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Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of May 12, 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: Paramore: “After Laughter”

After Laughter

Genre: Pop-Rock/Punk // Label: WEA/Fueled by Ramen

Background:

2013 saw what many claimed to be the demise of Paramore: their pop-leaning, self-titled fourth LP Paramore that was also the first to forego the presence of the Farro brothers.  Even though the pair left on less-than-amicable terms back in 2010 following the release of Brand New Eyes, drummer Zac Farro has returned to reconcile the new trio consisting of Hayley Williams, Taylor York, and Zac Farro.  The homecoming has sparked some optimism around the future of the band, despite the fact that they continue to push mainstream pop frontiers as their pop-punk roots fade even further into the rear view mirror.  Like it or not, this is very much Hayley Williams’ band and regardless of the dismay that Paramore was met with among longtime fans, the record was a commercial success.  They have no reason to alter their course for After Laughter; expect a solid pop-rock record (heavy on the pop) with a handful of earworm singles to bolster it on the radio.  For better or worse, we’ll all be hearing at least some of these songs, helping to make it our featured release for the week.

Listen to “Told You So” below:


 – Full List of Releases: May 12, 2017 –

B.o.B: Ether
Genre: Pop/Hip-Hop // Label: Empire

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Danzig: Black Laden Crown
Genre: Doom/Gothic Metal // Label: Nuclear Blast

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Lucky Girl

Deb Talan: Lucky Girl
Genre: Indie-Rock // Label: Nettwerk

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Dreamcar (Image 1)

Dreamcar: Dreamcar
Genre: Post-Punk/Pop-Rock // Label: Columbia

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Gideon: Cold
Genre: Metalcore/Hardcore // Label: Equal Vision Records

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Girlpool: Powerplant
Genre: Indie-Rock/Pop // Label: ANTI-Records

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Harem Scarem: United
Genre: Rock // Label: Frontiers Music SRL

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Harry Styles: Harry Styles
Genre: Pop// Label: Columbia

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Inglorious II (Deluxe Edition)

Inglorious: Inglorious II
Genre: Blues/Hard Rock // Label: Frontiers Music SRL

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John Frum: A Stirring In the Noos
Genre: Death Metal/Psychedelic // Label: Relapse

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Kobra And The Lotus: Prevail I
Genre: Heavy Metal/Hard Rock // Label: Napalm

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Machine Gun Kelly: Bloom
Genre: Hip-Hop// Label: Bad Boy Entertainment/Interscope Records

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Paramore: After Laughter
Genre: Pop-Rock/Punk // Label: WEA/Fueled by Ramen

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Paul Weller: A Kind Revolution
Genre: Rock // Label: Warner Bros./Parlophone

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Pageant

Pwr Bttm: Pageant
Genre: Punk/Alt-Rock // Label: Polyvinyl Records

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Rites of Passage

Sabbath Assembly: Rites Of Passage
Genre: Folk-Rock/Doom Metal // Label: Imports

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Poison The Parish [Deluxe Edition]

Seether: Poison The Parish
Genre: Alt-Rock/Grunge // Label: Canine Rio

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Second Skin

Snakecharmer: Second Skin
Genre: Hard Rock // Label: Frontiers Music SRL

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Beyond The Realm Of Light

Summoner: Beyond The Realm Of Light
Genre: Stoner Rock/Sludge Metal // Label: Magnetic Eye

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Stardust

The Thirteenth Sun: Stardust
Genre: Progressive Metal // Label: Aural Music

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White Knight

Todd Rundgren: White Knight
Genre: Progressive Rock/Psychedelic // Label: Cleopatra

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Ulsect

Ulsect: Ulsect
Genre: Death/Black Metal/Progressive // Label: Season of Mist

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Louder Harder Faster

Warrant: Louder Harder Faster
Genre: Hard Rock // Label: Frontiers Music SRL

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Strike Mortal Soil

Wormwitch: Strike Mortal Soil
Genre: Black/Death Metal // Label: Prosthetic

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Welcome Home

Zac Brown Band: Welcome Home
Genre: Country Rock/Pop // Label: New Elektra

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SowingSeason
05.08.17
Christmas comes early this week. Wrote this up over the weekend and it was a little early for streams, so I'll have to add them as the week goes on.

Sniff
05.08.17
Also new Son Lux EP

FullOfSounds
05.08.17
new Paramore singles have been great. Not really interested in anything else

SowingSeason
05.08.17
yeah Paramore is the main attraction for me this week as well

Dewinged
05.09.17
New Harem Scarem! What a nice surprise.

Toondude10
05.09.17
A lot of these covers are just faces/covered faces...my the creativity.

Davil667
05.09.17
Pretty stoked for Danzig tbh. Just read Tommy Victor's on guitar again, and on bass at that... Tommy brings dem riffs \m/

cor22222
05.09.17
Finally new promisin Seether and Paramore. Solid week.

cor22222
05.09.17
Btw new Danzig coimng 26.05 so desnt this week

Divaman
05.09.17
I'm going to assume that someone (probably multiple someones) will cover the Paramore album, so I'll just keep working on the stuff I'm already working on.

insomniac15
05.10.17
The 13th Sun are a band from Romania and they sound really nice. I'm curious how's the new album.

henryChinaski
05.11.17
Looking forward to the Dreamcar record, singles were solid. Guess I'll check out the new Paramore as well.

SowingSeason
05.13.17
Was not expecting this to be a strong week, but Paramore exceeded expectations quite a bit, listening to Seether now and it rocks hard, and I've been hearing good things about the new Harry Styles which I originally wasn't even going to bother with.

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