[FONT=Georgia]Decoy's Most Anticipated Albums of
No sooner than 2006 ended, we immediately begin looking forward to a slew of huge releases in 2007. Here is an extensive list of bands that we are almost positive will release new albums sooner rather than later. If we overlooked your favorite band, please excuse us, this was quite a challenge. Enjoy.
[FONT=Impact]Expect It : [/FONT] Fall on Labwork Music (myspace.com/wintersleepmusic)
After releasing two critically acclaimed albums through their own Dependent Records, Wintersleep will be putting their 3rd album out through Labwork Music. Despite rarely leaving Canada and gathering almost all of their popularity through a cultish word of mouth, they have built a large fanbase that is begging to crawl down to the States. Expect more gritty, acoustic, scream-lore of the folkish variety, from the as of yet untitled album, and hopefully this time will include a few stops at your local beatnik club, or stadium if Pitchfork ever catches on.
[FONT=Impact]Expect It : [/FONT] April 10th on 4AD (blondredhead.com)
Blonde Redhead's last album, 2004's Misery is a Butterfly proved to be one of the most stunning and uncomparable albums of all time. And after 10+ years of being together, they continue to lay as much confusion and enigmatic beauty upon the listener as ever before. So now, 3 years gone since their last effort and little has been answered and little is known about the band's forthcoming album, known simply as 23. But as is their style you can rest assured the album will land with a bang while the band will barely be heard.
[FONT=Impact]Expect It : [/FONT] Late Summer, Label TBA (myspace.com/dayonesymphony)
After enduring a nearly fatal accident, the members of San Jose's Day One Symphony have resurfaced once again, playing shows and recording their following up to the brilliant AVICIOUSCIRCLE. They describe the new album as "their most current synthesis of conscious and unconscious experience derived from the metaphysical and corporeal elements present in humankind's modern mars-roving human condition." That may be too complex for many to "get," but after listening to the first track from the new album, "Isoceles," hopefully the picture will become a little less hazy. Reguardless, let's just be ever so thankful the guys are healthy and back on the horse again.
[FONT=Impact]Expect It : [/FONT] February 20th through Temporary Residence (explosionsinthesky.com)
Thirty seconds is all you’ll need to believe in the majesty-turned-tragedy of All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone, Explosions In The Sky’s long-awaited fourth album. The hands-over-your-face, drop-to-your-knees opening track is only the beginning of the dominating brilliance of this record. Recorded by John Congleton (The Roots, The Mountain Goats) at Pachyderm Studios in rural Minnesota, it is a massive leap forward, showcasing a broader instrumental range and their most focused, efficient songwriting. It’s also within arm’s length of matching the overwhelming glory of their legendary live shows, trading in the crystalline production of The Earth Is Not a Cold Dead Place for a paint-peeling intensity that blurs the lines between studio and live performance.
[FONT=Impact]Expect It : [/FONT] April 3rd on Corporate Punishment (myspace.com/onesidezero)
It's almost unbelievable that it's been 6 years since LA's Onesidezero released their debut album, Is This Room Getting Smaller. But after all that time, a break-up, several other bands and projects, the demand was too great for them to turn their back on Onesidezero forever. So after announcing their reformation in early 2005, they set out to write and record an album they were truly happy with and then shop it to see who was interested. The music scene has no doubt changed greatly since 2001, but California's Corporate Punishment Records knew a good thing when they heard it and snatched up the band at once. Their long overdue sophomore self-titled album will finally see daylight this spring and we couldn't be happier with the way the 13 tracks turned out.
[FONT=Impact]Expect It : [/FONT] March 6th on Hopeless/Subcity (myspace.com/kaddisfly)
Oregon's Kaddisfly will be releasing their 3rd full length album, Set Sail the Prairie late this winter and once again it's of the concept variety. This time it’s the second album in a trilogy and it tells the story of a yearlong journey through the world, focusing on the four seasons. Despite the fact that the majority of the album leaked late last summer, our excitement reguarding the full release of the album is undaunted. As a band that's been on our radar for years now, we are still a bit shocked they haven't broken through to more fame and fortune, but since we've heard the album it seems that worldwide acclaim can't bee too far off.
