CDs + Vinyl:
Adna – Run, Lucifer CD/LP (Despotz)
“Run, Lucifer is the now Berlin based Adna’s second LP following 2014’s Night, it marks a huge step-up from the Swedish native. A release that takes her haunting songcraft and beautiful, affecting vocals and adds compelling electronics and devastating atmosphere to beguiling results that both soothes and resonates with wounded souls.” – Just Music I Like
Audio Visceral – Cildce Bihaver CD (Sudden Death)
Audio Visceral is all about earnest, catchy, energetic punk rock. The music is raw and upbeat, the songs are short and bittersweet. Influenced by everything from surf to hardcore, the members of A/V are all veterans of the Ontario underground punk rock scene.
Avantasia – Ghostlights CD/LP (Nuclear Blast)
Appearing alongside one of symphonic metal’s most recognized names on Ghostlights is Sharon Den Adel (Within Temptation), Geoff Tate (Queensrÿche Operation Mindcrime), Michael Kiske (Unisonic, Helloween), Dee Snider (Twisted Sister), Ronnie Atkins (Pretty Maids), Bruce Kulick (Kiss, Grand Funk Railroad, etc.) and more.
Basement – Promise Everything CD/LP+MP3/Cassette (Run For Cover)
“Ipswich band Basement went on indefinite hiatus in 2013, just after releasing their second record Colourmeinkindness. Accruing a dedicated posthumous following, the band came back with a three song EP in 2014, showing that a break hadn’t stopped their progression in style. If Colourmeinkindness epitomized the grunge worship that defined 2012, then Promise Everything sees Basement finding the perfect balance between aggressive and melodic. It sounds like Jimmy Eat World via Soundgarden, so, basically it has everything you’ve been waiting for in a rock record since forever.” – Noisey [Music By Vice]
Black Tusk – Pillars Of Ash CD/LP+MP3 (Relapse)
After four full-lengths, numerous splits and EPs and thousands of shows under their belts, punk/metal power trio Black Tusk was faced with an immense and unexpected tragedy in late 2014 when founding bassist/vocalist Jonathan Athon passed away after a motorcycle accident in his hometown. Now, as a testament to his profound and lasting legacy on the heavy music scene, the band release Pillars Of Ash, their final recordings with Athon.
Bloc Party – Hymns CD/2xLP (Vagrant)
Hymns is the fifth studio album by British indie rock band Bloc Party and the first to feature new members Justin Harris (formerly of Menomena) and 21-year-old YouTube-discovery drummer Louise Bartle. In a press release, co-founder Russell Lissak stated “It’s still a very live record. Everything has been played, though it doesn’t necessarily sound like that. We take a lot of influence from electronic music, for example, and then try to bring that into a completely different environment.” Meanwhile, Kele Okereke said, “What Russell is doing now is completely blowing my mind. He’s using the guitar as an instrument of white noise, as well as a melodic tool. I’m super-excited about getting this music in front of people.”
Brimstone Coven – Black Magic CD (Metal Blade)
New album from the West Virginian dark occult rockers. Inspired by the Appalachian’s darkness and mysticism (such as the Mothman, a winged creature that emerged in the ’60s; Screaming Jenny; and the Phantom Of Flatwoods), the quartet’s heavy rock also pushes the atmospheric envelope when the mood fits.
Bury Tomorrow – Earthbound CD (Nuclear Blast)
F fourth studio album by the British melodic metalcore band.