Early Plays: Melvins, Decapitated, Goldfinger, Arcade Fire.

Here we are againg in what has now become the periodical report of this blog where we discuss the most anticipated albums of the next month. Last time we spoke about a few releases by important artists of the calibre of Roger Waters, Alt-J, Igorr and Royal Blood. Some of them delivered what we were expecting from them (in particolar Igorrr and Roger Waters), the others maybe need additional time and listens to be fully appreciated. We’ll see.

 

One of the first albums we’ll encounter in July is A Walk With Love & Death by Melvins, the legendary band of the American rock veterans which reunited in 2011. The new album (a double album, actually) will be released on July 7th, 2017, will show two distinct sides of the band’s music: Death, a proper Melvins’ release and Love, the score to the Jesse Nieminen directed, self-produced short also titled A Walk With Love & Death. The band has shared a single as anticipation of the forthcoming album, named Christ Hammer. The song, which does not surprise us with special special effects,  seems however a slight step forward compared to the latest productions after reunion, that weren’t certainly memorable.

 

On the same day of Melvin’s release, Polish death metal band Decapitated will publish their 7th studio album, Anticult, which is arriving on the shelves three years after their previous beautiful album, Blood Mantra, which in 2014 received lots of positive reviews. The group is famous for a perfect combination of excellent songwriting skills with an impressive technical capability, and the songs that are circulating in these days seem to confirm everything positive have been said about the band so far.

 

For what concerns punk rock, which is another genre that we like a lot in this blog, a potential good release is expected by Goldfinger, the ska punk formation from California. The band will release on Juli 21st their new album, The Knife, which interrups an hiatus of almost ten years since their last album. There are some concenrs regarding the fact that there has been a complete change within the lineup of the band, and today frontman John Feldmann is the only remaining member of the original band.

 

Just before the end of next month, on July 28th, Canadian indie rock masters Arcade Fire will release their upcoming fifth studio album, Everything Now. The band has published a number of critically and commercially acclaimed LPs and there is quite an high expectation for their new work. Many songs of the album are already circulating both as official videos and also as bootleg recordings of a secret show that the Canadians played in Montreal on last May, when six tracks from the new work were introduced to the fans.

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