A new year has started and we’ll soon begin to review and select the best music released by major artists and also younger musicians. In anticipation of what we’ll hear in these first days of 2018, let’s see which are some of the most interesting albums that will be released during the month of January.
A little note is necessary to clarify that we’ll mention in this list only the albums related to the type of music that we like in this blog: committed, passionate, high-quality, whatever is the genre. Therefore don’t expect so many mainstream and easy-listening bands. And in any case for those types of groups you have a thousand of other ways to deepen your knowledge.
To be honest, the songs we have heard so far from the upcoming albums still didnt’ give us any special emotion, and for the time being expectations are not skyrocketing. But these are only advance tracks and there may be also a big number of good discs under release that have not been yet scanned by our radars. As it often happens, at the end of the month we could easily discover that the albums which gave us the strongest emotions were those not expected at the beginning… so stay tuned and we’ll review together the way this early 2018 will develop in music.
Corrosion of Conformity, the legendary American heavy metal band from North Carolina, will release on January 12nd their tenth album, No Cross No Crown, with the return of guitarist and vocalist Pepper Keenan, who left the band in occasion of the hiatus in which they entered in 2006. The return of Keenan represents certainly and additional reason for which long-term fans of the band are looking forward to this new release from the band. The early tracks that have been shared so far show that the Group has tried to reproduce to some extent the sound and the feeling of the 90’s, when they reached the peak of success and sales.
Avatar, the avant-garde metal band from Sweden, will publish their seventh LP, Avatar Country, on January 12nd. As we can hear from the couple of tracks that are circulating since a few weeks, we should expect a really heterogeneous set of songs, each one with its onw style and musicality. This band has always put important doses of innovation and creativity in their works; in the case of new album – at least for what we can hear today – their ambition has reached very high leveles. We’ll see soon what is the final result.
Black Veil Brides, the American rock band from Cincinnati, are about to release their fifth studio album, Vale, set for publication on January 12nd. The singles that have been shared so far confirm the typical elements of their sound: linear melodies, epic drumming and anthemic choruses. We’ll see in a few weeks how much substance is hidden under this surface of catchy rock.
First Aid Kit, the Swedish pop-folk duo founded by the two Söderberg sisters, will release on January 19th their fourth album, Ruins. There are already a Number of videos circulating since many weeks with songs from the new album. We are once again faced with some among the most beautiful voices in the current folk scene, although the notable pop and mainstream component we have in their songs seem to reduce their overall depth and interestingness.
Legendary Swedish jazz pianist Bobo Stenson is releasing on January 19th a new collection of tunes played with his loyal companions Anders Jormin on bass and Jon Fält drums. The new album of the trio, named Contra La Indecisión, is expected to showcase another wide range of input influences, from Bela Bartok to Cuban songwriter Silvio Rodríguez. This is the trio’s first new recording in six years.
Two Jazz iconic artists such as Chick Corea and Steve Gadd are publishing on January 19th a double CD, named Chinese Butterfly, which signs the reunion of one of the most interesting and historical collaborations in music (Steve Gadd was one of the first drummers for Chick Corea). For this new work the two have assembled a band which features Lionel Loueke (who we have seen contributing magistrally to Nicolas Kummert’s 2017 album La Diversité), Steve Wilson, Carlitos Del Puerto, Luisito Quintero and special guest Philip Bailey.
tUnE-yArDs, the electronic music project founded by American artist Merrill Garbus, is going to publish a new studio album, named I Can Feel You Creep Into My Private Life. The LP will be released on January 19th and there are already a couple of tracks shared so far. We can recognize that many of the characteristics element of their sound are always present, such as the use of vintage sounds, but the search for a new musical direction is also evident. We’ll see when the album will be released if the point of arrival will be more or less interesting.
Calexico, the Tex-Mex indie rock band from Arizona, will release on January 26th their tenth studio LP, The Thread that Keeps Us. Based on the couple of tracks that were shared so far, the album could be extremely interesting to hear. The song Voices In The Field, in particular, has an engaging rhythm and the usual beautiful influences from the mexican world.
Machine Head, the American groove and thrash metal from California, is releasing on January 26th the long-awaited follow-up to Bloodstone & Diamonds, the album that in 2014 had brought back the band to collect aconsiderable success from both fans and industry critics. The upcoming album, named Chatarsis, will be the ninth in the career of the band, and from the songs that are already circulating it’s possible to foresee another great performance by Robb Flynn, who’s today the only remaining member of the original line-up.
No Age, the noise-rock group from California, will release on January 26th the fifth album of their career, Snares Like and Aircut, which arrives four years after their previous LP. The fact that the band had returned to work on new tracks had been somewhat anticipated last year with the publication on Vimeo of a new song, Separation. which, however, should not be included in the new work. For the new album there are two other tracks that were shared by the duo: Drippy and Soft Collar Fad (the latter, in particular, looks definitely interesting)
Sleeping Giant, the American metal band from Redlands, California, have announced that their next album, I Am, will be their final one after 12 years of career. The LP will be out on January 26th and it has been anticipated so far by two videos.