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Pillow TalkOn Vinyl For First Time Ever
Wild Child, originally a duo consisting of singer Kelsey Wilson and Alexander Beggins,
has created a sound that is stylistically their own while maintaining the core essence of
the indie/folk-pop genre. Now armed with a full band and the uniquely soulful voices
of the two, Wild Child produces warm and inviting melodies accompanied by takes
of heartbreak, love and loss - a charming contradiction that is
the core of their debut album, Pillow Talk.
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1. The Escape
2. Silly Things
3. That's What She Say
4. Darling Divine
5. Someone Else
6. Whiskey Dreams
7. Winter Pockets
8. Cocaine Hurricane
9. Warm Body
10. I'll Figure You Out
1. Real Estate
2. Pillow Talk
3. Day Dreamer
4. Bridges Burning
5. The Tale Of You And Me$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
• Album Was Produced By Ben Kweller
• Album Was Recorded All Analog, Straight To 8-track, 1" Tape
• LP Includes Bonus CD Of Full Album
Wild child is an eclectic, six-piece band fueled by the songwriting chemistry
between co-founders Kelsey Wilson and Alexander Beggins. The band rose
up out of the Austin music scene with their self-release debut, Pillow Talk
(2010). Since then, Wild Child has made waves by scoring three #1's on
Hype Machine, and has earned a reputation for having explosive live shows
all without the use of electric guitars, or any guitar for that matter. Off the
heels of winning two Austin Music Awards, Wild Child reemerge in 2013
with a sparkly new album entitled The Runaround, plus a record deal
with the Austin boutique label, The Noise Company.
For the making of The
Runaround, Wild Child enlisted indie rock nobleman, Ben Kweller, to sit
in the Producer's chair. Kweller was instrumental in harnessing the band's
youthful energy and combining it with their natural sense of nostalgia. All of
this makes for a timeless set that slams you in the arm with a pop injection
one minute and caresses your heart the next. The Runaround sees six
friends swagger happily through life, swaying to drunken horns and whistling
addictive hooks in your face. Together they march along to crisp, insistent
beats - hearts broken and chins up. Wild Child have proven they are a band
of uncommon character, placing art above all. It's nice to finally see a band
like this gain the adoration of a fan base growing faster than the click of a
"Like" button.1. The Runaround
2. Victim To Charm
3. Crazy Bird
4. Coming Home
6. Anna Maria
7. This Place
8. Here Now
9. Living Tree
10. Rillo Talk
11. Left Behind$19.99Vinyl LP + CD - Sealed Buy Now
Sho' NuffWillie Dixon once told Wild Child Butler, You are the moan of the suffering woman, the groan of the dying man. You ain't nothing but the blues.
Here's a man who's been heavily praised by Dixon, Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf and Jimmy Rogers just to name a few; a man who those blues legends were proud to accompany. As traditional as the blues on this album are, there's no mistaking a Wild Child tune. They can't be played this way by anyone else - not so boisterous, not so Wild Child. His blues sometimes sound angry and raw, other times soft and country-polished.
This release offers a fine mix of Wild Child's down-home acoustic sound, his slow, muscular blues and his up-tempo shuffle or snapping blues. As Wild Child himself said, If you can't dig these blues, you got a hole in your soul [to borrow from a Jimmy Rogers saying]. Talkin' 'bout sho' 'nuff.
George 'Wild Child' Butler is one of the last original, hard-workin' delta bluesmen. Although his career started not until the 1960s, the old times' tradition is still clearly heard on his music. You may call it blues, you may call it southern soul, you may even call it rock 'n' roll, but you just can't categorize him to any particular field. There's just one George Butler, and then there are the others. - Butcher Pete Hoppula, Wang Dang Dula!...It's Time To Rock'n'rolla!1. Open Up Baby
2. You Had Quit Me
3. I Got To Go (Sweet Daddy-O)
4. Can You Use A Man Like Me
5. Moaning Morning
6. Slippin' In
7. Funky Things
8. I's All Over
9. I Changed$39.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl 45RPM LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Live In The RawW.A.S.P.'s Legendary first live album on double vinyl for the first time, 30 years after its original release! Featuring an abundance of classics, including I Wanna Be Somebody, Wild Child & L.O.V.E. Machine.1. Inside The Electric Circus
2. I Don't Need No Doctor
3. L.O.V.E. Machine
4. Wild Child
6. Sleeping (In The Fire)
7. The Manimal
8. I Wanna Be Somebody
9. Harder Faster
10. Blind In Texas
11. Scream Until You Like It (Theme From The Film Ghoulies II)$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Expectations (Pre-Order)Wild Child's new album Expectations is the band's
most nuanced work to date. They've stretched their songwriting abilities
on this record to both reflect and expand further upon their unique sound,
and the album expertly rides the wave of genres that flows between
beautifully sentimental acoustic to loud,
distorted rock and back again.
