their MySpace: The Catalyst, Waiting For The End, Blackout, and Wretches and Kings. All of them, as promised, represent pretty huge departures from the LP sound that I have come to know and love, and all are full of awesome. I've said before that I thought Minutes To Midnight was a bit of a departure for them, and I loved it because I thought it showed the band growing a little, and I loved the direction they were taking, but this new album is light years away from even where MTM was. There's some sort of international sounds going on, I detect a little reggae influence, especially on Waiting For The End, and Wretches and Kings reminds me of something that Fort Minor would've come up with. I caught The Catalyst on the radio last week, and while I was initially a little shocked by the drastically different sound behind Chester's voice, I instantly fell in love. It's an awesome, awesome song, and a great first single - it's downright catchy. Look for it on the MTV VMA's this weekend - they'll be performing it live. I'm psyched. I'm SO, SO psyched for this album.
RoadRunnerRecords website. I really like the last Methods album, but there's no denying the heavy, angry feel to it. It's almost funny to listen to that and then to Tommyland: The Ride back to back. It's like they're from two completely different people. From what I can tell, APDA is going to be a fantastic blend of those two guys - maybe it represents Tommy finding a little balance. Either way, I can't wait to hear the whole thing.
Stay tuned for follow up on both of these before the end of the month. Yay!