With their second album of the year debuting today, Five Finger Death Punch threatens to be one of the first artists in a long time to have two albums of original material featured in the upper echelons of the Billboard 200. This is great news for metalheads, and a wake-up call to those that still somehow believe that metal is a genre that can be easily dismissed. Read on for the full scoop on their new album and all the rest of the new releases.
Five Finger Death Punch, The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell, Vol. 2 (Prospect Park/Universal)
Representing the second half of the band’s double album, Vol. 2 has some major differences from Vol. 1 (and no, I’m not writing out that album name every time). The most notable of these is that Vol. 2 does not feature any guest performers. In fact, the only guest performance that was recorded is a guest vocal spot on “Weight Beneath My Sin” from Demon Hunter vocalist Ryan Clark, and that version of the song doesn’t even make the actual album. According to the band, it’s being saved as a B-side for potential future use on a soundtrack or other special project. Fans can get the special special edition of the album to receive a bonus concert DVD.
Rush, Clockwork Angels Tour DVD (Roadrunner)
This live DVD captures the music and images from Rush’s 2012-2013 tour on a recording that lasts over three hours. Included in the bonus features are some bonus tracks filmed at other stops during the tour, a tour documentary, and much much more. The recording is also available on Blu-ray for the HD buffs out there, and the 3-CD edition can also be acquired if all you want is the audio.
Ghost B.C., If You Have Ghost EP (Universal Republic)
This new EP from Ghost was produced by Dave Grohl and features four cover songs, as well as a live version of the track “Secular Haze”. Among the covers, the most notable ones are the ABBA and Depeche Mode covers, but all four are well-performed and worth checking out.
A Perfect Circle, Three Sixty (Virgin/Universal)
The first greatest hits collection from A Perfect Circle also features their first new material in almost a decade, in the form of the track “By and Down”. According to interviews with the band, it was written after the band reunited to play a series of shows in 2010 and 2011. And even if you’re not a fan of A Perfect Circle, this is the right place to begin, as it has all of the band’s hits contained on one disc.
Next Week: We’re closing on the end of the year, which means fewer releases each week. Come back next time to see what evil, unholy metal will by trying to disrupt Thanksgiving in the loudest way possible!