Autumn and It's Anticipated Releases.

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3. Sep. 2006, 5:34

To be completely honest, I was pretty disappointed with 2006 in terms of good music releases. There's only been a few releases out so far this year that really caught my ear (notably Protest the Hero's "Kezia" [which I think was actually released in Canada in 2005, but only Lucas would care about that] and Anathallo's "Floating World"), and after expecting so much in the beginning of this year and finding next to nothing as quality music releases goes, I was pretty upset. However, this fall is looking to be insanely excellent. There are so many good releases soon to come that I can't even keep track of them. Let me explain further...in order of their release dates...or in order of when they come to mind.

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mewithoutYou - "Brother, Sister" (September 26)
mewithoutYou is a band that took me a while to like, and after that, just minutes to love, and mere seconds for me to lust after. Their ambient melodies with Aaron's poetic speaking voice overtop is just something that so often fits my mood. I've listened to them for years but didn't get "Catch for Us the Foxes" until early this summer, and haven't been able to stop listening since. They have moved from practically nowhere to number seven in my list, and that's pretty impressive to me.

Needless to say, I have pretty high expectations for this album. It is said that there will be more singing vocals this time around, which is alright with me, as long as they don't completely eliminate Aaron's speaking voice (which it's obvious that they won't after a listen to the preview song "Nice and Blue, Part II"). His singing voice is a little hard to get used to on the other preview song, but at the same time, it was difficult for me to get used to his speaking voice at first listen as well, so I'm not going to write it off yet. Hopefully my expectations do not exceed the quality of this album...I don't believe that they will, though.

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He Is Legend - "Suck Out the Poison" (October 3)
He Is Legend is the one beam of light in the otherwise dark, disappointing current line-up of Solidstate records (albeit Underoath and Becoming the Archetype). They successfully combine southern rock, metal, and...well...emo (musically, not lyrically) into their interesting breed of rock music. Their debut EP (which is about as long as many artist’s full-lengths) and their full-length debut "I Am Hollywood" have been favorites of mine for the past two years, and I'm pretty excited to see what's going to happen next.

My expectations aren't nearly as high on this album as so with mewithoutYou...which is most likely a good thing. They announced that it would be a more straight-up southern rock album this time around, which upset me a little at first, but their new song "Mushroom River" as well as the less new but probably more similar to their current sound track "Cape Fear" off of the "Black Unicorn Split EP" are pretty exciting to listen to. There is less along the lines of technical guitar work, but it's an interesting new taste, and He Is Legend pulls it off very well. However, I still don't enjoy the new sound as much as the old, but I'm pretty excited to see what the guys have in store for us...they're brilliant musicians and could probably make any genre shift they decide to make interesting enough for me to listen, even if I initially would write it off.

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Into Eternity - "The Scattering of Ashes" (October 3)
Into Eternity is probably one of my favorite progressive metal bands out there. Or one of my favorite power metal bands. Or quite possibly one of my favorite death metal bands in existence. The truth is, they do each style so well that you'd still want to shake their hands, even if they stole your television. Their aggressive breed of unique (and really, it's pretty unique) metal is something that I enjoy very much, and since I've practically worn out their two full-length albums that they've released so far, I'm ready for something new.

There isn't a whole lot that I really have to say about this album. Well, there is...but most of it consists of "OMG I CAN'T WAIT!!"...and I'll spare you of that madness. The preview song sounds different, yet it still contains everything I love about Into Eternity. Crazy fast riffs and solos, death grunts and screams alongside three part vocal harmonies, and crazy double bass peddling to boot. It'll be one killer album, and I'll definitely have to preorder it as soon as I get a hold of my mother's credit card.

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Disillusion - "Gloria" (October 20)
Disillusion, alongside Into Eternity, is another one of my favorite progressive metal bands. Their first and only full-length album "Back to Times of Splendor" completely wowed me, even at the first listen. The monolithic sound that they composed with this album was so full of emotion and yet contained so much power as well. The death grunts are there, but they're not extreme metal grunts, but more calm, almost yelling with a little bit of a growl, so that it doesn't take away from the sound that they possess, and the singing is beautiful and operatic...yet not over-the-top at all (I'm looking at you, Nightwish).

I really am not sure what to expect of this album. It has twice the number of songs as their previous work...which makes me wonder if they abandoned the epic extended masterpiece concept (i.e., long songs) that they had before. Also, they decided to write material that they could play live as a three-piece and not need to haul guest musicians around on tour, so I'm wondering if the full, monolithic sound will still be there this time around. Even more so, their sound is described by the band as "more modern"...which...is really open ended, but doesn't sound inviting to me. However, it is stated that members of the press who attended a special listening session were "equally surprised and amazed", so..well, I'm not sure what to think. Change is good...and while I wouldn't mind a new album that sounds incredibly similar to their previous, only with new songs, I wouldn't mind something completely new, either...and that's good, because they state on their website that it will not be part two of "Back to Times of Splendor"...we'll see how it all plays out.

