My Great Affliction - Paragon of Girth

Hailing from the hometown of many a famous rock band, Black Country rockers My Great Affliction have a lot to live up to. Not to worry though as new EP Paragon of Girth packs a huge punch and a kick to the nuts. With the driving guitar on Good Times To Come and guttural vocals from Ste, you can't help but be reminded of bands like Motorhead and Black Sabbath.

After a few lineup changes, including last year's major shakeup which saw the replacement of three members with just one, this year is set to be a major one for the Brummie lads. I remember seeing them play in a former life at The Actress & Bishop way back when they were a five piece so it's nice to see the guys finally getting some recognition after playing the local circuit for a number of years.

Just when you think the EP is slowing down somewhat at the beginning of Mountain (out of a Mole Hill) it doesn't take long before you're whisked up again into a frenzy of thrashing guitars. With some amazingly raw shredding and some great solos Ste has definitely brought a heavier sound to MGA. Backed by bassist Daz & drummer Craig, this EP has a solid sound and an unrefined energy you don't tend to get from a three piece and I'm now desperate to see them live. Roll on July 5th when you can catch them at the Slade Rooms in Wolverhampton.