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September 25, 2013


HERE are some autumn music releases that I am looking forward to checking out: Manic Street Preachers, Rewind the Film Manic Street Preachers release album number 11, and what will come as great news for MSP fans is that they have already got album number 15 in mind!

This is a band that is clearly here to stay. I haven't heard the album yet as I'm waiting for the vinyl to arrive, but if the single is anything to go by, it will be filled with great melodies and unique lyrics -- something we have come to expect from the band over their fine career.

Nirvana, In Utero (20th Anniversary Reissue) Nirvana's camp are going all out with a 20th anniversary reissue of the classic In Utero album. There will be a Super Deluxe Edition, which will have more than 70 songs over three CDs and a DVD.

It will also boast reproductions of Kurt Cobain's handwritten lyrics, and Albini's four page note to the band before their sessions began -- and other things!

Unheard music will also appear, including Forgotten Tune, an instrumental by the band that they have unearthed -- a riff that is roughly 25 years old!

AFI, Burials (October 22) When I was younger I really enjoyed the music AFI wrote. Whether it is me getting older and taste changing, AFI for me gradually faded away from my playlists at home -- especially after hearing their last album.

On Twitter one evening, I saw they were streaming a new song which would later be released as a single. It was slower, darker, only Davey Havok's voice was familiar.

AFI have always named Nine Inch Nails and New Jersey punk legends The Misfits as major influences on the band. The majority of their work has always come from the Misfits side in my opinion -- but going on the single I Hope You Suffer, it does sound like they are going more in the direction of NIN with Davey Havok stating that the album is very layered and very rich, adding that it was far, far less straightforward than what we did on the last record, which - much like every record we create - was the result of a natural growth, a natural indication of where we are as songwriters now.

Working with producer Gil Norton who has previously worked with the band before, as well as Foo Fighters, Pixies, Gomez, Patti Smith and others, it looks as if they may have hit the nail on the head with the creation and production.

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