Sideburn: Evil Or Divine

Now that’s what I call metal.

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Whether deliberately or not, Swedish metallers Sideburn have come up with a novel approach for their new album. Each track has been written in the style of one of their heroes – Sabbath, Priest, Zeppelin, Maiden.

Some are more obvious than others but the clue is often in the vocals – if a particular line puts you in mind of Dickinson or Halford then you’ve cracked it. In an added refinement, on some of the tracks it’s also possible to work out which album they would have appeared on.

There are bonus points for correctly identifying Piece Of Mind or British Steel. So not so much an album, more a game of Trivial Metal Pursuits./o:p

Hugh Fielder

Hugh Fielder has been writing about music for 47 years. Actually 58 if you include the essay he wrote about the Rolling Stones in exchange for taking time off school to see them at the Ipswich Gaumont in 1964. He was news editor of Sounds magazine from 1975 to 1992 and editor of Tower Records Top magazine from 1992 to 2001. Since then he has been freelance. He has interviewed the great, the good and the not so good and written books about some of them. His favourite possession is a piece of columnar basalt he brought back from Iceland.