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Voodoo Six: Songs To Invade Countries To

London-based rockers take a quantum leap on album four

For a long time, Voodoo Six were pegged as a worthy, decent band, albeit one never destined to make much impact. So, where the hell has this album come from?

It’s the band’s fourth, but second with the current lineup and suddenly everything’s come together. There’s groove, pace, power, insistent songs and some stunning musicianship. You can hear the transformation as they stride through the rampaging Falling Knives, and thrust into All That Glitters. It‘s Clutch reborn with British accents.

Elsewhere, Higher Ground has a Zeppelin-esque Eastern flavour to it, and Stop has a smart Aerosmith-style funk smooch. But perhaps the two most revealing tracks here are Your Way and Sink Or Swim. The former is the current single, while the latter is surely destined to be a future one. These are outrageously catchy anthems that prove Voodoo Six now have what it takes to be massive.

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.