New Music Friday [9th August, 2019
New music Friday returns with a brief look at a few new albums being released today including new Slipknot and mainstays Suicidal Angels, and Destruction. So without further ado…
Slipknot - We Are Not Your Kind [Roadrunner Records]
When Slipknot started hyping their new album with a throwback type of style with the single “All Out Life”, it gave a little bit of promise we might have a renewed “Old-School” Slipknot effort. Then came controversies and drama involving band members coming and going as well as unsavory business practices. Then “Unsainted” came out. Though the response was good, I was personally disappointed. While I was afraid Tool would have the “Chinese Democracy” release of the year, Slipknot is definitely a contender for this title with this album. While fans of the current mainstream style will be satisfied with this effort for obvious reasons, it’s definitely not the “Iowa” or even “Subliminal Verses” that this album was hyped to be. So what’s left is another Slipknot album that just goes through the motions. Again. The riffs seem watered down and generic while the percussion seems more in the background than ever. There are glimpses of trying the old-school formula, but the energy just isn’t there. I was left thinking that as a band, Slipknot could do better than this, and at this point the entire brand of the band is perverted beyond recognition.
Suicidal Angels - Years Of Aggression [Napalm/Noiseart Records]
Since 2001,Greece’s Suicidal Angels have earned their rightful spot as one of the big dogs of the thrash metal scene. Since 2001, then 16-year-old, Nick Melissourgos brought the band through an illustrious career playing huge shows and festivals and touring with some of the best in the game. With Years of Aggression, the band took a look back at this 18 year trip and handpicked the hallmark tracks that drove them to the notoriety and success that the band is today. An essential for any metalhead, this collection is just pure Thrash Metal bliss. A great introductory album for those not privy to the genre as well. Released through Napalm and NoiseArt Records, you can easily purchase a copyand get yourself pumped at any time like I just did listening to this!
Destruction - Born To Perish [Nuclear Blast]
Since 1983, German metal mainstays Destruction pushed through the highs and lows of the past 35+ years of the metal scene. Normally a trio, the band decided to add Canadian drummer Randy Black and Swiss guitarist Damir Eskić and the added elements show on Born To Perish. From start to finish this album is balls-to-the-wall metal that walks a fine line between Thrash and Heavy Metal. Much like Suicidal Angels and unlike the new Slipknot, this was a fun album to listen to and made me proud that metal acts like Destruction doesn’t always fade and “evolve” over time, but can stay true to true Metal music roots and satisfy the true sound of Metal music. Highly recommended, go grab a copy of Born To Perish through Nuclear Blast Records. When listening to an album like this or the new Slipknot, the choice is clear who is more deserving of your hard earned money.
Here are other albums released today via Loudwire!
Ardours - Last Place On Earth (Frontiers)
The Contortionist - Our Bones EP (eOne)
Destruction - Born To Perish (Nuclear Blast)
Filter - Title Of Record 20th Anniversary Edition (Craft)
Phobia - Generation Coward (Willowtip)
Riot V - Live In Japan DVD/CD (AFM)
Roxy Blue - Roxy Blue (Frontiers)
Slipknot - We Are Not Your Kind (Roadrunner)
Soleil Moon - Warrior (Frontiers)
Sparrows - Failed Gods (Sound Anxiety)
Spread Eagle - Subway To The Stars (Frontiers)
Strung Out - Songs Of Armor and Devotion (Fat Wreck Chords)
Suicidal Angels - Years Of Aggression (NoiseArt)
Tau Cross - Messengers Of Deception (Relapse)