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Malfunkshun Monument ~ Kevin Wood
Malfunkshun Monument ~ Kevin Wood
4.0 out of 5 stars A very fine Monument., 3 Sep 2012
For those who aren't completely aware of the history, Kevin Wood brought From the North together to bring life to the lyrics of his late brother, Andrew Wood (Malfunkshun / Mother Love Bone). As well as Kevin Wood, the album features another ex-Malfunkshun member, Regan Hagar (Satchel / Brad), Cory Kane (Satchel) and Shawn Smith (Satchel / Brad / Twilight Singers).

Being a huge fan of the work of Shawn Smith, that's how I learned about From the North, but there was no bracing me for what I was about to receive when I hit 'play'. The album explodes from the get-go with the brilliant Goodbye Just in Case and it's at this moment that you get the sense that this is going to be… Read more
All Hail the Crown <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/All-Hail-Crown/dp/artist-redirect/B0052BA7GO">All Hail the Crown</a><span class="byLinePipe"> | </span><span class="byLinePipe">Format:</span> MP3 Download
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5.0 out of 5 stars All Hail the Crown, 3 Sep 2012
For those who are familiar with the work of Shawn Smith, he reprises his role as frontman to a `heavy rock' band. Those who picked up the From the North record will have some idea of what to expect, but it's clear early on that Day and Hommell add a real sense of power to Wood's heavy, often sludgy riffage (check out English Rule).

At times the band sound like a marriage of Alice in Chains and Steve Vai, while there's also moments that sound (like From the North) like Jimi Hendrix channeled through Tony Iommi. Smith's vocals and sense of melody often trip wonderfully against the band's rhythm (particularly on From the Swamp to the Stars and Colossus).

All Hail the… Read more
Saturnalia ~ The Gutter Twins
Saturnalia ~ The Gutter Twins
5.0 out of 5 stars Black is the Colour, 3 Sep 2012
When 'grunge' was taking off in the 90's there were a few bands who stood somewhat in the shadows. Left behind by the likes of Nirvana, Pearl Jam and even the lesser 'grunge-lite' acts that came along a little later (Silverchair, Candlebox, Creed). Among those left behind where The Afghan Whigs and Screaming Trees, the bands fronted by The Gutter Twins. Since the break-up of both bands, they've kept exceptionally busy while remaining just under the radar - Dulli has been busy with his Twilight Singers project, while Lanegan has added a few more records to his incredible solo cannon (and that's not even touching on the wealth of collaborations).

Saturnalia isn't their first… Read more