Only two months after the release of Hurley, Weezer have released their 2nd album with independent label Epitaph – Death to False Metal, making it their 9th album to date. Fans will be glad to hear, it is a real exclusive collection of the bands previously unreleased material. The band has also re released their second album -Pinkerton as a deluxe edition, extending it to a smashing 36 tracks. Death to False Metal consists of 10 tracks that, in Rivers Cuomo’s words to the NME - “didn’t make the final cut for a record”. It would be fair to say that the songs that make the album, just like Pinkerton in its day, may not have been met with as good a response as the Blue album, at the time, but can now be well appreciated by old and new fans alike. A perfect example could be seen in Nirvana’s Bleach, which at the time of release in 1989 was not as popular as it is today. I believe Weezer have re-released Pinkerton at the right time, as now it can be appreciated in its own right, rather than having the ‘second album syndrome’, where a record is judged on the success of its predecessor , which in this case was the Blue album. Weezer's releases this month hold some real treats for the fans, including a sample on Death to False Metal, from the Maladroit days, called 'I Don’t Want Your Loving', as well as a bunch of live versions on the Pinkerton Deluxe Edition, performed at the ’96 Reading festival, rare B-sides, alternative versions of songs and much more. Although it may not have had the best reception on release the first time round, the exclusive material on this edition will most definitely be regarded highly by fans today. In addition, for those who are familiar with most of the Weezer's back catalogue, Death to False Metal will bring a nostalgic feel back to many of the different phases of the bands history. There are definite influences from each and every album they have ever released. From a personal point of view, after seeing them perform live at Leeds festival, I can undoubtedly see the tracks from this album fitting in to the crowd singalongs and Spotify ‘Top Hits’ lists just as well as songs such as ‘Buddy Holly’ and ‘Say it ain’t so’. The release of Death to False Metal and the Pinkerton Deluxe Edition this month is a solid indication of the success of the bands career as a whole, and almost show that they now have the strength as a band to release, in Rivers’ words “great songs and great recordings” for themselves and for the fans, and not just release a record to meet the demand of the industry to make the top 20. I believe the band has rounded up their past two decades and I look forward to hearing what they have to give next.