New & Noteworthy is a weekly column in which we highlight some of the newest rock and metal releases coming out each week. This week brings us new music from Allegaeon, After the Burial, and a solo album from Jordan Rudess of Dream Theater! You can check out the last New & Noteworthy here, and the latest sales numbers in Metal By Numbers. Periphery led up the heavy releases for the week, and deservedly so. Hail Stan is pretty good. Be sure to follow us on Spotify to get this month’s New & Noteworthy Playlist, updated every Friday with the newest metal releases.
Most of week was spent listening to the audiobook of Robert Jordan’s Path of Daggers, the eighth book in The Wheel of Time series. Not metal, but here’s a Blind Guardian song about it to justify this whole thing. I did get to hit the Children of Bodom show at Mr. Smalls this past Sunday. It was a blast, sound was excellent and the set was a good mix of classic Bodom hits and a few from the new album. Wasn’t really familiar with Wolfheart or Swallow the Sun going into it, but they were both really enjoyable life. Overall had a great time.
After The Burial, Evergreen (Sumerian)
Sixth studio album. Progressive metal. Minneapolis, Minnesota. First release with the bassist Adrian Oropeza
Upcoming dates: North America, April – May. June, Australia. Czech-Republic, August.
Music video: “Behold the Crown”
Evergreen will also be available on vinyl.
Allegaeon, Apoptosis (Metal Blade)
Fifth studio album. Death metal. Larimer County, Colorado. First album to feature Brandon Michael on bass.
Music videos: “Extremophiles (B)” and “Stellar Tidal Disruption”
Making of: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.
Our review: Here, by Chris Annunziata
Our interview from last July.
Apoptosis is also available on vinyl.
Jordan Rudess, Wired For Madness (Music Theories Recordings/Mascot Label Group)
Solo album from Dream Theater / Liquid Tension Experiment keyboard player. Features guest appearances from John Petrucci, James Labrie, Guthrie Govan, Joe Bonnamassa, Marco Minnemann, and Vinnie Moore.
Upcoming Dates: (As Dream Theater) North America, April – May. Europe, June – July.
Lyric videos : “Wired for Madness Part 1,” “Wired for Madness Part 1.3,” and “Why I Dream”
Wired for Madness is also available on vinyl.
Alpha Wolf, Fault (Greyscale Records/SharpTone Records)
Chokehold, With This Thread I Hold On (Good Fight Music)
Dawn Of Demise, Into The Depths Of Veracity (Unique Leader)
Fractal Universe, Rhizomes Of Insanity (Metal Blade)
Grand Magus, Wolf God (Nuclear Blast)
Haze Mage, Chronicles (Grimoire Records)
Incantation, Upon The Throne Of Apocalypse (Remastered) (Relapse)
Tripsitter, The Other Side Of Sadness (Prosthetic Records)
Uncured, Epidemic (Seek And Strike)
4/13 Record Store Day Releases
Ace Frehley, Spaceman (Picture Disc)(eOne Music)
Alice Cooper, Dirty Diamonds (New West Records)
Alien Weaponry, Tu (Napalm Records)
Bad Religion, My Sanity (7″ & 3″)(Epitaph)
Basement, Be Here Now (7″)(Fueled By Ramen)
Beartooth, B-Sides (7″)(Red Bull Records)
Chad Smith & Josh Klinghoffer, Jeepster/Monolith (7″)(ORG Music)
Chuck Mosley, Joe Haze Session #2 (7″)(blocGLOBAL)
Def Leppard, The Story So Far Vol. 2/B-Sides (UMC/Virgin)
Dio, Last In Line (Live) (Picture Disc)(BMG)
Foo Fighters, Big Me (3″)(Roswell)
Graveyard, Live At Pustervik(Reaktor/Nuclear Blast)
Green Jellÿ, Cereal Killer Sounds (Say-10 Records)
Greta Van Fleet, From The Fires (Lava/Republic)
Halestorm, Buzz/Chemical (7″)(Atlantic)
Hawkwind, The 1999 Party – Live At The Chicago Auditorium 21st March, 1974 (Rhino/Parlophone)
High On Fire, Bat Salad (12″)(eOne Music)
L7, Burn Baby (7″)(Blackheart Records)
Mastodon, Stairway To Nick John (10″)(Reprise)
Motörhead, Overkill/Bomber (7″)(BMG)
Motörhead, Rockaway Beach (7″)(Motörhead Music)
My Chemical Romance, The Black Parade Is Dead (Reprise)
Pearl Jam, Live At East Street (Monkeywrench)
Pelican, Midnight & Mescaline (7″)(Southern Lord)
Pink Floyd, A Saucerful Of Secrets (Mono) (Legacy)
Rush, Hemispheres (Picture Disc)(UMe)
Serj Tankian, Harakiri (Music On Vinyl)
Sunn O))), Life Metal (Vinyl/CD)(Southern Lord)
The Used, The Used Live From Maida Vale (10″)(Hopeless Records)
Thrice, Deeper Wells (12″)(Epitaph)
Various Artists, House Of Wax Music From The Motion Picture (Maverick)
Various Artists, Howard Stern’s Private Parts (Warner Bros. Records)
Various Artists, The Crow (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Atlantic)
Various Artists, Transformers – Revenge Of The Fallen Soundtrack (Reprise)