New & Noteworthy is a weekly column in which we highlight some of the newest rock and metal releases coming out each week. This week features new releases Darkest Hour and Havok, a Chickenfoot live album, and a Soundgarden reissue. If you want to check out last week’s releases or see the latest sales numbers you can do so here and here.
Darkest Hour, Godless Prophets & The Migrant Flora (Southern Lord)
Godless Prophets & The Migrant Flora is the ninth album from the Washington D.C. based extreme metal band Darkest Hour. GP/MF was originally meant to be self-released, with the band having a great success with their Indiegogo campaign, but they ultimately decide to work with Southern Lord Records for the distrubtion. It was also made available back on February 17th to fans who contributed to their Indiegogo campaign for the release. The album was recorded at Godcity Studio in Salem, MA, and produced by Kurt Ballou (Converge, Dillinger Escape Plan, Code Orange). Darkest Hour are currently on tour in the US supporting the album, with the band traveling to Europe in April. GP/MF is also available on vinyl.
Havok, Conformicide (Century Media)
Conformicide is the fourth album from Denver, CO based thrash outfit Havok. their first release since singing to Centure Media Records back. It is also their first album with bassist Nick Schendzielos, who has a very large presence throughout the whole album. Havok will be going on tour in support of the release throughout Europe next month alongside Exmortus and Warbringer. Conformicide is also available on vinyl.
Chickenfoot, Best + Live (eOne Music)
Best + Live is a two disc greatest hits/live album from the rock n roll supergroup Chickenfoot. It features a 10 song collection of songs from their two studio albums, 14 live tracks, and the new song “Divine Termination.” Chickenfoot is composed of Joe Satriani, Sammy Hagar, Chad Smith, and Michael Anthony.
Black Map, In Droves (eOne Music)
We were big fans of this band’s last album, And We Expolode. Now the band have made the jump from Minus Head to eOne. With members of dredg and Far, as well as the vocalist of The Trophy Fire, it’s extremely catchy, melodic post-rock. Kind of like if Failure went on a Foo Fighters binge.
Soundgarden, Ultramega OK (Deluxe Edution) (Sub Pop)
Ultramega OK, the 1988 debut, of Seattle grunge/alt-rock band Soundgarden is getting a Deluxe Edition reisse. The release comes with the entirety of their very first studio album and six demo versions of the songs that made it onto the record. The entire album was remixed and remastered from the original tapes by producer Jack Endino.