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Anyways, those are the four titles that I'm really excited for. I'm also pretty amped for Arsis - "United in Regret" and Pain of Salvation's "Scarsick", but I really don't know enough about either of them to say much right now. Hopefully none of these upcoming releases disappoint, and most of all, I hope that they all provide the opportunity for me to further expand my tastes if they aren't exactly what I expected.

Cheers.

Kommentare

  • VikingR

    The Into Eternity and Disillusion ones are going to rock. Is Scarsick definitely coming out this year?

    3. Sep. 2006, 19:44
  • ToothandNail04

    I heard that Scarsick was...and I also heard that it isn't...I guess it could go either way? Regardless...I'm pretty amped.

    3. Sep. 2006, 21:32
  • gordonsc

    ya protest was clearly the best album to come out this year. He is Legend should be amazing and they are long over due. ever seen he is leg or protest? -gordy

    3. Sep. 2006, 22:01
  • ToothandNail04

    I've never seen Protest the Hero before, but would much like to. I was inches from seeing He Is Legend at a christian rock festival, but their van hit a deer and they couldn't make it until later in the evening, when I had to leave. Needless to say, I was pretty disappointed.

    4. Sep. 2006, 0:20
  • ToothandNail04

    Well, I'm judging mainly in terms of bands that I already listen to. The new Strapping Young Lad wasn't that great in my opinion, I have yet to hear the new Cursive (c'mon, it's only been out a few weeks...I'm not that fast with my purchases), and Isis really isn't anything special to me. I like Oceanic...but not nearly as much as many Isis enthusiests do. I'm thinking about ordering some Agalloch, and was recommended that I get into some Enslaved, Mastodon, and Cult of Luna. Basically, I have some work to do. But my main point is that I haven't really listened to much yet. I'm usually a year behind...it's sad, but I'm just not fast enough at buying stuff...nor do I have enough money. And I've given up on downloading. Enough said.

    4. Sep. 2006, 3:29
  • magnumforce2006

    new My Chemical Romance is gonna own all that shit. (you may now guess exactly how sarcastic that statement actually is.)

    4. Sep. 2006, 17:44
  • ToothandNail04

    A little sarcastic with an air of truth to it? My Chemical Romance is pretty talented and good at writing catchy, well done rock songs...but I don't think it's a good argument to say that they're better than any of the bands on that list.

    4. Sep. 2006, 22:07
  • Anakino

    My Chemical Romance is pretty talented and good at writing catchy, well done rock songs... no, but seriously... Coldplay are good at writing catchy, well done rock songs, U2 are good at writing catchy well done rock songs, My Chemical Romance are not.

    7. Sep. 2006, 21:32
  • Anakino

    (Out of interest who's are the quotes in your about me section)

    7. Sep. 2006, 21:35
  • ToothandNail04

    I actually enjoy listening to MCR more than Coldplay or U2, if you'll believe it. I don't really like any of the three that much, though. And the first quote is from Martin Luther, while the second is George Eliot.

    7. Sep. 2006, 23:48
  • magnumforce2006

    I'd argue that U2 are pretty overrated, and though Coldplay is awesome they have a HUGE fanbase that gets a little annoying. MCR is completely maligned by the music community because of their image and fanbase. This is unfortunate, because as Seth said, they have some good songwriting on their shoulders. I can listen through all of Three Cheers without skipping a beat. Their new song is just as impressive, adding in a neat Queen influence that hasn't really been prevalent in any mainstream bands in recent history.

    9. Sep. 2006, 2:39
  • VikingR

    Gloria promo's out. I don't think it's going to be anywhere near album of the year :/

    12. Sep. 2006, 2:56
  • magnumforce2006

    I'm going to revisit this post now that the albums (that I really care about... well, I care about POS, but is Scarsick even ACTUALLY coming out before 2k7?) are out. First of all, I didn't really even care for or about mwY when you wrote this post. I now believe Brother, Sister will easily be in my top 3 for the year. I had flamed you for not liking the new HiL back when Mushroom River was released, and while I still maintain that that's a great song, the album turned out to be a little flat. Into Eternity didn't really surprise me either way. Ashes is a natural and great progression for them as a band, not really changing up a whole lot, but improving songwriting and adding a little bit of intensity to avoid becoming stale. I now find my comment about MCR wasn't off-base or inaccurate in the least bit. Though certainly not as spiritually relevant or deep as an experience as mwY, I believe The Black Parade exhibits the musical power and consistency of that album. I have no qualms in saying that is one of my favorite albums of this year. Finally, here's my review of United

    27. Okt. 2006, 18:20
  • magnumforce2006

    ... in Regret http://rateyourmusic.com/collection/Magnumforce2006/rating6606202

    27. Okt. 2006, 18:21
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