2011 was an incredible year for metal, without question. The best part is, 2012 is also shaping up to be a monumental year for metal. 2011 was a year full of releses from fantastic new bands like Atriarch, Disma, and Vallenfyre, but 2012 will be the year that some of the genre’s best put out new albums. This list i’m making is completely ridiculous because it’s based solely on predictions by both myself and record labels and even other magazines.
*UPDATE*: I have included links to my reviews for all of the albums on this list, so check them out if you are wanting a better idea of what some of these records sound like. Also, for more information on awesome upcoming releases, check out my Facebook page.
The first part of this list are all the albums coming out in the next few months with already confirmed street dates, that i will definitely be listening to.
The legendary goregrinders are back with a new record and i have a feeling it’s going to be a monster. Will have guest appearances from members of Black Dahlia Murder, Misery Index, Rotten Sound, and Benighted
This band has gotten more and more boring over the years as they’ve become bigger and bigger, but i have a feeling this album will be pretty decent at least. They benefit from dropping it at a time with no other big records dropping. No offense to Aborted, of course.
Super progressive grind album from Matt Widener of Cretin. First song i heard had a swedish death metal type tone and seems like it’ll be a solid album.
I don’t like technical death metal near as much as i did when i was younger, but if i did i’d be stoked to hear a new Psycroptic album. I’ll definitely give it a listenthough.
This is a band i haven’t listened to alot, but Martin Va Drunen is a legend in the death/doom community and with a limited amount of albums distracting from it, it has potential to gain alot of attention.
This will be their eigth album, and first with the Animosity era lineup in a really long time. I have a feeling this album is going to either be incredibly mediocre, or it’s going to absolutely rule, there’s not much grey area when a band goes from crossover to southern metal and attempts to go back to it’s crossover lineup and recreate magic.
I will guarantee you that i’ll be purchasing this album and listening to it non-stop upon it’s release. It seems that every single Napalm album gets better than the one before it, and judging by how good “Time Waits For No Slave” was, this album is going to be a monster.
This album is basically a re-recording of all of Autopsy’s random demo’s they’ve recorded over the years. There could be some terrible songs on there, but more than likely it’s going to sound alot like Macabre Eternal and it’ll completely kill.
Already pre-ordered this album. Old school metal aesthetic played with a classic rock tone. This album is recommended for anyone who likes Heart, Motorhead, or awesome hard rock/heavy metal.
Saint Vitus – Lillie: F-65 (north american release date delayed)
I have no idea what this album title is in reference to, and I really don’t care. So glad they are finally scheduled to release this album, they played a new song when i saw them in New Orleans and it was fantastic. Wino’s voice sounds awesome on record these days so this album will be one of the best of the year, I truly believe.
Testament – The Dark Roots Of Earth 4/27/2012
One of the greatest thrash metal bands of all time. This is the followup to their last album which blew the doors off of their back catalogue and this album will do the same. Also some guy named Gene Hoglan did drums on this album, not sure if he’s any good, but I think this record will rule.
The second part of my most anticipated list are bands who’ve either been advertised to put out a new album, or who i’ve heard rumored to be putting something out this year. A few of these are just rumors, some are being recorded as we speak, but if even a few of them actually put out records like they’re supposed to, 2012 will be another epic year for metal.
Admittedly, I sort of hate the guitar tone Slayer has taken on over the last 20 years, but i’d be lying if i said i’m not excited to hear them put out new music, specifically more stuff that sounds like “Psycopathy Red”.
I have a feeling that if they release a new record this year, it’s going to sound completely different from anything they’ve done before, which may or may not be a good thing. I can definitely say that it’s going to be worth listening to for sure.
Unlike the first 2 bands in this list, there is not a single doubt in my mind that if their new album is released this year…it will char the skin off of all who get in it’s way. So ready to hear new material from PxDx.
If Axe To Fall is any indication on where these guys are headed, they are going to release another unquestionable album of the year candidate.
High On Fire
Snakes For The Divine was a landmark release by Matt Pike and co, but I think that if they can build on the formula they started with that album, that the new one that’s being recorded right now will be just as deadly, if not moreso.
Supposedly they are going to do part 3 in the Black Meddle series, but i could really care less, i’m ready to hear anything Blake Judd is ready to unleash.
I have a feeling there will definitely be a new Voivod album next year, and they have their original bassist back, plus a fantastic guitarist named Dan Mongrain, therefore I think their new album will run circles around their last 2 decades worth of material.
It seems that, with every new album these guys release, they reinvent themselves completely. Considering how awesome ObZen was, that fact alone means that whatever they put out this year will be purchased by me immediately upon it’s release.
This band also features Danny Walker from Exhumed/Murder Construct, but instead of playing death metal, they are more similar to bands like Isis, but they aren’t just another Cult of Neurisis band by any means and i’m sure guitarist/vocalist Sacha Dunable has more than a couple tricks up his sleeve that’ll make this album their best yet.
Neurosis is recoring an album right this very second with Steve Albini. No reason in wasting anymore words on this one. Very stoked.
