Here are some of the new releases to come out today.
Burn The Priest (Lamb Of God) – Legion: XX
To those that still don’t know, Burn The Priest is Lamb Of God’s original name. So they have decided to commemorate the band’s 20 years with this covers EP, demonstrating what influenced them musically before they became a band.
My only issue here is how lead singer Randy Blythe has gone out of his way in interviews to say “I’m not a metalhead”, due to his original influences. I get that, but let’s be honest here, Lamb Of God isn’t a synth-pop band, and you won’t find Kraftwerks anywhere on this album. Lamb Of God is a metal band, plain and simple, Blythe has been the lead singer of a metal band for twenty years.
Does he listen to the new Rivers Of Nihil? Based on his comments, no, but it doesn’t keep him from being in a metal band.
Amorphis – Queen Of Time
I never knew about the Finnish band till I moved to Spain. They happen to be the darlings of a lot of “underground” metal fans, and websites. They’ve been classified as being a heavy metal band, a progressive death metal band, and flat out just progressive death metal.
The album is receiving rave reviews from a lot of sites that focus on extreme metal, and like any other band that traverses various metal sub-genres, you’ll still stumble across those that hate even the slightest change to any band’s formula.
Five Finger Death Punch – And Justice For None
The Las Vegas band is back after everything that took place with Ivan Moody last year, and his sobriety. If you dig the band or not, I think we can all agree that we hope he is in the best mental state possible, and that his troubles are behind him.
The album has been technically finished since the end of 2016, but ongoing litigation between the band and their label prevented the album from coming out sooner. The album contains two songs that had originally been released on their greatest hits album, “Trouble”, and their cover of The Offspring’s “Gone Away”. They also recorded a cover of the Kenny Wayne Shepherd radio hit “Blue On Black”.
Overkill – Live At Overhausen DVD/CD
The album was recorded back in April of 2016 and features the band celebrating the 30th anniversary of Feel The Fire, and the 25th anniversary of Horrorscope. It sees the band playing both albums in their entirety as a result.
Other releases of interest:
At The Gates – To Drink From The Night Itself
High Priestess – High Priestess
Mos Generator – Shadowlands