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Here's a list of albums I'm expecting to come out in 2012 and my rviews about them.
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.
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
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
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.
|5||Between the Buried and Me|
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.
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.
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.
|8||Before 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
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.
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.
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
|12||The Devin Townsend Project|
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 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.
|25||System of a Down|
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
album is still one of my favorite albums and I listen to it occasionally, hoping that Jari would release
already so that I could stop clinging to this old record. The news better be legit and Time better be
2012 and IT BETTER BE GOOD!
|Is there anything I'm missing over there? Let me know.|
|Damn. Except for Storm Corrosion (because the album still isn't in the database), I nailed all the other 29 album arts XD.|
|I'm pretty sure Gojira were doing another album as well as an EP.|
I sure hope so anyway.
|Neurosis! Cult of luna!! Good list though looking forward to a fair few of these|
|you should check out this genre its called metal|
|i'm looking forward to anathema and testament the most|
|@ cb123 - I don't know who I missed Neurosis -_-. I was looking forward to their new release as well. Oh well.|
|list hurt my eyes omg|
"To be honest, "Hypersleep Dialogues" sounded painfully forced"
everything they do is painfully forced its their thing but parallax managed to not seem as forced for at least half its running time
|Sabbath's new album should feature all 4 original members and that should be really good, but since the drummer most likely won't join the recording process, I hope they'll release something at least better than their 80s-90s output.. Still, the expectations are really high, but who knows |
|@ qwe: Uh, really? I don't know. I mean, yeah, like I said earlier, all their materials sound forced, but Parallax sounded really forced. I think Colors sounded less forced.|
@ insomniac: Do you have any idea about who they will recruit? Because I heard Bill Ward was having legal contract problems or whatsoever getting into Black Sabbath.
|Really impressive list man, I'll read through it all now!|
|Besides the ones you mentioned (Anathema, DT, Katatonia)|
- Paradise Lost
- Sonata Arctica
- The Gathering
In short, it's going to be the best year ever..at least for metal.
|@ D41V30N = as of now, they haven't announced any replacement, they said they'd continue recording without him.|
|i will be listening to literally none of these|
|Steven Wilson said in an interview last year that this autumn we should be hearing a new Porcupine Tree album. |
|carach angren, cult of luna, neurosis, CANNIBAL CORPSE.|
|giraffe tongue orchestra|
|new Showbaby album came out today -- here's the first single|
|Actually Anathema wrote We're Here Because We're Here years ago. There's just been too much delaying on the releasing time on the record labels part. |
Before the Dawn - Said it's gonna be the most epic album they've done. With a for sure known fact, is that their clean singer left the band. So it's gonna be a straight up melodic death metal without alternative sides of the music. And from the clips I've heard they've got some badass guitar melodies.
For Devin Townsend... I heard he's gonna release 2-3 albums this year... if you don't believe me there's
an article on Metalsucks.
I also know that Judas Priest is suppose to be releasing a new album this year. Then there's Storm Corrosion, Paradise Lost, possibly another Steven Wilson solo album (no Porcupine Tree), Firewind, Riverside, Behemoth, While Heaven Wept, and T.R.A.M. (you should check them out if you like Tosin Abasi's work)
|Karnivool is my most anticipated, but the band is being so secretive about their progress I don't know what's going on with them!!! Maybe I have to wait till 2013 =(|
|looks like someone already mentioned Neurosis and Cult of Luna|
High on Fire
Mouth of the Architect
I have heard a bunch of other rumors but those are who I know of that have at least planned a 2012 release
|Lol at Wintersun releasing a new album|
|How can there be high expectations for 6 when there hasn't been a good Black Sabbath album in forever and now they are pretty much getting together just to make one last album before they die? Sounds disappointing already, but if they can hash out something ala Heaven & Hell (provided Ozzy doesn't ruin it...), we should rejoice.|
|"(the terrible autotune over the vocals in Jane Doe still doesn't appeal to me)."|
what the fuck
|"but sound awake was prog to tha max, how can they possibly out prog it"|
I have faith that Ian Kenny won't allow the new Karnivool album to be anything but groundbreaking. They'll do a three-peat.
|@ Piglet - Thanks, man :).|
@ Dreamflight: Good year for many metal artist gone mellow, yes.
@ insomniac15: Even if they start recording, they'll need a session drummer. I guess we'll have to wait and see.
@ FictionalFlames: That's a relief about Before The Dawn. The clean singing only seemed good in one or two songs out of the entire album. And DK did talk about releasing a sequel to his Ziltoid the Omniscent, entitled Z^2, but he said he was still "thinking" about it or something like that. I'm not sure about the Judas release. Might have scour the internet now.
@ pwalcher: Karnivool is releasing an album this year? O.O Please let it be legit :).
@ BaselineOOO: Check again. You mixed Tool and Wintersun.
@ halloway: I hope it doesn't sound anything like their... what... last five releases, I guess. Hopefully, it'll sound nothing like Ozzy's solo works. They're terrible.
@ YetAnotherBrick: Different people, differing opinions, brah.
|props for Soen|
|I added the album and artist to the database XD.|
|deleted. oops, you have the Ocean. my bad|
|Good lord Time is never coming out give it up.|
|mouth of the architect is going to release new material this year? oh fuck yes|
|also, AmenRa - Mass V (hopefully)|
|"(but the album cover is ugly)"|
wtf that's such sick album art
|that cynic ep, is just a re-release of their old material under the name portal, nothing new.|
i can't wait for barren earth, in mourning, Gojira and the ocean too from this list.
also the ra album one of my fav bands from middle school years.
|meshuggah have released another new track, its pretty good. not straws pulled at random-good, but yeah.|
|You don't even have the CD that's gonna be AotY....|
Trophy Scars - Holy Vacants
|@ MetallicOpeth: I thought so as well, but then I saw the entire cover and there's a face behind it. It looks funny.|
@ ev0ken: Yeah. I'm currently getting 21 XD. Hopefully, the entirety will be good. And yes, Ra (with Ill Nino) were actually my most fav in my early middle school. The single was bad, though.
@ devious: I'm not into Trophy Scars. Not my type of music, I guess.
|jari started writing time in 2004|
it is now 2012
fuck you jari
anyways, gojira should be awesome as always and hopefully new in mourning is as good as the debut. monolith kind of sucked
|@d41v30n yeah ill nino was also really great back then their 2 first releases were awesome, but they been kind of sucking since then, hopefully new one is decent or better than the last few albums.|
|New Om this year too|
|@ Scoot: Do they play any new material in concerts? Does anyone know? Or have they been playing the same 10 songs over the last 10 years?|
@ ev0ken: I actually loved their later records. Confession is my least favorite (apart from tracks like "Cleansing"). But just like I said earlier, they waste tons of potential. They try to please fans with all genres they've touched over the years, and the end result is a hodge-podge like Dead New World or Enigma (though both had their best songs till today).
@ Ovrot: Om?
|I'm excited for 18|
|Can someone make a list like this that's not for metal? |