New & Noteworthy is a weekly column in which we highlight some of the newest rock and metal releases coming out each week. This week features new studio releases from everyone, including SikTh, Miss May I, and Mutoid Man. Primal Fear has a live album coming out and a few Evanescence albums are getting vinyl reissues. If you would like to check out last week’s releases you can do so here. You can also check out last week’s sales numbers in Metal by Numbers. Papa Roach, Oceano, Dragonforce, and Rammstein all had excellent debuts, and Linkin Pop obviously debuted at #1. Oh yeah, Metallica’s Hardwired… is still selling pretty well. A wild Spotify playlist appeared! Follow us.
SikTh, The Future In Whose Eyes? (Millennium Night)
British extreme prog metal group SikTh have released their third album, The Future in Whose Eyes? While the band reformed in 2014, and released an EP in 2015, this is their first full length album in over a decade, and the first on the label Millennium Night. Leading up to the release, SikTh released a music video for the track “Golden Cufflinks,” and lyric videos for the songs “Vivid” and “No Wishbones.” The Future in Whose Eyes? was produced by the band’s guitarist Dan Weller (Enter Shikari, Young Guns, etc.), and mixed by Periphery’s Adam “Nolly” Getgood (Devin Townsend Project, Animals as Leaders) They currently only have a few European show dates announced, but considering how well their run on Periphery’s Sonic Unrest Tour went last year then it’s hard to imagine them staying away long. They promised to return, so I plan on holding them to that.
Mutoid Man, War Moans (Sargent House)
US power trio Mutoid Man have released their third album War Moans. The band, comprised of Ben Koller (Converge), Stephen Brodsky (Cave In, Converge), and Nick Cageao (Saint Vitus Bar sound engineer), released a music video last month for the song “Kiss of Death.” War Moans features a few notable guest appearances, including guitarist Marty Friedman (ex-Megadeth) on the title track, guitarist Kurt Ballou (Converge) on “Kiss of Death” and “Bandages,” guitarist and singer Chelsea Wolfe on “Wreck and Survive” and “Bandages,” and guitarist “Adam McGrath (Cave In) on “Irons in the Fire.” Mutoid Man will be going on tour this week in support of the album, playing 25 shows accross the U.S. with Helms Alee .War Moans is also available on vinyl.
Miss May I, Shadows Inside (SharpTone Records)
Ohio based metalcore group Miss May I have released their sixth studio album, Shadows Inside. The album is also their first release since their departure from Rise Records, who had released all five of their previous albums. Leading up to the release they put out two music videos, “Shadows Inside” and “Lost in the Grey.” Miss May I began their U.S. tour in support of the album just last Friday, with Upon A Burning Body, Kubla Khan, and Currents opening for them. Shadows Inside is also available on vinyl.
Adrenaline Mob, We The People (Century Media)
We the People is the third studio album from hard rock super group Adrenaline Mob. The album is the first to feature Jordan Cannata and David Zablidowsky (TSO, Jeff Scott Soto, etc), on drums and bass respectively. Cannata is taking over from the late A.J. Pero, who passed away in his sleep while touring with the band in 2015. The band has currently released a music video for the song “King of the Ring,” and a lyric video for “Chasing Dragons.” Prepare your jimmies for rustling, because this album gets political. Vocalist Russell Allen has stated that the title We the People, and some of the songs, were influenced by last year’s election season. With track titles like “Ignorance & Greed” and “Blind Leading the Blind,” that much already seems obvious. Adrenaline Mob will be going on tour through the U.S. starting on the 16th and going into July. The album is also available on vinyl.
Unleash The Archers, Apex (Napalm)
Apex is the fourth album from the Canadian heavy metal group Unleash the Archers. It is the first album to feature bassist Nikko Whitworth. The band has released a music video for the song “Cleanse the Bloodlines,”and a lyric video for “The Matriarch.” Unleash the Archers currently only has three upcoming shows coming up in Canada, including one tonight in their hometown of Vancouver. Apex is also available on vinyl.
