Next Week's New Releases
- 12 Gauge by Kalmah – Anyone who's looked back on my older entries knows that I've already reviewed this album, and I absolutely loved it. The album is finally being released in the US, though, so it shows up here. If you don't know about Kalmah, go read my review and get to know them a little better. Also, be aware that Kalmah's previous album, For the Revolution, scored the #2 spot on my list of top albums for 2008. Kalmah are, by far, the best band in the Finnish death metal scene. This album is worth the pickup.
- As Yggdrasil Trembles by Unleashed – Unleashed signed a deal with Nuclear Blast back in July 2009, and the first album to come from that contract is As Yggdrasil Trembles. I really liked the last two albums that Unleashed released, and I'm expecting to like this one too. After two decades of producing fast, crushing death metal, Unleashed is one of the best in the world at their craft. These Swedes are on a roll now.
- Circle the Wagons by Darkthrone – I'm going to come right out and say it: I don't really care for Darkthrone. Now, for the three of you still reading this, let me explain why. I don't deny that Darkthrone is an incredibly talented band, and they definitely belong among the innovators in metal history. However, I'm just not capable of enjoying music that has the terrible production quality that Darkthrone is famous for. I can't explain why, it's just something I can never get used to or appreciate. However, for those of you who don't have this issue, I'm sure that Circle the Wagons will be a very enjoyable album.
- [id] by Veil of Maya – The first of two releases from Sumerian Records this week, Veil of Maya's third album (second on Sumerian) is likely to make plenty of waves in the deathcore scene. The band received lots of attention in 2008 and 2009 due to nonstop touring with some of the biggest names in metal. Veil of Maya is one of the few deathcore bands on Sumerian's roster that have any potential for success outside of the scene.
- Throned in Blood by Jucifer – The sludge metal duo's fifth album has already earned rave reviews from numerous outlets, and fans of the band's previous work will definitely be blasting this album for quite awhile. If you're into bands like Crowbar, High on Fire, and Kylesa, then Throned in Blood will definitely be worth checking out.
- The World is Ours by Upon a Burning Body – The second Sumerian release this week is the debut album from Upon a Burning Body, yet another young deathcore band. The band has a huge following in their native Texas, and their lead singer has a very distinctive voice, which is helpful to have among the hordes of deathcore bands with generic, bland vocalists. These guys have the potential to be huge, but their fame will depend entirely on their ability to tour continuously this year and get noticed by large audiences.
- Mulmets Viser by Svartsot – With a name like Svartsot, the average metal fan will expect either black metal or folk metal from this band. What they'll get on the band's second album is a mixture of both, much in the same vein as Finntroll and Thyrfing. It's more aggressive than your usual folk metal and more diverse than your usual black metal, but if you're a fan of either genre, you'll likely find something to like about Mulmets Viser.
- Videodrom by Callejón – The German post-hardcore group is back with their second album on Nuclear Blast. To me, Callejón has always been the black sheep among the younger German metal bands. Instead of being more aggressive in their music, this band relies much more on melody and balance. The only German bands that are even slightly comparable are Caliban and Narziss. They also differ from their contemporaries in that most of their songs are sung in German. I don't anticipate Videodrom changing much for Callejón. They fill a niche in the German scene, and if you're not a fan of melodic metalcore or post-hardcore, then you probably won't appreciate Callejón.
- Slash by Slash – I would be remiss if I didn't say something about this album. To be honest, though, I'm a little dubious about it. The list of guest musicians reads like the guest list for the MTV Music Awards, ranging from Ozzy, Lemmy, and Flea to Kid Rock, Cypress Hill, and Fergie. This album has the potential to be either a spectacular hit or a colossal failure, depending on how the guest musicians are utilized. However, I'm leaning more towards the prediction of failure. At least we can be sure that the percussion will be good, as the primary drummer on this album is A Perfect Circle skinsman Josh Freese. Let's hope Freese can save this album from being a complete mess.
This Week's New Tour Announcements
- RUMOR - The Summer Slaughter Tour featuring DECAPITATED and more
- Gwar and Dirge Within
- Dark Tranquillity
- East Coast Tsunami Fest, featuring Sick of it All, H2O, Earth Crisis, and others
- Earth Crisis, First Blood, and Thick as Blood
- The Bled
- Premonitions of War
- Toxic Holocaust
- Flyleaf, Fair to Midland, and 10 Years
- Disappearer, The Austerity Program, and Phantom Glue
- Anew Revolution and Sugar Red Drive
- Queensrÿche Cabaret
Whether you're mulling over attending the Queensrÿche Cabaret, furiously insulting me for not liking Darkthrone, or drooling over possibly seeing Decapitated live this summer, no one can deny that things are picking in the world of heavy music as we get closer to summer. Check back next week for previews on some huge upcoming albums!