The iconic Finnish metal bandís final show, two years before the tragic passing of frontman Alexi Laiho. ďItís great to have that final show transformed into a live album,Ē says guitarist Daniel Freyberg. ďFor those who attended, itís a time travel back to that moment. And for those who didn't, itís an opportunity to experience how the chapter called Children Of Bodom was closed.Ē
The metalcore heavyweights take their audience on a journey through the seasons of life and the rollercoaster of human existence. With songs that speak openly and honestly about anxiety, depression, self-belief, love and identity, The Beautiful Dark Life represents Atreyu's most universal and important songwriting to date.
More than 20 years in the making, i/o is Gabrielís first album of new material since 2002ís Up. Twelve tracks of grace, gravity and great beauty that provide welcome confirmation of not only Peterís ongoing ability to write stop-you-in-your-tracks songs but also of that thrilling voice, still perfectly, delightfully intact.
"The idea of retirement is nowhere in my comprehension," says Ann Wilson. Good thing, too, because the Heart frontwoman sounds way too fired up to quit on her excellent new solo album, Another Dooró a powerful dispatch from a storied artist who's come back from the brink and still has a lot more living to do.
Coleman Williams (of the Hank family tree) eschews the metal trappings of his father (Hank III), instead conjuring the haunted hillbilly sound through a rough-edged band that retains traditional elements such as fiddle and pedal steel, along with his warbling vocalsó honoring the roots of the family name while also finding his own lane.
Much like their label, Gibson Records, Ghost Hounds are every bit as timeless as they are fresh and modern. They seamlessly manage to blur the lines between the new and the old of classic rock, and it's all done with such masterful artistry and storytelling that it's hard to believe that First Last Time is only their fourth release.
The surprise companion to the April release First Two Pages of Frankenstein, Laugh Track is the bandís most freewheeling, all-hands-on-deck album in years. Itís a body of work bristling with spontaneity and vintage rock energy that makes a perfect complement to the songs found on its more introspective predecessor.
Embracing a new era of musical exploration and lyrical depth, Within Temptation deliver a fist-in-the-air proclamation of both their moral convictions and their fearless approach to music. Imbued with a vast dynamic range that plumbs the full depth of symphonic heaviosity, Bleed Out is as exuberantly heavy as it is politically profound.
The multi-talented rapper, singer-songwriter, and producer is back with a continuation of his Love or Loved series. Part 2 is the rare musical project where the split is earned, in concept and in execution. B.Iís raw heartbreak and self-awareness shines through his willingness to take us through the love cycle once again.
Itís been eight years since the country songsmith broke into the country music mainstream with his stellar debut album Traveller. Heís never been an artist too confined by genre lines, but Higher lets Stapleton roam free creatively. Five records in, the Kentucky native seems more comfortable with himself and his own creative vision than ever.
Bad Wolves refuse to follow. Instead, the platinum-certified Los Angeles band circumvent convention by stretching the boundaries of hard rock with earthquaking heaviness, enigmatic experimentation, and enthralling melodies. Bulldozing boundaries is nothing new for the boys though and Die About It continues to carry on that narrative.