Published Oct 28, 2014Before filling up on Halloween candy this week, take time to populate your playlists with new tunes. But if you're unsure what to add, let our New Release Roundup help guide the way. If you're looking for even more, though, be sure to check out our Recently Reviewed section.
After capturing the attention of hip-hop obsessives last year, the dynamic duo of El-P and Killer Mike have delivered their second record under their Run the Jewels moniker. In a truly decisive fashion, our reviewer says the men have "seized the crown of Best Rap Album of 2014 and sped off, getaway-style, into the black night" with their sophomore release. Read our review to find out what new heights the two-man team have taken their craft to this time around.
Gothenburg melodic metallers At the Gates have returned with their first record in nearly two decades, At War with Reality. The group work well in reincorporating what our reviewer calls the "progressive melancholy" of their earlier material, with the emotional weight of the new tracks only being accentuated by a certain desperation in frontman Tomas Lindberg's vocal performance.
Detroit native Black Milk continues to demonstrate an improvement behind the mic on his latest record, If There's a Hell Below. Now residing in Dallas, his fifth studio LP casts a look back at his childhood growing up in the Motor City, touching on subjects such as losing his innocence and his hometown's techno lore.
Released only six months after their well-received debut, Montreal-based quintet Ought show no signs of slowing with their latest EP Once More with Feeling.... Despite being a collection of their pre-Constellation Records material, the result is surprisingly eclectic for a four-track release.
Elsewhere, Canadian music vet Daniel Lanois has opted to revisit his past ambient works with his latest release, Flesh and Machine. Not your typical electronic music album, the ever-inventive Lanois built the collection of sonics from manipulating real instruments such as guitars, piano, bass, drums and the human voice.
Finally, classic metalcore outfit Unearth have returned with a new drummer, record label and album in the form of Watchers of Rule. On top of newcomer Nick Pierce's well-executed work behind the kit, the group's latest release is full of "pumping chugs, Iron Maiden-esque harmonic leads and some of the beefiest breakdowns this side of Y2K."
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