New Releases – 7th October 2016

Welcome to the first of my weekly new release posts. There are approximately a squillion albums coming out today but here are the most interesting and exciting ones. As chosen by me. First off, we’ve got a band that I don’t talk about all that often…

Part with your cash 'til you puke!
Part with your cash till you puke!

Saxon – Let Me Feel Your Power

I’m currently reviewing my way through the Saxon catalogue. It’s a mighty challenge that just got mightier with this, their 10th official live album. Let Me Feel Your Power captures their recent (and ongoing) Battering Ram tour with a couple of shows and plenty of new tracks making their live album debuts. Available in the usual combinations of CD/DVD/BR/vinyl etc… At my current rate of Saxon coverage, expect a review of this in late 2023.

Cherries on bananas!
Cherries on bananas!

Meshuggah – The Violent Sleep of Reason

The big new metal album of the week but a band that I’ve never really bothered with. I couldn’t really remember why that was though so I gave their new song Born in Dissonance a listen on Spotify. It’s OK, there’s some pretty impressive riff moments but… nah. I can see the appeal but I’m just not feeling it personally. It doesn’t put cream in my coffee. Or butter on my biscuit! And when I’m up for breakfast that’s what I need… especially after a violent sleep of reason.

Shouldn't it be "maths" though?
Pure raunch.

Watchtower – Concepts of Math: Book One

Twisty-turny thrashers Watchtower were one of the pioneering techy 80s bands (along with the likes of Coroner and Voivod) that paved the way for bands like Meshuggah. But, for all their influence, they didn’t last long: their last studio album was 1989’s Control and Resistance. But now they’re back with this compilation of some recent digital singles. In the 80s there weren’t too many bands doing the math metal thing but now it’s more prevalent. Interesting to hear how these originators will fare these days. Out on CD and vinyl, it’s not a rush-out-and-buy for me but it’s definitely going on my wishlist.

Give yourself a pat on the back... like this guy!
Give yourself a pat on the back… like this guy!

Gojira – Terra Incognita

Gojira’s early albums have been out of print for quite a while now with copies being offered for eye-watering sums. So if, like me, you could smell the inevitable reissues a mile off and held off, then give yourself a pat on the back! Listenable Records have now reissued the band’s debut album on CD and vinyl. And they’ll be reissuing The Link and The Link Alive in November too… but that’s a story for another week.

Success, excess and Hindu texts. Yes!
Success, excess and Hindu texts. Yes!

Yes – Tales from Topographic Oceans

A lot of love out there for Steven Wilson’s 5.1 mixing jobbies. And here he is again, taking on Yes’ notorious doubler. I reckon there were better Yes albums before and after this but there is great stuff on this. That said, I’m sure most people would agree it was padded out a bit too much, a spot of bloat that provided Rick Wakeman valuable time to snarf down a curry during their gigs. I’ll pass on this cause I’m happy enough with my current copy but it does look like a good value release. Available as 2CD/2DVDA or a 3CD/1BR set. Completists ought to go for the latter as it has extra third disc of bonus tracks including some previously unreleased stuff.

Probably just the rigor mortis
Probably just the rigor mortis

Sarcofago – Die… Hard!

It’s all gone a bit proggy this week so here’s Brazil’s legendary Sarcofago to ruin everything! Greyhaze Records released this excellent demo collection on CD last year and now it finally receives a vinyl pressing. It’s an absolutely smashing archive release and Greyhaze have done a great job with it . I’ll pass cause I’m happy with my CD copy but fans of extreme metal on vinyl should snap this up. The liner notes (from Wagner Antichrist!) are worth the price of entry alone. But if you’re a false… don’t entry.

On the less tempting side we’ve got a remaster of Dave Lee Roth’s Your Filthy Little Mouth. Think this Friday Music remaster has been available before though. But I do like a bit of DLR at this time of the year. And Osmose are reissuing Exciter’s The Dark Command and Blood of Tyrants. Canadian metal! Not terribly exciting but CanCon regulations require me to include them.

