Good releases for Good Friday.
Light The Torch – Revival
Depending on how you look at this band, it could be Devil You Know repackaged, or due to legal reasons, former Killswitch Engage singer Howard Jones and former All Shall Perish guitarist Francesco Artusato decided to go in a different direction and rebrand themselves Light The Torch. The album promises to be more melodic, and more of a mix between hard rock and metal than Devil YOu Know. You be the judge, but from the video, it definitely feels like what we’ve come to love from Howard’s vocals.
Kittie – Origins/Evolutions
The long-awaited documentary from the groundbreaking London Ontario band. Yes, I said it, groundbreaking, before Angela Gossow fronted Arch Enemy, there was Mercedes and Morgan Lander, two sisters that have always been the focal point of this band, and have weathered the storm despite lineup changes, triumphs, and recent tragedies. The documentary does what I’d hope a lot of other bands would do, and reunite everyone that’s passed through the band to give you an all-encompassing look at their history.
Marc Rizzo – Rotation
An unsung hero, that if thirty years ago would have been heralded, and propped up on a pedestal like a ton of other guitar gods. He has helped propel Soulfly to another level and brought something extra to Cavalera Conspiracy. With his solo work, Marc is like a metal version of John 5, not to say Mr. Lowery doesn’t touch on metal from time to time, but he certainly doesn’t get as heavy as Rizzo. He’s always adding a new flavor, or something different to his playing that makes you think “holy crap” did he just do that? And yeah it may not be bombastic like a Vai, or someone like that, it’s nuances, and techniques much like John 5, that makes you wonder how he was able to work something into a song.
Red Sun Rising – Thread
The Akron, Ohio terrestrial radio darlings, return with their second album non-independent album, their fourth overall. The band meanders between a rock and hard rock, leaning more towards My Chemical Romance than your typical yurl that has marred so many bands at the turn of the century.
Zeke – Hellbender
The Seattle, Washington band that has always meandered between hardcore punk, hard rock, and what some would have previously considered speed metal. Hellbender is the band’s first full-length since 2004’s ‘Til The Living End.
FM – Atomic Generation
This is FM’s eleventh studio album. In 2018, they will be doing plenty of touring, including their first-ever USA appearance in May – headlining MelodicRock Fest 5 in Chicago, IL. FM will also headline at the sister festival MelodicRock Fest Scandinavia in June and have been confirmed for Frontiers Rock Festival in April. To kick off the year FM will appear at Giants of Rock festival in Minehead in January with more UK dates underway.
Other releases of note
Ben Harper With Charlie Musselwhite – No Mercy In This Land
Escape the Fate – I Am Human
Napalm Death – Coded Smears And More Uncommon Slurs
Rob Zombie – Vinyl Box Set
Rotting Christ – Passage To Arcturo
The Cars – Heartbeat City (Expanded)
The Cars – Shake It Up (Expanded)
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