I’ve selected for this post the best new Metal tracks that have been released in the last few weeks, including some songs from a few relatively young but definitely interesting new groups. Most of the songs are the lead singles off the related upcoming albums and, as such, this is also an opportunity to have an anticipation of the music that we will hear in the forthcoming months.
California Dreaming. This is the a new single that has been shared a few days ago by the American rap rock band Hollywood Undead, which is going to release the new album, called V, on next October. As you can imagine, it’s the fifth album from the band, and promises the usual combination of nu-metal and rapcore. Nothing new, but Always good to hear!
Among the new songs I’ve be listening in the last few days, the new single by Norwegian progressive metallers Leprous is the one that shocked me the most. The band, which has gained in the recent years an important recognition in the metal scene because of the good and solid progressive music thay played in their first 4 albums, is now showing a dramatic change of their style. The new single they just shared, Stuck, is taken from the upcoming album Malina that will be out on late August. You can check how they transformed their melodic sound into a catchy and melodic rock pop (!), and if it were not for the beautiful voice of Einar Solberg we might really think of a case of homonymy. Readers of this blog know how I am usually curious about the change of directions, so I will be waiting to the full LP before making a definitive judgment of this very particular change.
Points of Authority is the controversial Linkin Park‘s cover song that the American metalcore quintet Sylar has publised just a few days after the tragic suicide of frontman Chester Bennington. Probably the band had recorded the song some time ago and shared it as a tribute to the memory of Linkin Park’s iconic leader.
Varials are a young deathcore and metalcore band from the United States. They are about to publish their new album, Pain Again, which is the second since their formation. They have shared a few days ago the title track of the forthcoming LP. What I liked of this song is the attempt they mad to stand out from the mass of mediocre metalcore groups that proliferate in these days, by orienting their sounds towards the patterns and structures of death metal, creating a pretty original but definitely interesting blend of the two genres.