While Swedish death metal greats Entombed were reborn as Entombed AD for their Back to the Front comeback LP this past summer, the group's early days are being dug up for an upcoming reissue series through their own Threeman Recordings and SPV. A PledgeMusic campaign began in 2013, with the act explaining that they had plans to repress 1997's DCLXVI: To Ride, Shoot Straight and Speak Truth, 1998's Same Difference and 2000's Uprising in double-disc CD editions and on vinyl. The crowd-sourcing project was successful and will be delivered early in 2015. ...Read More
Last year, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros leader Alex Ebert scored J.C. Chandor's film All Is Lost. He also scored the director's latest flick, A Most Violent Year, and a soundtrack is on the way next month. A Most Violent Year will premiere in select theatres on December 31 before getting a wide release in January. Before that, the soundtrack will come out on December 16 through Community Music, Film Music Reporter points out. Judging by the subtitle Original Music from and Inspired By, the album could be using the movie simply as a jumping-off...Read More
Coming off of the news yesterday (November 25) that Megadeth drummer Shawn Drover left the band to pursue other "musical interests," longtime guitarist Chris Broderick has announced that he's left the iconic thrash act as well. A statement was made via the six-stringer's website late last night, citing both musical and personal differences with the band as the reasons behind his exit. "It is with great reluctance that I announce my departure from Megadeth to pursue my own musical direction. I want all of you to know how much I appreciate the amount that you the fans have accepted and...Read More
Extreme metal icons Venom will return to their legion of fans early next year to deliver the band's 14th studio album. It appears the Black Metal band may have spent some time crafting sinister songs way, way down south, as the album title proclaims Venom just got back From the Very Depths. A press release notes that the album arrives January 27 on CD and digitally via Spinefarm Records, with a deluxe double LP hitting retailers sometime after that. The 14-song effort is the band's first album since 2011's Fallen Angels. While info on the tracklisting has yet to be...Read More
Guelph's Hillside Festival is a long-standing summer tradition in the Ontario town, and over the last few years, the folk fest has expanded to offer up some wintertime musical fun with Hillside Inside. This year's Hillside Inside lineup has just been revealed and it's shaping up to be a big one. Taking place from February 6 to 8 at select venues in downtown Guelph, confirmed headliners include Owen Pallett, New Pornographers, Stars, Kid Koala and Oliver Mtukudzi. Special guests at these shows will also be Hey Rosetta!, Alex Cuba, Jennifer Castle and Operators. Tickets go on...Read More
Former CBC radio personality Jian Ghomeshi's fall from grace has been long and public, as multiple women have accused him of sexual and physical abuse over the last two decades. After attempting to counter the allegations with carefully worded social media posts, Ghomeshi has been officially charged with four counts of sexual assault. A press release from the Toronto Police Service explains that the 47-year-old media personality surrendered to police today (November 26). Along with being charged with four counts of sexual assault, Ghomeshi faces one charge of overcoming resistance...Read More
Icelandic pop goddess Björk has led an illustrious, diverse career. Now that her Biophilia album cycle has come to an end, she's simultaneously looking to the future and the past. While working on a new album, the artist has announced plans to celebrate her history with a new book. According to i-D [via FACT], Björk will dig into her history as an artist with a new book called Björk: Archives. The book will trace her career from 1993 to present and will include four booklets and a pull-out poster. In addition to Björk's heavy involvement with the...Read More
London-based artist Sofia Mattioli has brought together some big names in electronic music for her latest art project. Her new eight-minute short film Continuum features a soundtrack provided by Jamie xx, Four Tet, John Talabot and Koreless, who each contribute roughly two minutes of musical accompaniment to Mattioli's visuals. The film was made on an iPhone with help from longtime collaborator Rebecca Salvadori and premiered earlier today over at Nowness. "The video has been put together in the same chronological order as the tracks were handed in," explained...Read More
Officially founded in 2007 (and launched in 2008), Record Store Day has become arguably the biggest annual event in the musical calendar, with dozens of artists and labels offering up exclusives, rarities, reissues and more at brick-and-mortar shops. The event has become so successful that it has even spawned a secondary event happening each year on Black Friday. ...Read More
Toronto rap phenom Drake always seems to be sitting on a pile of new material, having recently just dropped three freebies. The rapper's been busily working toward his new Views from the 6 LP, which is tentatively expected in the spring, but it looks as if there may be more material before then. While it's all hearsay at this point, a rumour has been circulated that Drizzy is planning the release of a new mixtape in January. In a new interview with NBA TV, Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan described his friendship with Drake. Then, he may have jeopardized that...Read More
Big Four thrash-metal titans Megadeth are now, well, slightly less "big" with news that they've parted ways with drummer Shawn Drover. The Montreal performer, who has also spent over two decades as a member of Eidolon, has played with Megadeth since 2004. However, he's now decided to part ways with Dave Mustaine and co. Drover released the following statement regarding his departure from Megadeth: After 10 years, I have decided to quit Megadeth to pursue my own musical interests. I want to thank Dave Mustaine and the entire Megadeth family, as well as thanking all the...Read More
In search of some new records to listen to this week? Your search ends here, at our New Release Roundup. Featuring reviews of some of the top releases this week, give it a read to catch up on what's new and notable, as well as a few things you may have missed. Then be sure to check out our Recently Reviewed section for more album reviews.
Detroit emcee Eminem is celebrating 15 years in the rap game, and Shady Records is getting the party started with the two-part Shady XV. One half compilation album and one half greatest hits record, some new work from Slim Shady and labelmates Yelawolf and Slaughterhouse is featured alongside some of the label's biggest and best-known singles. Is this Shady Records party worth the invite? Read our review to find out.
