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Adele – 30 CD/2xLP (Columbia/Sony)
30 is the first new music from Adele since the release of her third studio album 25 in November 2015. The album was produced with former collaborators Greg Kurstin, Max Martin and Shellback and Tobias Jesso Jr., as well as new collaborators Inflo and Ludwig Goransson. Adele on the album: “I’m ready to finally put this album out. It was my ride or die throughout the most turbulent period of my life…I’d become so consumed by my own grief. I’ve painstakingly rebuilt my house and my heart since then and this album narrates it.” The highly anticipated collection comes introduced by the sublime lead single “Easy On Me”.
Converge – Bloodmoon: I CD/LP+MP3 (Epitaph)
Converge release their new album with Chelsea Wolfe, her frequent collaborator and bandmate Ben Chisholm, and Cave In’s Stephen Brodsky. It’s called Bloodmoon: I and was produced by Converge’s Kurt Ballou, and the musicians began collaborating for the prospective project in 2016. “The project stretched my vocals in new ways,” Wolfe said in a statement. “It’s so different than what I normally sing over that I was able to open up and be vulnerable with my vocals.” [A limited-edition indie store exclusive vinyl pressing is due June 24.]
Der Weg Einer Freiheit – Noktvrn CD/2xLP (Season Of Mist)
The state between wakefulness and sleep is known as hypnagogia. With their new album Noktvrn, progressive black metal force Der Weg Einer Freiheit delivers a sound that captures this unique, trance-like state within their extreme rubric. It is also the band’s darkest and most emotional offering to date, ebbing and exploding like a manic-depressive episode with its extreme highs and lows. Noktvrn truly lives up to the band’s moniker and offers true freedom through art. The album title is adapted from Frédéric Chopin’s Nocturnes, his so-called “night pieces”, which are among his other works very influential for the compositions on Noktvrn. [The gatefold vinyl pressing includes an etched D-side etching and soft touch matt laminate.]