And that’s plenty for one week. Some pretty good stuff out there. Quite a few things I’ll probably just pass on though, or at least just put on the backburner. The Saxon is essential, Watchtower is pretty tempting and I’ll probably grab the Gojira cause if it goes out of print again and ends up on eBay for £376 I’ll feel like a right fanny. Happy hunting and I hope you can join me next Friday when the rundown will include one of THE metal releases of the year.

Next Friday: Arctic Thunder!
Next Friday: Arctic Thunder!

36 thoughts on “New Releases – 7th October 2016”

  1. I’m very tempted by that Saxon Blu. The last one was good, but the sound was slightly off and I sit there loving it BUT. And I try and lieto myself about the BUT part. Hopefully this one is the perfection Saxon deserve.

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    1. Was that the Warriors of the Road one? I got that on DVD… was it that the sound was crap or was it the quality of the disc (out of sync or whatever)? I enjoyed the doc with that one. Have you got the Heavy Metal Thunder doc? That’s got a classic Saxon show as a bonus and it’s awesome!

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      1. I’ve seen the doc but not the bonus, must buy myself a copy becuase I love those type of docs. Yeah, Warriors 2, its just I dunno, mixed wrong and could do with some serious EQ boosting. It just doesnt sound as good as every other major band’s Blu Ray releases. Something tinny and distant about it. Not to a crazy extent, but when I watch it I need to majorly readjust my eq settings and stuff and then swap them all back to normal for everyone else.

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  2. Unlike you to talk about that Saxon lot, eh? That sounds pretty good – I quite liked the Battering Ram album, y’know. Is that a sword through his chest?

    Interestingly enough, I was actually chatting with a colleague about the vinyl hoard box. All the Saxon live stuff you can throw a stick at, eh?

    Aside from Gojira and Yes, I haven’t heard of the others (obviously).

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    1. There was a vinyl box a while back of studio albums too… Nice sets! Most of the live box is on CD already so I’m not going to shell out for that I don’t think. I think there was only one LP in it when stuff I don’t have. Beh!

      And you’ve heard of them all now! Impress all of your friends!

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      1. It’s cool if you really want the live albums on vinyl but I think they’ve been a bit cheeky renaming the discs as “Live at…” when really they are just the various Eagle Has Landed sequels! The only thing I don’t have is the Rocksound concert but it’s on one of the DVDs and it’s mostly just the usual suspects in the track listing so not missing much there.


      1. I dig it. ‘Readers are asked to bear in mind that music is all a big load o’ sweaty bollox, no matter how cool or desirable this post may make it seem. Now piss off, please.’

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  3. Saxon! Did I tell you that my last (brief) dig in Taranna yielded not one used Saxon CD? It was odd. In a way, it’s good, because people seem to be keeping their albums, but not good because I couldn’t get any for me!

    I am ALL over that Gojira re-release. I’ve had an original copy of it on my Grail List since I made the damn Grail List!

    r.e. Watchtower – you say math metal, and all I can think of is Dillinger Escape Plan. Is it like that?

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    1. You did tell me about Saxon. Sign of quality that!

      Got Gojira here already. And it’s got bonus tracks which I wasn’t expecting.

      Not heard enough DEP to say… But I doubt they’re very similar. Maybe linked through influence, the time signatures and all that, but Watchtower were more a thrash band. Don’t know about their new stuff though. If you like DEP and Gojira you might like Meshuggah? Have you heard them?


      1. How did you get Gojira already? It’s not even out here, yet! Dammit!

        DEP is frickin’ crazy, man. I dunno, it’s just what I think of when I think of what people call math rock/metal. There’s some thrash to what they do, though…

        I know of Meshuggah, haven’t really gone out of my way to hear a whole lot… yet. It’s yet another one on the list. 🙂

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  4. I managed to pick up Terra Incognita, The Link and From Mars… all from iTunes for good prices – like a fiver for each – as I knew I’d have to sell my kidney to own them physically.

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      1. Haha. I’ll try to 😉

        And yeah, I don’t shop on iTunes as much as I used to nowadays, but I still find the odd thing to get from there.

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