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CR214: Heavy Rotation

What we've been listening to this month…

From Grave Pleasures to Riverside and beyond…

1 Iron Maiden.Empire Of The Clouds Never knowingly understated, Iron Maiden have surpassed themselves on new double album* Book Of Souls.* This showstopping, piano-led, 18-minutes is an ode to a doomed airship that makes The Rime Of The Ancient Mariner sound like the Ramones. How much more epic could it be? The answer is none – none more epic. 

2. Keith Richards - Trouble 
The Human Riff returns in September with Crosseyed Heart, his first solo album in 23 years, and as the gloriously loose ’n’ bluesy Trouble proves, he’s in laidback mood. Hopefully it’ll galvanise Sir Mick to get his arse back in the studio with the rest of the Stones.

3. Kiss - Don't Touch My Ascot
This was recorded for the new animated film Scooby-Doo! And Kiss: Rock And Roll Mystery and, bafflingly, is sung in barbershop quartet style. Oh, and the ‘ascot’ they’re referring to is a man’s broad silk necktie.

4. Clutch - Your Love Is Incarceration
Take Maryland’s finest for granted at your peril: ten albums in, they remain as vital and unique as ever. This turbo-charged highlight from new record Psychic Warfare is steel-plated urban funk-blues that hits the gut and the head.

5. Ghost - He Is
With their third album, Meliora, the Swedish faux-occultists prove there’s more to them than comedy masks. Here they lay a gospel-pastoral gauze across their retrofied riffery, and the result is unexpectedly fragile and quite lovely.

6. Eagles Of Death MetalComplexity
It’s the terrible twosome again – that’s Queens Of The Stone Age’s Josh Homme and moustachio’d wingman Jesse Hughes – as cheeky new album Zipper Down erects itself on the horizon. Complexity is all sassy brass, polaroid-shakin’ rhythm and catchy hooks. Not so complex at all

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