CDs + Vinyl:
10 Years – (How To Live) As Ghosts CD/LP+MP3 (Mascot)
When guitarist/drummer Brian Vodinh and guitarist Matt Wantland returned to the Knoxville, Tennessee alt-metal/post-grunge band for their eighth album (How To Live) As Ghosts, they burst through their comfort zones to create something new.
112 – Q Mike Slim Daron CD (E1)
New album from the Atlanta R&B group.
45 Grave – Sleep In Safety CD (Real Gone Music)
Formed from putrefying remnants of The Germs, The Consumers, The Bags, The Gun Club, and The Screamers among other L.A. punk outfits, 45 Grave were arguably the first American Goth/deathrock bands. Now available is this expanded version of the band’s sole album, 1983’s Sleep In Safety. [Vinyl edition due November 24.]
All Pigs Must Die – Hostage Animal CD/LP (Southern Lord)
All Pigs Must Die is comprised of some of the most well-seasoned musicians on the eastern seaboard – Kevin Baker (The Hope Conspiracy), Ben Koller (Converge), Matt Woods, and Adam Wentworth (both of Bloodhorse). Their fusion of crust punk, hardcore and metal is more ferocious than ever before thanks to the addition of Trap Them’s Brian Izzi. Distilling aggressive music to its purest tenets, APMD craft songs that pulverize, gnash, and whirl with a punishing delivery.
Appice – Sinister CD/2xLP+CD (Steamhammer)
The first joint studio album by Carmine and Vinny Appice, recorded with the support of a number of prestigious guests. [Limited gatefold colored 180gm vinyl pressing also available.]
Azonic – Prospect Of The Deep CD (Indivisible Music)
Azonic is Blind Idiot God founder Andy Hawkins on guitars and Tim Wyskida (Khanate, BIG) on timpani, concert bass drum and gong. It was recorded with Bill Laswell at BC Studio which was selected for its enormous tracking rooms, which are ideal for the high volume, long tone qualities of this music. [Vinyl edition due December 15.]
Julien Baker – Turn Out The Lights CD/LP+MP3 (Matador)
From its opening moments — when her chiming, evocative melody is accompanied by swells of strings — Turn Out The Lights throws open the doors to the world without sacrificing the intimacy that has become a hallmark of Baker’s songs. The album was recorded at the legendary Ardent Studios in her hometown of Memphis, TN, and mixed by Craig Silvey (The National, Arcade Fire). This evolution from Sprained Ankle’s intentionally spare production allows Baker — who is still the album’s sole producer and writer — greater scope and freedom. Strings and woodwinds now shade the corners of her compositions, and she takes to piano rather than guitar on several tracks, pushing the 21-year-old’s work to cinematic heights of intensity. [Limited clear vinyl pressing also available.]
Battleme – Cult Psychotica CD/LP (El Camino)
What happened to the American psyche? Battleme’s Cult Psychotica explores our tripped-up reality through Matt Drenik’s lens. Written within the first few months of the 2016 election and cut mostly live in a week-long session at Drenik’s Get Loud Studio, Cult Psychotica is a conceptual landscape of heroes and losers, misguided truths and theories, urgent in its delivery and poignant in its critique of the moment. The songs were written in bursts, the lyrics in sequence. Cult Psychotica is an indictment of non-truth – a political album from a writer who has up until now eschewed overt political songwriting. The soaring “Bitch Blues” documents the country in riot while “Testament” embodies the fury of the eternal gathering. Cult Psychotica’s ten songs are an homage to a fluid and sometimes morbid dream that centers around Drenik’s vision of an urban American landscape run by shams and hustles, eventually culminating in the bloom of the “Lowlife.” It’s a reaction to the Trumponian theatre, a timely reflection on our own busted reality.
Big K.R.I.T. – 4eva Is A Mighty Long Time 2xCD (BMG Rights Management)
New album from the Mississippi rapper.
Black Crowes – The Lost Crowes [Reissue/2006] CD (Silver Arrow)
Originally released in 2006, this double-CD set contains a pair of previously unavailable albums recorded by Chris Robinson and the boys – 1993’s Tall (which eventually morphed into Amorica, and 1997’s Band, which was recorded after Three Snakes And One Charm.
Blind Guardian – Battalions Of Fear [Reissue/1988] CD (Nuclear Blast America)
Blind Guardian – Follow The Blind [Reissue/1989] CD (Nuclear Blast America)
Blind Guardian – Tales From The Twilight World [Reissue/1990] CD (Nuclear Blast America)
Blind Guardian – Somewhere Far Behind [Reissue/1992] CD (Nuclear Blast America)
Blind Guardian – Follow The Blind [Reissue/1993] CD (Nuclear Blast America)
Blind Guardian – Imaginations From The Other Side [Reissue/1995] CD (Nuclear Blast America)
Blind Guardian – The Forgotten Tales [Reissue/1996] CD (Nuclear Blast America)
Blind Guardian – Nightfall In Middle Earth [Reissue/1998] CD (Nuclear Blast America)
Blind Guardian – A Night At The Opera [Reissue/2002] CD (Nuclear Blast America)
Blind Guardian – Live [Reissue/2003] 2xCD (Nuclear Blast America)
German power metal – reissued on CD.
Butcher Babies – Lilith CD/LP (Century Media)
For nearly a decade, Butcher Babies have been crushing stages worldwide with their vicious live performance and explosive energy. Frontwomen Heidi Shepherd and Carla Harvey, guitarist Henry Flury, bassist Jason Klein and drummer Chase Brickenden juxtapose brutal, aggressive riffs with beautiful melodies that wail with emotional redemption. [Limited colored vinyl pressing also available.]