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Botch
An Anthology Of Dead Ends

Botch were a metalcore band who spent the turn of the millennium making music that was equal parts chaotic and melodic. They released two full length records, 'American Norvoso', as well as one of hardcore's truest classics, 'We Are The Romans'. In 2002, they put out their final release, the 'An Anthology Of Dead Ends' EP, which told listeners exactly where Botch were headed: nowhere. It's now available again through Hydra Head, and is recommended for anyone with even a passing interest in metalcore; or just for anyone who's worn out their Converge collection.
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Visions & Phurpa
Monad

Apparently (and disappointingly) not a DJ Screw-style chopping and screwing of the back catalogue of Mission Of Burma, the 100th release from Berlin imprint Cyclic Law is a coming-together between label boss Visions and shamanic Russian choir Phurpa. The combination of droning throat-song, portentous ambiences and post-rock soundscapes makes Monad a creepy, stirring listen.

Nine Inch Nails
Bad Witch

Tonight at the Roadhouse, it’s the 22.85 Centimetre Nails! And it sounds indeed as if the association with Twin Peaks has rather rubbed off on potty-mouthed T. Reznor & Pals. Lead tune ‘Got Break Down the Door’ sets acid bass and very noirish atmospherics - particularly the lonesome brass a jazzhouse croon from Trent - to an agitated tempo. The NIN style is intact, but with adventurous feelers out.
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Spotlights
Hanging By Faith

Hanging By Faith contains four remixes from Seismic, the 2017 album by ethereal goth metalers, Spotlights.The 5-track EP features remixes by Kris Dirksen, Mario Quintero, Aaron Harris, Void Manes and is rounded off with a cover of The Cure’s Faith. The Brooklyn-based three-piece balance dark, powerful, light and delicate with aplomb. Limited edition white vinyl LP on Ipecac.
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Thought Broadcast
Social Acid

Thought Broadcast are an industrial, post-punk band which create dissonant, churning sounds and Social Acid is perhaps the  most raw album yet. Comprising of crunching machinery type noises, Social Acid is dark and experimental and unlike anything else you’ll hear this year. Limited to 100 cassette copies.  
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Megadeth
Killing Is My Business... and Business Is Good – The Final Kill

The story is now woven into the annals of rock history - Dave Mustaine gets kicked out of Metallica, forms Megadeth out of spite, blows most of the money that’s meant to go on recording the band’s debut LP on booze and drugs and then turns in a poorly-produced but still tough-as-hell thrash metal LP entitled Killing Is My Business … And Business Is Good. This ‘Final Kill’ version of the 1985 album sees Mark Lewis fix the shaky mixing and also includes 1986/87 live takes, demos and the long-omitted cover of ‘These Boots Were Made For Walkin’’. 
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Witch Mountain
Witch Mountain

The obscenely metal Witch Mountain use their lovely crystal fonts and blue colours to fool you into believing their new record is going to be chill. It is not: a doomy experience that feels like a culmination of their long ascent to the top of the genre, they're here joined by new singer Kayla Dixon, who apparently loves Judas Priest. Legend.
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Black Sabbath
Supersonic Years: The Seventies Singles Box Set

This is a real treat for the Black Sabbath superfan in your life: a bespoke boxset of 7” singles from the band’s early 1970’s glory years. Ten remastered singles, including ‘Iron Man’, ‘Paranoid’ and ‘Sabbath Bloody Sabbath’, each on a reproduction 7” with its attendant B-side. And half the songs are present in their very rare single edit forms. Oh and the picture sleeves and liner notes also within the box are something to behold too. From Sanctuary.
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Orange Goblin
The Wolf Bites Back

Ben, Joe, Martyn and Chris don’t particularly sound like a bunch of stoner metalers, but put them under the banner of Orange Goblin and they grow some sharp teeth to match their long hair and tats. The Wolf Bites Back is the London band’s ninth long player. It was recorded on analogue equipment and features a guest performance from ex-Motorhead guitarist Phil Campbell. Limited edition blue vinyl LP and digipak CD versions are available alongside standard black vinyl and jewel case CD versions on Candlelight.
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Witchskull
Coven’s Will

Any guesses? Yep that’s right, Coven’s Will by Witchskull is heavy riff-chugging stoner metal! Coven’s Will is positively dripping with mystical supernaturalism and overdriven guitar chugs, the kind of thing that could overwhelm an unprepared mind. All the way from Australia, but sounding like the product of a thousand-year forest. Released by Rise Above.
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Sepultura
Arise (Expanded Edition)

