After a fairly intense few months of music buying, I’ve not been feeling the itch for new music so I’ll keep this month’s look through the new releases brief. Only the cream of the crop! And also, there is Record Store Day due on the 19th of April but you can check out that stuff here without me having to go into it. I’m not seeing any must-queue-for items on the list but I do enjoy the event so I might end up queuing for a memento or two. You can never have too much Bathory vinyl after all!
But, without further ado, let’s have a gander at what April 2014 has to offer.
Triptykon – Melana Chasmata (out 14th April)
The 2nd album from Triptykon, the post-Celtic Frost brainchild of Tom G. Warrior. This is easily one of the most anticipated releases of the year. Excitingly this album has been described as “atmospheric, dark, diabolical, and dramatic” and, even more excitingly, “a fierce boulder of abhorrence”. The deluxe version of Melana Chasmata will be available with a Tote Bag… presumably a fierce Tote Bag of abhorrence. I think I’ll stick with the retail CD version, thanks.
Death – Leprosy (2CD Edition)(28th April)
Death’s Death Metal classic finally gets the reissue treatment from Relapse. The label’s previous Death reissues have been top-notch so I’m well up for this. I’ll stick with the normal 2CD version but anyone that lives Stateside or doesn’t mind paying hefty postage charges should check out Relapse for various fancypants editions. So far I’ve stuck with the 2CD versions of all the others so this’ll do me. I do wonder if Symbolic will be included in this series? It seems to have been skipped, which is a shame. Death Metal fans will also want to check out Autopsy’s Tourniquets, Hacksaws And Graves (out 14th April)
Cheap Trick – On Top of the World 1978 Live Broadcast (7th April)
There have been loads of these unofficial Radio Broadcast CDs coming out lately. I’m a big CT fan and these are usually fairly cheap so this will be on my shopping list. Worth getting for a couple of the lesser heard tracks like Stiff Competition and Heaven Tonight anyway.
Winger – Better Days Comin’ (CD/DVD Deluxe Edition) (21st April)
I reckoned Winger’s 2006 album IV was magnificent but for some reason I never bothered checking out the follow-up Karma. The tracks I’ve heard from this sound good but I’m not sure I’m in the mood at the moment so I can probably get by without this for a while yet. Fans of persevering 80s Metallers might want to check out Sebastian Bach’s Give ‘Em Hell too (out 21st April.)
Black Label Society – Catacombs of the Black Vatican (Ltd. Ed) (7th April)
Despite enjoying BLS’s Shot to Hell album very much I’ve been ignoring these guys completely ever since. The crunch point seemed to have been seeing them live and being singularly unimpressed. I’ve really no reason to suspect their albums should be under-par but, to be honest, I rarely listen to any of their albums these days so I don’t know if I need to add another one to my collection. On the flip-side, maybe this could reawaken my interest in the band? Tough call. Does it come with a Tote Bag? That could swing it.
Entombed – Hollowman (FDR Vinyl Edition) (14th April)
The seemingly never-ending run of Entombed vinyl reissues continues. I’ve got to have them all! I don’t know why… but I just do!
And that’s the main events for the Metal month of April (if you’re me anyway) with Triptykon, Death, Cheap Trick and Entombed being the frontrunners. In addition, Manowar’s Kings of Metal MMXIV got put back to the 7th April so that’s still in the running too. As always, let me know what you’re excited about this month (as long as it’s music-related!) And let me know if there are any worth-getting-up-early-on-a-Saturday-morning-for Record Store Day releases I should know about. Other than the Bathory vinyl.