#newreleasefriday (extended edition): Aggression Pact, Udusic, Voivod, Iron Maiden, Vastusta, and much more!
Since I was out of town this weekend nabbing a big collection for the store I didn't have time for our usual #newreleasefriday post, so I have quite a bit to run down! Not only was it a HUGE week for new releases, but we continued to get stuff in all weekend! Here's a sampling of what's come in.
First of all, two big metal reissue campaigns had multiple releases this week. A few years ago Sanctuary reissued all of the Iron Maiden albums up until 1990 (and thankfully they've done a pretty good job of keeping them in print as well), and now they've started reissuing all of the albums from 1990 until now. We have the first four reissues in stock now (Fear of the Dark, No Prayer for the Dying, Virtual XI, and The X Factor), or you can pick up the first two in the set along with a limited edition box that will hold Maiden's entire post-1990 discography.
While post-1990 Maiden is cool and all, personally I'm a bit more excited that Noise is also reissuing the seminal three-album run from Voivod: RRROOOAAARRR!, Killing Technology, and Dimension Hatross. Even if you're not a huge metal fan I would recommended checking these albums out, particularly the latter two. If you need a little extra nudge, I'll tell those of you who don't know that Voivod was heavily influenced by Die Kreuzen (particularly during this era), and the influence really shows on this brilliant three-album stretch, culminating with the impeccable Hatross.
Now here's hoping that they keep digging through the Noise catalog... with any luck we'll see some Celtic Frost reissues eventually. Keeping that band's early output out of print is a crime against metal if you ask me!
Friday we also received a big shipment from Australia's No Patience Records. While there are a lot of rad releases, of particular note are the Belgrado tour 7" (which was limited to only 150 copies, which along with Australian shipping accounts for its high price tag... sorry about that!):
And this great mix tape called DISco, which is not only chock full of killer vintage disco tracks, but also features some of the cleverest artwork I've seen in a while:
Next up we have two hot new releases from Painkiller Records. First up is the second 7" from Aggression Pact, which features Mark from Wasted Time / Beach Impediment Records on vocals along with a cast of Boston's finest backing him up musically. If you're a fan of Mark's previous bands this one is a no-brainer:
And then there's another sophomore record, this time from Chicago's highly underrated Udusic. Combining the no-nonsense approach of Out Cold with a little bit of the artsier vibe of the Iron Lung Records roster, Udusic make exactly the type of hardcore that I want to hear:
Next there's a new release on Kick Rock Records (who previously brought us the reissue of the Human Arts album as well as a killer 7" from the Japanese band Endless Chaos) from Finland's Vastusta, collecting several of the band's demo releases. This is a must for fans of classic-sounding Finnish hardcore as well as newer bands like Kieltolaki:
If you're looking for something a little newer we also have the demo cassette from LA's Law (is their name a pun?). Fans of Blazing Eye take note of this one:
Finally, a couple more classic hardcore reissues. This has been bootlegged before, but it's great to see a vinyl collection from the early Japanese punk band the Sexual back in print:
And we also have a reissue of the LP from 80s Canadian band Negative Gain, which originally appeared on Pusmort Records. Not quite as metallic as a lot of the stuff on Pusmort, this will appeal to fans of meat and potatoes-style 80s US hardcore:
That just barely scratches the surface of what we got in this weekend! In addition to other big new releases from artists like Childish Gambino, Wavves, Full of Hell, Foreseen, and many others, we also got in lots of not-quite-as-new releases from new and classic bands like Crass, the Deadbeats, and the Subhumans. Again, though, that's just a sampling so head on over to the new arrivals section and cruise the first few pages.