Brazilian metal band Sepultura originally released their fourth album, Arise, in 1991. It had the sound of a band really getting it together and was the album that multiplied their fan base. This expanded edition features the original album, gloriously remastered, with 28 previously unreleased tracks on the CD version. The Double LP version will have fewer additional tracks. On Rhino.
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ASG
Survive Sunrise

If you like Jane's Addiction, you're going to love North Carolina rockers ASG. 'Survive Sunrise', their first album in five years, expands on their trademark blend of southern-fried alt-rock and earworm hooks, weaving together soaring melody and summery riffs to electrifying effect. An infectious record, by an hard-rocking band. 
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YOB
Our Raw Heart

Innovative and immense, YOB like to release long, thrashing sprawls, disseminating doom with zero compromise. Our Raw Heart speaks plain of the near-death experience of frontman Mike Schiedt, who praise the stars is still with us, bleeding the metal blood. Over seven very good tracks they play seventy-five minutes of heart-on-sleeve riffage. I honestly cannot wait. 
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Uniform & The Body
Mental Wounds Not Healing

Serial heavyweight collaborators The Body move onto their next hosts in the form of Uniform, after the two groups toured Europe together. The songs for Mental Wounds Not Healing were built up back and forth, until these monstrous music makers were virtually fused into one powerhouse entity. You know what to expect, dive in people. On Sacred Bones.

Young Widows
Decayed: Ten Years of Cites, Wounds, Lightness, and Pain

This 15-track collection charts the first decade of Young Widow's career, and mines their vast catalogue of singles, b-sides, splits and rare songs, including four previously unreleased tracks. This record maps out the band's evolution form post-hardcore to pos-punk monsters, their genre-hopping and mastery of technique attesting to their longevity. 

Baptists
Beacon Of Faith

First of all, beautiful album art. Beacons of Faith is the third record from Baptists. Following pretty much the same sound as the bands' previous records, this is one that you don't want to miss. Atmospheric and apocalyptic, this record is available on vinyl LP and CD, and is released on Southern Lord.  
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Various
Contract In Blood: A History Of UK Thrash Metal

Cherry Red Records with another box set here. Thrash metal from the UK has a tough time of it. Seen as a second-class scene when compared to those of the U.S.A. or Brazil, even the larger acts - Venom, Onslaught etc. - have received comparatively little global renown. These five CDs look to change all that. Accompanied by an informative booklet and released concurrently with a book of the same name, Contract In Blood contains studio recordings, demos and live takes by both big-hitters and small-fry from the world of British thrash. Some of the cuts date back to the early 80s, and ten have never been previously released.
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Raw Ambassador
Shadows Of Evil

Antonio Barbetta’s Raw Ambassador moniker holds no punches or pretences, with releases on Reach Another System, Sama, and UN.T.O. he follows his namesake with raw and hard industrialised techno that is specifically made for underground clubs with strobes and cages, with an air of 80s doom. 12” on Mannequin.
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Ordre Etern
Revolució Soterrada

Ordre Etern are a product of the current Spanish political climate (explicit shout-outs to Goya and Lorca are made in the press release). They aren’t too happy about it apparently, and express this through good old-fashioned industrial drum pounding and vocal howling, with decent amounts of electronics too. Involving former Nurse With Wound collaborator Victor Hurtado. On Magia Roja / Tesla Tapes.
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Melvins
Stag

A welcome vinyl reissue of 1996's Stag; Melvins' 8th studio album and the last to be released on a major label (they were dropped by Atlantic the following year). American trio / sometimes four-piece Melvins were named after a supermarket supervisor that a band member worked under, and despised. Get yourself hooked up with this double gatefold edition, mastered from the original analog tapes. Or, the single LP (as per the original pressing) on Music On Vinyl.

AILS
The Unraveling

Bay Area avant-metallists Ludicra called it quits around the start of the 2010s, but vocalist Laurie Shanaman and guitarist Christy Cather still had something left in the tank. Now they’ve got a few mates together and ground out this bracing LP as AILS. The dual-screeching on display here is blood-curdling stuff, and when coupled with the band’s mix of hardcore punk, thrash metal and prog-metal, it makes The Unraveling a thrilling listen.

Various
Close To The Noise Floor - Formative UK Electronica 1975-1984

Close To The Noise Floor - Formative UK Electronica 1975 - 1985 takes ‘electronica’ as a nice and broad term: this compilation ranges from Throbbing Gristle to Spoon Fazer to Blancmange, with the intention of showing off the whole range of the period, from the familiar to the forgotten. 4 disc box-set on Cherry Red.

