This is the second to last week of new music in 2014. Top 10 lists are being finalized as we speak. Gift cards for music are being purchased in droves. And through it all, we have ONE – count it again, ONE – new release in the heavy music realm this week. Long past are the weeks of 15 or 20 new albums in a single week. It’s been quite a wild year, and even as I prepare my Top 10 list for release later this week, I look back and I’m glad that this year was so packed with great music. We’re closing out with a bang next week, but for right now, here’s our solitary new release for this week.
Emigrate, Silent So Long (Spinefarm)
Rammstein guitarist Richard Z. Kruspe formed Emigrate almost a decade ago, while Rammstein had time off from recording and touring. Emigrate’s self-titled debut earned positive reviews and generally enjoyed a good reception around the world. However, Kruspe had to take time off from Emigrate to continue his duties with Rammstein. Now, seven years later, Kruspe has finally brought Emigrate back to prominence with a second album. Silent So Long features an all-star guest cast of performers, including Lemmy Kilmister, Jonathan Davis, and Marilyn Manson, among others. If you like industrial music, then you can’t miss this album.