Supposedly they are going to put out a new record 1 ep at a time until they’ve done 5. To me, it sounds like a waste of time not putting all of those songs on one disc, but they are good enough musicians, that i think it’ll be worth the wait.
I heard they were supposed to put out a new album in 2011, but nothing ever came of it. I’m really hoping they release the follow up to Watershed this year so that they can finally prove they are still an awesome death metal band and not a bunch of folk rock wannabes like people claimed Mikael Akerfeldt was trying to turn them into.
Other albums supposed to be coming out in 2012 i’m looking forward to:
Kyuss Lives! (not really metal, but still amazing)
A couple of days ago, I posted my list of the 10 albums that didn’t make it onto my top 25 favorite metal albums of the year list, but who should have. Today i’m posted part 1 of that top 25 list. If you feel the need to listen to any of these bands based on my description, i’ve included my favorite song from each record to give you a reference point.
Part 2 of this list, featuring my ten favorite metal albums of the year will be released on new years day, and it will also be in the January issue of the Spazzine, which should be on newsstands around the first week or two of January.
Please enjoy, and if you think i’m stupid for ranking something too low, too high, or not at all, please comment.
11. Absu – Abzu
This album is a full on black metal assault. Traditional black metal riffs and rhythms are abound, but it has a little something extra, namely a king diamondesque howl on the first track, and a barrage of skin-charring riffs that make it my favorite black metal album of the year. Favorite song: Earth Ripper.
12. Havok – Time Is Up
I don’t usually like thrash revival bands because there’s no sense in re-inventing a perfect wheel, however, Havok have released one of my favorite thrash albums i’ve ever heard, and that’s saying alot. This album is full of bonecrushing thrash riffs, and solo’s and songwriting ability that would make Dave Mustaine smile. Favorite song: Fatal Intervention.
13. Crowbar – Sever The Wicked Hand
An incredible sludge machine from the creators of the new orleans sludge sound. Plenty of awesome signature Crowbar moments on this album that will make you want to break everything you own and then re-think your entire life. Favorite song: Cemetary Angels.
14. Helms Alee – Weatherhead
This album is beautiful. Lots of shoegazey parts and a crushing guitar/bass tone courtesy of amps made by their guitarist Ben Verellen. Definitely one of the best albums put out by Hydra Head in a while. Favorite song: 8/16.
15. Exhumed – All Guts, No Glory
I love death metal with gory lyrics and this album brings that by the boatload. Matt Harvey is a fantastic guitarist and this album absolutely crushes. There are more than a handful of memorable riffs and lyrics on this album and it is definitely more than just a comeback album. Favorite song: Your Funeral, My Feast.
16. Burzum – Fallen
Very weird album full of non-traditional black metal elements, but this album it also has some amazing signature buzzsaw black metal guitar riffs that completely rule. Favorite song: Jeg Faller.
17. Craft – Void
Very angry, anti-social black metal with a bit of thrash and death thrown in to make it sound even nastier. Very crusty black metal album and perfect for jamming on a bad day. Favorite song: I Want To Commit Murder.
18. Hate Eternal – Phoenix Among Ashes
Erik Rutan returns with another solid, brutal as hell death metal album. Most death metal bands these days get boring after 5 or 6 songs but not this album, it has enough flavor to keep every song fresh and awesome. Favorite song: The Art Of Redemption
19. Vallenfyre – A Fragile King
Members of Paradise Lost, My Dying Bride, and At The Gates created a masterpiece that perfectly mixes doom with swedish death metal. My favorite guitar tone ever. Favorite song: Cathedrals Of Dread
20. Dark Castle – Surrender To All Life Beyond Form
This album is a smorgasbord of atmosphere and crushing riffs with a bit of a doom flavor. Even more amazing is that this band is only 2 people. Favorite song: Surrender to all life beyond form.
21. Macabre – Grim Scary Tales
Death metal songs about serial killers sung with hooks ripped straight out of nursery rhymes. This album is terribly sick and twisted, but the vocal hooks are so infectious that they stay stuck in your head forever, particularly their renditions of “The Big Bad Wolf” and Venom’s “Countess Bathory”. Favorite song: The Dark Knight
22. Looking For An Answer – Eterno Treblinka
Incredible spanish grind in the vein of Napalm Death or Brutal Truth. My favorite part of this album is when the singer growls and it sounds like he’s making fart noises with his mouth and growling at the same time. Favorite song: Campo De Exterminio(but listen to the song before it for the sweet growls leading up to this song).
23. Batillus – Furnace
Super doomy and droney. This album is full of incredibly heavy riffs, but also has some Isis-esque post-metal swing at times. Favorite song: …And the World is as Night to Them.
24. Haemorrhage – Hospital Carnage
Spanish goregrind songs about death in a hospital. Best songtitles ever and the dude growls with a pitchshifter at times so it sounds like a demon growling about flesh devouring pandemia. Many very memorable and catchy riffs on this album make it certainly standout amongst most other death metal albums this year. Favorite song: 911 (emergency slaughter).
25. Wormrot – Dirge
These Singapore grind warriors completely destroy. 25 songs and most all of them are a minute or less. Incredibly mean record with many testicle-shattering riffs. Favorite song: Compulsive Disposition