The band enlisted the help of several heavy-hitting producers to make
this record: Chris Walla (formerly of Death Cab for Cutie), Matthew Logan
Vasquez (Delta Spirit), Chris Boosahda (Shakey Graves), Scott McMicken
(Dr. Dog), Adrian Quesada (Grupo Fantasma), and Max Frost.1. Alex
3. Back & Forth
4. Think It Over
5. Follow Me
7. Sinking Ship
8. My Town
9. The One
10. Break You Down
11. Leave It Alone
12. Goodbye Goodnight$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
Free Yourself: Ska HitsColored Vinyl
SoCal mod/ska icons - widely credited as America's first ska band - present this fantastic collection of career highlights packaged in limited edition colored vinyl! Features The Untouchables' signature hit "Free Yourself" as well as other favorites like "Wild Child," "Whiplash" and "What's Gone Wrong!1. Be Alright
3. Twist 'N' Shake
4. I Spy
8. Keep on Pushing
9. Movin' 'N' Groovin'
10. Free Yourself
11. Wild Child
12. What's Gone Wrong
13. Lonely Bull$25.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Loud 'N ProudImport
This landmark Nazareth album shows the tougher side of these Scottish hard rockers. When released in 1974, Loud 'N Proud turned heads of rock fans worldwide. Their preceding album Razamanaz already launched Nazareth into the hard rock stratosphere over night. Therefore, expectations for a successor were high. After recording eight songs with producer Roger Glover, the band decided to christen the album the way it sounds: this record is loud and the band is friggin' proud of it! Heavy on drums and distorted guitars, the band pushes its way through the 48 minutes like a steam train running wild, with the exception of a breezy excursion like Child In The Sun and a doomy but incredibly intense version of Bob Dylan's The Ballad Of Hollis Brown. Listen to the opening track Go Down Fighting, and you know what to expect.1. Go Down Fighting
2. Not Faking It
3. Turn On Your Receiver
4. Teenage Nervous Breakdown
6. This Flight Tonight
7. Child In The Sun
8. The Ballad Of Hollis Brown$37.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
True ColorsA Vocal Tour de Force: 1986 Sophomore Effort Stacked With Big-Name Guests and Ambitious Arrangements
Grammy-Nominated Double-Platinum Set Includes Internationally Recognized Title Track Plus Top 10 Singles "What's Going On" and "Change of Heart"
Illuminative Sonics: LP Mastered on Mobile Fidelity's World-Renowned Mastering System and Pressed at RTI
Cyndi Lauper could've easily played up the independent wild-child pop persona she established on her breakthrough debut until the trend faded. Instead, on her superb sophomore effort, the charismatic artist opts for a more mature and creatively ambitious program, inviting big-name guests and pursuing deeper instrumental textures on a set that goes far beyond the well-known title track. True Colors is a vocal tour de force, an expressive statement on which Lauper showcases singing steeped in emotion, phrasing, and earnestness.
Bringing Lauper's rich timbre to the fore, and mastered on Mobile Fidelity's world-renowned mastering system, this RTI-pressed LP presents the 1986 album in the finest fidelity it's ever enjoyed. Period touches such as synthesized drumbeats and layered keyboards no longer sound blatantly artificial or canned. Instruments now possess a warmer, fuller roundness that fleshes out their role in the compositions. And Lauper's vocals-at times balladic, soaring, plaintive, stylish, and celebratory-occupy a defined place in the mix, anchoring songs etched with tonal expressiveness and diverse arrangements.
An all-star cast aids Lauper in shaping what remains a colossally underrated record. Billy Joel (vocals), Adrian Belew (guitar), the Bangles (vocals), Aimee Mann (vocals), Nile Rodgers (guitar), and Rick Derringer (guitar) are among the guests. So is Pee Wee Herman, whose telephone operator role at the conclusion of "911" speaks to the fact that Lauper didn't abandon her whimsical nature even as she pressed forward. Cajun accents, soulful motifs ("What's Going On"), and joyous covers of traditional fare ("Iko Iko") keep the album pleasantly varied and accessibly offbeat.
