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Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of September 27, 2011. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

9th Wonder – The Wonder Years (Traffic Entertainment)
Acoustic Alchemy – Roseland (Heads Up)
Apparat – The Devil’s Walk (Mute U.S.)
Sebastian Bach – Kicking & Screaming (Frontiers Records)
The Bangles – Sweetheart Of The Sun (Waterfront Records)
Barenaked Ladies – Hits From Yesterday And The Day Before (Rhino Records)
Big Troubles – Romantic Comedy (Slumberland Records)
Blink 182 – Neighborhoods (David Geffen Company) – Adam Downer
Blu – Open (Nature Sounds)
Boom Bip – Zig Zaj (Lex Records)
Brainstorm – On The Spur Of The Moment (AFM Records)
Brutal Truth – End Time (Relapse)
Chickenfoot – Chickenfoot III (Entertainment One Music)
Cobra Skulls – Agitations (Fat Wreck Chords)
J. Cole – Cole World: The Sideline Story (Roc Nation)
Collide – Counting to Zero (Self Released)
Confession – The Long Way Home (Resist Records)
Cormega – Raw Forever (Traffic Entertainment)
Download – Helicopter + Wookie Wall (Metropolis Records)
DTMD – Makin’ Dollas (Mello Music Group)
Dum Dum Girls – Only In Dreams (Sub Pop)
Evidence – Cats & Dogs (Rhymesayers)
Frankmusik – Do It In The AM (Interscope)
Gem Club – Breakers (HARDLY ART)
The Gift – Explode (Spindle Music)
Glorior Belli – The Great Southern Darkness (Metal Blade)
Hundredth – Let Go (MEDIASKARE)
Kasabian –

ACYLUM – “Angel” (download) by alfa-matrix


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Twisted electronic industrialists, Acylum, have released the first single for their upcoming album Karzinom. The song is called “Angel” and is one of the more subdued and ‘friendly’ tracks on the album. That doesn’t mean that the band have suddenly started making feel good music or anything that could be appreciated by your average music consumer. The music is still dark, the vocals are still heavily processed and the lyrics are still twisted. On the other hand, it perfectly showcases the band’s enhanced use of melodic elements to further increase the creepiness factor that has always been a part of their sound. Just don’t let this song lull you into a false sense of security, because the full album is still full of dissonant sounds, disturbing samples and a much more confrontational style, overall.

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Acylum – Karzinom
Release Date: October 28th
Record Label: Alfa-Matrix

Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of September 20, 2011. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

Tori Amos – Night Of Hunters (Decca Records)
Andrew Jackson Jihad – Knife Man (Asian Man) – Robin Smith
Atlas Moth – Ache for the Distance (Profound Lore)
Tony Bennett – Tony Benett: Duets II (Columbia)
Boots Electric – Honkey Kong (Dangerbird Spain)
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – Hysterical (RED GENERAL CATALOG) – Rudy Klapper
Dangerous! – Teenage Rampage (Epitaph)
Gavin DeGraw – Sweeter (RCA)
dEUS – Keep You Close {UK}deus (Universal Music)
Madi Diaz – Far From Things That We Know (tinyOGRE ENTERTAINMENT)
The-Dream – Love IV (Diary of a Mad Man) (Def Jam Records)
Veronica Falls – Come On Over (Slumberland Records)
Glorior Belli – The Great Southern Darkness {EU} (Metal Blade)
Jamie Grace – One Song at a Time (Gotee Records)
Gungor – Ghosts Upon the Earth (Brash Music)
Lisa Hannigan – Passenger (ATO RECORDS)
Katie Herzig – The Waking Sleep (Downtown/Mercer Street)
Ivy – All Hours (Nettwerk Records)
Jayhawks – Mockingbird Time (Rounder)
The Jim Jones Revue – The Jim Jones Revue (Punk Rock Blues Records)
Kasabian – Velociraptor! {UK} (Red Int) – Davey Boy
Jens Lekman – An Argument With Myself (Secretly Canadian)
Demi Lovato – Unbroken (Hollywood Records)
Brad Mehldau – Largo (Nonesuch)
Mindless Behavior – #1 Girl (Interscope

The Jezabels’ first full length album, Prisoner, will be released on September 16th.  If you pre-order the album here you will also recieve a bonus CD that contains four early demo tracks. The album is streaming in its entirety here.

