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Upcoming And Out Now: Five 2013 Metal Releases You Won’t Want To Miss

27 Jan

Headbangers, rejoice! Because lucky for us, 2013 is shaping up to be a great year for heavy metal releases. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you already know that the original lineup of Black Sabbath will put out their first record in nearly 35 years, 13, in June. Anthrax is working on their 11th album, as well as a cover record due out shortly; and heavy metal favorites Motörhead, AC/DC, Iron Maiden, and Slayer are all said to be working on new material this year. Although 2013 is still young, it has already unleashed a few notable, noisy records. Below, I’ve pulled out five of my favorite picks from the heavier side of metal that I think you should be on the lookout for.

Phil Anselmo and the Illegals: Family, “Friends”, and Associates.

When it comes to 2013, one of the releases I’m most looking forward to is the first solo effort from former Pantera vocalist Phil Anslemo. Earlier this month, Anselmo gave us a taste of what the record will sound like by debuting two new tracks on the four-song split with Warbeast called”War Of The Gargantuas“. Out now on Hothouse Records, both of the contributions from Anselmo, “Family, “Friends”, and Associates” (above) and “Conflict“, are brutally heavy. Anselmo even lends his unmistakable snarl to the Warbeast track, “Birth of a Psycho”. It might be hard to believe, but Phil Anselmo has been kicking the shit out of our ears for almost 30 years. And I for one am looking forward to hearing more from this heavy metal veteran.

Holy Grail, “Ride The Void”.

Pasadena band Holy Grail is metal. Prodigious riffing, screaming for vengeance, drum crushing, metal. Out on Nuclear Blast, you can stream Ride The Void in its entirety at Metal Hammer UK. now. Going strong since 2008, this is Holy Grail’s second full-length.

A Fucking Elephant, I’m Addicted to Drugs & Sex and I Want You To Choke Me.

Straight out of Pennington, NJ, trippy metal band A Fucking Elephant has just released their new EP, “Seven Inches“, on a limited press of both black and yellow vinyl. Although most are at a loss to accurately describe A Fucking Elephant’s sound, it’s safe to say it’s about 10 steps beyond any kind of progressive metal you’ve ever heard. Those who attempt to define the band use adjectives like, “chaotic”, psychoactive”, “jazzy”, and “spazmodic”. But it’s a quote from Sonic Abuse that I think completely nails the band’s groove, when they compared A Fucking Elephant’s sound to “notes falling over themselves like babies in a cement mixer”. I’m sold.

Darkthrone, Leave No Cross Unturned. From The Underground Resistance.

The 15th album from Norwegian band Darkthrone, The Underground Resistance, will be out on February 25th. But you can listen to the edit of one of the record’s six tracks, “Leave No Cross Unturned” (above), right now. However,  if you’re like me and you like your metal black and epic, click here to listen to the 13+ minute album version of the song. Like our friend Phil Anselmo, Darkthrone have been perfecting their craft for nearly three decades. And it just keeps getting better.

Voivoid, Kluskap O’Kom, from Target Earth

“Target Earth” is the 13th studio record from one of Quebec’s heaviest exports, Voivod. Fans are calling Target a return to the “classic” Voivod sound, and I couldn’t agree more. Voivod will also help feed our insatiable need for vinyl by releasing Target on transparent red, blue, orange, and purple vinyl.


David Bowie Releases New Single – First Full Length In 10 Years Due Out on March 12th

8 Jan

David Bowie, “Where Are We Now?”

As if Ziggy’s Stardust’s 66th birthday today wasn’t reason enough to break out your vintage Bowie records, The Thin White Duke nearly broke the Internet today with the surprise release of his new single, “Where Are We Now?”. Bowie’s first record in 10 years, “The Next Day“, comes out on March 12th, 2013.

Last Gasp: Mark Lanegan’s 2012 Christmas Record ‘Dark Mark Does Christmas’

2 Jan


Yes, I know it’s a bit late for a Christmas post, but as big of a fan of ex-Screaming Trees vocalist Mark Lanegan as I am, I was completely unaware that Lanegan had put out a Christmas record last year. Since leaving the Screaming Trees, Lanegan has been prolific when it comes to expanding his catalog, both as a solo artist, as well as his various collaborations with artists like Queens of the Stone Age, Greg Dulli (Afghan Whigs), and Isobel Campbell (Belle and Sebastian). He’s also been tapped to provide the vocals on the highly anticipated Mad Season record, the recently reformed Seattle grunge super group formerly fronted by Layne Stayley of Alice In Chains. And, of all the great music that came out in 2012, Lanegan’s brilliant ‘Blues Funeral‘, was by far my favorite record.

Unfortunately, Dark Mark is only available at Lanegan’s live shows. But you’re not quite ready to let go of your Christmas whiskey or spirit (like me), you can listen to all six tracks from ‘Dark Mark Does Christmas 2012’, here.

Kiss Releases All 29 Casablanca Singles In New Vinyl Box Set

1 Jan

Kiss Casablanca Vinyl Box Set.

When I woke up, Mom and Dad are rolling on the couch.
Rolling numbers, rock and rollin, got my Kiss records out.

Surrender, Cheap Trick.