Of course, Lauper also turns in, with "True Colors," what's arguably her career-defining moment, the chart-topping single radiating with gorgeous elegance and graceful phrasing that forced audiences to regard the performer in a different light. For her boldness, Lauper was rewarded with two Grammy nominations and a song that has since been covered by artists such as Phil Collins and appeared as the theme for the 1988 Olympic Games and 2003 Rugby World Cup.
Don't miss this chance to hear True Colors in the three-dimensional detail one gets from a high-definition television picture.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Change of Heart
2. Maybe He'll Know
3. Boy Blue
4. True Colors
5. Calm Inside the Storm
6. What's Going On
7. Iko Iko
8. The Faraway Nearby
10. One Track Mind$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Tyler Bryant And The ShakedownA Band On The Verge Of Rock N Roll Greatness!
After carving out a fervent fan base and drawing widespread critical applause with their heady, high-voltage brand of guitar-driven rock, shooting from both hip and heart, Nashville's Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown find themselves at the epicenter of an advanced rock 'n' roll adventure that continues to take them around the world, appearing at some of the biggest venues along the way
Starting with a guest spot on AC/DC's 'Rock or Bust' World Tour in 2016, the quartet - Caleb Crosby on drums, Noah Denney on bass and backing vocals, Graham Whitford on guitar and Texas-born Tyler himself on vocals and guitar, a musician immersed in blues music from an early age - have continued to share events and stages with some of rock's most legendary names, including Guns N' Roses, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Aerosmith, Deep Purple and ZZ Top.
At the same time as projecting their music into stadiums, Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown - The Shakedown to friends and fans - have continued to build their name and reputation as a headline act, and indeed it was backstage after a sold-out, bill-topping show in London (June 2017) that the band signed their new deal with Snakefarm Records - the most immediate and exciting result being an 11-track, self-titled studio album set to be the label's inaugural release, with November 3rd locked in as the day of the launch
"So many great things have happened over the past few months," exclaims Caleb, "and it's all just so surreal. I remember seeing that Guns N' Roses were playing two stadium shows in London on June 16th and 17th earlier this year, which are birthdays for Noah and myself, back to back, and I said wouldn't it be amazing if we appeared on both of those shows and we did!"
Rewinding back to 2008, Tyler moved to Nashville by himself at the ripe age of 17 to write songs and form a band. It was here he met Caleb, and together they put together what would become The Shakedown
"The instant we started playing, I knew there was something special," reflects Caleb. "We played our first show a week later and haven't stopped since!"
The next addition to the ranks was Graham Whitford, a young guitarist from Boston, Massachusetts. Introduced to Tyler as the guy who could put him out of a job, it was clear from the start that Whitford was a force to be reckoned with. As soon as Tyler heard him play, he asked him to uproot and move to Nashville to join the band.
All that was needed now was the right bassist: enter Noah Denney, who instantly added a whole new dimension to The Shakedown's sound. As Tyler recalls, "his bass sound scared me and he brought an edge and an attitude to the band that we didn't even know we needed."
2013's 'Wild Child' album announced the quartet's arrival with a bang as they logged time on the road with the likes of Aerosmith, Jeff Beck & ZZ Top, while receiving the endorsement of Guitar World, Rolling Stone, Los Angeles Times, Nylon, Interview Magazine and Paste. Taking over TV, they lit up the stage at both Jimmy Kimmel LIVE! and AXS Live.
Following the release of 'The Wayside' EP (2015, produced by Grammy Award winner Vance Powell), the boys crisscrossed the country alongside Billy Gibbons & AC/DC on that celebrated 2016 run. April 2017 found them without a label and only a month out from joining Guns N' Roses on a European tour
"We had just decided to self-produce a record completely on our own," says Tyler. "I'll never forget driving home that morning and getting a call from our manager saying, 'You wanna go back to Europe with Guns N Roses?' That was a great kick-start to the first day of tracking."
So they hunkered down and set about writing & recording their second full-length album, with John Fields (Soul Asylum, Paul Westerberg) coming on board to handle the mix. Blending a sense of history with a youthful, energetic heartbeat, this anticipated outing features a host of brand new tracks, some of which have become staples of the live set. It also stands as the start of a relationship with the newly-launched Snakefarm label.
