Electrified Porcupine’s New Music (CD & Vinyl) Showcase Vol. 31
It’s time for another excellent edition of my New Music Showcase! This edition features music I’ve picked up from about the beginning of September until now (the beginning of Nov. 2017).
Before I start, as always, I’d like to give shouts out to Dave at Mad Rush Media for helping me always score good tunes. Make sure you check out and buy lots of music from Mad Rush Media! As usual, I have a video embedded at the end. Here’s this edition’s lot of goodness…
With the Dead – Love From With The Dead
(Rise Above Records, 2017)
Sometimes you think doom can’t get heavier or more depressing and then a release comes along and reminds you it can. The second release from With The Dead, featuring ex-Electric Wizard guitarist Tim Bagshaw and, more importantly, Cathedral main man legend Lee Dorian, deliver one of the most depressing, heavy, yet uplifting, metal releases of the year. Check it out because I’m sure this release will hit many people differently depending on the mood they’re in when they pop it in. It’s crushing.
Nine Inch Nails – Add Violence
(The Null Corporation, 2017)
I’ve been a fan of Nine Inch Nails since Pretty Hate Machine and “Head Like A Hole.” I’m one of those people, though, that stand by my opinion that The Fragile would have been their most epic release IF it would have been condensed to one CD.
This release features five tracks and there is only one song on it that is any good: “Less Than.” The last track is about 12 minutes long and it’s only three minutes of music until it slowly unravels into static over nine minutes. Fucking lazy. Save your money. If this is what we are gonna get with Nine Inch Nails, consider me finished.
Spookey Ruben – Wendy McDonald: Live in Japan
(TVT Records, 1997)
This may be an oddity within all the music I’ve featured in all the editions I’ve written, but I’ve always had a soft heart for Spookey Ruben’s Modes of Transportation Vol. 1. It was a quirky, alternative album that didn’t sound like anything out there at the time in the 90s – and that’s saying something.
I’ve known about this release for years and years, but I don’t know why I really never bought anything after his first album. I was in a music store buying some new releases and found this for $8 and I had to finally pick it up.
This EP features some live tracks from the debut album, a remix, and a cover. It’s a fun little listen and I wanted to just showcase it to give some love to Spookey Ruben. If you haven’t heard of him before, start with Modes….
Enslaved – E
(Nuclear Blast, 2017)
In my video embedded below, I hadn’t gotten all the way through this when filming but I think I had said that it was better than their last album, RIITIIR. Well, I messed up because their last album was In Times and maybe I was thinking that it should have come after that album.
Nonetheless, and screw-ups aside, this album blows my mind. There’s not a single bad track on this thing and is easily my favourite album by them since Vertebrae. The blend of death and black metal with prog-rock is seamless and the songs really, really stick with you. This is probably going to be in my top ten of the year.
Myrkur – Mareridt
(Relapse Records, 2017)
Screw the controversy about Amalie Bruun and if she’s not metal enough or “kvlt.” Myrkur’s last album, M, was a really awesome listen and combined many version of metal and added some pretty awesome vocals.
I was actually predicting more of the same with this album but I find it to be more laid back and incorporates some quieter moments than past releases. With that said, the production also seemed to be on the tamer side as well. This isn’t a bad album, but I just don’t think it has the punch M did. I do like the variety of instruments and the ambiance created, though.
Exhumed – Death Revenge
(Relapse Records, 2017)
Matt Harvey took advantage of Ross Sewage back in the band to create one hell of an onslaught that reminds me of Slaughtercult but with such a maturity in songwriting and delivery that it’s hard not to bow down to Exhumed.
The concept behind this album is it’s a story about a murder mystery in the 19th century. Following the story with the booklet and the amazing artwork is a treat and a huge reason why buying something tangible still in 2017 is still worth it. Here’s another album that’s going to be in my top ten, I’m sure.
Cradle of Filth – Cryptoriana – The Seductiveness of Decay
(Nuclear Blast, 2017)
Yeah, yeah…it seems like every release after (and including) Godspeed on Devil’s Thunder has a vocal majority saying “it’s their best since Midian.” This release is no different. I will say this is probably the first COF release I’ve spun numerous times in a row since Godspeed. It’s not that the other albums between this one and Godspeed were bad. I actually think the majority of the material on all of them are quite good, but this one really kept my attention. I also have to give props to their cover of Annihilator’s “Alice In Hell.” It’s so well done. Hopefully people who gave up on COF a long time ago give this one a go because it’s quite good.
Marilyn Manson – Heaven Upside Down
(Loma Vista, 2017)
To me, Manson peaked with Mechanical Animals. I know it sounds almost hypocritical after writing what I just did about COF, but I own all of Manson’s albums but after Mechanical Animals, none held my attention until The Pale Emperor. I wasn’t sure (and never am) what to expect on this release but I’ll say about 80% is pretty damn good! Colour me surprised but it is except for some stupid song titles and f’n awful lyrics here (c’mon…I’m almost 40 and am I supposed to take someone who yells, “When I say God, you say Satan” seriously at all?) When I ignore that stuff, I find there’s a decent album here.
Type O Negative – Bloody Kisses: The Demos
(Carnivore Fanclub Records, 2017)
This is a bootleg limited, supposedly, to 500 copies. Long story short, I heard these demos for songs that appeared on the band’s breakthrough release, Bloody Kisses, on MetalSucks last year. They came out of nowhere for many of us. I have no idea where they came from, who leaked them, or the exact time they were written. They appeared online and I thought the band had exhausted all their material – especially since Roadrunner has released many versions and none of them had any demos on them.
This “label” took the demos and made a package for all the music. It’s the exact same file source that you can find online and I knew that before I bought it. Maybe it’s bad that I actually paid for this and supported someone bootlegging this stuff, but I thought it was a great homage to Bloody Kisses and these demos. I really wanted something tangible to honour these demos from one of my favourite bands of all time and that’s why I bought it.
Make sure you check out the demos if you haven’t yet. While there are similarities to what appeared on Bloody Kisses, there are many differences and changes that many fans of that album will really appreciate to hear what was changed or left on the cutting floor.
Primus – The Desaturating Seven
(ATO Records, 2017)
Six years. It’s been since long years since Primus’ last album, Green Naugahyde, an amazing album that really got me back to loving Primus and revisiting their past releases.
Tim Alexander is back on drums for the first time since Tales From the Punchbowl and my expecatations where high, not only because Tim was back on the kit, but because I really, really enjoyed Green Naugahyde. I’m happy to say this album didn’t disappoint.
This album is based on the book The Rainbow Goblins by Ul de Rico. I’ve never read it so I can’t tell you much about it except that it’s about goblins that try and capture a rainbow (from what I’ve taken in online). You can tell the album is telling a story and every track is represents a different mood or “chapter,” if you will.
What I can tell you is the album flows from song to song and it’s a very satisfying listen. The songs are Primus songs alright, but I don’ think there’s anything here that’s weird just to be weird. It sounds like the overall project was thought through very well. Give it a spin. I’m going to need more spins to let it all soak in. I think this one will be a vinyl purchase.
Enjoy the video!