This week’s lead artist wrote a song called “Rock is Dead”. Clearly, that is not the case, judging by the list that we have today. Let’s dive right in for the best that rock has to offer to the common metal fan!
Marilyn Manson, Born Villain (Cooking Vinyl/Downtown/Hell, Etc.)
The most dangerous rocker of the 90s is back with his eighth full-length album, and his first since 2009’s The High End of Low. This new album was preceded by Manson’s first tour since the trek supporting The High End of Low, and it should prove to be the force that brings Manson back into the public eye. In fact, it already appears that Born Villain has begun that process, with nearly every review of the album giving positive scores. And although Manson will never achieve the level of fame he had in the late 90s, it’s great to see that he’s still doing well in this phase of his career.
Hurt, The Crux (Carved)
Following up on the success of songs like “Rapture”, “Falls Apart”, and “Ten Ton Brick”, Hurt has been a big force in modern rock for the past few years. This new album has already begun making its impact, as lead single “How We End Up Alone” has been impacting rock radio since January, in preparation for the album’s release. The highest chart position that Hurt has ever reached is #101, achieved by 2007’s Vol. II upon its release. If The Crux can best that, then Hurt could be well on their way to even greater heights than they’ve already achieved.
Also being released this week:
Wild Hunt, Before the Plane of Angles (Kemado)
Marriages, Kitsune (Sargent House)
The Followthrough, The Letter Kills (Crimson Sky)
Diseim, Holy Wrath (Abyss)
Next Week: In a contrast of extremes, we get a good mix of prog and extreme metal to balance out our upcoming list. Come on back next week and find out what we have in store for you!