PRE-PURCHASE THE NEW GOSPEED YOU BLACK EMPORER - ASUNDER SWEET & OTHER DISTRESS IN THE STORE ON CD OR LP AND SECURE YOUR COPY! (ALBUM OUT 3/31/15)
Godspeed You! Black Emperor (GYBE) returns with its first single LP-length release since the group's earliest days in 1997-99. 'Asunder, Sweet And Other Distress' clocks in at a succinct 40:23 and is arguably the most focused and best-sounding recording of the band's career. Following Godspeed's return from a long hiatus at the end of 2010 to begin playing live shows again, and with the hugely acclaimed 'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend! release in 2012 marking their first new release in a decade, the group slowly and steadily put the new album together through late 2013 and 2014. This mighty slab of superlative sonics is shot through with all the band's inimitable signposts and touchstones: huge unison riffage, savage noise/drone, oscillating overtones, guitar vs. string counterpoint, inexorable crescendos and scorched-earth transitions. 'Asunder, Sweet And Other Distress' finds Godspeed in top form; a sterling celebration of the band's awesome dialectic, where composition, emotion and 'note-choice' is inextricable from an exacting focus on tone, timbre, resonance and the sheer materiality of sound.
DEVO - HARDCORE LIVE! - MVD Audio
Devo captured live in Oakland, performing early experimental tracks. No matter how messy, beginnings are exciting. Especially when what happens next endures the test of time. For Devo the beginning happened in the basements and garages of Akron, Ohio. The songs they wrote were raw and unfiltered with no commercial intent. They called it Hardcore Devo. Performing 21 oddities, intercut with poignant stories told by Mark, Jerry and Bob 1, this program is a tribute to the departed Bob ""Bob 2"" Casale. The release is available on CD, Vinyl, Blu-ray & DVD.
LED ZEPPELIN - PHYSICAL GRAFFITI: REMASTERED DELUXE EDITION - Atlantic
Certified 16x platinum in the U.S., the commercial success of Physical Graffiti was equaled by its critical reception. Generally regarded as one of the greatest double albums of all time, the original 15 tracks represent a creative tour de force that explores the band’s dynamic musical range, from the driving rock of “Custard Pie” and acoustic arrangement of “Bron-Y-Aur Stomp” to the Eastern raga of “Kashmir” and funky groove of “Trampled Under Foot.” The Remastered Packages include Original Remastered 2CD, Deluxe Edition 3CD, Original Remastered Vinyl, Deluxe Edition Vinyl & Super Deluxe Edition Box Set.
KID ROCK - FIRST KISS - Warner Bros.
Following the success of 2012’s “Rebel Soul” and the accompanying “$20 Best Night Ever Tour,” Kid Rock wasted no time getting back to work in the studio. The massive touring on the last album cycle allowed Kid Rock to play in front of over 550,000 people in one summer, and left him energized to write and record new material without taking much of a break. First Kiss signals the continued evolution of one of music’s most versatile performers.
BADBADNOTGOOD & GHOSTFACE KILLAH - SOUR SOUL - Lex Records
Sour Soul is the collaborative album from Toronto jazz/hip-hop band Badbadnotgood and Staten Island rap champ Ghostface Killah. Inspired by 1960s and 70s music - taking inspiration from the recording techniques and production of that era, and eschewing sampling in favour of live instrumentation, BBNG with producer Frank Dukes have created a dramatic, cinematic musical staging for Ghostface’s vivid storytelling. Sour Soul also features guest spots from MF DOOM, Elzhi (Slum Village / J Dilla), Danny Brown and prodigal new rapper Tree (Project mayhem).
FASHAWN - THE ECOLOGY - Mass Appeal Records
West coast rapper Fashawn is set to release his long-awaited sophomore album, The Ecology. Fashawn’s distinctive talent captured the attention of Nas, who brought him out during a sold-out showcase at SXSW 2014. This album, executive produced by Nas, will not only showcase his raw lyricism but also highlight his versatility as a songwriter.
WIND IN SAILS - MORNING LIGHT - Equal Vision Records
Wind In Sails is the solo project moniker of Newport, RI’s Evan Pharmakis. After parting ways with Vanna in 2012, Pharmakis began working on his folk-tinged acoustic guitar ballads that are the heart and soul of Wind In Sails. The new album Morning Light brings to mind Passenger, Good Old War, and Butch Walker.
LIKE A STORM - AWAKEN THE FIRE - Century Media
Known as one of the hardest working bands out there, Like A Storm fought hard to be heard. The New Zealand brothers came to the United States knowing no one, and built a diehard and devoted fan-base by tirelessly touring to promote their debut album, The End of the Beginning with top acts such as Alter Bridge, Shinedown & Creed. In the midst of that whirlwind, the road served as the foundation for their forthcoming sophomore set, and first album for Another Century Records, Awaken the Fire.
THE AGONIST - EYE OF PROVIDENCE - Century Media
Over the course of three full-lengths, The Agonist have proved they’re no “flavor of the week”. Through great songs, hard work, and an ardent fanbase, the Montreal-based five-piece quickly established themselves as torchbearers of a new generation of Canadian metal. Throughout the last decade, The Agonist spread their respective wings wide, touring with an array of notable artists, including Danzig, Kamelot, Corrosion Of Conformity, Enslaved, Kittie and Epica.
ENSIFERUM - ONE MAN ARMY - Metal Blade
Ensiferum's "One Man Army", the primarily analog-recorded long player, was tracked between September and November of 2014 with award-winning producer Anssi Kippo (Children Of Bodom, Impaled Nazarene, Entwine etc.) at Astia-Studios in Lappeenranta, Finland and boasts eleven heroic victory psalms. Commended by Outburn Magazine for songs that are consistently "epic" in scope with a "reliance on catchy melodies," Ensiferum's crushing "One Man Army" serves as the follow-up to 2012's critically-lauded "Unsung Heroes" full-length and comes shrouded in the stunningly detailed, mythological cover craftings of renowned illustrator Gyula Havancsák (Annihilator, Tyr, Elvenking, Stratovarius etc).
For more information on these and other releases out this week, check out our New Releases charts by week section and don't forget that many of these titles are also available on vinyl.