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BBC Session 2011 Anno DominiOne month after releasing their fourth studio album, Celestial Lineage, WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM recorded two live tracks at the BBC's Maida Vale studios. Southern Lord offers these sessions as a special vinyl release. It seems only fitting that Olympia's earthen black metal expanders, WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM, would add their name to the roster of acts who have recorded at the Maida Vale studios, the place where the sounds of contemporary and outstanding artists throughout the last century of popular music have been documented for the ages.
WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM's shadow, cast long and eerie from their campfire of the arcane, eclipses the hordes of black metal clones and drones, hewing raw nuggets of inspired music from rich seams of extreme metal and astral vibrations. "Prayer of Transformation" and "Thuja Magus Imperium" are the two tracks recorded on that day, taken from their lauded album Celestial Vintage and spanning two sides of vinyl and twenty minutes. Entitled BBC Session 2011 Anno Domini, this session is testament to the band's ability to inspire awe with homespun strands of metaphysical ambiance and painstakingly flexed sinews of metal, and is a must for all fans of the band as well as followers of contemporary metal.
- Ear Split Compound1. Prayer of Transformation
2. Thuja Magus Imperium$13.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
WolvesThroughout its career, Rise Against has kept its moral compass steady, using its international punk platform to speak out for social justice. With WOLVES, the band challenges fans to join them in creating a bold new identity together. The album is about recognizing the power within; it's a primal call for the prey to become the hunters.1. Wolves
2. House On Fire
3. The Violence
4. Welcome To The Breakdown
5. Far From Perfect
7. Politics of Love
8. Parts Per Million
9. Mourning in Amerika
10. How Many Walls
11. Miracle$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Like WolvesRochester, NY's LIKE WOLVES have been slugging it out for three years now. After 2 self-released 7s, as well as a split 7 with Hex labelmates OAK AND BONE (on Barbarossa Records), they are ready to drop their debut LP. This album is 9 slices of raw and raging punk, full of wild, nervous energy, and more than a few nods to the angular garage-y sounds of groups like Hot Snakes and Drive Like Jehu. A group of live wires coming unhinged, but still crafty and calculated in their approach. Recorded live at Moresound Studio in Syracuse, NY and in time for a national tour to present the new jams.Golden Year
Her as Earth
You Will Know Darkness
Live and Leave
Storm Season$11.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Winter & The Wolves
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Established Seattle rapper, Grieves, returns to deliver his fourth studio album, Winter & The
Wolves. The insatiable, devil-may-care MC is well known for his meticulous exploration of life,
love and loss, through a unique medley of hip-hop and soulful music. Together with B. Lewis,
Grieves created 14 new tracks, combining organic pianos and guitars with boisterous
synthesizers, to paint a colorful backdrop for his unique blend of rapping and singing.
A reflection on growth and maturity, Winter & The Wolves is about the instinctual fight for
survival. It's about suddenly finding that you're all alone, facing countless hindrances to your
livelihood, and having the courage to overcome them all. Tackling difficult obstacles like
addiction and heartbreak, Grieves wrestles with the realization that life doesn't get any easier
as you get older. His signature combination of humor and gloom culminate to depict the
struggle of a man's inner turmoil between abandoning the dreams of his youth, and carving
out a new path for himself in this world.1. Rain Damage
2. Whoa is Me
3. Over You (feat. B. Lewis)
5. Breath of Air
6. Astronauts (feat. Slug)
8. How's it Gonna Go (feat. B. Lewis)
10. Like Child
11. Long One
12. Kidding Me
14. Smoke in the Night$24.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
...And Out Come The WolvesTo celebrate the 20th anniversary of this very special release in our history, Epitaph Records is proud to present the deluxe 20th Anniversary edition of Rancid's and Out Come The Wolves. Released at the height of the 90's wave of punk resurgence, and Out Come The Wolves is arguably on the most important albums of that decade and features tracks that became punk standards.11. Maxwell Murder
2. The 11th Hour
3. Roots Radical
4. Time Bomb
5. Olympia, WA
6. Lock, Step & Gone
7. Junkie Man
8. Listed M.I.A.
9. Ruby Soho
10. Daly City Train
11. Journey to the End of the East Bay
12. She's Automatic
13. Old Friend
14. Disorder and Disarray
15. The Wars End
16. You Don't Care Nothin'
17. As Wicked
18. Avenues & Alleyways
19. The Way I Feel$21.99150 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Music From Republik Der WolfeAlexander Hacke (EinstÜrzende Neubauten / Crime &
The City Solution), Mick Harvey (co-founder of
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds), Danielle de Picciotto
( Crime & The City Solution) and Paul Wallfisch (musical
director at the Theater Dortmund) have collaborated - for
the first time - as The Ministry Of Wolves.