[FONT=Impact]Expect It : [/FONT] March 13th on Dinosaur Fight (myspace.com/kenandrews)
Considering that Failure is one of my top 5 all time favorite bands and that they are widely perceived as one of the most influential bands in the modern era, it's no suprise that Ken Andrew's latest offering is high priority to us. Even though ON and Year of the Rabbit were highly enjoyable and extremely unique albums, (all peers considered), nothing has quite quenched the thirst left behind by Failure's legacy. Now frontman Ken Andrews has started his own label, Dinosaur Fight Records, and will be releasing the first album, Secrets of the Lost Satellite, under his own name. It seems the end result of 10 tracks and 40 minutes, has fallen somewhere between the spacey post-hardcore of Failure and the electro-tinged bounce of ON, but no matter what expect heavy buzz around it's release.
[FONT=Impact]Expect It : [/FONT] February 6th on Victory (myspace.com/bayside)
Bayside's newest offering, The Walking Wounded is by far their most ambitious and daring album to date. They have managed to sprawl the layers and depth of the album over the course of 12 very bold and dynamic songs that manage to span 50 minutes, a bit of an anomaly for the genre. Reguardless of what you thought of this band before, or their label, Victory, we highly recommend you try and forget your previous notions. That's what the band did.
[FONT=Impact]Expect It : [/FONT] Late Spring on Equal Vision (myspace.com/circasurvive)
Circa Survive's success after their release of the debut album, Juturna, was almost immediate, largely in part to the popularity of lead singer Anthoyn Green's former band, Saosin, and in part to rampant internet hype. But reguardless of the reason, the success was warrented. This time around the band is even more excited to get back on the horse, since this time around they have had 2 full years to become a real band. As the days begin to get warmer expect the excitement swirling around this album to be gigantic.
[FONT=Impact]Expect It : [/FONT] Fall on Radar Records (myspace.com/junius)
The pioneering post-wave group Junius has announced plans to release its first full-length in late 2007. The album, tentatively titled martyrdom of the catastrophist, has been a work in progress over the past year, written during sessions in different states between tours, including Texas, Vermont, New York, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Louisiana. The record is based on the life and teachings of a controversial scientist who was both revered and condemned during his lifetime for his progressive theories and predictions regarding the history of our civilization and the cosmos. The band is currently seeking a label to either release or co-release the album with Radar Records and has plans to tour extensively in North America and abroad in support of it throughout 2007, 2008, and beyond....
[FONT=Impact]Expect It : [/FONT] April on Wind-Up (myspace.com/strata)
For years, Los Gatos's Downside struggled to create the fervor necessary to sign to a label that could release their mouth-watering blend of aggression and tenderness. In 2003, following a name change to Strata, "the little label that could," Wind-Up finally put them out of their misery, releasing their self-titled album. For longtime fans, it was a beautiful thing, minus the fact that most songs had been on previous Downside/Strata releases and the reworkings weren't favorable. Fearful of going the way of a band like Amazing Device, Strata has at long last recorded an album of entirely new material simply titled, Strata Presents the End of the World. What has happened since their last album, no one knows. This makes Strata's latest one of the most exciting albums of 2007, as there's no telling how the band has grown or what experiences they've gone through that could shape the new release.
[FONT=Impact]Expect It : [/FONT] March 31st on Eleven:A Music Company (in Australia), US release TBA (myspace.com/silverchair)
Silverchairis one of a small handful of bands who keep getting better with age. Each album tops its predecessor. Neon Ballroom, for years, seemed the band's ultimate achievement, up until the day Diorama came to be. Frankly, with the astounding growth the band has shown over the years, it's frightening to wonder at what fantastic journey the band will take us on this time. Their new album, Young Modern, has us itching with anticipation.
[FONT=Impact]Expect It : [/FONT] Spring, Label TBA (myspace.com/woven)
Woven, one of the most underrated bands of 2003 at long last has a follow-up. Personally, I've been looking forward to this album since January of 2004, as 8-Bit Monk was so great that I needed to hear more as soon as possible. The band's effects-laden music and vocals set the tone for many bands in and around the San Francisco area with their first release, EPrime, despite residing more toward Los Angeles. The fact that they've had such an influence on such a fertile musical landscape in such a small time, with limited publicity, shows just what the band is capable of. If you've listened to the latest from Dredg, Codeseven,Film School, or Day One Symphony, please hunt down this new release from Woven, Perception Whore, as you will be astounded.
