This week’s new releases features highly-anticipated follow-ups and a newly released live album from one of hard rock’s greatest voices.
The Black Keys, "Turn Blue" (Nonesuch): The Akron duo continues to expand from its once gritty sound with collaborator Brian "Danger Mouse" Burton on their fifth album together.
Dio, "Live in London:
Hammersmith Apollo 1993" (Eagle Rock): The late Ronnie James Dio is in vintage solo career form on this CD, DVD and Blu-ray set as he leads this incarnation of his group through solo favorites and songs from his days with both Rainbow and Black Sabbath.
Down, "Down IV Part Two" (Down/ADA): The all-star metal quintet -- fronted by Pantera's Philip Anselmo and featuring members of Corrosion of Confirmity, Eyehategod and more -- continues to pulverize and please with this six-song set.
Mushroomhead, "The Righteous & the Butterfly" (Megaforce): The masked Cleveland metal band's first new album in four years marks the return of singer Jmann to the ranks.
Prong, "Ruining Lives" (Steamhammer/SPV): The veteran New York hard rock troupe's ninth studio album was the fastest it's ever recorded, according to frontman Tommy Victor, and comes in different configurations for the digipack or jewel case CDs and the vinyl edition.