Well, this is it folks, the last day of 2012. It’s been a year just like any others. We’ve had good stuff happen, we’ve had bad stuff happen. But now is the time to look forward and feel excitement. After all, it’s a new year! It’s a time for new beginnings, fresh starts, etc… And what makes things better than some new music, right? So, with that in mind, I’ve come up with 14 albums that I just cannot WAIT to get my grubby little mitts on. Check ‘em out below and make sure to leave your most anticipated albums in the comments!
In no particular order:
TesseracT – Altered State (TBD)
I’ve been a big fan of these guys since they signed to Century Media Records. And after the several singer change that the band has undergone in since the release of One, it’s amazing that they are pushing forward with even more intensity and energy than before. If their current single “Nocturne” is any indication of what Altered States is going to sound like, I have a feeling I’ll be playing it over and over for a good long while.
Destiny Potato – As-of-yet-untitled (TBD)
I’m a big fan of the melodic tech metal surge that has happened over the past few years. But something that was missing was the presence of female vocals. Now, Serbian-based band Destiny Potato is going to fill that void. Based on their song “Dark Side Of You“, I’m expecting some really great things.
Tool – As-of-yet-untitled (TBD)
This is in no way a confirmation of a new Tool album coming out in 2013. Rather, this is a hope that such an event will occur. Because this band evolves and shifts with each release, it’ll be fascinating to hear what their next step forward will sound like.
Alice In Chains – As-of-yet-untitled (TBD)
With the release of “Hollow“, my anticipation for a new Alice In Chains album reached fever-pitch. It was everything that I could’ve wanted to hear from AIC and I’m beyond excited to hear the full album and its offerings.
The Gathering – Afterlights (TBD)
Now, originally Afterlights was released as a 4-track EP on vinyl. However, the band plans on releasing the EP on CD with additional brand-new tracks. With how incredible Disclosure was, I’m on pins and needles awaiting this release.
Leprous – As-of-yet-untitled (TBD)
Bilateral was one of my absolute favorite releases of 2011. As a result, I’m eagerly awaiting a new album to fulfill my prog rock/metal desires.
Heaven’s Basement – Filthy Empire (Feb. 5th)
Sometimes, you just need some damn good heavy rock ‘n’ roll to get you through the day. If “Fire, Fire” and “I Am Electric” are any indication, I’m gonna have to go out and get a leather jacket and get my rock face mastered.
Alaya – Thrones (TBD)
This band was brought to my attention only a few weeks ago when they signed with Basick Records. Something about their track “Inside” wormed its way into my head and hasn’t left since. Every time I hear the track, I get to the end and I want to hit ‘replay’. If the rest of their album is like this, we might already have an Album of the Year contender in the running.
Philip Anselmo – Walk Through Exits Only (TBD)
After hearing two solo tracks on the War Of The Gargantuas EP, I knew that I needed to hear the whole product. I can’t wait to get my face melted off by this album.
Soilwork – The Living Infinite (March 5th)
I’m a huge Soilwork fan and have been for years. And after hearing “Spectrum Of Eternity“, my interest was locked. March 5th can’t come soon enough.
Karnivool – As-of-yet-untitled (TBD)
I still listen to Sound Awake on a regular basis and “New Day” still ranks as one of my favorite songs ever. So knowing that the Aussie prog band is going to enter the studio in March for their third album fills me with such joy and excitement. Bring it on fellas!
Ghost – Infestissumam (TBD)
Opus Eponymous was a glorious throwback to 70′s NWOBHM and I loved every second of it. If “Secular Haze” is any indication, Infestissumam will be every bit as enjoyable.
Wolves Like Us – As-of-yet-untitled (TBD)
Wolves Like Us rocked my 2011 with their debut album Late Love. They mixed hardcore with punk and added in dashes of metal to create something incredibly infectious and entertaining. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that their sophomore album at least matches their debut.
Depeche Mode – As-of-yet-untitled (March)
Any time that Depeche Mode announces a new album, I get all giddy. I always have and always will love this band.