In their continuing non-stop quest for world domination, Kiss has released all 29 of their Casablanca Record 7″ singles in a new vinyl box set. Included in the set are 26 collectable picture sleeves from each original single release from around the world. Additionally, each of the four Kiss solo singles come pressed on colored vinyl, with paper masks of each of the original members. A complete list of all the singles follows:

1. Nothin’ To Lose / Love Theme From KISS
2. Kissin’ Time / Nothin’ To Lose
3. Strutter / 100,000 Years
4. Let Me Go, Rock ‘N’ Roll / Hotter Than Hell (Germany sleeve)
5. Rock And Roll All Nite / Getaway (Holland sleeve)
6. C’mon And Love Me / Getaway (Japan sleeve)
7. Rock And Roll All Nite (live) / Rock And Roll All Nite (Germany sleeve)
8. Shout It Out Loud / Sweet Pain (Japan sleeve)
9. Flaming Youth / God Of Thunder (U.S. sleeve)
10. Detroit Rock City / Beth (Japan sleeve)
11. Beth / Detroit Rock City (Germany sleeve)
12. Hard Luck Woman / Mr. Speed (Germany sleeve)
13. Calling Dr. Love / Take Me (Germany sleeve)
14. Christeen Sixteen / Shock Me (France sleeve)
15. Love Gun / Hooligan (Sweden sleeve)
16. Shout It Out Loud (live) / Nothin’ To Lose (live) (Germany sleeve)
17. Rocket Ride / Tomorrow And Tonight (live) (Germany sleeve)
18. Strutter ’78 / Shock Me (Germany sleeve)
19. Hold Me, Touch Me / Goodbye – Paul Stanley (U.K. sleeve / Purple vinyl) + mask
20. New York Groove / Snow Blind – Ace Frehley (U.K. sleeve / Blue vinyl) + mask
21. Radioactive / See You In Your Dreams – Gene Simmons (U.K. sleeve / Red vinyl) + mask
22. Don’t You Let Me Down / Hooked On Rock ‘N’ Roll – Peter Criss (Germany sleeve)
23. You Matter To Me / Hooked On Rock ‘N’ Roll – Peter Criss (U.K. sleeve / Green vinyl) + mask
24. I Was Made For Lovin’ You / Hard Times (Germany sleeve)
25. Sure Know Something / Dirty Livin’ (Germany sleeve)
26. Shandi / She’s So European (Holland sleeve)
27. Tomorrow / Naked City (Japan sleeve)
28. A World Without Heroes / Dark Light (Spain sleeve)
29. I Love It Loud / Danger (U.S. sleeve)

And, while I’ve got your attention, why not check out Purple Dog’s vintage catalog of Kiss’s Casablanca releases? And trust me dear vinyl lover, there is nothing quite as sweet as the sight of that old Casablanca spindle hole logo rolling around on your turntable.

Fear And Loathing In Toronto: “Vinyl” Documentary Is Worth A Spin

30 Dec

Vinyl. A documentary film from 2000 by Alan Zweig.

Following the recommendation of one of my closest and most trusted record/movie addicts, I watched “Vinyl”, a celebrated documentary by Canadian filmmaker Alan Zweig. Five years in the making, Vinyl is (at times) a very dark film that is impossible to look away from. It’s also far too easy to identify with some of the attributes of Zweig’s cast of LP loving characters, as well as the solitary filmmaker himself.

In Vinyl, Zweig (an avid record collector), converses with the camera through a mirror, reflecting on his day-to-day life — killing mice, making mix tapes for himself — while lamenting the fact that he’d rather be putting together a bicycle for his yet-to-be born daughter. Aged 48 at the time, Zweig had unfortunately not yet found a wife to have said daughter with. If that isn’t sad enough, during the course of the film Zweig introduces us to some of his fellow audiophiles: collectors that run the gamut  from Coltrane obsessives, chain-smoking K-tel enthusiasts, to straight-up record hoarders. He explores basements and bathrooms filled with 45’s and 12″s, tries to reason with a fellow collector who no longer has room to move in his small apartment due to his vinyl obsession, is told by a friend that the reason he can’t find a wife is because he’s “too fat”, and celebrates New Year’s Eve alone. Again. It’s not surprising that half-way through Vinyl, you start to wonder if Zweig might have decided he’d be better off record shopping with Jimi Hendrix up in heaven.

Thankfully, Zweig’s story has a happy ending. Now 60, Zweig is happily married and a father to a daughter born in 2011. He has four more documentary style films to his credit that have been well received, and is currently filming his fifth full-length feature, “When Jews Were Funny”. Zweig says that the success of Vinyl “changed his life”.

It’s pretty easy to watch Vinyl in its entirety online, but I’m not going to be the one to tell you exactly where. I will however recommend that you follow Zweig, a self-described “late bloomer” (aren’t we all?) on Twitter.

New Black Sabbath Vinyl Box Set Coming on 12/12/12

6 Dec

The Vinyl Collection: Limited Edition Black Sabbath Box Set
Release Date: December 12, 2012
Distributed by: Universal Records


Good news for metalheads abounds this holiday season, as Universal Records announced they are set to release a Black Sabbath vinyl box set that will include all nine records by the bands original 1970-1978 lineup. Led by Ozzy Osbourne on vocals, this era of Sabbath produced some of the most iconic metal songs ever recorded.

The reproductions in this soon-to-be-released box set were remastered from the band’s own personal archives, and were pressed on 180-gram vinyl. As box sets go, this one contains lots of extras including a 7″ vinyl of debut single ‘Evil Woman’ and non-album B-side ‘Wicked World’. Here’s the rundown of what approximately a mere $300 bucks gets you:

1. Black Sabbath (1970)

2. Paranoid (1970)

3. Master of Reality (1970, includes poster)

4. Volume 4 (1972, with photo insert book)

5. Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (1973)

6. Sabotage (1975)

7. Technical Ecstasy (1976)

8. Never Say Die (1978)

9. Live At Last (recorded in 1973, released in 1980. This is the only live Ozzy/Black Sabbath  record)

Box set extras:

· 7” Single: featuring the band’s debut single Evil Woman and non-album B-side Wicked World

· 12” x 12” Hard-backed Book: containing original tour programs from 1970, 1975, 1976 and 1978

·  “Back to Black Sabbath” download voucher: for easy download of the full set

DJ Cherrybomb