New releases for Dec. 4, 2012: Hinder and No Justice drop new albums; Kevin Durant’s “Thunderstruck” debuts on DVD
Two bands with Oklahoma roots released new albums today.
Oklahoma City hard rockers Hinder dropped today their fourth full-length album for Republic Records, “Welcome to the Freakshow.”
Getting off the road in support of American Nightmare in November 2011, the group — Austin Winkler (vocals), Joe “Blower” Garvey (guitar), Mark King (guitar), Mike Rodden (bass), and Hanson (drums) — entered a hometown studio to record what would become “Welcome to the Freakshow.” Co-produced by Hanson and Marshall Dutton, the musicians say in a news release that they made a conscious effort to explore new avenues this time around. There were no boundaries, and every idea was fair game throughout the process.
“We like to think we can do anything. We don’t want to be stuck in a rut with one type of sound or formula. One song might have a country influence, while another might have a pop influence. Then, there are some heavy metal moments. We have every element covered on this record. You’ve got to do what’s best for the song,” Hanson says.
“We stayed true to our sound, but every track is unique,” Winkler adds. “We intentionally wrote about different subjects for each song. That’s something we hadn’t really done on a Hinder record. That drove the new direction. We wanted to make the lyrics and the songs as real as possible. We were more honest than ever before.”
Red dirt rockers No Justice released today their fifth album, “America’s Son,” on Smith Music Group, longtime friends and partners who are responsible for the release of three previous records.
Hatched from the Red Dirt music mecca of Stillwater, Oklahoma and adopted into the live music epicenter of Texas, No Justice made “America’s Son” a family affair with a repeat performance from producer Dexter Green (Collective Soul).
Newer fans who found themselves addicted to the rock infused sound of the group’s previous release, 2010′s “Second Avenue,” might be caught a little off guard by this lighter fix, but longtime No Justice fans will be quickly transported back to the early days and immersed in the country music sound and heartbreaking melodies that No Justice is most known for. The record also features a star-studded cast both on the recordings and behind the scenes including guest vocal performances by Elizabeth Cook on “Songs On The Radio” and Rebecca Lynn Howard on the rejuvenated piano soaked “Don’t Walk Away.” Jason Isbell, previously of the Drive By Truckers, provides brilliant slide guitar and backing vocals on the record’s first single “Never Gonna Be Enough,” and Texas music fans will be pleased to discover a couple of tunes co-written with Casey Donahew as well as Trent Willmon and Clint Ingersol.
No Justice - Steve Rice (lead vocals/acoustic guitar), Armando Lopez (drums), Cody Patton (lead guitar, vocals), Justin Morris (bass, vocals) and Bryce Conway (keys) – is offering an autographed electric guitar to the best fan review posted on their Facebook page. The contest will run for one month, ending on Jan. 4. The winner will be notified via Facebook.
Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant makes his film debut in “Thunderstruck, released today on DVD. Two highly acclaimed films – “The Dark Knight Rises” and “Beasts of the Southern Wild” – also are now available to own.
Here are more new CDs, DVDs and books out this week, from Amazon.com and VideoETA.com:
Hinder, “Welcome to the Freak Show.”
No Justice, “America’s Son.”
Paloma Faith, “Fall To Grace.”
Florida Georgia Line, “Here’s To The Good Times.”
Wiz Khalifa, “O.N.I.F.C.”
Alice Cooper, “Old School (1964-1974)” (Box set).
Kiss, “The Casablanca Singles” (Box set).
Johnny Cash, “The Complete Columbia Album Collection” (Box set).
Danny Elfman, “Hitchcock: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.”
The Smashing Pumpkins, “Mellon Collie & the Infinite Sadness” (Original recording remastered).
Beasts of the Southern Wild
The Dark Knight Rises
Eastbound & Down: The Complete Third Season
Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn
Last Ounce of Courage
The Odd Life of Timothy Green
The Simpsons: The Fifteenth Season
Wild Horse, Wild Ride
Threat Vector by Tom Clancy, Mark Greaney
The Walking Dead Volume 17 TP: Something to Fear by Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard
Grace, Gold, and Glory: My Leap of Faith by Gabrielle Douglas, Michelle Burford
Burned (Pretty Little Liars, Book 12) by Sara Shepard
SEAL Survival Guide: A Navy SEAL’s Secrets to Surviving Any Disaster by Cade Courtley
The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2013 by Sarah Janssen