If you were to play each of these songs concurrently, it would sound quite horrible. Why not take the time to listen to each of these songs individually and really appreciate the power of a succulent, well-cooked riff? You don’t even need salt to season it – largely because it’s music.
GHOST – He Is
There’s a very folky edge to this new track from Sweden’s Ghost, but it’s no less ominous or spooky than you’d expect from the metal clergy. Taken from their recently released third record, Meliora, it’s a song that feels like it’s been around for aeons and which you can’t quite believe hadn’t been written until this year.
BEACH SLANG – Bad Art & Weirdo Ideas
While Beach Slang wear their influences – Jawbreaker, The Psychedelic Furs, The Replacements, early Goo Goo Dolls – on their sleeves, it’s nevertheless clear that the Philadelphia trio believe every word they sing. This song, like their album, is for dark moods and dark nights when – to steal the album’s overriding theme – you just need to feel alive.
HALESTORM – I Am The Fire
Taken from their third album, Into The Wild Life, Halestorm’s latest single sees the Pennsylvania band perform inside a ring of fire. It also shows off frontwoman Lzzy Hale’s powerful, heart-yearning vocals and sees the hard rockers inch closer towards a more mainstream, but no less authentic, sound. Which, presumably, helped the record reach the number 5 spot on the Billboard charts.
LOWER THAN ATLANTIS – Strong
Who knew the world needed Lower Than Atlantis to cover Robbie Williams? Well, maybe it doesn’t, but it’s hard to deny that the Watford band have done a pretty good job with this version of the former Take That member’s 1998 second album, *I’ve Been Expecting You. *We certainly weren’t expecting this, but we’ll give them a pass, if only because it’s better than the original.
FEARLESS VAMPIRE KILLERS – Feel Alive
The video to this new Fearless Vampire Killers song – taken from the band’s recently released *Bruises *mini-LP – is a bit like episode of Hollyoaks, albeit one featuring a cast dressed all in black. Full of tension, drama and tragedy, you can’t hear what’s going on because of the track, but *Hollyoaks *was better when you played rock over it anyway, so it kind of works perfectly.
LAMB OF GOD – Erase This
After the news that Randy Blythe got jumped in Ireland while taking tourist photos, the only thing to do is to listen to (and watch the lyric video for) this new Lamb Of God. Typically dark, heavy and uncompromising, it’s a sheer blast of metal brilliance from the Richmond, Virginia metallers, and accidentally serves as warning to always keep your wits about you.