Housed within the global infrastructure of Spinefarm Records (a UMG label), the Snakefarm brand will provide a targeted home for international artists, both established and new, from the increasingly buoyant roots rock world - music based on authenticity and emotion, under-pinned by core values and beliefs.
In this respect, Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown - who can lay claim to a fast-growing international presence, with major UK festivals such as Download, Ramblin' Man and British Summer Time already under their belt, alongside headline shows plus guest appearances with Nashville neighbors The Cadillac Three - are a flagship representation; what's more, in 'Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown' they've delivered a genuine genre-defying labour of love, a varied and infectious statement shot through with passion, pride and a welcome dash of glamour.
"This is the definitive Shakedown record as of now, and that's why we decided it should be self-titled," explains a fired-up Tyler. "It's the definitive Shakedown record due to the fact there were no other cooks in the kitchen. We put so much energy into writing and recording each song. It's not just a guitar album; it's a song album, and I'm proud to hang my hat on this one."
The first single / video, 'Heartland', introduces Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown with a one-two punch of gritty guitars and soulful vocals before slipping into a hypnotic bridge punctuated by airy clean guitars. Tyler sings, "There's a slow beat in the heartland, going down in the quicksand, stack 'em up and watch the cards fall, if it happens to one, then it happens to all".
"It's no secret that there's crazy stuff going on all over the world right now. There's madness all around and people are constantly picking sides. Every night when the Shakedown takes the stage, I'm amazed that music brings people together. Nobody is thinking about what side they're on when they're singing at the top of their lungs next to a complete stranger. I thought maybe through music I could remind myself and our TBSD family that when one person falls, the rest of us do, too. I wanna get together with a bunch of folks and sing that sentiment because it's one I strongly believe in.
Elsewhere, 'Backfire' struts along on a stomping drum groove driven by thick distortion with lyrics "about pulling the short end of the straw and feeling vengeful". Then there's 'Aftershock'. Hinging on hummable riffing, the track simmers at a steady swamp crawl before the Sabbathian refrain.
"That's a tune about feeling the effects of a situation long after it's come and gone.
As Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown spend 2017 lighting up stages with the likes of Guns N' Roses (again), The Who & Alice Cooper - as well as making their first appearance at Rock In Rio - this new album sees them fully realize their vision with a sound that resounds above the bleachers, plus a collective desire to keep the entertainment flag fully unfurled
"I want people to put this on and literally escape," Tyler leaves off. "I hope they feel free. That's what rock 'n' roll makes me feel. You don't have to think about your bills or any of the other things that have the power to bring you down when you've got your fist up in the air, your eyes closed and you're lost in the music. Angus Young told me, 'You've got to make the audience think you're taking them on a journey, and they'll go with you. If you believe it, they will too'. I believe it with this record."1. Heartland
2. Don't Mind The Blood
3. Jealous Me
5. Ramblin' Bones
6. Weak And Weepin'
7. Manipulate Me
8. Easy Target
9. Magnetic Field
11. Into The Black$29.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Roadsinger (To Warm You Through The NIght)With his reintroduction to the pop world behind him, renowned singer-songwriter Yusuf (the artist known as Cat Stevens) is ready to once again strike up an intimate relationship with his audience. After retreating from the pop stage following classic '70s multi-platinum albums such as Tea For The Tillerman and Teaser And The Firecat and acclaimed hits such as Wild World, Peace Train, Moonshadow, Morning Has Broken and Father And Son, Yusuf returned in late 2006 with his first pop album in 28 years. Now he's back again with a second album, Roadsinger (To Warm You Through The Night).
I was absent from my audience for so long, Yusuf says, people thought another album would never come. The 2006 album, An Other Cup, was a surprise. With this new album, the distance is much less. I'm back to doing what I do best, painting pictures with music and storytelling on a very human, personal, intuitive level through lyrics and song, so I can help people feel good again. I guess in some ways the new album picks up where the Cat Stevens the public knows left off.
The album, Roadsinger (To Warm You Through The Night), was produced by the now singularly named Yusuf with help from Martin Terefe (James Morrison, Jason Mraz, Martha Wainwright), and recorded around the world. Guests include Morrison, Michelle Branch and Holly Williams (granddaughter of Hank Williams, Sr.).
