SH*T THAT COMES OUT TODAY – THE NOVEMBER 21ST, 2011 EDITION
There are only four relevant releases this week, the signal that we’re entering the winter new release slump. 2011 has been a great year for releases, so this is fine by me. Check it out after the jump.
Anal Cunt – The Old Testament (Relapse)
The first post-mortem release from A.C. is a compilation of rare EPs and never-before-released tracks, mostly from the band’s infancy from 1988-1991. The compilation has been in the works for a few years and features liner notes from frontman Seth Putnam written before his death in June of this year. The early material shows the controversial band at one of its most visceral stages, which is a fitting testament to their unintended end this year.
Cathedral – Anniversary (Metal Blade)
Cathedral’s first live release delivers two unique discs of live material from the band’s twentieth anniversary show last December. The first disc, titled “Back To The Forest”, is a full live set from the Forest Of Equilibirum-era lineup, performing the album in its entirety. The second disc offers sort of a greatest hits package from the current lineup. As with all live albums, this is definitely just for die-hard fans of the band. Cathedral will release their last album, The Last Spire, next year. Thanks, Cathedral… it’s been a great ride.
Coalesce – Give Them Rope (re-issue) (Relapse)
I usually don’t include re-issues, but since we’re streaming this on the site and it’s a slow release week, I figured I’d throw it in. The original album was released in 1997; this release also includes the 2004 remastered version of the album, which is remarkably different from the original mix. If you don’t already own this record, this is the way to get it.
Fallujah – The Harvest Wombs (Unique Leader)
Wow. I am impressed. I’d never heard Fallujah before I wrote this article, and upon checking them out, I’m blown away. The band mixes hardcore/grind with some guitar melodies that have equal parts progressive metal, post-rock and tech death. The result is moving and dynamic, and this album is an excellent late addition to 2011’s collection of great releases. The band’s last offering was 2009’s Leper Colony EP.
All of these are available at Amazon for cut-rate prices!