Ah yes, summertime: long days on the beach perfecting that tan, backyard barbecues with great friends, spectacular sunsets, cruisin’ up and down the boulevard all night with the music so loud, it’s vibrating the windows of the car three spots behind you. It’s the perfect time to make great memories that will last a lifetime. So what will be pulsating out of that high-end set of speakers that you just spent your last two paychecks on?
It certainly can’t be the same old AC/DC Back In Black album. Not that there’s anything wrong with it; it’ll get attention as everybody know the songs. But the album is 34 years old now, put it to rest already. And remember, we’re making memories here, we want something fresh and new.
Arch Enemy - War Eternal: This Swedish metal band’s got a new singer, Alissa White-Gluz . She’s smokin’ hot, she can move and she’s got a growl like nobody’s business. I know all you AE fans are reluctant to the change, but trust me on this one. She’ll rock your socks off in more ways than one. The sound on War Eternal is classic Arch Enemy that you’ve grown to love but with a freshness to it. The guitar riffs here are so amazing, you’ll have a hard time keeping your hands on the steering wheel as you’re pulling off your best air-guitar. But let’s try to be safe out there, you’re gonna want to stick around and be in one piece when they come on tour. So far they only list European and British tour dates, but I’m sure they will be taking this project globally. War Eternal’s release is June 10th.
Linkin Park - The Hunting Party: So you’re looking for something fresh and new, something different than what everybody else is playing well look no further than the latest from Linkin Park. These boys have gone back to the drawing board and created a masterpiece that’s so unlike anything being played on the radio today. It’s harder and edgier than anything they’ve done before with no shortage of punk and hip-hop influences. Chester Bennington’s voice has never sounded stronger. Check out their latest single, “Wastelands” here. Take this party-in-a-box to the beach volleyball court and watch the giant wave of bikinis get off their backs and want to spike your balls! The Hunting Party releases June 17th.
Adelitas Way - Stuck: These Vegas boys have certainly matured with their third full-length album both lyrically and musically. “Guitars, vocals, bass and drums” is how frontman, Rick DeJesus describes how the band went back to basics and concentrated on sound quality. The results are truly amazing. There is something for everyone in this neat package from in-your-face hard rock like the current single, “Dog on a Leash” to a power ballad in “Undivided” that’s so passionate that...well let’s just say that a lot of teens will remember this song for the rest of their lives. Be sure to catch Adelitas Way on tour all summer long, they really put on a great show! Stuck releases July 29th.
Seether - Isolate and Medicate: Every once in a while we all feel the urge to just jump in our cars and drive for hours with no destination in mind just to clear our heads. There’s nothing more therapeutic. But we need the right album to make the trip complete. Isolate and Medicate is perfect for just that. It’s no secret that Shaun Morgan is one of the best writers in rock music, has been for years. He’s notorious for pouring his heart and soul out into his songwriting, speaking of real-life situations. He’s maintained that consistency with Isolate as noted in their first single, “Words as Weapons” which is available for free on their website. Seether will be out on tour all summer long, so be sure to check for dates and cities near you. They put on a fantastic show! Isolate and Medicate releases on July 1st.
Limp Bizkit - Stampede of the Disco Elephants: Their first full-length release since 2000 promises to be everything that we’ve come to love from Bizkit, mixing rock and rap like nobody else can. Stampede is perfect for your backyard kegger; your neighbors will surely thank you for it the next morning! They follow no rules and they’re so old-school their first single will be released on cassette and only available at their shows. So don’t piss the old man next door off too bad, you’re gonna need to borrow his cassette player boom box from 1985. Be sure to check out their website for dates and cities. Having covered them at Welcome to Rockville last year, I can honestly say that watching Wes Borland on guitar alone is worth the price of admission.