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New Model Army - Winter album review

New Model Army's latest album is gloriously uneasy listening for the masses

New Model Army Winter album cover

When it comes to passion, NMA don’t do things by halves – what you get are hearts on sleeves, bloody knuckles, politics, poetry and polemics. So it is with Winter, the first full-length follow-up to 2013’s Between Dog And Wolf, which finds Justin Sullivan in fine storytelling mode, his characters battling for survival in undetermined landscapes (Winter) or struggling against the odds in a refugee hell straight off the ten o’clock news (Die Trying).

Alongside the winter of discontent themes, things sound deliberately aggressive and ragged – Devil throbs with infernal menace, Burn The Castle’s undisciplined chorus teeters on the edge of implosion and Born Feral is driven mercilessly forward on the back of a pulsing tribal rhythm.

Clearly inspired by the recent critical upswing, but beholden to no one, this is the creation of a band with an utterly focused sense of identity. The result is gloriously uneasy listening for the masses.

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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.