The album release will be followed by a tour of Australia, UK/Europe and Canada/US. The tour will begin in Australia at the Caloundra Music Festival on October 7th and wrap up at the Corona Theater in Montreal, Canada on November 26th. (click links for full tour dates). 

 

 

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“Endless Summer” Video

Dream Theater – On the Backs of Angels

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This is the first single from the latest Dream Theater album, A Dramatic Turn of Events. A Dramatic Turn of Events was released on September 13th through Roadrunner Records, and is the first to feature new drummer Mike Mangini.

Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of September 13, 2011. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

Anathema – Falling Deeper (Kscope) – Trey Spencer
Anterior – Echoes Of The Fallen (Metal Blade Records)
Anthrax – Worship Music (Megaforce)
Anubis Gate – Anubis Gate (Nightmare Records)
Apoptygma Berzerk – Black EP vol 2 (Metropolis Records)
Arch/Matheos – Sympathetic Resonance (Metal Blade Records) – Trey Spencer
Astronautalis – This Is Our Science (Fake Four Inc.)
Katy B – On a Mission (Columbia)
Blitzen Trapper – American Goldwing (Sub Pop)
Blondie – Panic Of Girls (Noble ID, LLC)
Bronze Nazareth – School for the Blindman (iHipHop Distribution)
Bush – The Sea Of Memories (Entertainment One Music)
Kathryn Calder – Bright And Vivid (FILE UNDER MUSIC)
CANT – Dreams Come True (RED GENERAL CATALOG)
Cephalic Carnage – Lucid Interval [Reissue] (Relapse)
Alice Cooper – Welcome 2 My Nightmare (Universal Music Enterprises)
Das Racist – Relax (RED GENERAL CATALOG) – Tyler Fisher
The Devil Wears Prada – Dead Throne (Ferrett Records)
Diary Of Dreams – Ego:X (Metropolis Records)
Download – FiXeR (Metropolis Records)
Dream Theater – A Dramatic Turn of Events (Roadrunner Records) – Trey Spencer
The Drums – Portamento {UK} (Universal UK)
Edguy – Age Of The Joker (Nuclear Blast)
Girls – Father, Son, Holy Ghost (True Panther Sounds)
God Module – Séance (Metropolis Records)
Imperative Reaction – Imperative Reaction (Metropolis Records)
The Jezabels – Prisoner {AU} (MGM Australia)
The Kooks – Junk of the Heart (Astralwerks)
Lady Antebellum –

Agua de Annique – Feel Alive [Official Music Video]

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Anneke van Giersbergen is working on what is presumably the third album from her band, Agua de Annique. Of course it’s hard to tell for sure how it’s going to be released since sometimes her music is titled as just Agua de Annique, and other times it’s Anneke van Giersbergen featuring Agua de Annique. I guess she’s not really sure whether she wants to be part of a band or a solo artist. On the other hand, if this video is any indication, it’s solo artist all the way. The song is typical of what Anneke has been doing lately — alt. rock with an electronic undercurrent. It’s not bad and I’m sure the new album will be great, but the video is actually kind of boring. If you’re going to have the whole video be of you topless, at least tease a little ;)

Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of September 06, 2011. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

