NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: August 16th New Music Releases

Check out all of today’s new releases in the music world!

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Blue Oyster Cult – The Temperance Movement Live at Manchester Academy, UK

The room is maybe a third full as The Temperance Movement start, though this quickly rises through their set. I’ve been intrigued to how good they will sound live, liking their stuff but not having previously caught them in a concert setting before and I’m pleased by how easy they make their laid back blues rock sound at this gig, with the quantity of people in at this time a good mark of respect, having seen similar sized bands struggle for one-hundred or so in this large room, one of the larger available in Manchester. The sound is good, if a touch quiet, meaning the emphasis is on clarity rather than loudness, something a number of bands I’ve seen previously in this venue fall victim to. There’s a decent level of applause for them throughout as the room approaches two thirds full, just as we get to the midpoint of their set. As the crowd grows further still, the band continue to please, with the movement of people dancing, combined with the now usual phones recording being the proof of the pudding. A strong showing from the evening’s upstarts, giving the Blue Oyster Cult a pretty high bar to hit. Continue reading

Transmaniacon – The Strange World Of Suzie Pellet

I love random. I honestly thought when I received Transmaniacon it was just… random fate. Then I put on my glasses and actually read what I had been sent. Transmaniacon featuring  Lydia Lunch and Maya Berlin. Lydia Lunch… Lydia Lunch… the same Lydia Lunch of my childhood? The same Lydia Lunch from the Lower East Side? The Lydia Lunch from those movies? The Lydia Lunch I had just seen with Anthony Bourdain on Parts Unknown? Continue reading

Vreid- Lifehunger

Anyone who thinks that Black Metal is a conservative and formulaic sound need only look at (amongst the plethora of progressive and avant-garde entities) Norwegian’s Vreid and how have incorporated outside and wider aspects into their black metal fabric. Whilst that more typical black metal sound is firmly at the band’s core, their willingness to bring in the sounds of Hard Rock and sixties and seventies influence has afforded them the “Black n’ Roll” moniker and thus helps them stand out in some capacity to many of their peers. Following on in this trend, eighth album, and first on Season Of Mist, Lifehunger is not only one of their strongest to date, but possibly the easiest of their catalogue to break into. Continue reading

Blue Öyster Cult Book UK Tour Next Winter

Legendary psychedelic rock band Blue Öyster Cult have booked a tour of the UK for winter 2019. The band has been churning out hits and heart-stopping shows for over 40 years. Direct support will come from The Temperance Movement. Tickets go on sale at 10 AM local time on Friday, 27th July and will be available at the link below. Continue reading

Chubby Thunderous Bad Kush Masters – Come and Chutney

Chubby Thunderous Bad Kush Masters and their album Come and Chutney (Riff Rock) is an aural treasure to behold. Come and Chutney is eight songs and forty-two minutes of old-fashioned psychedelic rock combined with new-fangled doomy sludgy metal. The combination is a jaw-dropping WTF – in a good way. Continue reading

Ghost – Prequelle

Since the release of their debut album in 2010, Swedish act Ghost has divided the Metal community like no other band has for years. Frequently berated for a seemingly endless list of equally meaningless reasons, you just know the band are laughing themselves stupid underneath their masks each time the latest horde of terminally outraged cynics appear, summoned to their keyboards, as if by magic, whenever the word “Ghost” is mentioned on the internet, to inform the world using block capitals that “they’re just ripping off Blue Öyster Cult and Mercyful Fate”, “they’re not metal”, or “they’re only a gimmick anyway” etc. etc.

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