Heat Index: The 10 Summer Album Releases We're Sweatin' the Most

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4. Muse, The 2nd Law
Release Date:
September 18

Britrock superstars Muse have promised something radically different with their sixth album, The 2nd Law, due out at the very end of summer. How different? Well, the official album trailer is drenched in dubstep, for starters. The sound of mechanized bass annihilation would seem to fit well on an album potentially named after one of Isaac Asimov's laws of robotics, but is Muse really jumping into dubstep? Really?

Well... maybe. Bandleader Matt Bellamy told NME recently that the new album would indeed incorporate elements of electronic music and even brass wind instruments. Uh huh. What in God's name is that even going to sound like? And could it possibly be good? We're looking forward to finding out.

3. Baroness, Yellow & Green
Release Date:
July 17

Baroness' crashing, metallic live set may have seemed a tad soft compared to the sensory overload provided by headliners Meshuggah when we caught them at House of Blues in April, but songs like "A Horse Called Golgotha" from 2009's Blue Record could soon be considered the band's "heavy period" once their new album drops next month.

Frontman John Baizley has already promised that Yellow & Green will tone down the aggressiveness, a rare admission coming from a metal guy. Baroness' experimental bent should keep things interesting, however, as the new song "March to Sea" illustrates. Few rock bands these days, heavy or otherwise, are churning out guitar lines as pretty or intricate as this.


2. Rick Ross, God Forgives, I Don't
Release Date:
July 31

We don't know much about Rick Ross' fifth solo studio album except that it's called God Forgives, I Don't, it comes out next month, and we will definitely be picking it up. Ricky Rozay is pretty much running the South these days, if not the whole fucking rap universe, so this is not one that's going to be possible to miss.

Love him or hate him -- and more than a few local concertgoers are probably feeling a tad ambivalent -- the Maybach Music Group chairman will be topping the charts again quite soon. Prepare yourselves.

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1. Dinosaur Jr, I Bet on Sky
Release Date:
September 17

New Dinosaur Jr. albums are always a cause for celebration because they mean more guitar solos, more volume, and more all-around alt-rock perfection, basically. These grunge survivors are simply terrific at fusing distorted guitar fury with pop songwriting to craft the kind of tunes that one uses to demarcate the years of his or her life.

If you don't pick up I Bet on Sky in September, you're risking the creation of a future version of yourself with no lasting musical attachments to 2012. That's not very desirable, so go ahead and check this one out when it's released.

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Nathan Smith
Nathan Smith

I wanted at least one "metal" album on the list, and Baroness is the one I'm looking forward to the most. Shouldn't be long before they head back through Texas.


Baroness!! Surprised and pleased that they made the list.


And Dino Jr. is hitting up Texas later in the year.  Good times.

John Seaborn Gray
John Seaborn Gray

That Future of the Left album that came out last week is AMAZING. I guess it wasn't technically a summer album, though.

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