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2012 Expectations

Here's a list of albums I'm expecting to come out in 2012 and my rviews about them.
1Amaseffer
Slaves for life


Amaseffer - When The Lions Leave Their Den. Ever since I heard Mabool by
Orphaned Land - which is one of the most complete records I've ever heard, I
have always had a soft spot for middle-eastern styled rock/metal. I discovered
Amaseffer's first album "Slaves For Life" and I enjoyed the album very much,
but it was not without flaws. "When The Lions Leave Their Den" was
supposed to be released last year, but then the band stop posting alls
(probably). I picked up the news somewhere that this is going to be released
later this year, so I hope this one is as good as or maybe even better than
their previous record.
2Anathema
Weather Systems


Anathema - Weather Systems. "We're Here Because We're Here" was
undoubtedly one of my favorite releases from 2010. Personally, I feel they
should have taken another year writing music before they entered the
studio to make another album, because the expectations are set really
high.
3Barren Earth
Curse Of The Red River


Barren Earth - The Devil's Resolve. They're a "good" band. I liked their debut
album, but it was clearly nothing sensational. Hopefully, their new album will
be better.
4Behemoth
Demigod


Behemoth - TBA. Behemoth isn't my favorite death metal band out there, but
Demigod is a magnificent album, in my opinion, and Evangelion is awesome to
some extent as well. Let's see what they have in store this year.
5Between the Buried and Me
Colors


Between The Buried And Me - The Parallax 2 (?). Now, this will polarize the
members of Sputnik. To be honest, "Hypersleep Dialogues" sounded painfully
forced. It's hard to not admit that they have always been a little bit forced in
their music, but this EP was too much forced. They seemed so obsessed with
playing technically that they lost the natural flow of music they displayed in
Alaska or Colors. In my opinion, if this follows the footsteps of the EP, this will
probably suck for me.
6Black Sabbath
Paranoid


Black Sabbath - TBA. Honestly, I'm not sure anymore. Their early releases, like
Paranoid and Master Of Reality and much more, were some of the greatest
albums in the history of music. But over time, they grew staler and staler and
their last few releases were? ugh. Nevertheless, it is true that this will be
their first album in almost 18 years or so. Maybe they cultured tons of ideas in
their heads by now, who knows. One thing is for sure: the expectation bar is
set fucking high. And so are the chances of this being disappointing. Many
people are like: "Part of me wants this record and part of me doesn't". Yeah.
Because expectations are fucking high.
7Blackfield
Blackfield II


Blackfield - TBA. I idolize Steven Wilson. Blackfield is probably the weakest
project out of everything he has done so far, but still, it's Steven Wilson.
"Welcome To My DNA" was very mediocre, though. I loved Blackfield's first two
albums. Let's hope this one isn't as boring as their last album.
8Before The Dawn
Rise of the Pheonix


Before The Dawn - Rise Of The Phoenix. "Rise Of The Phoenix"? err? okay. I'm
not very fond of the name of the album. Nevertheless, Before The Dawn is an
awesome band. Tuomas knows how to make the guitar melodies very nice to
hear, that's for sure. That being said, Deathstar Rising was their weakest
effort. And for their 2012 release, the album name is already giving me second
thoughts.
9Converge
Axe To Fall


Converge - All We Love We Leave Behind. When I heard Converge for the first
time, I was like: "What the fuck is this shit?!". The song lengths and structures
did not appeal to me. The vocals did not appeal to me (the terrible autotune
over the vocals in Jane Doe still doesn't appeal to me). But then Axe To Fall
was released on 2009 and it was the first "complete" Converge record I heard
and, probably because by then I started listening to Protest The Hero and The
Dillinger Escape Plan (even though Converge are somewhat different from
them) so I was slightly familiar with their style, I instantly fell in love with the
record. The sheer amount of madness in the album is just unbelievable. At
least for Sputnik's sake, I hope the new Converge album is awesome,
because Sputnik elites would cry if they release a bad album.
10Cynic
Carbon-Based Anatomy


Cynic - The Portal Tapes EP. Seriously? An EP? Again? Fuck's sake, they should
do an album. Cynic is one of my favorite bands. Now, "Carbon Based
Anatomy" was superb and so they are releasing another EP later this year. In
all honesty, I am disappoint as I expected a full-length album from them.
11Devin Townsend
Terria


Devin Townsend - Epicloud. "Big, heavy, romantic kind of melodic stuff. Pretty,
ethereal and simple." What on Earth does he mean by that? Devin Townsend
is definitely one of my favorite artists. The solo stuffs he has done over the
years are simply astounding and the entirety of the Devin Townsend Project
was awesome. But what does "Big, heavy, romantic kind of melodic stuff.
Pretty, ethereal and simple" mean? If it goes something like "The Way Home"
and "In Ah" of Addicted, that's cool, but I really wished for something heavier
like Deconstruction.
12The Devin Townsend Project
Ghost


