New Releases, 09.07.07
Wed, 08 Sep 2010 13:59:25
This week saw quite a bit of rock invading the shelves of your local retail establishments.
Stone Sour Audio Secrecy: Corey Taylor and Jim Root of Slipknot are three albums deep with their other band, Stone Sour. The album is chock full of melodic maelstrom, with "Say You'll Haunt Me" serving as the song that will haunt you hours after you hear it on the radio. It's that catchy, while "Mission Statement" has bovine-sized balls, thanks to its potent aggression. But it is still hookier than a tackle box. Great work, gentlemen. Few bands effectively balance heavy and melodic without sacrificing musical integrity. Stone Sour make it look easy.
Helmet Seeing Eye Dog: Helmet's brand of alt-metal remains intact on Seeing Eye Dog, which fuses the stop-star riffery that band is known for with the vitriolic vocals of frontman and founder Page Hamilton. The '90s are back.
Interpol Interpol: NYC hipsters love Interpol. Indie rock fans love Interpol. Interpol loves Interpol. Do you love Interpol? This self-titled release could make the rest of the world love Interpol. "Success" and "Memory Serves" infest your senses with their gloomy, moody, raw-edged rock, and their moments of tension and release. Indie is as indie does.
Sarah Bareilles Kaleidoscope Heart: Sarah Bareilles' voice is sweeter than a cherry pie with Rheddi Whip topping, to borrow a phrase from The Beastie Boys. Her latest will give you a cavity, thanks to its sweetness, and it is sure to feature more than a few songs that are used in the trailers for rom coms.
Anberlin Dark is the Way, Light is the Place: These Florida Christian rockers are exploding on the radio on the back of "Impossible," which boasts a buzzy riff and singer Stephen Christian's adenoidal vocals. This album could propel Anberlin to the stratosphere and they deserve it, because they have been working hard for eons. This isn't emo, but Anberlin are certainly heirs to that genre's passed baton.
What records are you going to pick up this week, digitally or physically?