Ghost
Opus Eponymous

Firmly old-school hard-rock from Ghost (the Swedish version). Opus Eponymous was first released in 2010 (not, as you might have guessed, 1978), and is now reissued as a picture disc. Lots of devil-worshipping lyrics over the chugging riffs, and some track titles that are in Latin too. On the Rise Above label.
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Mayhem
De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas

An entirely crucial foundational text of black metal: the first album by Mayhem! With a release history clouded with murders and suicides (how trve kvlt can you get?), De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas still stands as a mighty blast of icy Norwegian power. The line-up for the album’s recording includes both Attila Csihar (later working with Sunn O)))) and Varg Vikernes of Burzum. Vinyl reissue on Back on Black.
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Mayhem
Deathcrush

Reissue of Deathcrush, the debut EP of Norwegian black metal legends Mayhem and apparently the first studio release of any band in the scene. It’s a quick and speedy blast of a record, featuring a surprising opening in the form of a version of a Conrad Schnitzler piece.... followed shortly afterwards by a song called ‘Chainsaw Gutsfuck’. Vinyl reissue on Back On Black.
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Svalbard
It's Hard To Have Hope

It’s Hard to Have Hope. Indeed it is, Bristol-based crust/hardcore quartet Svalbard. Indeed it is. From revenge porn and unpaid internships to pro-life campaigners, the group take square aim at the injustices of such controversial topics in a heavy, dramatic and deeply frustrated bunch of cathartic outbursts.
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Witchsorrow
Hexenhammer

Reinforced doominations from Witchsorrow see them go harder and heavier than usual, seemingly wanting to block off the easy routes and access points one might usually find. Hexenhammer is a declaration of the band's favourite genre hallmarks and was recorded with metal overlord Chris Fielding, who's helped out folk metal band Primordial and stoner legends Electric Wizard.
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Age Of Taurus
The Colony Slain

Let me tell you, being a Taurus ain’t easy. You live in constant fear of change, of disruption, and of movement. The last thing we need is an epoch in which the defining characteristics are shared with the bull sign. But doom-metallers Age Of Taurus clearly think differently. On The Colony Slain, their follow-up LP to the light-hearted romp that was Desperate Souls For Tortured Times, they make such a heavy racket that it could shake the earth (sign).
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Exploring Jezebel
On A Business Trip To London

Due to it’s sexually explicit material, this uncensored release from Exploring Jezebel comes with a warning that it is for ADULTS ONLY. As if that’s not already cool enough ‘On A Business Trip To London’ comes crashing into your deepest and most primal instincts from the blackest of black vinyl (no idea what this means but assume that it’s very very dark black).
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Ghost
Prequelle

This record promises to delve into even darker (well, I say darker. I mean dark with glitter) territory than their previous records, and looking at the sleeve, I can very well imagine that it does. This record is available on a very limited edition gold coloured vinyl LP with a 7", a slightly less limited edition clear and silver swirl vinyl LP (no 7" with this one) and, of course on good ol' CD. Released on Spinefarm. 
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From Beyond
The Band From Beyond

From Beyond trace their supernatural origin back to Houston, Texas. The spooky forest and neon text on the album’s cover art has an eerie, Twin Peaks-y atmosphere to it, while the early 90s hard rock style of the music also pulls off a sinister vibe with John Carpenter-esque keyboards and a lot of reverb on the lead vocals.

Neurosis
Pain Of Mind

The lords of crust Neurosis return with another reissue from the river-mark. Who here remembers Pain of Mind, a classic of the East Bay scene? It strayed deep out of reality and delved into a thrashy cosmological void where all that could be accessed was growls, screams and groaning musical onslaught, the kind of piercing, unfussy sound the band started their existence on. 

Grave Lines
Fed Into The Nihilist Engine

Grumpy and full of existential humdingers, heavy riffers Grave Lines made these hard-edged doom tunes to explore the deep web of the human psyche. A band that loves to cross the bridge between dissonance and melody, Fed Into the Nihilist Engine is one of those metal albums constantly usurping its dynamics. Agh. Yes.