Their debut album, Music From Republik der Wölfe
has been created as a soundtrack to 'Republik der Wölfe'
a theatre production directed by Claudia Bauer, based on
the writings of the Brothers Grimm. These morality tales
and warnings are as dark as you remember them from
childhood. In the track, 'Rumpelstiltskin' the characters
are more human than they first seem, showing an aspect
of ourselves we might prefer to ignore: "He is a monster
of despair. He is all decay." The show, with live music
from The Ministry Of Wolves, premiered at Theater
Dortmund in Germany on February 15th 2014.
Following the album release, The Ministry Of Wolves
will be on tour in Europe in the Spring of 2014.1. The Gold Key
3. The Frog Prince
6. Hansel & Gretel
7. Snow White
8. The Little Peasant
9. Sleeping Beauty
10. Iron Hans
11. Little Red Riding Hood
12. White Snake Waltz$20.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Silencing MachineFormed by Blake Judd and Pat Noctis McCormick in 2000, Chicago's Nachtmystium started off as a primitive 4-track black metal band. Over the years, they have progressed through many line-up changes (now featuring members of Wolves in the Throne Room, Avichi, Lord Mantis and Minsk) and the their sound has constantly evolved, stepping away from the typical black metal thematics and embracing disparate influences, while maintaining the raw and harsh edge that's unique to the black metal genre.
The incorporation of other influences has helped the band create a sound that is unique to them specifically, and will continue to work as an ever-expanding unit with the ultimate goal to create metal music that pushes boundaries and walks into unchartered territories. Recorded at Engine Studios with Sanford Parker (Yob, Pelican), Nachtmystium's massively anticipated fourth full-length, Silencing Machine, follows-up the critically acclaimed Addicts: Black Meddle Pt. II and is a 10-song sonic assault which showcases the band at their most prolific and most expansive sounding to date!1. Dawning Over the Ruins of Jerusalem
2. Silencing Machine
3. And I Control You
4. The Lepers of Destitution
5. Borrowed Hope and Broken Dreams
6. I Wait In Hell
7. Decimation, Annihilation
8. Reduced To Ashes
9. Give Me The Grave
10. These Rooms In Which We Weep$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Vitamin FDuring the gap of nearly 10 years since their last release, Fontanelle has been trying to transport themselves back in time to 1973 into Patrick Gleeson's Different Fur Trading Company studio. With the help of Randall Dunn's expertise (sunn O))), Black Mountain, Wolves in the Throne Room), it sounds like they made it!
Rex Ritter's tour of duty with Sunn O))) during Fontanelle's hiatus seems to have irreparably changed his DNA, as well as the bands. Adding an amazing array of horn players (many heard on sunn O)))s; Monoliths & Dimensions), Fontanelle has conjured a burly fusion jazz sound that has been dubbed, "White Magus."
Gentry Densley (Eagle Twin), Steve Moore (Earth, sunn O)))), Hans Teuber, Eric Walton (Skerik), Jef Brown (Jackie-O MF) and Dave Carter are all featured on Vitamin F. The band, based in Portland OR, is comprised of Andy Brown (Jessamine), Rex Ritter (Jessamine, sunn O)))), Paul Dickow (Strategy), Brian Foote, Nudge, Leech), Mat Morgan and Borg Norum. Vinyl version of this greasy-groovy masterpiece of fuzzed out funk from Southern Lord is limited to a one time pressing of 1,000.1. Watermelon Hands
2. The Adjacent Possible
3. Vitamin F
5. When The Fire Hits The Forest
7. Reassimilated$14.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Ellipsis180 Gram Vinyl Record
As is tradition, writing sessions for the album saw Biffy Clyro - Simon Neil (vocals/guitar) and the Johnstonbrothers James (bass) and Ben (drums) working in the intimate environment of their practice room. They then headed to Los Angeles for recording sessions with producer Rich Costey (Muse, My Chemical Romance, SigurRos). Citing influences as diverse as Tears For Fears' Songs From The Big Chair album, DJ Arca and Deafheaven,Simon Neil has described Ellipsis as more of a punch to the nose than a big cuddle.
Lyrically, the album's songstackle personal issues with the idea of fighting back a recurring theme. Such themes are also apparent in the album's visceral first single Wolves of Winter which captures BiffyClyro's famous blend of angular riffs, pummelling rhythms and strident hooks. Says Neil: 'Wolves of Winter' isabout us being wolves on a patch and if you come onto that patch, we'll tear you limb-from-limb.
An Ellipsis (most commonly depicted as ...) indicates a continuation: in this case, Biffy Clyro's new body of workis an ongoing representation of everything that the band have stood for since first debuting in 2002 with theBlackened Sky album.$23.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Black Soul ChoirNorway's WOLVES LIKE US return triumphant with their new album "Black Soul Choir," the follow-up to their acclaimed 2011 debut "Late Love," which is scheduled for release in North America in 2014.
