Look out for these albums and DVDs released this week.
Voivod Target Earth
Canadian metal band Voivod’s thirteenth studio album features founding member Michel Langevin, a.k.a. Away, on drums. Upcoming shows include the MS Metal Therapy Benefit in Ottawa, Canada, this coming March 2, the SXSW Metal Sucks showcase on March 14, and the Metal Fest SCL in Santiago, Chile, on April 14. For more details, go to voivod.com. To hear the single “Mechanical Mind,” go to pitchfork.com. And to check out Away’s video news updates, go to youtube.com.
Bad Religion True North
The Southern California punk forefathers’ new album features Brooks Wackerman on drums. “We went back to our original mission statement of short, concise bursts of melody and thought,” says founding songwriter/guitarist Brett Gurewitz. “The intent was to record stripped-down punk songs without sacrificing any conceptual density.” Bad Religion will appear on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon on January 30.
Aaron Neville My True Story
Soul and R&B vocalist and multiple Grammy Award winner Aaron Neville’s Blue Note Records debut, My True Story, is out. This coming March, PBS will air the special Aaron Neville: Doo Wop: My True Story, which is centered around a concert filmed last November at New York’s Brooklyn Bowl. For the show, Neville was joined by guitarist Greg Leisz, drummer George Receli, and bassist Tony Scherr (all of whom played on My True Story), as well as special guests Paul Simon, Joan Osborne, Eugene Pitt of the Jive Five, and Dickie Harmon from the Del-Vikings. Watch a private preview here.
Helloween Straight Out of Hell
Veteran German metal band Helloween’s new album features Dani Löble on drums. According to guitarist Michael Weikath, “Straight Out of Hell is the consequent development of the two albums before: 7 Sinners was recorded more or less in the wake of Gambling With the Devil, while the new songs are a continuation of the 7 Sinners directives, only a little less doom bound and noticeably more positive.” Read a review of the album in the March issue of Modern Drummer magazine.
Tommy Stewart (Godsmack, Lo Pro, Everclear, Fuel) is on the debut by heavy rock supergroup S.U.N. (Something Unto Nothing). The group also includes singer Sass Jordan on vocals, Brian Tichy on guitar, and Michael Devin on bass.
Percussionist Pete Escovedo has released Live From Stern Grove Festival. The album features Pete’s daughter, percussionist Sheila E, trumpeter Arturo Sandoval, saxophonist Dave Koz, and guitarist Michael Angel Alvarado.
New Order, with founder Stephen Morris on drums, has released The Lost Sirens, an eight-track mini album made up of tracks that didn’t fit onto their 2005 studio album, Waiting For the Sirens’ Call.
Hot Water Music has released Live in Chicago, a collection of songs recorded at the Metro in Chicago in February of 2008. The two-CD/DVD combo features George Rebelo on drums.