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Blues Pills party like it’s 1974 on new album Holy Moly!

Retro-rockers Blues Pills overcome line-up wrangles to triumph on new album Holy Moly!

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Things have changed in the Blues Pills camp since 2016’s Lady In Gold album. Guitarist Dorian Sorriaux has departed, with Zack Anderson switching from bass to replace him. On third studio album  Holy Moly!, there’s the addition of a notable a funk influence reminiscent of Deep Purple Mk 4, most obviously on Bye Bye Birdie, yet there’s still a garage-style blues underbelly. Elin Larsson’s voice is rich and dynamic; she wrings every drop of emotion from songs such as the slightly psychedelic Rhythm In The Blood and the brooding Dust. Anderson might not have the virtuoso touch of his predecessor, but this works to the band’s benefit. Holy Moly! sees Blues Pills maturing without losing energy.

Malcolm Dome had an illustrious and celebrated career which stretched back to working for Record Mirror magazine in the late 70s and Metal Fury in the early 80s before joining Kerrang! at its launch in 1981. His first book, Encyclopedia Metallica, published in 1981, may have been the inspiration for the name of a certain band formed that same year. Dome is also credited with inventing the term "thrash metal" while writing about the Anthrax song Metal Thrashing Mad in 1984. He would later become a founding member of RAW rock magazine in 1988.

In the early 90s, Malcolm Dome was the Editor of Metal Forces magazine, and also involved in the horror film magazine Terror, before returning to Kerrang! for a spell. With the launch of Classic Rock magazine in 1998 he became involved with that title, sister magazine Metal Hammer, and was a contributor to Prog magazine since its inception in 2009. He was actively involved in Total Rock Radio, which launched as Rock Radio Network in 1997, changing its name to Total Rock in 2000. In 2014 he joined the TeamRock online team as Archive Editor, uploading stories from all of our print titles and helping lay the foundation for what became Louder.

Dome was the author of many books on a host of bands from AC/DC to Led Zeppelin and Metallica, some of which he co-wrote with Prog Editor Jerry Ewing.