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What would Robert Plant sound like fronting Motörhead? Check out hammer‐to‐the‐floor opener Kings Highway and you might just find out.

It’s a bizarre sonic illusion that this Texas five‐piece pull off more than once on this frenetic debut, but it’s a pretty good one that bears repetition. Lead singer Aryn Jonathan Black has a set of pipes that could strip paint off the hull of a battleship, and he also does a mean Noddy Holder.

Allied to the twin‐guitar tornado whipped up by Chris Cowart and Tom Frank, the effect is a little like sticking your head in a wind tunnel of pure metal fury – except for when they switch gears for the sweetly Zepplin‐esque Antioch. Excellent, noisy stuff.

Essi Berelian

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.