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The Quireboys: Amazing Disgrace album review

Thirty-five years down the road and The Quireboys still sound fresh on 12th album Amazing Disgrace

The Quireboys - Amazing Disgrace
The Quireboys - Amazing Disgrace

The Quireboys - Amazing Disgrace

Original Black Eyed Son
Sinner’s Serenade
Seven Deadly Sins
Amazing Disgrace
Eve Of The Summertime
California Blues
This Is It
Feels Like A Long Time
Slave #1
Dancing In Paris
Medusa My Girl

We all know what you get from a Quireboys album: goodtime, trashy rock’n’roll. And latest album Amazing Disgrace delivers exactly what you’d expect. But, amazingly, these tracks sound so energetic and dynamic that they don’t sound at all formulaic. 

As soon as Original Black Eyed Son glides into gear, it’s clear the Quireboys are not simply going through the motions. They’re out to prove that they still live through the music, and love it. And these not-so-young lads succeed admirably. 

Yes, it’s the Small Faces getting paralytic with the Rolling Stones as ZZ Top flick cigarette butts in their drinks. But if some recent Quireboys albums have been slightly tame, now the band are off the leash. 

Seven Deadly Sins swerves into a dirty funk rash, Sinner Serenade cheekily bares its badass groove to everyone, and Slave #1 has the sort of sleazy emotion that would make any porn star blush. The best Quireboys album for ages.

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 (opens in new tab), 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 (opens in new tab), 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.