The past seven days has seen a deluge of new releases, but only the very best get through our gate. Check out our tracks of the week below…
FRANK TURNER– Mittens The latest track to be taken from Positives Songs For Negative People, Frank Turner’s sixth album (and possibly his best to date), Mittens is an appropriate mixture of melancholy and hope. For while the lyrics tell a tale of missed opportunity and lost love, the gentle but buoyant melody offers some respite and, yes, positivity, to counteract its words.
STRAY FROM THE PATH - First World Problem Child (feat. Sam Carter) Long Island’s Stray From The Path have enlisted a bit of help from aross the Atlantic for their eighth album, including Architects’ Sam Carter and Enter Shikari’s Rou Reynolds. This song – a visceral and vicious burst of anger against entitled whining – features the former and is all the more powerful for it.
PUSCIFER - Grand Canyon Maynard James Keenan’s sometime side-project Pusicfer marks its return with this song from forthcoming third record Money Shot (which, let’s be honest, is only slightly better than the name of first album “V” Is For Vagina. Thankfully, this song – half spiritual mantra, half bleepy-blippy electronic trippiness is much better than either of those titles.
GREAT COLLAPSE - New Abolition Fronted by Strike Anywhere’s Thomas Barnett, Great Collapse is a political punk rock supergroup also featuring members of Rise Against, Bane, Nations Afire and Death By Stereo. Unsurprisingly, this song is a straight-talking attack – and call to arms – against social injustice and American imperialism, and a much needed one at that, given the state of the US and the world at the moment.
**FIGHTSTAR - Animal **After a four year hiatus which allowed Charlie Simpson (former singer of pop-punk boyband Busted) to focus on his somewhat sappy solo career, Fightstar have returned with this blistering barrage of melodic metal. Taken from forthcoming fourth album, Behind The Devil’s Back, it’s good to see Simpson back doing what he does best.
CLUTCH - X-Ray Visions 24 years young this year, Maryland hard rockers will be releasing their 11th album later this year, and judging by this track,they show no signs of slowing down. Breakneck riffs, crunching breakdowns and dirty gutars all propell this chugging behemoth of a song, which bodes incredibly well for the new record.
**MOTÖRHEAD – Electricity **The legendary trio return with a taster from their forthcoming album, Bad Magic. On this evidence alone, it sounds like it’ll rock like a massive bastard. It’s Motörhead. What else could you possibly want? The video’s a bit nuts, mind. For tickets to their show at Hammersmith’s Eventim Apollo on January 29, 2016, click here.