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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


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


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


Lucky Girl

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


Dreamcar (Image 1)

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


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


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


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


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


Inglorious II (Deluxe Edition)

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


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


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


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


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


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



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


Rites of Passage

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


Poison The Parish [Deluxe Edition]

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


Second Skin

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


Beyond The Realm Of Light

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



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


White Knight

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



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


Louder Harder Faster

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


Strike Mortal Soil

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


Welcome Home

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


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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.

Also new Son Lux EP

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

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

New Harem Scarem! What a nice surprise.

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

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

Finally new promisin Seether and Paramore. Solid week.

Btw new Danzig coimng 26.05 so desnt this week

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.

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

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

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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