New Releases – 31st March 2017

Apologies for the slightly late posting but it’s still Friday, and you know what that means… new releases! And quite a bit of them so I’m just going to fire through these.

Mastodon – Emperor Of Sand

Obviously a big release but, cards on the table, I’ve not been a fan of the last couple of Mastodon releases. I was initially intrigued by the return of producer Brendan O’Brien and the return to the Crack The Skye-style concept. But the three tracks I’ve heard haven’t really got me going. I liked Sultan’s Curse but the other two just reminded me of The Hunter. If you’re still a Mastodon fan though, you’ll be excited about this… and rightly so! No particular format variances but I think I saw some vinyl editions that came with a colouring-in set? Genius!

Gruesome – Fragments Of Psyche EP

Gruesome continue their musical homages to the late, great Chuck Schuldiner. On the title track of this EP it looks like the might be moving away from the Leprosy-worship to take a crack at the Human-era. And they’ve even recruited ex-Death/Cynic drummer Sean Reinert to help them out too. Throw in a Death cover and a bunch of old demos and you’ve got the makings of a pretty worthwhile and fun EP. My pick of the week for sure.

Voivod – Build Your Weapons: The Very Best Of The Noise Years

A good chunk of the band’s Noise output assembled across two discs and a decent taster if you just fancy dipping your toes into their early catalogue. I’m more excited about the upcoming reissues but I might just grab this anyway just to get into the spirit. And I want to encourage more of these Noise reissues… there’s a back catalogue to die for there so vote with your cash to get the kind of releases you want and deserve!

Necroblood – The Collapse Of The Human Race

Evil death metal debut album from France. Hearing very good things about this one and, if the cover’s anything to go by, this should be terrifying enough to appeal to black metal fans too. It’s all about Be’elzebub so it doesn’t get much blacker than that, eh? Sounds like it’ll be right up my diabolical street.

Other big(ish) releases today include Arch Enemy’s live at Wacken set As The Stages Burn! which seems to be either a CD/DVD, 2LP/DVD or a CD/DVD/BR/POPUPBOOK. Metal. I had no idea Demon Hunter were so popular, so their latest album Outlive should be good news to someone. Do like the art but the music’s a bit too nu-metal for me. And there’s also some topical rap-metal on offer today, as IceT returns with Body Count’s Bloodlust, an album he claims will be the best of 2017 across all musical genres. Should be a must-buy then… unless he’s just talking out of his arse. Go buy it and then let me know would you?

If you’ve been enjoying the recent rethrash album from Power Trip and Havok and want to keep moshing, you might want to try Warbringer’s Woe To The Vanquished. I wasn’t too fussed about the new track Remain Violent though, apart from the excellent solos. The now-defunct Isis release Live VII. I know a lot of folk love them but I’m not into them enough to know if a seventh live album is all that exciting a prospect, or even necessary? Fans of the colour yellow will want it just for the cover though. In case Necroblood wasn’t fucking evil enough for you, there’s also a new EP from Polish band Medico Peste, the excellently-titled  Herzogian Darkness. And last, but not least, Saturn release Beyond Spectra, their second album of retro 70s, spacey, heavy rawk on Rise Above Records.

And that’s the lot for this week. If there’s anything you fancy that I’ve not covered, let us all know about it in the comments. Before you all rush out the shops there’s only one thing left to…

Vote for your favourite cover of the week! Only takes a moment and low voter turnouts are bad for democracy. Do your duty!

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29 thoughts on “New Releases – 31st March 2017”

  1. I saw the colouring cover on the pre order and thought against buying it.
    I would rather a band include bonus songs, cd, dvd etc. instead of useless trinkets such as official Mastodon crayons.
    That’s just me though.

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  2. Awesome idea with the poll added! I can’t believe I’ve been missing the Take the Poll feature…oh well problem fixed now!
    I’m a sucker for Live album covers so I betcha you can figure out my vote!

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  3. VOTED! Interesting on the VoiVod. That might just suit my needs. I don’t think I can really budget for the reissues.

    Yesterday in Toronto I saw a rap album utilizing one of the VoiVod fonts on the album cover. I sure hope Away gets compensated for that,

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  4. I’ve been tempted by the Mastodon album, but not tempted enough to buy it. I still might, right enough. Though I did very much like The Hunter at the time, I find it a bit dull and Crack the Skye is the only one I listen to (I need to revisit the earlier albums).

    That Saturn album needs purchased for the cover alone! Obviously that’s my vote!

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    1. Crack The Skye was the last one I got excited about. I enjoy a few of their albums but they aren’t a big deal for me overall.

      Looking close this week! Neck and neck between Necrobloood and Saturn. Don’t go betting your shirt at Paddy Power just yet.

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  5. I kid you not HMO, “Bloodlust” is the BEST album I’ve heard all year. It’s a record that genuinely blew me away. The synergy between Ice-T’s rapping and the blaring guitars if his metal band are incredible. We’ll be talking about this album for years.

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