I also have to mention another loss in the metal world, although this one has been coming for a long time. This past week, Light This City played their four farewell shows in California. Barring any future reunions (which is unlikely), the videos from those farewell shows are the only record fans will have of the live performances of songs from their exceptional 2008 record, Stormchaser. I'm very disappointed that the bad didn't do a farewell tour, or at least play farewell shows in other locations besides California, but those are the breaks, I suppose. Thus, one of the better young thrash/death bands of the past decade ends their career. Sorry to see you go, Light This City.
This has been a sad week for metal fans. However, some big releases and tour announcements might add some silver lining to the clouds over our heads. Let's take a look at the new releases and upcoming tours to brighten our spirits a bit:
Next Week's New Releases
- The Guessing Game by Cathedral – I already reviewed the first double album from the UK doom masters, so if you want my opinion on the album, go read my review. I love this album, and I highly recommend it to anyone who has even a casual interest in doom metal. If you need convincing on why you should like doom, this album will convince you. If you've been a fan of doom for a long time, then you should already be familiar with Cathedral, and thus you would know that buying this album is mandatory.
- Cold Day Memory by Sevendust – I haven't heard any clips of this album yet, but I have high hopes for Sevendust's eighth album. Cold Day Memory marks the first recorded work of guitarist Clint Lowery since his return to the band in 2008. I've definitely enjoyed Sevendust's last three albums, but Clint's backing vocals were one of the key factors in the band's early work, and I'm anxious to hear them on the new songs.
- Based on a True Story by Sick of it All – The NYHC legends are back with their ninth full-length album, and first since getting promoted to Century Media's main roster from CM imprint Abacus Recordings. It's been four years since the release of the excellent Death to Tyrants, which is nearly an eternity for fans of the band used to short waits between albums. If the veterans have maintained their sound from Death to Tyrants, then they should be in good shape. Staying heavy and intense is what fans want to see from an older band with lots of influence, and I'm pretty sure that's what Sick of it All will do with this album.
- Infestation by Ratt – Music industry professionals have been raving about this album for quite some time. This is Ratt's first album since 1999, and also their first for Roadrunner imprint Loud & Proud, which has been signing a lot of established bands from the '70s and '80s in the past year (Lynyrd Skynyrd, Meat Loaf, Methods of Mayhem, and Kiss are the biggest names). The band has said that they were aiming for the sound they had on Out of the Cellar and Invasion of Your Privacy, and judging by what critics have said so far, the band has likely succeeded. If you're a hair metal fan, then this album will definitely interest you.
- For Aeons Past by Solution .45 – Another album that I already reviewed, I am incredibly disappointed that this album isn't being released in North America as of right now, because this album is amazing. I honestly can't say enough good things about this album, especially since I don't want to repeat all the good things that I said in the review. If you're a fan of Christian Älvestam, Scar Symmetry, melodic death metal, and/or operatic vocals, then this album is required listening. Solution .45 is one supergroup that can't and shouldn't be ignored.
- Blue Sky Noise by Circa Survive – This is Circa Survive's debut album for Atlantic Records, and that fact alone should worry fans of the band greatly. The list of good artists that Atlantic has ruined ranges in scope and genre from Shadows Fall to Death Cab for Cutie to Staind. I don't have a good feeling about this album, and I suggest caution when purchasing it. If you can, get some samples of the album first and let those samples be your guide on whether to buy this record.
- Periphery by Periphery – The highly anticipated debut album from these progressive metal rookies is finally here, after the revolving door of vocalists stopped turning and allowed Spencer Sotelo to stay in the band. The band was signed mostly on the Internet reputation of lead guitarist Misha Mansoor, which is admittedly pretty good. And if it's good enough for Sumerian Records, then it should be good enough for the rest of the metal world too. Plus, any band that can get guitar virtuoso Jeff Loomis of Nevermore to contribute a solo to their debut album has to have something good going for them. Expect a review of this album to be published here soon.
- No Guts, No Glory by Airbourne – After numerous delays, the sophomore album from AC/DC worshipers Airbourne is here. Don't expect anything new or different on this album – this album bears an even greater similarity to the classic rock legends than debut album Runnin' Wild. If you're into that style, then this will be a great album for you. There's not much else to say except that.
- Social Event of the Century by Dr. Acula – The seven-piece deathcore outfit from Long Island is known for not taking themselves very seriously, and that formula likely won't have changed much since 2008's Below Me. Although I would normally give at least some credit to a band that's creative enough to take their song titles from the Goosebumps series by R.L. Stine, in this case it only adds to the gimmicky nature of their music. Deathcore fans who are looking for something with some humor will like this album. Otherwise, I recommend keeping very far away from it.
- Dress to Kill by 2cents – I will admit that I enjoyed the catchy heaviness of the song "Wedding Dress" from Lost at Sea, the debut album from 2cents. But there's not much going on here musically to convince me that the punk/hardcore/nu-metal fusionists have any staying power. However, Korn seems to think otherwise, since they're taking 2cents with them on the upcoming Ballroom Blitz tour. If you're on the fence about the band, go see them live with Korn before you decide to buy the album or not.
- Dreaming Saturn by The Crinn – With an album title like Dreaming Saturn, what do you expect from this band? If you answered with spastic, technical math metal in the same vein as Psyopus and Converge, then you'd be correct. The Crinn will appeal to the experimental metalheads looking for something new in the subgenre. For everyone not in that crowd, this album offers a lot of confusion. Check out The Crinn if you like the bands I mentioned before, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Ion Dissonance and/or Agoraphobic Nosebleed. If that's not your thing, don't even bother.
- Summer Slaughter Tour featuring Decapitated and more
- Fear Factory and Prong
- Katatonia, Swallow the Sun, and Orphaned Land
- Faith No More
- Killswitch Engage
- Scars on Broadway
- Clutch, The Bakerton Group, Lionize, and Never Got Caught
- Death Angel
- Dream Theater
- Dark Tranquillity, Threat Signal, Mutiny Within, and The Absence
- The Breathing Process
- Far and The Used
- Living Sacrifice
- Earth Crisis
- Becoming the Archetype and Before There Was Rosalyn
- Black Tusk and Pentagram
- Taproot, Anew Revolution, Ice Nine Kills, and Destrophy
And thus, we close out a somber week in the world of metal with our sights on a thrashing spring and summer. That's just how Peter Steele would want it to be. Throw on some Type O Negative or Carnivore over the weekend and enjoy the legacy he left us with. Thank you for an amazing 48 years, Peter. Your memory is one thing that will never die.