Sleep
The Clarity

New music from stoner-metal overlords Sleep! The Clarity was recorded in 2009, a decade after previous release Dopesmoker and seven years before now. Let no-one accuse Sleep of being in a hurry. The Clarity is a thick and chewy slab of sludge, presented on a single side of vinyl, with the other being artfully etched. 12” on Southern Lord.
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Dark Buddha Rising
II

For the latest LP from Finnish doom-metal crew Dark Buddha Rising, guitarist V. Ajomo states that the band “have done a full cycle of the orbit and now is the time for gravitational slingshot towards the new dimensions in sound, deliverance and vision". Quite. Anyway, II is sludgy, loping doom par excellence. Just one track per side, but so overwhelming are the two editions of ‘Mahathgata’ that you'd probably need a sit down if II had any more music on it. The second side was recorded at their underground practice space of Wastement, aka “the asylum of eternal feedback”.
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Mastodon
The Hunter

‘The Hunter’ is US stoner rock band Mastodon's first non concept album since ‘Remission’ (2002). It contains no elements of classical music and is pure, heavy rock. The album includes a song composed and sung entirely by drummer Brann Dailor who also features on vocals on several other tracks.
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Henry Blacker
The Making Of Junior Bonner

More Somerset Stoner Sludge from Henry Blacker, the regional offshoot of Hey Colossus. The Making Of Junior Bonner is their third full album to date, and it positively seethes with noisy distortion and ear-bludgeoning riffs. Nine fairly punchy tracks in forty minutes, making for a good-sized portion of guitar weight. Vinyl release from Riot Season.

MØL
JORD

Denmark hasn’t really the reputation of its neighbours in the Nordic metal camp, but there new names do crop up once in a while. Here we have MØL (‘MOTH’) giving it a go. Following two EPs, the debut LP JORD (‘EARTH’) sees the Aarhus quintet going at it hard with the black metal theatrics, as well as nods to shoegaze in their reverb-heavy climaxes.
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When
The Black Death

Reissue LP on Ideologic Organ. Before joining Jester Records and putting out his bizarre Tom Waits flavoured psychedelia on albums like The Lobster Boys When released this….. It’s a single long dark soundscape that has minor fluttering of musicality. It is based around SVARTEDAUEN, a book of drawings by Norwegian artist Theodor Kittelsen that have mainly been used by black metal artists such as Burzum.
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Wrong
Feel Great

The second Wrong LP to get the Relapse seal of approval seems to have been titled in jest. Feel Great consists of music you wouldn’t usually associate with feeling great. The Miami group’s abrasive noise-metal is the sort of stuff you’d use to exorcise demons or purge bad spirits. It’s a mighty sound. Wrong features members of TORCHE, Capsule and Kylesa.
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Behemoth
Messe Noire

The Polish black / death metallers aren’t ones to do things by halves. That’s certainly true of their acclaimed 2014 opus The Satanist, and also of this related live collection. Vinyl and CD versions contain a 2016 Warsaw concert featuring The Satanist performed in its entirely along with a further six tracks. The CD is accompanied by a choice of Blu-Ray or DVD containing 150 minute of spectacular, no-expenses-spared live footage, including the Warsaw show alongside a similar set from the Czech Brutal Assault festival and promo clips.
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Wrekmeister Harmonies
The Alone Rush

The Alone Rush, the fifth LP Wrekmeister Harmonies have served up for Thrill Jockey, is the first that sees the band take to the stage as duo. The group’s miserabilist-in-chief J. R. Robinson now comes with Esther Shaw in tow as an official member. Helped wby several guest spots from Swans bloke Thor Harris, the group make music as brooding and intense as anything in the band’s catalogue to date. Nick Cave and Warren Ellis’s cinematic abstractions come to mind, as does Ellis's old fling The Dirty Three.

Russell Haswell
Tongue Dancer '85

Someone let noisy troublemaker Russell Haswell into the famous EMS Elektronmusikstudion in Stockholm, where he had a play around on their marvellous collection of synthesisers. Typically searing business from Haswell here. Tongue Dancer ‘85 is a single-track, single-sided 12”, limited to 300 copies.

Bruce Gilbert
Ex Nihilo

Editions Mego mark their 250th release with a regular contributor to the label - ex-Wire / Dome member Bruce Gilbert. Ex Nihilo encapsulates his signature sonics - harsh, austere, sculptural aural brutalism, hacked into a variety of abstract and alien shapes. The fact that the album is mastered by mischievous extremist synth gremlin Russell Haswell and cut by the exacting Rashad Becker neatly indicates where it lies on the noise continuum.

Metallica
The $5.98 E.P. - Garage Days Re-Revisited

The $5.98 EP - Garage Days Revisited by Metallica disappeared in its original physical format over three decades ago. Although the tracks from the EP of covers (Diamond Head, Budgie, Killing Joke, Misfits & Holocaust)  have since been available on their massive Garage Inc. compilation album, the band wanted to throw it out there once more as it was initially intended. Limited edition orange vinyl, black vinyl, longbox CD, Standard CD and Cassette formats available, none of which are $5.98.
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ISIS
Mosquito Control