[FONT=Impact]Expect It : [/FONT] Fall On Relapse (myspace.com/dillingerescapeplan)
Ah, Dillinger Escape Plan...one of the few remaining bands that is still well ahead of its peers. While many techmetal bands are still trying to catch up with Calculating Infinity, these guys are trying to further expand the sounds and arrangements explored on Miss Machine. No doubt, this next release will be devastating, splitting fans of the band much like the prior release did. This could become one of the most devisive records in aggressive music's history, because it's safe to say, there will be no rehashing of prior glories.
[FONT=Impact]Expect It : [/FONT] April On The End Records (myspace.com/tubring)
It's easy to overlook a band that draws favorable comparisons to Mr. Bungle, but is not nearly as extreme. However, upon hearing the band's album progressions, it's easy to see the band has stepped out from under Bungle's shadow for quite some time, though still drawing those comparisons. With their 2007 release, The Great Filter, maybe this will be the time the band finally gets the recognition they deserve. After all, they're no Bungle. They're a pop group with freak-out tendencies and a vast wealth of musical knowledge and ability.
[FONT=Impact]Expect It : [/FONT] March On The End Records (myspace.com/sleepytimegorillamuseum)
Revisionists in the future would do well to go back through historical texts from this era and pronounce Sleepytime Gorilla Museum as one of the most well-rounded bands of this period. Everything they do is amazingly well-thought-out, progressive, intelligent, and performed. This time out, the stakes are raised, as one has to wonder what kinds of gizmos Dan Rathbun has put together for this release, has to wonder how the new percussionist's music will sound when mashed in with the more-established members. And my God, what kind of show will they put on this time?
[FONT=Impact]Expect It : [/FONT] February 20th on Hydra Head (myspace.com/officialjesu)
Let's put this one simply: If you for some reason liked Peeping Tom, which was Mike Patton's vision of what pop should sound like, you'd better love Jesu. The Silver EP was a masterpiece of pop music, sprung from the mind of Godflesh member Justin Broadrick. His compelling vision of what modern pop should sound like, even as it took on lengths well beyond radio play, is entrancing. Of course, there's no promise that this is the direction that will be taken, but there is definite promise that the new album, Conqueror, will be in the running for top honors come December.
[FONT=Impact]Expect It : [/FONT] July On Triple Crown (myspace.com/thereceivingendofsirens)
With the loss of Casey Crescenzo, The Receiving End of Sirens is at a bit of an impass. The question here is whether or not they can float above the nearly-generic material of their past releases and maintain that special something that kept them much more interesting than their peers now that they've lost a very solid songwriter and vocalist in Crescenzo. The Earth Sings Mi Fa Mi will be either one of the most surprising albums of the year or one of the most disappointing, which also makes it one of the most exciting, as there's no way to know what to expect.
[FONT=Impact]Expect It : [/FONT] April 24th on Serjical Strike (myspace.com/fairtomidland)
Signed to Serjical Strike Records, these Texans are set to show the world what they can do. While the band walks the tightrope between radio-friendly hard rock and subdued, unpretentious progressive music, the influence of System of a Down's Serj Tankian on their growth since 2003's Inter.Funda.Stifle makes their first nationally-available record one with lofty expectations. Let's just hope they don't lose their vocal trademark, as it was one of the most exciting things about the band. From there, let's also hope they've continued to grow as a band, because there's nothing worse than a band with potential laying stagnant.
[FONT=Impact]Expect It : [/FONT] April On Ferret (myspace.com/poisonthewell)
I know what you're thinking: "Poison the Well is still around and putting out a new record?" We at Decoy are as shocked as you. But frankly, given the strides Poison the Well made over their last three records, it's not hard to wonder if they can push the emocore envelope just a smidgenwith their new disc, Versions. Of course, there's also the off-chance the label will interfere, as labels tend to do. Plus there's the question of whether or not the band has anything left. At best, the album could be on par with The Opposite of December and sound even better. At worst, it could be a terrifying regurgiation of You Come Before You with more melody and less aggression, which goes against what made this band so listenable in everyone's formative years.
[FONT=Impact]Expect It : [/FONT] Summer on Monotreme (myspace.com/sixtyfivedaysofstatic)
The most beloved glitch-rock band in the world is ready to release yet another critically-acclaimed full length. Naturally, questions will whirl about whether or not the band can continue to be amongst the best in their genre, since so many bands have sprung up or caught a ton of attention since 65 Days of Static's last release and may have recorded better albums. Our bet is on the band reaching or exceeding the bar set by their peers or maybe even turning listeners on their heads with a new direction. Probably the former, but would anyone really be hurt if it were the latter?
