New Releases – 6th July 2018

The new release bonanza continues… this is an even better release week than last week.

Immortal – Northern Chaos Gods

One of 2018’s major releases here. The black metal giants return with their first album since their split with frontman Abbath. And by the sounds of it, I don’t think anyone will miss him. This is vintage black metal with enough glacial riffing to cover the whole of Blashyrkh with an impenetrable and grim permafrost. Or something like that! It’s great basically, that’s what I’m trying to say.

Bundle with bonus single and signed certificate!

Rotting Christ – Under Our Black Cult

Peaceville cover the Hellenic black metal bands’ early days with this 5CD box set. Covers the bands early demos and also contains the Passage To Arcturo mini-album and also has the albums Thy Mighty Contract and Non Serviam. Throw in a 72 page book and a bundle with The Call 7″ and you’ve got a must-buy. I pre-ordered this the moment I found out about it.

Death – Death By Metal DVD

The great Chuck Schuldiner and his seminal band Death get a welcome and long-overdue documentary feature. As well as covering the man and band, the doc also gets into the early days of the death metal scene too. This is such a fascinating genre, guy and career… I don’t see how this could be anything other than essential viewing.

Mortuary Drape – Necromantic Doom Returns

I’ve been wanting to get into this Italian band for years but it’s quite hard to get their stuff on CD or vinyl. So I can’t possibly pass on this compilation of their first demos. Absolute raw demo sound but you know that sound totally fits necro music like this. Reminds me of a gruffer version of the other big Italian band Death SS. Hopefully more reissues of the early albums will follow.

Lucifer – Lucifer II

I checked out this band’s first album because of the link to Cathedral but I found it quite disappointing. But the band has changed a bit for album No. 2. Now Nicke Andersson of Entombed fame has joined and I’m intrigued again. Sounds like better songs this time around but I’m not totally convinced I could go a whole album. Worth checking out though, might be a dark horse.

Y&T – Earthshaker, Black Tiger and Mean Streak

Three classic Y&T albums get the Rock Candy treatment. It doesn’t look like there’s bonus tracks here though, just the label’s usual quality remastering and liner notes. Got these albums on vinyl and CD already so can’t see me being tempted by these. But if you like fun, catchy meat-and-potatoes LA hard rawk then look no further!

And that’s the lot for me, tons of great stuff coming out lately. What are you going to be buying or checking out today?

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21 thoughts on “New Releases – 6th July 2018”

  1. That Lucifer II is on my list, but I didn’t realise that was today. Result. Steve For The Deaf posted one of their tunes and I was like “aw aye”.

    Aside from that, who and what is a Y&T? Those covers are sensational!!

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    1. I heard a song called Dreamer, thought that was pretty good. But then I heard another and it didn’t grab me quite the same.

      They used to be called Yesterday & Today but changed it to the simpler and more meaningless Y&T. Surprised you never came across them in the Record Fayre!

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      1. Record Fayre!! I probably just haven’t ever paid attention then… though I can’t understand why, cause they’re attention grabbing. I’ll check ‘em out.

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      2. I never see anything decent in Missing these days. I’ll need to pay more attention to the ‘hard rock and metal’ in Record Fayre. I’m gonna listen to some of this Y&T shenanigans while pottering around doing the housework…

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      3. It’s totally random. Last time I was in they had framed autographed pictures of Millwall players from the early 80’s… I mean… whit??

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  2. The Lucifer one I did listen to. I do love the music. I found her voice to be decent, but a little one dimensional. I still enjoyed it, but wasn’t completely blown away. I will give it a few more listens to make sure. I think it has promise.

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  3. Like you, I have all those Y&T already and so won’t bite here, but pleased to see these great hard rock classics getting the treatment they deserve. I like ’em all, but it is Earthshaker I find myself going back to most often in recent years (never liked that cover though). The song ‘Squeeze’ puts the juice down my leg every time.

    I am strangely drawn to that Lucifer II for some unknown reason (possibly genetic). However, this week the release that most intrigues is the Devin Townsend Project Ocean Machine: Live at…..

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