Most Anticipated Albums Of 2014

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It’s down to the final hours of 2013 and after appreciating what this year has given us it’s time to think ahead to what 2014 will be able to offer. There are some amazing albums that are slated for this upcoming year and I’ve listed a few that stand out for me. Check out the list below and make sure to let me know what albums you can’t wait to hear!

ALAYA – THRONES

Yeah, I put these guys on my Most Anticipated Albums Of 2013. No, they didn’t release Thrones this year. That doesn’t change the fact that I want my grubby hands all over this album, the sooner the better. Hopefully the album will come out before I have to seriously fill out those damn AARP brochures I keep getting in the mail.

ANATHEMA – UNTITLED

2012′s Weather Systems is a work of pure honest beauty and art and it was my Album Of The Year. Having spoken with multi-instrumentalist Danny Cavanagh about the upcoming album, I can say that I have nothing but the highest of expectations.

BEHEMOTH – THE SATANIST

Pure f@%king blasphemous, heretical metal. Gimme more. Gimme it all.

CATTLE DECAPITATION – Untitled

Not only are Cattle Decapitation one of the most talented bands in the metal world, they’re also some of the nicest guys I’ve ever met. Their previous album Monolith Of Inhumanity was critically acclaimed (rightfully so) and the hopes for their next album are sky high.

CROSSES – CROSSES

Having already released two EPs, this project from Deftones‘ Chino Moreno, Far‘s Shaun Lopes, and Chuck Doom has attracted huge amounts of interest. After all, the music already released is fantastic, a strange, eerie industrial trip hop with hard rock flavors that compliment each other perfectly. I’m thoroughly excited for this album, which just so conveniently comes out February 11th.

DEATH WALTZ RECORDS – TWIN PEAKS

This is and always has been my favorite TV show. The characters are endlessly charming and story is intoxicating, each episode pulling the viewer deeper and deeper into the quaint yet oddly supernatural mystery. And what tied it all together was Angelo Badalamenti’s amazing jazz noir score. I will be lined up and eagerly awaiting my chance to pre-order whatever amazing edition Death Waltz has in store.

IN FLAMES – UNTITLED

Say whatever you want but I really enjoyed Sounds Of A Playground Fading. Yes, it’s not how the band sounded when Whoracle or The Jester’s Race came out but who can honestly expect a band to stay completely stuck in the same mindset while the rest of the world grows around them? The band has consistently released solid music and I’m always ready for more!

KING CRIMSON – UNTITLED

The return of the prog rock masters was one of the biggest announcements of this year, stunning fans (including myself) who were under the impression that Robert Fripp was through with music. Their return is easily one of the most anticipated releases of the year!

MASTODON – UNTITLED

The Hunter was a triumph of progressive-tinged metal, a work that is considered by many to be one of the greatest albums of this generation. So it’s no surprise that everyone is on pins and needles awaiting its follow up. On top of being incredibly excited for the new album I find myself just as excited for the band’s ridiculous and amazing music videos that I’m sure will be a part of the promotional push!

METALLICA – UNTITLED

So this album isn’t expected until early 2015 but you never know with Metallica! Besides, how awesome would it be to have an album come out ahead of schedule, especially since it’s been over five years since Death Magnetic?

MOGWAI – RAVE TAPES

Luckily this release won’t take that long to get to my ears since it’s slated to be released on January 21st. So, just hold my breath, wait a little bit, and then I get to enjoy a new album from the Scottish post-rock legends.

OPETH – UNTITLED

Many people basically loathed Heritage but I saw it as a logical and natural continuation of the band and their musical stylings. Still, I’d love to hear something a bit more sinister and vicious, traits which signer/guitarist Mikael Akerfeldt has stated the new album will possess.

TOOL – UNTITLED

Once again, we cross our fingers and hope that everything works out so that these prog-metal giants can all gather together to release their fifth full length studio album. After all, it’s only been nearly eight years since 10,000 Days. Just…just give it to us already.

