Check out these new records released this week.


Rage Against The Machine XX (20th Anniversary Editions)Rage Against The Machine XX (20th Anniversary Editions)

The newly remastered twentieth-anniversary edition of the band’s self-titled debut is available in three configurations: a deluxe box set housing two CDs, two DVDs, a 12″ 180-gram vinyl LP, a forty-page booklet, and a two-sided poster; a special edition featuring two CDs and a DVD of six tracks in an oversized softpack; and a single compact disc with three bonus tracks. The vinyl is also available separately as a picture disc and a “facsimile reproduction” without any extras. CD extras include B-sides as well as the original Rage Against the Machine demo recorded in 1991. DVD 1 in the deluxe box set features Rage’s free concert in Finsbury Park on June 2010. Also included are the band’s music videos plus live concert performance clips. DVD 2 focuses on live performances from 1991 to ’94. Founding drummer Brad Wilk appears on all the material, while Stephen Perkins guests on percussion on “Know Your Enemy.”


Porcupine Tree Octane TwistedPorcupine Tree Octane Twisted

Porcupine Tree’s new one, a live double CD recorded in 2010 at the Riviera Theater in Chicago, features their 2009 studio album The Incident in its entirety, as well as highlights from a show at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

 Gavin Harrison, as usual, is at the kit.


Adler Back From The DeadAdler Back From The Dead

The debut album by Adler, the new band led by former Guns N’ Roses drummer Steven Adler, was recorded in Los Angeles with producer Jeff Pilson (Foreigner, Dokken) and mixed by Jay Ruston (Anthrax, Stone Sour). It features guest appearances from Adler’s former G N’ R bandmate Slash, as well as Rob Zombie/ex-Marilyn Manson guitarist John 5. For more on the project, read MD’s exclusive online interview with Adler here.


Mestis (Javier Reyes) Basal GangliaMestis (Javier Reyes) Basal Ganglia

The debut EP by the guitarist for Animals As Leaders is a five-track, all-instrumental effort that features Reyes on guitar, bass, production, and mixing duties; Matt Garstka (Animals As Leaders) on drum programming, Hector Barez (Calle 13, Bio Ritmo) on percussion, and David Stout (Marvin Gaye, Juan Gabriel, Smokey Robinson) on trombone.


Nektar Spoonful of TimeNektar Spoonful of Time

The first covers album from the popular British progressive rock band features guest appearances from Ian Paice (Deep Purple), Steve Howe (Yes), Ginger Baker (Cream, Blind Faith), Jerry Goodman (Mahavishnu Orchestra), among others, as well as longtime Nektar drummer Ron Howden, on classic-rock nuggets including “The Spirit of Radio,” “Wish You Were Here,” and “Dream Weaver.”


Also Out

Dylan Wissing is on Alicia Keys’ latest, Girl on Fire. Emile Haynie, Andrew “Pop” Wansel, Trevor Lawrence Jr., Salaam Remi, Jamie Smith, Antonio Dixon, Jeff Bhasker, and Rodney Jerkins perform most of the drum programming on the disc.

Reid Muchow, Rich Parry, Greg Landfair Jr., Brent Kutzle, Theron “Neff U” Feemster, and OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder are on ZZ Ward’s Til The Casket Drops.

J.J. Johnson is on Gary Clark Jr.’s Blak And Blu. For more, visit

Kostas Milonas is on the fourth studio album by Greek multi-instrumentalist Bob Katsionis, Rest in Keys. For more, visit