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Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of July 28, 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: Manchester Orchestra – “A Black Mile to the Surface”

The Moth

Genre: Indie-Rock // Label: Loma Vista

Following Cope, a straightforward rock album with few tricks up its sleeve, Manchester Orchestra headed back to the drawing board for their fifth LP A Black Mile to the Surface.  It feels like the logical successor to Simple Math, soaring atop orchestral strings and dramatic song structures.  Purely in terms of rock n’ roll grit, it is easily the farthest the band has ever sounded from Mean Everything To Nothing, but for what it lacks in aggression it more than makes up for in effortless songwriting, immaculate flow, and lyrical aptitude.  It feels like the emotional weight of I’m Like a Virgin Losing a Child expressed through the glossy filter of Simple Math‘s production – a prospect that should have a fan of either record salivating in anticipation.  Just when it seemed like Manchester Orchestra’s best days might be behind them, they’ve proven themselves to be one of those rare indie-rock mainstays.  With a record that sounds comfortingly at home for the band, yet totally unlike anything they’ve crafted thus far, A Black Mile to the Surface marks quite the magnificent resurgence.

 Listen to the third single, “The Moth”, below:

 

 


– Full List of Releases: July 28, 2017 –

 The Pardoner

Abhorrent Decimation: The Pardoner
Genre: Death Metal // Label: Prosthetic

Stream The Pardoner here.

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The Rise of Chaos

Accept: The Rise Of Chaos
Genre: Heavy Metal/Hard Rock // Label: Nuclear Blast America

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Paranormal

Alice Cooper: Paranormal
Genre: Hard Rock/Metal // Label: Earmusic

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Annie Hart: Impossible Accomplice
Genre: Indie-Pop // Label: Annie Hart

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Everything Now

Arcade Fire: Everything Now
Genre: Indie-Rock // Label: Columbia

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The Blight: Meditations On Insignificance
Genre: Experimental Metal // Label:   Tridroid

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Bullet For My Valentine: Live From Brixton: Chapter Two
Genre: Metalcore/Thrash Metal // Label:  Sony BMG Music Entertainment

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The Cicada Tree

Byzantine: The Cicada Tree
Genre: Progressive/Thrash Metal // Label: Metal Blade Records

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Unpeeled

Cage the Elephant: Unpeeled
Genre: Indie-Rock/Blues // Label: RCA

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New Facts Emerge

The Fall: New Facts Emerge
Genre: Post-Punk // Label: Cherry Red Records

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Rotations

Golden Retriever: Rotations
Genre: Drone/Electronic // Label: Thrill Jockey

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Builder

Humble Fire: Builder
Genre: Pop // Label: Humble Fire

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Second Wind

John Dennis: Second Wind 
Genre: Folk // Label: Rainfeather Records

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Content

Joywave: Content
Genre: Indie-Pop/Alt-Rock // Label: Cultco Music

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Strangled Light [Explicit]

Less Art: Strangled Light 
Genre: Hard Rock/Metal // Label: Gilead Media

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Cypress Ave.

The Midnight Ghost Train: Cypress Ave.
Genre: Stoner Rock // Label: Napalm Records

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The Darkest Hour [Explicit]

Madchild: The Darkest Hour
Genre: Hip-Hop/Soul // Label: Battle Axe

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A Black Mile To The Surface

Manchester Orchestra: A Black Mile to the Surface
Genre: Indie-Rock // Label: Loma Vista

Read our staff review for A Black Mile to the Surface here.

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Tremendous Sea of Love [Explicit]

Passion Pit: Tremendous Sea Of Love [Digital Release]
Genre: Indie-Pop/Electronic // Label: Wishart Group Recordings

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Zero Days

Prong: Zero Days
Genre: Thrash Metal/Industrial // Label: Steamhammer

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rageseasonsoftheblackcd

Rage: Seasons Of The Black
Genre: Power/Thrash Metal/Progressive Rock // Label: Nuclear Blast

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Smoke On This...

Rex Brown: Smoke On This…
Genre: Metal/Rock // Label: Metal/Entertainment One

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Ultu Ulla

Rings of Saturn: Ultu Ulla
Genre: Death Metal/Metalcore // Label: Nuclear Blast America

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The Autobiography

Vic Mensa: The Autobiography
Genre: Hip-Hop // Label: Roc Nation

Stream The Autobiography here.

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SowingSeason
07.26.17
Pretty big week. Arcade Fire, Manchester Orchestra, Cage the Elephant, Passion Pit (was released via social media earlier this year), and Joywave mark my releases to check.

PistolPete
07.26.17
I'd be more excited about Cage the Elephant if it wasn't a live album with one new song that's just really a cover song =[

Love that Arcade Fire's album is getting ripped apart in the early goings, band is overrated.

butcherboy
07.26.17
THE FALL!!!!!!!!!

Mort.
07.26.17
missing the new couch slut out on gilead media

MercuryToHell
07.26.17
Will definitely check out Prong and Rings of Saturn, will have a look at Arcade Fire too but I don't fancy myself for doing the write-up!

jmh886
07.26.17
For those that dont know Less Art is the Breckenridge bros from thrice plus members of kowloon walled city and curl up and die. highly recommend.

DixFoo
07.26.17
Gotta say, even tho I loved Arcade Fire's first three albums, I was very disappointed with "Reflektor". I honestly hope "Everything Now" can reignite my interest in them.

Dewinged
07.26.17
Strong week. First time hearing Manchester Orchestra and it's blowing me away.

henryChinaski
07.27.17
Oh cool there's a new Passion Pit album? Never really got into their last one, but will definitely check that out. Also, obviously, the new Manchester Orchestra record.

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