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Audrey Horne: Youngblood

Norwegian upstarts craft a modern rock classic.

Despite being a modern rock dynamo with stadium-bothering tunes, Audrey Horne haven’t enjoyed the attention afforded many of their contemporaries, possibly because they’re Norwegian.

2007’s Le Fol was a cannon-blast of up-tempo ditties and lighter-flicking anthems; 2010’s self-titled album a riff-roaring rollercoaster that, along with this astoundingly tuneful follow-up, stands shoulder to shoulder with Alter Bridge or the latter-day Alice In Chains.

From the gleeful infectiousness of opening salvo Redemption Blues to the head-swaying stomp of There Goes A Lady to the progressive inflection of Cards With The Devil – complete with storming keys and a homage to the volatile chemistry of Deep Purple – this is a rock-solid entry from one of the 21st century’s most criminally overlooked rock bands.

Alexander Milas
Alexander Milas

Alexander Milas is an erstwhile archaeologist, broadcaster, music journalist and award-winning decade-long ex-editor-in-chief of Metal Hammer magazine. In 2017 he founded Twin V (opens in new tab), a creative solutions and production company.  In 2019 he launched the World Metal Congress (opens in new tab), a celebration of heavy metal’s global impact and an exploration of the issues affecting its community. His other projects include Space Rocks (opens in new tab), a festival space exploration in partnership with the European Space Agency and the Heavy Metal Truants, a charity cycle ride which has raised over a million pounds for four children's charities which he co-founded with Iron Maiden manager Rod Smallwood. He is Eddietor of the official Iron Maiden Fan Club, head of the Heavy Metal Cycling Club (opens in new tab), and works closely with Earth Percent, a climate action group. He has a cat named Angus.