Theme Thursday- September Slaughter

Come September the realm of metal will become much richer with a deluge of new arrivals from some highly celebrated bands.  We will soon find out how Dream Theater fairs without Mike Portnoy behind the skins, we will hear the first new music from odd ball institution Primus whom haven’t release a full album since 1999’s Antipop, and we will soon find out how much more prog Opeth can become.  Here is a listen to some upcoming tracks to whet you appetite for more glorious metal.  Which upcoming albums are your most anticipated?

Dream Theater- A Dramatic Turn of Events- Sept. 13, 2011

One of the most influential and well known bands in the prog metal scene, Dream Theater has been consistently producing quality albums since the mid 80’s.  While, IMO, their past couple offerings haven’t been up to par with the high level of expectations I have come to expect from them, I am really looking forward to hearing this album.  By now it’s well know about the drama surrounding the departure of drummer extraordinaire from the band, whom handled many production and songwriting duties as well as being one heck of a talented percussionist.  The band has recruited Mike Mangini, and after watching some videos of him in action, well, he ain’t too shabby.  Maybe this lineup change is what Dream Theater needs to re-energize them.  The first single off the upcoming album definitely shows promise, check it out.

Opeth- Heritage- Sept. 20, 2011

Opeth are about to hit a landmark in their illustrious career as they put forth their 10th studio album.  Mikael Åkerfeldt has stated that Heritage will be a slight departure but still be a full on Opeth record.  So far these Swedish prog rockers haven’t come close to letting me down and don’t expect them to do so anytime soon.  The fact that the album is rumored to be heavily slathered in 70’s style prog rock has me even more intrigued and excited.  Check out the first single off the album entitled “The Devils Orchard”, a great taste of things to come.

Primus- Green Naugahyde- Sept. 12, 2011

It’s been over 10 years since Primus fans got a new full album from this quirky trio.  Of course there was the EP Animals Should Not Act Like People that was released in 2004 which showcased 4 new songs which were all excellent, and those 4 songs really whetted my appetite for more new Primus.  Those 4 tracks showcase a combination of many of the styles Claypool and Co. have integrated over the years with the psychedelic sounds of Tales from the Punchbowl really taking the forefront.  Fast forward another 7 years and we finally get to hear how the band will continue their one of a kind sound.  For this line-up Les Claypool has recruited drummer Jay Lane to join the band.  Mr. Lane was a part of Primus before they had ever released any material and is a prominent figure in many of Les Claypool’s side and solo projects such as Sausage, Les Claypool and the Holy Mackrel(I highly recommend checking that one out), and Les Claypool’s Fearless Flying Frog Brigade.  He also plays in Ratdog with former Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir.  Les Claypool has stated that due to Jay’s involvement in the creation of the record that it has a heavy Frizzle-Fry feel to it and given how important a drummer is to a bass player it is sure that his presence will greatly influence the sound of Primus.

Wolves in the Throne Room- Celestial Lineage- Sept. 13, 2011

Taking heavy influences from Scandinavian Black Metal and Post Metal, Washington’s Wolves in the Throne Room have weaved a sound dripping in atmosphere layered deep into each song along with a very raw and organic sound.  They also eschew traditional Black Metal imagery and thematic trappings for a sound and themes based more around radical ecology, bio-dynamic farming, and creating a nature based world view.  Like many Black Metal bands they are not easy to listen to due to the rawness and harshness of their sound(kind of an acquired taste), but underneath the rough exterior lies a complex and worthwhile listen.  Celestial Lineage looks to continue the sound that WITTR have have been honing, and since each album they release is an improvement over the last this one comes with some high expectations.   (There has been no release of any new tracks off the upcoming album, so enjoy a song off their previous album Black Cascade)

Steven Wilson- Grace for Drowning- Sept. 26

While not being exactly a metal artist I feel that Steven Wilson deserves a mention.  For those not in the know Steven Wilson is the brain behind modern prog rock band Pocupine Tree(and if you’re a fan of modern prog you shouldn’t hesitate one second to check them out if you aren’t already a fan) and has worked with Mikael Åkerfeldt often producing Opeth‘s breakthrough album Blackwater Park as well Deliverance and Damnation, and also mixed a couple others.  He is current collaborating with Mikael on a collaboration album that is expected to be released in 2012.  Grace for Drowning will be Steven’s second solo album.  While his solo material isn’t too far off from Porcupine Tree‘s sound he has more room to experiment and get a bit more personal in his music.  His previous solo effort, Insurgentes, was an excellent release and I’m sure he will continue the quality of his music on Grace for Drowning.

Mastodon-The Hunter- Sept. 26, 2011

Seeing this band get big was one thing I would have never expected.  Prog metal isn’t exactly the most accessible of the sub genres of metal, but Mastodon‘s style somehow caught the ears of a lot of metal(and non-metal) fans and the quirky time signatures and odd structures hit the mainstream making them one of the biggest metal bands out there today.  After producing 4 consecutive concept albums they are taking a breather and are going for a more traditional album.  Drummer Brann Dailor described the new material as not so much proggy as riff-oriented and “a little more stripped down,” akin to that of Leviathan and “like a really super-heavy Led Zeppelin or something.”  While I dug the proggy side of Mastodon the most, I am still highly interested in hearing The Hunter.  Check out this cool video for “Black Tongue” which chronicles the creation of the wood sculpture gracing the albums cover.

Machine Head- …Unto the Locust- Sept. 27, 2011

Machine Head needs no introduction.  After releasing a couple stale albums(imo) Machine Head came back full force on Imperium and then went well beyond everyone’s expectations and released their best work to date, the masterpiece The Blackening.  4 years later and we are getting the follow up to be entitled …Unto the Locust and if it turns out anywhere near as good as The Blackening was I will be fully satisfied.  Check out this early version of the song “Locust” off the upcoming release.

Evile- Five Serpent’s Teeth- Sept. 26, 2011

For their third full length album British thrashers Evile look to continue the Thrash revolution through the new millennium.  By listening to the released album preview song “Eternal Empire” a major improvement has been made on all fronts, especially in the vocals.


About RiffRaff

Just takin' it easy for all you sinners.

Posted on August 8, 2011, in News, Theme Thursday and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. What a month it is going to be! I am looking forward to all of these releases and I will even check out Steven Wilson since I have never heard him before. I guess my kid is going to go without a birthday this month so I can skip his B-day gifts for metal in Sept. I am sure he won’t mind. Just kidding, but seriously, I am going to be doing some serious metal purchases. Hell, there is still Anthrax on top of all this. I am even going to check out Mastodon and by one of their albums for my first Mastodon experience.

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