Devin Townsend - Ghost 2. Another Devin Townsend release which is
"supposed" to be released this year, Ghost 2 will be the darker version of
Ghost. 2011's Ghost is one of the most hypnotic records I have ever heard.
The only drawback, to me, was that the album was "happy". I love darker
tunes and hopefully, Ghost 2 will be better than Ghost for me.
13Fear Factory
Mechanize


Fear Factory - The Industralist. I hate the name of the album, that's for sure.
But Mechanize was simply awesome - the best record they put out since their
first albums, maybe. Dino and Gene are there, so I think it would be safe to
say that the album will be cool. But then again?
14Gojira
The Way of All Flesh


Gojira - Of Blood And Salt [EP]. Gojira has been consistently improving ever
since they released their debut album. "The Way of All Flesh" was an excellent
release, and even though they had enough time to write an actual full-length,
they are going to release an EP. Okay, cool. Not to mention they recently
signed with Roadrunner, so it would be interesting to hear what direction they
take this time.
15Ill Nino
Enigma


Ill Nino - TBA. Ah, my much beloved guilty pleasure band. Ill Nino has been one
of my favorite bands ever since they released Revolution Revolucion. And even
though I have moved on to better music, I could never really wave goodbye to
Ill Nino because they (and Mudvayne and SOAD) are the bands which made
me addicted to metal in the first place. What really annoys me about them is
their consistent habit of throwing filler tracks into their albums. They obviously
have potential; it is evident when you listen to excellent songs like "The Alibi
Of Tyrants", "Pieces Of The Sun", "Arrastra", "Killing You, Killing Me" and so on.
My question is: why the fuck would a band who can write amazing songs like
those write terrible songs like "Against The Wall" or "Hot Summer's Tragedy"
and put them in the same record? That is simply absurd. Over time, they have
garnered many different types of fans: some like the mainstream approach
take in Confession, some like the nu metal approach in their debut, and some
like the impulsive direction they chose in ONU - and now, Ill Nino wants to
appeal to all those different types of crowds, and the result comes out as a
total mess. Dave Chavarri said this will be their most "tribal / Latin" record yet.
For God's sake, let's hope they do that and not make ugly tracks like "Against
The Wall" here.
16In Mourning
Shrouded Divine


In Mourning - The Weight Of Oceans. In Mourning's debut album is one of my
favorite albums from 2008, and even though their second album was
somewhat disappointing compared to the first, I still loved it. A comparatively
younger band and one of my favorite bands from the post-2000s. Personal
expectations? I pray to God that it's good.
17Katatonia
Night Is The New Day


Katatonia - TBA. One of my extreme favorite bands along with the likes of
Opeth, Tool, Machine Head, The Mayan Factor and so on, I cannot be but
extremely psyched about the new Katatonia release. Night Is The New Day is
one of my favorite albums ever (like some other Katatonia releases); it was
subtle, dark, hypnotic and the natural flow of music was best in any Katatonia
release by far. That said, I would definitely not want a "Night Is The New Day"
carbon copy. It could be cool to see them perform something heavier this time.
I don't know. They're Katatonia. I know that I enjoyed each and every one of
their albums - and I want to thoroughly enjoy the new record as well.
18Meshuggah
Koloss


Meshuggah - Koloss. I love the album name for some reason (but the album
cover is ugly). Meshuggah has consistently performed well throughout their
musical career. I know I'd love to hear Tomas Haake behind the kit once
again. That man is a beast.
19Nile
Those Whom the Gods Detest


Nile - TBA. Nile is one of my favorite death metal bands. Middle-Eastern styled
Death Metal with some of the beastliest drumming I have ever heard in my
life. George Kollias is fuckin' insane. Their last album was tons better than
Ithyphallic. Now, as a Muslim myself, I disliked the incorporation of Muslim
Prayer (Azaan/Adhan) in the track "Kafir" in their latest album even though the
lyrics was supportive of Muslims. But those are minor details, really. Hopefully,
the new Nile record would tear some balls without, maybe, going too much
religious, I guess XD.
20Ra
From One


Ra - TBA. My Guilty Pleasure Level with this band is over 9,000. Band gets so
much hate that its almost painful. Because they're nu metal? That, and
because they go poppy now and then. Even I don't know why I love the band
so much, but I do. From One was one of my favorite album for many years and
I guiltily loved Black Sun as well (even Broken Hearted Soul XD). Expectations
from the new album? I heard the single "Running Blind" and the samples used
here and there were terrible. The song itself was very "only above average". I
really can't make a comment on their upcoming album. I have moved on from
that particular style of music, but I would try it nonetheless.
21Soen
Cognitive


