Happy Album Release Friday! Every (well, almost) Friday, we bring you a handful of albums we’re digging that just so happened to drop the same day. The first day of February brings us a few strong early AOTY candidates in UK hardcore band Ithaca’s debut album, progressive dream-thrash (yes, it’s a genre) Astronoid’s stunning sophomore album, Issues frontman Tyler Carter’s solo full-length debut, and a few more. In short, it’s a pretty exciting release day in what’s often a barren month (and season) for new record releases.
As a reminder, you can stream a song from each record on our TNF Discover Spotify playlist here. Follow us to never miss the greatest in new music.
Having wrapped up a successful headlining tour in the USA recently as well as playing a headlining set at Download Festival, prog-metal band Tesseract are celebrating the release of their album, Sonder, in style. The band continues to grow in stature, seeing some of their biggest crowds to date – and our friends at Audio Addiction have streamed full, LIVE sets of Tesseract, Plini, and Astronoid from their Sonder North American Tour. Check out all 3 videos below, and if you like what you see, subscribe to his channel – it just reached an impressive 1000 subscribers. Pretty impressive for a one-man army.
What’s really impressive about self-described “dream thrash” band Astronoid (who hail from Massachusetts) is the fact that their version of metal is actually a happy one – at least when you first listen to their new full-length, Air. Coming out of almost nowhere, it’s already one of the more impressive records I’ve heard all year, and it only gets better with each listen. It combines shoegaze, post-rock, black metal, post-metal, and even pop harmonies into a veritable euphoria of music that will leave you breathless by the end.
All 5 band members stopped by to put together a playlist of the music that inspires them. Some of their selections aren’t surprising at all (Deftones, The Cure), but others certainly are (Turnover, Metallica). Check out that playlist below, and you can listen to the entire new album as well – it’s available for Name Your Price on Bandcamp.