Including Delain, Grave Digger, Xentrix, Trail Of Dead, Elvis Costello and Armin van Buuren amongst others.
Another Friday, another batch of fresh pressed vinyl. This week, it's a long list of new releases that are now in stores:
Delain's debut album Lucidity features guest performances by Sharon Den Adel, Liv Kristine and Marco Hietala and is available on yellow & green marbled vinyl. More metal with Tunes Of War by Grave Digger on flaming coloured vinyl and Xentrix' Kin on “Blade Bullet” coloured vinyl.
Two titles from Inside Out Records; Hammer And Anvil by Pure Reason Revolution is available on yellow coloured vinyl and contains an etch of the band logo on its D-side; Please Come Home by Lonely Robot is available as an expanded edition (including 3 bonus tracks) and is pressed on white coloured vinyl.
The fourth and final EP of the Chapterhouse EP series is Mesmerise, which is pressed on translucent blue coloured vinyl and contains four non-album tracks.
Two albums by The Trail Of Dead are available on coloured vinyl, IX on blue marbled vinyl and Lost Songs as a 10th anniversary edition on black & white marbled vinyl. And then, a pair of coloured reissues, including Elvis Costello's live album Deep Dead Blue on translucent blue coloured vinyl, and Straight Up Sewaside by Das EFX on silver coloured vinyl.
To celebrate the legacy of Armin van Buuren's globally syndicated radio show, A State Of Trance Forever is now in stores as a 2LP and is pressed on yellow & green marbled vinyl.
To round up, one more title on black vinyl: the jazz-funk, latin album Comin' At Ya! by the former Santana percussionist Coke Escovedo.
Please Come Home is the debut solo project by mastermind, producer, guitarist and vocalist John Mitchell (Kino, It Bites, Frost, Arena). Mitchell is assisted by Craig Blundell on drums and Nick Beggs on bass. The album features several guest appearances, including Marillion vocalist Steve Hogarth, Go West vocalist Peter Cox, Touchstone vocalist Kim Seviour, a duet with folk singer Heather Findlay, a striking guitar solo on “Humans Being” by Nik Kershaw and the narration throughout the album has been recorded by renowned actor Lee Ingleby (BBC's Inspector George Gently).
Their eighth studio album Lost Songs was originally released in 2012 and its lyrics are themed around war, tyranny and apathy, no unfamiliar grounds for the band. It features 12 tracks and four additional bonus tracks; “Skywhaling”, “Mountain Battle Song”, “Verschollene Songs” and “Idols Of Perversity”. Just like several predecessors, the album was produced by Chris “Frenchie” Smith, who worked with Meat Puppets, Jet and The Dandy Warhols amongst others.
German heavy metal band Grave Digger was first formed in 1980 by Chris Boltendahl and Peter Masson and is considered one of the “big four” of German power metal. 1996 was the year that Stefan Arnold became the drummer of Grave Digger. This year also marked the first release of their medieval trigology, Tunes Of War. This concept album told the story of the Scottish Jacobite rebellion of the 18th century.
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. After releasing two successful albums, they released follow-up Kin in 1992, which was their second album on the Roadrunner label. It was the last album to feature Chris Astley until his return in 2006.
In 1991, English shoegaze band Chapterhouse released the single “Mesmerise”, which was a non-album single. The track was cited by Robert Smith of The Cure as an influence on their 1992 album Wish. “Mesmerise” was released on the same titled EP which came out simultaneously with the single and contained three more non-album tracks, “Precious One”, “Summer Chill” and “Then We'll Rise”.
The American hip hop duo Das EFX released their second album Straight Up Sewaside in 1993. Their rapid-fire vocals are, just like on their debut Dead Serious, innovative and drained in samples and beats.
...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead (also known as Trail Of Dead) is an American alternative rock band best known for their wild, energetic live shows. Since their formation in 1994, they have released ten studio albums, including the 2014 IX. The album features favourites “The Ghost Within” and “The Doomsday Book” amongst others. During the time of these recordings, the band also featured Autry Fulbright II on bass and vocals and Jamie Miller on drums and guitar.
It has become almost impossible to overlook the impact that Armin van Buuren's globally syndicated A State Of Trance radio show has had over the years. Across two decades and a thousand episodes, the show's following steadily grew into a weekly audience of 40 million fans from over eighty different countries. Both Trance music and the entire A State Of Trance brand are here to stay, and Armin van Buuren's brand-new, collab-packed A State Of Trance Forever album boldly underlines that notion.
Deep Dead Blue is the 1995 live album by Elvis Costello that documents a set of guitar/vocal duets between Bill Frisell and Elvis Costello, recorded live at the Meltdown Festival in London's Queen Elizabeth Hall on June 25, 1995.
Originally released in September 2006 on Roadrunner Records, the full-length debut album Lucidity features many well-known musicians from the metal community. Lucidity spawned three singles: “Frozen”, “See Me In Shadow” and “The Gathering”, and the response to the album allowed Delain to tour in support in the Netherlands and neighbouring countries. In 2021, it was elected by Metal Hammer as the 20th best symphonic metal album. Next to the full original album, the 2LP-set also includes 3 live tracks and a medley.
Joseph Thomas Escovedo, better known as Coke Escovedo, was an American percussionist who played in several genres, including jazz fusion, R&B, and soul. In 1976 he released his second solo studio album Comin' At Ya!, which counts 11 Latin rooted tracks and was produced by the synthesizer pioneer Patrick Gleeson.
The English rock group Pure Reason Revolution (often abbreviated as PRR) is known to incorporate elements of progressive rock and electronic in innovative and surprising ways. Their third studio album Hammer And Anvil continued the dark, electronic themes of predecessor Amor Vincit Omnia, while maintaining a progressive rock thread.