On their debut EP ‘Raise A Glass’, Kings Never Die channel an early 90s spirit. With four tracks that revisit a hardcore/metal crossover sounds of New York, it’s an EP that’s set to give listeners a real shot of nostalgia. Given that the band features ex-Dog Eat Dog guitarist Dan Nastasi, Mucky Pup’s John Milnes and Inhuman’s Larry Nieroda, their desire to keep things retro probably shouldn’t come as a too much of a surprise.
Ahead of their second album’s release, Norwegian indie/goth band Mayflower Madame are streaming their new single, ‘Vultures’.
Taking a pinch of Jesus & Mary Chain and a huge influence from Bauhaus and ‘First, Last & Always’ era Sisters of Mercy, the track really delivers in terms of mechanical rhythms, cold riffs and a brilliant alt-pop darkness. Everything has been recycled with so much love, it could even pass as authentic find from a vault of rare 80s alternative music.
Over the past two years, Marillion have revisited their back-catalogue with the release of several box sets, pairing some much loved albums with live material, demos and much-celebrated 5.1 mixes. Following the release of the ‘Afraid of Sunlight’ box set in 2019, the next installment comes in March 2020 with a lavish reissue of the debut album, ‘Script For A Jester’s Tear’.
A long held fan favourite, the five disc set will include a new stereo mix of the album by Andy Bradfield and Avril Macintosh, a brand new 5.1 mix, a documentary on the making of the album – now heralded as a prog rock classic – and a wealth of early live material.
A full rundown of the contents can be explored below.
With the string of superb albums starting with 1992’s ‘From Now On…’ through to 1999’s ‘The Way It Is’, the legendary Glenn Hughes released his most consistent block of work ever. Moving into the new century, both ‘Return of The Crystal Karma’ (2000) and ‘Soul of A New Machine’ were enjoyable enough, but sometimes lacked the overall consistency of those 90s albums. In 2003, Hughes released ‘Songs In The Key of Rock’, an album that pretty much showed off his full vocal range on a collection of brilliantly constructed hard rock tunes.
Def Leppard will release a new box set, ‘Early Years: 79-81 on March 20th. The 5CD package provides a comprehensive collection of the band’s work prior to the arrival of Phil Collen and the release of 1983’s multi-million selling ‘Pyromania’.
Included in the box set are the band’s first two albums – 1980’s ‘On Through The Night’ and 1981’s ‘High & Dry’, alongside the relevant b-sides and single releases.