MAU MAUS: The Enemy Within: LP

May 25, 2021

I’ve noticed the return of these U.K.’s old timers, what with the band’s name cropping up on various gigs around the country in recent times. The Enemy Within is only the Mau Maus’ second proper album and this time the band has a new vocalist front and center. The LP includes five new songs and five old standards re-recorded—each on different sides—and, as a whole, it flows extremely well. What I never really noticed before is how much of a G.B.H influence there is, or maybe it’s the other way round, as there are phrases and guitar parts in certain songs which sound like something done by that Brummie quartet. Either way, this is solid hardcore with an ’80s quality to it and it stands up extremely well in modern times. I’ve only had it for twenty-four hours and it’s been played at least a dozen times already. A big shout out, too, to Welly Artcore for his work on the package; it’s his usual high standard of presentation. –Rich Cocksedge (Boss Tuneage, [email protected], bosstuneage.bigcartel.com)

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