SH*T THAT COMES OUT TODAY – THE MARCH 22, 2011 EDITION
New records by Born of Osiris, Tesseract, Protest the Hero, The Haunted and Agnostic Front oughtta peak buyers’ eyes at their favorite e-tailer today, while a handful of other releases are hitting the cloud as well. Check out Vic Vaughn’s preview of each after the jump.
Agnostic Front – My Life My Way (Nuclear Blast)
Still going strong after 31 years (ignoring the band’s four-year hiatus), Agnostic Front will release their twelfth album today. My Life, My Way was preceded by the That’s Life 7” released earlier this month. The new record was produced by Freddy Cricien, singer of Madball and Roger Miret’s brother.
Assassin – Breaking The Silence (SPV)
One of a slew of German thrash bands that popped up in the wake of Destruction and Kreator’s impressive debuts, Assassin never reached the popularity of the bands that put German thrash on the map. Nonetheless, their albums The Upcoming Terror and The Interstellar Experience are still decent chunks of ‘80s thrash. Breaking The Silence is the band’s second album since their 2002 reunion, and the record was produced by Harris Johns, whose resume boasts work with Sodom, Voivod and Kreator.
Born of Osiris – The Discovery (Sumerian)
The follow-up to 2009’s A Higher Place is Born of Osiris’s second album overall. The record was mixed by Jason Suecof, who has worked with All That Remains and Devildriver. The band is currently on the road with Darkest Hour promoting the release of both bands’ new records.
Dodsferd – Spitting With Hatred, The Insignificance Of Life (Moribund)
Dodsferd (Norwegian for “journey of death”) is an underground black metal project consisting of Wrath playing all instruments but drums. This is the sixth album from Dodsferd, and they’ve done a handful of splits and EPs as well since the 2003 demo Krucifixxion of Human Disgust.
My Inner Burning – Eleven Scars (SPV)
Heavier than Nightwish and Lacuna Coil but still pretty glossy and dare I say it poppy, My Inner Burning don’t really break out of what you would expect when you hear the term “gothic metal with female vocals.” The record has some sweet instrumentals, but the reliance on groove and the juxtaposition of soaring female vocals and cliché aggro scream voice just doesn’t do it for me. This is the band’s second album, following their self-titled 2009 debut.
Protest The Hero – Scurrilous (Vagrant)
Canadian prog metallers Protest The Hero unleash their third album. Their third for Vagrant Records, Scurrilous features guest appearances from Chris Hannah, lead vocalist for Propagandhi, and folk musician Jadea Kelly, who contributed vocals on three tracks for Kezia, the band’s first record.
TesseracT – One (Century Media)
Although djent sound pioneers TesseracT have technically been around since 2003, One is the band’s debut album, preceded by a demo in 2007 and an EP, Concealing Fate, in 2010. Concealing Fate could be considered a preview of One due to all of the EP’s tracks being sandwiched between new tracks in the middle of this album.
The Haunted – Unseen (Century Media)
Anders and Jonas Björler have carved out another legacy with their work in The Haunted since the band’s inception in 1998 following their work with At the Gates. Unseen is the band’s seventh album overall, and was again recorded with Tue Madsen, who has worked with Dark Tranquillity and Moonspell, among others. The record is Madsen’s third in the role of producer for the band.
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