Your Army: Ignite

Huge voice, fat riffs...

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It takes just a few seconds of opening salvo Without Regret to get where Brighton’s Your Army are coming from – the similarity in sound and aggression to Skunk Anansie is undeniable, and it’s no surprise to learn that SA guitarist Ace produced this fiery debut.

Vocalist Lucy Caffrey has the sort of clear, forceful (Skin-like?) delivery that can embed a chorus in your skull with just one listen, while the band attack each song with real hunger and conviction.

Top of the tune heap sit Killer and Valentine for their sheer ballsiness, while the slow-burning Chase the World is a worthy closer that possibly indicates a way forward beyond the obvious SA comparisons.

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.