It is no doubt that September is packed with important and notable releases. We’re only seven days in and the likes of Iron Maiden and The Wonder Years have already released important albums. Whilst the remainder of the month sees a handful of exciting releases including some that didn’t make this feature (The Winter Passing and No Devotion). Nevertheless the Already Heard team has picked six key releases that you have to hear this month!
The former drills along with cheerleader chants with Oli Sykes flexes his clean (and improved vocals). Whilst the former is an almighty blast of hard rock with a bold chorus and (somewhat) quickly synths dominating. So having delivered three pulsated tracks, we have high hopes for ‘That’s The Spirit’. It seems Sykes and co are set to unleash a career defining record. One that will smash the glass ceiling and see them play arenas worldwide. Sure they may have abandoned their deathcore style with each passing album but what BMTH have done is progress and developed as a band to the point now where their sound is layered and intriguing. (SR)
‘That’s The Spirit’ by Bring Me The Horizon is released on September 11th on RCA.
Signs are promising, too. Instead of hiding away and working on the follow-up to 2013’s incredible ‘Whenever, If Ever’, the group has been busy releasing numerous excellent singles throughout 2015, the pick of which being the split with Rozwell Kid, for which they contributed the mesmerising ‘Chest and Shirt’.
Having been underground darlings for so long, it means ‘Hamlessness’ could be the album that finally pushes TWIABP into wider consciousness and allows them to join The Menzingers, Joyce Manor and Desaparecidos as the latest success story for a rejuvenated Epitaph. (RM)
‘Harmlessness’ by The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die is released on September 25th on Epitaph Records.
‘One Day All This Will End’ is an album that is focussed, nuanced and an incredible payoff for those who’ve been waiting to get to hear these songs outside a live setting. It’s a whole new beast from 2013’s ‘Gone Tomorrow’ full of intense vocals, chunky riffs and rich textures. They’ll be tearing us all a new one with this record. (HR)
‘One Day All This Will End’ by Svalbard is released on September 25th on Holy Roar Records.
There’s a confidence and punk rock attitude running through the off kilter rhythms, thick, raspy riffs and song titles like ‘The Sadness of Axl Rose’ that make this a really worthwhile listen and a great introduction to the band. It may be a lazy comparison, but Jesus Lizard fans would avoid this band at their peril, especially on first single, ‘Shirts’. (HR)
‘Adult’ by Blacklisters is released on 18th September on Smalltown America.
‘A Night on the Town’ provides the perfect taster to whet the appetite for ‘Act IV’, offering the intricate, multi-layered and multi-instrumental aspects that we’ve come to expect from The Dear Hunter. The second part of the song is especially emotive as it pays homage to ‘Mustard Gas’ from ‘Act III’, making this a perfect transitional song that forces excitement for what’s to come and a shiver of nostalgia for what’s gone before. (MJ)
‘Act VI: Rebirth in Reprise’ by The Dear Hunter is released on September 9th on Cave & Canary Goods/Equal Vision Records (US) and Rude Records (UK).
Much as we’re still left eagerly anticipating brand new material from the band, this release is a spirited full bore romp through their back catalogue. As well as focusing on tracks from ’Transgender Dysphoria Blues’ all the old favourites are here too in all their live glory. Frankly who wouldn’t want a live album of one of punk rock’s very best live acts? (DW)
’23 Live Sex Acts’ by Against Me! is out now on Xtra Mile Recordings.
Words by Sean Reid (SR), Rob Mair (RM), Heather Robertson (HR), Mark Johnson (MJ) and Dane Wright (DW).