2012 Preview: The Most Anticipated Albums of the Year

2012 is going to be a good year. Even if it brings with it the end of the world. How can we know? Because some of the biggest, badass-est bands in hard rock and heavy metal are set to drop new bombs over the following 360 days. Read on to see just what we mean–and get fucking psyched. Let us know which album you are looking forward to the most in our poll right here.

Between frontman Steven Tyler’s day job on American Idol and his onstage shoving matches with his Toxic Twin, guitarist Joe Perry, last year, if someone had asked us whether the biggest-selling American rock band of all time was about to get back in the saddle again and record a new album, we probably would have answered, “Dream on.” But by all accounts Aerosmith are going to drop their 15th studio record later this year—according to Tyler last September, maybe even as soon as “March—hopefully.”

Alice in Chains
With 2009’s Black Gives Way to Blue, Alice in Chains pretty much pulled off the impossible: Create a completely authentic new album 14 years after their previous, self-titled record and seven years after the death of iconic lead singer Layne Staley. As such, Black Gives Way to Blue was named Album of the Year by the Revolver staff and later was voted on by the fans to win the same honors at the 2010 Revolver Golden Gods. Needless to say, we’re very excited to see what they do for a follow-up, which we know they’re working on, and which we’re hoping will be ready for release this year.

Phil Anselmo
As if Phil Anselmo, of Pantera, Down, Arson Anthem, Superjoint Ritual, and Christ Inversion, et al, didn’t have enough projects to his name, the dude is about to drop his first-ever solo album later this year. Backing him is Houston-based guitarist Mazi Montazeri, of whom Anselmo says, “If Ozzy Osbourne had his Tony Iommi and then found his Randy Rhoads when he went to do his solo stuff, I have found my Randy Rhoads.” The singer promises a “fucking very aggressive record”—and this is coming from the guy who sang “Fucking Hostile.” Consider us fucking stoked.

As I Lay Dying
Last year these metalcore stalwarts celebrated 10 years together, releasing the anniversary EP Decas, which featured covers of Judas Priest and Slayer. If those are the influences these guys are carrying into their second decade, album No. 6 should be a doozy.

As-yet-unnamed Project Featuring Soulfly’s Max Cavalera and Dillinger Escape Plan’s Greg Puciato
Dillinger Escape Plan frontman Greg Puciato hit it off so well with former Sepultura main man Max Cavalera when his band toured with Cavalera Conspiracy—the Brazilian metal legend’s current project with his brother, Iggor—that the two joined forces to record an album together. From what Puciato tells us, it follows in the vein of Cavalera’s mid-’90s industrial-thrash side project, Nailbomb, with Fudge Tunnel’s Alex Newport. Nailbomb ruled, so we’re really hoping this lives up to the hype.

Asking Alexandria
2011 was a monster year for Asking Alexandria: The band rocked the Revolver Golden Gods, became bosom buds with one of their heroes Sebastian Bach, relocated to LA, opened for Guns N’ Roses and Avenged Sevenfold, got schooled by the Ultimate Warrior, and pretty much claimed their spot as one of the top young metal outfits on the planet. According to frontman Danny Worsnop, their next album will be “a musical baby of Mötley Crüe and Slipknot.”

They released Revolver‘s 2007 Record of the Year, Red Album, and have since toured with Metallica and been taken on by Metallica’s management, QPrime. So to say that Savannah’s Baroness are groomed for something big would be an understatement. Word on the street is that “something big” is just what the band is going to deliver: a double-disc prog opus that recalls Boston as much as it suggests Mastodon.

TITLE: Reborn In Defiance
RELEASE DATE: January 20
Rap-metal pioneers Biohazard split with founding frontman-cum-porn star Evan Seinfeld last year, but not before recording their final record with him. We’ve heard it and it’s just the sort of Brooklyn hardcore beatdown fans would want from the band that made ’90s classics like Urban Discipline and State of the World Address. Look for the album later this month to be released stateside via unconventional channels.

Black Sabbath
Over three decades since they released their last album, the original lineup of Black Sabbath—vocalist Ozzy Osbourne, guitarist Tony Iommi, bassist Geezer Butler, and drummer Bill Ward—announced late last year that they are working on an LP of new songs with producer Rick Rubin (Metallica, Slayer, Slipknot). When the news broke, a mini-riot of jubilation broke out in the Revolver office, such that we had to name this the Story of the Year. Since then, it was announced that Iommi is battling lymphoma but is forging ahead with the writing process nonetheless. Iron Man, indeed.

Cannibal Corpse
TITLE: Torture
Grisly death-metal stalwarts Cannibal Corpse have been on an winning streak over their past few records—their last release, Evisceration Plague, even landed a spot on Revolver‘s Top 20 Albums of 2009—so this next disc has a lot to live up to. Thankfully, we know they’ve been practicing—especially guitarist Pat O’Brien who stood in for ailing Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman on a few of the thrash legends’ tour dates last year.

TITLE: All We Love We Leave Behind
RELEASE DATE: Late spring/early summer
Over a decade after the eardrum-battering Massachusetts-based band turned hardcore and metal fans on their collective ears with the genre-defining metalcore classic Jane Doe, Converge hasn’t let up in extremity since. Following up 2009’s stellar Axe to Fall, the group is recording All We Love We Leave Behind this month.

RELEASE DATE: January 24
The free digital debut EP from Crosses—A.K.A. Chino Moreno of Deftones and Shaun Lopez of Far—was one of the best musical surprises of last year. (The duo also released the stellar track “The Years” on the Batman: Arkham City soundtrack). Though not metal and barely rock, the group’s lush, atmospheric dream-pop got plenty of play around Revolver HQ. EP No. 2 will likely get put on repeat play, as well, as soon as it comes out.

