Mikael Akerfeldt is enjoying several beers during a conversation with Billboard about "In Cauda Venenum," the 13th studio album in his band Opeth’s catalog, which arrived Sept. 27 (Moderbolaget/Nuclear Blast). Since the Swedish act debuted in 1995 with "Orchid," it has traversed a musical path that began in the realms of black and death metal.
Korn announced today that its 13th studio album, titled "The Nothing," will arrive Sept. 13 on Roadrunner Records/Elektra. The set follows 2016’s "The Serenity of Suffering," which debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 and received a Grammy Award nomination for best metal performance for lead single “Rotting in Vain.” Nick Raskulinecz, who produced "The Serenity of Suffering," also produced this project.
Nothing More’s music has been steadily resonating with wider audiences since it broke through with its self-titled album in 2014 because its catalog alternates between hard-driving rock missives and vulnerable explorations of inner pain. Its set list did the same, primarily drawing from the songs that helped The Stories We Tell Ourselves garner a Grammy nomination for best rock album, such as the electro-sampling “Don’t Stop,” to-hell-with-them raver “Let ’Em Burn,” the hopeful “Do You Really Want It?” and note-perfect “Go to War.” NM also dug into “Christ Copyright” (a denouncement of fear-mongering), “Mr. MTV” (which examines instant gratification) and “Jenny” (a song inspired by vocalist Jonny Hawkins’ sister, who struggles with bipolar disorder).
Evanescence delivered a riveting performance during an Aug. 10 date at PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, N.J., where a backing orchestra impressively brought to life the classical elements that infuse the band’s music.