VII: Sturm Und Drang (Deluxe)
Released two years since growler Randy Blythe's acquittal on manslaughter charges after he spent more than a month in a Czech prison following a fan's concert death, VII has a built-in back story: "512" is even named for his jail cell number. But his thrashing rage here seems just as inspired by obnoxious people -- see "Footprints," "Delusion Pandemic" and the lengthy "Overlord," which builds from blues rock to '90s Metallica to something uglier. Deftones and Dillinger Escape Plan vocalists help "Embers" and "Torches," respectively. And "Anthropoid" sounds troglodytic enough to earn its title.