CDs + Vinyl:
21 Savage – ISSA CD/2xLP (Epic)
The debut studio album by rapper features production from frequent collaborator Metro Boomin, alongside Southside, Pi’erre Bourne, Zaytoven, Wheezy, DJ Mustard and 21 Savage himself.
36 Crazyfists – Lanterns CD/LP (Spinefarm)
The Anchorage, AK quartet find catharsis within chaos on their seventh album. [Limited edition yellow colored vinyl pressing also available.]
Act Of Defiance – Old Scars, New Wounds CD/LP (Metal Blade)
With their 2015 debut Birth And The Burial, Act Of Defiance delivered a blast of pure and unadulterated metal that ignored fads and hit home hard. Returning with the crushing Old Scars, New Wounds, they have only upped the stakes.
Airbourne – The Diamond Cuts 4xCD+DVD/4xLP+DVD (Nettwerk)
The Diamond Cuts collector’s box set includes discs of the band’s classic studio albums: Runnin’ Wild (2007), No Guts. No Glory. (2010), Black Dog Barking (2013), plus the brand new Diamond Cuts – The B-Sides featuring two previously unavailable tracks, and a bonus DVD of the new documentary It’s All for Rock ‘n’ Roll, all in a slipcase box with original “Diamond Cuts” art.
Arkaik – Nemethia CD/LP (Unique Leader)
Arkaik return with their landmark progressive tech-death masterwork.
Awaken I Am – Blind Love CD (Victory)
“Hailing from Brisbane, Australia, the alt-rock band Awaken I Am, have set their sights on breaking down the barriers of what music can and should be. Their new release, Blind Love, is a decisive, emotional response to a life that is filled with anxiety, depression and pain. A sonic masterpiece that is filled with layered, soundscapes from dueling guitarists Ned Jankovic and Connor Oakley and a strong, platform of innovative drums and percussion from Luke McKenzie, that blends perfectly with the intricate, yet powerful vocals of singer Adam Douglas. While categorized as alt-rock, the Aussie quartet reaches deeper than just a single simple genre tag. Awaken I Am has this ability to snatch elements from pop and folk and wrapped up neatly in those alternative roots that creates a lush and complete sound.” – Lemonade Magazine
CDs + Vinyl:
Acephalix – Decreation CD (20 Buck Spin)
The rotten corpse of Acephalix, the Bay Area’s beast of barbarism, has been re-animated. Foul American death metal maggotry eating back to life coagulated remains of hardcore’s guts. [Vinyl edition due October 20.]
Acetone – 1992-2001 CD/2xLP (Light In The Attic)
The first anthology of the trio’s music. Counting their early years in the scuzz-rock band Spinout, whose sole self-titled release came out in 1991 on Delicious Vinyl, guitarist Mark Lightcap, bassist Richie Lee, and drummer Steve Hadley played together for a total of 15 years. They disbanded in July 2001, when Lee committed suicide in the garage next to the house where the trio practiced. Against a rising tide of post-Nirvana grunge and slipshod indie rock, Acetone tapped into a timeless Southern California groove by fusing elements of psychedelic, surf, and country.
Marc Almond – Shadows And Reflections CD/LP (The End)
Marc Almond’s new album Shadows And Reflections features sumptuous arrangements of iconic torch songs and ‘60s orchestral pop for which he is beloved, as well as two new original compositions. The release features songs written or recorded by artists such as Burt Bacharach, The Action, The Yardbirds, Bobby Darin, Julie Driscoll, Billy Fury and the Young Rascals. It thematically begins and ends in an apartment. “It’s about this guy that’s living in a luxury expansive glass apartment overlooking the city, filled with sculptures and beautiful things, an empty soulless shell, surrounded by absurd wealth,” Almond explains. “He is sitting alone and I imagine listening to this music, possibly the songs that make up this album. He’s rich in the bank but the poorest person you know.” [CD version is available in Regular and Deluxe editions.]
Amadou & Mariam – La Confusion CD (Because Music)
Eighth full-length album from acclaimed Malian musical duo. [Vinyl edition due October 6.]
Archspire – Relentless Mutation CD/LP (Season Of Mist)
Welcome to first class technical death metal madness. Machinegun vocals rattle remorselessly over a furious flurry of arpeggios, scales, and everything else that the two string wizards of Archspire can pick at break-finger speed out of their guitars. If this sounds hardly human at the level of technical execution, the Gatling-style hyper-drumming pushing these monstrous compositions forward is adding to the alien impression. It cannot even be a question that the Canadians have outdone themselves with their third full-length. Relentless Mutation is not just another compilation of outstanding musicianship, but the songs come with recognizable patterns that make sense in the greater conceptual framework of the album. And a clever use of contrasts leaves moments of clarity for the listener to take a breath and get ready for the next assault.