Reviews of Mayer Hawthorne, Philip H. Anselmo & the Illegals and Eric Copeland Lead This Week's New Release Roundup
Published Jul 16, 2013For NFL fans, there's Monday Night Football. For casual diners, there's TGI Fridays. And for the music listener, there's new release Tuesday. In honour of this weekly ritual, we've taken a look at some of the albums arriving at record stores this week, but you can also check out our Recently Reviewed section for reviews on even more new releases.
Kicking things off is R&B renaissance man Mayer Hawthorne, who delivers falsetto-inflected vocals with intriguing production on his newest indie-soul LP, Where Does This Door Go. But is this one time hip-hop honcho's foray into Hall & Oates and Steely Dan-inspired grooves the real deal, or simply a passing phase? Read on to find out.
Heavy metal veteran and ex-Pantera member Phil Anselmo provides "an underground urgency that his former band only hinted at" on Walk Through Exits Only, the debut release from Philip H. Anselmo & the Illegals, while Black Dice alumnus Eric Copeland delivers his strongest effort yet with Joke in the Hole.
Chicago-based Krautrock duo Bitchin Bajas gets minimalist on the dreamily ambient Bitchitronics, and previous Road Hammers frontman Clayton Bellamy firmly establishes himself "as a purveyor of top-flight roots rock" on his second solo release, Five Crow Silver.
Finally, Florida metal-heads King Conquer try to resuscitate the failing deathcore sub-genre with the politically driven 1776. But is their second full-length worth repeated listens? Click through to see.
Read full reviews of these new releases and many more by checking out Exclaim!'s Recently Reviewed section. Don't forget to visit our New and Forthcoming Release Dates page for updates on even more upcoming albums.
Hear some of our favourite tracks from these albums and many more in our Rdio Genre Playlists:
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Dance & Electronic
Improv & Avant-Garde
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