Volumes have gone two for two, batting 100% with their first two songs since the return of Michael Barr as co-vocalist. The Los Angeles-based metal band have released some accomplished songs over the years, and it’s their 2012 debut full-length VIA that really propelled them into the public consciousness. It’s definitely a fan favorite, and the great news about the band’s two new songs – “holywater” and “Pixelate” – is that they wouldn’t sound out of place on that record. However, they also sound fresh, accelerating anticipation for their upcoming new album.
The band’s new video for “Pixelate”, which dropped a few days ago, was filmed entirely in the empty streets of Los Angeles due to coronavirus restrictions. This certainly isn’t an opportunity that many bands get to have – considering Los Angeles proper ranks as the 3rd-highest GDP (gross domestic product) and is also one of the highest populated cities in the world, at approximately 4 million residents.
While there’s no indication the band plans to put their touring plans on hold with their new lineup, the tragic loss of Volumes co-founding guitarist and production extraodinare Diego Farias is certainly a big one. The Latin Grammy-award winning producer – who notably worked with the legendary Juan Gabriel – leaves a void in the music scene, to be sure. The band has understandably been silent about the situation until now, and they’ve released a statement concerning Farias’ passing.
We’ll get straight to the point – 2017 has been another great year for music, across almost every spectrum. From rock to rap, metalcore to nu-metal revival, and some massive comebacks and reinventions – almost anyone should be able to find a few dozen albums that really pique their interest.
This also makes even choosing 100 albums that much harder. Some notable solid efforts we had to leave out included Miss May I, We Came As Romans, Creeper, and even Florida post-metal band Set and Setting, who are phenomenally talented. But I digress. Without further ado, here’s our list of the top 100 albums of 2017.
Armed with a new vocalist in ex-Bury Your Dead frontman Myke Terry, progressive metal band Volumes were certainly at a crossroads for album #3. But by all accounts, they’ve certainly succeeded with the new album, Different Animals. Ultimately, it’s the album that’ll see the band cross over to the mainstream – it’s the fact that the new album is so varied that it works in their favor.