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 new us new music from Orange Goblin and Madball! Be sure to check out the last week’s New & Noteworthy, for what all dropped last Friday. If you want to see last week’s sales numbers, you can read about those in Metal by Numbers. Ghost led up the heavy releases for the week, and Kataklysm came up at a distance second. Also be sure to follow us on Spotify to get this month’s New & Noteworthy Playlist, updated every Friday.
Madball, For The Cause (Nuclear Blast)
For the Cause is the ninth studio album from the New York hardcore group Madball. It is their 9th studio album, and first since their 2014 release Hardcore Lives. The album was co-produced by Tim Armstrong (Rancid), and mixed and mastered by producer Tue Madsen at Antfarm Studios in Denmark. Madball has released a music video for the song “Rev Up,” and a lyric videos for the two tracks “For the Cause” and “Old Fashioned” leading up to the releases. As of right now, they will be touring Europe until September with no North American dates announced for the time being. For the Cause is also available on vinyl and cassette. This album also features a guest appearance from rapper/Body Count vocalist Ice-T.
Lizzy Borden, My Midnight Things (Metal Blade)
Eleven years since the release of their last album, Appointment with Death, Los Angeles heavy metal group Lizzy Borden returns with My Midnight Things. It was produced by vocalist Lizzy Borden and drummer Joey Scott. They have released a music video for the track “Long May They Haunt Us,” and a lyric video for the title track. They currently have no upcoming tour dates listed on their website. My Midnight Things is also available on vinyl.
Orange Goblin, The Wolf Bites Back (Candlelight/Spinefarm)
The Wolf Bites Back is the ninth studio album from the UK heavy metal group Orange Goblin. recorded at Orgone Studios in Bedfordshire, England with producer Jaime “Gomez” Arellano (Ghost, Paradise Lost, etc). One of the songs also features a guest appearance from Motorhead guitarist Phil Campbell. Orange Goblin has a handful of show dates coming up throughout Europe and the UK, but none in North America have been announced as of yet. The Wolf Bites Back is also available on vinyl.
Mike Shinoda, Post Traumatic (Warner Bros.)
It’s not metal, but I figured it worth giving a hat tip to the Linkin Part vocalist if you’re interested in seeing what he’s been up to. You can check out music videos for the tracks “Crossing a Line,” Nothing Makes Sense Anymore,” “Over Again,” “Ghosts,” “Place to Start,” “Watching as I Fall,” and “About You.” Shinoda will be playing three U.S. shows this month, including a show tonight in Los Angeles, and another dozen throughout Asia and Europe this summer. Post Traumatic will also be available on vinyl this August.
ASG, Survive Sunrise (Relapse)
A Sound of Thunder, It Was Metal (Nightmare)
Culture Abuse, Bay Dream (Epitaph)
Dead Girls Academy, Alchemy (Victory Records)
Sepultura, Arise: Expanded Edition (Rhino Records)
Spine, Faith (Bridge 9)
Spotlights, Hanging By Faith (Ipecac)