New Singles in METAL: Hollywood Undead, Leprous, Sylar, and Varials.

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.



Brand New Singles in ROCK: Circa Survive, Citizen, Metz and QOTSA

While listening to the endless rock playlists on Spotify I recently came across to a few particularly interesting songs which anticipate a number of new rock albums expected for the next few months. I’m sharing these songs with you, we will then understand together if the first impressions we get today will be confirmed or not once the complete LPs will be out.


Lustration is the new single released by Circa Survive, the American alternative rock band from Philadelphia. The song has been shared in anticipation of their upcoming album, The Amulet, which  will be out on late September 2017. The intersting thing about this band is their incessant effort to aim a little higher with every album they publish. And the single seems to confirm this trend. We’ll see once the album will be out in a couple of months.


Citizen is a relatively new American rock band which has however already published a couple of interesting albums ranging from indie rock to emo pop. In view of their forthcoming third LP, As You Please, expected for early October 2017, the band has shared a very nice single, named Jet, which sets now quite high expectations for the new album.


Metz is a Canadian noise rock band which has managed to craft a quite unique blend of bruising sounds with softer and more melodic sonorities. The three guys from Ontario are about to publish their third full-lenght album, named Strange Peace, which is expected for late September 2017, and have already shared a captivating track, Cellophane, which show the great work they’ve done in the last few years but also the impressive capabilities of Steve Albini as main studio producer (who’s also behind the last great album by Cloud Nothings).


Queens Of The Stone Age don’t need so many introductions. The american rock band, formed in 1996 from the ashes of legendary Kyuss, has become with the years one of the most charismatic groups in alternative rock, if only because of the impressive list of musicians who contributed to the 6 albums that the band released so far, including artists of the caliber of Mark Lanegan, Dave Grohl and of course long-term stoner figures such as Nick Oliveri and Alfredo Hernández. Josh Homme, the leader of the band and the only original member since its formation, has incrementally widened the distance between the sound of the band and his stoner rock origins. And the single which anticipates the new album (Villains,  to be released on August 25, 2017) seems to confirm another step in this direction. The song, named The Way You Used to Do, is basically a simple bluesy track with a catchy melody and minimal drumbeats.


New Singles: Springfield by Anathema

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Last winter British melodic rockers Anathema began recording a new album, named The Optimist, which is due for release on 9th June and will be the eleventh of their career. As an anticipation of this release, the band shared a single named Springfield, that is now running on YouTube:

Here we present the song Springfield, it’s actually the song that closed our unforgettable Wembley gig with Opeth and it seemed to be a track that just fell into place without much effort. It seemed to do itself. The song forms part of a narrative that runs through The Optimist album, it’s a narrative that begins where A Fine Day To Exit left off. The album is a journey. The songs are ambiguous. There is no right or wrong way to take them. Make of them what you will (D. Cavanagh, guitarist and founder of the band)

Anathema started their musical journey more than 25 years ago as a doom metal band. Through the years their sound has significantly evolved leaving away the most metallic elements and and gradually embracing the canons of progressive rock, with a path that has become particulary evident in the last ten  years once they recruited prog legend Steven Wilson (former Porcupine Tree) to produce their works. I personally consider that the most beautiful and memorable works of the band are those released in the 10 years time period from 2003, the year of release of the magnificient A Natural Disaster, until the early years of the current decade, up to the 2012 album Weather Systems.

What we object to the last works from the band is not the adoption of a more soft and melodic approach, which is legitimate and also appreciated in its essence. What we point out, in fact, it that the songwriting seems really petrified on a single compositional solution, which can be summarized as follows: take a simple and expressive melodic line and begin to repeat it over and over to the bitter end, slowly adding other layers of sounds (first the piano, then the bass, then the synthetizers, then the drums, then the voice, then there is an escalation of the guitar, then the sound becomes a little heavier, and so on….).

The new single is no exception. Let’s wait now for the full lenght album and we’ll check the remaining songs.





New Singles: Nocturne by Mark Lanegan

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Through his website, Mark Lanegan recently announced the release of Gargoyle, the new album he recorded together with his fellow musicians of the Mark Lanegan Band. The 10-track LP will be out on 28th April 2017 and features guest appearances from long-time collaborators such as Josh Homme (ex-Kyuss and leader of the Queens of the Stone Age), Greg Dulli and Duke Garwood.

Gargoyle will be the tenth studion album of the prolific American musician, who started writing and singing music since the early 80’s with the Screaming Trees.

Lead track Nocturne is currently premiering on a few music service and can be heard also on Youtube. From a musical point of view, this song seems to show a minor deviation from the synthetic sounds of the previous work, Phantom Radio. Lanegan’s voice is always superb and in this case definitely reminiscent of Leonard Cohen.


New Singles on the Rock: a preview of forthcoming albums by rock celebrities – Incubus & Nickelback

Nimble Bastard is the recent single released by the American rock band Incubus as an anticipation of their long awaited eighth album which will be arriving later this year. Although there is no official confirmation, signs are pointing to an album release on next spring (April?), with a summer tour together with Jimmy Eat World.

Feed the Machine is the single launched by Canadian rockers Nickelback in view of their forthcoming ninth album, which is expected for next summer (early June).