For most bands in the metal world, the ultimate goal is to become a band like Slayer or Metallica – for your music to have a self-contained identity that the whole world knows you for, and to be able to profit from the identity that your music has. Today our two top albums come from bands at different points in that journey, although both of these bands are likely to achieve that status with time. Read on to find out more!
Trivium, Vengeance Falls (Roadrunner)
Trivium’s sixth album was produced by none other than Disturbed/Device frontman David Draiman. The band had nothing but good things to say about Draiman’s work on the console, and given what fan reaction has been to lead single “Strife”, it’s likely that the band’s sentiments will be echoed by the listeners.
Death Angel, The Dream Calls for Blood (Nuclear Blast)
After the massive success that was Relentless Retribution, Death Angel engaged in one of the most tiresome and unforgiving touring schedules that I’ve ever seen a band undertake. And what are they doing now that The Dream Calls for Blood has been released? You guessed it – after playing four CD release shows in California, Death Angel is hitting the road for a US tour with 3 Inches of Blood, Battlecross, Revocation, and Diamond Plate, followed immediately by a full tour of Europe.
Soilwork, A Predator’s Portrait Limited Edition (Nuclear Blast)
This reissue of the band’s 2001 album has been digitally remastered, and also features two bonus live tracks that have never before been released. More importantly, though, it also allows Soilwork fans in the US to finally obtain the song “Asylum Dance”, the album’s closing track. This song was listed on the packaging of the original A Predator’s Portrait release, but it did not appear on the actual release version of the album in the US.
Monster Magnet, Last Patrol (Napalm)
Last Patrol is the tenth studio album from the pioneering stoner rock group from New Jersey. Following the release of this album, the band is embarking on a North American tour for the first time in ten years.
Pelican, Forever Becoming (Southern Lord)
Back with their first album in four year, the Chicago post metal group is without guitarist Laurent Schroeder-Lebec, who parted ways amicably with the group last year. Dallas Thomas from The Swan King has been filling the vacant position, although he did not contribute to the writing process for Forever Becoming.
Red Fang, Whales & Leeches (Relapse)
After making big waves with 2011’s Murder the Mountains, Portland, OR’s Red Fang secured their reputation through some major touring, including being part of the 2011 Mayhem Festival. Besides the standard version of the album, fans can also get the the limited digipak edition, which includes two bonus tracks.
Doomriders, Grand Blood (Deathwish)
Doomriders is one of Converge bassist Nate Newton’s side projects, along with Old Man Gloom. Grand Blood is the band’s third full-length album since their formation in 2004. It is also their first album to feature their new drummer, who is known only as Q.
Rivers of Nihil, The Conscious Seed of Light (Metal Blade)
Rivers of Nihil was signed to Metal Blade last September, and this album is their first full-length. It’s clear, though, that Metal Blade has plenty of faith in these kids – they managed to snag death metal mastermind Erik Rutan to produce The Conscious Seed of Light.
Next Week: Snaggletooth returns! Need I say more?