Soen - Cognitive. Martin Lopez and Steve DiGiorgio together? You bet. I have
heard three or four tracks from the album and I can already say that this
album will rule, even though it sounds VERY much like Tool. Debut album and
an already possible contender for the album of the year for sure. Very VERY
hyped about this release.
22Soilwork
Natural Born Chaos


Soilwork - The Living Infinite. Their recent releases have been disappointing
and Speed sounds so different from what he used to back in Natural Born
Chaos. "The Panic Broadcast" was monotonous apart from only a few tracks
like "The Thrill" and "Two Lives Worth Of Reckoning". The most sensible thing
to do now would be to set my expectations to zero so that I could at least
enjoy the new album for a day or two.
23Soulfly
Dark Ages


Soulfly - Enslaved. Curious. Just curious. I have never really been a huge
Soulfly fan. They're "okay" for me, to be honest. Never been much into them.
So I'm only curious to find out how their new album sounds like.
24 Storm Corrosion
Storm Corrosion


Storm Corrosion - Storm Corrosion. Steven Wilson and Mikael Akerfeldt. My
masters. THIS is something that I have been waiting for years now. I always
had this hunch that Wilson and Akerfeldt would write music together someday
and I have been waiting ever since. With the news of Storm Corrosion, I felt
very alive. By now, we all know that this will NOT be an "Opeth meets
Porcupine Tree" progressive record, but rather a very? well? orchestral? err?
atmospheric? umm? bluesy record? I guess. And you know what, I'm damn
happy that it is like that. A progressive supergroup would have been so
predictable. Honestly, why form another progressive supergroup when both
groups are making progressive music? But then they said that it would be
heavily orchestral and I was like: "Fuck yeah". So yes, with two of the
greatest masterminds in today's music industry writing music together and
when they say this will NOT be a prog record, you can start wondering what
kind of music they might make but you won't really figure it out until you hear
the album itself.
25System of a Down
Toxicity


System Of A Down - TBA. No. There hasn't been any official news about SOAD
planning to release a new record in 2012. But one can hope. SOAD are one of
my most favorite bands. John said that they would take their time. Cool, but
we haven't heard any new SOAD music since 2005, and Hypnotize/Mesmerize
was nowhere near Toxicity or the self-titled. They have had enough time. And
they are taking more time. Let's see if we get Toxicity II.
26Tesseract
One


Tesseract - TBA [EP]. I loved One. "Eden" is one of the most fabulous tracks I
have heard in a couple of years now. The Concealing Fate series was very
good as well. Hopefully, they're release another concept EP this year like
Concealing Fate.
27Testament
The Gathering


Testament - The Dark Roots Of The Earth. This is one of the older bands which
still has it. Many pre-90s bands, like Metallica, have simply worn off and now
they sound like they should stop creating music already. Testament also wore
off in their middle of their career as well, and Demonic was horrid. But their
last two albums were awesome and brilliant return to form. Let's see what
they have to offer this time.
28The Ocean
Precambrian


The Ocean - TBA. So their Anthropocentric/Heliocentric series is over.
Hopefully, they'll now return to being as awesome as they used to be during
Precambrian, I guess. I hope so, at least. They're one of my favorite bands in
the type of music they make, so I'll keep my fingers crossed.
29Tool
Lateralus


Tool - TBA. Katatonia, Soen. Storm Corrosion. And now there is Tool. It has
been six freakin' years since the last Tool record and it is almost impossible
now to hold on to my pants any longer. These guys are impossible, to be
honest. Over 20 years into the business and still released only 4 full-length
albums. Lateralus and Aenima are two of the most fantastic records I have
ever heard. 10,000 Days seemed excellent to me because by then I was
already a fanboy, but it was Lateralus which changed my perspective about
music forever. They took a fuckin' six year break! THIS BETTER BE WORTH THE
WAIT!
30Wintersun
Wintersun


Wintersun - Time. Speaking of "worth the wait", look what I brought over here. Is Jari intentionally trolling
us? This has been on
"Recording" status ever since 2006! I've never heard of any album which takes 6 fuckin' years to record. I
think I read it somewhere that Jari plans to release it by the end of this year, but I STILL doubt it. Their
debut
album is still one of my favorite albums and I listen to it occasionally, hoping that Jari would release
"Time"
already so that I could stop clinging to this old record. The news better be legit and Time better be
released in
2012 and IT BETTER BE GOOD!
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