Hinder exploded upon the scene with their 2005 debut ‘Extreme Behavior,’ which sold over 3 million copies and spawned five singles that landed on the rock charts including the massive hit ‘Lips of an Angel.’ Their following two albums also did well and had top 10 rock singles, and now the Oklahoma band returns with their fourth effort, ‘Welcome to the Freakshow.’
In the past few years, Steven Adler has made more headlines for his wacky one-liners and past substance abuse than he has from his musical endeavors, but all that's about to change with the release of his new disc ‘Back From the Dead.’ With a title that’s as literal as it is figurative, it delivers one of the purest, straight-up rock albums of the year -- chock full of the grit and grime that only comes with experience.
Records consisting only of B-sides, rarities and demos are usually geared only to a band's established fanbase - often strung together with no real creative goal in mind. Sometimes acts even release efforts like this solely to fulfill contractual obligations without having to write a new album. But in the case of Kylesa's 'From the Vaults, Vol. 1,' the band has issued a truly meaningful collection, both rich in quality and addictive in substance.
Green Day have got love on the brain, while their toes are firmly dipped in the influences of eras gone by on '¡Dos!, the second album of their new trilogy. The disc even has a old-school pacing, clocking in at just under 40 minutes, but taking 13 tracks to get there. The quick-hitting nature of the songs makes the album a more immediate listen that seems to fly by.
The guiding principle of Deftones albums is the push and pull between singer Chino Moreno and guitarist Stephen Carpenter. That's an age-old rock 'n' roll construct -- the tension between singer and guitar player -- and Moreno and Carpenter being at consistent sonic odds is what makes Deftones music so dynamic. They employ this technique on their new album 'Koi No Yokan.'
All That Remains are a polarizing band. Frontman Phil Labonte isn’t afraid to speak his mind, and as the group’s success has increased, so have the haters. ‘A War You Cannot Win’ will have those critics complaining louder than ever, but the album should draw legions of new fans that will embrace ATR’s style.
Tracking a band's progress throughout 10 studio albums is a long and complex process. The growth and change of a band, especially that of a cult phenomenon like Cradle of Filth, is forever branded within their many works, and without fail, shines the brightest of lights on an act's strengths and weaknesses.
Pig Destroyer are the embodiment of metal's most purely aggressive breed. The genre of grindcore doesn't allow for much breathing room or any sort of mainstream accessibility due to its speed, incoherence and sonic violence, but for bands like Pig Destroyer, grind serves as a foundation for profound originality.