The new album is a response to the way An Other Cup was received, Yusuf explains. Fans said they wanted to hear more of me with a guitar. So, this album is much more folk-tale oriented. Also, apart from one track, all of it was recorded live. I listened to a lot of' '70s L.A. music, such as Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, Carole King, and it inspired me to go back into that intimate style of recording. The songs are somewhat autobiographical but abstract enough so everyone can relate to them and connect them to their own lives.
The title track, Roadsinger, unfolds the tale of an outcast who revisits his old hometown; along the empty street a child peeks from behind a store window and gives an innocent smile out of the shadows of prejudice. The theme of a journey has always been big with me, says Yusuf. A journey that was unexpectedly cut short in 2004 was when Yusuf was flying from his London home to Washington, D.C., en route to a meeting with Dolly Parton, who had recorded Peace Train several years earlier and wanted Yusuf to play guitar on her cover of his Where Do the Children Play. The incident that made headlines was resolved in 2006 and Yusuf's new song Boots and Sand resulted.
There are plenty people who sing, but not enough who have walked far from their block, he says. I embraced an unexpected spiritual path that was confusing for many (converting to Islam in 1977). Sadly, I'm still often misunderstood. Some people want to put me into their own one-sided view, but I don't fit those limitations. My world is still borderless and wide. The removal of conflict and establishment of peace has always been my global objective. It's a shame that lot of people, including some Muslims, overlook the name Islam, which actually comes from the word 'Peace' in Arabic.
The forthcoming album also showcases some songs from his upcoming musical Moonshadow. The story takes place on a planet of perpetual night where only the moon's shine lights the darkness; it is about a boy's meeting with his Moonshadow and the adventures they share in search for the a world of the sunlight and happiness. As well as having many new songs, the surrealistic musical, Moonshadow also weaves classic songs from his past, including Morning Has Broken, Wild World and The First Cut Is The Deepest.
Yusuf's return to his guitar came about when his teenage artist-musician son, Muhammad (aka Yoriyos), brought one home again. One morning, Yusuf was alone in the lounge when he looked over and felt a draw of curiosity overtake him. He slowly picked it up. I put my fingers on the fretboard to make a 'C' chord, he remembers, and surprised myself, It's still there! It felt right. So I started playing again. On the forthcoming album, Yusuf even plays electric guitar on a couple of tracks, along with keyboards. This part of my career feels similar in one sense to when I began, Yusuf reflects. I had to get past the songs on Mona Bone Jakon before I could move on to Tea For The Tillerman, etc. This time around it was the same story: I laid the groundwork with my debut album, An Other Cup, which inspired a great new collection of songs and scribblings. I had quite a few in my back pocket and again it was my son who sparked the next step. He said, 'Isn't it time to start recording a new album?' And it was.
1. Welcome Home
2. Thinking 'Bout You
3. Everytime I Dream
4. The Rain
5. World O'Darkness
6. To Be What You Must
7. This Glass World
9. All Kinds Of Roses
10. Dream On (Until...)
11. Shamsia$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Broderick & Broderick10" Album Includes Cd Version of Album and Digital Version of Album
Broderick & Broderick is a collaboration
between renowned artist and multi-instrumentalist
Peter Broderick and his father Steven.
Peter is known for a number of projects, from
his solo instrumental works such as Float to his work
with bands such as Efterklang and Horse Feathers. He
has played with M.Ward, Laura Gibson and Loch
Lomond. Peter has scored a number of lms, while his
most recent release, 2012's "These Walls Of Mine,"
consisted of 10 vocal and lyrical tracks. He currently
resides in Berlin.
From the liner notes of Broderick & Broderick:
I don't think Steven is very comfortable in the
spotlight. On the rare occasions I've had the courage to
suggest putting a microphone in front of him and his
guitar, the common response has been a humble shrug
and a rain check. And then a lot of time passes before
we see each other again and I'm left with my
imagination when I want to hear one of his songs,
faintly but surely engrained in my musical memory.
Recalling those melodies and often learning to
play versions of them myself has been the red thread of
my own musical practice. Somewhat of a recording
enthusiast (or addict?) myself, I couldn't fathom a
project more meaningful than a session with Pop (as he
is known to us kids). So when I found out he would be
coming to Berlin for a few days at the end of June
2012, my mind ran wild with hopes and dreams of a
chance to nally capture those sounds.
