New records to look out for: July 28 teasers

Welcome to our weekly round up of some of the recently announced albums and EPs from across the alternative music world!

Slow Pulp – Yard

Credit: Alexa Vicius

Slow Pulp will release album Yard on September 29.


1. Gone
2. Doubt
3. Cramps
4. Slugs
5. Yard
6. Carina Phone 1000
7. Worm
8. MUD
9. Broadview
10. Fishes

We Are Sovereign – Step Out of Your Comfort Zone

We Are Sovereign will release debut album Step Out of Your Comfort Zone on September 4.

Speaking about the album, co-vocalist Laura Russell had this to say:
“It’s an album we feel everybody can sit and listen to and think, “I’ve been through that, I’ve felt that, and I’ve been there in my life.” We had a real-life signpost crafted to represent the album concept! To me, it represents the concept of life being a road, sometimes the journey is unpredictable no matter what directions you stick to.”

Speaking about the artwork, Laura said:
“With the album name being called “Step Out Your Comfort Zone” we’ve really tried to capture and represent the chaos of emotions the album brings. The room is on fire and within that is unorganised chaos to represent the album title.

Each track has its own place on the artwork. ‘Keep Going (Survival)’ – survival kit, ‘Nostalgia (Acceptance)’ – cassette tapes, ‘These 4 Walls (Torment)’ – hanging noose, ‘Don’t You Dare Quit (Resilience)’ – broken glass, ‘This Farewell Is Our Fate (Heartbreak)’ – toy with its heart removed, ‘Reflection’ – a mirror, ‘Bridges Burnt Lessons Learnt (Betrayal)’ – picture of a burning bridge upon the wall, ‘Time Can Be So Short (Loss)’ – flowers, and lastly ‘Overcome’ – a fire extinguisher to represent overcoming, with the concept of putting the fire out to bring the room back to safety and peace. We really wanted to make sure the artwork tells the story of what the album is about and what it stands for.”


1. Keep Going (Survival)
2. Don’t You Dare Quit (Resilience)
3. Nostalgia (Acceptance)
4. These 4 Walls (Torment)
5. This Farewell Is Our Fate (Heartbreak)
6. Reflection
7. Bridges Burnt Lessons Learnt (Betrayal ft. Ryan Tuck O’Leary)
8. Time Can Be So Short (Loss)
9. Overcome

Marc Hudson – Starbound Stories

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Marc Hudson – frontman for DragonForce – will release debut album Starbound Stories on August 25 through Napalm Records!

Marc said: “It is with great pride that I can finally announce my signing to Napalm Records. I’m very grateful for the label’s belief in me as a solo artist and can’t wait to have Napalm on my side to show Starbound Stories to the world!”


As the Twilight met the Sea
2.    Freedom Heart
3.    Dracula X!
4.    Stars
5.    The Siren
6.    Astralive
7.    Swansong
8.    Call of the Martyrs
9.    Starbound Stories
10.    One More Sight of the Sun with You

Bowling For Soup – Songs People Actually Liked Volume 2: The Next Six Years 2004-2009

Bowling For Soup will release their new album Songs People Actually Liked Volume 2 on August 25.

The new album is another greatest hits record which covers the period of 2004-2009 and features hits such as 1985 and High School Never Ends.

Jaret Reddick said: “Having a “Greatest Hits” is one of things you sort of dream about as a kid, but deep down, it’s more if a fantasy really. Now here we are realizing our second and we have nearly made it to half way through our career.

I was nervous about these songs. Sonically, on the originals, they were already “there.” But I think like everything in our band, the years add something to the luster, and it certainly happened here!

The songs are still intact with their original selves. But I think you will feel a different energy. In a good way.”


1.   1985
2.   High School Never Ends
3.   Almost
4.   When We Die
5.   Ohio (Come Back To Texas)
6.   No Hablo Inglés
7.   Friends O’ Mine
8.   My Hometown
9.   My Wena
10.  BFFF
11.  I’m Gay
12.  Trucker Hat
13.  Two-Seater


ASINHELL will release debut album IMPII HORA on September 29 through Metal Blade Records.

The band features Volbeat’s Michael Poulson, Insidious Disease’s Marc Grewe, and Raunchy’s Morten Toft Hansen.

“We’re very excited to share the first taste of Asinhell with ‘Fall Of The Loyal Warrior,'” says Michael. “The song is kind of a tribute to bands I love, like Bolt Thrower, Entombed, Autopsy, Grave, and Darkthrone. They’re the reason why we can do this in the first place, and we’re proud to wear our influences on our sleeve. The album was inspired by late ’80s and early ’90s old school death metal, and one of our brightest points of inspiration was the mighty Death, fronted by the legendary Chuck Schuldiner. There’s a lot of Death in there. Schuldiner is one of my favorite death metal vocalists, the other being our vocalist Marc [Grewe]. So to me, this song is the combination of two of my favorites. ‘Let the metal flow,’ as Chuck would have said!”


