One of my favourite bands to come out of Sweden recently (they are many) is Monolord. Rust is the band’s third full-length album. It’s out September 29th on RidingEasy Records. Here is the title track.
Monolord - Rust
Youngblood Supercult - Wormwood
Youngblood Supercult is a heavy blues band from Topeka, Kansas. Their third studio album, The Great American Death Rattle, is slated for CD and digital release on August 17th, with a vinyl release following shortly thereafter. The fourth track on the record is “Wormwood”. Listen to it now.
Boris - Absolutego
Boris is celebrating their 25th anniversary as a band in 2017 and with it comes the release of Dear. “Absolutego” is the first single from the record, which coincidentally, shares the same song title with the band’s 1996 debut album. It’s out now on Sargent House.
Redd Kross - Notes And Chords Mean Nothing To Me
On May 12, 2017, Redd Kross stopped by Joyful Noise Recordings between tour dates to record “Notes And Chords Mean Nothing To Me” for their Almost Live series. It’s not a new song but it’s a cool live version of the track, featuring Dale Crover on drums. The limited edition single is pressed on 7″ white vinyl with custom screen-printed artwork on side B. Sign up at Joyful Noise Recordings to get your copy.
Brant Bjork - Controllers Destroyed (Live)
Europe ’16 is the first official live album of Brant Bjork‘s lengthy solo career, which began in 1999 while he was still a member of Fu Manchu. The record, out September 22nd via Napalm Records, includes several tracks from recent albums Black Power Flower (2014) and Tao Of The Devil (2016), plus other hits that reach back into his vast catalog. “Controllers Destroyed”, from Black Power Flower, is the first song released from Europe ’16. I love this tune. It sounds even better live. Turn it up! \m/
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Fu Manchu - Foot Down And Low
Speaking of Fu Manchu, they have just released a 3LP gatefold deluxe reissue of their 2001 album, California Crossing. LP 1 is the first demos the band did for the record with different arrangements of some songs plus three unreleased tracks. This was recorded and mixed by Jim Rota of Fireball Ministry. LP 2 contains the second demos with a heavier/rawer sound than their counterparts on the final release. The song “Planet Of The Ape Hangers”, not part of the final release, is included here. LP 3 has the final release of California Crossing, which was remastered this year for a fuller/heavier sound. This was Brant Bjork’s final record with the band.
Here is “Foot Down And Low”, one of the previously unreleased tracks from the first demos. \m/
The Bronx - Sore Throat
The Bronx have released the first track off of their new album titled V. The song is called “Sore Throat” and the record is due out September 22nd on ATO Records.
Mad Season - Ascention
Mad Season was a band formed in Seattle in 1994 by Layne Staley (Alice In Chains), Mike McCready (Pearl Jam), Barrett Martin (Screaming Trees) and John Baker Saunders. The supergroup released only one album, Above, and is best known for the single “River of Deceit”. The band went on a hiatus in 1996 due to conflicting schedules and Staley’s problems with substance abuse. Attempts were made in the late 1990’s to revive the group without Staley, however, the band dissolved following the death of Saunders in 1999 from a heroin overdose. Staley would die from an overdose of heroin and cocaine three years later.
According to Alternative Nation, “Mad Season’s last original material released were three tracks featuring Mark Lanegan on lead vocals in 2013 for the Above reissue. They released the live album Sonic Evolution in 2015, featuring Chris Cornell on lead vocals.” But earlier this month, a previously unreleased instrumental track, titled “Ascention”, was revealed. The song comes from Barrett Martin’s The Singing Earth soundtrack. Listen to it below.