May 24, 2018

This Week's New Albums: May 25th 2018
by Tom

by Tom Goodwyn

hmv London; 24/05/2018

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This Week's New Albums: May 25th 2018

CHVRCHES, Snow Patrol, Shawn Mendes and Biffy Clyro are among the artists with new albums out this week. 

Love Is Dead

CHVRCHES - Love Is Dead


The Scottish trio follow up 2015’s acclaimed Every Open Eye with a new 13-track effort.

For their new LP, the band have drafted in hitmaker supreme Greg Kurstin, the man who has helped P!nk, Adele and Kelly Clarkson craft some of their biggest, to serve as their first outside producer.

The album includes a duet with The National’s Matt Berninger on ‘My Enemy’ as well as a collaboration as well as new single ‘Miracle’, a track produced by Olly Murs/Ed Sheeran frequent co-writer Steve Mac.

Love Is Dead sees the band embracing pop fully, as you hear on lead-off single ‘Get Out’.

Click here to read our interview with the band. 


Snow Patrol - Wildness


The last time Snow Patrol had a new album on the shelves, it was 2011, but they return this week with new album Wildness.

In the time in between, the Northern Irish troupe have put out a ‘Greatest Hits’, scrapped an entire album that was all set to go and seen keyboardist Johnny McDaid become one of the world’s most in-demand songwriters.

Now though, it’s back to business, with Wildness, which has been produced by longtime collaborator Jacknife Lee and inspired, according to frontman Gary Lightbody, by both “the wildness of the modern age, all it's confusion, illogic and alienation and a more ancient wildness”.

Click here to read our interview with Lightbody. 

Shawn Mendes: The Album

Shawn Mendes - Shawn Mendes

Virgin EMI Records

The hugely successful Canadian popstar releases his self-titled third album this week. 

Featuring hit singles 'In My Blood' and 'Youth', the album includes duets with Khalid and Julia Michaels.

Among the production talent on the album is key One Direction songwriter Teddy Geiger and Lorde producer Joel Little. 

Godfather II

Wiley - Godfather II


The godfather of grime releases his 12th studio album and the second part of his Godfather series this week. 

Scratchy, Double D E and JME all lend him a hand with guest features.

Click here to read our full preview. 

MTV Unplugged: Live at Roundhouse London

Biffy Clyro - MTV Unplugged: Live at Roundhouse London

Warner Bros

The powerhouse Scottish trio are captured in intimate, stripped down circumstances for this new live album, which sees them putting acoustic spins on tracks from across their career. 

The Royal Wedding: The Official Album

Various Artists - The Royal Wedding: The Official Album

Decca Classics

The soundtrack to the past weekend's marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is released on CD this week, including the fanfare, the readings from the wedding and the ceremony's music. 

Love Will Kill All

Bleeding Through - Love Will Kill All


The metalcore oddballs release their eighth studio album and their new LP for six years having disbanded in 2014. Now reformed, they return with a punchy new record. 

When the Night Calls

Mt. Desolation - When the Night Calls

Island Records

Keane duo Tim Rice-Oxley and Jesse Quin unveil the second full-length effort from their Americana influenced side project Mt. Desolation. 

Click here to read our interview with Rice-Oxley. 

The Return

Kamaal Williams - The Return

Black Focus Records

Henry Wu, who records under the name Kamaal Williams, drops his new album of spacious and experimental jazz. 


Wooden Shjips - V

Thrill Jockey

The San Francisco space-rock foursome drop their first new album in five years. 


Lordi - Sexorcism

AFM Records

The Finnish hard rockers, known for their colourful costumes, return with a brand new album. Among the song titles on this new album are 'Romeo Ate Juliet', 'Polterchrist' and 'Rimskin Assassin'. 


Witchsorrow - Hexenhammer


The Hampshire doom collective drop a brand new LP. The album is the follow-up to 2015's No Light, Only Fire and was produced by Chris Fielding.

Black Labyrinth

Jonathan Davis - Black Labyrinth

Sumerian Records

Korn frontman Jonathan Davis unveils his first solo album, an LP that sees him focusing on disparate electronica rather than the chugging metal of his day job. 

Ray Luzier, Wes Borland, Miles Mosley, Mike Dillon and Shenkar all guest on the album. 

Fabriclive 98: Mixed By Dimension

Various Artists - Fabriclive 98: Mixed By Dimension


London DJ Dimension takes charge of the 98th instalment of the Fabriclive series, with cuts from Chase & Status, Deadmau5 and DJ Fresh among his selections. 

Waking Up Dead

Bullets and Octane - Waking Up Dead

Cargo Records

The Missouri hard rockers unveil their first new album in four years.