Georgia five piece Manchester Orchestra are definitely firmly more on the indie rock side than they are metal, but that isn’t stopping them trying to break into more aggressive territory for their fourth album, Cope, which is out on April 1. “We wanted to make the kind of album that’s missing at this time in rock,” singer/rhythm guitarist Andy Hull says. “Something that’s just brutal and pounding you over the head with every track; something unrelenting and unapologetic.” And while the vocals are still melodic, the music is certainly heavier than anything the band’s done before. The band’s first single from the album, “Top Notch,” finds them encroaching on Deftones territory, and should appeal to fans of melodic metal and heavier alternative.
Cope is out on April 1 on Loma Vista. If you like what you hear, you can preorder it here.