[FONT=Impact]Expect It : [/FONT] April on Interscope (myspace.com/kenna)
For years, Kenna's label pumped money into promotions, only to avoid releasing the album for a number of reasons. Then, they finally unshelved New Sacred Cow, but all the promotion was so far in the past that it didn't do anything, even with the advertised appearance of a Neptune, Chad Hugo. Now, perhaps the label has finally pieced together a way to make this cross-genre pop sensation marketable, running his music and a snippet of live performance for a new audio device and re-enlisting Hugo as producer. Now all they need to do is actually release the album, Make Sure They See My Face, on time. Oddsmakers are putting it at 8:1 this actually happens. But if/when it does, Kenna is sure to take the world by storm. Finally.
[FONT=Impact]Expect It : [/FONT] Summer, Label TBA (myspace.com/underminded)
Underminded return in 2007 with their long awaited followup to their debut LP Hail Unamerican! in 2004. It's been a long journey for the guys in Underminded, havingtheir old label Kung Fu Records close up as well as changing management, their booking agency and other obstacles. Originally supposed to have been recorded inFebruary 2006 their sophomore album will now be recorded in February 2007 but as far as the band is concerned everything has worked out for the best as its given themthe time needed to progress with a new drummer and to go back and write the best songs they are capable of. If their most recent demos are any indication this albumwill not slow down, get ready for one fast paced ride with the guys from Underminded. Their upcoming album, slated for a Summer 2007 release on a label yetto be named, is heavier, more skilled, and more intense. The end result should catapult Underminded to finally be recognized as one of the best bands in hardcoremusic. When asked what to expect from the upcoming album Nick Martin (singer/guitarist) said "Everyone will be surprised. There's a lot of ideas we'reworking with but we dont want to give away anything just yet." Lyrically the band seems more pissed off than they were for their first album except this time ittouches upon more world topics instead of the election like the last album. The band will hit the studio with Paul Miner (Thrice, New Found Glory, Death By Stereo)in early February and are already lining up tours from March on. Get ready for an in your face, no holds barred album as well as one hell of a live show. This bandis on the rise and there's no reason you shouldn't join them for the trip.
[FONT=Impact]Expect It : [/FONT] Fall, Label TBA (myspace.com/awitn)
It is truly beyond me how this band, after crafting three consistently terrific albums, each one a significant progression from the last, has still avoided garnering even a modicum of publicity (aside from that given to them by Decoy and possibly a few other musiczines). Last year’s As the Bluebird Sings was one of the best albums 2006 had to offer – as evidenced by the fact that it came in second place on our top fifty list – combining lilting, creepy melodies – brought to life through a myriad of instruments, from more traditional pianos to electronica – with an impressive range of both male and female vocals. Apparently, the group is already hard at work creating a follow-up to this sensational album, which is scheduled to be released later in 2007; truly awesome news for fans of moody, piano-driven rock music.
[FONT=Impact]Expect It : [/FONT] Summer on Robotic Empire (myspace.com/circletakesthesquare)
As the Roots Undo is probably one of my favorite albums of all time. That’s saying a lot considering that the other spots on that list are occupied by bands like Clann Zu and Aereogramme, musical groups that possess little to no resemblance to Circle Takes The Square. Their debut’s unique brand of spaz-metal with layered vocals and intricate song structures grabbed me immediately and refused to let go, so naturally my anticipation to hear what they’d do next has been building exponentially over the past several years. Don’t expect them to stick to conventions, even those set by themselves years prior; this is a band of postmodern innovators (an oxymoron, but an accurate one) one that built upon the work of their contemporaries to accomplish something the genre hasn’t been able to replicate successfully since. Let’s hope Circle Takes The Square can make it happen again in 2007.
[FONT=Impact]Expect It : [/FONT] February 6th on Eyeball (myspace.com/kisskiss)
Prior to hearing an advance of their 2007 release, Reality Vs. The Optimist, I’d never heard much about Kiss Kiss and didn’t really care to. Their name not only reminds me of a terrible country song, but also sounds like the name of some equally terrible pop band. After hearing the aforementioned album, though, my preconceptions have been thoroughly trashed by an expressive mix of dramatic melodies and rock sensibility. With influences ranging from Murder by Death to early System of a Down and even Ben Folds, Kiss Kiss is a musical tour de force and this album displays their talents perfectly. It’s a bit on the short side, but it moves briskly and is still a more than welcome addition to a year that’s already set to be full of great albums.