“Fall Of The Loyal Warrior”

“Inner Sancticide”

“Island Of Dead Men”


“The Ultimate Sin”

“Wolfpack Laws”

“Desert Of Doom”

“Pyromantic Scryer”

“Impii Hora”

“Foj For Helvede”

Slackrr – Set the Night on Fire

Slackrr will release new album Set the Night on Fire on August 4 through Lost Music Collective.

KK’s Priest – The Sinner Rides Again

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KK’s Priest will release album The Sinner Rides Again on September 29 through Napalm Records.

K.K. Downing says about The Sinner Rides Again:
“To continue the legacy of the traditional rock and metal that I have been so fortunate to be a part of for over 50 years, this latest album, The Sinner Rides Again, has been created to take the listener on a journey that is both real and fictional with its characters, although sometimes ambiguous. These songs allow the imaginations of all fans of this wonderful genre of music to escape reality and join with us to continue our heavy metal experience into the future.”

Downing adds regarding the band’s signing with Napalm Records:
“With a brand new record that needed placement with a great record label, we discussed the labels we liked, and Napalm Records was one of those companies. It’s fair to say that Napalm is a leader in the heavy metal genre and has been for a long time now. They have a fantastic roster of both established and new bands and artists that are a force to be reckoned with. So it’s a roster of some of the top and leading metal bands in the world today, and for the foreseeable future. I am pleased to say that we are excited about partnering with Napalm Records and we look forward to working together.”

Sebastian Muench, Senior A&R, Napalm Records adds:
K.K. Downing has created, with the sophomore album The Sinner Rides Again, an absolutely brilliant heavy metal masterpiece – one, I believe, that will stand the test of time and will be listened to by metal fans around the world for many, many years. K.K. Downing is a genius and Tim “Ripper” Owens‘ vocals are simply mesmerizing! Napalm Records is absolutely proud to help continue to build this legacy.”


1. Sons Of The Sentinel
2. Strike Of The Viper
3. Reap The Whirlwind
4. One More Shot At Glory
5. Hymn 66
6. The Sinner Rides Again
7. Keeper Of The Graves
8. Pledge Your Souls
9. Wash Away Your Sins

3TEETH – EndEx

Credit: Jim Louvau

3TEETH will release album EndEx on September 22 through Century Media Records.


1. Xenogenesis

2. Acme Death Machine

3. Slum Planet

4. What’s Left

5. Merchant of the Void

6. Higher Than Death

7. ALI3N

8. Plutonomicon

9. Paralyze (feat. Ho99o9)

10. Scorpion

11. Drift

12. Everybody Wants To Rule The World

Sydney Sprague – Somebody in Hell Loves You

Credit: Ellie Carty

Sydney Sprague will release second album Somebody in Hell Loves You on September 15 through Rude Records.

“When I started writing songs for this record during covid lockdown it felt like the movie had ended and the credits had rolled on life but we were all still here for some reason,” explains Sydney going into the process of recording the new album. “Everything was just floating in this void and because of that I felt like I had all the time in the world to just do whatever I wanted. It was weirdly the freest I’ve ever felt. Writing became a way to entertain myself and make myself laugh instead of a way to wallow. I spent a lot of time reflecting on the past and the people around me and processing things I’d never been able to. I was able to be more honest than I’d ever been in my songs. The fact that I’m able to share them now feels a little scary because when I was writing them they were really just for me, but I hope they can bring people the same sense of escape that they brought me.”


  1. If i’m honest
  2. Isob
  3. overkill
  4. sata analysis
  5. smiley face
  6. nobody knows anything
  7. god damn it jane
  8. hello cruel world
  9. big star go
  10. terrible places
  11. sketching lessons

Maggot Heart – Hunger

Credit: Sara Gewalt

Maggot Heart will release album Hunger on September 29 through Rapid Eye Records/Svart Records.


1 Scandinavian Hunger
2 Nil by Mouth
4 Archer
5 This Shadow
6 Looking Back at You
7 Concrete Soup
8 Parasite

The Wytches – Our Guest Can’t Be Named

Credit: Emma Swann

The Wytches will release new album Our Guest Can’t Be Named on September 22 through Alcopop! Records!

The Hirsch Effekt – Urian

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The Hirsch Effekt will release new album Urian on September 29 through Long Branch Records.


1. Agora
2. Otus
3. 2054
4. Urian
5. Stegodon
6. Granica
7. Blud
8. Eristys

UNITYTX – Ferality

UNITYTX will release album Ferality on September 8 through Pure Noise Records.

“FERALITY has been a challenge of what it is to prevail while tiptoeing on the edge of sanity, like an animal being tormented in a cage,” says the band. “One could be driven completely unhinged when the effort is not acknowledged — this is an example. I speak on how it feels to not be welcomed into a space that was for the misunderstood – how it feels to lose yourself through creation, relations, and being complacent. I’ve given yet another part of myself to complete this piece of work. Set to deliver with my prosperity.”



Elizabeth Birt

July 28, 2023

Band management assistant. Goth princess and lover of all things music and sport.


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