What’s on my playlist this week, including Iron Monkey, A Tribute to Johnny Cash, Upheaval, SURVIVE, The Creepshow, and Steve Greene.
Iron Monkey, 9-13: Available October 20 (Relapse Records)
After a near two decade absence, UK doom metalers Iron Monkey return with a new lead singer and a punishing new album, 9-13. I don’t recall listening to Iron Monkey back in the day, so I can’t compare the new album to previous efforts, but it’s nihilistic, negative, and nasty. Punishingly heavy and dark-for fans of bands like Electric Wizard. Check out the official video for the title track.
Pre-orders are up now at Relapse Records. Speaking of Relapse, while you’re there check out new albums either currently available or also up for pre-order from gore metalers Haemorage, reissues from early doom metal’s The Obsessed, and a new album from death metal band Exhumed.
Jocephus and the George Jonestown Massacre, 5 Minutes To Live: A Tribute To Johnny Cash: Available October 20 (Saustex Records)
With a revolving line up, Joe Killingsworth launched a tribute project to help fund various charities. The first of these was a tribute to Black Oak Arkansas which featured members of Hawkwind, Black Flag, Butthole Surfers, and Supersuckers among others. This time out, he’s teamed up with Mick Harvey and Warren Ellis from Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, King Buzzo from The Melvins, and JD Pinkus from Butthole Surfers… not to mention WS Holland, who appears on every track and who happens to be the first man to ever play a full drum kit at the Grand Ol’ Opry and who used to back Carl Perkins. The album features five lesser known Johnny Cash tracks—well, four and “Long Black Veil.” It’s an extremely well-done tribute to the Man In Black and profits go to help the FSH Society. Visit Saustex Records for more information.
Upheaval, “Altar of Ash” single (Ghost Ramp)
Boston’s doom/sludge metal unit Upheaval have released the title track from their debut album through Revolver Magazine. Interestingly, the track is the antithesis of doom with its chaotic tempo and shredding guitar, which is an evolutionary step from the band’s earlier down-tuned material. Read more and take a listen over at Revolver.
S U R V I V E, RR7387 EP: Available November 3 (Relapse Records)
Even if you don’t recognize their name, you know experimental synth rock unit S U R V I V E from their soundtrack work on The Guest and Stranger Things. They drop RR7387 on November 3, again from Relapse Records, who are just killing it as usual. The four-song EP features guests Lena Wilikens, Not Waving, Sam Haar, and Just K Broadrick. Listen to the first track, “Cutthroat” featuring Wilikens
The Creepshow, Death At My Door: Available now (Stomp Records)
Canadian punk rock heroes The Creepshow return with their fifth album, Death At My Door, and start to finish it is fantastic. If you aren’t familiar with The Creepshow, they fit comfortably beside bands like Rancid and Dropkick Murphys. They mix in touches of country and psychobilly with their catchy punk anthems. Check out the video for “Sticks and Stones” (directed by David Don’t) HERE.
Steve Greene, Future Original Soundtrack / Witches Halloween Brew compilation / It Came From Rue-Morgue compilation
Steve Greene of synth/prog rock band Voyag3r has been pretty busy, starting with the score for the indie sci-fi film Future, which is available in its entirety on his Bandcamp page. It’s available for a mere $6.
If you’re already a fan of Voyag3r, or synth wave in general, you’ll find a lot here, as Greene is as sharp a talent as anyone working in this genre. In addition to that, he has recorded a two-part mini-epic called “Noir, City Streets and Macabre.” Part 1 will appear on the Witches Brew Compilation cassette from Burning Witches Records and will drop October 14 on Cassette Store Day. Part 2 is currently available on the free downloadable It Came From Rue-Morgue compilation curated in honor of Rue Morgue Magazine’s 20th anniversary.