[FONT=Impact]Expect It : [/FONT] Mid-Summer on DMZ (myspace.com/autolux)
If you haven’t heard of Autolux, you’ve probably been living in a cave that only receives one shitty mainstream radio station. These guys (and girl) play rock and roll music, plain and simple, and they do it well. There’s nothing particularly special about the instrumentation – it’s the same tried and true vocals / guitar / drums combo that has worked for so many rock bands – but something about the delivery, the way it all meshes and makes a wonderful whole, elevated 2004’s Future Perfect into contemporary classic status. The hype surrounding their 2007 follow-up couldn’t be higher among those who love them, but Autolux has faced hype before – especially after the three year wait between their acclaimed debut EP and the previously mentioned LP – and defeated it without difficulty.
[FONT=Impact]Expect It : [/FONT] March 6th on Merge (arcadefire.com)
Ok, so pretty much everyone is familiar with The Arcade Fire at this point. Independent music webzines have been riding their jock since their 2004 debut, Funeral, and, according to roughly half of the internet’s population (the other half seems to think they’re overrated), this vast amount of praise was not ill-placed. At its release, Funeral was considered by many to be the pinnacle of modern indie rock, evoking a broad spectrum of emotional responses via songs ranging in emotional relevance from mere head-bobbers to massive dramatic powerhouses. Regardless of your opinion of the band’s musical talent, their new album, Neon Bible, is bound to turn a lot of heads later this year.
[FONT=Impact]Expect It : [/FONT] February 6th on Sonic Unyon (myspace.com/aereogrammeofficial)
In my attempts to describe Aereogramme’s latest opus, My Heart Has a Wish that You Would Not Go, none of my words seem to do it justice (which obviously prompted me to open with this lame, clichéd disclaimer). Are they post-rock? Symphonic pop? Dark, esoteric indie? All are true, but somehow none of those labels accurately describe what Aereogramme accomplishes musically. Everything on this album meshes in the best way possible. You know how even the best of albums have a few scattered moments that you wish they had done just a wee bit differently? Of course you do. We’ve all be there; felt that shiver of disappointment in the back of our minds as a tremendous buildup leads to a slightly less than earth-shattering crescendo or as a vocal note cracks very briefly but at precisely the wrong moment. It’s an unpleasant but unavoidable circumstance that nearly album suffers from at least one or two moments like this. Aereogramme’s new album has absolutely none. Hopefully, that statement alone will be sufficient evidence for you to give it a listen.
[FONT=Impact]Expect It : [/FONT] May on Island (myspace.com/thrice)
Thrice has been one of my favorite bands for as long as I can remember, probably because their stylistic advancements from album to album have paralleled my budding musical tastes. Identity Crisis evolved into Illusion of Safety, which came along just in time to introduce me to melodic hardcore (however stale the genre has now become, Thrice made it their bitch back in 2002), and while their next effort, Artist in the Ambulance, was merely a solid and radio-friendly affair, it’s follow-up Vheissu surprised everyone by showing that the band had developed a startlingly diverse musical palette. That album featured shifting tones and styles, from chugging metal to delicate electronica, and proved to be extremely polarizing among fans. Their 2007 album, currently known only by the title, Elements, should be similarly divisive thanks to its (perhaps overly) ambitious nature. Elements is to be released as four short albums, each deriving its style from a different element in nature: fire, wind, water and earth. At this point, fire seems to be metal themed while earth is more folky; wind and water remain somewhat mysterious, but many feel that they will probably include a progression of certain components from Vheissu, such as prog / space rock and electronica. Either way you look at it – as a potential masterpiece or a product of overblown self-indulgence – Elements is bound to be one of the more interesting releases of 2007.
[FONT=Impact]Expect It : [/FONT] Summer on Jagjaguwar (myspace.com/okkervilriver)
Members of Okkervil River formed Shearwater as a side project. That statement alone should be enough to convince you of their musical prowess, since Shearwater’s Palo Santo was one of the best records of 2006. Okkervil River’s last album, Black Sheep Boy (as well as it’s Appendix follow-up), was a critically lauded gem of complex, aggressive, folk-influenced indie rock, skyrocketing an already great band into underground celebrity status. As you can imagine, my personally hype levels for their next release are already off the charts, and I have complete faith in Okkervil River to deliver yet another wonderful musical journey.