Widely hailed across Europe and Scandinavia for their urgent, post-hardcore-fueled mix of alternative rock and punk, WOLVES LIKE US recorded "Black Soul Choir" with producer Mike Hartung - who is well-known for his work in Norway with a diverse array of artists from a-ha to Satyricon - at the famous Propeller Studios in Oslo. The group has toured extensively overseas with the likes of Kvelertak, Swing Kids and label mates Junius, along with appearing at prestigious festivals (OYA, Groezrock).1. Days Of Ignorance
2. Three Poisons
3. Don't Need To Be Forgiven
4. A Wish Of Fools
5. When Will We Ever Sleep
6. Your Word Is Law
7. Dig With Your Hands
10. We Were Blood
11. Thanatos Wins Again$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Cave Singers spend a good deal of time beyond the darkened edges of Seattle, in the mist and mystic, among the wolves and redwoods. And their songs, at least on record, have always been like beautiful, faded grayscale photos of this hinterland. Now, these photos are injected with hot blood and technicolor, a ferocity and bite weve yet to see from the band.
By all accounts, No Witch is The Cave Singers rock record. Laid to tape with dark wizard producer Randall Dunn (Black Mountain, Sunn O))), Boris), No Witch is grander and more lush than The Cave Singers previous efforts. Its also a nervier, scrappier affair: greasy guitars buck and rear up; Eastern-influenced blues snake through songs; gospel choirs rise up like tidal waves.
There are big, grinning nods to Beggars Banquet-era Stones, the best of Mellencamp (Clever Creatures) and the juke joint legends of Mississippi like Junior Kimbrough and R.L. Burnside (Black Leaf and No Prosecution If We Bail). Of course, its all filtered through that particular, magical Cave Singers formula: Pete Quirks reedy, behind-the-beat delivery and existential wordplay, Derek Fudescos lyrical guitar runs and drummer Marty Lunds no nonsense rhythms.1.Gifts and the Raft
7.All Land Crabs and Divinity
13.No Prosecution If We Bail
$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
...Honor Is All We KnowRancid's new record Honor Is All We Know is much like their other records in
the sense that it is filled with the stories and characters that populate the
band's lives, and reflects the cultural and political climate in which it was
written and recorded. It has classic Rancid songcraft: two minute songs packed
with melody, personally empathetic and politically denunciatory. But Honor
Is All We Know is also unique in that it is filled with the growing insight of
a band who has been doing this for a while now: it feels natural and organic,
written without an agenda or a bone to pick, rather the culmination of lives
lived largely with a keen interest in the world and a sense of brotherhood.
In the late 1980's Tim Armstrong and Matt Freeman of Rancid were founders of
arguably the most influential band from the Bay Area Operation Ivy. Operation
Ivy has been cited by everyone from Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong to Fat
Mike of NOFX as the group that most affected the sound of their own bands.
Rancid has lead in extensive career since those days back in the East Bay including selling nearly 3 million albums with one Platinum album and one Gold
Record under their belts (And Out Come the Wolves, Let's Go). In the midst of
anniversaries for both albums, Rancid will be playing some high-profile festival shows in 2015, and the moment has never been better for old and new fans to
remind themselves of the cultural force and punk rock power of Rancid.1. Back Where I Belong
2. Raise Your Fist
3. Collision Course
4. Evil s My Friend
5. Honor Is All We Know
6. A Power Inside
7. In The Streets
8. Face Up
9. Already Dead
12. Now We re Through With You
13. Everybody s Suffering
14. Grave Digger$19.99Vinyl LP + CD - Sealed Buy Now
REDD-TRA-3741xMouth Of The Architect
DawningMight the time finally be right for Mouth of the Architect? For a decade, the Ohio band has largely been ghettoized to cult status, familiar to Midwestern kids or those paying more than casual attention to what's clumsily called "post-metal," at least post-Isis. Between 2004 and 2008, Mouth of the Architect released three rather convincing-- if sometimes haphazardly indulgent-- records of unified doom and grace. Dependent upon extreme dynamics and grand composition, with track lengths that ticked into the teens and albums that stretched past the hour mark, Mouth of the Architect seemed like a natural recipient of the same "brainy metal" laurels then distributed by outlets as illustrious as The New York Times.
But the ascendance never came, and since 2008's teetering Quietly, the band instead lingered at the threshold of self-destruction. They released an EP in 2010, but, as a revealing Invisible Oranges look into the band's last half-decade suggests, they mostly tried not to die-- as a group, really, or as people. "Some of us were convinced that the end was coming, either the big picture or individually," drummer Dave Mann told Brad Sanders. "Some of us, me in particular, were in a downward spiral in a lot of ways."