’68, Two Parts Viper (Cooking Vinyl)
Speaking of follow-ups to critically acclaimed debut albums, the American hard rock duo ’68 have their second album Two Parts Viper today. The album comes three years after the release of their debut full length In Humor and Sadness. Last month the band released a music video for the first single, “The Workers are Few.” The album is also their first released on Cooking Vinyl The ’68 currently has a handful of upcoming U.S. shows coming up this week and next listed on their Facebook, before they head over to Europe for a string of dates through mid-July. The album is also available on vinyl. We even had a whole 50% of the group (Josh Scogin), discuss with us the kind of music he was listening to while writing Two Parts Viper.
Tengger Cavalry, Die On My Ride (M-Theory Audio)
New York City based Mongolian folk metal group Tengger Cavalry have released their sixth full length studio album, Dio On My Ride. The band has released lyric videos for the songs “Cursed,” “Ashley,” and the title track “Die on my Ride.” Die On My Ride was produced at Nature G’s production studio Raiding Media in in New York, New York. They’ll be touring through North America starting on Sunday.
Jorn, Life on Death Road (Frontiers Music SRL)
Life on Death Road is the ninth solo studio album from Norwegian vocalist Jorn Lande, released under the name Jorn (pronounced Yorn). The band has released music videos for the songs “Love is the Remedy” and “Life on Death Road,” as well as a lyric video for “Man of the 80s.” Their only live show scheduled is at Hellfest, in France. The album features Jorn Lande, and the band Voodoo Circle (minus vocalist Herbie Langhans) as his backing band.
Doyle, Doyle II: As We Die (EMP)
Available on vinyl later this month.
Eighteen Visions, XVIII (Rise Records)
Also available on colored vinyl, includes download card.
Elder, Reflections Of A Floating World (Stickman Records/Armageddon Shop)
Also available on colored vinyl.
Endon, Through The Mirror (Hydra Head Records)
Gloom, Solaris (eOne Music/Lifeblood Inc.)
Great White, Full Circle (Bluez Tone)
Loathe, The Cold Sun (SharpTone Records)
Obelyskkh, The Providence (Exile On Mainstream Records)
Also available on vinyl.
Obey The Brave, Mad Season (Epitaph)
Also available on vinyl.
Sticky Boys, Calling The Devil (Listenable Records)
Also available on vinyl.
Shadow Of Doubt, No Mercy (War Records)
Wednesday 13, Condolences (Nuclear Blast Entertainment)
Also available on colored vinyl.
Primal Fear, Angels Of Mercy – Live In Germany (Frontiers Music Srl)
Angels of Mercy is the second live album, and first blu-ray release, from the German heavy metal group Primal Fear. The album and Blu-Ray/DVD was recorded while the band was touring in support of their 2016 album Rulebreaker, For a preview of what you can expect from the album, they have released lives video for the songs “Metal is Forever,” “The End is Near,” and “Rulebreaker.”
WARNING: According to Amazon, the blu-ray is listed as Region B/2, which means it is meant for release in “Europe, Greenland, French territories, Middle East, Africa, Australia and New Zealand.” Regions locks are bullsh*t.
DGM, Passing Stages (Frontiers Music SRL)
Passing Stages is a live album/DVD from the Italian prog rock group DGM. The album features recordings from two separate shows, with disc 1 recorded at the Frontiers Metal Festival, and disc 2 at ProgPower USA 2014 in Atlanta, GA. For a preview of the album, DGM has released videos for the tracks “Ghost of Insanity” and “Trust,” from discs 1 & 2 respectively.
The Witcher 3, Original Soundtrack
The highly praised soundtrack, to the even higher praised 2015 video game The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt, gets a vinyl release. The double LP comes in frosted silver, which gloriously matches the game’s protaganist Geralt’s iconic white hair. Sure, this might not exactly be metal, but I’m a huge fan of the series and the soundtrack is amazing. So I’m including it, because I can.
Evanescence, Evanescence (Concord Music Group)
In anticipation for the band’s long awaited fourth release, coming later this year, the Little Rock, AK based rock rock band Evanescense is reissuing their first three albums on vinyl.
Evanescence, Fallen (Concord Music Group)
Evanescence, The Open Door (Concord Music Group)
Danzig, Skeletons(Nuclear Blast Entertainment/Evillive)
Danzig’s 2015 covers album, Skeletons, is being reissued in a purple/black vinyl. Limited to 1,200 wordwide.