Take a look at some of my top picks this week!
THE BLACK KEYS - "LET'S ROCK"
Let's Rock is the upcoming new album from American rock duo The Black Keys and is the band's first since 2014's Turn Blue. Produced by the band (Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carvey) the album continues the style they've cultivated over the years; with their low-fi brand of catchy, pop-infused rock n' roll. Lead single "Lo/Hi" made history by topping Billboard's Mainstream Rock, Adult Alternative Songs, Rock Airplay, and Alternative Songs charts simultaneously, making it the first time any song has reached number one on all four formats at once. A promising comeback for the Keys, like ZZ Top had a baby with Queens of the Stone Age. Lovely stuff.
BLOODY HAMMERS - "THE SUMMONING"
In the grand scheme of things, Bloody Hammers are a relatively new band, having formed in 2010. In the last nine years, the group have released five consistently good studio albums (including new album The Summoning) and an EP. One look at the album art and you know exactly what you're in for: A collection of goth-rock, Hammer-horror inspired doom metal in all it's sludgy goodness. Judging from lead singles "Let Sleeping Corpses Lie" and "Now The Screaming Starts," Bloody Hammers have gone above and beyond the grave to bring us another fabulous slab of metal; big on planet-sized riffs and eerie melodies. If you miss Black Sabbath, this is your new favourite band. They're definitely mine.
TYLER BRYANT & THE SHAKEDOWN - "TRUTH AND LIES"
Truth and Lies is the third album from American rock band Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown, and it promises to be a belter if singles "Shock & Awe" and "On To The Next" are anything to go by! The band have spent a huge amount of time over the last two to three years touring, playing energetic club shows or opening for veteran rock acts such as AC/DC and the reunited Guns N' Roses. Bryant himself is an incredible guitar player, as his riffs pound their way into our ears and his solos are incendiary. Supported by a powerhouse band, Bryant has crafted a superb rock n' roll album: it grooves and grinds, it's unashamedly loud, fun and catchy. Everything a good rock n' roll record should be.
June 28, 2019
311 - Voyager (BMG)
Ashbringer - Absolution (Prosthetic)
Axioma - Crown (Translation Loss)
Beastwars - IV (Destroy)
Beyond The Black - Heart Of The Hurricane: Black Edition (Napalm)
Birdflesh - Extreme Graveyard Tornado (Everlasting Spew)
The Black Keys - Let's Rock (Easy Eye Sound/Nonesuch)
Bloody Hammers - The Summoning (Napalm)
The Convalescence - The Return (Legend)
Deflore/Jaz Coleman - Party In The Chaos EP (Subsound)
Doll Skin - Love Is Dead and We Killed Her (Hopeless)
Generation Axe - The Guitars That Destroyed The World (Live In China) (earMusic)
He Is Legend - White Bat (Spinefarm)
Heilung - Futha (Season Of Mist)
Majesty - Legends (Napalm)
Thenighttimeproject - Pale Season (Debemur Morti)
Turilli/Lione Rhapsody - Zero Gravity (Rebirth and Evolution) (Nuclear Blast)
Tyler Bryant and the Shakedown - Truth and Lies (Snakefarm)
Victims - The Horse And Sparrow Theory (Relapse)
Yellow Eyes - Rare Field Ceiling (Gilead)