Team Love is proud to present the result of this
idea to capture the melodies that were engrained in
Peter's psyche as a child. It's an additional honor to
have Peter's sister Heather Woods Broderick featured
on the album. Her vocal on the track "Let Me Love You
For Free" opens like a ower and stamps the release
with a mark of sheer beauty.1. Four Cats, Three Dogs, Several Ducks And A Rabbit
2. Let Me Love Your For Free
3. Ashokan Farewell
4. The Thunder Dance
5. POop's Song
6. Let Me Love You Again$13.9910 Vinyl LP + CD - Sealed Buy Now
W.A.S.P. The Best Of The Best (Out of Stock)Blackie Lawless launched W.A.S.P. on the unsuspecting world in 1983 and before long tales of their outrageous music and intense stage shows were legendary.
In the last few years of the old century W.A.S.P. made some of their most striking and brave albums. The ferocious, blood-splattered Kill Fuck Die and the celebratory sleazefest of Helldorado had provided solid proof
that Blackie Lawless' songwriting skills were as keen and unique as ever and, unlike the majority of his 80s contemporaries, this most dogged and determined of frontmen was entering a new era full of confidence,
with that blazing inferno in his eyes clearly a long way from fizzling out.
The 15 tracks featured on The Best Of The Best prove that while the theatrics and shock tactics of Blackie Lawless might have gained the headlines, it was what W.A.S.P. did on record that gained them legions of fans. An exhilarating rock'n'roll rollercoaster, this double disc set collects themost incendiary moments from a career built on mixing snarling sexual noise with carnage, chaos and controversy.
Collecting tracks from all the classic W.A.S.P. albums, including W.A.S.P., The Last Command and The Headless Children, this double 180g black vinyl gatefold edition, released through Madfish of The Best Of The Best provides the definitive document of a blistering career. The Best Of The Best features the W.A.S.P. cuts - Animal (F**K Like A Beast), I Wanna Be Somebody, Wild Child and a rip roaring cover of Elton
John's Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting.1. Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting
2. Animal (Fuck Like A Beast)
3. I Wanna Be Somebody
4. L.O.V.E. Machine
5. On Your Knees
6. Show No Mercy
7. Blind In Texas
8. Wild Child
9. Sex Drive
10. 9.5. - N.A.S.T.Y.
11. Mean Man
12. Chainsaw Charlie (Murders In The New Morgue)
15. Dirty Balls$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Temporarily out of stock
Nightbringers (Out Of Stock)Any band that has earned an army of devout followers through dropping seven killer full-lengths - and touring their collective ass off for sixteen years - could perhaps be forgiven for thinking they could take it easy as they wade into their eighth release. But that's just not The Black Dahlia Murder's style, and Nightbringers is testament to that. Having released their most accomplished, aggressive, and emotionally diverse music to date in the form of 2015's Abysmal, the Michigan quintet have once more pushed themselves to new heights, and the 34 minutes of searing melodic death metal that comprises Nightbringers is riveting listening. "I always feel a responsibility to the people who support this band when we start making a new record," asserts vocalist Trevor Strnad. "The pressure that comes from people being excited to hear what you come up with next can be intimidating, but it's so exciting that those people love you so much for just doing what you do. It makes you want to honor what you've done in the past, but also excite them with where you go next, and that definitely drove us on Nightbringers. When we started writing I honestly didn't know we had this album in us, and I feel really proud of it. It's a great moment for us."
