This week I wanted to feature some albums that have been released recently in the last month or so. As always you can click on the album pictures as a link to the albums on the Play Store.
The latest from the Goo Goo Dolls, Magnetic was released on June 11. Receiving mixed reviews from critics, the Goo Goo Dolls’ tenth studio album delivers their familiar “love song” sound that made them famous. It’s hard to maintain a sound that you’re known for, but also try not to produce the same album over and over. Complete with some chorus changes, dance beats, and even some electronic sounds, Magnetic offers some change, but maintains that Goo Goo Dolls feel without going off course too much. If you’re a Goo Goo Dolls fan this album is slightly different, but won’t disappoint.
The latest from Megadeth, Super Collider was released on June 4. Featuring Disturbed’s David Draiman as a guest vocalist and songwriter, the fourteenth album has a familiar sound found on their previous release, Thirteen. Songs focus on Big Brother-NWO-bankster-conspiracy theories and mostly have a “light metal” feel. Chris Broderick’s lead guitar work is worth noting, and is well-constructed and ridiculous as always. If you liked Thirteen, then you’ll definitely like this album.
The latest from Children of Bodom, Halo of Blood was also released on June 11. Returning to a more neoclassical sound that’s heavily riff-laided, Children of Bodom’s eighth studio album is a throwback to their early years. The fifth album with Roope Latvala at co-lead guitar duties paired with founder and other co-lead guitarist Alexi Laiho, Halo of Blood really demonstrates how these two can work together to create something special.
The latest from Alice in Chains, The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here was released on May 28. This isn’t the most recent album release, but it deserves a mention. Alice in Chains comes back as strong as ever with their second album with the new reunion lineup with singerÂ William DuVall at the helm. It’s more refined than their prior release Black Gives Way to Blue. After the death of their singer Layne Staley and subsequent reunion, Alice in Chains has come back with sound that pays good homage to the grungy-metal sound that put them on top in the 90s. If you close your eyes, you can almost image that Layne is singing their songs still.