While Trust Fall (Side A) hinted at a return to form, Incubus' 8 is quite a disappointment, made worse by sub-par audio engineering and production provided by, inexplicably, none other than Skrillex.
The album starts out with the ambient, airy "Nexus", this combined with the excellent follow-up track "Tesla", pretty accurately aligns expectations for the album. What they offer right from the get-go is the yin-yang of their softest side, followed by their most straight-forward progressive death metal side, which works to make the remainder of the album more surprising.
You've fallen asleep and have awoken in 2006. You turn on the radio and the first thing you hear is "Misery" by Creeper. You sign into MySpace and see they're touring in direct support of My Chemical Romance's Black Parade tour and mark it off on your calendar... then you really awake, and ah fuck. Alas, it's 2017!
Ukrainian black metal band White Ward's debut album, Futility Report, is an eclectic exercise in what's possible to accomplish under the black metal umbrella.
Prima Donna appropriately and adequately bridges the stylistic gap between preceding album Summertime '06 and the follow-up LP to this EP, Big Fish Theory.
Cynic's most experimental release, the 2011 EP Carbon Based Anatomy, is a stunning synergy of Cynic's many seemingly divergent musical interests.
STN MTN is a mixtape that contains several firsts for Gambino. It's a concept mixtape where Glover is asleep dreaming he "ran Atlanta", with songs based off mostly early-to-mid 2000's southern hip hop. The mixtape ends with Glover awaking from this dream on the Hawaiian island, Kauai.
Missing the heaviness Opeth's older sound? Black Crown Initiate has the cure. Their stunning debut EP Song of the Crippled Bull is four tracks of exemplary sometimes melodic, often brutal, technical death metal.
In A Poem Unlimited, loosely built around a framework of experimental electro-pop, covers an astonishing amount of ground during the course of its 11 tracks. The album frequently steps outside even these loose bounds though, drawing direct influence from several decades of musical movements.
Anthrax's 2011 comeback record, Worship Music, featuring the return of "Classic Lineup" vocalist Joey Belladonna, is one hell of a return to form.