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 new music from Arch Enemy and the first Living Colour album in eight years. If you would like to check out last week’s New & Noteworthy, you can do so here. You can preview this week’s releases in our handy-dandy Spotify playlist.
Arch Enemy, Will To Power (Century Media)
Will to Power is the tenth album from Swedish death metal band Arch Enemy. It is the first of their albums to feature Jeff Loomis on guitar since his joining the band in 2014, although he does not have any writing credits on the release. The band has released two music videos leading up to the release of WtP, “The World is Yours” and “The Eagle Flies Alone.” Production was done all in-house, as it was led up by the band’s own Michael Amott and Daniel Erlandsson. You can catch Arch Enemy touring North America alongside Trivium this October. Our writer Jeff Podesen, a longtime Arch Enemy fan, describes the album as “sonically deep” and “an absolute winner,” check out his review of it here. Will to Power album is also available on vinyl.
Living Colour, Shade (MRI)
Shade is the sixth studio album from American rock band Living Colour. It is their first full length release since 2009 and their album The Chair in the Doorway. Shade was produced by Andre Betts, who also worked with them for their Notorious B.I.G. tribute “Why Shot Ya?”. While they began the album in 2010, the release has been repeatedly pushed back since 2014. They are going to be playing a handful of shows in the UK this month, but the only upcoming North America show is in October, in Jim Thorpe, PA.
Threshold, Legends of the Shires (Metalville)
Legends of the Shires is the eleventh studio album from the English melodic metal band Theshold. The album marks the return of vocalist Glynn Morgan, who previously sang on the band’s 1994 release Psychedelicatessen. Morgan also took over rhythm guitar duties, as Pete Morten left that position in 2014 to pursue other opportunities. They have release one music video, “Small Dark Lines,” in which the band tackle the topic of the regrets that we all carry with us. They will be touring Europe this November into December, but nothing in the U.S.
Cannabis Corpse, Left Hand Pass (Season Of Mist)
Left Hand Pass is the fourth studio album from Richmond, Virginia’s weed themed death metal group Cannabis Corpse. Like all of the band’s releases, this too was produced by bandleader Philip “Landphil” Hall, but it was mixed by Taylor Young at The Pit Recording Studio in Van Nuys, CA, and mastered by Alan Douches in New Windsor, NY at West West Side Music. It is the group’s first album to feature guitarist Ray Suhy, and they were sure to include him in the writing process. I can imagine they rolled up plenty of inspiration, it’s 4:20 somewhere. Left Hand Pass is also available as a limited edition vinyl picture disc and dank cassette.
Alter Bridge, Live At The O2 Arena + Rarities (Napalm Records)
Live at the O2 Arena is the third live album from the American rock band Alter Bridge. The released features 19 songs from their performance at London’s O2 Arena last November as well as another disc of unreleased material and bonus tracks.
Alice Cooper, Welcome To My Nightmare (DVD) (Eagle Rock Entertainment)
Atrox, Monocle (Karisma)
Being As An Ocean, Waiting For Morning To Come (N/A)
Comeback Kid, Outsider (Nuclear Blast/New Damage)
Demon Eye, Prophecies And Lies (Soulseller)
End, From The Unforgiving Arms Of God (Good Fight Music)
Gravdal, Kadaverin (Soulseller)
Hands Of Orlac/The Wandering Midget, Split (Cruz Del Sur Music)
Helpless, Debt (Holy Roar)
Kylesa, An Original Album Collection (4-CD Box Set) (Season Of Mist)
Lionize, Nuclear Soul (The End Records)
Lynch Mob, The Brotherhood (Rat Pak
Novelists, Noir (Nuclear Blast)
Riot, Army Of One (Reissue) (Metal Blade)
Riot, Through The Storm (Reissue) (Metal Blade)
Stray From The Path, Only Death Is Real (Sumerian)
The Ditch And The Delta, Hives In Decline (Prosthetic)
The Great Discord, The Rabbit Hole (The Sign Records)
The One Hundred, Chaos & Bliss (Spinefarm)
Usnea, Portals Into Futility (Relapse)