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Various Artists - The Bristol Heavy Rock Explosion album review

Album Review

A welcome celebration of the West Country’s unsung hard rock scene

Barring a few minor players in punk and post-punk, Bristol’s official musical history is one of trip-hop, drum’n’bass and reggae. Which is largely true, but not the whole story. This compilation adds some pleasing extra sub-plots, collecting together 25 years of metal and hard rock acts spanning the period from the early 1970s to the mid-90s. Of course, the West Country never churned out classic head-banging bands on a par with Birmingham or Sheffield, but the tracks included here by Shiva, Headmaster and Voodoo, among others, at least prove that every city produced its own lesser version of Van Halen, Joan Jett or Bon Jovi.

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