Mastodon are one of the best bands to come out since the turn of the century. They have evolved as a band in the best possible way without compromising their artistic integrity. All of their albums, with the exception of The Hunter, are classics and influential. Their ability to write “albums” sets them apart from their peers in the rock and metal circles. Their new album Emperor Of Sand (in stores March 31,2017), is gearing up to be an album of the year contender. From the three songs released, you can tell that Troy, Brann, Bill, and Brent are in sync and ready to deliver another gem.
Often time as bands go through lineup changes, it takes a while for the band to get back in the swing of things. The new members have a different way of playing and bring a different energy that takes the music on a detour. Then over time as they grow more comfortable, the band comes back to where they should be. Darkest Hour is one of these bands. On their upcoming 9th album, the gents in Darkest Hour have returned to their roots and are about to deliver their most ferocious album in years. You can tell by listening to the first few songs released that these guys mean business. By working with producer Kurt Ballou of Converge and bringing in former guitarist Kris Norris, Godless Prophets & The Migrant Flora takes you back to the days of The Mark Of The Judas, Hidden Hands Of The Sadist Nation era. Darkest Hour are unleashing the heavy!
The time has almost arrived for one of my favorite bands to release their new album. With Our Arms To The Sun, have one hell of an album for you all. Their latest (upcoming) release, Orenda, is a journey that takes you beyond the normal realms of concept albums. Produced by Buzz Osborne of The Melvins, the 10 songs that make up Orenda, are unrelenting and full of unrivaled passion. The first single “Macrocosm-Prometheus” is a great way to show what With Our Arms To The Sun is all about. Musically, the band is tight and precise. The vocals and especially the lyrics, make them stand out among their peers.
I highly recommend this band to everyone. They are the type of band that restores hope in the future of music.
You can pre-order the album now through PledgeMusic below:
2016 was a great year for music. So many great albums were released. I’ve mentioned this before, but I really think that in ten years, 2016 will be looked back on as a great year for music.
So as 2017 is right around the corner, here are my most anticipated albums for the new year.
With Our Arms To The Sun- Orenda
AFI- AFI (The Blood Album)
Black Map- In Droves
Code Orange- Forever
Marilyn Manson- Say10
Wear Your Wounds
The Black Queen?
Alice In Chains?
Corrosion Of Conformity
A Perfect Circle?
L.A. Guns with Phil Lewis and Tracii Guns
Killer Be Killed?
He Whose Ox Is Gored
Spirit In The Room
Here Lies The Hero
2016 was a great year for new music, and it looks like 2017 is shaping up to be pretty solid too. One of the new albums I am really looking forward to is the new one from Black Map. If you aren’t familiar with Black Map, you really should get acquainted. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing them live a couple times and interviewing them. They are one of the best new bands to come on the scene in a very long time.
Their new album In Droves, comes out March 10th through EOne Music. The first song released “Run Rabbit Run” is quite the hard charging and rocking track. Singer/bassist Ben Flanagan (of The Trophy Fire) along with guitarist Mark Engles (of Dredg) and drummer Chris Robyn (of Far), are quite the impactful power trio. Check out their new tracks and their debut album below.
On January 20, 2017, AFI will release their 10th full length studio album. This self titled affair has been dubbed “The Blood Album,” and features 14 songs. The first two songs released “White Offerings” and “Snow Cats” sound like a cross between The Art of Drowning and Sing the Sorrow. So for those of you out there that have been waiting for the “rock” edge of AFI again, it looks like this is the album for you.
Planes Mistaken For Stars are returning after a decade long hiatus. Their new album Prey, comes out October 21 on Deathwish (The label is owned by Converge frontman Jacob Bannon), is their first since Mercy, which came out in 2006. This new album is surely what you’d expect from Planes. The three songs released so far have a sense of growth and maturity to them. I for one am excited for this. The last time I saw them live was at the Knitting Factory in Hollywood with These Arms Are Snakes, and that was about 11 or 12 years ago. Looking forward to this album and the shows!!