Here’s a look at the new rock titles hitting store shelves the week of August 21, 2015:
Act of Defiance, "Birth & the Burial" (Metal Blade): The debut outing from the group formed by Chris Broderick and Shawn Drover after they left Megadeth earlier this year.
Battlecross, "Rise to Power" (Metal Blade): The Canton, Mich., heavy metal band`s fourth album introduces new drummer Alex Bent.
Butcher Babies, "Take It Like a Man" (Century Media): The Los Angeles metal quintet delivers a sophomore album that's even thrashier than its predecessor.
The Devil Wears Prada, "Space" (Rise): The headbangers from Dayton deliver a quick EP as a stop-gap while we wait for the proper follow-up to 2013's "8:18."
Disturbed, "Immortalized" (Reprise): The Chicago quartet hasn't lost any bite or brawn during an open-ended four-year hiatus that ends with the release of this set.
Ghost, "Meliora" (Loma Vista): The title of the costumed Swedish headbangers' third album is Latin for "the pursuit of something better" -- much more concise, no?
Kadavar, "Berlin" (Nuclear Blast): The third album by the German acid rock group introduces a new member in bassist Simon Bouteloup.
Neal Morse, "Morsefest 2014" (Metal Blade): The former Spock's Beard guitarist hosts a prog throwdown with other artists, including drummer Mike Portnoy.
Pop Evil, "Up" (eOne): The western Michigan hard rockers trooped to Seattle for it fifth album to work with Grammy Award-winning producer Adam Kaspar.
Soulfly, "Archangel" (Nuclear Blast): The metal group's 10th album features guest appearances by frontman Max Cavalera`s brothers Richie and Igor as well as King Parrot's Matt Young.
Spock's Beard, "Oblivion Particle" (Inside Out): America's perennial favorite prog rock troupe returns with its 12 album and a title that fits the genre to a T.
The Sword, "High Country" (Razor & Tie): The Texas metal group's fifth album was produced by Grupo Fantasma guitarist AdrianQuesada in Austin.
U.D.O., "New Metal Night" (AFM): The German headbangers' February 2014 show with the German Navy Orchestra is captured on this CD/video collection.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.