Massachusetts metalcore band Killswitch Engage have announced the release date for their upcoming 8th studio album. Titled Atonement, the album is due for release August 16th on Metal Blade Records, and is the follow-up to 2016’s Incarnate. To preview the album, the band have revealed the first single from the release, the opening track, “Unleashed”, which you can listen to below.
Regarding the new single, vocalist Jesse Leach has said about the song;
“Unleashed is about inner passion and rage coming up to the surface. We all have that wild within that often stays dormant until a tragic event triggers and awakens it. This song is about that awakening within”
The new album is the third album to feature Jesse Leach after his return in 2013’s terrific Disarm the Descent. Atonement’s most anticipated song perhaps (at least in our eyes), is the second track “Signal the Fire”, which features guest vocals from the man who voiced KsE for a decade, Howard Jones. We have fluctuated between preferring Leach at the vocals to Jones at the vocals all through the KsE discography- teased by how Leach songs sounded with Jones singing (“Fixation on the Darkness“) and how Jones songs sounded with Leach singing, but the thought of having them both sing together on one song………………
Atonement has been in the making since 2017, but was temporarily derailed after Leach had to undergo throat surgery. Killswitch Engage will hit the road across North America all through July before jetting off to Europe in October.
Listen to “Unleashed”:
Trivium cover Dead Kennedy’s “Kill The Poor”
All systems go to kill the poor tonight
Heavy metal band Trivium have been releasing bonus and unreleased tracks over the past few months. The songs have come from the recording sessions for their 2017 album The Sin and the Sentence. They’ve released a few unreleased originals and recently released a pretty faithful cover of the Type O Negative track “I Don’t Wanna Be Me“. The band have now released their similarly faithful cover of the Dead Kennedy’s 1980 single “Kill the Poor”.
The original was featured on the Dead Kennedy’s debut album Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables, released in September of 1980 on Cherry Red Records and Jello Biafra’s own Alternative Tentacles (the noted label’s first full length release). The album features noted DK tracks “California Über Alles” and “Holiday in Cambodia”.
Trivium’s cover is pretty spot on and doesn’t deviate from the original, but it doesn’t quite capture the wildly fluctuating vocal tone that Jello Biafra is known for. Still. A good cover nonetheless. Check it out above.
New music Friday: Blink-182, Dashboard Confessional, Goo Goo Dolls
New music from Blink-182, Dashboard Confessional, and the Goo Goo Dolls
Some new tunes to kick start your Friday into the weekend. Here are a few of the bigger names that released new (or in some cases, reworked) music.
Blink 182 – “Generational Divide”
This 48-second track is apparently a “clap back” at fans who did not like their new direction. Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker have spoken about their new album and how it’ll most likely be a page out of their 2003 self-titled album– more aggressive, less like California. Check out the new song “Generational Divide” below:
Dashboard Confessional – Now Is Then Is Now
In a surprise move, Chris Carrabba tweeted out a link to three “new” Dashboard Confessional albums. They’re not new new, they’re revisits of three DC albums- A Mark, a Mission, a Brand, a Scar (2003), Dusk and Summer (2006), Alter the Ending (2009)- reworking the songs in acoustic form. Not bad actually. Reminds us of the original DC sound before he plugged in. The Dusk and Summer revisit features an acoustic version of the hit “Vindicated”, which featured on the Spider-Man 2 soundtrack.
You can find the links to each album via the Dashboard Confessional tweet below.
Goo Goo Dolls – “Miracle Pill”
The Goo Goo Dolls have released the first single from their upcoming new album Miracle Pill. The title track can be heard below. The song is more akin to the Goo sound of the past decade, eschewing their earlier, more alternative sound for easy beats and melodies. Miracle Pill is the follow-up to 2016’s Boxes. We enjoyed 2013’s Magnetic.