March 2018: Most Anticipated Albums

I’m gonna be a busy motherfucker next month.

I’ll admit it, 2018 has been a little slow so far. Heavy hitters like Migos and Justin Timberlake have disappointed us, the Metal genre has been an absolute wasteland, and the Spring release rush is still weeks and weeks away. But looking at March’s stacked calendar, all that is about to change. As a matter of fact, I have no fucking idea how I’m gonna pick my reviews in March.

Below are nine records dropping next month that I’ll be pouncing on the day they release. Unfortunately, I won’t have the time to do in-depth reviews for every single one, but you can definitely expect SOME form of thoughts from me about each of them as long as my March Madness bracket doesn’t give me a heart attack first.

Apathy – The Widow’s Son

 This will be the veteran Connecticut MC’s first full-length since 2016’s excellent Handshakes with Snakes, which earned a spot on my year-end Hip-Hop list that year. Not shockingly, what I want from Widow’s Son is more of the fucking same. I want raw, lyrically devastating rhymes. I want air tight ‘90s flows. I want that bitter “old head” ethos.

And let me tell ya, if Ap’s beat selection is as on point as it was on Handshakes (that Charlie Brown sample in particular still drives me crazy), who knows? We might be discussing this album again in December.

Black Tiger Sex Machine – New Worlds

As many of my readers know, I’m constantly trying to get into more Electronic artists. It’s the genre I’m most egregiously lacking in as far as the whole “knowledgeable enough to review shit” thing goes. Well, I’ve decided it’s time to add Black Tiger Sex Machine to that list. And no, I haven’t heard a note of their music.

All I know about Black Tiger Sex Machine is that they sometimes wear Tiger hats, they make relatively aggressive dance music, and of course, they have one of the greatest names in all of music. So why not give them a shot?

 Myles Kennedy – Year of the Tiger

 Speaking of tigers, this Myles Kennedy solo record is one of my most anticipated records of the whole year. This inhumanly talented vocalist has been pretty busy the last few years fronting Alter Bridge AND Slash’s solo band at the same time – how he has balanced that so well, I have no idea.

But this whole time I’ve had a suspicion that the best Myles Kennedy-related music is still yet to come. And my money is on Year of the Tiger – which finds Kennedy finally unencumbered as a full-blown solo act – to prove me right. Based on a single like this one, I’m liking my odds.

Between the Buried and Me – Automata I

 After 2015’s conceptually dense, ultra-melodic Coma Ecliptic split their fanbase in half, Between the Buried and Me have made it abundantly clear that they will be making a welcome return to CRUSHING HEAVINESS with Automata I, their first release for Sumerian Records and part one of a two-part album. Opening cut “Condemned to the Gallows” has already whipped the Metal community into a frenzy with its combination of chunky riffing, flashy musicianship, and drastic but tasteful mood swings – in essence, vintage Between the Buried and Me. And that was just one track. I can’t imagine the damage that this double album is about to do!

Judas Priest – Firepower

 As one of Metal’s pioneering forces in the mid-to-late 70s, Judas Priest are old as fuck. But so is Ozzy, so are Iron Maiden, so are Saxon, and they all still bring it. With the Andy Sneap-produced Firepower, I’d love to see the legendary Priest remain in the “they’re old but they’ve still got it” category. 2014’s Redeemer of Souls pulled that off, but it could’ve been better. I’d love to see them kick it up a notch this time around.

 Matoma – One in a Million

 Looking forward to giving Matoma – one of Tropical House’s most prominent figures – a whirl with One in a Million, the 26-year-old producer’s sophomore LP. My only prior experience with his music is the smash remix of Biggie’s “Old Thing Back”, which soundtracked a million day drinks in 2015. As far as a full project of his, I’m hoping for a little less of what happened to Kygo and a little more of what this genre delivered in its brilliant early years.

A Strange Journey Into the Unimaginable – Murs

 As my 2017 year-end Hip-Hop list highlighted, this Strange Music MC is criminally underrated – he’s witty, he’s charming, he’s got excellent lyrical fundamentals, he’s got an airtight grasp on conceptual songs, he’s a hell of a storyteller…he’s a guy I wish I’d been following for ten years already. But better late than never right? And even though the short gap between this LP and his last one makes me a little nervous, I’m confident Murs will deliver once again.

Prhyme 2 – Prhyme

 Oh man. The deadly combination of Royce da 5’9 and DJ Premier. Back in 2014 their first record was MY SHIT. And yet somehow Royce’s rapping gets better and better every year. So when it comes to sequels, I’m expecting this LP to be like the Godfather Part 2.

 A Gift For the Obsessed – The Absence

Despite being a huge fan of these Melodic Death Metallers’ first couple records, I never realized there had been such a big gap between 2010’s The Enemy Unbound and this new one. I guess I lost track there for a few years. But I prefer to view long album gaps as a positive, ‘cause it means these guys have had PLENTY of time to cook up some grade-A Extreme Metal. Can’t wait to check this out.

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