Nitrogods – “Rats And Rumours” (Steamhammer)
If you like Motorhead’s rattlesnake rock n roll style then look no further than this German trio made up of Oimel Larcher (GALLON, HERBARDS), Henny Wolter (THUNDERHEAD, PRIMAL FEAR, SINNER, FAIR WARNING) and Klaus Sperling (PRIMAL FEAR, SINNER, FREEDOM CALL). Bearing no resemblance whatsoever to their prior bands the Nitrogods live up to their name playing biker bar room rock n roll – to the max! Although not as vicious as Lemmy’s own bastard son, they are the perfect accompaniment to any road trip, pub crawl and naturally, any house leveling party with a definitive sound from Oimel’s gruff, ode to Kilminster vocals to his roughly strummed bass that barks true and loud on ‘Damn Right (They Call It Rock n Roll)’. Wolter’s rockin’ guitar has even garnered the admiration of Fast Eddie Clarke and his impressive slide shines true on ‘Nothing But Trouble’ whilst Sperling’s solid drum work goes into full Philthy Phil double bass drumming mode Overkill style on ‘Whiskey Supernova’. Strangely enough, it wasn’t the fast n loose rockers that impressed me the most about the Nitrogods but instead bar ballads like ‘Irish Honey’ which opened like The Clash on ‘London Calling’ along with the Thin Lizzy celtic hard rock of ‘Back Home’, which sorta reminded me of ‘Emerald’. Whatever your brew, the Nitrogods have got your tab and chances are you’ll be humming their tunes as you stumble back drunk from the pub…..