Am & Shawn Lee – Celestial Electric (ESL Music)
Anathema – Falling Deeper {UK} (Kscope) – Trey Spencer
Asa – Beautiful Imperfection (Naive)
Aidan Baker – Tonstreifen (Self Released)
Lindsey Buckingham – Seeds We Sow (Buckingham Records)
The Chemical Brothers – Hannah Soundtrack (Relativity Music Group)
Cipher System – Communicate The Storm {EU} (Nuclear Blast)
Einherjer – Nørrøn {EU} (Prosthetic Records)
The Front Bottoms – The Front Bottoms (Bar None Records)
The Horrible Crowes – Elsie (Side One Dummy) – Jom
Jessy J – Hot Sauce (Heads Up)
Grace Jones – Hurricane (Play It Again Sam)
Hugh Laurie – Let Them Talk (Warner Bros.)
Pistol Annies – Hell on Heels (Sony Nashville)
Princess Chelsea – Lil’ Golden Book (Lil’ Chief Records)
The Rapture – The Grace of Your Love (RED GENERAL CATALOG)
Tom Russell – Mesabi (Shout Factory!)
Samiam – Trips (Hopeless Records)
George Strait – Here For A Good Time (MCA Nashville)
Luke Temple – Don’t Act Like You Don’t Care (Western Vinyl)
Thrice – Major/Minor [Digital Only] (Vagrant Records) – Adam Thomas
Trek Life – Wouldn’t Change Nothing (Mello Music Group)
Darlene Zschech – You Are Love (COLUMBIA)

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Insomnium – Unsung


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“Unsung” is taken from Insomnium’s upcoming album, One For Sorrow. The album will be released on October 17th in Europe and one day later in the United States. Apparently, the song is one of the faster, heavier tracks from One For Sorrow — an album that the press release describes as diverse. Personally, I truly hope that the album is diverse because this song sounds like it could have come from any of their previous album (minus the token clean singing). If there is one positive that I heard, it’s that the growls sound more powerful this time around.

Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of August 30, 2011. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

Anterior – Echoes Of The Fallen {EU} (Metal Blade)
Beirut – The Rip Tide (Pompeii Records) – Kiran S.
Blood Orange – Coastal Grooves (Domino)
Bombay Bicycle Club – A Different Kind Of Fix {UK} (Island UK)
Braille – Native Lungs (Humble Beast)
Glen Campbell – Ghost On The Canvas (Surfdog)
Cobra Starship – Night Shades (Fueled By Ramen)
Committed – Committed (Epic)
Cymbals Eat Guitars – Lenses Alien (Barsuk)
Mike Doughty – Yes And Also Yes (RED GENERAL CATALOG)
Juliana Hatfield – Speeches Delivered To Animals And Plants (Ye Olde Records)
Hella – Tripper (Sargent House)
I Break Horses – Hearts (PID)
Jacuzzi Boys – Glazin’ (HARDLY ART)
Tommy Keene – Behind The Parade (SECOND MOTION)
Killinger – Killinger (Red Distribution)
Kittie – I’ve Failed You (Entertainment One)
Lenny Kravitz – Black And White America (Roadrunner Records)
The Latebirds – Last Of The Good Ol’ Days (SECOND MOTION)
Lil Wayne – Tha Carter IV (Cash Money) – Tyler Fisher
Rene Lopez – ELS (Nat Geo Music)
Male Bonding – Endless Now (Sub Pop)
The Nightwatchman – World Wide Rebel Songs (New West Records)
The Nocturnes – Aokigahara (The Errant Child)
Jake Owen – Barefoot Blue Jean Night (Sony)
Paranoid Castle – Champagne Nightmares (Fake Four Inc.)
Puddle Of Mudd – Re(disc)overed…

Left Spine Down – X-Ray

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Left Down Spine have signed with Metropolis Records and are back with their second album of digital hardcore. Those familiar with the band will notice that major changes have taken place since Fighting For Voltage was released in 2008. The band have dropped all of their metal influences and wall-of-sound production in favor of a fun mixture of punk, industrial and electronics. “X-Ray” is the first single from the album, Caution. Caution was released on the 26th of August.

Rabbit Junk have always been an eccentric band. They’ve been known to mix anything from industrial and black metal to hip hop and hardcore, and this song is no different. “What Doesn’t Kill You Will Make You a Killer” is the first single from the band’s upcoming album (currently untitled). It features the return of the more fun, tongue-in-cheek Rabbit Junk and also the return of Sum Grrl. The song itself is really two parts — the hip hop influenced beginning and the metalish second half. Oh, and the video is pretty cool too.

