Blessthefall, 'Hollow Bodies' | Alternative PressBLESSTHEFALL
TITLE: Hollow Bodies
LABEL: Fearless
RELEASE DATE: August 20
On their fourth album, the Arizona quintet teamed up with producer Joey Sturgis (the Devil Wears Prada, Of Mice & Men) to craft 10 songs of heavy-on-the-clean-vocals metalcore. And then there's the 11th song, the record's closer “Open Water.” It's a sweeping, seven-minute duet between frontman Beau Bokan and his wife, electro-pop singer Lights. It's far from Blessthefall’s usual fare, but it's an impressive and refreshing change—and the album's highlight. [BM]
STREAM: “You Wear A Crown But You're No King”

William Beckett, 'Genuine & Counterfeit' | Alternative PressWILLIAM BECKETT
TITLE: Genuine & Counterfeit
LABEL: Equal Vision
RELEASE DATE: August 20
The former the Academy Is… frontman’s debut full-length opens with “Pick Up The Phone,” boasting hand claps, dialtone samples and features Max Bemis’ spat cacophony through a phone-masked filter during the bridge. The album also features Derek Sanders of Mayday Parade on the inspirational piano ballad “Time For A Sign.” [CW]
STREAM: “Benny & Joon”

 

Placebo, Loud Like Love | Alternative PressPLACEBO
TITLE: Loud Like Love
LABEL: Universal
RELEASE DATE: September 17
The seventh album from William Control's favorite band is a return to the trebly form they’ve developed, honed and splayed in their near-two-decade career. Recorded in London with Adam Noble (Muse, Coldplay) producing, Loud Like Love is equal parts jagged and lush, with furniture-smashing soundtracks butting against orchestrated pieces whose beauty is undercut by frontman/guitarist Brian Molko’s devastating first-person narratives. From vicious, despondent heartache (“Exit Wounds”) to gorgeously arranged tales of helpless, doomed enabling (“Bosco”), Placebo continue to resonate in these troubling times. [JP]
STREAM: “Too Many Friends”