NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: April 12th New Music Releases

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

Ace Frehley – Spaceman (Picture Disc) (eOne Music) (Buy)

A Day To Remember – Attack Of The Killer B-Sides – Newbury Comics Exclusive (Color) (Buy)

Alice Cooper – Dirty Diamonds (Vinyl) (New West Records)(Buy)

Alien Weaponry – Tu (Vinyl) (Napalm Records)(Buy)

American War Machine – Unholy War (Bridge Nine)(Buy)

Andy Black – The Ghost Of Ohio (Lava/Republic Records)(Buy)

Bad Religion – My Sanity (7″ & 3″) (Epitaph)(Buy)

Basement – Be Here Now (7″) (Fueled By Ramen)(Buy)

Beartooth – B-Sides (7″) (Red Bull Records)(Buy)

Big Business – The Beast You Are (Joyful Noise)(Buy)

Blackguard – Storm (Self-Released)(Buy)

Blind Guardian – The Forgotten Tales Re-Release (Nuclear Blast) (Buy)

Blind Guardian – Live Re-Release (Nuclear Blast) (Buy)

Blind Guardian – Tokyo Tales Re-Release (Nuclear Blast) (Buy)

Brant Bjork – Keep Your Cool Re-Release (Heavy Psych Sounds) (Buy)

BTS – Map Of The Soul: Persona (Buy)

The Chemical Brothers – No Geography(Buy)

Chad Smith & Josh Klinghoffer – Jeepster/Monolith (7″) (ORG Music)(Buy)

Chuck Mosley – Joe Haze Session #2 (7″) (blocGLOBAL)(Buy)

D’angelo – Voodoo – Newbury Comics Exclusive (Color) (Buy)

Death Therapy – Voices (Solid State Records)(Buy)

Def Leppard – The Story So Far Vol. 2/B-Sides (Vinyl) (UMC/Virgin)(Buy)

Diesear – Bloodred Inferno (eOne Music)(Buy)

Dio – Last In Line (Live) (Picture Disc) (BMG)(Buy)

Melissa Etheridge – The Medicine Show(Buy)

Bruce Hornsby – Absolute Zero (Buy)

Felix Martin – Caracas (N/A)(Buy)

Foo Fighters – Big Me (3″) (Roswell Records)(Buy)

Gabriel And The Apocalypse – Alpha Bionic (Pavement Entertainment)(Buy)

Graveyard – Live At Pustervik (Reaktor/Nuclear Blast)(Buy)

Green Jellÿ – Cereal Killer Sounds (Vinyl) (Say-10 Records)(Buy)

Greta Van Fleet – From The Fires (Vinyl) (Lava/Republic)(Buy)

Halestorm – Buzz/Chemical (7″) (Atlantic)()

Hatebreed – Satisfaction Is The Death Of Desire – Newbury Comics Exclusive (Color) (Buy)

Hath – Of Rot And Ruin (Willowtip)(Buy)

Hawkwind – The 1999 Party – Live At The Chicago Auditorium (Vinyl) (Rhino/Parlophone)(Buy)

High On Fire – Bat Salad (12″) (eOne Music)(Buy)

Iced Earth – Enter The Realm Re-Release (Red)(Buy)

Inferi – The End Of An Era | Rebirth (The Artisan Era)(Buy)

Inter Arma – Sulphur English (Relapse)(Buy)

Ketzer – Cloud Collider (Metal Blade)(Buy)

Etta James – Etta James Rocks The House – Newbury Comics Exclusive (Color) (Buy)

Norah Jones – Begin Again(Buy)

L7 – Burn Baby (7″) (Blackheart Records)(Buy)

Lake Street Dive – Bad Self Portraits – Newbury Comics Exclusive (Color) (Buy)

Aaron Lewis – State I’m In (Buy)

Mastodon – Stairway To Nick John (10″) (Reprise)(Buy)

Molases – Molases – (Van Records) (Buy)

Motörhead – Overkill/Bomber (7″) (BMG)(Buy)

Motörhead – Rockaway Beach (7″) (Motörhead Music)(Buy)

My Chemical Romance – The Black Parade Is Dead (Vinyl) (Reprise Records) (Buy)

Nekrasov – Lust Of Consciousness (Prosthetic Records)(Buy)

Nirvana – Live At The Paramount (Buy)

Nita Strauss – Controlled Chaos (Vinyl) (Sumerian Records)(Buy)

Numenorean – Adore (Season Of Mist)(Buy)

Pearl Jam – Live At East Street (Vinyl) (Monkeywrench)(Buy)

Pelican – Midnight & Mescaline (7″) (Southern Lord)(Buy)

Pete Rock – Don’t Smoke Rock Instrumentals (Buy)

Pink Floyd – A Saucerful Of Secrets (Mono) (Vinyl) (Legacy)(Buy)

Posthum – Like Wildfire (Indie Recordings)(Buy)

