Pulled Apart By Horses – Blood
Pulled Apart By Horses have been successfully welding grimy blues rock to post punk sensibilities for some time. Third album Blood might not win over a new army, but those already tracking the Leeds band's progress should certainly approve.
Their trademark sludgy guitars, occasional sweet melodies and Tom Hudson's piercing howl are all present and correct. On Bag of Snakes you can almost feel the sweat flicking off a bundle of hair in front of you at one of their raucous shows, but it's the full-on racket of You Want It and Skull Noir where they're at their strongest.
That's not to say Blood is all brawn and nae brains though – the hooks from Hello Men and Grim Deal will burrow into your consciousness and take some shifting. Reference points include The Jesus Lizard and Queens of the Stone Age at their most abrasive, and while no new ground is broken here, this is angry thrash done rather well. [Stu Lewis]