Week In Retrospect - Sunday 24 August 2008

Posted by PP on 25/08/08

It's becoming more a rule than an exception that our weekly Sunday summary is posted on Monday instead. Better late than never, though, so enjoy this weeks happenings in the world of music.


Newsticker:

One of the most celebrated emo/alternative bands of recent time, Brand New, announced they were entering a studio to record a new album in the coming months. A spring release is expected. Another equally celebrated band, though this time in Metalcore, Killswitch Engage, are planning to do the same. On the Danish music front, progressive rockers Boil will enter studio in November to record their sophomore album. In other news, Set Your Goals parted ways with their label, heavily rumoured to have been bought out of their contract by a major label. Time will tell which. Around the same time, Equal Vision Records announced the signing of Therefore I Am, and one of this writer's favorite indie bands Copeland announced they were releasing a new album in October.


On the new music front, two of the biggest bands ever, namely Metallica and AC/DC had huge news for all fans waiting for new material. AC/DC posted a 30 second sample of a new track on Myspace, and Metallica seemed to defy all critics by releasing a new ballad as the lead single for the new album, certainly the best song the band has written this decade. Crazy-ass hardcore punkers Gallows may not be as big yet, but they were signed to Warner Bros last year on a million pound deal comprising of four albums in total, and the first fruit of that collaborationg materialized last week in the form of a new song. Staying in the same genre, Rise Against posted the first new track of their highly anticipated new album as well. Moving onto the world of new haircuts, Bring Me The Horizon, Armor For Sleep, and UnderOATH all posted new songs this week. Click on the link for each to hear them. Lets not forget about the ridiculous Heavy Heavy Low Low new album stream either.


As for tour dates, Pelican announced a date in Denmark for later this year, whilst Strung Out, Strike Anywhere and Lets Talk Tactics all scheduled runs around the UK. As for the bigger tours, Soilwork announced a European tour whilst Slipknot added some more dates to their European tour with Children Of Bodom and Machine Head. Check all those out on our tour dates section.


Interviews:

One Man Army & The Undead Quartet

Toxic Holocaust


Album Reviews: (in order of date added)

Dance Gavin Dance - Dance Gavin Dance (The Death Star Album) [7]

Rev Theory - Light It Up [5½]

Cataract - Cataract [4]

Insidious - Digital Disdain [2]

Volbeat - Live: Sold Out DVD [5]/[8]

Alice Cooper - Along Came A Spider [4]

Toxic Holocaust - An Overdose Of Death [7]

The Subways - All Or Nothing [5]

Radius System - Escape / Restart [7]

Paint It Black - New Lexicon [6½]

No Quarter Given - The Embodiment Begins [4]

Me First And The Gimme Gimmes - Have Another Ball! [6]

Finch - Finch EP [8½]

Hawthorne Heights - Fragile Future [8]

Trapt - Only Through The Pain [6]

Jet Black Stare - In This Life [6½]

Sworn Amongst - And So It Begins [4]

Many Things Untold - Atlantic [5]

Level-C - Level-C [1]


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