YOUR QUICK FIRE REFERENCE FOR ALL THE LATEST RELEASES
ANATHEMA – Fine Days
(Out April 6th on Music For Nations)
Why You Should Buy To This: Fine Days puts this Liverpool crew’s best releases front and centre. Where A Fine Day To Exit is lean and melodic, Judgement and A Natural Disaster are vast and epicly proportioned. A very welcome and timely reminder of what this band and an amazing record label are capable of.
For Fans Of: Porcupine Tree, Marillion, Steven Wilson
MAMMOTH MAMMOTH – Volume IV – Hammered Again
(Out March 27th on Napalm Records)
Why You Should Listen To This: Raw and pure hard Rock from this Aussie four-piece, Volume IV comes with bucket loads of fuzz and fury. A tried and tested formula it might be, but Hammered Again comes with bark and plenty of bite
For Fans Of: Black Spiders, Airbourne, The Answer
THE GRASSY KNOLL – Electric Verdeland, Vol 1
(Out March 17th on Electric Verdeland Records)
Why You Should Buy To This: Often dubbed groundbreaking and futuristic, The Grassy Knoll return with more organic and darkly-hued electro-Rock grooves that are sly, seething and just freakin’ cool as f***. Industrial strength freshness to die for
For Fans Of: UNKLE, Portishead, MBV
VON HERTZEN BROTHERS – New Day Rising
(Out March 23rd on Spinefarm)
Why You Should Buy To This: With a heavier more consistent focus on hooks, New Day Rising sees VHB use their sense of ‘epic’ in a more intelligent way. Densely atmospheric and mind-bendingly Prog, you’ll either love it or hate it.
For Fans Of: Alter Bridge, Seether, Rush
MOTOR SISTER – Ride
(Out March 9th on Metal Blade)
Why You Should Buy To This: Assembled at Scott Ian’s 50th to remember LA Rock band Mother Superior, what started as a tribute jam has become a new chapter for its celebrated protagonists. Classic bluesy-Hard Rock that will grow like a fungus.
For Fans Of: MC5, Alter Bridge, Walking Papers
STEVEN WILSON – Hand.Cannot.Erase
(Out March 3rd on KScope)
Why You Should Buy This: Occasionally overinflated but yet again, quite stunning Prog-Rock meanderings from an artist rapidly becoming THE virtuoso of his age, place, and time.
For Fans Of: Porcupine Tree, Blackfield, Pink Floyd
TORCHE – Restarter
(Out Feb 24 on Relapse)
Why You Should Listen To This: Not quite as bracing and immediate as Harmonicraft, Restarter still retains the bands signature sludge style and mind bending Hard Rock, with some real moments of new found clarity.
For Fans Of: Coliseum, Big Business, Cave In
MARK LANEGAN – A Thousand Miles of Midnight
(Out Feb 23 on Heavenly Recordings)
Why You Should Buy This: A remix album that’s not crap. Continuing to unearth his inner Indie-synth rocker, 2014’s Phantom Radio is given electronic reconstruction by an array of diverse artists. With stunning results.
For Fans Of: UNKLE, Kraftwerk, Moby
BROTHERS BORN – Knife Wounds
(Out Feb 24 on Nine Mile)
Why You Should Buy This: A cathartic Indie-Rock journey born from an unlikely pairing of Metal and Folk protagonists. Knife Wounds blurs the lines between the underground and mainstream pop cultures
For Fans Of: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, City & Color
SOUNDCRAWLER – The Dead-End Host
(Out Feb 20 on Klonosphere)
Why You Should Listen To This: Soundcrawler’s riff-heavy grooves and bluesy melodies will come as no surprise, and occasionally they drag, but there’s enough toxicity on offer in The Dead-End Host to suggest there’s plenty more in their locker.
For Fans Of: Karma To Burn, Orange Goblin, Kyuss
OK GO – Hungry Ghosts
(Out Feb 16 on Paradacute/BMG)
Why You Should Listen To This: Playing in a bigger sandbox, their creative pallet can be unexpected and gratifying. Hungry Ghosts triangulates well without going overboard
For Fans Of: MGMT, Bombay Bicycle Club
DUKE GARWOOD – Heavy Love
(Out Now on Heavenly Recordings)
Why You Should Listen To This: A soulful and stripped-bare sound set beneath Garwoods ghost-like vocal presence. Littered with desolation and late night tears
For Fans Of: Mark Lanegan Band, Leonard Cohen
LONELY ROBOT – Please Come Home
(Out Feb 23 on Inside Out)
Why You Should Buy This: Ambitious and infectious Progressive Rock layered with dense riff-mastery and soaring, heartfelt vocals.
For Fans Of: Anathema, Porcupine Tree
BLACKBERRY SMOKE – Holding All The Roses
(Out Feb 9 on Earache)
Why You Should Buy This: If you like dancin’, chancin’, romancin’ and wearing your cowboy boots to church on a hungover Sunday morning, this is one bad mutha for you.
For Fans Of: The Allman Brothers, Lynyrd Skynrd
36 CRAZYFISTS – Time And Trauma
(Out Feb 16 on Spinefarm)
Why You Shouldn’t Go Near This: Un-original vaccuous chest beating with a hollow scream at its core, this should nestle nicely in any dull Nu-Nu Metal collection
For Fans Of: While She Sleeps, At The Gates
HAWK EYES – Everything Is Fine
(Out Feb 9 on Pledge Music )
Why You Should Listen To This: Edgy and prickly Alternative Rock from the North, that takes typical song structures and throws them to the wolves.
For Fans Of: Kerbdog, Lafaro
MOJAVE LORDS – Unfuckwithable
(Out Feb 16 on Last Hurrah)
Why You Should Listen To This:
Low slung, slow burning and grimey Desert Rock, doused in whiskey-bar Blues with riffs big enough to wrestle a rhino.
For Fans Of: Orange Goblin, Masters of Reality
CALLISTO – Secret Youth
(Out Now on Svart)
Why You Should Listen To This: Promising noir-ish and gothic post-rock set against a bleak backdrop that could push back boundaries; despite the odd ill-placed and unecessary adolescent growl.
For Fans Of: Sisters of Mercy, Beastmilk
LIGHTS & MOTION – Chronicle
(Out Now on Deep Elm)
Why Should You Buy This: Expansive cinematic scores that will swell emotions, raise pulses and hearts alike
For Fans Of: M83, U137, Explosions In The Sky
RADIO BIRDS – Contemporary American Slang
(Out Feb 3rd on Brash Music)
Why You Should Buy This: There’s enough throaty rasp and suss on show to suggest this flock of classic Rock free birds could well form a huge part of your here and now
For Fans Of: The Cadillac Three, The Quireboys
RAISED FIST – From The North
(Out Now on Epitaph)
Why Should You Buy This: Hardcore with relentless riffs, razor sharp hooks and a deep sense of belonging. Breathless and exhausting.
For Fans Of: Refused, early The Bronx