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Single reviews: March 2012

We've listed singles/EPs/demos in order of star rating. Best first.

Reviews by Nikk Gunns, David Randall, Pete Whalley

Eden's Curse

EDEN'S CURSE Time To Breathe (AFM) Free download

Back with a new vocalist - Marco Sandron - and it's business as usual with this well-produced, and very catchy, melodic metal that the band do so well.  The new addition will hopefully help the Curse overcome their recent singer setback and, moreover, help them on their way to the wider success they so richly deserve. ****

Review by David Randall

MODERN FACES Pravda Scrolls/Cynical Brother (Dirty Love Recordings)

This Scottish five piece are about to release their debut single, the double A-sided 'Pravda Scrolls/Cynical Brother'. Boasting a guitar tone that would do The Edge proud, the first track is driven by some pounding drums and highlights the bandís 90ís Manchester guitar band influences.

Track number two features some more wailing guitar and leaves you wanting to hear more. The band has already supported the likes of The Charlatans and Kasabian and is currently recording their debut album. ****

Review by Nikk Gunns


EUROPE  Not Supposed To Sing The Blues (earMUSIC)

Lead single off the band's album due in April follows the classic rock road that was evident on the previous release.  There is still an element of 'Kashmir' in here somewhere and whilst the band will say they are still in the process of reinventing themselves I cannot help thinking they are merely aligning themselves with the modern demographic. This alignment is aided and abetted by new knob-twiddler Kevin Shirley.  But where is the Europe we knew, and loved, in 2004?  ***½

Review by David Randall

ACTIONS! South Of The Water

Described as 'an infectious female fronted power pop quartet' and with John Mitchell on production duties, I was expecting something a little more hard hitting from this South Coast foursome formed in 2011.

What they've attempted is to marry the vocal style of Jessie J with high energy post punk NME power pop. It's an interesting idea but at times singer Emily sounds like she's at the edge of her vocal range and the song itself, while catchy, is unlikely to prove strong enough to raise the band's profile above that of their swelling ranks of contemporaries. **½

Review by Pete Whalley

SHEEPY Glum (Blang Records)

Liverpool based Sheepy has recorded 13 albums over a 5 year period and, although his quirky and upbeat psychedelic pop rock won't be to everyone's taste, there will still be a market for it.

'Glum' does tend to get a little repetitive after a short while - I'm not sure I could handle a whole album.

Sheepy are touring as a 3 piece band throughout the spring. **

Review by Nikk Gunns

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** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly

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