Rather than meticulously plan things out or stick rigidly to any kind of template, when it comes to writing The Black Dahlia Murder prefer to let things happen organically. In the hands of guitarist Brian Eschbach - who co-founded the band with Strnad in 2001 - and new recruit Brandon Ellis (Cannabis Corpse/ex-Arsis) Nightbringers is rich with dynamic riffs that are at once fresh and classic TBDM, resulting in a collection that shifts through many moods and effortlessly incorporates various elements of extreme metal. With guitarist Ryan Knight having amicably stepped down in 2016, the addition of twenty-four-year-old Ellis to the band's ranks has helped usher in an exciting new era. "He's very professional for his age, I think he's skilled far beyond his years, and his live energy is exceptional. When Max (Lavelle, bass) joined the band he challenged a lot of us on stage to raise our personal bar, and Brandon's pushed that even further," states Strnad. "Brandon coming into the band and writing a bunch of songs was an awesome surprise too. He really took the reins, and this record is also the most involved that Alan (Cassidy drums) has been too. The way that we were doing the demos and bouncing things back and forth he had a lot of room to do what he wanted to do, and I think it's definitely a more colorful album for that. I also think as we get older the emotional content goes up. I think we better realize how to grip the listener. Personally, I try to write lyrics that are going to match each part, and kind of ramp up those feelings that we're putting across." Strnad's statements are vividly borne out by every moment of Nightbringers. For fans attending 2017's Summer Slaughter tour, the first taste of of the record came with the inclusion of the title track in their set, which has an undeniable immediacy to it, rich with hooks and boasting a "circusy, evil and playful" air. By contrast, "Catacomb Hecatomb" is suffused with tragedy, the mournful tone of its slower passages deeply affecting. This too is dramatically different to "As Good As Dead", which has some swagger to it that Strnad likens to Megadeth, or "Matriarch", described by Eschbach as a "wild, neoclassical romp" and stands as one of the most cutthroat and all out aggressive tracks in the quintet's arsenal. Upon first hearing the latter, Strnad was intent on matching its visceral intensity. "I felt inspired to write very violent lyrics to it. It's told from the perspective of a woman who is trying to have a child and not having any luck, and she goes kind of crazy and stalks this other woman who is due to have a child. She finds her moment to take it from her, cutting it right out of her stomach." While Strnad explores a variety of themes and ideas with his lyrics, they are united by the album's title, which embraces a tenet that has been central to The Black Dahlia Murder's output since the very beginning. "A lot of archaic ideas that are still upheld - such as marriage and monogamy - came from Christianity, whether people want to acknowledge it or not, and to me, death metal has always been bucking that. It's 'being-the-villain music', because we're the enemy of Christianity, the enemy of all that is good and traditional. Death metal is for free thinkers, it's for showing people the path to inner strength and operating on your own will, instead of being told what to do and living in fear, and songs like the title track and "Kings Of The Nightworld" are about leading a legion of awakened minds into battle." Following this theme also motivated Strnad to forge into ever-darker territory, even when this meant tearing things up and starting over. "I felt I needed to rise to the occasion to make as much of the blood and guts and heinousness as possible, and there was actually a couple of points where I rewrote some songs. I just didn't feel like they were dark enough, or violent enough, so I was really trying to ramp up the monstrous aspects of things, and definitely trying in different ways to take down tradition."
Rather than decamp to a single studio, the members split off when it came time to start laying down the songs - all well versed in how to get the best out of their individual performances. With former bassist Ryan Williams once again assisting, the drums were tracked at The Pipe Yard in Plymouth, Michigan and rhythm guitars in the band's practice space in Warren, Michigan [was bass tracked there too?]. Ellis then recorded his many blistering solos in his home studio, while Strnad headed to Full Force Studios on Long Island, with Joe Cincotta (Suffocation, Internal Bleeding) overseeing his sessions. For the unique and haunting cover art they turned to Kristian Wåhlin, aka Necrolord, who has designed seminal artwork for the likes of At The Gates, Bathory, Emperor and also TBDM's 2007 release, Nocturnal. "I think he's the most prominent artist when it comes to classic releases in the melodic death metal genre, and kind of bringing things full circle with it being the ten-year anniversary of Nocturnal felt right. By now people probably wouldn't have expected us to go back to him, so it's kind of a surprise, but at the same time it's a very classic cover too." With the band celebrating the 10-year anniversary of the aforementioned album by playing it in its entirety on Summer Slaughter, it has given them a moment to reflect not only on the road that has led them to here but also that which lies ahead. "When I think back to when we started the band I feel very proud of everything we've done, and I also see a lot of improvement over the years," says Strnad. "In the early songs I can hear us as kids, and then segueing into our adulthood as musicians and writers, but sixteen years in I still feel young as a band. I feel like we have a shit ton left to do, and I think we're sitting pretty with the best lineup we've ever had. I also think Nightbringers could be our finest hour yet. I feel very strongly that it will affect people, I want to get all of these songs in people's ears, and I want them to check out everything we've got on this record. There's so much variety and so many great ideas, and I think that this could take us to another place."1. Widowmaker
2. Of God and Serpent, of Spectre and Snake
6. Kings of the Nightworld
7. Catacomb Hecatomb
8. As Good as Dead
9. The Lonely Deceased$25.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock