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Released: 24th October 2011


Now you would think that naming your album after a country that lost 9-0 to Yugoslavia in the 1974 World Cup is a bit of a dodo, but here is a band that has put the bongo into the Congo. Not that this band hail from Central Africa but, in fact, from the Black Country of the Midlands, but Soley Mourning have got themselves a uniquely universal sound on this, their third album, where the band have matured into a highly professional sounding act.


Most probably, just like myself, you've never heard of Soley Mourning before. The band caught my attention a couple of months back when I was invited down to see them on a three-band bill at London's Purple Turtle in Camden, and it has to be said they blew away the other bands that night despite going onstage at an early time.

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This five-piece have a powerful sound that mixes the melodic commerciality of late eighties rock with the onset of early grunge, plus powerful riffs borrowed from Soundgarden and Rage Against The Machine. On top of that, listening to this album it's hard to believe that the vocals are coming from a white man, because Mat Partridge has a powerful range that, with the occasional funkiness on this album, reminds me of Living Colour's Cory Glover.

Soley Mourning have made a heavy pounding album that has a freshness about it that is clearly above the rest of many other new bands out there. An album that features heavy and light moments of crunching riffs, thumping drums and solid funky bass lines.

Without a doubt, one of the best releases I've heard this year that requires repeated listening, simply because it is so good. Yes, with 'Zaire', this is a band that congos all the way.


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Here's a fabulous Aerosmith pictorial document as seen through the lens of famed British photographer Tony Mottram. Tony photographed the band over many years for various magazines and now has a monthly column here on MetalTalk.

As was often the case, only one photo ever got published and in the fast moving world of weekly magazines sometimes entire sessions would be done and left undeveloped.

Tony started shooting Aerosmith from towards the end of the period with Jimmy Crespo and Rick Dufay and onwards through the return of original members Joe Perry and Brad Whitford that resulted in the albums 'Done With Mirrors', 'Permanent Vacation' and 'Pump'.


As well as shooting the band several times in England, this collection includes images from a session at the band's rehearsal room in Boston. Littered throughout is a mixture of live and off stage photos including a selection of photos taken at London's famous Marquee club when they were joined on stage by Jimmy Page.

This limited edition hardback book, presented in a flight case and printed on silk paper, is an opportunity to own a unique selection of photos, most of which have never seen the light of day before.

This unique item is presented in an aluminium flight case and will be published in late November. Earlybird subscribers who order by 31st October will have their name printed within a dedicated page in the book.

To be sure not to miss out on this unique, future collector's item, hit the PayPal button here:

Publication date: 31st November 2017
ISBN: 978-1-908724-81-6
Format: Casebound.
Pages: 128 pages, printed on 170 gsm, silk paper.
Size: A4 landscape.


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