ISIS, the seminal post-metal band who managed to smartly break up before ‘the other Isis’ came along, here re-present their very first EP, from 1998! Mosquito Control shows that the fantastic focus and inventiveness of ISIS was present right from the off, and is a must for any fans of the band. Vinyl reissue with new Aaron Turner artwork, from Hydra Head.
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Hoof Glove
Hoof Glove

Leeds grind skronk! Messily textured and compassionately crafted, the band Hoof Glove offer their first smattering of tunes for the don't drone alone label. Featuring members from a plethora of local hardcore and doom bands (including Hex, the Afternoon Gentlemen and Groak), their mix of surfy riffs, disaster electronics and heavily processed vocal yelps combine into an incredible set of weird, weird songs.
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Hey Colossus
RRR

Here's a re-release of a fascinating album Hey Colossus made in one big long studio session with Jon (Notorious Hi-Fi Killers) and Leon (Shit+Shine) in tow. The eight of them made a right old racket which has now been re-pressed onto a double LP with a bonus LP of outtakes and tracks which didn't make the first pressing. 

Bruxa Maria / Casual Nun
Split

The criminally underrated Hominid Sounds (Cattle, Sly & The Family Drone) bring forth this collaborative release from hardcore brutalists Bruxa Maria and stoner-metal group Casual Nun. Bruxa Maria handle the first three, with ‘It’s All In The DNA’ a particularly brutal assault. Casual Nun handle the second half and play things looser and more languidly - but no less impressively - than their Bruxa brethren. Only 250 copies.

Eagle Twin
The Thundering Heard (Songs Of Hoof And Horn)

Doom-laden blues duo Eagle Twin are back with their long-awaited third album, out on 30 March on Southern Lord. This is a commanding record, weaving together rumbling vocals—courtesy of Gentry Densley—sky-scraping guitar riffs and powerfully dynamic beats, with nods to classic folklore and searing storytelling.
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Shit & Shine
That’s Enough

It’s easy to consider Austin's Shit & Shine as spiritual descendants of near neighbours Butthole Surfers, but it’s a valid comparison in the best possible sense, capturing their unpredictability, abrasiveness, and a giddy humour undercut by subtle malevolence. This indie-only 12”, limited to 300 copies, takes 39 minutes to get through three cuts. The title track launches from a Fast Show sketch into a lengthy repetitive groove somewhere between Conrad Schnitzler and Suicide. The other pieces explore other shades of fuzzed-over beats, insistent but twitchily unstable.
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Of Feather and Bone
Bestial Hymns of Perversion

Profound Lore is a versatile label for all them things what dwell in darkness - Dälek’s noisy hip hop rubs shoulders with Merzbow, Prurient, dungeon synth and, of course, more metal than the cast of Transformers. In this case, Denver trio Of Feather and Bone are purveyors of some seriously gruesome death metal. Helping to make sure they live up to their title Bestial Hymns of Perversion, the band deploy some brutal techniques, including each vocalist grunting in a different way at once.
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Metallica
Ride The Lightning

This reissued record from Metallica should need no introduction if you are in any way interested in thrash metal. The 1984 second album from these rifftastic pioneers, Ride The Lightning, is as ferocious as anything they ever recorded, and is now available again on vinyl, fully remastered. On Virgin.
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SubRosa
Subdued - Live At Roadburn 2017

Roadburn Festival clearly keep good archives of what goes down at their annual heavy music occurrences, because the live albums keep on popping up on their Roadburn Records imprint. This one is SubRosa’s set from the 2017 festival, with the band running through seven of their tracks in what some attendees reckon was the highlight performance of the festival. CD edition.
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Creta
Creta

This new project from Massimo Pupillo (Zu, Laniakea), Luciano Lamanna and Roberto Zanisi sees the trio create three heady ambient soundscapes. The division of labour is thus: Lamanna brings the modulars, Zanisi handles guitar as well as an array of Mediterranean string instruments, and Pupilo’s bass moves in and out of the mix. What the trio end up with is equal parts Coil, Californian New Age and seashore ambience. Out via Karlrecords.

Iron Reagan / Gatecreeper
Split

An unholy split on the legendary Relapse label, smashing together death, grind and thrash under the excellent guidance of equally legendary producer Kurt Ballou (of Coverge). Iron Reagan fire themselves down a punk and thrash spiked highway, whilst Gatekeeper push it slower, and lower in a doom crust hell hole.
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Monster Magnet
Mindfucker

New Jersey rockers Monster Magnet are back in demure form as ever, with their family-friendly tenth album 'Mindfucker'. Jokes, obvs. This record is as savage and raw as you'd expect from the stoner-rock five-piece, with seductive splices of proto-punk, neckbreaking guitar riffs and psych-laced solos.

