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Bloodlights: Stand or Die

Classic rock Norwegian style.

The ghost of Gluecifer is never too far away as Bloodlights’ third full-length effort tears off the blocks with Roll With Me – this lot don’t do slowies, and when you press play you might as well be hitting the button marked ‘detonate’.

As a follow-up to 2010’s Simple Pleasures, Stand Or Die finds mainman Captain Poon and co seemingly even more intent on retooling the Motörhead and AC/DC back catalogue.

The title track’s Philthy-esque drum avalanche almost threatens to burst into Overkill, while they also manage to pull off the bizarre trick of giving a ‘Head song title – I Got Mine – to the half-inched riff from Let There Be Rock. Talk about emulating your heroes.

Whether it’s magazines, books or online, Essi has been writing about rock ’n’ metal for around thirty years. He has been reviews editor for Classic Rock and Metal Hammer, rock reviews editor for lads mag Front and worked for Kerrang!. He has also written the Rough Guide to Heavy Metal and contributed to the Rough Guide to Rock and Rough Guide Book of Playlists, and the Guinness Book of British Hit Singles (13th edition). Most fun interview? Tenacious D – Jack Black and Kyle Gass – for The Pick of Destiny movie book. An avid record/CD/tape collector, he’s amassed more music than he could ever possibly listen to, which annoys his wife no end.