When Issues released their much-hyped single “Flexin” on Friday, the third taste of their upcoming album Beautiful Oblivion debuted to the most polarized reaction in the “Warped Tour scene” in recent memory. As of the time of this writing, the music video was sitting about 3,100 likes and 2,400 dislikes on YouTube, and the fanbase’s comments were all over the map… with some instantly connecting with the song, and others insisting the band had “sold out”. No favors were done to the public reaction by the delirious fever dream of a music video, which features an elderly Tyler Carter breaking out of an assisted living home.
If you’ve not heard of UK metalcore band Renounced, rest assured that you will quite soon. The band, who have released two previously well-received albums, are really onto something on Beauty Is A Destructive Angel. The band’s new record, which is out today, is both a throwback to the era in which bands like Killswitch Engage and Misery Signals dominated – but also one that blazes a bold new trail for the genre to grow in. We’ll just get this out of the way quickly – Beauty Is A Destructive Angel is a serious AOTY contender. Why, though? Follow along below.
The last few months alone have been ridiculously good for rock and metal, with the new Tool and Slipknot records reminding us that neither genre is in fact “dead”. Of course, there’s been plenty of other bands releasing great music, from the groundbreaking new Northlane album Alien, to the crossover thrash of Enforced, just to name a few.
Given all the new music you probably missed, our job on our Best New Music feature is to highlight some of the best album releases or individual singles you might have missed. Most of them just released today (Starset, Pine, Microwave), though a few were released in the last month or two. All are more than worth your time, though, no matter what genre of music you’re into. Here we go…
On September 11th, 2001, P.O.D.’s Satellite was released. The release day was supposed to be the band’s coming out party, and indeed it was considering the success of the record – often considered the band’s best. That hope, however, was balanced out by the devastating 9/11 attacks that stopped an entire nation in its tracks. While it took the shell-shocked country much time to come to their senses, Satellite was a sort of perfect storm album that is both a time capsule musically, and lyrically as well.