New Releases – 7th April 2017

Good news! It’s new release day… and there’s a metric shit-ton of amazing stuff out today.

Deep Purple – InFinite

The legendary rockers return with the follow-up to the well-received Now What?! The Purps are one of my favourite bands, but I can’t say I’ve had much use for any of their albums since Purpendicular. That said, I’ve still bought them all so I might as well just keep going. The bonus documentary does look pretty enlightening though so that’s a temptation. There’s also a big box version with the second volume of the Now What Live Tapes and the usual deluxe bits and bobs too. But I reckon I’ll just hold my horses until I can get a cheap copy.

The Obsessed – Sacred

Here’s another legendary band, the Wino-led doom metallers hitting the comeback trail with this exciting new album. This is such a slam-dunk that I didn’t even want to hear any of the songs in advance, just wait till I have the whole album. But then curiosity got the better of me and I had a wee listen to Punk Crusher. I say “wee” because, after 30 seconds I just thought “fuck yes, that’ll do” and switched it off. Looks like the deluxe 2LP vinyl edition is the one to go for, featuring three bonus tunes.

The Doomsday Kingdom – The Doomsday Kingdom

More doom as Candlemass main-dude Leif Edling releases the debut album from his latest project. I was pretty impressed by the previous demo EP so this is another no-brainer. Again, I’ve avoided listening to any advance tracks. I know I’m going to buy this so why spoil the surprise? I’m hoping that this album is going to tickle the epic doom parts that the last few Candlemass releases failed to reach.

Bernie Tormé – Dublin Cowboy

I posted about the pledge of this a while back. If you pledged you’ll already been treated to the full triple album but the tardy among you can now buy the 3CD set the normal way! And you really should. Stonesy, punky, bluesy goodness with Bernie’s inimitable guitar lashing on the first disc, evocative fireside folkiness on the acoustic disc and a live disc too! Should be available at his Bandcamp page too.

Possession – Exorkizein

Here’s this week’s top tip for lovers of proper infernal extreme metal. This Belgian band has already released a demo and a mini-album and both releases were truly exciting, if frustratingly short. There’s been a bit of a personnel shuffle since those earlier releases but, based on what I’ve heard so far, this sounds like it’s going to be a malevolent mix of black, death and doom from a band to watch.

Demon Head – Thunder On The Fields

This band has been a recent discovery for me. I’ve been enjoying their last album Ride The Wilderness a lot and looking forward to this follow-up. Demon Head play humongously catchy occult rock with awesome Danzig-y vocals and a refreshingly clean, vintage sound. Not sure what the distribution is going to be like though so the best bet might be to check out the band’s Bandcamp page.

Royal Thunder – Wick

A lot of fuss was made over this band’s last release Crooked Doors but I wasn’t really feeling it. I really liked one song but when I tried the whole album it just didn’t grab me. Now I’ve checked out their new song April Showers and liked it a lot, brilliant melodies, sound and vocals, so I’m going to give them another go and I hope they click with me this time. I’ll try before I buy though, just in case.

Elsewhere, Ulver release The Assassination Of Julius Caesar. I know lots of folk love this band but I’ve not been all that enamoured with their latter-day stuff. I’m sure this release will be very welcome news to lots of you though. Instrumental post-whatever band Russian Circles release Live at Dunk! Fest 2016. I heard their last studio album playing in Fopp a few times and it sounded pretty decent. I keep meaning to check them out but I doubt I’d start here though. Trad-metallers Trial release Motherless on Metal Blade. Their last album got lots of praise but I don’t really hear the appeal myself, can’t get on with the vocals at all. UK death-metallers Basement Torture Killings’ second album There’s Something About Beryl should definitely appeal to fans of gore, death, grind and serial killers. That’s most people, right? And last, but certainly not least, Ghost Horizon release their new EP The Erotics Of Disgust. Bit wary of post-black metal but this looks fairly intriguing. And as an added bonus it’s got a cool title and an awesome Gustav Dore cover. Well played.

And that’s all the releases that stand out for me. Very varied selection today, there’s surely something here for everyone! Let me know if there’s anything I’ve not mentioned that you have your evil eye on. Until next week… happy hunting.

(I’m not going to be continuing with the weekly album cover polls anymore but, if you were enjoying that, please don’t be alarmed! Just shoot the shit about your favourites in the comments and at the end of the month I’m going to compile the covers that have got the most attention and do a “Best Album Cover of the Month” instead.)

31 thoughts on “New Releases – 7th April 2017”

  1. New Purple album is XMAS for Mikey!
    I will wait until I read Mike’s review of it!
    Should be good though as I did watch the clip of it….Man I hope Gillan rocks the stage with those Glasses he’s wearing the vid! hahaha..
    Good to see Bernie get some coverage now. First time I heard of him was when he played with Ozzy for about 2 weeks and than split…..
    Nice to see you tossing downing some support…
    Atta Boy HMO!

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  2. My comment is pre-determined.

    My Deep Purple is on order but not shipped yet, so I won’t have it today. My understanding isn’t that it comes with singles, but with three 10″ records that make up The Now What Live Tapes Vol 2. The two singles I have say they are exclusives.

    Man I want my Purple soon.

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      1. Bop told me it came with singles, but the singles I have clearly say the songs on them are exclusive to that release, so I don’t think they’re going to be in the deluxe. And I know the Now WHat Live Tapes ARE in the deluxe.

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  3. I shall have to hold my horses as well until the album cover of the month poll arrives!
    The Royal Thunder cover is an early contender – but I’m hopeful there will be a “metric shit-ton” of other deserving choices as April progresses 😀

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  4. A lot of darkly sinister covers this week, eh? I’m interested in Deep Purple’s new album, but I’ll likely hold off until I see it cheap (I expect I might check out the *cough* CD when Fopp had it for £7 or so). Russian Circles, though! Zoiks! I didn’t know about this! See what two weeks with no internet does for you!? That’s also my favourite album cover here… if only the album had a better title.

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  5. Wowzers, lots of greatness here. Here’s hoping the new Purple is great so that your continued support of the band is fully justified!

    I’m intrigued by some of this stuff, especially after hearing that Obsessed song, but particularly the Berbie Tormé. Any relation to Mel? 😉 But yeah, man, “Stonesy, punky, bluesy goodness” sounds like Aaron territory to me!

    Also, I saw some Ulver CDs in my travels yesterday. They were in the metal section but I didn’t have a clue who they were, mixed in as they were with all those bands with names in ridiculously-stylized fonts that I cannot read.

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    1. No relation I think hehe. Definitely think you’d like his album. Like you say he’s covering a lot of Aaron territory there… Hendrix too! And reminds of Ace Frehley at times. Not a bad bunch of folk to be similar too.

      Ulver… great albums even they were black metal but now they’re prog/pop/electronic. They’re still pretty popular and I don’t object to the style change but… I just think they’re pretty boring now!


      1. It’s always great when people can identify with your music by hearing influences of other artists in it, but the real goal is to still have your own sound too!

        I have no idea what Ulver CDs I saw. I needed HMO at my side as expert!

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