WAXWORK RECORDS – FRIDAY THE 13TH VINYL OST REISSUE

A definitive vinyl OST reissue to one of the most beloved horror franchises of all time? Gimme. Gimme right now. But in all seriousness, Waxwork Records is known for their immaculate care and attention to detail with their releases, so I know that this reissue is in fantastic hands. Now for a release date…

WAXWORK RECORDS – ROSEMARY’S BABY

I’ve already got mine pre-ordered. Do you? I mean, this soundtrack is stunning. If you’ve seen the film then you know what I’m talking about. And if you haven’t seen it, get thee to Amazon, buy a copy (don’t argue with me here), and proceed to punch yourself in the face until the package arrives. Hopefully you’ll be able to see out of them swollen eyeballs to enjoy the film. But what matters is that your ears should be just fine to enjoy Krzysztof Komeda’s stunning score.

WHITE WILLOW – UNTITLED

Terminal Twilight is an album that I still recommend as being something truly fantastic and enjoyable. It’s also got a ton of elements that are nods and homages to 70′s and 80′s synth-heavy horror soundtracks, so the fact that many horror fans don’t listen to it more just astounds me. It’s because of this sheer enjoyment that I get from listening to this album that I cannot wait for it’s follow up.

WOLVES LIKE US – UNTITLED

Late Love was one of the strongest debut albums I’ve ever heard from a band and I have no doubt that these Icelandic rockers can put together a sophomore album that’ll just blows my socks right off.


 
  • DBZEROGRAVITY

    the crosses eps contain the majority of their debut album so if you have those… nothing new

  • djblack1313

    Jonathan WTF?! no Miley Cyrus on this list??? (joking. LOL)

    • JonathanBarkan

      FUCK! I KNEW I was missing something! DAMMIT ALL TO HELL!!!!

      Happy New Year ;) :D

      • HorrorFancy

        I am also surprised why Miley Cyrus is not on the list. Perhaps you don’t like the music, but that New York New Years live number she did was pretty horrific; this site is all about horror right? >:)

        • JonathanBarkan

          I didn’t see it. Should I dare?

          • HorrorFancy

            I wouldn’t feel right doing that to you — no.

  • Rick-Taylor

    Nice list. Don’t forget that Vader is releasing an album this year, as well.

  • HorrorFancy

    I’ll pip in with a few I’m watching for: Angelspit ‘The Product’, Combichrist ‘We Love You’.

    I would love to hear some album announcements in 2014 from: Eths and ohGr (I wish upon a star…).

  • Mortis-Dei

    Cattle Decapitation wont be coming out till 2015. Behemoth is the most overhyped extreme metal band ever… i’d say Amon Amarth but they’re not even extreme. Metallica… realy!?

    Here’s some stuff i’m looking forward to:

    Vektor
    Abigor
    Urgehal (last album ever with guest vocalists stepping in for Trondr Nefas)
    Mysticum
    Endezzma
    Lost Soul
    Nocturnal Breed
    Svarttjern
    Perdition Temple
    Benighted
    Krisiun
    Gorod
    1349
    Mayhem
    Kampfar
    Dawn
    Helheim
    Warfather
    Noctem
    Testament
    Overkill
    Anthrax
    Cephalic Carnage

    Unconfirmed albums, splits and ep’s:

    Myrkskog
    Vital Remains
    The Konsortium
    Toxik
    Slayer
    Nifelheim
    Aura Noir
    Absu
    Isvind
    Taake
    The Crown
    Djerv

  • Ga5ton

    It’s a pitty that we know nothing about anything new from Kyuss, and i know that Kvelertak just released Meir in 2013 but i would be happy with at least an EP (two more f$&#ing years for another album from a band like this is to much). Anyway, i’m just glad to know that a new Mastodon album is coming, i hope i can get it here

    • Mortis-Dei

      Kyuss changed their name to Vista Chino and released an album in 2013.

      • Ga5ton

        I tought Vista Chino was the name of an alternative project by John Garcia. I didn’t know that they weren’t alloud to use the name Kyuss Lives! anymore

  • Darkness69

    Great list, Jonathan! I would also add Deathstars’ new album out in February – can’t wait!