The first time around Microscopic Wars by Kingswood was incredible. And much like how a second serve of something good, like a delicious slice of mud cake, is always sought after, this deluxe edition of the album sits quite well with me. And there’s no guilty fat intake with this one either!
With this new edition, it comes as a 2CD pack, with seven extra songs – new studio cuts of ‘VLAD’ and ‘Baby Doll’ and live versions of ‘ICFTYDLM’, ‘So Long’, ‘Ohio’, ‘Suckerpunch’ and ‘Tremor’ from their sold out Melbourne Forum Theatre Show in March of this year. ‘VLAD’ sees one of the best returns to rock ‘n’ roll I’ve heard from the band. The guitars are low, dirty and the vocals match the raw intensity. There’s even a nice little guitar solo thrown in. ‘Baby Doll’ is also a highlight, it really is quite hard to pick a favourite when no one quite does Australian rock like Kingswood are now. Even if you’ve got the original release, you’ll want this one for the chance to pretend you were at that Melbourne gig from the five live tracks.
Out now via Dew Process
Reviewed by Amanda Sherring