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BETWEEN THE BURIED & MEAUTOMATA IIReleased Friday, July 13, 2018
Price: $9.99Metal / Goth
Well, well, would you look at the time? It feels like only yesterday we were graced with Automata I, the first part of Between the Buried and Mes double feature and now its time for the conclusion of yet another progressive epic from the masters themselves. In Automata I, we saw the protagonist of the album journeying through different realities that are actually his dreams being broadcast for all to watch as entertainment. At the end of AI, the protagonist wakes up from the system broadcasting the dreams, called the Voice of Trespass, and realizes everything he has experienced was fake. So how does AII follow up? Lets take a look. To start off, there should be absolutely no question that AII is damn good. After all, its BTBAM. But although its a great album, its going to take you more time to digest than AI because, to be blunt, AII is fucking bizarre even by progressive metal/BTBAM standards. There is all sorts of stuff I wasnt expecting on a metal record, such as quick banjo interludes in The Proverbial Below, and even some scatting in Voice of Trespass. Although the whole point of progressive metal is to you know, progress, I found myself saying what the fuck multiple times through my first listen, and then enjoying the seemingly organized randomness of it all in listens after


BULLET FOR MY VALENTINEGRAVITYReleased Friday, June 29, 2018
Price: $14.99Metal / Goth
Now, three years since the release of their last album, Venom, BFMV have returned with Gravity, which will be released June 29th on Spinefarm Records. In the years since their last album, the band has had a chance to refocus their energies and re-calibrate their approach. With Tuck as the primary songwriter, the journey that takes place on Gravity feels very personal and connected, but how does it stack up against classic BFMV?In Leap Of Faith, BFMV is stating their intention from the onset. The album is very much a leap of faith for Tuck and the journey he and the band have been on since Venom. It marks the beginning of a new chapter for the band and their approach to songwriting. As many bands often discover the hard way, fans are not always forgiving of a band changing its sound or direction. So in Leap Of Faith, when Tuck sings Jump into the fire and Fill your lungs/Inhale the future/Now scream it out, it could be seen as the band jumping in feet first into this new album and taking it all in, come Hell or high water.


CARTERS (BEYONCE & JAY-Z)EVERYTHING IS LOVE - PAReleased Friday, July 06, 2018
Price: $12.99 (sale priced)Soul - Funk - R & B
JAY-Z and Beyonc had made careers of being astoundingly larger than lifecults of personalities we, in fact, knew very little about. He carefully crafted a narrative of corner-hustler-turned-corporate-CEO while guarding the intimate secrets of those closest to him; she was a perfectly manicured pop star who built an empire on turning the vagaries of life into empowerment anthems. Lemonade and 4:44 were watershed moments because they offered a glimpse of the more vulnerable traits of the mystical artists behind them. The Carters zoomed in close enough to show the cracksto hear a man struggling to find maturity and a woman searching for clarity. Through those albums, we were allowed to see their flaws and we formed deeper connections to them because of it. Their surprise joint release, Everything Is Love, completes the arc. Its a testament to how a complicated love survived through self-reflection, compromise, and ruthless honesty. The quintessential power couple has reemerged to stunt on everyonehaters, mistresses, America itselfwhile serving up a spectacle of romance and opulence like make-up sex on a bed of money. The Carters final episode of a presumed trilogy packages truth in a way that makes it more captivating than any lie or tabloid fodder.Elevator fights, rumors of discord, and marriage counseling swirled around their initial On the Run tour in 2014. It took another two years to confirm the suspicion, and by then, it was near impossible to look away from their turmoil. But even now, with drama in the rear view, the return of marital harmony still holds a thrill. Opening track SUMMER picks up where Lemonades All Night left off, a slow dance with the warm sensuality of forgiveness.


DEAFHEAVENORDINARY CORRUPT HUMAN LOVEReleased Friday, July 13, 2018
Price: $13.99Metal / Goth


DEVILDRIVEROUTLAWS 'TIL THE END 1Released Friday, July 06, 2018
Price: $13.99Metal / Goth


DRAKESCORPIONReleased Friday, July 13, 2018
Price: $16.99 (sale priced)Rap
Scorpion, his fifth studio album, isnt entirely focused on the significance of fatherhood. Many of its 25 tracks are built around standard-issue Drake themesthe audacity of rappers who dare speak his name, the psychic toll associated with dating multiple beautiful women at once, people who use Instagram weirdlyand the hyper-topical nature of the lines regarding paternity suggest they were added to the album at the last-minute. But fatherhood hangs over Scorpion all the same, casting Drakes emotional immaturity into sharp relief. Hes never been more skilled as a technician or melodicist, and its remarkable how many of Scorpions 90 minutes are musically engaging. But the kind of juvenile navel-gazing that leads someone to write a line like, She say do you love me, I tell her only partly/I only love my bed and my mama, Im sorry is less compelling when its coming from a 31-year-old father than a would-be college kid trying to make a name for himself.


FLORENCE & MACHINEHIGH AS HOPEReleased Friday, June 29, 2018
Price: $15.99Rock & Pop
Florence Welch co-produced the album, working with prominent pop producer Emile Haynie; the two previously collaborated on three songs for the Final Fantasy XV soundtrack in 2016. Welch also tapped contributors including Kamasi Washington, Sampha, Tobias Jesso Jr., Kelsey Lu, and Jamie xx.A massive, anthemic pop ballad, Hunger finds Welch tackling the question of who believes they deserve love, and at what cost. At 17, I started to starve myself / I thought that love was a kind of emptiness, she sings in the songs striking first line. According to the band, Hunger is the albums first official single, although High As Hope will also include Sky Full of Song, which was first released earlier this month as a 7? for Record Store Day. The vintage-tinted new video for Hunger is a study in physical contrasts, setting a live cast and Welchs expressive dancing against a gallery of ancient statuary.