The appropriately titled new album Dawning is their first in five years and their first featuring bassist Evan Danielson. It's also their best work to date, a fully realized resurrection. Dawning showcases a band that now moves with an intricacy and immediacy that indicate just what Mouth of the Architect is: a veteran group comprising members with long rÉsumÉs, who've now gotten a chance to begin again and know what to do with it. A wonder of tension and release, Dawning is designed to throw listeners into tailspins and, then, to lift them above the mess. That drama not only reflects the survival of the band that stuck around long enough to make this album but also of a group that's now pushed past the cloister of post-metal: Despite the hardened visage of tough-guy screams, burly guitar tones, and Mann's aggressive drumming, Dawning is a compulsively likable record, full of anthems meant for memorizing and environments meant for immersion. (Hell, "Sharpen Your Axes" could pass for millennial Incubus.) If you've ever liked Isis there's plenty for you here; on the other hand, if you like, say, Abbey Road-- or any music that tries to outstrip the structure of a single song while not abandoning its magnetism-- Dawning deserves your time, too.
Should the metal prefixes "progressive" or even "post-" suggest long-winded, self-invested excursions nestled within songs that require an almanac, scrap the notion for Dawning. Yes, these songs stretch between seven and 11 minutes each, but even the longest, centerpiece "How This Will End, hinges upon narrative thrust and musical selflessness. If there are any guitar solos here at all, they come toward the start and the finish of "How This Will End, when a neon electric tone arches over a mounting cavalcade of drums and bass. Rather than serve as breaks in the momentum, though, both passages lead tremendous swells that rise to meet the troika of vocalists in another instance of triumph. Not one moment among these 11 minutes seems squandered or lost, as the quintet keeps rising and falling, churning and rebuilding.
Opener "Lullabye" establishes that principle from the jump, or as soon as traipsing acoustic guitar and twinkling piano concede to a heroic riff wrapped within three-part, gang-style harmonies. Mouth of the Architect move constantly between parts; at various points, they leap from near-silence to a quake viscous enough to make plenty of stoner metal sound thin, from guitar leads that suggest Chicago blues moan to math-rock redirection. Behind the kit, Mann serves as the expert rudder, keeping the songs steady even as he navigates the transfers. This constant swivel also depends upon the split vocal duties of Steve Brooks, Kevin Schindel, and Jason Watkins. They trade verses, flip-flopping between pristine radio rock leads and malevolent growls, sometimes only for a line at the time. They often share choruses, delivering them the sort of group-vocal abandon that hints at a darkened Danielson Family. Their singing-- here, more charged and urgent than it's ever been-- gives all of the band's moving pieces a through-line from one side to the other.
Talk of the tide of intelligent or somehow otherwise-elevated heavy music hasn't faded during Mouth of the Architect's temporary absence. Though both Sunn O))) and the late Isis have only released one album since MotA's last one, the acceptance of and debate over nominally black metal acts such as Liturgy, Wolves in the Throne Room, Krallice and Deafheaven has kept that conversation current. Mouth of the Architect only nods to that au courant talking point during Dawning, most notably with the blizzard of tremolo guitars that open "It Swarms" and the clattering way the band emerges from an instrumental break during "Sharpen Your Axes". But at the very least, Dawning deserves mention alongside Deafheaven's Sunbather, a record that's most notable for its holistic approach to drama and romance and the complete cinema of itself. Mouth of the Architect has long written from a vantage of imminent apocalypse, a perspective Dawning does not forego. There's talk of collapsing systems and prevailing darkness, spent luck and idolized disrepair. But at record's end, when Mouth of the Architect's three singers trade and share lines about risking it all even if they come up short, it's hard not to hear a core of redemption and potential hope within the music itself. And after returning from the brink to make one of the year's most rapturous records, metal or post-metal or whatever, there had better be.
- Grayson Currin (Pitchfork)1. Lullabye
2. It Swarms
3. Sharpen Your Eyes
4. How Will This End
6. The Other Son$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
MaraqopaDamien Jurados newest collaboration with producer Richard Swift drops us into a brutal and benevolent landscape. The bold strokes and new turns the pair made with 2010s Saint Bartlett are taken even further. He throws open the gate on his oft insular dirges and allows them to do some real wilding out in the canyon. In Maraqopa, the vistas are miles-wide; the action is more dynamic; the close-ups sweaty and snarling.
The strummed desert blues that begins Nothing is the News quickly bursts open into an Eddie Hazel-worthy supernova shred session, all of it swirling in tinny-psych and Echoplexd howls. Weve never heard anything like this from Jurado. Fifteen years into his remarkable career, and he continues to blossom. Jurado and Swift establish themselves not only as inventive, trusting collaborators, but as one anothers spirit animals in American outsider songcraft, lone wolves in black sheeps clothing. Swift is the Ennio Morricone to Jurados Sergio Leone.
