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TeamRock Tracks Of The Week

Rancid, Mastodon, Funeral For A Friend and Krokodil head up this week's new music blast-a-thon.

Music makes the world go 'round, they say, a simplistic, nay nonsensical view of the universe with no basis whatsoever in science. Whatever, the planet will surely be rotating like Linda Blair's head in a Georgetown apartment when these monster cuts penetrate global eardrums.

RANCID - COLLISION COURSE / HONOR IS ALL WE KNOW / EVIL'S MY FRIEND

Three for the price of one here, as Rancid generously preview their forthcoming Honor Is All We Know album with a three track video sampler. Even better, they're all absolute stompers, suggesting that the East Bay punks' long-awaited follow-up to 2009's Let The Dominoes Fall album (due through Hellcat/Epitaph on October 27) is going to be rather special indeed. Welcome back gentlemen.

MASTODON - THE MOTHERLOAD

Well, well, who'd have thought that everyone's favourite Atlantan prog-sludge-metal-noise quartet would suddenly be tarred as despicable misogynists on the strength of this, their latest promo video? Debate has raged - well, been tapped out on keyboards, at least - as to what exactly the point of The Motherload's twerk-heavy promo is, meaning that the clip will almost certainly become the most-viewed Mastodon video ever. Mastodon's next video apparently features a naked Brent Hinds astride a giant wrecking ball: you heard that here first.

DEVIL SOLD HIS SOUL - UNVEILED

Despite being one of the most innovative, powerful and fierce UK metal bands of the past decade, Devil Sold His Soul have never really been afforded the acclaim they deserve. In all honesty, this is highly unlikely to change with the release of their new EP Belong ╪  Betray, but the English six piece can at least console themselves in the knowledge that Unveiled is an absolute monster, with an equally impressive video to boot.

FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND - YOU'VE GOT A BAD CASE OF THE RELIGIONS

Can it really be 11 years since a fresh-faced Bridgend quintet announced themselves as one of Britain's brightest new post-hardcore bands with the release of the brilliant Four Ways To Scream Your Name EP? Yes, it really can. Taken from the band's forthcoming seventh album Chapter and Verse, due for release in January 2015, the faith-challenging You've Got A Bad Case... illustrates that the band's fire and passion remains undiminished by the passing years.

BILLY TALENT - KINGDOM OF ZOD

Ontario's punk rock heroes Billy Talent are releasing a compilation album titled Hits next month, and Kingdom Of Zod is one of two new tracks set to feature on it. It's not as good as Red Flag, but it's right up there with, say, Try Honesty or Devil In A Midnight Mass, and that's pretty damn good.

ROUGHNECK RIOT - PARASITES

Another fine slice of righteous punk rock next, with the folk-tinged fury of Parasites, from the Warrington/Manchester-based Roughneck Riot. If you have any Pogues, early Against Me! or Bad Religion on your phone/portable music player/Sony Discman, this rollicking cut from the forthcoming Out of Anger album will be right up your street.

PURPLE - TARGET

Texan trio Purple are ace, a glorious tangle of punk rock spirit, spiky pop melodies and garage rock raunch. Their forthcoming debut album (409), titled after the area code of their hometown of Beaumont, Texas, is one of the spunkiest, most infectious and down-right rockin' albums we've heard all year, and Target is one of its highlights. Catch them on tour this month with The Subways.

KROKODIL - REPTILIA FAMILIAR

Featuring members of Gallows, Hexes and a young man who may or may not be Slipknot's new bassist, Krokodil are a six-headed noisy bastard who take the best bits from hardcore, sludge, punk and metal and pummel them into submission on their terrifyingly good debut album Nachash, which you'll be able to hear from November 10. Catch them on tour with Mastodon next month too. You will not be disappointed.

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