[FONT=Impact]Expect It : [/FONT] Spring on Prophecy Productions (myspace.com/klimt1918)
Didn’t these guys used to be a metal band? So where in the hell did they find inspiration for 2005’s Dopoguerra? Filled with harmonious, angelic space-rock that combined thick guitar structures with post-rock ambiance, it redefined Klimt 1918’s sound in ways no one expected. Such an odd transformation might perhaps have been predicted given their eccentric name, which references painter Gustav Klimt and the year of his death ( which is also the year during which World War I came to an end). Klimt’s highly symbolic, abstract artwork seems similar to the band’s musical aims in many ways, which makes me very hopeful for further experimentation in their future. Either way, Klimt 1918’s next offering is surely one of the most eagerly anticipated – and perhaps the most potentially enigmatic – albums of 2007.
[FONT=Impact]Expect It : [/FONT] Fall, Label TBA (myspace.com/oceansizeuk)
This is one band whose name makes perfect sense once you’ve listened to their music. Oceansize’s music is, to put it bluntly, massive. They craft the kind of epic progressive rock that blows minds and shatters eardrums, and they’ve only gotten better over the time spent crafting their two full-length albums, Effloresce and Everyone into Position. Combining poetic lyrical flair with a wide range of instrumental approaches, Oceansize is crafting their brand new album hot on the heels of two absolutely phenomenal demos and are well on their way to becoming the new kings of prog (now that Tool is, ahem … out of the picture). The finished product is bound to be one of the most ambitious and enormous albums of 2007 and, to be quite honest, the anticipation is nearly killing me. Finish it, damn you! Finish it!
[FONT=Impact]Expect It : [/FONT] March 20th on Epic (myspace.com/oceansizeuk)
Until about two years there were very few people who really knew anything about Modest Mouse. They were just some obscure indie band with a left of center sound and a funny name. Then all of a sudden they got picked up my Epic, they were all over the radio with the single “Float On” and next thing you know they were selling out big venues across the country! Things have been quiet from the MM camp for months now until recently. The band is back with a ridiculously catchy single called “Dashboard” and now we’re salivating, waiting on their next full length, We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank, which will grace store shelves March 20th.
[FONT=Impact]Expect It : [/FONT] March 6th on Militia Group (myspace.com/lovedrug)
I’m not going to lie, I’ve liked 75% of the bands The Militia Group has signed over the years. That being said, when I saw they had signed this Ohio band called Lovedrug I immediately checked them out and then immediately fell in love. They had the knack of writing beautiful, haunting, melodious songs without really being wimpy, and singer Michael Shepard’s voice is just frail enough to sound honest without feeling weak. On the band’s new effort, Everything Starts Where It Ends, the band has taken the next evolutionary step, writing songs that are a bit harder hitting; yet still showcasing the band’s songwriting talents. This is an album that fans of all genres will be able to embrace and it will arrive March 6th.
[FONT=Impact]Expect It : [/FONT] February 20th on Tooth and Nail (myspace.com/anberlin)
Anberlin has always been a band that, sonically, was high octane. From the first note of their first album, Blueprints for the Black Market, you knew this Florida five-piece was ready to bring the rock. Their music is loud, energetic and in some ways, reminiscent of the glamour days of rock and roll: loud and proud. Arena ready. They write high quality, catchy, rock and roll tunes that with their last album, Never Take Friendship Personal, started to gain the general public’s attention. Two songs from that album got significant commercial radio airplay and that lead to sales of almost 150,000, a big accomplishment for a band on an independent label. Anberlin is now poised to reach its full potential with their high-octane third album called Cities, due out February 20th. Don’t be surprised if this is the album that puts them with the big boys.
[FONT=Impact]Expect It : [/FONT] February, Independent (myspace.com/gazpachomusic)
Gazpacho is currently the crown-holder for best pop/prog group in the world. Their steady output of albums over the last few years has, contrary to most bands of their ilk, gotten better and better. Of course, they also hold the crown for "most difficult band to review ever," so you might not see another word about these guys until October. Just be sure you've listened to their new album, Night, well before then.
[FONT=Impact]Expect It : [/FONT] February 20th on Fearless (myspace.com/classiccase)
For those that choose mainstream rock as their poison, 2007 represents a solid crop of offerings. Classic Case is in the upper echelon of prospective essentials. A little under two years ago, the North Carolina-born rockers dropped Dress to Depress, an emotionally distressed whirlwind of Incubus-inspired melodies backed by a similar instrumental rawness that Finger Eleven has not seen in years. The group now returns with Losing Life, an effort written to advance their sound as well as their fanbase.
