New Releases/New Reviews feat. Modern Baseball, Nothing, Celtic Frost + more

A lot of quality releases came into our store today, here’s a little preview on some of them:


modern baseball - holy ghost

Modern Baseball – Holy Ghost (Run For Cover Records)

Modern Baseball combines pop punk, emo rock, folk punk and acoustic ballads together into one catchy, angst-ridden package. One of the more unique groups to come from the more recent wave of pop punk bands. A definitive summer record.

For fans of: Joyce Manor, The Front Bottoms, The Killers, Real Friends

nothing - tired of tomorrow

Nothing – Tired of Tomorrow (Relapse Records)

Nothing kind of took the world by storm in 2014 with the release of their debut album “Guilty of Everything” and it seems like their newest, “Tired of Tomorrow” is more of their heavy shoegazing brilliance. Maybe less My Bloody Valentine and more Nirvana, but still one of the best albums you’ll hear this year.

For fans of: Ceremony, (the) Melvins, Have A Nice Life, My Bloody Valentine, Nirvana’s good songs

gorguts - pleaides dust

Gorguts – Pleaides’ Dust (Season of Mist Records)

In 1998, Canada’s Gorguts turned the heavy metal world on its head with the release of “Obscura” – a death metal album that incorporated heavy elements of avant-garde music that still baffle listeners today. Almost 20 years later, the single-track, 32-minute “Pleaides’ Dust” is poised to do the same. This might be the single greatest piece of music Gorguts has produced, which is insane considering their magnificent back catalogue.

For fans of: Deathspell Omega, Portal (Aus), later-era Death, Demilich

dark funeral - the secrets of the black arts

Dark Funeral – The Secrets of the Black Arts (20th Anniversary Edition) (Century Media Records)

There’s no better time than the present to start your tutelage in the ways of old-school black metal. Sweden’s Dark Funeral has been performing no frills, no gimmicks, no BS black metal since 1993. This is their debut album, released in 1996, with a new remaster to the mix – although an extra LP in this version includes the original mix by legendary Dan Swanö. Bang your head!

For fans of: Marduk, 1349, Mayhem’s first album, Immortal’s first few albums

discharge - end of days

Discharge – End of Days (Nuclear Blast Records)

Speaking of groups that changed the face of extreme music, hardcore punk might exist wildly different than what it is today if it weren’t for Discharge’s game-changing 1982 album “Hear Nothing See Nothing Say Nothing.” If you’ve ever heard the term “D-Beat” to describe a band, the D stands for Discharge. Discharge is so influential, even Metallica has covered them. “End of Days” is their first album since 2008 and it’s full of all the aggression that made them so amazing in the first place.

For fans of: Amebix, mid-era Napalm Death, Motorhead, Hellbastard, Doom

celtic frost - monotheist

Celtic Frost – Monotheist (Century Media Records)

Often hailed as one of heavy metal’s greatest comeback records, Celtic Frost launched to the forefront of virtually everything in the heavy metal world when they released “Monotheist” in 2006, their first full-length album in 26 years. Shunning the failure’s that were the glam-tinged “Cold Lake” and “Vanity/Nemesis”, this extremely influential Swiss group instead traded in their trademark black/death/thrash beginnings for downtuned doom metal with bits of gothic metal sprinkled throughout. It was only one album, but when Celtic Frost returned, they showed the entire world that not every band reunion is just a simple cash-grab. This is the heaviest record in existence.

For fans of: Type O Negative, Triptykon (duh), Asphyx, Swallow The Sun

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