So as it turns out, the lists that I use for information all indicate that the new releases came out on Monday of this week. So if you’ve already bought some of these albums with that earlier-than-usual release date, good for you! If not, that’s okay too – just get out there and support good music! Now, on to the list!
Fates Warning, Darkness in a Different Light (Inside Out)
Fates Warning hasn’t released a new album in nine years, so fans of the veteran group will be happy to hear new material after such a long wait. Additionally, the band welcomes back guitarist Frank Aresti to the recording process. Although Aresti rejoined the band in 2003, he did not appear on 2004’s FWX because the writing had already been completed and recording contracts had been signed. As such, this is his first time contributing to a Fates Warning album since 1994’s Inside Out.
Scar the Martyr, Scar the Martyr (Roadrunner)
Joey Jordison has founded a new side project during Slipknot’s off time. Acting as the primary songwriter, the drummer, and the bassist, Jordison built Scar the Martyr from the ground up, and assembled a stellar lineup to make it reality. Joining him for the studio recording were vocalist Henry Derek, keyboardist Chris Vrenna (Nine Inch Nails), and guitarists Jed Simon (ex-Strapping Young Lad) and Kris Norris (ex-Darkest Hour). The live lineup consists of Jordison, Derek, Simon, Norris, keyboardist Joey Blush (Blush Response), and bassist Kyle Konkiel (ex-In This Moment).
Soulfly, Savages (Nuclear Blast)
After last year’s stellar performance on Enslaved, it should come as no surprise that Savages hits just as hard and shows just as much promise of excellence. This album sees the drum spot, previously held by David Kinkade, being taken over by Max Cavalera’s oldest son, 21-year-old Zyon Cavalera. Much like Enslaved, Savages also includes an awesome group of guest vocalists, including Jamie Hanks of I Declare War, Mitch Harris of Napalm Death, Neil Fallon of Clutch, and Max’s second son, Igor Cavalera Jr. of Lody Kong.
Oceano, Incisions (Earache)
Despite rumors that the band was breaking up last year, Oceano only took a brief hiatus after the 2012 New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, so that vocalist Adam Warren could adjust to his new role of being a father. Work on Incisions began during the band’s hiatus, and some songs were completed as early as January, such as “Slow Murder”, for which a lyric video was created in January.
In Solitude, Sister (Metal Blade)
With a name like In Solitude, one would not expect a traditional heavy metal with a very straightforward approach to their music. However, that is exactly what you’ll find on Sister, the group’s third album. Highly recommended for fans of Angel Witch, Wolf, Witchfinder General, and many others.
Broken Hope, Omen of Disease (Century Media)
Broken Hope went on hiatus in 2002, but they had been discussing a reunion in 2007, according to some accounts. That did not come about, though, and unfortunately, singer Joe Ptacek committed suicide in 2010. The band did eventually reunite last year, though, bringing Gorgasm vocalist Damian Leski on board to fill Ptacek’s position. They were one of the opening acts on Obituary’s headlining tour last year with Decrepit Birth, so you might have seen them there.
The Browning, Hypernova (Earache)
The Browning is a unique band among the deathcore scene, in that their focus on electronics far outstrips that focus among any of their peers. Those that saw the band on tour with Chimaira got a firsthand taste of Hypernova, as songs from the album were featured heavily throughout their set.
Twilight of the Gods, Fire on the Mountain (Season of Mist)
Another supergroup of sorts, Twilight of the Gods began as a Bathory tribute act, and now instead assembles some of the best names in European metal to perform exceptional Viking metal. The most recognizable name in the group is journeyman drummer Nick Barker (ex-Cradle of Filth, ex-Dimmu Borgir), but the lineup also features member of Primordial, Aura Noir, Einherjer, and Thyrfing.
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