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(The) New Release

(the) New Release
Primer 55
Released August 14, 2001
Recorded Early 2001
Genre Alternative metal, nu metal
Label Island
Producer Bobby Burns
Eddie Wohl
Primer 55 chronology

Introduction to Mayhem
(2000)
(the) New Release
(2001)
Singles from (the) New Release
  1. "This Life"
    Released: July 16, 2001

(the) New Release is the second studio album by American nu metal band Primer 55. Released on August 14, 2001, the album peaked at #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart and #102 on the Billboard 200. It had one single, "This Life," which peaked at #37 on Mainstream Rock Tracks.[1] This would be the band's only record with Island Records who allegedly cut support shortly after the album's release.[2]

Recording

Primer 55 had underdone various lineup changes preceding and during the recording process of (the) New Release. After the band's first eighteen months of touring, guitarist Bobby Burns started writing the band's second major label album. He played all guitars and bass in the studio and brought in ex-Helmet drummer John Stanier. While in the studio, Burns also began talks with drummer Preston Nash of Dope with whom Primer 55 had previously toured. By May 2001, the band had officially recruited former Cut.Love.Kill bassist Chris Sprinkle but mere weeks later announced Kobie Jackson as their new bassist[3]

Musical style

Whereas the band's major label debut, Introduction to Mayhem, boasted strong nu metal and rap metal tendencies, (the) New Release demonstrated a broader variety with bluesy vocals, saxophone, and piano scattered throughout. Nevertheless, it generally showcases an aggressive alternative metal sound comparable to contemporary bands of the early 21st century. Speaking on behalf of the musical approach, Burns noted, "I didn't know if anyone would understand what we were doing this time around. . . With this album we just did what we felt like doing."

Promotion and touring

My mid-May, Primer 55 announced the title and release date of their upcoming album as well as its lead single. A tentative track listing was announced in June but later modified. The band released various tracks from (the) New Release, including a rough mix of its upcoming single, on their official website in the months leading up to its release.[4]

Although Burns had hoped to see "Texas" become the second single, (the) New Release featured only one single, the aggressive, industrial laden "This Life" which was released to radio on July 16. It had no accompanying video but gained moderate radio rotation in late summer and early fall of 2001. The track was also included on More Fast and Furious: Music from and Inspired by the Motion Picture The Fast and the Furious and Nu Rock Traxx, Vol. 32. Promotion was allegedly cut short by Island, forcing the album's success to rely heavily on touring.[2]

From June through August, the group joined Fear Factory's The Evolution of Revolution tour. Primer 55 then supported Vision of Disorder for some August dates.[5] and played at the Riverfront Rampage to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the WSOU college radio station in Newark, New Jersey. They also joined Slipknot's Pledge of Allegiance tour and performed into the following year.

In October 2002, bassist Kobie Jackson was asked to leave the band due to "personal and creative problems." He was temporarily replaced with Toomey, formerly of 12v Negative Earth. In November and December, Primer 55 played on the Jägermeister-sponsored $12 Riot Tour with Dope, Skinlab, and Society 1.

Reception

Commercial success

(the) New Release peaked at #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart and #102 on the Billboard 200. The album's single, "This Life" peaked at #37 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.[1] In the week ending on November 11, the album's thirteenth week of release, SoundScan reported sales figures at 53,191.[6]

However, despite debuting on the Billboard Top 200 and selling 15,000 copies in its first week, Island allegedly cut support for the album merely two months after its release. Guitarist Bobby Burns reflected on the matter in a 2008 interview, exclaiming, "It totally fucking sucked! The album was out two months then 9/11 happened and we got lost in that shuffle that was going on in New York at that time."[2]

A music video was also allegedly in the works for "This Life," but in September 2001, Burns defused this claim, lamenting, "I have no idea what's going on with our label."[7]

Critical response

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars [8]

The unique musical elements featured throughout (the) New Release proved unsuccessful in drawing critical approval. Allmusic's Michael Gallucci panned the album, declaring, "Plenty of other bands do this stuff a whole lot better and with much more conviction."[9]

Track listing

All songs written and composed by Burns/Luttrell. 
No. Title Length
1. "Time...Trapped Under a Rock"   0:38
2. "This Life"   3:28
3. "Growing"   3:06
4. "Texas"   3:41
5. "Tricycle"   4:50
6. "Pills"   2:52
7. "Lessons"   3:38
8. "(502)"   0:25
9. "Lou Evil"   4:25
10. "Hesitation"   3:07
11. "No Sleep"   3:50
12. "My Girl"   5:39
13. "Ricochet"   1:31
14. "All in the Family"   3:48

B-sides

  • "Feel Like You"

Charts

Album

Year Chart Position
2001 Billboard 2000 102
2001 Heatseekers 1

Singles

Year Single Chart Position
2001 "This Life" Mainstream Rock Tracks 37

Personnel

Musicians

Production

  • Rob Caggiano — mixing
  • Frank Gargiulo — art direction, design, photography
  • Matt James — vocal producer
  • Michael Messier — engineer
  • Rick Patrick — creative director
  • Steve Regina — producer, engineer, mixing
  • J.P. Sheganoski — engineer

References

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