Slipknot, Slayer, Metallica: The Most Anticipated Metal Albums of 2014
Last year was surprisingly good for metal. Not only did we have some mosh pit-worthy tours and festivals -- those only seem to increase every year -- but there were a ton of kick-ass album releases, as well. Amon Amarth's Deceiver of the Gods, Ghost B.C.'s Infestissuman, Phil Anselmo's Walk Through Exits Only, Ministry's From Beer to Eternity -- just take a look at our list of the 21 best heavy metal albums of 2013.
Glen La Ferman Metal supergroup Killer Be Killed will release its debut album in 2014.
And this year, the metal gods are on our side yet again -- 2014 will be a really good one for heavy metal. Some of the biggest bands in the genre are set to drop some new albums in the upcoming months. Here's why it's time to get fucking pumped.
RELEASE DATE: TBA
Anthrax has been working on an album that's described by guitarist Scott Ian as "harder, faster and more brutal." He also said the band decided not to take a break because they are feeling at the peak of their powers. In 2013, though, lead guitarist Rob Caggiano exited the band for full-time duties in Volbeat; he was replaced by Jon Donais.
TITLE: The Satanist
RELEASE DATE: February
Behemoth's 10th album will be its first since 2009's Evangelion, as well as the first since frontman Nergal conquered leukemia. The Polish death-metal extremists have released a single, "Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel," and a video to preview the new album. According to Nergal, it took them more than two decades to come up with a title that truly says it all, and the songs take some surprising directions. The album also will be followed by a headlining tour.
Black Label Society
TITLE: Catacombs of the Black Vatican
RELEASE DATE: April 8
Black Label Society has been in the news recently for non-music reasons -- the band recently parted ways with longtime guitarist Nick Catanese, replacing him with Lizzy Borden shredder Dario Lorina. According to guitar icon Zakk Wylde, the band's ninth album is going to be brutal.
In fact, Black Label Society revealed a video teaser for the upcoming record, featuring haunting scenes and a monologue from Wylde: "Face your fear. Accept your war. Destroy and conquer. Within the catacombs of the black vatican." The short clip also displays the words "Strength,' "Determination," "Merciless," and "Forever."
TITLE: Ashes to Ashes
RELEASE DATE: May/June
This Salt Lake City deathcore act has released an EP and a couple of singles since 2011′s My Damnation. According to frontman Alex Koehler, the lyrical content of their third album will be more positive than the band's other records. It's focused on issues such as alcoholism, drug abuse, violence, and standing up for yourself -- and not giving a fuck about anyone else's opinions.
RELEASE DATE: February 11
If you haven't heard of Crosses and you're a heavy metal fan, I can't blame you. It's Deftones frontman Chino Moreno's side project, and it isn't as heavy as you would probably think. The heavy part of this music comes from the sensual aspect of it; I swear, it'll get any chick whose into heavy metal in the mood.
Also, this is my column, so fuck you. I can include them if I want. On that note, the electronic metal group has already released two singles, "Bi†ches Brew" and "†he Epilogue," in anticipation.