These six tracks stood out like a cold sore at a speed dating event. But in a good way, obviously. Listen, enjoy and comment below.
DEFTONES – Prayers/Triangles
Over the course of more than 25 years, these Sacramento metallers have constantly evolved and pushed the boundaries of their genre to devastating effect. Which is exactly what this new song – taken from their forthcoming eighth album, Gore – does too. Sit back and let it wash over you.
SO PITTED – Holding The Void / The Sickness
Recently signed to Sub Pop, So Pitted are very much in keeping with the Seattle label’s early reputation of putting out the very best in grungy, noisy bands. This double treat of a video contains two tracks from the Seattle band’s debut band, and brings things all the way back to those good ol’ plaid-cloaked days, though it’s as much Sonic Youth as it is Nirvana.
TESSERACT – PHOENIX
Released last year, Polaris, the Milton Keynes band’s third album saw the return of vocalist Daniel Tompkins. He’s on fine form here, on this spacey, epic, progressive and ambitious track, which knows exactly when to hold back and when to let go. Time will tell if Tompkins stays in the band, but judging by this he’d be well advised to do so.
BLACK STONE CHERRY – In Our Dreams
Black Stone Cherry decided to stay true to their roots for their fifth full-length, naming it Kentucky after their home state. In Our Dreams is also true to the four-piece’s roots – it’s a blast of hard Southern rock, albeit with an apocalyptic twist. That’s something reflected in its video, which is more of a mini-film and one made very well indeed.
DREAM THEATER – The Gift Of Music
Over 30 years into their career, prog quintet Dream Theater are still going strong and recently released their latest album, The Astonishing. A swirling progressive metal epic that ruminates on the state of music today it might have some dubious special effects, but it’s main point – that music still matters – comes across loud and clear.
BUCKCHERRY – Cannonball
Could there be a more appropriate title for a Buckcherry album than Rock ’N’ Roll? Probably not, as this single from it suggests. It’s typical Buckcherry, which is to say it’s dirty, grooving rock and shot through with the sort of flowery language that’ll get you kicked out of church. But then again, their record label is called F-Bomb Records, so what else would you expect?