Autopsy
Critical Madness: The Demo Years

Having drummed on Death’s seminal debut Scream Bloody Gore, Chris Reifert returned from Florida to California and formed Autopsy. While Death would pursue an increasingly progressive path, Reifert and guitarists Danny Coralles and Eric Cutler dug deeper into the gore and found plenty to occupy them. The first rotten fruits of this union were the 1987 and 1988 demos and rehearsals collected here, featuring raw takes on tracks that would feature on their classic 1989 LP Severed Survival. 
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Keiji Haino & SUMAC
American Dollar Bill - Keep Facing Sideways, You’re Too Hideous To Look At Face On

Those boys in SUMAC must have been delighted when this opportunity came up: an album with the grand master Keiji Haino! The band, who are already kind of a alt-metal supergroup (members of Isis, Russian Circles and Baptists), coalesced around the ferocity of Haino’s vocals and guitars to create American Dollar Bill - Keep Facing Sideways, You’re Too Hideous To Look At Face On, a lengthy slab of experimental heavy. On Thrill Jockey.
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Fu Manchu
California Crossing

Stoner rock dudes Fu Manchu get a reissue of their 2002 album California Crossing on At The Dojo Records, these guys were doing this sort of stuff way before the likes of Kyuss and Sleep were chonging their way through a mountain of recreation herbal hand rolled cigarettes, the original 2002 version of this currently fetches up to 60 quid on Discogs so pick up a copy while it's at a decent price.
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Various
Real Delusions - The Finnish Speed & Thrash Metal Explosion 1987-1991

All the very best material from Finland’s apparently explosive late 80’s metal underground, gathered up by the experts Svart for you to tuck into! Real Delusions - The Finnish Speed & Thrash Metal Explosion 1987 - 1991 delivers on its premise in spades, with twenty tracks from the likes of National Napalm Syndicate, Dirty Damage, and Stone. CD and double LP editions.
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Salem’s Pot
Live At Roadburn 2015

After four studio albums, Swedish rockers Salem’s Pot feel the time is right to release a live one. Live At Roadburn 2015 is just that, capturing the band playing their oxymoronic brand of gritty, dark glam rock to a packed house (tent/field) at the Dutch rock festival. LP on Roadburn Records.
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Windhand & Satan's Satyrs
Split

Big stonery acid metal chug… twice! This split release pairs tracks by Windhand and Satan’s Satyrs, both experts in the art of pushing distorted guitar signals through big juicy amps. Windhand are a bit more doomy, and Satan’s Satyrs are a bit more punkish, but the two certainly complement each other extremely well. CD and vinyl from Relapse.
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Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats
Mind Crawler


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Neurosis
Fires Within Fires

New Neurosis?! It's no wonder the press release is in all caps. The sludge titans have been going thirty years, if you can believe it, and they commemorate being older than me by releasing a brand new album called Fires Within Fires. That kinda grittily gorgeous album art sums up the band, really -- their post-metal hints create a gorgeous landscape on which they repulse with the usual metal, and this one, produced by Steve Albini, will have double the rot.
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Drekka
Unbeknownst To The Participants At Hand

Drekka is an abstract musician dealing in weighty concepts of memory and passing, and Unbeknownst To The Participants At Hand gives us two substantial works over two sides of vinyl, one referencing Michael Haneke and the other melds sounds of uncertain provenance into a fragile structure. 500 copies on DAIS.

Ceramic Hobs
Black Pool Legacy

The great thing about the success of Sleaford Mods is that it has given Harbinger Sound the funds to release some of the more out there music made on these shores. It's therefore no surprise that they've turned their attention to Ceramic Hobs a bonkers psychedelic outfit out of Blackpool who have been scaring people since 1985. The fact that this compilation was selected and sequenced by Philip Best (Consumer Electronics) tells you that this is pretty far out and sense shredding stuff.    
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  • Metal / Noise / Industrial / Extreme

Collin Gorman Weiland
Issue No. Twenty-One

After releases on Downwards and Neverender, Collin Gorman Weiland releases this limited pressing EP on Jealous God. Issue No. Twenty-One is a caustic, noisy, and rhythmic beast. Nasty analogue sequences scrape into life with an hypnotic and almost nauseating effect, shifting from twisted 80’s techno soundtrack to noise piece a slow distorted voice murmurs in the background. Disconcerting? Yes.
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Myrkur
Mareridt

Mareridt is the title of the new, hotly anticipated second album from Danish multi-instrumentalist and composer MYRKUR. Richly gothic folk and feminine Metal merge on an album whose title translates back as 'Nightmare'. It's a sound that is in fact equal parts dreamlike, horrific and mysterious. Vinyl LP on Relapse.
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  • Metal / Noise / Industrial / Extreme

German Army
More Bitter Fruit

Enigmatic San Bernardino, California duo German Army are one of the most prolific but consistently reliable projects in the contemporary underground. This LP concerns the 1954 CIA coup in Guatemala, creating an impressionistic narrative from interview samples and ominous sonics. For fans of Throbbing Gristle, early Cabaret Voltaire, Muslimgauze etc.

