New & Noteworthy is a weekly column in which we highlight some of the newest rock and metal releases coming out each week. This week features the long awaited Tool album Fear Inoculum and a few other releases too I guess. For last week’s releases you can check out the last New & Noteworthy, and for the latest sales numbers Metal by Numbers. Be sure to follow us on Spotify to get this month’s New & Noteworthy Playlist, updated every Friday with the newest metal releases.

This past week I caught the Knotfest Roadshow at Key Bank Pavilion Star Lake, featuring Slipknot, Volbeat, Gojira, and Behemoth. It was a killer show, and only made better by the fact that a buddy of mine hooked me up with an extra ticket he had for one of the closer sections. It was great to see Gojira and not just hear them as I get the shit kicked out of me. Volbeat was a lot of fun, and probably one of the bigger draws for me. I liked a few of their earlier albums, and although don’t know much of their new stuff, thoroughly enjoyed their performance. And Slipknot. This makes it four times that I’ve seen them now, and while they never disappoint, it’s something else entirely to see their show at the distance I was at. The stage is chaos. The curtain drops and you’re presented with over a half dozen wildmen running around a custom made, industrial playground. I was on the left side, right in front of New Guy’s post. His costume is toned down and his identity yet unknown, leaving him very little to rely on for character presentation except to go absolutely batshit insane on stage every single night, and damn is it entertaining. I also absolutely loved getting to watch DJ Starscream dancing and playing around the stage in whatever the hell getup that he’s wearing this tour. That all said, there’s something about Corey Taylor’s yelling about the importance of family that makes seeing Slipknot a strangely wholesome experience. For that I dub this show the most wholesome family concert experience of summer 2019.

New Releases

Tool, Fear Inoculum (Tool Dissectional LLC/Volcano Entertainment)

Fifth studio album. Los Angeles, USA. Progressive rock / metal (read our review here). This is Tool’s first release since their 2006 album 10,000 Days, bringing to end one of the internet metal community’s best long wait meme. I’m so excited to get home from work today and just throw this on repeat.

First single: “Fear Inoculum
Our thoughts: On the single – Update: On furthering listening I love the song.
Producer: Joe Barresi

Elvenking, Reader of the Runes – Divination (AFM)

Tenth studio album. Sacile, Italy. Power metal.

Music videos: “Divination” “Silverseal
Lyric video: “Under the Sign of a Black Star
Readers of the Runes – Divination is also available on colored vinyl.

Sons Of Apollo, Live With The Plovdiv Psychotic Symphony (N/A)

First live album. Various locations / supergroup. Progressive metal. Recorded live at the Roman Amphitheatre in Plovdiv, Bulgaria during their 2018 tour.

Live videos: “Labyrinth” “Just Let Me Breathe
Documentary: Trailer

Acid King, Busse Woods (20th Anniversary Edition) (RidingEasy Records)
Culted, Vespertina Synaxis – A Prayer For Union & Emptiness (Season Of Mist)
Drag Them Down, Drag Them Down (Oblieration Noise)
Entombed A.D., Bowels Of Earth (Century Media)
Essence Of Datum, Spellcrying Machine (Season Of Mist)
Eyes Of The Lord, Misery Feels Like Home (Closed Casket Activities)
Hesitation Wounds, Chicanery (Deathwish Inc.)
In Search Of Solace, Enslaved To Tragedy (SharpTone Records)
Ledge, All I Hope For (Translation Loss Records)
Necronautical, Apotheosis (Spinefarm)
Portrayal Of Guilt, Suffering Is A Gift (Closed Casket Activities)
Tarja, In The Raw (earMUSIC)
Visions Of Atlantis, Wanderers (Napalm Records)
Wage War, Pressure (Fearless Records)

Vinyl Releases

Nirvana, Live And Loud (Geffen/UMe)
Serj Tankian, Imperfect Harmonies (Music On Vinyl)