At Swifts National Freedom studios, the live-to-tape ethos allowed these songs to expand and retract like a great beasts breath. Every in-the-moment bell and whistle here is hung with a natural, casual care. And from this, each song offers up its own unique gift: the enchanting childrens choir that echoes each line of Jurados lament for innocence lost on Life Away from the Garden; the breezy bossa nova that begins This Time Next Year and rises as effortless as a smoke cloud into high-noon showdown pop; Reel to Reel's wobbly, Spector-symphony and its meta themes; and the wonderful falsetto vocal work Jurado pulls from himself on Museum of Flight.1. Nothing Is The News
2. Life Away From The Garden
4. This Time Next Year
5. Reel To Reel
6. Working Titles
7. Everyone A Star
8. So On, Nevada
9. Museum Of Flight
10. Mountains Still Asleep$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Running WildPressed On 2x White Colored Vinyl
Includes A 16 Circular Emblem Sticker Sheet
Full Color Custom Printed Sleeves Including Photos & Full Album Lyrics
Seattle rapper/producer Grieves emerged in 2007 with his independently released album, Irreversible. In the years that followed, he wholly devoted himself to touring, writing and recording, honing his craft and defining his sound. His 2011 Rhymesayers debut, Together/Apart, was a career landmark and a testament to his growth in both, his writing and delivery, and this progression was re-affirmed by his follow-up, Winter & The Wolves, in 2014. Now, after three years, Grieves prepares to reveal further evolution with the release of his new full-length album, Running Wild.
On Running Wild, Grieves teamed up with Swedish producer Chords. Together, the two have produced a modernized sound that is lush and intoxicating, pairing punchy drums with thick layers of synths and warm bass lines, all accented by soulful keys, horns, or guitars. Whether dark and moody, or upbeat and jazzy, Grieves navigates and complements the soundscape, penning verses that range from vulnerable and confessional, to fun and carefree. Grieves is most certainly breaking boundaries, truly running wild, all while remaining honest to himself.LP 1
3. Boop Bop Da Willy Willy (feat. Paris Alexa)
4. Chillin' (Ice Cold (feat. Romaro Franceswa)
5. What It Dew
7. Roses (feat. Fearce Vill & Davey Jones)
1. No Sleep (feat. Paris Alexa)
2. Bonnie and Clyde
4. Night Shift
5. Cloudless Sky (Interlude)
7. 5,000 Miles$25.99Colored Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Trust No OneGatefold LP Includes Bonus Tracks
Dark clouds over California - and everywhere else: DevilDriver teamed up once again
with producer Mark Lewis and the Audio Hammer Studios for their seventh opus that
is nothing short of sensational! Three years after the lush Winter kills, we bear witness
to the birth of a sleek new version of the band in the shape of TRUST NO ONE. An
unapologetic title that strengthens the fact that Dez Fafara and co have compressed
their energies: the opener 'Testimony Of Truth' isn`t simply a catchy masterpiece
comfortably nestled in between soaring guitars and massive groove, it also catches
up with the band`s classic moments! Insidious hooks refine eerie tunes such as 'My
Night Sky', but there is always room for hauntingly beautiful epic parts in all this
mayhem. These wolves need no sheep's clothing!
1. Testimony Of Truth
2. Bad Deeds
3. My Night Sky
4. This Deception
5. Above It All
7. Trust No One
8. Feeling Ungodly
10. For What It's Worth
11. House Divided*
12. Evil On Swift Wings*
*bonus track$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Let The Dominoes FallRancid's Let The Dominoes Fall is essential Rancid: a readymade punk classic that will take its place beside And Out Come the Wolves as a touchstone of the genre, filled with two-minute gems that every kid in America will be singing along with this summer. Lead by first single Last One To Die, a defiant anthem of brotherhood and commitment that's already tearing it up at modern rock radio, Let the Dominoes Fall both continues and expands on Rancid's legacy, as the new songs show a lyrical depth perhaps best shown in the two songs that center the album, Civilian Ways and The Bravest Kids. Punk has often seen the world as us vs. them, but with these two songs, a sensitive portrait of a returning serviceman and a loving tribute to those that serve, Rancid show empathy for working Americans that recalls the songs of Springsteen or Petty. Rancid have set their sights on greater things and hit the bullseye. Also features guest star Booker T. on Hammond organ on the super danceable Up To No Good.1. East Bay Night
2. This Place
3. Up To No Good
4. Last One To Die
6. I Ain't Worried
8. New Orleans
9. Civilian Ways
10. The Bravest Kids
11. Skull City
12. L.A. River
14. Dominoes Fall
15. Liberty and Freedom
16. You Want It, You Got It
18. That's Just The Way It Is Now
19. The Highway$19.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Seventh SwamphonySeventh Swamphony is the seventh studio album by the Finnish melodic death metal band Kalmah and is their first album with new keyboardist Veli-Matti Kananen. The album was recorded at Tico-Tico Studios in Kemi, Finland, and was mixed and mastered by Jens Bogren.
Few would deny that in the late 1990s and very early 2000s, Finnish death metal began shifting it's direction across the board. Although Amorphis themselves never lost any stride, the whole 'depression metal' thing just kinda faded away, to be replaced by something far more aggressive and energetic. Bands such as Children of Bodom, Norther, and Insomnium broke through with a sound that although was still firmly rooted in the brutality of death metal, were not too shy to throw in the occasional thrash and black metal influence to in turn create something new and exciting. With the exception of perhaps the aforementioned Insomnium, Kalmah had always been perhaps the most flat-out extreme and agro, and has steadily upped the ante with every succeeding release.
