This is a big year for new music.
As a kid who grew up here in the Treasure Valley, I spent most of my summers mowing lawns and saving up money for the newest albums from my favorite artists. I’d then ride my back to the West Record Exchange (used to be over on Cole & Ustick) where I spent hours looking through music. That excitement of ripping through the wrapping (fumbling with the sticker), placing the CD into your stereo and flipping through the booklet is something that can never be matched or replaced (I still do it to this very day).
I remember picking up Korn’s self-titled album along with Life is Peachy back in middle school. By the time August of 1998 rolled around, I was the first one in the store to purchase a fresh copy of Follow the Leader on the day it was released. I became a huge Korn fan with the shirts, posters, albums, followed them on MTV (when ‘M” stood for “music”) and even called in requests on 100.3 the X before Korn was really ever played on the radio.
Family trips to visit my Grandparents in Twin Falls was where I found this really great record store on Blue Lakes Boulevard. The guy who ran the shop always reminded me of Marilyn Manson (so why not buy your first Manson record there?) This is also where I discovered the first two albums from Deftones (Adrenaline and Around the Fur).
Papa Roach’s first album, Infest, was one I grabbed for $6.99 from Circuit City over on Milwaukee (now Dave & Buster’s). The band was still up-and-coming back in 2000, but played that disc on repeat and guessed which songs would be future radio singles (all that practice comes in handy now when I put together the music for X-Clusive).
Undertow by Tool and Pantera’s Vulgar Display of Power were two albums I borrowed from a friend back in middle school (pretty sure we exchanged albums in the locker room after P.E. class). Those were also both game-changers for me.
Social Distortion was a band I was introduced to by my former brother-in-law who played their live album for me in his car. There will always be something unique and great about Mike Ness and that band.
I was in high school and instantly blown away when I discovered nine masked guys from Iowa in a band called Slipknot. They were actually the first band I ever met nearly 20 years ago (full story here).
Within the more recent years I came across bands like Badflower and I Prevail and instantly fell in love with their musical styles and deep messages, but still always hold a special for those bands and albums I grew up with.
While my most-anticipated albums for 2019 are/were Badflower, Papa Roach, Deftones, Korn, Hellyeah, Social D, Slipknot, Tool and I Prevail, here’s a look at the rest of the new music I’m looking forward to:
Jinger – Micro EP
Taking Back Sunday – Twenty
Altitudes & Attitude – Get It Out
Cane Hill – Kill the Sun
The Fever 333 – Strength in Numb333rs
Papa Roach – Who Do You Trust?
Switchfoot – Native Tongue
Bring Me the Horizon – amo
Joe Satriani – Beyond the Supernova Box Set
King 810 – Suicide King
King Diamond – Songs for the Dead Live
August Burns Red – Phantom Sessions EP
Megadeth – The World Needs a Hero Re-Release
Badflower – OK, I’m Sick
Dream Theater – Distance Over Time
In Flames – I, the Mask
Mark Morton – Anesthetic
Buckcherry – Warpaint
Savage After Midnight – 11:59 EP
Iron Maiden – No Prayer For The Dying Re-Release
Iron Maiden – Powerslave Re-Release
Iron Maiden – Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son Re-Release
Iron Maiden – Somewhere In Time Re-Release
Megadeth – Warheads On Foreheads
Motley Crue – The Dirt Soundtrack
Devin Townsend – Empath
I Prevail – Trauma
Red Sun Rising – Peel EP
Whitechapel – The Valley
Andy Black (of Black Veil Brides) – The Ghost Of Ohio
Iced Earth – Enter The Realm Re-Release
Silverstein – Redux: The First 10 Years
Danko Jones – A Rock Supreme
New Years Day – Unbreakable
Bad Religion – Age Of Unreason
Avatar – The King Live In Paris
Black Label Society – Sonic Brew: 20th Anniversary Blend
Royal Republic – Club Majesty
Hellyeah – TBA
Slipknot – TBA
Ice T & Body Count
Greta Van Fleet
Lamb of God
Of Mice & Men
Puddle of Mudd
Sleeping With Sirens
Disclaimer: This is not the full list of albums being released in 2019, just the most notable ones to me. If there’s something you’d like me to add or an artist/album I should check out, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.