Now on to the announcements! One thing I'm going to do that I realized I should have done all along is provide links to the tour dates that I announce (if there are dates available) so you can find out what shows will be near you. Hopefully that will save you time from having to search for the ones that interest you. Enjoy all the new tour announcements, plus all the new releases!
Next Week's New Releases
- Diamond Eyes by Deftones – Without having heard a single note of this album, I already know that it's going to be all over Best of 2010 lists when winter comes around. Industry officials are raving over this album as if it is solid gold. The comparisons to Around the Fur are flying around with no control, and fans of the band are rabid about getting this album. No matter what your stance is on the band's changing style, you'll probably be glad you got this record. I'm looking forward to listening to it soon.
- Miracle by Nonpoint – I've enjoyed all of Nonpoint's work for their entire career, but for me, Vengeance lacked the inspiration and inventiveness of To the Pain and Recoil, making it a somewhat lackluster album. I'm hoping Miracle can right the ship for the Florida quartet. I'm also anxious to hear what new guitarist Zach Broderick brings to the table in both his playing and his compositions. A review of this album will come soon.
- The Wicked Symphony and Angel of Babylon by Avantasia – Tobias Sammet wasted no time in writing and recording the second part of The Scarecrow Saga, and the list of guest personnel for both albums reads like a ballot for the metal hall of fame. Jørn Lande, Russell Allen, Tim "Ripper" Owens, Bruce Kulick, Jon Oliva, and Klaus Meine are just a few of the names to appear on these two albums. Bringing together veterans of such a high caliber with an amazing composer like Tobias Sammet can only yield good results. If you're a power metal or power-prog fan, do yourself a favor and get the boxed set version of both releases.
- Omni by Minus the Bear – This will be Minus the Bear's first release on Dangerbird Records, and it was produced by Grammy-award winner Joe Chiccarelli. I'm not into these guys very much, but I can see how this might appeal to fans of Muse, Mute Math, or early work by Death Cab for Cutie. If you're a fan of these experimental indie rockers, this might be an enjoyable listen, although I'm betting this album will be more radio-friendly than the band's previous work (if it's even possible for Minus the Bear to get more radio-friendly).
- The Oracle by Godsmack – I used to refer to Godsmack as the '90s band that just wouldn't go away, but now that dubious honor has been given to Creed. Nevertheless, The Oracle comes almost twelve years after the band's self-titled release appeared. That self-titled album is still the band's best-selling album, although that fact may have more to do with the current climate of music sales in the country than anything else. Either way, this album probably won't deliver much that we haven't heard already for the past twelve years. Lead singles "Whiskey Hangover" and "Cryin' Like a Bitch" have already mostly confirmed that.
- The Grandiose Nowhere by Lacrimas Profundere – The German gothic doom metal are far removed from their days of being associated with Bam Margera and his awful television show, but most of their musical output has remained the same. Fans of Moonspell, Paradise Lost, and Crematory should be all over this album. Lacrimas Profundere needs to be known for something besides their role as background music on "Bam's Unholy Union".
- Backsliders and Apostates Will Burn by The Austerity Program – The two-person, one-drum-machine punk act from NYC have been embroiled in controversy for the past few weeks after a scathing statement from their label, Hydra Head Records, hit the press, denouncing the band for not fulfilling on some huge promise they supposedly made to the label after the release of Black Madonna three years ago. Regardless of the accuracy of that statement, this EP will be very enjoyable for fans of minimalist punk with attitude. There's bound to be some crossover appeal as well due to how fast their music is, so raw death metal fans might want to check this out, especially since the band names Bolt Thrower as one of their primary influences.
- Hanging on by a Thread by The Letter Black – The newest signing by Tooth & Nail has an alternative metal feel that, combined with the excellent vocals of lead singer Sarah Anthony, will earn them a lot of comparisons to Flyleaf. But rest assured that this group is a rock act through and through, so only go for this album if you enjoy bands like Skillet and Fireflight. If you do like those artists, this will be a sure hit for you.
- Purgatory Unleashed - Live at Wacken by At the Gates – This live album chronicles the band's historic reunion performance at one of the biggest metal festivals in Europe. Consider this a companion piece to the recently-released DVD box set The Flames of the End, which is a must-buy for any dedicated fan of the band or anyone who wants to be a historian focused on the Swedish death metal scene. Also, if you're a fan of live albums, this album will likely satiate your desire for good live music without having to shell out the money for the much more expensive DVD set.
- Alice in Chains, Deftones, and Mastodon
Black Diamond Skye - Tour website
- Carnival of Madness Tour featuring Shinedown and more
- Powerman 5000
- Limp Bizkit
- Summer Slaughter Tour featuring Decapitated and more
- Nile, Ex Deo, Psycroptic, Keep of Kalessin, and Pathology
- Fear Factory
ThePRP announcement - support bands and initial dates
ThePRP announcement - additional dates
- Haste the Day, Mychildren Mybride, and Upon a Burning Body
- We Are the Fallen
- Gwen Stacy, Inhale Exhale, and This or the Apocalypse
That's all for this week! Check out next week's edition of New & Noteworthy, where we'll announce touring itineraries for Linkin Park, Tantric, P.O.D., and Three Days Grace! Of course, that is sarcasm, but if all of those bands do announce tours next week, I know I need a career change. Also, if they do all announce tours in the next week, every one of you has free reign to kick me repeatedly for not predicting tour announcements from A Perfect Circle, Suicidal Tendencies, Anthrax, and Dark Angel. Just putting that out there. See you next time!