1. Epica – The Quantum Enigma
This week marks the return of Dutch symphonic metal band Epica, releasing their sixth studio album ‘The Quantum Enigma’, hoping to once again push the boundaries of the genre, with this album proving the point, using string ensembles, choirs and orchestral elements to produce a refined and intelligent collection of songs, jumping from the truly epic ‘Second Stone’ to more conventional ‘Victims Of Contingency’, once again proving why symph is considered the most artistic form of the metal genre and Epica are one of the most notable promoters of it.
If you like: Nightwish, Within Temptation, Lacuna Coil
The Quantum Enigma is released May 15th via Nuclear Blast Records
2. The Black Keys – Turn Blue
It’s been three years since American garage rockers, The Black Keys last released an album, but this year they took a break from touring to record their eighth album ‘Turn Blue’, this time departing from the more intimate stylings of their 2011 release ‘El Camino’, instead they have produced a more rock’n’roll/blues filled collection of songs that feels more like a return to their roots, with the stand out track belonging to ‘Weight of Love’, a heavy blues song, which grips you from start to finish.
If you like: The White Stripes, The Raconteurs, Radio Moscow
Turn Blue was released May 12th via Nonesuch Records
3. Mushroomhead – The Righteous & the Butterfly
Making it to their eight studio album ‘The Righteous & The Butterfly’, industrial metal collective Mushroomhead return with a few recent additions, including guitarist Church and bassist Dr. F, bringing a fresh sound to the group, while sticking with the vision that the bands fans have grown to love over the last decade, with this album holding a special place in the hearts of the band members, with this one becoming a dedication to original guitarist J.J Righteous and former photographer Vanessa Solowiow, who’ve sadly both passed away in the last couple of years.
If you like: Mudvayne, American Head Charge, Downthesun
The Righteous and the Butterfly is released May 13th via Megaforce Records
4. Killer Be Killed – Killer Be Killed
Killer Be Killed are the latest supergroup to come out of the US, featuring Troy Sanders of Mastodon, Greg Puciato of The Dillinger Escape Plan, Max Cavalera of Soulfly and Dave Elitch of The Mars Volta, combining their significant talents and taking elements from different genres to produce the bands self titled debut album, an album that you can hear each musicians influences, from metal to hardcore and punk to grove, which rather than sounding like a mesh-mash of genres, instead feels like a hybrid masterpiece.
If you like: Devil You Know, Destrage, Buried in Verona
Killer Be Killed is released May 13th via Nuclear Blast Records
5. 21 Octayne – Into The Open
Adding to a long line of talented German rock bands, 21 Octayne is the coming together of a group of musicians that have at one time or another been members of bands such as the Joe Perry Project, Axxis and Rhapsody, but rather than being the supporting cast, it’s their time to shine and after a couple of years of solid touring and building up a following all over Europe, their debut album ‘Into the Open’ is finally ready to be released, giving you 12 songs filled with hard and fast rock, metal and funk.
If you like: Crippled Black Phoenix, Soilwork, Dream Theater
Into The Open is available for download May 23rd via AFM Records