Philip H. Anselmo/Warbeast – War Of The Gargantuas CD (Housecore)
Split release between Pantera/Down vocalist Philip Anselmo and Texan neo-thrashers Warbeast.
Aristillus – Two CD (Fysisk)
Six songs of closely woven melodic chaos, existential wrath and soul-churning abysses. In other words, a fusion of nihilistic noise rock, epic post-rock and intense emocore.
James Blackshaw/Lubomyr Melnyk – Watchers CD/LP (Important)
James Blackshaw is a Hastings-based guitarist/pianist who primarily plays an acoustic 12-string guitar and has been compared to Bert Jansch, Robbie Basho, John Fahey, Jack Rose, and Leo Kottke. Lubomyr Melnyk is a composer and pianist who pioneered ‘continuous music’ which requires a totally new technique of piano playing, based on extremely rapid notes and note-series that create a “tapestry of sound” usually with the sustain pedal held down to generate overtones and sympathetic resonances.
Black Veil Brides – Wretched And Divine: The Story Of The Wild Ones CD/CD+DVD/2xLP (Republic)
On their third album, the L.A. quintet delivers a collection of songs that’s as immersive as it is infectious. Hallmarks of their sound, like gritty riffs, orchestral flourishes, elegant soloing, and anthemic vocals remain intact.
Broadcast – Berberian Sound Studio CD/LP (Warp)
Broadcast’s sublime soundtrack to the film Berberian Sound Studio, composed before frontwoman Trish Keenan’s untimely passing last year, sets a sinister and atmospheric tone that still exists well within the band’s signature sonic universe.
Cheap Girls – My Roaring 20’s [Reissue/2008] CD/LP (Asian Man)
Cheap Girls – Find Me A Drink Home [Reissue/2010] CD/LP (Asian Man)
Influenced by the Lemonheads, Superchunk, The Old 97’s, Green Day, Superdrag and Samiam, Cheap Girls produce a sound filled with pounding drums, jangly guitars and super sweet vocal melodies that harkens back to a simpler time and place.