All the Surprise Album Releases Today, 12/27/19

Usually, when a band gears up to release a new album, there’s several months of hype and single releases. Some bands, though, like to drop it all on us at once. Today, that is the case for Bring me the Horizon, The Acacia Strain, and Dance Gavin Dance.

Bring me the Horizon – “Music to Listen to”

Bring Me The Horizon dropped amo this year, one of their most diverse, complex albums yet. They also released “Ludens” for the video game Death Stranding in October. But today, we receive yet another release from the band before 2019 ends. This 8-track EP has features from Halsey, Lotus Eater, and more. The official name of the release is Music to listen to~dance to~blaze to~pray to~feed to~sleep to~talk to~grind to~trip to~breathe to~help to~hurt to~scroll to~roll to~love to~hate to~learn Too~plot to~play to~be to~feel to~breed to~sweat to~dream to~hide to~live to~die to~GO TO. Do what you will with that information.

The Acacia Strain – “It Comes in Waves”

The Acacia Strain had a little more notice given to the public of this album than the other releases here, with the album being announced shortly before Christmas. It Comes in Waves outlines its message through its track names in sequential order: “Our Only Sin Was Giving Them Names”. This release sees experimentation from the band, utilizing thrash riffs/blast beats and giving more of a doom metal/black metal vibe in these new songs, even a little Neurosis influence is evident here too. This is a compelling listen, something much different from the band.

Throughout this year, Rise Records has released Dance Gavin Dance’s entire discography without vocals. This is huge, as the band has released eight albums so far. This artist is hugely unique, mixing soul/funk with mathy post-hardcore, so getting to hear them in a new light is ravishing. This last instrumental release of the band’s 2007 album is a treat, with even “Untitled” being re-recorded. DGD is gearing up for a new album in early 2020, and having the majority of their releases instrumental ensures I can absorb their music even more.

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