New music releases, 23rd February 2015

Here are this week’s new and notable music releases, 23rd February 2015:

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The Killer Instinct, Black Star Riders

Physical Graffiti (Deluxe Edition), Led Zeppelin
Return To Forever, Scorpions
One Man Army, Ensiferum
The Race For Space, Public Service Broadcasting
Restoring Force: Full Circle, Of Mice & Men
Eye Of Providence, The Agonist
A Conspiracy Of Stars, UFO
Revolution Saints, Revolution Saints
Frantic, Gun
Lost Isles, Oceans Ate Alaska
Of Beauty & Rage, Red
Monument, Angels & Agony
This Is No Fairytale, Carach Angren
Armageddonize, Eclipse
Please Come Home, Lonely Robot
Just Like You, Falling In Reverse
Spookshow International Live, Rob Zombie
The Order Of Things, All That Remains
Tormenting The Innocent, Bio-Cancer
Valley Of The Snake, Ruby The Hatchet
The Tracks We Leave, Tempest
Immortal Randy Rhoads – The Ultimate Tribute, Various Artists

All of the above, and many more, are available via the Skin Back Alley Music Store.

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Listen to clips from Jimmy Page’s new ‘Sound Tracks’ box set

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Led Zeppelin guitar legend Jimmy Page has revealed details of his new box set that brings together music he composed for films Lucifer Rising and Death Wish II, along with other archive material.

The limited edition Sound Tracks box will be released on the 6th of March and is available to pre-order now.

Three versions of the set are available via Page’s official website including CD and Vinyl editions, each featuring four discs, or a £400 limited Deluxe Edition signed by Page himself.

Speaking to Uncut magazine last year, Page said: “There’s something coming out which I’m really excited about. It’s the mix that I did [of Lucifer Rising] but I’m leaving the guitar on it, it’s got a 12 string that is the guide guitar showing me where I’m going to do the overdub. This isn’t what goes to [director] Kenneth Anger, because I didn’t want hardly any guitar at all. The mix is really really superb, I’m really proud of it. And I’ve got some experimental music that was done with bow and Theremin which is like, hang on to your seats, because it really, really is something else, it’s disturbing. I’ve got some home stuff that I did at the same studio or equipment that I did Lucifer Rising on, with sort of that whole guitar textures and overdubs. I think people want to hear that.”

You can listen to a selection of clips from Sound Tracks via the SoundCloud stream below:


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New music releases, 27th October 2014

Here are the new and notable music releases for this week, 27th October 2014:

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Black Lotus, Sister Sin

Black Veil Brides, Black Veil Brides
Walking On A Flashlight, Lunatic Soul
Inked In Blood, Obituary
Vervain, Liv Kristine
Best, Roger Taylor
The Wreckage Of Stars, Black Crown Initiate
IV (Remastered Edition), Led Zeppelin
Houses of the Holy (Remastered Edition), Led Zeppelin
Tell ‘Em I’m Gone, Yusuf
Honor Is All We Know, Rancid
Unleash The Fire (Ltd Edition), Riot
Z2, Devin Townsend Project
Curse Of Love, The Coral
No Mercy – Widespread Bloodshead, Suicidal Tendencies
Into The Slaughter, Blindeath
Peepshow (Remastered Edition), Siouxsie & The Banshees
Live At The Barbican (Expanded Edition), These New Puritans
Love Gun (Deluxe Edition), Kiss
Super Critical, The Ting Tings
Planet Satan, Mysticum
The Enemy Within, Mindwars
At War With Reality, At The Gates
Earthborn Evolution, Beyond Creation
Obsolescence, Abysmal Dawn
The Science Of Things (Remastered Edition), Bush
The Complete Studio Albums (Box Set), Creedence Clearwater Revival
Blood I Bled, The Staves
KaLIVEascope, Transatlantic
Desideratum, Anaal Nathrakh
Taking On The World (25th Anniversary Edition), Gun
Memoria Vetusta Iii Saturnian Poetry, Blut Aus Nord

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Led Zeppelin announce ‘IV’ and ‘Houses Of The Holy’ reissues

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Led Zeppelin have announced deluxe reissues of their Led Zeppelin IV and Houses Of The Holy albums.

The new editions have been overseen by guitarist Jimmy Page during production and remastering, and each will be accompanied by previously unreleased audio content.

They deluxe packages will be released on the 27th of October in multiple CD, Vinyl, And Digital formats, including a Limited Edition Super Deluxe boxed set.

The details of the release formats are:

Single CD – Remastered album packaged in a gatefold card wallet.
Deluxe Edition (2CD) – Remastered album, plus a second disc of unreleased companion audio.
Single LP – Remastered album on 180-gram vinyl, packaged in a sleeve that replicates the LP’s first pressing in exacting detail.
Deluxe Edition Vinyl (2LP) – Remastered album and unreleased companion audio on 180-gram vinyl.
Digital Download – Remastered album and companion audio will both be available.
Super Deluxe Boxed Set – This collection includes:
o Remastered album on CD in vinyl replica sleeve.
o Companion audio on CD in card wallet featuring new alternate cover art.
o Remastered album on 180-gram vinyl in a sleeve replicating first pressing.
o Companion audio on 180-gram vinyl in a sleeve with new alternate cover art.
o High-def audio download card of all content at 96kHz/24 bit.
o Hard bound, 80 page book filled with rare and previously unseen photos and memorabilia.
o High-quality print of the original album cover, the first 30,000 of which will be individually numbered.

The tracklistings are:

Led Zeppelin IV
“Black Dog”
“Rock And Roll”
“The Battle of Evermore
“Stairway To Heaven”
“Misty Mountain Hop”
“Four Sticks”
“Going To California”
“When The Levee Breaks”

Companion Audio Disc
“Black Dog” – Basic Track With Guitar Overdubs
“Rock And Roll” – Alternate Mix
“The Battle Of Evermore” – Mandolin/Guitar Mix From Headley Grange
“Stairway To Heaven” – Sunset Sound Mix
“Misty Mountain Hop” – Alternate Mix
“Four Sticks” – Alternate Mix
“Going To California” – Mandolin/Guitar Mix
“When The Levee Breaks” – Alternate UK Mix

Houses Of The Holy
“The Song Remains The Same”
“The Rain Song”
“Over The Hills And Far Away”
“The Crunge”
“Dancing Days”
“D’yer Mak’er”
“No Quarter”
“The Ocean”

Companion Audio Disc
“The Song Remains The Same” – Guitar Overdub Reference Mix
“The Rain Song” – Mix Minus Piano“Over The Hills And Far Away” – Guitar Mix Backing Track
“The Crunge” – Rough Mix – Keys Up
“Dancing Days” – Rough Mix With Vocal
“No Quarter” – Rough Mix With JPJ Keyboard Overdubs – No Vocal
“The Ocean” – Working Mix

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Avowed metalhead wins Indonesian Presidential election

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Joko Widodo, a dedicated fan of Heavy Metal music, has won the Indonesian Presidential election.

The Indonesia electoral commission announced that Joko Widodo had been victorious with a 53.15% share of votes cast. His rival, Prabowo Subianto, achieved 46.85%.

Joko is sighted regularly at rock and metal shows in Indonesia, and once owned a bass guitar that had been played and signed by Metallica’s Rob Trujillo. Unfortunately Joko gave up the guitar, in case it was perceived by colleagues and public alike as a bribe.

Indonesia’s metal scene is a burgeoning one, and you can only imagine that it will continue to go from strength to strength now that its President is a confirmed fan of Metallica, Napalm Death and Led Zeppelin.

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