The Skull Defekts
The Skull Defekts

This is the final album from experimental Swedes the Skull Defekts. They are known for somehow melding raucous punk with ritualistic psychedelic folk creating an overwhelming barrage of sound. Someone from, Wildbirds and Peacedrums has joined for this swansong which should see them go out with a bang. 

Agoraphobic Nosebleed
Altered States of America

Agoraphobic Nosebleed are a premium grindcore band, no mistake about it. Their 2003 third album Altered States Of America is just over 20 minutes long, but contains a glorious 100 tracks! Lovely stuff. Initially released only as a 3” CD, this Relapse reissue puts these short sharp tracks on (baby pink coloured) vinyl for the first time..
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  • Metal / Noise / Industrial / Extreme

D.A.F.
Für Immer

The fifth and final album from the duo of Gabi Delgado-López and Robert Görl came out in 1982. Content ranges from the jaunty pop of Geheimnis to more stern stuff like Die Lippe and Die Götter Sind Weiss. It’s a bit more varied than previous work, but as ever finds a nice balance between punishing and fun. Reissued on LP and CD.

The Body & Thou
Released From Love / You, Whom I Have Always Hated

If you liked either or both of the excellent, brutally heavyweight collaborative albums put out in the last few years by The Body and Thou, now you can own the pair of them in one double LP set! Released From Love and You, Whom I Have Always Hated are both excellent blackened statements of intent, although the latter album probably edges it for having one of the greatest ever album titles. Reissued by Thrill Jockey.
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  • Metal / Noise / Industrial / Extreme

Machine Head
Catharsis

Machine Head’s many years at the helm of what heavy metallic music can achieve puts them in a powerful position, in 2017, to batter us all with a withering wall of guitar brutality. Catharsis, with its unpleasant cover art, is a seventy-five minute slab of modern Machine Head. Available in several editions, some of which come with a DVD of a live show in 2015. On Nuclear Blast.
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  • Metal / Noise / Industrial / Extreme

Celeste
Infidèle(s)

French post-black metallers Celeste return to Denovali with their fifth full length studio album Infidèle(s). Gloom ridden, painful and brimming with negativity Infidèle(s) brings the lonely poison of Leviathan, relentlessness of Anaal Nathrakh and the atmospherics of Wolves In The Throne Room. Bleak.
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  • Metal / Noise / Industrial / Extreme

Hundred Year Old Man
Rei

Leeds based six-piece Hundred Year Old Man delve deeply into the post-sludge sound with their second release, Rei. Drawing heavily on the likes of Neurosis, this three track 12” drags you under with their monolithic, towering sound. Walls of atmospheric and bludgeoning guitars crash into a cathartic sludge.
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  • Metal / Noise / Industrial / Extreme

Old Tower
Stellary Wisdom

Dungeon synth, the niche genre gunning to reproduce the tinny MIDI soundtracks of fine old RPG computer games such as Ultima, has a bit of an up-and-coming star in The Netherlands’ Old Tower (real name The Spectre). Now with Profound Lore, the ol’ Tower here turns up a pair of slow and sinister pieces for your gallant pleasure. Even isometric fantasy adventurers need a jam.

Insect Ark
Marrow Hymns

'Marrow Hymns' represents a band who have reached a new level of maturity. Following a selection of singles and EPs and the recruitment of Spungin on drums, it's fitting for Profound Lore to be issuing this full length. Swampy, ethereal cathedral darkness for fans of Menace Ruine, SunnO))) and any blackened dark ambient.
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  • Metal / Noise / Industrial / Extreme
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  • Metal / Noise / Industrial / Extreme

Ghost
Ceremony and Devotion

Recorded during the Popestar tour during the summer of 2017, this is Ghost's Ceremony and Devotion. Apparently the record that follows the band into becoming one of the biggest arena bands in the world. Available on double vinyl LP and CD on Spinefarm. The 2LP comes housed in a gatefold sleeve and contains a 20-page booklet.  

