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Goat Leaf: A Lack of Oxygen: Tales of Crashing Satellites

Bloody-knuckled, bludgeoning blues rock.

The excellently monikered Goat Leaf would have you believe they were birthed in the white-hot heart of a supernova or some such similar freakscene twaddle. The reality – they’re from Yorkshire – might be a touch more mundane, but such is the conviction of their cosmic raunch that you might want to give them the benefit of the doubt.

Here we have the spirit of Blue Cheer, Free, Cream and a horny twist of Hendrix, not to mention more modern strands of Monster Magnet and Black Label Society.

The results range from stellar slabs of riffage, such as Wolfbag and Ain’t Got Time To Bleed, to the more laid-back vibes of One Last Line. A generic but undeniably groovy blowout.

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.