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Rabbit Junk – What Doesn’t Kill You Will Make You a Killer

Download this song (and another from the album) free here.

Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of August 23, 2011. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

Active Child – You Are All I See (Vagrant Records)
Apathy – Honkey Kong (Dirty Version Record)
Zee Avi – Ghostbird (Universal Republic)
Balam Acab – Wander/Wonder (Tri Angle)
Black Tide – Post Mortem (Geffen Records)
Bunnydrums – PKD (Metropolis Records)
Circle Takes the Square – Rites of Initiation (Gatepost Recordings)
CSC Funk Band – Things Are Getting Too Casual (Fat Beats)
CSS – La Liberacion {UK} (V2)
Gabe Dixon – One Spark (Fantasy)
Darondo – Listen To My Song: The Music City Sessions (Omnivore Recordings)
Downhere – On the Altar of Love (Centricity Records)
Edguy – Age Of The Joker {EU} (Nuclear Blast)
The Game – The R.E.D. Album (Interscope)
Ganglians – Still Living (Lefse)
Ghost Brigade – Until Fear No Longer Defines Us (Season of Mist)
Global Noize – Prayer for the Planet (Lightyear)
Trevor Hall – Everything Everytime Everywhere (Vanguard Records)
Hard-Fi – Killer Sounds (Warner Bros UK) – Davey Boy
Hawthorne Heights – Hate (Cardboard Empire)
Heart – Greatest Hits (Audio Fidelity)
Heart-Set Self Destruct – Of Nightmares [EP] (Sound Mine)
ICS Vortex – Storm Seeker (Century Media)
Jorn – Live in Black (Frontiers Records)
Kourosh – Back from the Brink (Now Again)
Krum Bums – Cut The Noose (Century Media Records)
Left Spine Down –…

Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of August 16, 2011. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

All Pigs Must Die – God Is War (Southern Lord)
Awol One & Nathaniel Motte – Child Star (Fake Four Inc.)
Belle – Never Too Late (Ingenious Records)
Blue October – Any Man in America (RED GENERAL CATALOG)
The Bottle Rockets – Not So Loud: An Acoustic Evening (Bloodshot Records)
Braid – Closer To Closed (Polyvinyl Records)
Breaking Benjamin – Shallow Bay: The Best of Breaking Benjamin (Hollywood Records)
Jeff Bridges – Jeff Bridges (Blue Note)
Chimaira – The Age of Hell (Entertainment One Music)
Cianide – Gods of Death (Hells Headbangers)
Guy Clark – Songs & Stories (Dualtone Music Group)
Ghost Brigade – Until Fear No Longer Defines Us {EU} (Season of Mist)
Gotye – Making Mirrors (Eleven)
The Cool Kids – When Fish Ride Bicycles (C.A.K.E./Green Label Sound)
Denial Fiend – Horror Holocaust (IBEX MOON RECORDS)
Kosha Dillz – Gina and The Garage Sale (Team Kosha)
The Duke & The King – The Duke & The King (Silva America)
Friday – It’s Finally Friday (Grind Season Ent.)
Gold Leaves – The Ornament (HARDLY ART)
Hercules and Love Affair – Blue Songs (Moshi Moshi)
Hexentanz – Nekrocrafte (Agonia Records)
Jewel – The Merry Goes ‘Round (Fisher-Price)
Mac Dre – Da Treasure (Thizz Nation)
Mister Heavenly – Out Of Love (Sub Pop)
Natalia Kills – Perfectionist (Interscope

The recent news that Century Media Records had removed its entire catalog from Spotify ended up leading to another discussion about file sharing and everything that goes along with it. This blog post is not that serious. I’ve just decided to dredge up some old videos that were created during the intial Napster controversy.

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The Original Metallica Napster Video

Metallicops

Hairy-stomached Moms, Bad

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