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New Rock Releases – August 21, 2015

Here’s a look at the new rock titles hitting store shelves the week of August 21, 2015:
Act of Defiance - Photo from Metal Blade
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 - Photo from Metal Blade
Battlecross, "Rise to Power" (Metal Blade): The Canton, Mich., heavy metal band`s fourth album introduces new drummer Alex Bent.

Butcher Babies - Photo from Century Media
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 - Photo from Rise
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 - Photo from Reprise
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 - Photo from Loma Vista
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 - Photo from Nuclear Blast
Kadavar, "Berlin" (Nuclear Blast): The third album by the German acid rock group introduces a new member in bassist Simon Bouteloup.

Neal Morse - Photo frm Metal Blade
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 - Photo from eOne
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 - Photo from Nuclear Blast
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.

Spocks beard - Photo from Inside Out
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 - Photo from Razor and Tie
The Sword, "High Country" (Razor & Tie): The Texas metal group's fifth album was produced by Grupo Fantasma guitarist AdrianQuesada in Austin.

UDO - Photo from AFM
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.