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Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of January 20, 2017.  Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.  As our staff post reviews of these albums, links will appear below the art work so that you can read about the release, see how we scored it, and more.


–Featured Release: AFI: “AFI (The Blood Album)”

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Genre: Punk/Alt-Rock // Label: Concord Music Group, Inc.

Background:

AFI (A Fire Inside) have a storied history as one of punk’s most long-lived and influential bands.  As they find themselves now ten albums deep into their career, what should we be expecting from AFI (The Blood Album)?  Even the most hopeful of fans know another Black Sails in the Sunset or Answer That and Stay Fashionable isn’t in the cards, because quite frankly the band is in its third decade and its members reside at a totally different juncture in their lives.  The material released in advance of The Blood Album yielded singles with a sound more darkened, yet equally as melodic and accessible as – say – Crash Love.  Thus, a more realistic target for this record may be a return to the band’s early 2000’s punk/emo heyday,  something along the lines of Sing The Sorrow.  It remains to be seen if the band will match the passion and energy of that era, but songs like ‘Snow Cats’ are a good indicator of what to expect.  Give it a listen below to hold you over until the album’s official release tomorrow.

Listen to “Snow Cats” and get addicted to the chorus:

 


– Full List of Releases: January 20, 2017 –

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AFI: AFI (The Blood Album)
Genre: Punk/Alt-Rock // Label: Concord Music Group, Inc.

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Alex Clare: Tail of Lions
Genre: Electronic/Soul // Label: ETC Recordings

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As It Is: Okay.
Genre: Pop-Punk // Label: Fearless Records

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Austra: Future Politics
Genre: Electronic/Indie // Label: Domino Recording Co

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Bash and Pop: Anything Could Happen
Genre: Pop Rock // Label: Fat Possum

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Cherry Glazerr: Apocalipstick
Genre: Indie Rock // Label: Secretly Canadian

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Foxygen: Hang
Genre: Indie-Rock/Psychedelic // Label: Jagjaguwar

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Frank Carter and The Rattlesnakes: Modern Ruin
Genre: Punk/Rock/Hardcore // Label: International Death Cult

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Joan of Arc: He’s Got The Whole This Land Is Your Land In His Hands
Genre: Emo/Indie-Rock // Label: Joyful Noise Recordings

Stream He’s Got The Whole This Land Is Your Land In His Hands here.

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Kid Koala: Music To Draw To: Satellite
Genre: Electronic/Ambient // Label: Kid Koala Productions

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Mick Harvey: Intoxicated Women
Genre: Alternative Rock // Label: Mute Artists Ltd

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The Proper Ornaments: Foxhole
Genre: Indie-Rock // Label: Slumberland Recordings LLC

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Shintaro Sakamoto: Love If Possible
Genre: Folk/Pop // Label: Other Music Recordings

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Tim Cohen: Luck Man
Genre: Indie-Rock // Label: Sinderlyn

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Uniform: Wake in Fright
Genre: Industrial/Noise Rock // Label: Sacred Bones

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Vitalic: Voyager
Genre: Electronic // Label: Citizen

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William Basinski: A Shadow in Time
Genre: Ambient/Minimal // Label: 2062/Temporary Residence Limited

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Youth In Revolt: The Broken
Genre: Post Hardcore // Label: Outerloop

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SowingSeason
01.19.17
Posted a little late this week, obviously the slowdown didn't help. Enjoy.

wtferrothorn
01.19.17
Not a new album, but a new Gorillaz single just came out!

theBoneyKing
01.19.17
Slow week, the only one I plan to listen to is the Foxygen and I don't have very high hopes for it tbh

TVC15
01.19.17
Oh shit William Basinski. Need to give that a listen

onionbubs
01.19.17
New AFI is kinda underwhelming tbh

SowingSeason
01.19.17
Haven't heard it yet. I typically base the featured release on what I think will be most anticipated, not necessarily the best or my favorite.

MH18
01.19.17
You forgot Frank Carter

Sinternet
01.19.17
nice foxygen and vitalic

SowingSeason
01.19.17
@MH18 - I actually left them and Austra off the list by accident even though I had them on my release tracker. They're added now...thanks!

MH18
01.19.17
Kewl, looking forward to new Foxygen and Frank Carter, even though two out of three singles were kinda underwhelming

cristane
01.19.17
Missing Starset's new album "Vessels".

Trebor.
01.19.17
whoa did not realize there was a new Joan of Arc

Rizzo44
01.22.17
^^^ I knwo right, neither did I...definitely checking it out. Also William Basinski

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