As we get closer and closer to the end of the year, we are finding less and less albums coming out. However, there is still some life in 2021 rock music. This week is the last big one before Christmas hits us. Four new metal albums (sorry rock fans) were put out and we’re here to check out all of them and let you know what we thought!
Volbeat: Servant of the Mind
One of the most promising metal bands of the last few years, Volbeat have never seemed to be given the opportunity they deserve over here. However as much as I loved Seal the Deal…, the band definitely seemed to plateau with Outlaw Gentlemen…. The band have promised this to be heavier than their last release, going back to their roots. From the more recent singles they at least do make that happen. This is the last big album of the year I wanted to review in depth so you’ll have to wait for an overall score, but I can at least tell you it’s better than Rewind, Replay, Rebound!
Devin Townsend: The Puzzle AND Snuggles
That’s right, the Strapping Young Lad alum has treated us to not just one but TWO albums this week. Both are very different albums, though. Snuggles is a seemingly never-ending soundscape of relaxing, almost ethereal-sounding 40 minutes. All the tracks run together perfectly and almost feel like one of those CDs you used to be able to buy if you struggled to fall asleep.
The Puzzle is a messier, slightly heavier affair. Neither were anywhere near what I had expected going into them, though. I’ve never been the biggest fan of Devin’s work to begin with but I at least appreciate tracks like ‘Hyperdrive!’ and ‘Daddy’. Both are actual tracks, not just a collection of sounds. I appreciate the attempt at taking bedroom-pop in a more rock/experimental direction, but I found very little redeeming in either album at all. It was a chore to listen to what I did, honestly. I’ll rate both together and give it a frankly generous 2/10
Of Mice and Men: Echo
Despite a turbulent last few years for Of Mice and Men, the band returned with their seventh studio album this last week. Despite having seen them at a festival a few years ago, I still know next to nothing about the band besides the odd passing song that a friend may have liked. But, coming into this almost completely blind, I have to say I was pretty impressed with this album. It’s nothing ground-breaking, simply good metalcore music. Highlights include the lead single, ‘Obsolete’, ‘Pulling Teeth’ and the albums title track. 7/10
And there we have it, the last big week of rock releases of 2021. We will still keep up with New Music Mondays, of course, as there are still a few albums yet to be released, but it’s rather slow for a few weeks!
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