It’s been a few weeks since we last recommended three new releases and there are a few reasons for that, not least the fact that this extraordinary heavy music year is, finally, beginning to wind down.
We’ve been listening to a lot in the meantime, the next best of which we’ve held back for next week, and what follows is a wide ranging sample that we hope you’ll like.
The Dillinger Escape Plan
Party Smasher Inc.
We mean, really. How could Dissociation not be one of our Picks? You’ll have heard by now that it’s beyond brilliant, a fitting last caress from The Dillinger Escape Plan. Their sixth and final full-length record might be the best thing they’ve ever done, and that’s saying something. As a work, Dissociation is a frantic, diverse and yet cohesive masterpiece that hits hard on listen one and then lets the listener go deeper and deeper with every visit. From the rawness and experimentation of the first three glorious tracks to the sombre refinement its conclusion, this album is utterly, undeniably, unreservedly flawless. Embrace it and love it.
Fair warning: you’d better get used to reading the word ‘fabrik’ over the next 60 seconds, because Fabrik Fabrik is the self-titled debut album from Fabrik Fabrik, a deliciously post-punk inspired hardcore crew from Berlin. Apparently it’s in “Europe”, whatever the hell that is. Anyway, this record is an artfully vituperative effort that’s riddled with jangly UK post-punk influences and topped off with utter spite. Only one song is longer than three and a half minutes, and all nine seem to be over in a flash. Fabrik Fabrik make no attempt to be nice and for that, friends, we love you. A captivating introduction to a band that’s going to be a lot of fun.
The Serenity Of Suffering
We’ve had a few days to live with The Serenity Of Suffering and we’re very much in tune with what appears to be the overall public opinion on the new Korn album. Korn are good. This album is good. It’s not the best thing they’ve ever done but we like it. The new record feels ever so slightly lopsided because it begins with its second best track, which is followed by the sensational single ‘Rotting In Vain’. It never reaches those peaks again, but it also never dips below enjoyable. The Serenity Of Suffering is a solid and satisfactory addition to the Korn canon. That’s higher praise than it sounds.
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