My biggest issue with music this year is that I haven’t been able to “feel” the music. That feeling you get when you stand a little too close to the speakers and your whole body can feel the music. Experts would probably say that if you can feel the music you’re too close, and probably recommend that you don’t stand that close as it’s bad for you… but I’m no expert, and anyway, that’s how I like to experience music.

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So, I was pleasantly surprised when I listened to the Master Charger album The Origin of the Lugubrious; I could almost feel it. If I’d closed my eyes for a moment I could almost have been in the audience, enjoying the new offering from Stoned Rocka’s first signings … Master Charger.

The album starts with the title track, Origin of the Lugubrious, an instrumental piece that starts with the familiar sound of vinyl crackle … it takes me back to a different time, a time of grotty rock bars and music that made your ears ring, but it prepares me for what’s about to come next.

What comes next? Six tracks, all heavy guitars and smashy drums with vocals that get under your skin and make you want to jump into a moshpit (even though you’re sat at your desk and old enough to know better!)

If I was pushed into a corner, I’d say my stand out tracks are Embers of the Sun, and Our Time Has Come, but that seems unfair to the other tracks which are really good.

When I say that I can hear early Black Sabbath, and Jimi Hendrix, I don’t mean that they sound like those performers, they sound like Master Charger… but for me, they are definitely channelling those greats and delivering a fantastic album too!