Anyway, welcome to New & Noteworthy, a new weekly segment here on The Metal Review! This segment will appear on Fridays, and in it, I will give my thoughts and predictions on the new releases scheduled to come out the following week. I will also discuss any new tours that have been announced in the past week.
This week, there aren't a lot of new releases coming out, as the industry pauses briefly before the big pre-summer push of new music. However, there are a plethora of new tours and events that have been announced all over the rock and metal spectrum! So read on, and learn what events you need to mark your calendars for!
Next Week's New Releases
- XI Reasons to See by Destinity - I'm expecting good things from Destinity on this album. The band has gone through a lot of style changes during their career, starting as a black metal band before moving to a symphonic black/death sound, but they seem to have settled into a thrash/death hybrid similar to Darkane on their recent albums. I enjoyed 2008's The Inside a lot, and I'm expecting similar results on this new album.
- Napalm by Rotten Sound - The new EP from these Finnish grind enthusiasts ought to excite the old-school grindcore fans a lot, as it contains four Napalm Death covers among its six tracks. Of course, this means listeners will be lucky to get ten minutes of music out of the entire disc, but Rotten Sound make up for that with a bonus DVD featuring the band's live performance at the Obscene Extreme Festival in 2007. It's a nice package, especially for an EP.
- Decade of Darkness by Before the Dawn - Another EP on the release schedule, this one celebrates just what you'd expect - the ten-year anniversary of Before the Dawn's formation. In those ten years, the band has basically devolved into Tuomas Saukkonen's solo project, with the other three members essentially being session players. This EP will likely only appeal to die-hard fans of Before the Dawn, and since the melodic death/gothic metal band doesn't get much exposure outside their home in Finland, I don't anticipate this EP making waves. However, I do plan to get it if I can, since I do enjoy Before the Dawn's unique sound.
- Lustdriven by Kiuas - Rounding out the new releases is yet another Finnish band, Kiuas. I will admit, I'm completely unfamiliar with the band, with the exception of their cover of Pantera's "This Love" that recently appeared on Kerrang! Magazine's tribute album for Dimebag Darrell. If that track is any indication of what Kiuas can do, though, I'm pretty excited to hear this album. They are described as being a mix of power, folk, and progressive metal, which is highly intriguing to me. Hopefully Lustdriven will be a good first experience of Kiuas.
This Week's New Tour Announcements
- Dying Fetus, Arsis, Misery Index, Annotations of an Autopsy, and Conducting from the Grave
- Hellyeah, Seether, Five Finger Death Punch, Drowning Pool, and Lacuna Coil
- Soilwork, Death Angel, Augury, Mutiny Within, and Swashbuckle
- Demon Hunter, War of Ages, The Great Commission, and others
- Hatebreed, Lamb of God, and 3 Inches of Blood
- The Black N Blue Bowl, featuring Cro-Mags, Madball, H2O, Yuppicide, and others
- Karma to Burn and Year Long Disaster
- Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bret Michaels, and .38 Special
- Insane Clown Posse, Kottonmouth Kings, Coolio, Kittie, and Necro
Check back next week to see what the first full week of April has in store for you!