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The Rise of Chaos – August 4, 2017
This German heavy metal band has been around since the 1960’s, but didn’t really gather any recognition until their fifth studio album titled Balls to the Wall (1983) which was a gold certified album in the U.S. and Canada. With multiple band member rotations, disbandment and reunions, and many albums later, Accept has come together again to bring you classic thrash metal in The Rise of Chaos. These guys stick to their roots, so for those that love that heavy, 80’s hair metal sound, you’ll love this album.
Call It Love – August 4, 2017
If I were to describe Briana Marela’s music I’d say she’s lyrically vulnerable and instrumentally ethereal. Her song “Surrender” from her previous album, All Around Us, highlights her angelic voice that powerfully echoes through the vibrant synths and warm, punchy drums. “Quit“, the new single from Call It Love, shows an evolution of her sound though. I was not incredibly impressed with the new direction, but I love her voice so much that I am not going to make a judgement call on the rest of the album until it releases and I’m able to take it all in.
Rainbow – August 11, 2017
“Praying” is the first single off of Kesha’s new album Rainbow, and it is a completely different sound from what you’d expect coming from her. If I were to stereotype her sound I’d say she is just the party animal pop star, but I guess rehab and a legal battle with Dr. Luke can change a person. “Praying” is not a song that I’d typically listen to, but she has some real material to sing about. When there is a persuading message I try my best to set aside previous opinions.
Queens of the Stone Age
Villains – August 25, 2017
Villains is the seventh studio album from one of my favorite rock bands, Queens of the Stone Age. The single “The Way You Used To Do“, to me, was decent. I don’t know what it was, but I was not amazed. The biggest issue was how the guitar made me cringe with how over-driven, compressed, and boxy it sounded. I understand that QOTSA is incredibly talented and have much to offer, so again, I’ll hold my full opinion to myself until I hear more. I just expected more from the single. I can’t wait to hear the rest of the album though.
The War On Drugs
A Deeper Understanding – August 25, 2017
This American indie rock band has slid under my radar for quite some time. I hadn’t heard of them until April 2017. I saw a suggested video for The War On Drugs in my YouTube feed for a song called “Thinking of a Place“, clicked on it, and was immediately in a trance. I fell in love. This eleven minute single was enough to make me want more. The next suggested video was “Holding On“. Not only was this an incredible song, but I also loved the video. It had an actual story to it that kept me engaged, and the director, Brett Haley, put together Krysten Ritter’s concept together in a beautiful way.