Asked about his decision to return to the studio to record a second album in 2014, Rick Ross simply said it was because "That's what bosses do." Only eight months removed from his last effort, Hood Billionaire once again finds Ross posturing as an incredibly rich rap music kingpin, having made his way to the top through dealing drugs.
On his sophomore solo record, Alien Lake, Johnny de Courcy puts his musically adventurous side on display, incorporating influences ranging from classical piano to psychedelic grunge, making for what our reviewer calls "a deeply satisfying listen." Elsewhere, the reissue of Flake Music's When You Land Here, It's Time To Return is a good indicator of how a young James Mercer and company were smart composers even before forming the Shins.
Steffi's second full-length, Power of Anonymity, finds the Dutch-born DJ and producer teetering between both of the extremes that make up her record title. A boost of energy in the late stages of the listen does a lot to save what could have been a "very straightforward, if not full, dance floor-aimed release."
Finally, Full of Hell are the latest band to make a splash in a year that has been full of unlikely metal collaborations, teaming up with noise luminary Merzbow (aka Akita Masami). The result is anything but tame, with Full of Hell & Merzbow showcasing the impressive fusion of Full of Hell's "explosive, breakneck powerviolence" and Masami's "squalls of squelches."
Find some tracks from the albums reviewed above and lots more on our Rdio Genre Playlists below:
We previously thought that Refused's reunion had come to an end back in 2012, but they seemingly opened a new chapter in their story this fall with the news that guitarist Jon Brännström had been fired from the band. Sure enough, the remaining members of the Swedish hardcore group are still working together, and they just announced some shows for 2015. The band's website has been updated with the phrase "Old friends / New war." It also lists a few dates for the spring and summer of 2015. They're all festival dates and most of them are in Europe, but there's also a lone Canadian date:...Read More
As if things couldn't get any worse for disgraced former CBC radio personality Jian Ghomeshi, the onetime host of Q has now withdrawn his $55 million lawsuit against the CBC. What's more, he has to foot the bill himself. CBC spokesman Chuck Thompson revealed that the two parties' lawyers have come to an agreement. "The suit is being withdrawn with costs in favour of CBC," he announced. "He's getting nothing." Ghomeshi now has to pay $18,000 in legal fees to the CBC. The agreement hasn't been formalized in court, but that's expected to happen soon. Meanwhile, Ghomeshi's...Read More
As previously reported, Seattle thrash mystics Black Breath are just about to hit the studio with Kurt Ballou to record their third full-length and first since 2011's Sentenced to Life. Now, the group has revealed they will roadtest some of the new tunes on a tour of the Pacific Northwest. Revealed over their Facebook page was the info behind next January's "Northwest Perversion Tour." The trip kicks off in guitarist Mark Palm's hometown of Vancouver, with the January 16 appearance at the Astoria marking the first-ever Canadian concert date for Black Breath. As you'll see down...Read More
Old habits die hard. Prince used to be a notorious internet hater, but he seemed to finally warm up to the digital age in the last couple of years by joining Facebook, launching a Twitter account for his band 3RDEYEGIRL and posting material on YouTube. Now, he's gone back to his former ways by deleting his social media accounts. Although Prince hasn't announced the reason for withdrawing from social media, followers who attempt to find his Facebook page are now directed back to the service's main page. And if you go to @3RDEYEGIRL on Twitter, you get a message saying, "Sorry, that page...Read More
This summer, post-dubstep dude James Blake shared a new song called "200 Press" and told BBC Radio 1 that it was titled as such because "only 200 are gonna be pressed up." Now, he's shared the details of that very limited edition. The single will drop on December 8. It will be available digitally, on 12-inch vinyl, or across a double 7-inch. These will come out through Blake's 1-800-Dinosaur imprint. We're not sure exactly how the 200 copies will be divvied up between formats (or even if Blake is sticking to his original idea of making only 200). The single comes with two extra...Read More
Parker Bossley makes up one-half of Fur Trade (along with Steve Bays) and acts as a touring member of Mounties, but the Vancouver musician also has his own band called the Gay Nineties. Today (November 25), the group released a 7-inch ahead of the new EP Liberal Guilt, which will be out on January 27 via Fontana North. The newly released single features the songs "Letterman" and "Hold Your Fire." Those who purchase that 7-inch will get an immediate advance digital copy of Liberal Guilt, which features eight songs (including both "Letterman" and "Hold Your Fire"). You'll...Read More
Beat icon William S. Burroughs' recording career included spoken word passages on his own, as well as collaborations with Kurt Cobain, Arthur Russell and Ministry, among others. One of the rarer efforts was 1981's Throbbing Gristle-assisted experimental tape recorder project Nothing Here Now but the Recordings, which has just been set up with a vinyl reissue that puts it back on wax for the first time since the early '80s. A press release from Dais Records explains that the label will deliver a limited-edition, remastered version of the LP in January. The album had first been...Read More
Wu-Tang Clan's new album A Better Tomorrow has been a long time coming, with RZA and Raekwon feuding and eventually reconciling throughout drawn-out sessions. Now, RZA has revealed that this lengthy process has come at a significant financial loss. Speaking with the New York Times, RZA confirmed that he paid for everything on the album out of pocket. He said, "I won't recoup. I'm already over-budget. Maybe I'll net out a half-million-dollar loss." Why spend so much money that he may never get back? Here's what RZA had to say: "I invested in the album. Look, if I never...Read More