Moving on, we have the first of three fairly uneventful weeks of new releases this week. What a nice birthday present, music industry. Thanks. Oh yeah, by the way, my birthday is this coming Tuesday, May 18th. And I will say that I got an excellent early birthday present that appears in the tour announcements. Read on to find out what it is!
Next Week's New Releases
- Exhibit B: The Human Condition by Exodus - The long-awaited follow-up to The Atrocity Exhibition…Exhibit A is finally here. Exodus has been remarkable during their comeback years, and Rob Dukes has filled the vocalist position admirably, following in the great traditions set by Paul Baloff and Steve Souza. I expect this album to be just as good. Thrash has been having an amazing run in recent years, and this year looks to be similarly great.
- Re-Traced by Cynic - You know it's a slow week when a five-song EP with only one completely original new track is second on the list of new releases. However, this is Cynic we're talking about, and anything involving Paul Masvidal deserves high praise in my book. This EP will feature four "reinterpretations" of songs from 2008's Traced in Air, as well as one new track never heard before. Considering how excellent Traced in Air was, Re-Traced should be just as enjoyable. And we don't even have to wait fifteen years for it! Sorry, but that joke had to be made.
- Annihilator by Annihilator - Technically, this album is only being released in Europe as of right now. However, this page on Annihilator's website states that American and Canadian fans can visit the site on May 15th for a link to buy/download the CD. Other details on the album have been very hard to come by, but the tracks streaming on the website display all the same excellence and technicality we can expect from an Annihilator record.
- Ghost Stories by Silent Civilian - Early reactions to this album have been tepid, and I feel similarly in this case, although I don't know why. There are several potential reasons why I'm not enthusiastic about Ghost Stories. Maybe it's the fact that I wasn't very impressed by their debut, Rebirth of the Temple. Maybe it's my greater level of anticipation about Spineshank's comeback album, which will hopefully come out later this year. Maybe it's the boring, formulaic nature of the preview songs on their MySpace. No matter what, though, this album already isn't doing anything for me. That took effort. Good job, Silent Civilian.
- iMerica by Anew Revolution - The pun in this album's title makes me want to vomit. Seriously, that's beyond cliché. Bad title notwithstanding, though, this album might turn out to be pretty good. I remember that the title track from Anew Revolution's debut album Rise was catchy as hell, and this album will likely be similar. Only for alt metal fans - everyone else will probably call it boring, sellout music.
- Myself > Letting Go by To Speak of Wolves - Another young signing on Solid State Records, this band is good for metalcore fans who like a heavy dose of hardcore every so often. The music is simplistic, but it's still good, and you will definitely bang your head to it. Give the record a spin the next time you're in a music store. You might just find your new favorite band.
- Epica, Scar Symmetry, Mutiny Within, and Blackguard
- Danzig, Gorgeous Frankenstein, and Seventh Void
- Sick of it All, Alpha and Omega, 50 Lions, and Trash Talk
- God Forbid
- 70,000 Tons of Metal Cruise
- Within the Ruins, The World We Knew, Woe of Tyrants, and Structures
- Thrice, Kevin Devine, Bad Veins, and The Dig
- The Strange Noize Tour featuring (hed)P.E. and others
- Otep, The Birthday Massacre, Beneath the Sky, and The Agonist
- Limp Bizkit, Ice Cube, Method Man, and Redman
That does it for New & Noteworthy for another week. Next time you hear from me, I'll be the ripe old age of 24. Goody. If you're looking for ways to celebrate, eating heartily is my best suggestion. For food ideas, this cookbook is always a good option. Have a lovely week everybody!