Pristine – Ninja

As Nuclear Blast’s roster expands like some musical big bang, so does it get more and more diverse. Case in point is Pristine. Their music is hard to pigeonhole, which is as it should be, because it’s simply very good – a mixture of psychedelic rock, blues, hard rock and funk. Strong vocals from Heidi Solheim give this Norwegian band a strong sound of their own and I can see this album, like Blues Pills’ work, appealing to a broad swath of music lovers.

(Nuclear Blast)

Steve Earles is author and co-author of numerous projects, including To End All Wars: The WWI Graphic Anthology, available summer 2014 (