New & Noteworthy is a weekly column in which we highlight some of the newest rock and metal releases coming out each week. This week is brings us new music from Diamond Head and more! For last week’s releases you can check out the last New & Noteworthy, and the latest sales numbers in Metal By Numbers. Be sure to follow us on Spotify to get this month’s New & Noteworthy Playlist, updated every Friday with the newest metal releases. Due to travel for both business and pleasure, this week and the next few may be shorter than desired.
Wow I’m tired. I spent this past weekend at Sonic Temple Festival, the rebranded Rock on Range, in Columbus, Ohio after buying a last minute weekend pass the day before the festival. Not going to go deep into it due to time, but I had a lot of fun. Glad I finally got to see System of a Down and Ghost, I got there just in time to get up front as I came directly from work in Pittsburgh. We got up right against the rail after Halestorm and stayed there, right in front of the sign language stage. And here is where I shout out the silent heroes, the awesome lady and gentleman who were signing at the main stage each day. They were trading off and on between bands, and although I don’t know sign language it was still blast to watch them perform with the music, and handle all the between song banter. Saturday was hot, heavy, and all kinds of exhausting. Gojira easily had the craziest crowd, and deservedly so. Guitarist Christian Andreu took some pyro to the face, and toughed out the rest of the set like a champ. Lamb of God killed it, and I was dead by Papa Roach and Disturbed but stuck it out against the barrier still. Sunday was a little rough, windy and rainy. They didn’t even open one of the stages, and ultimately ended up evacuating. Although I’ll give them credit, they gave it longer before kicking everyone out and let people in faster than last year’s mess, I just decided to drive home and skip out on the last few acts. And then… Chicago. I’ll include some thoughts of that in next week’s N&N. For now I need sleep.
Diamond Head, The Coffin Train (Silver Lining Music)
Eighth studio album. Stourbridge, England. Heavy Metal.
Music video: “The Coffin Train” “Belly of the Beast” and “Death by Design”
Recorded at: Vigo Studios in Walsall, Circle Studios in Birmingham and Raw Sound Studio in London
Upcoming dates: Europe, a handful of dates throughout the rest of the year.
Destrage, The Chosen One (Metal Blade)
Earth, Full Upon Her Burning Lips (Sargent House)
Emil Bulls, Mix Tape (AFM Records)
Gore Lord, The Resickened Orgy (Horror Pain Gore Death Productions)
Fleshgod Apocalypse, Veleno (Nuclear Blast)
Irata, Tower (Small Stone)
Neckbeard Deathcamp, So Much For The Tolerant Left (Prosthetic Records)
Of Virtue, What Defines You (SharpTone Records)
Samsara, Reap What You Sow (Innerstrength Records)
Scardust, Sands Of Time (M-Theory Audio)
Vale, Burden Of Sight (The Flenser)