New Releases – 20th and 21st April 2018

With today’s new releases and all the Record Store Day stuff tomorrow, there are a gazillion and one albums to talk about today. So I’m going to ignore most of them! Yes, even Stryper!

Dokken – Return To The East Live 2016

A CD/DVD set capturing the classic lineup reunion in Japan. I’ve got a really good feeling about this and I’ve been looking forward to it a lot. I’m sure there will be flaws aplenty but I’m also sure it will be tons of fun. And the tracklisting looks like a slam dunk.

The Who – Live At The Fillmore East 1968

Pete Townshend – Who Came First [Expanded Edition]

I’m a big fan of The Who so both these releases are essential. The Fillmore set (2CD or 3LP) features a fabled pre-Tommy live set with a whopping 33min version of My Generation! Fuck yes. And Who Came First is a much-expanded version of Townshend’s Meher Baba tribute album, a treasure trove of The Who demos and alternate versions. Don’t chuck away your old reissues though as I don’t think all the previous bonus tracks have made it on to this reissue.

Vomitor – Pestilent Death

Australia’s Vomitor are back with their fourth album of ripping black thrash. The kind of stuff that takes you right back to Show No Mercy although not really quite as good. Definitely worth checking out though as the band’s riffing is pretty diabolical. In a good way.

Wiegedood – De Doden Hebben Het Goed III

Well-regarded black metal from Belgium. Their second album was on my radar but fell through the cracks so now might be time for me to catch up. Not finding their new song Parool all that exciting though.

Ivar Bjørnson and Einar Selvik – Hugsjá

Nordic stone-agery from the Enslaved and Wardruna mainmen. Not exactly a priority with so much else going on but I found the title track pretty stirring and deserving of further investigation. Intriguing.


I’ll keep this brief cause I’m not feeling enticed by the RSD offerings this year. The Noise picture discs are very tempting but a bit too pricey for EPs. The Def Lep looks very collectible but the tracklisting is a bit meh. There is some tempting non-metal stuff like the live Bowie, Led Zep and some T-Rex stuff but nothing that I feel like queuing up for or really need. Here’s a list of the more HMO-friendly metal releases on the roster but you can get the full list at the UK and US RSD websites. If you’re taking part, hope you have fun!

Celtic Frost – Tragic Serenades, Def Leppard Live At Abbey Road, Europe – Walk The Earth, Kreator – Behind The Mirror, Morbid Angel – Kingdoms Disdained, Motorhead – Heroes, Saxon – Princess Of The Night 7″, Voivod – Too Scared To Scream, Whitesnake – 1987 30th Anniversary Edition


Sleep are reportedly surprise-releasing a long-overdue new album The Sciences today (the 4/20 date being appropriate and all that). It’ll be out on Third Man Records… don’t have much details other than that but look out for it anyway cause that’s a must-buy for sure! Big news!

38 thoughts on “New Releases – 20th and 21st April 2018”

  1. Saw the mention of Sleep on social media. That was definitely unexpected… and definitely something I’m interested in. Hopefully there’ll be something announced about physical release, cause I’ll be trying to get my hands on a copy before it’s impossible to find one at a reasonable price!

    Also, I see a potential collaboration there for Ivar, Einar and Josh… Queens of the Nordic Stone Age??

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    1. That would be a great collaboration. Then I would know to definitely not buy it and save a bit of money. I knew that Josh character was good for something!

      I don’t know about Sleep formats or availability at all yet. I’ll keep an eye out for it anyway. It’ll probably be about £48.

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  2. I’m disappointed, as I am every year at the amount of picture discs offered.
    I would have considered the Voivod and Whitesnake but they are both picture discs.

    As for exclusivity, Canada always gets the shaft.
    We get a few decent ones up here and a bunch of crap.

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    1. My guess is it is available.elsewhere sooner.
      Canada always gets the hind teat when it comes to vinyl arrivals.
      Sometimes weeks, months after others.
      Often the record stores are in the dark here too.
      A big part of that grief if RSD hogging the presses, but I still buy. I’m such a sheep.

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  3. Don’t want to say too much about the Dokken album…until my review but why is the track listing so brutal!!
    I mean The Hunter is the third track in…The fade outs between tracks are kinda silly but when Tooth and Nail is the ninth song and it goes into The hunter and than a quick fade out..
    Don’t get it….kinda sloppy mixing there….
    My only Gripe…I think…haha

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    1. I’ve not listened yet but I watched a bit of the DVD… same thing. I think theyve cherry picked performances from each night and just put them together sloppily. The band are amazing… Pilson’s bass is pumping!


  4. I love that solo Pete cover. Talk about different sounds from the same guy. That era of the Who and his first solo album. Live at Leeds was the hook for me. I think i told you that before (Like you’re supposed to remember)

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      1. I devoured Pete’s solo work. Lots of gems hidden in them. Rough Mix is a fave album. Lane and Pete complement each other. John Lee Hooker doing ‘I Eat Heavy Metal’ off Iron Man should be up your alley. Some people panned the shit out of it but CB likes it for so many reasons.

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