New Releases – 9th December 2016

Greg Lake’s passing has cast a right pall over the HMO Mission Control this week. There’s only one thing for it… some retail therapy. Get some music down ye!

Lovely shades of brown there but maybe this needs some... black. Black!
Lovely shades of brown there but maybe this needs some… black. Black!

Terra – Mors Secunda

UK black metallers Terra release the follow-up to their debut Untitled. Two dark and atmostpheric epics with some uplifting crescendos but mostly dank, raw, dirty and rhythmic. I singled their drummer Luke Braddick out for praise last year and he excels himself again here with a dynamic and intense performance. Worth checking out if you’re a fan of bands like Wolves in the Throne Room.

The anti-gravity guitar: easy on your back but a bugger to hold on to
The anti-gravity guitar: easy on your back but a bugger to hold on to

Deep Purple – California Jam 1974

The film of Purple’s legendary headliner restored for a new release on Blu Ray and DVD. If you don’t have it, this is a totally essential performance. Blackmore’s climatic solo is the stuff of rock legend, both in terms of music and antics. As well as the restorative spit and polish this version has supposedly been re-edited with different camera angles and stuff like that. Not sure that’s enough for me to buy it again but this is worth getting if you’ve never seen it, or if there’s a big Deep Purple fan in your life that you need to buy a Xmas gift for (cough).

Sigh. I miss MERP
Sigh. I miss MERP

Isengard – Traditional Doom Cult

A new Darkthrone album, then an archive release from them and now this! Fenriz fans (and that’s everyone surely?) really are getting spoiled rotten these days. Here are two unheard recordings from his old Bathory-esque side project on a sexy 7” single. Might be a bit of a barrel-scraper but I’ll bite. I’ve got this pre-ordered and if all this Fenriz-related activity keeps up I might have to just arrange a direct debit straight into his bloody bank account.

I'm not sure... but I think this might be a metal album
I’m not sure… but I think this might be a metal album

Root – Hell Symphony

Root’s new album came out recently and I said that, because I only have their debut, I’d rather get more of their older stuff first. Well, the Eternal Death label, were apparently paying attention because here’s a reissue of their second album (on CD and vinyl) with extra live tracks. Bugger. They went to all this bother so I’m going to have to buy this now aren’t I?

Get tae fog!
Get tae fog!

The Doors – London Fog 1966

Fog! This week’s over-egged and over-priced award goes to the new release from The Doors. Fog fog! It’s a recording of a very early show called London Fog 1966 and the set has both the CD and LP in it FOR NO REASON WHATSOEVER and all sorts of trinkets and tat just to pop the price up. Fog Fog Fog! It’s also got a track on it called Tuning. I’m sure that’ll be exciting.

And on top of all this there’s also the new Gnaw Their Tongues album Hymns for the Broken, Swollen and Silent. I didn’t really “get” their last album so I’ll probably pass but I do feel like I’m maybe missing out on something. Shape of Despair’s album Monotony Fields had a buzz about it last year. Seems like it might be up my street but I still haven’t got round to checking it out. And now here’s Alone in the Mist, an album of their old demos from when they were called Raven. I’m sure I’ll catch up with all this stuff eventually… when Fenriz gives me some time off.

And that’s the lot for this week. Let me know if there’s anything cool I’ve missed and if there’s anything you’re rushing out to buy today. Happy hunting!

38 thoughts on “New Releases – 9th December 2016”

  1. And in CanCon News…
    Rush release’s the Super Deluxe of 2112! In which Mikey is fast tracking to CD Japan to hunt over added Gems to this masterpiece while we all add this to out collection yet again!!
    Blackmore man talk about stealing the show at the Jam! HAHA…..that was classic loved how he described in his Blackmore Documentary how the explosion singed Paice’s sideburns! hahaha…or something like that!

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  2. “…if there’s a big Deep Purple fan in your life that you need to buy a Xmas gift for (cough).”

    Tell you what. I’ll buy you one, and you buy me one!

    I am certain I don’t have that on video. So that’s an important show for me to acquire. I have bought the CD version about 3 times now.

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      1. Just received my California Jam ’74 today — stuff takes a long time to reach Cairo — and have already given it a viewing. A treat indeed! Man, I’ve seen and enjoyed live “Mistreated” on Rainbow and Dio live DVDs, but that Coverdale/Blackmore version on this one is smokin’!

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  3. I come for the information on new records (many of which, here, are new to me – as usual). But I stay for the captions and the wee asides.

    Anti-gravity guitar. Tuning. Classic HMO. Well done!

    I do like the look of that Deep Purple, though.

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  4. Haha, who knows, ‘tuning’ may be a hidden gem!
    I remember when the Beatles Anthologies were released in the 90s, Weird Al had some fun with it on a TV special, he played a previously undiscovered track, “Ringo Shaving,” that was exactly what you’d expect – the sound of an electric razor and a few seconds of humming!

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    1. I’m imagining an interview with Ray Manzarek on ‘Tuning’. It was so magical how there were these notes that were out of tune but, somehow, the four of us together were able to bring those notes together so that we were… in tune! People back then head never heard anything like it. True chemistry!

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      1. Still cheaper than Blue & Lonesome! But aye, I’d need to be really after this to part with £35. According to The Doors store it’s 7 tracks on a 10″ made to look like a test pressing (tat being some replica prints and memorabilia). Reckon I’d need to hear and see this first.

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