NEW MUSIC FRIDAY (29.11.19)
This week has been quite a cool one for new music! We've got new music that straddles all sorts of different genres and quite a few of those tracks are from albums we'll be expecting to hear in the first quarter of next year. As well as that, there's one song in here that we didn't expect we'd be including! We hope you enjoy this week's selection!
Grimes - My Name Is Dark
It's a bit unusual for us to include an artist in Grimes' musical realm (whatever that musical realm is) on our list, but we felt like we definitely had to make an exception this time around! "My Name Is Dark" is the latest single from the Canadian solo musician's upcoming new album Miss Anthropocene (due for release on February 21st 2020) and it's surprisingly very heavy. The song seems to draw a lot of influence from 90s acts like Garbage with its driving drums and bass and rock guitar flourishes, something that Grimes has managed to work with her odd vocal stylings and typical electronic production very well. She'd hinted at a more guitar-led direction before with "We Appreciate Power", so it's very cool to hear that that song's heavier style wasn't a one off!
Kvelertak - Bråtebrann
Norway's heavy metal legends Kvelertak are going to be releasing their fourth studio album Splid on February 14th 2020. Splid will be their first album with their new vocalist Ivar Nikolaisen, who only joined the band last year. "Bråtebrann" is the first single and it's a gloriously fun old-school heavy metal romp, with Ivar being absolutely fantastic in his role as the band's vocalist. Hopefully the rest of Splid will be just as rip-roaringly fantastic as this initial single is!
Loathe - Aggressive Evolution
"Aggressive Evolution" is taken from Loathe's upcoming second album I Let It In And Took Everything, which will drop on February 7th 2020. "Aggressive Evolution" is brutal in true Loathe style with abrasive guitars everywhere, although the band still make room for guitarist Erik Bickerstaffe to break out one of his big melodic choruses. We're eagerly looking forward to when we get to hear I Let It In And Took Everything in full for the first time! Loathe will also be hitting the road next week with Stray From The Path, The Devil Wears Prada and Gideon, playing shows all over the UK and Europe throughout the majority of December.
Heart Of Gold - Over Yourself
Heart Of Gold is the solo side project of Being As An Ocean's Michael McGough. Through Heart Of Gold he gets to explore his pop influences and "Over Yourself" certainly doesn't disappoint in this regard! Michael creates a brilliantly intricate pop-rock masterpiece in this song with shades of bands like The 1975, Fickle Friends and In Colour. The video is also aesthetically similar to something that The 1975 would have dreamt up during the I Like It When You Sleep... era, full of washed out colours and 80s-heavy imagery. We can't wait to hear more output from Michael under this banner!
Spiritbox - Rule Of Nines
Spiritbox (formed by ex-Iwrestledabearonce members Courtney LaPlante and Michael Stringer) have been making huge waves in progressive metal. This is yet another brilliant musical entry into Spiritbox's back catalogue, full of the twisting and haunting melodies, brutal riffs and harsh screams that the band have become known for. They'll be going on tour in Europe for the first time in 2020 with After The Burial, Make Them Suffer and Polar, so if you can catch any of those tour dates make sure to check Spiritbox out!