New Albums You Need To Hear This Week (8/1/2018 – 14/1/2018)

Here at Musicology we believe in giving you the best music available and so to celebrate this in 2018 we aim to give you a new feature to say what new albums to check out each week. This weeks comes from as far as chart toppers Black Veil Brides through to the intensity of a group such as Hamferð so hopefully there’s something here for every rock fan. If there’s any suggestions you think we have missed out feel free to comment on this post and add to what we may have missed. Below is all the new albums we believe you should be checking out this week:


Black Veil Brides – Vale
Release Date: 12th January 2018
Record Label: Republic Records

Acting as quite a controversial band for many in the scene Black Veil Brides will release their upcoming fifth album Vale this coming Friday. Following on from their previous S/T album hits such as Heart Of Fire, Last Rites and Goodbye Agony have already been major inclusions in the bands live set and great singles for many longterm fans of the band. With Vale already receiving massive singles including The Outsider, My Vow, When They Call My Name and The Last One this looks set to be the most commercial release the band have done to this point. This is a band who will likely rise up to be the next festival headliners of the future and based upon how this album and subsequent tour with Asking Alexandria and Download Festival performance to come this year, the thought of this eventuality might be sooner than we think. Love it or hate it, Black Veil Brides look set to make a huge impact on the world of metal in 2017.

Avatar – Avatar Country
Release Date: 12th January 2018
Record Label: Entertainment One Music 

Avatar’s seventh album Avatar Country might be the album that pushes them up to super stardom. With past tours with Download headliners Avenged Sevenfold through to major appearances at both Bloodstock and Download this is the band that have always been on the cusp of something greater. Following on from 2016 release Feather and Flesh; Avatar Country is set to focus on the theme of “the king” (where every song name on the track listing features the mention of this king at least once). What this means so far is anyone’s guess but when we get the album on Friday we should have some more answers. Avatar have never been a band to do things halfheartedly and singles such as A Statue Of The King only prove this further.

Corrosion Of Conformity – No Cross No Crown
Release Date: 12th January 2018
Record Label: Nuclear Blast Records

Legendary Stoner Metal/Sludge Metal band Corrosion Of Conformity will release their second album since the return of Pepper Keenan to the band and tenth album overall No Cross No Crown this coming Friday. With singles; Cast The First Stone and Wolf Named Crow available to listen to now gives a good indication of where the band will go on this release. Riff laden heavy this release will appear to fans of bands such as Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin as much as it will to fans of more extreme subgenres of metal, melding both together perfectly. Strap in, pull the denim jackets on and be ready to mosh along to this insanely brilliant metal band.

Audrey Horne – Blackout
Release Date: 12th January 2018
Record Label: Napalm Records

Featuring musicians who play in legendary Black Metal bands such as Enslaved, Sahg and Deride, Audrey Horne bring their love of all things rock and roll in together to a mixing pot in order to create their new album Blackout. Acting as their sixth album overall many fans already know what to expect when it comes to Audrey Horne with inspirations from Kiss and Van Halen being regularly thrown at the bands direction for what their sound. If the amalgamation seems weird to you it’s because at times it can easily be described as being that, however if you wish to try out a band that doesn’t care what the rules of music say they can or can’t do Audrey Horne are your band of choice.

Bleeding Gods – Dodekathlon
Release Date – 12th January 2018
Record Label – Nuclear Blast Records

On only their second album Bleeding Gods are a name many predict will do well in the subgenres of Thrash and Death Metal. With their first however Sheperd Of Souls the band made quite an impact earning them spots on festivals such as Eindhoven Metal Fest and amassed a fan base from legendary metal bands such as Septicflesh, Fleshgod Apocalypse and Nile. This album also promises to be a concept album of Greek Mythology, with expertly crafted Death Metal tracks setting the atmosphere for what the group want to achieve. If you like the heavier end of music Bleeding Gods look set to do huge things in 2018 and look ready to become the next huge underground band.

I Am Noah – Final Breed (EP)
Release Date: 12th January 2018
Record Label: Bastardized Recordings

I Am Noah are a German Progressive Metalcore band which may have been missed by many outside the country. Melding the sound of Architects with August Burns Red this looks like a group which will attract the view of many to the genre. Releasing their debut album The Verdict in 2016 the tracks were written by the point of view of Biblical character Noah. The new EP looks set to carry on this narrative and make for a Metalcore release that is deep in thought, metaphor and intricacy. This may not be a band you will be overly familiar with but with a sense of awareness to make themselves different from the vast majority of the scene through to working their way through four amazing and personal tracks, this will be a release which will not take much of your time and one which will reward you with a solid new band to listen to.

Leaves’ Eyes – Sign Of The Dragonhead
Release Date: 12th January 2018
Record Label: AFM Records

Leaves’ Eyes are a symphonic metal super group featuring the vocalist of EnkElination (Elina Siirala) and Atrocity. This marks Elina’s debut album with the band following the quite messy breakup of former singer Liv Kristine Espenæs. The sound of this release therefore is quite convoluted and up in the air about what it will sound like. With singles currently released such as Sign Of The Dragonhead and Across The Sea being released the first glimmers of the bands sound is there with the new vocalist. Without hearing the album however it can’t be told whether or not the band will retain the same high quality they have throughout their career, but from the new singles it seems like that might be a strong possibility. With many people new to Leaves’ Eyes music anyway perhaps 2018 is the time to restructure the band and make a whole new possibility for the international exposure for the group.

Hamferð – Támsins likam
Release Date: 12th January 2018
Record Label: Metal Blade Records

Following on from Evst; Támsins likam is set to be Hamferð’s major label debut and hopefully the release that pushes the band further on the extreme metal underground. Creating the most beautiful and intricate yet harsh and abrasive Doom Metal this band is suited to fans of extreme metal and is a release perfect for tastes in the extreme and heavier end of music. To show how heavy they are the bands name Hamferð is a Farose word meaning (dead/missing seamen). Creating an intense and intricate backdrop, this looks set to be the cool band to mention at metal clubs and one which will likely cause quite a stir in the extreme metal underground for years to come.