Open Fire
Relapse

The querulous quintet known as Alabama Thunderpussy delivers 11 tracks of fairly humble Deep South metal with titles like “The Cleansing,” “Void of Harmony,” “Words of the Dying Man” and “A Dreamer’s Fortune.” It’s music for moments: the driving-really-fast moments, the baby-left-me moments, the why-me moments, the blind-drunk moments when one needs the kick in the sternum that only fast and loud metal will bring. While not as omnisciently reflective as Ronnie James Dio and his contemporaries, nor as deeply vomitrocious as the oncoming hordes of froofy emo-metal bands, Alabama Thunderpussy delivers just enough cornerstones of metal, with regret, barbarians and pride, to show us that they care. Really.

– David Cotner

Antibalas
Security
Anti-

A Brooklyn-based paean to Fela Kuti’s Afrobeat jams, Antibalas returns with its fourth release, produced by John McEntire of Tortoise. As ever, the band whose name is Spanish for “bulletproof,” bring politics to the fore with “Filibuster X,” a condemnation of all government fat cats, and “Sanctuary,” with its bass, organ and celesta-infused moodiness stretching to a horizon rising like an endless smile. Security is a polished, progressive disc, the physical surface of which smells of maple syrup even in the face of its struggle to enlighten and harmonize – which is to say that in the challenge to try new things and yet retain an identifiable image and essence, eventually a return to the basics is what triumphs over all.

– David Cotner

Various Artists
Ed Rec Vol. 1
Ed Banger Records

Sacre bleu! Ed Banger, the French electronica label owned and operated by Pedro “Busy P” Winter, began in 2002 and currently boasts such acts as the barely legal, girl-wizard Uffie, jazz aficionado Krazy Baldhead and electro-folk herald Vicarious Bliss under its inestimable umbrella. If you wanted to know what the French were dancing to in those chic Paris clubs, here’s your chance to lord it over everyone, backed up by carefree cracked electronic beats wrung from ancient equipment repurposed to become a sexy, sound. It’s music that takes off every zig and zag, so ahead of its time it’s practically a tachyon and so up-to-the-minute that you’ll wonder what you were thinking when you hoarded all those Ed Banger 12-inches in 10 years.

– David Cotner