mirror queen Verdigris (CD, £10.95)label: Tee Pee
New York City volume dealers MIRROR QUEEN return with a dazzling album, a masterclass of riff-driven melodic hard rock. Combining edgy, street-level rock ‘n’ roll with more cerebral elements of poetry and literature, MIRROR QUEEN rides hard and loud, kicking out the jams at every opportunity. Here the songs are expansive and lush in their textures, with ethereal songwriting full of crossing guitar lines and an insistent, demanding rhythmic throb. Featuring additional guitars from SWANS six-stringer Norman Westberg, Verdigris is a rock monolith, all dark delight and sinister pleasure, that demands headbanging and fists raised to the sky. The LP is the follow-up to the band's 2015's LP, Scaffolds Of The Sky, hailed as "a masterful mix of genrehopping, chops and songwriting" by Verbicide. A mainstay in the New York hard rock scene, MIRROR QUEEN has shared the stage with heavyweight peers like Earthless, The Atomic Bitchwax and The Shrine, and toured with legendary acts such as UFO and Uli Jon Roth!
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