The best of this week’s rock releases feature albums from artists that fall somewhere between mainstream and indie music.
Flyleaf, New Horizons
Flyleaf releases their third studio album this week. The project finds them once again collaborating with producer Howard Benson, who has worked with the likes of My Chemical Romance, Seether, All-American Rejects, and Papa Roach. It also marks the last time fans will hear them in their current lineup, since lead vocalist Lacey Sturm has announced her plans to leave the band.
Black Country Communion, Afterglow
The hard rock super-group once again collaborated with producer Kevin Shirley for their third studio album. Frontman Glenn Hughes has called the album a continuation of the band’s previous efforts; however, he maintains that it’s not repetitious. Compared to previous albums, fans will find more hooks and melodies, as well as darker lyrics and a more acoustic vibe. Internal discord within the band has come to the forefront in recent months, so this album may be the last project fans hear from them for a long time.
RNDM, a collaboration between singer Joseph Arthur, drummer Richard Stuverud, and Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament, are releasing their debut LP via Monkeywrench Records. Working together during a three-day span this past April, all three bring their own baggage and style into the 12-song album, and the result is far from unpleasant.
If you missed them, check out the rock releases from earlier this month.