We’ve got a killer week of new releases for you to enjoy (or avoid). It’s all rock and still we’ve managed to arrange a list of some of the most diverse artists and CD releases around, so check out what we have in store. Most importantly, the Album of the Week title goes to Radiohead for their latest The King of Limbs, so be sure to check out the reviews below:

The Bad

Tahiti 80, The Past, The Present, & The Possible

Tahiti 80, the french indie-pop band formed in the 90s, are set to release The Past, The Present, & The Possible adding to their half-dozen collection so far. The band has struggled to hold it together over the years, and by the looks of the recent reviews, it seems as if they haven’t quite nailed it yet:

  • Contact Music: “Disciples of any of that trio – or post punk/acid house in general – may find some of the touches here a little too saccharine, especially on Easy and Rain, Steam and Speed, both serving as a reminder of how easy it is to slip into Air-esque loucheness. It’d be a cliche to suggest that this journey into soft focus nothingness was somehow a matter of satisfying a national stereotype” — Andy Peterson
  • Homework on the Fire: “Once my face muscles stopped hurting from all the frowning, ‘Want Some’ made them hurt once again multiplied by a factor of four-hundred. It sounds like an over-diluted attempt at a Beatles Magical Mystery Tour B-side, with a completely unnecessary harmonica throughout (and no drugs)” — Jordan Aylward

The Past, The Present, & The Possible is available on Amazon for $7.99

The Cave Singers, No Witch

The Cave Singers straddle that uneasy and awkward gap between folk rock and a much darker, grundgier sound on their latest album release No Witch, and by stretching their sound too far they’ve managed to stretch far away from their original sound:

  • YourJax Music: “The latest album by Seattle’s the Cave Singers may strike you at first as a nice, friendly folk-rock album, but hang on- because it really ain’t quite so friendly when you really get to know it.” — Jack Diablo
  • The Skinny: “Third album No Witch finds them move closer to the resolutely retro likes of The Dead Weather and further from the folk icons referenced at their outset. They mimic multiple Mojo cover-stars – Led Zep-esque blues drives Black Leaf, while Outer Realms echoes Summer of Love psychedelia – but no guise feels natural, save quieter moments like Distant Sures. They’re stretching their sound, but in the process they’ve diluted their identity, and it’s difficult to get excited by the residue.” — Chris Buckle

No Witch is available on Amazon for $11.92

The Good

DevilDriver, Beast

For those of you who aren’t familiar, DevilDriver is the Santa Barbara based hardcore band formed in 2002 formerly known as Deathride. As dull and dark as their band name(s) might sound, this hardcore metal band is actually quite talented and driven in success. Their most recent release, Beast, is praised by critics who feel that DevilDriver has combined what they’re best at into one album:

  • Sputnik Music: “Beast is a massive album. Every aspect of DevilDriver’s signature sound is present but the band pushed things to even further extremes this time around. Album opener Dead To Rights starts things off with one of the most crushing songs the band have ever written. Guitarists Mike Spreitzer and Jeff Kendrick provide sinister leads and pummeling riffs that go along with John Boeklin’s pulverizing drum performance to create one of the greatest intros ever and Dez comes in spitting the vocals out so fast that you aren’t given much of a chance to breathe until the song ends.” — Jeremy Bentham
  • Kik Axe Music: “DevilDriver are back with their fifth album for Roadrunner Records (out February 22), and while it lacks innovation, the band serves up another heaping plate of meat-and-potatoes metal that their fans should eat right up.” — James Zahn

Beast is available on Amazon for $14.78

Bayside, Killing Time

Its a funny thing that throughout the years, Bayside has managed to shuffle its many members and yet they release strong albums, loved by both fans and critics and supported by the media. Their most recent release, Killing Time, is no exception:

  • Spin: “Here, he surrounds Anthony Raneri’s throaty but elastic vocals with harmonies and handclaps (“It’s Not a Bad Little War”), while the airtight mix enhances Jack Shea’s speed-metal guitar tricks. Killing Timeis no breakthrough, but it does pack actual hard-rock crunch, not just sure-shot emo punch.” — Kenny Herzog
  • Alter the Press: “Opening with ‘Already Gone’ is Bayside at their best; strong vocals from Anthony Raneri, a driving chorus and a subtle punk rock vibe. It ultimately kicks off the album on a high and thankfully the band carry on riding the crest with ‘Sick Sick Sick’; an Alkaline Trio-like number with some neat harmonies in the chorus and a good tempo, its no surprise its been released as a single.” — Sean Reid

Killing Time is available on Amazon for $10.97

The  Great

Radiohead, The King of Limbs

Radiohead’s sound varies from album to album, and honestly fans tend to flip flop from loving them to hating them. on the newest album release, The King of Limbs, it looks like critics and fans have swung back into loving them again, as the band has managed to blend the best elements from all their previous albums into Limbs:

  • The Wall Street Journal: “Quietly assertive, engaging and accessible, it’s a worthy successor to “In Rainbows,” their 2007 release. It’s a short album – eight songs; a little more than 37 minutes – but the music is richly textured and complex.” — Jim Fusilli
  • Financial Times: “Musically, it is subtly textured but muted. Opener “Bloom” has the liquidy ripple of an Animal Collective song. “Codex” sets a lyric about disappearing underwater – a common Radiohead image – to funereal piano chords. “Give Up the Ghost” casts singer Thom Yorke as a mournful presence in a phantasmal 1970s psychedelic folk landscape. Guitars feature at the fringes of songs, flickering and darting in “Morning Mr Magpie” and disappearing completely from the dubsteppy “Feral”.” — Ludovic Hunter-Tilney

The King of Limbs is available on Amazon for $11.12