Including Exhorder, Heathen, The Seahorses, Engineers, Bill Evans and Wonder Woman amongst others.
This week is a heavy week with several metal albums that are in stores now, including the pioneers of thrash metal Exhorder with their second studio album The Law on silver coloured vinyl. Another Roadrunner classic - Victims of Deception by Heathen is for the first time available as a 2LP-set and is available on translucent yellow coloured vinyl. Available on black vinyl are Guano Apes Planet Of The Apes, Xentrix Shattered Existence and Sugar Ray Lemonade & Brownies.
For some easy listening music, in stores now is the self-titled debut album by British shoegaze band Engineers on white coloured vinyl. Another British title that is now in stores, is the 1997 album Do It Yourself by The Seahorses, led by former The Stone Roses member John Squire. Or, lay back and enjoy some jazz with Bill Evans The Brilliant, which is part of the Timeless Records 45th Anniversary Jazz Series and available on gold coloured vinyl. In addition, Moon Child by jazz giant Pharoah Sanders is available on black vinyl. Last but not least, is the soundtrack to 2017 DC Comis Superhero movie Wonder Woman, available on translucent pink coloured vinyl.
Credited as one of the leaders of the Bay Area thrash metal scene, Heathen released four studio albums in total, including their Victims Of Deception. Originally released in 1991 on the Roadrunner label, the album includes their cover version of Rainbow's “Kill The King”. In support of the album, the band toured Europe with Sepultura and Sacred Reich.
Exhorder is considered pioneers of the groove-oriented thrash metal sound. After the success of their debut album Slaughter In The Vatican, they released their second studio album The Law in 1992. he Law includes the track “Into The Void”, which is a cover of Black Sabbath's song off their Master Of Reality album.
After John Squire left The Stone Roses, he formed The Seahorses in 1996 together with Stuart Fletcher, Chris Helme and Andy Watts. The year after they released their debut album Do It Yourself, which was produced by Tony Visconti. It featured three popular singles: “Love Is The Law”, “Blinded By The Sun” and “Love Me And Leave Me”. The latter was Liam Gallagher's first song writing credit.
To this day, jazz pianists are influenced by Bill Evans by his use of impressionist harmony, interpretation of traditional jazz repertoire, and his trademark rhythmically independent, “singing” melodic lines. Evans gained his first spotlight when joining Miles Davis' sextet during the time Kind of Blue was recorded. After leaving the sextet, Evans began his career as bandleader. As trio with Marc Johnson on bass and Joe LaBarbera on drums, they recorded The Brilliant in 1980, just before Evans' passing.
Wonder Woman is a 2017 American superhero film based on the eponymous DC Comics character. Rupert Gregson-Williams, a member of Hans Zimmer's Remote Control Productions team of composers, composed the score to the film. He was joined by Tom Howe, Paul Mounsey and Andrew Kawczynski who provided additional music. Australian singer Sia wrote the track “To Be Human”, featuring English musician Labrinth, which is also featured on the soundtrack.
Planet Of The Apes is a compilation of the very best of Guano Apes. The record features all of their singles, their favorite songs and one song that is exclusively on this record - “Break The Line”. Planet Of The Apes was originally released in 2004.
Pharoah Sanders' Moon Child from 1990, bookended a decade of musical soul searching for Sanders. The acclaimed free jazz player is known to have a raw and abrasive sound, but reinvented himself on this album as a more traditional improviser capable of thoughtful deliberations. Moon Child is a grand old time throughout, and Sanders has never been more eminently sing-along-able as he is on its title track.
The British shoegaze pop band Engineers was formed in London in 2003 by Mark Peters, Simon Phipps, Andrew Sweeney and Dan MacBean. MacBean is also known as the guitarist in The Shining. This album features the acclaimed tracks “Home”, “Forgiveness” and “Waved On”.
English thrash metal outfit Xentrix is commonly referred to as one of the “big four” of English thrash metal, given their popularity in the underground metal scene of the mid-1980s to mid-1990s. The album set the tone for future works and lifted Xentrix to many metalheads' treasured band.
Sugar Ray became widely known through their infectious pop single “Fly”, and a consequent lighter musical direction displayed by songs like “Every Morning”, “Someday”, and “When It's Over”. This debut album titled Lemonade and Brownies was originally released in 1995 and showcases Sugar Ray in their most youthful and idealistic phase. It's a competent set of alternative funk and metal, with a few punk anthems to boot.
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