Rock It: Gear up for summer album releases

Posted on November 13, 2013


Rock It: Gear up for summer album releases

By Rachael Mattice

It has been a massive year for albums, with one of the most anticipated releases last week from the originators of modern electronic music, robotized French DJ-duo Daft Punk.

Taking a blast to the past from old muses, “Random Access Memories” embodies sounds of ’70s disco, soft and prog-rock and television themes, showcased in the charting single “Get Lucky.”

Beyond Daft Punk, though, the summer is jammed with album drops spanning pop, reggae, metal and more. Here are a few albums to look forward to while sweating under the sun:

Alice in Chains – “The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here,” May 28

Even though the album’s release was pushed back several times, the grungers pulled off the impossible to create a new album 14 years after their last release and seven years after the death of lead singer Layne Staley. With new band members to replace Staley and bassist Mike Starr after his own untimely death, singer Jerry Cantrell has said, “It’s the next chapter in the Alice in Chains book,” with vocals on new single “Hollow” sounding ghostly similar to Staley’s.

Queens of the Stone Age – “…Like Clockwork,” June 3

With collaborations from rock virtuosos Dave Grohl and Trent Reznor, the new album from Queens of the Stone Age will mine familiar territory. In a recent interview with MOJO magazine, the band said, “The record sounds like running in a dream inside a codeine cabaret. I hope you understand what that means, cause we don’t.”

Megadeth – “Super Collider,” June 4

One of the original four bands of thrash is dropping its 14th album. It will be the first to be released on vocalist Dave Mustaine’s own label, Tradecraft, after the band’s split with Roadrunner Records.

Black Sabbath – “13,” June 11

Black Sabbath is the band that people argue over at the bar when they talk about which is the “original” heavy metal band. Whether you think they are or not, their astronomical impact is undoubtedly universal. Even without drummer Bill Ward, the end to the band’s three-decade-long album absence will be welcomed with a sea of devil horns.

Bob Marley – “Legend,” June 25

The father of reggae is not coming back to life, but one of his most famous greatest hits albums is. “Legend” is being remixed by Thievery Corporation, Pretty Lights, Lee “Scratch” Perry, Beats Antique, Jim James, RAC, Roni Size, and two of his sons, Ziggy and Stephen. Nothing works better than Marley music to bring the beach to you wherever you are in the world.

Five Finger Death Punch – Untitled, July 23

With the first of two new studio albums, Five Finger Death Punch is debuting its new material in perfect synchronicity with the big national touring metal festival the band happens to be on the main stage for – Mayhem Fest. The muscle behind the metal creativity will be exposed to thousands of fans this summer alongside touring mates Butcher Babies, who also are gearing up for a new album drop, “Goliath,” on July 9.

Mattice is a producer and music journalist for the Journal & Courier. She can be reached on Twitter @RachaelM_JC. 

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