Metal, rock bands to release albums early in 2014


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Upcoming rock and metal music will intrigue listeners in January. 

Celeste Welshhons

With this year winding down, there are not many new albums that will make it out before the start of the new year. Here is a small glimpse at some new rock and metal albums expected to be released on various dates within the first month of 2014.

Progressive metal band Periphery is set to release its latest work, “Clear,” on Jan. 28. Since the work is only 30 minutes long, the band insists that it is neither an EP nor a full album. “Clear” is different from most other EPs in that every member of the band was given his own individual song. They are not instrumental or vocal solos, however. Instead, each member got to act as “creative director” for his song, all while tying each one back to the opening overture.

Folk rocker Bruce Springsteen will be releasing his 18th studio album, “High Hopes,” on Jan. 14. Tom Morello, of Rage Against the Machine as well as Springsteen’s E Street Band, are featured on the album. Many songs on the album are covers or were originally written for other albums. The opening and title track, “High Hopes,” was written in 1995 and released on the “Blood Brothers” EP the following year.

“Restoring Force,” the third full-length album of metalcore band Of Mice and Men will be released Jan. 28. The album is said to be more nu metal/rock when compared to the band’s previous work. After the release of “Restoring Force,” Of Mice and Men will be heading out on a two-month tour with supporter Bring Me the Horizon. The band will also be headlining in the United Kingdom in April, along with the bands Issues and Beartooth.

Christian rock band Switchfoot is set to release its latest album, “Fading West,” on Jan. 14. The full-length album is preceded by the “Fading West” EP, which came out in September. All three tracks on the EP are also set to be on the full-length album. The band also released a film titled “Fading West” on Dec. 10. The film, however, is only available digitally right now.

Limp Bizkit’s first album since DJ Lethal’s departure, “Stampede of the Disco Elephants,” is set to be released sometime in January. The first single, “Ready to Go,” features Lil Wayne, and the second single is a cover of the Ministry song “Thieves.” So far, a complete track listing has yet to be released. “Stampede of the Disco Elephants” was originally slated to be released this past September, and the release date could easily be pushed back further into 2014.

Those are just a few of the many albums set to be released in January. Heavy metal band Iced Earth will be releasing its 11th studio album, “Plagues of Babylon,” on Jan. 21. Against Me! Is releasing its latest work, “Transgender Dysphoria Blues,” on Jan. 21 as well.

Indie/space rock band Broken Bells’ second album, “After the Disco,” will be out on Jan. 14. “Hydra,” the latest from symphonic metal band Within Temptation, will drop on Jan. 31. A couple of notable guest appearances on this album include Xzibit and Howard Jones, the ex-vocalist of Killswitch Engage.

Post-hardcore band Ice Nine Kills is releasing their new studio album, “The Predator Becomes the Prey,” on Jan. 21. And lastly, indie/ psychedelic band Warpaint will release their eponymous second album Jan. 17.