The 17 Most Anticipated Metal Albums of 2013

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Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor performs in Phoenix in 2009.

Nine Inch Nails
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Don't you just hate when bands do "farewell" tours that turn out to be a total fakeout? Well, while Nine Inch Nails may have pulled that crap in 2009, the industrial band seems to have popped up again in 2013. When Rolling Stone asked frontman Trent Reznor if new Nine Inch Nails music was a possibility, he said, "All signs point to yes. There are some things in the works."

"Closer," a song that's gotten way more people laid than can ever be counted.

On top of that, Reznor has not lost his touch, only progressing in his career -- in the past year, he's scoring movies (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, The Social Network) and video games, and recorded with How to Destroy Angels.


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The band's 2011 release, The Hunter, played on my iPod for months. I loved the direction of bluesy and eerie, slight licks of a cross between Jimmy Page and Radiohead. The band says it is hoping to record its sixth full-length album early in 2013.

"The Sparrow," my favorite song off The Hunter

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Tony Jackson
Tony Jackson

SOILWORK! One glaring omission from this list: AMON AMARTH! \m/

Brett Giles
Brett Giles

New Alice In Chains probably. The new Tool album always seems to take years, so your rumor is taken with a HUGE grain of salt, and as far as NIN, Trent said it was a goodbye to touring tour, no more intensive tour schedule, but plenty of new music, though he seems to be doing a lot with musical scores lately, so we'll see if he has an album of NIN material.

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