Right from the get-go, this disc opens up with a synth-hit-infused blasting skank-beat that flows easily into the pit-worthy yet SUPER-catchy chorus. This kind of sets the tone for this whole disc, and you get eight incredibly intense-yet-focus fistpumping/headbanging perfect examples of memorably melodic death metal that oozes every ounce of brutality that it can out of the riffage contained herein. A theme that is echoed in practically every song they've ever done is their effortless use of solemn, slightly-folksy lead guitar melodies on top of the high-energy thrashy rhythms underneath. Songs such as Deadfall and Wolves On The Throne are amazing and true-to-form for this band; heavy on melody and light on respite. The former song also features a glimpse of the ivory-tickling prowess of new keyboardist Veli-Matti Kananen, who in both his melody lines and also in his soloing has an almost youthful whimsy as he jams up and down the board. Once you notice it for the first time, you tend to notice that this may be one of the most keyboard-heavy albums the band has ever done, but that is because this may be the first time since 2002 that the band's keyboardist has had anything meaningful to add to the table in terms of songwriting. Maybe that's a bit drastic, but that's sure what it sounds like here, and that isn't to say that the omnipresent keys drown out the massive wall of guitar and bass. Antti Kokko is still one of underground metal's unknown guitar heroes with how deftly he weaves his melody lines through these tracks, and never mind how ridiculous his solos are. Need a point of reference? He's a straight-faced, serious, no-B.S. version of Alexi Laiho. And his brother Pekka Kokko's voice has never sounded better either, easily crossing from the higher-pitched, black metal-version of Mille Petrozza he always used to do on the older records with the flat-out demonic growl he's wielded since the masterful The Black Waltz album. He even manages to weave in a bit of clean singing for the first time that I can remember hearing on a Kalmah record, and speaking of which...
...remember how in the first paragraph we kind of stated that the melancholic Finnish death metal of yesteryear has been kind of hard to find as of late? Well, Kalmah decided to dish out their own version in fourth track Hollo. After listening to it maybe 10 times now, I've realized that I just need to stop the internal dialogue on whether or not it's a good direction for the band and instead just focus on how amazing the song itself is. For most of the track it really is one of the best pieces of old school Amorphis-worship that I've ever heard, before doing a Viking metal shift about halfway through, complete with calling horns and battle-ready gang vocals. Apart from this tune, the most that Kalmah otherwise deviates from what they know works is the almost-punky opening of Windlake Tale.
A lot of people unfairly write this band off as Bodom clones, and it's really unfortunate when they put out such amazingly dark and heavy records like this that really set them apart. If anything, I feel that this record will continue to appease Kalmah's core fanbase who've stuck it out since the beginning, but with it's perfect mixjob (except for some questionable leveling of the opening melody of Wolves on the Throne) where everything comes through crisp and clear (or as crisp and clear as a band as loud and agro as this likes to get), it can be an easy-to-get-into album for those still uninitiated.
Raise a horn of mead to the swamplords...they did it again!
- ArnoldHablewitz (The Metal Archives)1. Seventh Swamphony
5. Windlake Tale
6. Wolves On a Throne
7. Black Marten's Trace
8. The Trapper$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Dormant Heart'Dormant' is not a word that you can associate with Reading's metallers SYLOSIS - the band who have in the past few years alone toured with LAMB OF GOD, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, DEVIL DRIVER and TRIVIUM. As well as playing huge festivals across the globe such as Sonisphere, Wacken, Graspop and Pukkelpop.
Dormant Heart is not a peaceful album, it's a powerful force, unleashing anger against every day injustice and a sleeping society that lets these things wash over them. Frontman Josh Middleton explains: "The title refers to people going through life on autopilot and being one of the herd. How a lot of people simply accept the way things are just because it's 'tradition' as opposed to taking a good look at the world around you and thinking for yourself. Sometimes there are catalysts that happen and change our perspective or consciousness "
One might take this catalyst as being representative of the driving accident that SYLOSIS had on a US tour with TRIVIUM and DEVIL DRIVER in September 2013. Luckily the band escaped the RV accident without major injuries but had to withdraw from the rest of the American shows. It was a big influence on the writing of their fourth album. This isn't a band that lets the tough gruelling schedule of touring wear them down though and once they'd been patched up and recovered they were back on the road in the UK. The incident did however provide food for thought as to how the band has to some extent a constant element of danger and personal sacrifice.
SYLOSIS began tracking the album back in March 2014 working away secretly alongside touring commitments. Josh Middleton took a step up on this album producing it himself with the help of engineer Scott Atkins. The album was mastered by TESSERACT guitarist Acle Kahney. Josh says of the recording process "It was great doing some of the recording with Scott again. We've got a good working relationship and he's really dedicated to what he does. We like to strive for a very earthy and organic sound. It adds to the human element and brings out the intensity and vibe in the music."
Guitars and vocals were recorded at Wizard Sound Studios in the band's hometown Reading. Drums were recorded in May at Monkey Puzzle Studios by original drummer Rob Callard who parted ways with SYLOSIS in September 2014 due to time restraints. BLEED FROM WITHINs Ali Richardson is now drumming for the band permanently after filling in for some live shows on the bands spring 2014 tour.
Dormant Heart retains the distinctive SYLOSIS sound; a mixture of intense heavy guitar riffs, breakdowns, thudding rhythm and Middleton's growl. It's difficult to tie-down the band into a specific type of metal genre. Stomping opener 'Where The Wolves Come To Die' unleashes an aggressive start whilst 'Leech' provides those breakdowns and epic choruses. 'Mercy' demonstrates the mix of galloping rhythm and melodic guitar riffs whilst Josh fiercely declares 'there's no redemption'. Aptly named closer track 'Quiescent' provides over 9 minutes of solemn prog showing a less forceful side of the band it's ballad like in nature, with lyrics questioning Maybe the flames are all they have?' It's softer in dynamic but the sense of impending doom remains 'Fail to rescue// I can see// Now the line is drawn at our feet'.
Josh summarises the record as their best work to date. "It's the most pissed off, aggressive and intense album we've done, yet it still retains the epic, progressive and melodic side we're also known for. It's a very gloomy and atmospheric album. We've been through a lot as a band and individuals and we've made our darkest album to date."1. Where The Wolves Come To Die
2. Victims And Pawns
3. Dormant Heart
4. To Build A Bomb
11. Callous Souls
13. Pillars Erode
14. Zero (Smashing Pumpkins cover)$28.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
WildfirePressed On Silver Vinyl
Housed In A Gatefold Sleeve
DESTRÖYER 666 have no need to prove anything. The band originally starting out as a solo project of BESTIAL WARLUST guitarist KK in Australia in 1994 has already delivered four highly acclaimed and influential albums that cemented their excellent reputation within the metal scene.
Now 'Wildfire' makes a complete fist that goes straight into your face. These nine heavy hymns are made of the essence of metal. There is no core, no post, no bullshit on this album - just great hard hitting song. Each track is hammered out rough and gritty, yet at the same time they all are intelligently arranged and massive in sound.
The term old school applies to a point, but without any clinging to simple nostalgia. DESTRÖYER 666 have nothing in common with a bunch of kids trying to emulate the eighties, but live and breathe metal since that golden age of hard music.
With their debut album 'Unchain the Wolves' (1997), DESTRÖYER 666 quickly gained international attention. The band followed up with the even stronger 'Phoenix Rising' (2000), which saw the Australians relocating to Europe in order to satisfy the soaring demand for touring and festival shows. After a round of line-up changes, their third full length 'Cold Steel... For an Iron Age' (2002) again took the scene by storm. After a hiatus caused among other issues by disenchantment with the business, DESTRÖYER 666 returned with the crushing 'Defiance' to climb to a new peak in 2009.
Now, the band around mastermind KK unleashes 'Wildfire' with nine burning tracks that will hunt you down like a pack of fiery wolves. DESTRÖYER 666 deliver metal at its best - made powerful by an unbroken and unrelenting spirit. No compromise!1. Traitor
2. Live And Burn
3. Artiglio Del Diavolo
4. Hounds At Ya Back
5. Hymn To Dionysus
7. White Line Fever
8. Die You Fucking Pig!
9. Tamam Shud$21.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Chronic TownChronic Town established R.E.M.'s signature sound immediately, expanding the jangling riffs of their debut single, Radio Free Europe, into a full-fledged modus operandi. Recorded at Mitch Easter's Drive-In Studios, the EP has an endearingly ragged sound -- it's a garage band playing jangling pop songs, and while the music is melodic and memorable, it has an underground mentality that keeps it from sounding conventional. Their songwriting is distinctive, with Gardening at Night, Wolves, Lower, and Carnival of Sorts (Box Cars) ranking as early classics.1. Wolves, Lower
2. Gardening At Night
3. Carnival Of Sorts (Box Cars)
5. Stumble$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Black Parade / Living With Ghosts (10th Anniversary Edition)My Chemical Romance will release The Black Parade / Living With Ghosts (The 10th Anniversary Edition) via Warner Bros. Records.
The set contains a reissue of My Chemical Romance's genre-defining album, The Black Parade, which was originally released by Reprise in October 2006.
The new edition also includes 11 previously unreleased demos and outtakes from the original recording session with producer Rob Cavallo. Among them are 'The Five of Us Are Dying', an early version of 'Welcome To The Black Parade'; demos of the album tracks 'Mama' and 'Disenchanted'; and two versions of 'House of Wolves'. Five tracks - 'Party At The End Of The World', 'My Way Home Is Through You', 'Not That Kind of Girl', 'Emily' and 'All The Angels' - have never been released in any form.LPs 1+2: The Black Parade
1. The End
3. This Is How I Disappear
4. The Sharpest Lives
5. Welcome to the Black Parade
6. I Don't Love You
7. House of Wolves
13. Famous Last Words
LP 3: Living With Ghosts
1. The Five of Us Are Dying (rough mix)
2. Kill All Your Friends (live demo)
3. Party At The End Of The World (live demo)
4. Mama (live demo)
5. My Way Home Is Through You (live demo)
6. Not That Kind Of Girl (live demo)
7. House of Wolves, Version 1 (live demo)
8. House of Wolves, Version 2 (live demo)
9. Emily (rough mix)
10. Disenchanted (live demo)
11. All The Angels (live demo)$31.99Vinyl LP - 3 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Blame ConfusionMontreal band Solids went to school with bands from the 90s, like Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr and Superchunk. Formed by Xavier Germain-Poitras (guitar) and Louis Guillemette (drums), the duo has understood that melody never shines as much as when it is forced to fight its way through many layers of distortion and feedback effects. A first EP released in 2010, Generic Dogs, already united fans of chaotic choruses under the banner of their intense rock. A 7 (Fog Friends b / w Blown Out) and a split 7 created with Toronto band Animal Faces have confirmed Solid's reputation: a rare duo able to reconcile punks, rockers and metalheads. Blame Confusion, recorded by Adrian Popovich at Mountain City Studio (We Are Wolves, Sam Roberts, The Dears, etc.), is the band's first full-length album.1. Over The Sirens
2. Off White
4. Haze Away
5. Blame Confusion
6. Laisser Faire
7. Cold Hands
8. Through The Walls
9. Not Complaining
10. Terminal$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Live at the Music HallThose who were fortunate to catch Phosphorescent at any of the their shows in 2013 can attest to the fact
that this is no ordinary touring band. Built around the core of founding member/songwriter Matthew
Houck, Phosphorescent has expanded from a loop-station based solo act into a fully fledged classic rock
band to be held in the same regard as the likes of Crazy Horse. They spent most of 2013 touring behind
their hugely acclaimed album Muchacho, and by the end of the year the band were at the peak of their
powers. This 3xLP live album was recorded over the course of four jam-packed, sweltering holiday
nights in mid-December.
The shows featured the full line up of Matthew Houck (Voice, Guitar, Piano), Rustine Bragaw (Bass,
Voice), Christopher Marine (Drums), David Torch (Percussion), Jo Schornikow (Organ, Voice), Scott
Stapleton (Piano, Voice), Ricky Ray Jackson (Pedal Steel, Guitar, Voice). The songs are culled from across
the catalogue of Phosphorescent albums stretching back to early live favorite 'Wolves', which is featured
here in both solo form and in full band guise, through to current classics such as 'Song for Zula' & Ride
After the shows, Houck spent hours going through the recordings, piecing together this definitive live
collection. This is far from a quick cash-in live album - in fact, it should should perhaps be seen as the
ultimate Phosphorescent record, taking the recordings that make the studio album to a whole new level.
Once Houck had pieced together the tracks, he and album mixer John Agnello worked through the
tracks, mixing them to truly represent that amazing Phosphorescent sound - one part cowboy bravado,
one part wounded master.
You can hear how Houck's voice cracks over over the tender 'Tell Me Baby ' and how it soars in the
perhaps definitive Phosphorecent live song 'Los Angeles'. The musicianship on display here is supreme,
particularly Ricky Ray's sublime pedal steel and the dual keyboard work of Schornikow and Stapleton,
playing opposite each other and playing off each other. This album should be considered an addition to
the pantheon of classic live records - The Who's Live at Leeds, Frampton Comes Alive, Neil Young's Rust
Never Sleeps, The Band's The Last Waltz, Bob Marley's Live, Cheap Trick's Live at the Budokan - like those,
it is a defining moment in the catalogue of Phosphorescent.1. Sun Arise! (An Invocation/An Introduction) (Live)
2. A New Anhedonia (Live)
3. Terror In The Canyons (The Wounded Master) (Live)
4. The Quotidian Beasts (Live)
5. Tell Me Baby (Have You Had Enough) (Live)
6. Nothing Was Stolen (Love Me Foolishly)(Live)
7. Dead Heart (Live)
8. Down To Go (Live)
9. Song For Zula (Live)
10. Ride On/Right On (Live)
11. A Picture Of Our Torn Up Praise (Solo, Live)
12. Muchacho's Tune (Solo, Live)
13. Wolves (Solo, Live)
14. Joe Tex, These Taming Blues (Live)
15. Los Angeles (Live)
16. A Picture Of Our Torn Up Praise (Live)
17. South (Of America) (Live)
18. Wolves (Live)
19. At Death, A Proclamation (Live)$34.99Vinyl LP - 3 LPs Sealed Buy Now