This Week's New Albums: May 4th 2018
New albums from Plan B, Frank Turner, Parkway Drive and Shinedown are among this week's new releases.
Frank Turner - Be More Kind
The tenacious troubadour makes it seven albums and counting in May with his new LP Be More Kind.
Be More Kind sees Turner moving into new territory with keyboards, loops and electronics fully embraced and the stripped back folk of his previous effort Positive Songs For Negative People.
The album has been produced by Austin Jenkins and Joshua Block, formerly of psychedelic-rock Texans White Denim, and Florence And The Machine and Halsey collaborator Charlie Hugall.
Plan B - Heaven Before All Hell Breaks Loose
Another long-awaited return ends this week, this time it’s Plan B, who has left us without a studio album for six years.
For new album Heaven Before All Hell Breaks Loose, the singer has drafted in outside help for the first time, with Beyonce collaborator, Arrow Benjamin, Ed Sheeran disciple Foy Vance and Kid Harpoon, who has helped Florence and The Machine and Jessie Ware with some of their biggest tracks, all on duty for this new album.
Unlike his last LP, Ill Manors, which was entirely driven by grime and hip-hop, this new album features no rapping, with the singer returning to his more soulful side, as we heard on The Defamation Of Strickland Banks.
Parkway Drive - Reverence
Slowly and steadily, the Australian metalcore stalwarts have built themselves up from the lower vestiges of festival bills and tiny clubs into the kind of band that can fill arenas.
Now, with their sixth album, they’re aiming for the big time. Produced, once again by George Hadjichristou, the band’s power and precision is front and centre, with Winston McCall’s uncompromising vocals still as harsh as ever they were.
Jon Hopkins - Singularity
Jon Hopkins returns five years after his last studio album with another collection of quirky electronica.
The LP will consist of nine tracks and clock in at over 62 minutes, including 'Everything Connected' and 'Luminous Beings', which both come in at over 10 minutes in length.
No guests feature on this new album.
Iceage - Beyondless
The Danish punks drop their fourth album this week, their first since 2014's Plowing Into the Field of Love and a return to the gnarly punk of their early work.
Singer Sky Ferreira guests on ‘Pain Killer’ and the album was recorded again by longtime Nis Bysted.
Shinedown - Attention Attention
The Florida hard rockers drop their sixth studio album this week, a concept album inspired by the journey of a human overcoming their negativity through personal struggles to be reborn as a new person.
Dimmu Borgir - Eonian
The Norwegian black metallers have been absent for some time, but are back this week with Eonian, their first new LP in eight years.
Their appetite for darkness remains as strong as ever with this new album following a philosophical concept, dealing with the illusion of time and Luciferian codes
Gaz Coombes - World's Strongest Man
The Supergrass frontman unveils his third solo venture this week, an LP recorded at his home studio and at Oxford’s Courtyard Studios, with occasional co-production from Ian Davenport.
Eleanor Friedberger - Personal Record
The Fiery Furnaces singer reveals her fourth solo album this week, an album made with electro specialist Clemens Knieper.