[FONT=Impact]Expect It : [/FONT] Spring on Iron Pier (myspace.com/dearlydepartedny)
The long awaited follow-up to the underrated Believing in Ghosts is finally on the cusp of arrival. Axing the prior reported title of Bad News at the Doorstep, Dearly Departed’s sophomore album is donning a new moniker of In The Dead Of Winter. With the constant line-up changes finally worked out, Dearly Departed is set to begin an extensive tour while working through Iron Pier Records to get their new effort in distribution. Sporting a newly defined sound, this opus is poised to leave all other indie rock releases choking in a trail of dust.
[FONT=Impact]Expect It : [/FONT] May on Mothership (myspace.com/themayanfactor)
Anybody that was close to The Mayan Factor’s music knew that serious infighting began between the band members shortly after the release of 2005’s iconic 44. Unable to resolve the issues, the group abruptly disbanded later that same year, leaving behind an unfulfilled legacy loaded with overflowing potential. Unexpectedly, the band kissed and made up just a few months later and announced their return. Continuing right where they left off, the tribal-influenced acoustic proggers have started recording and have a new full length planned for this year. If they can manage to hold it together this time, these boys will continue to be an amazing gift to music aficionados.
[FONT=Impact]Expect It : [/FONT] February 6th on Relapse (myspace.com/theendmusic)
Despite Decoy staffer Rick saying it was just mediocre, last year was simply not a good time for metal. Yesterday saw laughable metalcore, hardcore, whatever-core clone bands turning the once prolific genre into a complete joke. Then there was VH1 and MTV2 trying to sell everyone on the lie that the insanely overrated Mastodon is the greatest thing since sliced bread. And let’s not forget about Tool completely mailing it in on 10,000 Days. Hell, the list of disappointments could go on and on, but by now you get the point. But on the bright side, like every New Year, tomorrow is the dawn of a new day and a fresh start. There’s arguably no better place to begin than The End’s Elementary. Effectively blending elements of metal, progressive and ambience, this loud and angry debut is drowning in what 2006 possessed so little of -- sincerity.
[FONT=Impact]Expect It : [/FONT] Spring on Interscope (myspace.com/ours2)
With an absence from the music scene long enough to make Woven’s disappearance seem like a two week siesta, Ours is finally set to make a return to the foray. Scattered between alternate projects and whatnot, they may as well pretend they are starting anew, because outside of their most ardent fans, there’s very little chance that anyone remembers their amazing work by name. Either way, since the camp is promising new material on the shelves very shortly, if the hymns therein are just half as decent as the melancholic beauty created on Precious and Distorted Lullabies, then it just may be worth the wait.
[FONT=Impact]Expect It : [/FONT] April 11th on Dopamine (myspace.com/caspiantheband)
Having formed a mere four years ago, what Caspian’s You Are the Conductor accomplished for the post-rock genre was nothing short of an impossible, astonishing feat. Heads turned, jaws dropped, and some even went as far as stating that the band’s welling potential could possibly dethrone the legacies of Explosions in the Sky, Pelican, and other top-tier instrumental drifters. Bloated accusations pushed aside, with the release of The Four Trees now imminent, what is undeniably certain is that Caspian will continue to grab a lion’s share of this genre’s growing horde of worshipers.
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Nine Inch Nails, April on Interscope
Clutch, March on DRT
Devotchka, Summer, Label TBA
Job For A Cowboy, Early Summer on Metal Blade
Darkest Hour, Summer on Victory
Mae, Spring on Capitol
As I Lay Dying, Mid-Summer on Metal Blade
Bright Eyes, Spring on Saddle Creek
Chiodos, Mid-Summer on Equal Vision
Maylene and the Sons of Disaster, March on Ferret
Minus the Bear, August on Suicide Squeeze
Fall of Troy, Spring on Equal Vision
Ion Dissonance, Summer on Abacus
Pelican, May on Hydra Head
The Apex Theory, Spring, Label TBA
Auditory Aphasia, Spring on Longhair Illuminati
Zozobra, February on Hydra Head
Air, March on Astralwerks
Chevelle, April on Epic
TheStart, Summer on Nitro
The Cancer Conspiracy, Spring on Radar
Efterklang, March on Leaf
Finger Eleven, March on Wind-Up