GORILLAZNOW NOW (WB) (JEWL)Released Friday, June 29, 2018
Price: $13.99 (sale priced)Rock & Pop
Mastermind Damon Albarn solves this particular problem on The Now Now, the sixth Gorillaz set since he launched the project, an integrated polyglot pop LP about, fittingly enough, the need for unity in fragmented times.Formally, it echoes the 2010 fan club giveaway The Fall: radically shortened guest list, written-on-the-road simplicity, songs named for locales (in this case red, blue and otherwise -- 'Kansas, 'Idaho, 'Magic City, etc.) The songs are better, though, and they don't waste too much time on regionalism. 'I don't want this isolation/See the state I'm in now? Albarn sings on 'Humility, opening with a vintage chilled-out summer jam certified with sugary licks by soul jazz touchstone George Benson. 'Lake Zurich is gleaming 80s synth-funk with a spoken word ramble involving a tunnel between Europe and the U.S. 'Hollywood, the sole tag-team showcase, is a buoyant Funkadelic-styled tribute to Tinseltown in all its parti-colored falsity, with house-music vet Jamie Principle commanding 'freaky people, clap your hands!, Snoop Dogg delivering old-school boasts in updated flows, and Albarn playing the baked tourist.While The Now Now works as a piece, it does lack the sparks that come from the usual Gorillaz mess of ideas and personalities---the upside and downside of all bands, of course, as with most functional democracies. On 'One Percent, Albarn conjures a race of people searching and listening to one another 'on the training ground for the new world. It's optimistic by his usual gloomy standards, especially compared to the apocalyptic vibe of Humanz.


GUNS N ROSESAPPETITE FOR DESTRUCTION (DLX)Released Friday, June 29, 2018
Price: $21.99Rock & Pop
The Appetite For Destruction: Deluxe Edition features 2CDs of highlights from the box and Super Deluxe Edition with the album newly remastered for the first time ever, selections of B-sides and EP tracks, and 7 unreleased recordings from the 1986 Sound City Session, Move To The City (1988 Acoustic Version) from the GNR Lies session and Shadow Of Your Love from the November 1986 first ever recording session with the albums producer Mike Clink. Limited Edition Foil Art SlipcaseCD 1: First Ever Album Remaster from Original Analog TapesCD 2: 18 highlights from Super Deluxe CDs with 7 unreleased recordings including Shadow Of Your Love, 1986 Sound City Session tracks and Move To The City (1988 Acoustic Version)Expanded Album Art with Unreleased Photos from Axls Personal Archive and Memorabilia


JASON ISBELLSIRENS OF THE DITCH (DLX)Released Friday, July 13, 2018
Price: $13.99Rock & Pop
The 400 Unit is a tight, talented group of musicians playing in a lean, understated style. All hail from the Muscle Shoals area of Northwest Alabama - a place with deep roots in the musical history of our culture. They are the perfect platform for Isbell's raspy, plaintive voice and his multidimensional guitar styles. His playing ranges from the gentle picking of a man entertaining his family on a front-porch swing to the all out, balls-to-the-wall energy of Neil Young's 'Rust Never Sleeps' era. His encore cover of 'Like a Hurricane' on the 'Live From Alabama' album requires no apologies to Mr. Young. If David Letterman's, and especially Paul Shaffer's, effusive support of the group is indicative of the their potential, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit are destined to greater things. There isn't a song among them that i don't like. In my opinion, a Star is rising in the South. It has the potential to shine brightly enough to help drive by truckers find their way back to the highways.


LUCIFERLUCIFER IIReleased Friday, July 06, 2018
Price: $14.99Metal / Goth
Lucifer are back with their second full-length album, Lucifer II, set for release on Friday, July 6, 2018, through Century Media. For reasons both positive and negative, it is hard to believe that four years have already passed since the quick appearance and disappearance of The Oath, the sludgy dynamic duo of Vocalist Johanna Sadonis and Guitarist Linna Olsson. Forming in 2012, the band released their self-titled debut in 2014, a record which would very quickly become the bands parting gift, as news fell that the band members were headed in different directions. Olsson, known previously for work with Beastmilk and Grave Pleasures, returned to Sonic Ritual and started a new outfit, Maggot Heart. On the other hand, Sadonis, having materialized seemingly from ether, had no prior projects to exhume, instead opting to formulate a new project, one closer to the image of a solo project, dubbed simply Lucifer.


SLIGHTLY STOOPIDEVERYDAY LIFE EVERYDAY PEOPLEReleased Friday, July 13, 2018
Price: $13.99 (sale priced)Punk / Hardcore
Reggae rock is what it is today from the direct influence of few bands Sublime being the breadwinning bellwether. But, Sublime made its mark on music in many ways, a primary one being when frontman Bradley Nowell unknowingly left his legacy in the hands of two adolescent Ocean Beach boys after signing them to his Skunk Records label in 1995. Thats right, Kyle and Myles formed Slightly Stoopid long before they formalized their grade school education, releasing their self-titled debut album by 1996. Fast-forward 22 years, the band is on their 9th studio album and celebrating 20 years on the road with Everyday Life, Everyday People: a 13-track dub-heavy album featuring an all star collaborative lineup. Embedded in the album are messages of love (and hate), odes to friends and strangers alike and enough good times to keep the party going for another 20+ years if need be. And, you better believe the bands not going anywhere any time soon theyve already ascended to the tippy top years ago.