The tour schedule for this week also sees plenty of heaviness hitting the pavement. But the biggest tour sees three-fourths of the Big 4 hitting the road together for the first time in two decades. Thrash fans will ensure that this tour is sold out within minutes of tickets going on sale. Keep your eyes open for the sale date of that tour, as well as all the other gems coming to a stage near you very soon!
Next Week's New Releases
- Wormwood by The Acacia Strain - The battle for metalcore supremacy in Massachusetts has been a four-way slugfest for nearly a decade. But when thinking of deathcore in The Bay State, only one name comes to mind. From their humble beginnings on 2002's …And Life is Very Long to 2008's massive faceripper Continent, The Acacia Strain are synonymous with beatdown mosh metal. Wormwood differs from previous material in that it was not written around a central theme, but the unmatched brutality that this band is known for will not be lessened even slightly.
- There Will Be Violence by Impending Doom - One of the leading bands on Facedown Records' roster, Impending Doom have set the high water mark in Christian deathcore. The subgenre may not have a lot of easily recognizable names, but few can match the divine fury that these Californians wielded on 2009's The Serpent Servant. There Will Be Violence features cameos from Tim Lambesis of As I Lay Dying and (ironically) Vincent Bennett of The Acacia Strain, showing just how quickly this band is rising in the metal world.
- Death Potion by Early Man - Traditional metal act Early Man has had a tumultuous five years since their debut album Closing In hit stores. Now signed to The End Records and relocated to Los Angeles, the band has achieved minor hit status via soundtrack appearances in movies (Aqua Teen Hunger Force), video games (MLB 07: The Show and NHL 2K8), and television shows (HBO's Eastbound and Down). Hopefully Death Potion will gain them more widespread recognition with a full album of quality material.
- Offspring of Time by Burning the Masses - The band's sophomore release was recorded with ex-Misericordium vocalist Cameron Argon - who promptly left the band in mid-May to pursue a college career. He has since been replaced by Brian Kulikoff, although Argon's vocals remain on Offspring of Time. If these San Diego upstarts hope to achieve any lasting success, they need to pick a vocalist and stick with them, as Kulikoff is their fourth singer in five years of existence.
- Fragments of Form and Function by Allegaeon - This Colorado-based quintet has a lot of love for combining styles of bands like The Black Dahlia Murder and Decrepit Birth. They have intense technicality sweeping through all of their songs, but there's some melody in the background as well, providing variety and atmosphere. It's an interesting style that will hopefully attract a few fans from a wide variety of groups.
- This is Revenge by Ender - The Jersey deathcore group's Eulogy debut isn't anything you haven't heard before. But if you catch these guys on the "Player Hatour" this month, you'll see a very odd stage show that can sometimes involve fans humping band members' legs, among other weirdness. If you're looking to laugh or be confused, Ender will do it for you in a live setting.
- The Vitality Theory by Rosaline - Unlike the previous group, Rosaline just left Eulogy, signing with Good Fight Music this year. The six-piece post-hardcore group has a semi-experimental nature to them, earning comparisons to early Thursday and Hopesfall. While it may not be original, at least these guys are emulating the best of their scene.
- Ressentiment by East of the Wall - The result of the breakup of The Postman Syndrome, East of the Wall plays the same style of experimental post-metal that their predecessors played, just without lyrics. Fans of Rosetta and Year of No Light already know about the brilliance of this band, due to East of the Wall's split EP with the two bands released earlier this year. Fans of other experimental instrumental bands like Animals as Leaders will also want to give East of the Wall a shot.
- Nightmares by Mozart Season - Another band trying to blend heavy, groove-laden riffs into post-hardcore, Mozart Season has the same appeal and the same drawbacks of bands like Motionless in White and Agraceful. On one hand, they write some killer riffs that any metal kid would love. But on the other hand, their vocals and lyrics leave most metalheads feeling disgusted and disappointed. If you don't mind the pop-punk influence that shines through on most of the choruses, then Mozart Season is worth a look.
- Turning Lead Into Gold With The High Confessions by The High Confessions - This band is pretty much a supergroup with the most diverse history possible, featuring alumni of Ministry, Sonic Youth, Nachtmystium, and a recording engineer that worked with Stereolab. Their Relapse debut has one of the most oddly funny titles seen in a long time, and it's very easy to categorize their genre as "experimental". Consider this album a must-buy if you're a fan of Relapse's output at all.
- Gift Horse by Mose Giganticus - The synth punk outfit's third album is Relapse's other big release this week, and also marks the debut of Mose Giganticus for the label. This album is supposedly much heavier and addresses numerous religious topics from a storyline perspective. One can only guess what insanity has spewed forth from the mind of Matt Garfield this time around, although it's a sure bet that this album will be attention-grabbing.
- Coming Alive by Chimaira - The CD/double DVD release chronicles the band's touring in support of 2009's The Infection and also delivers the entirety of Chimaira Christmas 10 on film, among other features. Those who have never seen the insanity of a Chimaira Christmas show or only seen clips on YouTube need to pick up this DVD, myself included. The snippets I've heard from Chimaira Christmas attendees say that the experience is incomparable to anything else. And even without any knowledge of what a Chimaira Christmas is like, the live setlist is enough to merit the purchase of this DVD.
- The American Carnage Tour - Megadeth, Slayer, and Anthrax
- Serj Tankian
- California Blood Tour - Cattle Decapitation, Devourment, and more
- Nachtmystium, Zoroaster, The Atlas Moth, and Dark Castle
- Dir En Grey and Apocalyptica
- Early Man, Evile, and Bonded by Blood
- Venomous Concept, Kill the Client, Murder Construct, and Nails
- Fu Manchu, Black Tusk, and It's Casual
- We Came as Romans, Upon a Burning Body, In Fear and Faith, Confide, and Abandon All Ships
- Antagonist, Diskreet, The Breathing Process, and Wretched
- Oceano, The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza, Circle of Contempt, and Blind Witness
- Vision of Disorder, Incendiary, Judas Syndrome, and Reign Supreme
- Queens of the Stone Age and Eagles of Death Metal
Now that I'm off my soapbox, I'll end this edition of New & Noteworthy. Check in next week to see what summer tour gets highlighted by relevant new releases and tours!