise, Shirley Manson gets all existential. It’s catchy yet restrained, powerful yet stripped-back, and leaves you craving more.

BRAND NEW – Mene Fans of the Long Island quartet have been waiting almost six years for official new material – and here it finally is. About time! A short, snappy blast of off-kilter (pop-)punk, it sounds like every different incarnation of Brand New rolled into one. Which is to say it’s pretty brilliant. Be sure to wait for the bizarre surprise at the end, too.

OF MICE & MEN – Another You Taken from their latest album, Restoring Force, Another You balances tender emotions and musical fragility with a powerful, throat-tearing chorus. It turns this song into an epic anthem of despair and courage that that rages against the dying of the light and the loss of all things good, pulling the listener through to the other side as it does.


**THE CRUEL INTENTIONS – **Borderline Crazy Former Vains of Jenna singer Lizzy DeVine has hooked up with fellow Swede Mats Wernerson and Norwegian rock monsters Eiliv Sagrusten and Kristian Nygaard Solhaug to form The Cruel Intentions. As you’d expect, they have more swagger than a dozen penguins bloated on krill. If you cut Lizzy in half, we think, he’d have ‘rock’n’roll’ written through his guts like Blackpool candy. But made out of meat.

**VENOM – Smoke **Geordie metal legends celebrate Record Store Day– that’s April 18, in case you’d been living under a boulder for the last month – with a reet sweet 300-edition two-disc blood red vinyl pressing of latest album From The Very Depths. This gravelly groover is taken from said elpee, so let’s grab a throat lozenge, assume the grapefruit-crushing stance and altogether now: ‘Smooooooookkkke!’

**SLAYER – When The Stillness Comes **It’s fair to say that this new recording, another Record Store Day release, has divided worldwide opinion on our Facebook page. “Crap. Utter crap. Retire.”, writes Josh Kennedy, while David Hens exclaims “fuck yeah!”, and Nikola Mandic takes a third route, saying “I really don’t know what to think about this.” Quite frankly, neither do we.

**HOTEI - How The Cookie Crumbles **Tomoyasu Hotei was responsible for Battle Without Honor Or Humanity, the theme from Quentin Tarantino’s film Kill Bill. Now he’s back with our old pal Iggy Pop, and a fearsome stomper it is too. Hotei has sold 40 million records so far, and we guarantee that this tune will add to that number. Guarantee!

BAD DREEMS – Cuffed And Collared No, we’re not having a slow day, that is how their name is spelt. But don’t let that deter you; Bad Dreems are most definitely a serious proposition. Bound for the UK in May, these Aussie rockers deal in good-time alt rock’n’roll – jangly enough to evoke their sunny, laid-back homeland, with the hooks and chops to back it up.

THE KUT – Bad Man Taken from their forthcoming Rock Paper Scissors EP, Bad Man marks the precise point in the Venn diagram where L7 meets I Wanna Be Your Dog means Courtney Love, which is equal parts terrifying and a cause for long and rowdy celebration. Punk’s not dead, pass it on. And then pass the stomach pump.

REWIRED – Feel Rewired fare from Glasgow, and seem to process that rather earnest gene that Caledonian standard bearers often seem to have, from Big Country to Simple Minds to Texas and Gun. Feel is big, and sweeping, and rather grandiose, and all those sorts of things. It sounds like the kind of song that might have a video in which no-one’s allowed to smile and someone plays a guitar solo while leaning into the teeth of a howling gale. In the actual video, there’s no such gale, although there are some nice shots of the coast.

STEVE VON TILL – In Your Wings Neurosis man Steve Von Till has a voice that makes Mark Lanegan sound like one of The Smurfs, and In Your Wings is a spooky, atmospheric piece that suits its perfectly. From the forthcoming album A Life Unto Itself, it conjures up images of smokey, mysterious backwaters thinly populated by freakish, dangerous folk who do very bad things to each other.


SHIELDS – I’ve Dealt With Worse Merlin Alderslade: “Heavy-as-balls metallic hardcore to give you that Friday feeling.”

BLUES PILLS – High Class Woman Vanessa Thorpe: “Loving Blues Pills this week, and this track is a stormer!”

**SLAYER – When The Stillness Comes **Lewis Somerscales: “SLLLLLAAAAAAAYYYYYAAAAARRRRRRRGGGGGHHHH!” Dom Lawson: “Crushing, creepy and 100% Slayerised, this makes me very excited for the forthcoming album. Kerry King wrote this track and he’s nailed the sinister vibe that Jeff Hanneman used to conjure so brilliantly. It’s fucking Slayer. What more do you want?” Luke Morton: “It’s a new incarnation but a destructive sound so distinctive you’d recognise it from a mile away… in a coma. Sweet mother of shit just give me the new album!”

**MATTER – A Voice **Eleanor Goodman: “As everyone will pick Slayarghhh this week, here’s something different – emotional, intense, post-hardcore from California.”

**LAIBACH – Life Is Life **Jonathan Selzer: “No Laibach, no Rammstein. And quite simply, the greatest video that has ever been made, or ever will be made.”


CAPTAIN SENSIBLE – Come On Geoffrey Brown Jerry Ewing: “He’s always been a prog fan, and I’ve always been a Captain Sensible fan. In 1993 he threw caution to the wind and released the excellent The Universe Of Geoffrey Brown, a concept album about a mild-mannered civil servant who discovered extra-terrestrials really did exist. It was bonkers. And it was brilliant. I hope this taster might tempt you to seek this little gem out…”

FUTURE USER – Mountain Lion Hannah May Kilroy: “Who would have thought that prog would rise from the ashes of Rage Against The Machine?! Turns out that their former bass player is a prog-head, and Future User is his new project. If you like what you hear, check out the full feature on the band in the new issue of Prog, out next Wednesday.”

**NATIVE CONSTRUCT – Mute **Russell Fairbrother: “You’re aware that Muse are often likened to early Queen. But if, like me, you can see why but think the sound isn’t quite like that then take a listen to Native Construct. This three-piece have endeavoured to show us exactly what Muse channelling early Queen would sound like, with some Trans-Siberian Orchestration thrown in. The whole album is a wondrous kaleidoscope of metal riffs, dissonant arrangements, theatrical choruses, and most of those things are in this track Mute. Oh, and it’s a concept album about a mute boy creating his own world to rule so what’s not to like?

**JENNY HVAL – Sabbath **Natasha Scharf: “I’ve been really excited by the news of experimental Norwegian musician Jenny Hval having a new album out this summer. Sabbath is the second teaser from Apocalypse, Girl and is a classic example of Hval’s unique and often eyebrow-raising songwriting style. I’m looking forward to hearing the full album, which will be out through Sacred Bones on June 8.”

JOHN CARPENTER – Obsidian Grant Moon: “Think of John Carpenter, and immediately your mind’s eye will see a boiler-suited, William Shatner mask-wearing maniac wielding a massive knife. Your mind’s ear, however, will throb with the //Halloween// director’s sinister, minimalist synth lines. Created on now vintage keyboards, Carpenter’s creepy, minor-key melodies pulsate with all the relentlessness of Michael Myers, modulating from key to key, constantly keeping you off-centre and on tenter hooks throughout The Fog, Escape From New York and The Thing. His musical scores are an integral feature of his movies, which is an extremely rare and precious thing among directors, and it’s hard to believe he’s only just released his first album of original material. Out now on Sacred Bones, John Carpenter’s Lost Themes is a collection of non-film music, and with track names likeVortex, Wraith and this here Obsidian, it’s also very, very prog…”

Vote for your favourite track of the week! Vive la démocratie!