Priest Is Back

Titles from Judas Priest and Ministry highlight this week's new rock releases:

Blackberry Smoke, "Leave a Scar: Live in North Carolina" Blackberry Smoke
, "Leave a Scar: Live in North Carolina" (self-released): A sweaty concert set that will convince you this Atlanta group is the new face of contemporary Southern rock.

Dirty Heads, "Sound of Change"
Dirty Heads, "Sound of Change" (Five Seven Music): The ska-rock group from California expands its sound for its third album, incorporating dance club and rap flavors for a more diverse collection.

Goatwhore, "Constricting Rage of the Merciless"
, "Constricting Rage of the Merciless" (Metal Blade): The New Orleans black metal group is in characteristically brutal on its sixth studio album.

Judas Priest, "Redeemer of Souls"
Judas Priest
, "Redeemer of Souls" (Epic): Rest assured that the Metal Gods have not turned into, oh, Mumford & Sons during the interim since 2008's "Nostradamus," and new guitarist Richie Faulkner is more than up to the task of replacing founding member K.K. Downing.

Ministry, "Last Tangle in Paris..."
Ministry, "Last Tangle in Paris..." (13th Planet/UDR Music): The industrial rock heroes are packing it in but leave us with one more brutal live CD/DVD set before they go.

Starset, "Transmissions"
, "Transmissions" (Razor & Tie): The debut release from the Columbus, Ohio, modern rock group fronted by former Downplay singer Dustin Bates.

Wednesday 13, "Dead Meat Collection" "Undead Unplugged"
Wednesday 13
, "Dead Meat Collection" "Undead Unplugged" (self-released): The shock rocker and Murderdolls frontman presents his music in demo and acoustic form, respectively.

Steve Wilson, "Cover Version"
Steve Wilson
, "Cover Version" (Kscope): The Porcupine Tree leader mixes six originals with covers of songs by Prince, ABBA, the Cure and others.