New & Noteworthy, July 14th 2017: New Music Goes Pop

Posted by on July 14, 2017

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 a new Punk Goes Pop album, and new music from Silverstein and Edguy. If you would like to check out last week’s New & Noteworthy, can do so hereYou can also check out last week’s sales numbers in Metal by Numbers. Stone Sour debuted at #1, and The Acacia Strain also broke the top 50. The title for this week is weak, I know. Be sure to follow us on Spotify for new playlists every week!

Studio Releases
Various Artists, Punk Goes Pop Vol. 7 (Fearless Records)
I don’t know if I’m supposed to include this as a legitimate addition to the list, or as parody, so I’m going to do both, and throw it up on top because I can (and competition isn’t the best this week). Punk Goes Pop Vol. 7 is the seventh edition of the Punk Goes Pop series, which was started by Fearless Records with their inaugural Punk Goes release back in 2000, Punk Goes Metal. The Punk Goes Pop series features your favorite metal/metalcore/alt-metal bands, and a bunch of other bands you don’t know but might want to check out, drop-tuning hit pop songs and covering them with screams and breakdowns. Some will inevitably be more cringeworthy than others, but there are always at least a few legitimately good renditions. You can check out videos of The Amity Affliction covering “Can’t Feel My Face,” and Dance Gavin Dance covering Bruno Mars’ “That’s What I Like.” The series may be pretty cheesy, but it’s always interesting to hear bands from a completely different world put their touch on what’s currently trending.
Now I know that it’s only a small detail, but in listening to the songs and originals, I noticed something and I just had to point it out. During the chorus of “That’s What I Like,” Dance Gavin Dance altered one line. Take from it what you will. 
“Cool jewel be shining so bright/Strawberry champagne on ice/Lucky for you, that’s what I like, that’s what I like.” 
DGD version:
“Cool jewel be shining so bright/Strawberry Swishers on fire/Lucky for you, that’s what I like, that’s what I like.” 
Silverstein, Dead Reflection (Rise)
Dead Reflection is the ninth studio album from the Canadian post-hardcore group Silverstein. The album was produced by Derek Hoffman and the band’s guitarist Paul Marc Rousseau. The band has released two music videos from Dead Reflection so far, “Ghost” and “Retrograde.” In an unfortunately turn of events, the band’s bassist Billy Hamilton was murdered on stage earlier this week at the Vans Warped Tour during an altercation with a member from the band GWAR. The member, who was most definitely not Beefcake, is still at large and should be considered repulsive but not very dangerous. They are currently touring the U.S. on Warped Tour, which is going on in my hometown today and I’ll be at work missing every bit of it.

Edguy, Monuments (Nuclear Blast)
Monuments is a disc CD/DVD compilation release from the German heavy metal band Edguy. The album features a few new songs, a greatest hits from the band’s 25 year career, and a live DVD filmed during their 2004 “Hellfire Club” tour. As of right now, just the digital download is available in the U.S. Physicals such as CDs and a vinyl box set will be available later this month. Lyric videos for two of the five new songs “Ravenblack” and “Wrestle  the Devil,” as well as live video of the song “King of Fools.” Edguy will be touring in support of the release and their anniversary, but it is unlikely that there will be many, if any, U.S. tour dates.
Bloodclot, Up In Arms (Metal Blade Records)
Bloody Hammers, The Horrific Case Of Bloody Hammers (Napalm Records)
Borism, Dear (Sargent House)
Dayseeker, Dreaming Is Sinking /// Waking Is Rising (Spinefarm)
Will be available on vinyl next month.
Electric Wizard, Electric Wizard (Rise Above)
The band’s debut album is getting a re-release. There will be a new studio album coming at some point later this year.
Enfold Darkness, Adversary Omnipotent (The Artisan Era)
Execration, Return To The Void (Metal Blade)
Will be available on CD and vinyl at a later date.
Expulsion, Nightmare Future (Relapse)
Integrity, Howling, For The Nightmare Shall Consume (Relapse)
Also available on vinyl.

Paradise Lost, One Second [20th Anniversary Remaster] (Music For Nations)
Wren, Auburn Rule (Holy Roar)
Will be available on CD and vinyl next week.
Vinyl Releases
As Cities Burn, Son, I Loved You At Your Darkest (Solid State)
Camorra, Mourning, Resistance, Celebration (Arctic Rodeo)


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