#NewMusicFriday: May 17th 2024

May 17th #NewishMusicFriday

A few heavy releases lead this week’s #NewMusicFriday. Slayer‘s Kerry King debuts his post-split/pre-reunion solo venture – ‘From Hell I Rise’. Death metallers Gatekeeper have a ‘Dark Superstition’ while doom metal group Pallbearer deliver ‘Mind Burns Alive’.

There is also a trio of live releases as HalestormJinjer, and LITE all drop live albums. Elsewhere, rising Virginia rockers Telltale release their self-titled debut, and versatile outfit From Indian Lakes return after five years away with ‘Head Void’. On the home front, UK punks Darko return with the ‘Greyscale’ EP and emerging alt-rocker Queen Laya delivers her self-titled EP.

One Step Closer
Photo Credit: Spencer Chamberlain

One Step Closer – All You Embrace

In hardcore circles, One Step Closer are a band that has been bubbling away for a while. 2021’s debut full-length, ‘This Place You Know’, left its mark due to the Pennsylvania group embracing tropes of hardcore’s past with ferocity and lyrical introspectiveness scattered throughout. The early signs of its follow-up, ‘All You Embrace’, have shown all the makings of a band ready to break out.

On the surface, it’s a focused and consistent record that easily treads the blurry line of melodic hardcore and emo. While tracks such as ‘The Gate’ and the grungy ‘Your Hazel Tree’ hint at a band taking their foot off the gas,  previous singles ‘Leap Years’ and ‘Blur My Memory’ show the quartet still have plenty of bite amongst the booming melodies.

Read the full review here.

What is out on #NewMusicFriday?

Kerry King – From Hell I Rise
Gatecreeper – Dark Superstition
Telltale – Telltale
Pallbearer – Mind Burns Alive
Halestorm – Live At Wembley
One Step Closer – All You Embrace
Jinjer – Live in Los Angeles
Darko – Greyscale
Cage The Elephant – Neon Pill
Queen Laya – Queen Laya
From Indian Lakes – Head Void
Pain – I Am
The Lovely Eggs – Eggsistentialism
BAT – Under The Crooked Claw
So Totally – Double Your Relaxation
SOCK – 3243 (Reissue)
Saint Social – Don’t Let The Fire Die
Thomas Nicholas Band – We’re Going to Be OK

If you think I’ve missed something or have a new album/EP/song to tell us about, tell us about it here.

If you’re looking for the latest tracks focusing on rock, punk, hardcore, metal, emo, and everything in between, then check out our ‘Newish Music’ playlist on Spotify or Apple Music.


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