Rush – Hemispheres (Picture Disc) (UMe)(Buy)

Scream Blue Murder – Rock Bottom (Stay Sick Recordings)(Buy)

Serj Tankian – Harakiri (Vinyl) (Music On Vinyl)(Buy)

Silverstein – Redux: The First 10 Years (N/A)(Buy)

Suldusk – Lunar Falls (Northern Silence Productions)(Buy)

Sunn O))) – Life Metal (Vinyl/CD) (Southern Lord)(Buy)

Sworn Amongst – Reclamation EP (Famined Records)(Buy)

The Machinist – Confidimus In Morte (Prosthetic Records)(Buy)

The Used – The Used Live From Maida Vale (10″) (Hopeless Records)(Buy)

Theories – Vessel (Corpse Flower Records)(Buy)

Thrice – Deeper Wells (12″) (Epitaph)(Buy)

Various Artists – Dualism (Eclipse Records)(Buy)

Troll – Legend Master (Shadow Kingdom)(Buy)

Tronos – Celestial Mechanics (Century Media) (Buy)

Various Artists – House Of Wax Music From The Motion Picture (Vinyl) (Maverick)(Buy)

Various Artists – Howard Stern’s Private Parts (Vinyl) (Warner Bros. Records)(Buy)

Various Artists – The Crow (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Vinyl) (Atlantic Records)(Buy)

Various Artists – Transformers – Revenge Of The Fallen Soundtrack (Vinyl) (Reprise Records)(Buy)

Waldgefluster – Mondscheinsonaten (Nordvis)(Buy)

ZVI – Deer Pink (Nefarious Industries)(Buy)

FESTIVAL PREVIEW: Roadburn Festival 2018

The day is finally here! The best underground heavy music festival in the world begins today as Roadburn takes flight for its 2018 edition in Tilburg, NL. The lineup is so good, naturally, you would want to see every band, but it’s of course, impossible. Follow our sensible day by day guide to the can’t miss bands each day below. Continue reading

Kjeld Added To Roadburn, Festival Begins Next Week

Long-revered European music festival Roadburn kicks off four days of heavy, avant-garde and challenging music and art experiences in Tilburg, NL. Dutch black metal entity Kjeld has been added to the bill due to Cocatenatus dropping off due to a family situation. In a post, Roadburn founder and creative force Walter Hoeijmakers updated attendees on the last minute changes to the bill. Continue reading

Roadburn Announces Cul De Sac Lineup And Pre-Party

Roadburn 2018 is shaping up to be another incredible festival. In addition to the main lineup of bands, and special programs, Roadburn has announced its Cul de Sac lineup of special bands in Roadburn’s most intimate venue as well as the site of its Pre-Party. The festival takes place, as always, Tilburg, NL between April 19-22 and tickets are expected to sell out as usual.  Continue reading

Zvi – II: Death Stops Us All

Zvi II Death Stops Us All halfpear records ghostcultmag

The word “experimental” is a double-edged sword. For some it classifies anything veering from the typical form people are used to. Thus it renders whatever it is; be it medicine or art, undigestable to safer minds. To others the word conjures a magical playground where truly anything is possible. When foisted upon artists, such as guitarist/vocalist Ron Varod (Kayo Dot) and his solo outlet Zvi, we get the latter. Arriving in 2014 Zvi I challenged the listener to feel a piece of music on Varod’s terms. His new release II: Death Stops Us All (Halfpear Records) is no less of an emotional tug of war for the senses.

Composed of just three pieces, Zvi:II differs from its sister release in some ways.’You’ve Charmed Me, I Will Stay’ begins with a swelling guitar repeated like waves with other instrumentation flowing in. The layers of harmony vocals in the background suck in your attention. While the plucked guitars parts are calming, there is a unease that sets the table for what is to come.

‘Black Leaves’ (featuring Alan Dubin of Khanate and Gnaw on vocals) begins with more unsettling bassy notes. They soon stop and the song takes shape with Varod crooning forlornly at first. Moody strangeness pervades the track with, but never confusing you. Finally, a familiar harrowing shriek from Dubin fades in and out from the mix over and over. Jarring stabbing chords, detuning strings along with underlying keyboards flood in, giving a feeling of sonic vertigo. Ending with a mantra type singing wail, some malicious whispering, and other oddities from beyond, we glide into the final track.

We again meet Varod and his voice to some off-kilter balladry and guitar, with a motif close to the first track. What ‘Whale Bone Cage’ does is beckon you to come down from the anguish and recover. A final strum of an open chord seems to breathe out a phrase….. rest.

A release like this can only come from vision of a person without bounds as a writer. Matching Varod’s work are the talents of engineer Colin Marston (Gorguts/Kralice) and James Plotkin (Khanate) to engineer. The only shame of these releases is they are too brief, and leave you lusting for more.

8.0/10

KEITH CHACHKES