Lots of great new albums are dropping today to get us rockin’ through the weekend! All of these albums and more are now streaming on Apple Music and Spotify.
AMARANTHE – MANIFEST
Many bands dabble in the risky art of stitching disparate musical styles together, but it’s hard to think of anyone who does it as seamlessly as Sweden’s Amaranthe. For a start there’s three vocalists, clean melodies from Elize Ryd and Nils Molin contrasting beauty-and-the-beast style with Henrik Englund Wilhemsson’s Slipknot-styled throat assaults. That produces blasts of near death metal followed by chocolate-coated hooks – and somehow Amaranthe keep it watertight.
I’d Rather Die Than Let You In – The Hunna
As the band zigzags between post-breakup tracks and angry comment on current events, a structure forms wherein songs pair together to elaborate on the issues that the rockers find most interesting. Dark Times discovers its quasi-sequel in Lost – one of the great songs here – which centres around the mental struggle to navigate life. Then there’s the two-hander of One Day You’ll Thank Me and If This Is Love, a duo of lovelorn numbers with interesting vocal passages, albeit generic lyricism. Other noteworthy tunes include Cover You, featuring Travis Barker, and Horror – a heartfelt call to action amid the devastating wildfires in California.
Live Forever – Bartees Strange
Strange’s musical map is much more diverse than the small town space he was confined to. Drawing on influences from hardcore, to hip-hop, to country, with an expansive voice that carries them all equally, Strange lays claim to variety denied. Structured with fully developed cut scenes that piece together the album’s longer tracks, it’s in some of the shorter snippets we capture Strange’s essence. In fact, the album’s shortest track, “Mossblerd,” is not just one of its most immediate moments, but one in which Strange pictures himself chillingly unhinged. Over a scramble of radio frequencies, Strange decries being pigeonholed—cleverly portrayed as the lack of genre options that should be available: “keep us from our commas.” While also getting eerily to more base desires: “If I can’t play The Beacon, imma bring the Mossblerd”—a garbled reference where gun and carrier become one.
SAVAGE MODE 2 – 21 Savage & Metro Boomin
The revered collab album follows 2016’s Savage Mode, and is noticeably longer as compared to its predecessor. Savage Mode 2clocks in at approximately 45 minutes with a total of 15 tracks and features an exciting slate of guest appearances, including Drakefor “Mr. Right Now,” Young Thug for “Rich N*gga Shit,” Young Nudy for “Snitches and Rats” and Morgan Freeman at the end of “Runnin” and “Snitches & Rats (Interlude)”. Savage and Metro Boomin announced Savage Mode 2 with a visual directed by Gibson Hazard and narrated by none other than Morgan Freeman, who dives into the meaning of “Savage Mode” and sums it up as someone who is “not to be f*cked with.”
The original music composed by Gustavo Santaolalla (Babel, The Motorcycle Diaries), evokes elements of horror, science fiction, and gore in creatively unnerving fashion—subtly twisted orchestration, unsettling electronics and echoing instrumentation all come together to striking effect.
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