Dead Neanderthals
Womb Of God

Time for another fearsome blast from Dead Neanderthals, the mercilessly intense trio who play noise-rock by way of two saxophones and a drumkit. They’ve had a really busy year, and they round it out with Womb Of God, their fourth (!) full-length album of 2017. Unhinged howls, deep-reaching baritone sax blasts, and pounding rhythms. On Burning World Records.
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  • Metal / Noise / Industrial / Extreme

Martial Canterel
Lost at Sea

Sean MacBride is also half of synthpop duo Xeno & Oaklander, but this long-running solo project has a more melancholy, introspective vibe. Rigid sequencing in the style of early Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark and Depeche Mode is lent a bit of Detroit drive and submerged in dense analogue synth washes. There’s an epic, cold war Europe feel (not bad for a Brooklyn lad), with MacBride’s Andy McCluskey-esque vocals portraying a lonely figure, stoic amid the winds of change.

Slomatics
A Hocht

Reissue of the third album from the justly acclaimed Belfast sludge/doom band, originally released in 2012. It boasts a mighty kraken on the cover and eight tracks (as the title suggests, if you know your Gaeilge). Slomatics are eyebrow-raisingly heavy despite eschewing a bassist, and display more idiosyncracy and character than most downtuners. If you’re into Melvins, High On Fire, Sleep, Conan, Yob and similar, and have missed this, rectify that sorry situation!

Eraldo Bernocchi, FM Einheit, Jo Quail
Rosebud

A cool three-way collaboration between cellist Jo Quail, sound designer and guitarist Eraldo Bernocchi and Einstürzende Neubauten founder member FM Einheit. This eclectic group got together to sculpt weighty slabs of droning ambience and industrial clang, nicely treading the line between order and disorder. Rosebud is released by RareNoise.

Portal
ION

Fans of twisted up black metal rejoice as Australia's bleakest export return for their fifth full length album. Expect the trademark buzzing shreds, leanings towards Psyopus and Crowpath, but a sound that further pushes the band into the kind of depraved obscurity that earned them their dimly gleaming reputation.
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  • Metal / Noise / Industrial / Extreme

Malevolent Creation
The Ten Commandments

Dating from 1991, this is the debut album of Florida death metal outfit Malevolent Creation, a vintage example of desolate and ferocious death. The Ten Commandments is gloriously twisted and blackened, and deserves a central place in the pantheon of the American death metal greats. Reissued on vinyl by Listenable Records.
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  • Metal / Noise / Industrial / Extreme

Scott Walker & Sunn O)))
Soused

Continuing their tireless campaign to work with every single artist and band threatening to be more bizarre and avant-garde than them, 'Soused' is the fifth collaborative record in Sunn O)))'s one-chord arsenal, following splits and records with Earth, Boris, Nurse With Wound and Ulver. This time around, they meet baritone pop singer -- gone crazy experimental musique concrete alien -- Scott Walker, who you at least have to admit is the most suitable Walker brother for Sunn to do an album with. Nicknamed Scott O))), Stephen O'Malley and Greg Anderson join together to make some lovely evil drone sounds for Walker to brood over. It's fifty minutes long and Walker's producing partner Peter Walsh probably got knocked out while it was being recorded, after maybe saying something like "Sunn Who???". It's the follow-up to 'Terrestrials' for Sunn and 'Bish Bosch' for Walker. 
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  • 4AD

Today Is The Day
Animal Mother

Today Is The Day are noise rock aficionados who pay as much tribute to sludgy, sprawling metal as they do to lightning fast, thunder thrashing grindcore. 'Animal Mother' is their tenth record, and to mark that milestone they've made the very wise decision to join with heavy music overseers Southern Lord. Lots of little things to note about the recording, as always -- different members put down their instruments at different times, and the band picked up Sean Conkling, their new bassist -- but what's most important is that Today Is The Day consider the record full of hate and spite. Gee, I don't think any band on Southern Lord has ever said that before.
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  • Metal / Noise / Industrial / Extreme

Godflesh
Post Self

Godflesh are known as an industrial metal band, but their 8th album, Post-Self, sees them move away from metal and experiment with industrial and post-punk sounds, exploring what inspired them in the first place. Lyrically the album deals with anxiety and depression, fear, mortality and paternal and maternal relationships.

Boris
Attention Please

'Attention Please' is the seventeenth studio album from Japanese musical chameleons Boris. The trio are widely known for their constantly shape-shifting style, covering genres as far afield as psychedelia, shoegaze, post-metal, drone and stoner metal often within the same song. Released on the same day as their second 'Heavy Rocks' album, 'Attention Please' is more in the vein of 'New Album' with it's shimmering noise pop and shoegaze stylings than the raw stoner rock of 'Heavy Rocks'. The album is the only Boris record to feature vocals exclusively from lead guitarist Wata.