Like the flames blasting their cover art, Ash are fuelled by a burning desire to rock out the way they always intended to. Being mercilessly shunned by Brit demigod NME hasn't affected their confidence on this intrepid project. They don't go as far as recording themselves vomiting as a secret track, like they did on 1977. The gang have matured a bit and made those raw elements of their debut even grittier. A heavy-sounding metal guitar album with ironic, virtuoso solos and attacking buildups, this is a definitive comeback for our Irish lads. But with Tim Wheeler's squeaky-clean and catchy vocals, Ash will always just be part-time punks who can't really go all the way.