New Releases – 28th October 2016

Mighty HMOverlord, we summon thee. Tell us what’s oot the day. Oh, alright then.

Rejected album titles: Team Cobra, The Asp Squad and Mamba Men.

Testament – Brotherhood of the Snake

It’s hard to believe it’s been four whole years since Testament’s last album Dark Roots of the Earth. Remember when taking four years to make an album was big news? Anyway, the Bay Area thrashers are back, with one of 2016’s most hotly-anticipated albums and a froth of rave reviews. I have to confess I blow a bit hot and cold with Testament: not a huge fan. But I thought the last album was pretty decent so I’ll definitely give this a listen at least. See what the fuss is about.

The Strictly judges had never seen anything like it
The Strictly judges had never seen anything like it

Anaal Nathrakh – The Whole of the Law

Birmingham’s industrial/black/grind aggro merchants return with their new album The Whole of the Law. I’m very excited to hear this, I was listening to a new track Hold Your Children Close and Pray for Oblivion this week and it was absolutely outstanding. Corrosive white noise that could strip paint but absurdly memorable with it. Not just angry buggers then, but talented angry buggers. If they can keep that quality up for a whole album then this should be well worth shouting about.

Turned out that touching, and eating, people’s cookies was a hanging offence in some states.

Love/Hate – Before the Blackout

Love/Hate’s debut album Blackout in the Red Room was easily one of the best albums to come out of the whole LA glam scene: big balls, genuine sleaze and a glorious mix of stupid and clever. If you don’t have it, you really should get it. And if you do have it, you’ll be intrigued by this collection of their pre-debut demos. Don’t recognise most of the song titles here so it’s hard to say if these are songs that were subsequently ditched or if they’re familiar songs that were just retooled for the album. Probably a bit of both. Buy Japanese for extra tunes.

Where did they come from, these vinyl hoards?
Where did they come from, these vinyl hoards?

Saxon – The Vinyl Hoard

Saxon (via Demon Music Group) follow up their recent Eagles and Dragons vinyl set with this set of live albums. The new disc titles like Dogs of War Tour 1995 are a little misleading: what you’re getting here is the complete Eagle Has Landed II and III albums and the audio of the Rocksound Festival show from 2006 (taken from the To Hell and Back Again DVD). So it’s not all quite as new as it might initially appear but all these recordings are making their vinyl debuts here so it’s still an enticing set for vinyl collectors.

Literally the most metal release this week

Public Image Ltd – Metal Box and Album (Deluxe Editions)

Two fancy deluxe editions of the classic PiL albums in CD or vinyl sets. These look wonderful and are chock full of extras and bonus tracks. The packaging is very attractive but… £40-50 each is just a little bit prohibitive for a casual fan like me. About £130 each if you want the vinyl! If I was more into them, I’d probably be all over these. As it stands I’ll just gaze on in wonder. Hopefully they’ll just appear in the New Year sales. I’m sure the shiny Metal Box will shift fast though, but I could be wrong… I could be right.

IKEA’s new shelving unit GÖTH proved less than popular

My Dying Bride – Meisterwerk III

My Dying Bride’s compilation series expanded and brought up to date. Curiously, although there are lots of listings for this, I couldn’t find any mention of it on the official sites. Hmmm… It looks like a decent introductory affair with a selection of rarities but die-hards might prefer the rarity-filled 5CD set A Harvest of Dread which is due out in December.

In other news, we’ve got incredibly evil vinyl reissues from Mercyful Fate (Dead Again and Into the Unknown) and Cradle of Filth (From the Cradle to Enslave EP on spooky blood red vinyl). Just in time for Halloween! Elsewhere, Quartz follow up some well-received comeback gigs with a new album Fear No Evil, out on High Roller Records on CD and vinyl. One for NWOBHM fans that. New Orleans sludge gods Crowbar release The Serpent Only Lies and last, but certainly not least, Black Sabbath release The Ultimate Collection. Not just the latest in a long line of Sabbath comps: it’s the ULTIMATE wan. Oooh.

That’s all the highlights this week. Hope there’s stuff here that’ll float your boat. If there’s anything else you fancy, let me know and… happy hunting!


40 thoughts on “New Releases – 28th October 2016”

  1. I come for the news about new albums, I stay for the frickin’ brilliant captions on the shite photies. Haha awesome stuff.

    ANOTHER Sabbath comp? How many times can they put this stuff out? Is it just the original 6 albums tracks again? Because an ultimate Sabbath set oughta include all the other band iterations too…

    The Saxon set looks nice, but that’s a lot of live stuff – probably only gonna appeal to a certain set of folks, ya think?

    I don’t own the Love/Hate, so… I guess I’d better, eh?

    I’m most interested in the PiL set but I’m with you – that’s pretty rich for my blood for a shiny tin.

    Once again our infernal HMO delivers… infernally…

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    1. Glad you like the captions! Sabbath is just tracks from the first 8 Ozzy outings. ULTIMATE!

      Saxon’s OK, more for vinyl collectors than anything else. I’d like that Rocksound disc but… not for £80-90. And the PiL stuff is 4CDs so it’s not too bad a price but too steep for a toe-dipper like me! Love/Hate’s Blackout in the Red Room is a fantastic album. Definitely grab it if you see it!

      I listened to Testament this morning and it was so-so. I’ve ordered the Anaal Nathrakh though.


      1. So… um… how is it more ultimate than any of the others? Hm… maybe it was made in Toronto. That would make it a World Class Event!

        I’ll watch for the Love/Hate!

        I don’t think I could put the word Anaal in my band name. Just like Mike’s Dixie Dregs. Couldn’t do it… Haha Anaal Dregs. GAH!

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      1. Yeah – I got out to a couple of gigs a year. Couple being two. But generally cause they were bands I love.

        I thought Saxon would be excellent, but I just wasn’t motivated to buy a ticket. Sold out, I hear…

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  2. Testament – big yup.

    And Crowbar – another big yup. Their new track “Falling While Rising” has been on constant listen.

    Not sure on Anaal maybe I’ll check them out.

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      1. Amen to that brother HMO!

        Part of the problem is that I’m having all manner of building work done at the moment and so I can’t physically reach my record player, as my nice tranquil front room has been transformed into a makeshift kitchen/utility room. You’ve not lived until you’ve coked for a family of 4 on a microwave balanced dangerously on a magazine rack.

        Not that it stopped me buying 7 LPs last week.

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