Remember, remember, what happened in November? No? Fear not, because I’m here to remind you about all the noise-iest, rocking-est and fun-est new music to gurgle down our lugholes in the last few weeks.
The beginning of the month heralded the return of the mighty Deftones with ‘Koi No Yokan’, which our reviewer Al Horner called “a shotgun blast of cranked guitars, bruising hardcore and canyon-sized choruses”. We streamed the full album here on NME.com.
If that whetted your appetite for the heavy stuff, this month also saw the eagerly-awaited return of Biffy Clyro, whose ‘Black Chandelier’ saw them “back, bolder and braver than ever” according to our man Dan Martin. It's just a click away.
While Rage Against The Machine might not be on the way back just yet, according to Tom Morello, there was at least some previously unheard material to enjoy in the form of demo track ‘Clear The Lanes’. You can stream that below, and don’t miss our extended chat with Morello about the band's new 'XX' boxset and 20 years spent raging against The Man.
One of the big stories of the month was Rihanna’s ambitious, if slightly mental, decision to fly a plane-load of journalists around the world to launch her new album ‘Unapologetic’. NME’s Sian Rowe was there to bring us all the juiciest news, and the album itself has already produced one genuine pop smash in ‘Diamonds’.
It you prefer your pop a little more idiosyncratic, we also heard a brace of fantastic new EPs: Solange’s ‘True’ and Angel Haze’s ‘Classick’, which arrived to give us a taste of the sound of the future. Speaking of which, Haim’s newie ‘Send Me Down’ proved why their debut record is already one of the most eagerly awaited of the new year.
That’s right, we’ve only just published our Albums Of 2012 list but that doesn't mean it’s too early to be talking about the albums of 2013. Judging by their form on ‘Inhaler’ we can expect Foals to be right up there come this time next year. As our reviewer Lisa Wright put it, “Holy shit, Foals just got sexy.”
Here's a Spotify playlist of tracks we loved this month, including almost all of the above plus young but perfectly formed indie rockers Childhood, Jack White's foray into rapping, hip-hop upstarts Ratking and many more: