Editor's Rating

Have a listen to: "Fears Of The Dead", "This Old Crow" and "Locked Outside"

Rating out of 10
Duel – Fears Of The Dead
Release Date: 17th February 2016
Heavy Psych Sounds

Jet lag is a bitch. I’ve been awake since 4am,  which is not an optimal time for exploring a strange city.

Luckily I had my phone fully stocked for the trip so data roaming charges wouldn’t be too much of a problem; the Wifi in the hotel was sketchy at best.

The newest release from Duel, ‘Fears Of The Dead‘ has become a group favourite as a result of repeated plays during a particularly rum filled evening last night.

The title track kicks off the album with heavy distorted guitars, setting a theme for the rest of the album. This is a straight up rock album, with no gimmicks on show, or necessary. The guitars are basic but effective, the rhythm doesn’t do much in the way of change. This is the kind of record you would make with your friends if you had the means and the talent.

The vocals are equally as stripped back and effective, meshing perfectly with the fuzzed up guitar tones beneath. ‘This Old Crow‘ and ‘Fell To The Earth‘ carry the album forward after a minor deviation with ‘The Kraken‘ showing a slight change in tone.

Electricity‘ and ‘When The Pigs Are Fed‘ pick up the pace as we go careering towards the end of the album with ‘Locked Outside‘ – a strong end to a solid release. This album proves that old school rock is alive and well and will make you want to pick up the much neglected axe for some straightforward playing along.

This is one of the most fun releases I have heard in a while, this is a band to keep an eye on, there just aren’t enough like them out there.

For Fans Of: Spiritual Beggars, Thin Lizzy, Black Sabbath