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Shit That Comes Out Today: June 15, 2018

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These 5 albums collectively mark the least heavy week of releases I have covered since I started writing STCOT last year, but that’s not to say there isn’t some good stuff in here. All the albums this week are interesting in their own right, except for that last one but you’ll get to that. In other news, I HOPE to have a few more videos coming out soon, possibly in the vein of the death growl tutorial I did with Trevor Strnad, so keep your eyes peeled for that. In the mean time, uhhh, enjoy this week I guess?

ASG
Survive Sunrise (Relapse)
On a playlist with Red Fang, Torche and Black Book Lodge
Listen: “Survive Sunrise”

I am of the disposition that practically anything southern-whatever can go fuck itself. That includes any state that tried to secede in the 1800s, pork rinds, Republican legislators and music (except you, Final Drive, I love you). However, ASG write some fucking delicious riffs that I practically feel like I could eat right off the stove and it sounds incredible to boot. Why is that, might you ask? Because this album was recorded, mixed and mastered by none other than Mark Hyde, a name you might recognize from his work with Slayer and Deftones. Oh, and their album artwork has a boob on it so that’s always fun.

Co-op
Co-op (EMP)
On a playlist with Alice Cooper, Alice Cooper and Alice Cooper
Listen: “N.O.W.”

We’ll get this out of the way and say that the hook for this band is that the lead singer for Co-op is Alice Cooper’s son, Dash. Now that we have that over with, I can say that I don’t really care for this much. It’s not that it’s bad really, I just find it kind uninteresting from a songwriting perspective. That being said, Dash is an awesome singer and if there’s one reason Co-op would grow on me, it’s him. I know that I’m not exactly Co-op’s target audience either so take my opinion with a grain of salt. I’m sure if I saw these dudes live I would like it more.

Madball
For The Cause (Nuclear Blast)
On a playlist with Agnostic Front, Hatebreed and Cro-Mags
Listen: “Rev Up”

Boy, this song is a rollercoaster. It’s 14 seconds of “Oh shit, is this reggae?” followed by, “What the fuck, is this rap?” followed by the remainder of the song being beat your head in with a baseball-bat old school hardcore, except for the final 50 seconds going back to reggae. Madball are my favorite release this week mostly because when I listed to hardcore I think it’s dumb, but Madball hooked me immediately. In true hardcore fashion, something like half the video was shot at a skate park and the rest is flannels and flatbill hats, so even though “Rev Up” is a little out there as far as fusing HxC and reggae, which it feels weird to even type, it’s still my pick of the week.

Mike Shinoda
Post Traumatic (Warner Bros.) listen
On a playlist with Linkin Park, and honestly I have no idea who else because I don’t listen to rap
Listen: “Crossing a Line”

In case it wasn’t immediately obvious, Post Traumatic, is an album about the suicide of Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington and the emotional recovery that Mike Shinoda went through after his death. This album isn’t metal. At all. So it won’t be for most of you guys, but for a lot of us, we can still belt out every single word to “In The End,” so to hear Mike Shinoda rap and write music about one of the most famous frontmen of a generation, to hear him put all the shit going through his head into something cohesive, it hits a lot heavier than just your average rap. Whether or not you ever liked Linkin Park is irrelevant. They turned a LOT of people on to heavier music, and that’s something worth appreciating, which makes this worth appreciating as well.

Dead Girls Academy
Alchemy (Victory Records)
On a playlist with getting space docked, Ed Gein’s fashion line and the fart I had earlier today that left a skidmark on my boxers
Listen: “No Way Out”

I’ll be honest, I have no idea what I was thinking when I decided to feature this band. I thought the name sounded kind of cool, but then I watched the music video and realized what a horrible mistake I had made. I should have known better. I can get past the stupid synths and corny lyrics. I can’t get past the fact that the lead singer looks like the world’s lamest Hot Topic threw up on a meth head who then rose from the rawr vomit like a phoenix that cuts its own hair with a dildo. I probably would have just left this band alone in the category of generic, commercial rock, but each member looks so unbelievably punchable that I had to say something. I guess this is what happens when being a scene kid isn’t just a phase.

OTHER SHIT THAT COMES OUT TODAY
Culture Abuse Bay Dream (Epitaph) listen
Def Leppard Vault: Def Leppard Greatest Hits (1980-1995) (Island Records) listen
Diamante Coming In Hot (Better Noise/Eleven Seven Music) listen
Here Lies Man Here Lies Man (RidingEasy Records) listen
Lizzy Borden My Midnight Things (Metal Blade) listen
Orange Goblin The Wolf Bites Back (Candlelight/Spinefarm) listen
Spine Faith (Bridge 9) listen
Spotlights Hanging By Faith (Ipecac) listen
Tad Morose Chapter X (GMR) listen
The Darkness The Darkness Live At Hammersmith (Cooking Vinyl) listen

SHIT THAT COMES OUT AGAIN TODAY
Boysetsfire The Day The Sun Went Out (Remastered) (End Hits Records) listen
Count Raven High On Infinity (Vinyl) (Metal Blade) listen
Count Raven Messiah Of Confusion (Vinyl) (Metal Blade) listen
King Diamond Conspiracy (Vinyl) (Metal Blade) listen
King Diamond The Dark Sides (Vinyl) (Metal Blade) listen
Sepultura Arise: Expanded Edition (Rhino Records) listen

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