Here are some of the new releases that come out today, as you can see, things are all over the place!:
The Rods – Brotherhood Of Metal
This is an unabashed heavy metal band, you either love them or you don’t. They aren’t reinventing the wheel, and have been serving up their brand of metal for years. So to quote their drummer Carl Caneday “if you like the first song, then odds are you’ll like the whole album”. The Cortland, NY band has been around for almost 40 years, with this being their tenth release.
Perry Farrell – Kind Heaven
I like a good hook like the next guy, and man, I can’t get the song “Machine Girl” out of my head, just something about the melody and chorus that are stuck in my head. This is Farrell’s first solo album in 18 years, and features Taylor Hawkins of the Foo Fighters, Elliot Easton of the Cars, and George Harrison’s son, the uber talented Dhani Harrison.
Warrior Soul – Rock N Roll Disease
The New York band is one of my all time favorites, I have everything they’ve released, some releases on CD, Cassette and Vinyl! Unfortunately, this release isn’t very good, and that really bums me out. I’ve listened to it several times today in an effort to give it a fair shake, but “After The Show” is the only song that remotely catches me. The album feels very disjointed, the production isn’t great, the drums don’t sound good, and the timing is off in places, while Kory’s voice just isn’t very good on some of the songs, and that really breaks my heart. I won’t give up on them, but had hoped for something better from the band.
Motionless In White – Disguise
The Scranton, PA band is back with their fifth album. The band has found a niche between modern hard rock, industrial metal and metalcore. If you’ve never heard of them, or given them a chance, they’re equal parts Korn, Marilyn Manson, and Killswitch Engage. A really cool mix between late 90s/early 2000s metal with what’s going on today. They seem to up their game with each release, and if you’re a fan of their previous releases, this album will not disappoint.
Combichrist – One Fire
I’ve known about Combichrist for years, One Fire is their ninth album, and features guest vocals from Fear Factory’s Burton C. Bell. If you’re into industrial metal give this album a shot, they always seem to have a few cool songs on each of their releases.
Eagles Of Death Metal – Eagles Of Death Metal Presents Boots Electric Performing The Best Songs We Never Wrote
I’ve been a fan of Eagles Of Death Metal for years, and their music has usually been hit or miss for me. Many of their songs are either featured on my phone’s playlists, and are played fairly frequently. This is a covers album, I don’t usually feature them on the top half of the page, but I dig what they’ve done with the Kiss classic, so here it is.
Diviner – Realms Of Time
Here is a band that I just came across putting this article together, they’re from Greece, and Realms Of Time is their second album. Check out their track “Heaven Falls”, which caught me ear earlier today.
Motanka – Motanka
Here is a Ukrainian band that was relatively unknown until they participated in Wacken Open Air Metal Battle. The band mixes traditional Ukrainian instruments, with elements of progressive metal, alternative metal in the vein of Tool, folk and even electronica.
Here are some other albums that may interest you that come out today:
Axel Rudi Pell – XXX Anniversary Live
Cave In – Final Transmission
Majestica – Above The Sky
Pelican – Nighttime Stories
Silversun Pickups – Widow’s Weeds
Vulture – Ghastly Waves & Battered Graves
Nebula – Holy Shit
Xentrix – Bury The Pain
Santana – Africa Speaks
Pink Floyd – Division Bell Vinyl Reissue
The Rolling Stones – Rock and Roll Circus Reissue
Rush – Time Machine 2011: Live In Cleveland Vinyl Release
Sonic Youth – Battery Park, NYC: July 4, 2008
Prince – Originals
Demons & Wizards – Demons & Wizards Reissue
Demons & Wizards – Touched By The Crimson King Reissue
Article by Victor M. Ruiz of Mars Attacks Radio & Podcast, and Galaxy Of Geeks Podcast. Connect with him on Twitter: @vmr907