Dillinger Escape Plan
These spazz-metal maniacs’ last album, 2010’s Option Paralysis, was their first on their own label, Party Smasher Inc., and it earned them the Best Underground Band award at the 2010 Revolver Golden Gods. Since then, they’ve toured with Deftones and Mastodon and, late last year, started seriously working on studio album No. 5. As guitarist Ben Weinman commented in December: “Billy [Rymer, drums] and I have been locked up in the Dillinger compound and things are starting to boil… The neighbors are definitely getting pissed, but we couldn’t be more excited.” Ditto.

RELEASE DATE: Late winter
The last Down record, 2007’s Over the Under, was a beast. Since then, the southern stoner-metal supergroup—featuring the aforementioned Phil Anselmo, Corrosion of Conformity’s Pepper Keenan, Crowbar and Kingdom of Sorrow’s Kirk Windstein, and Eyehategod’s Jimmy Bower—have split amicably with bassist Rex Brown (now of his own supergroup, Kill Devil Hill, with erstwhile Black Sabbath drummer Vinny Appice), brought on Pat Bruders (Goatwhore, Crowbar, Outlaw Order), and announced plans to release a series of EPs. The first of these will be a six-song mini-album of what Anselmo describes as “pretty pure doom.”

The Faceless
In May last year, tech-death outfit the Faceless—led by guitarist Michael Keene—posted a debut of a new song, “The Eidolon Reality,” on YouTube, promising their third full-length in the fall. Autumn came and went. No album. But now, with a new lead vocalist, Geoff Ficco, and a new bassist, Evan Brewer of Animosity, the band is set to finally drop the follow-up to 2008’s acclaimed Planetary Duality this spring. Watch your head.

TITLE: Blood for the Master
RELEASE DATE: February 14
This NOLA gauntleted brigade—led by Soilent Green’s Ben Falgoust and Acid Bath’s Sammy Duet—never fails to deliver when it comes to blistering, satanic blackened thrash. Their forthcoming fifth album should be perfect music for sacrificing goats, whores, virgins, or just your own neck to a few days of aching whiplash.

When British industrial-metal groundbreakers Godflesh reunited to play shows in 2010, it was great news—more than a few extreme-music fans, including a couple editors at Revolver, were crushed when the band canceled its 2001 U.S. tour and then broke up the following year. (Godflesh play their first American gig in forever at this year’s Maryland Death Fest.) But news that main man Justin Broadrick & Co. are working on a new album, 10 years after the release of their swansong, Hymns, well, that’s a whole other level of mind-blowing.

It’s no secret that we love environmentally minded prog-death outfit Gojira over here at Revolver. We’ve been championing the French “green metal” crushers ever since we heard the behemoth opening track of their 2005 opus, From Mars to Sirius. Their first record on new label Roadrunner, Album No. 5 should hit like a force of nature.

Led by one of our favorite rocker babes—and advice columnists, for that matter—singer-guitarist Lzzy Hale, this Pennsylvania-bred breakout band promise a more personal album for their follow-up to their smash 2009 self-titled debut. But don’t expect them to get all sappy on us. There should still be more than enough of the band’s now signature raucous attitude and righteous riffs for any headbanger to get off. And if Hale ever assembles the all-girl supergroup featuring Alice Cooper guitarist Orianthi, Sick Puppies bassist Emma Anzai, and Skillet keyboardist Korey Cooper and drummer Jen Ledger that she has said could be in the works, our heads might just literally explode.

Halestorm in the Studio

After two albums that saw the hard-partying supergroup—featuring Pantera’s Vinnie Paul, Mudvayne’s Chad Gray and Greg Tribbett, and Nothingface’s Tom Maxwell—dabbling in southern rock, blues, and even country music, the band is making what Paul calls “a balls-out metal record” for their third offering. “It was fun and enlightening thing to open up and cover these other styles of music,” Paul says. “But when we finished this last tour, we said, ‘All right, with this next record, let’s just go fucking balls out and see what happens.’ It’s very heavy. It’s very abrasive. I think it’s maybe going to be what people envisioned this band being like from the start.”

High on Fire
Since the release of their last album, 2010’s Snakes for the Divine, stoner-thrash titans High on Fire have survived not one but two earthquakes—the February 22, 2010 6.3 magnitude earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand, and the quake and resulting tsunami in Japan on March 11. Whether this influenced the sure-to-be cataclysmic sound on their forthcoming record is unclear, but the band, led by Sleep guitarist Matt Pike, do promise a new album that is “direct, eye-opening, and powerfully supernatural.”

Judas Priest
The Metal Gods may have announced their departure from the stage, which they commemorated with 2011’s triumphant Epitaph Tour, but the members of Judas Priest swear we haven’t heard the last of them. With the addition of new guitarist Richie Faulkner, who replaced K.K. Downing when he retired last year and made his debut with the band supporting James Durbin on American Idol, the band is currently working on a reported 12 to 14 new songs that they hope to release in 2012.

Killswitch Engage
In mid-December, Killswitch Engage guitarist Mike D’Antonio posted on his Facebook page that the metalcore band was convening around Christmastime to write a new record. He added, “Even Howard is coming,” referring to frontman Howard Jones, who had missed some of the group’s 2010 shows, supposedly due to back pain. Then, on January 5, the band announced Jones had left the band citing personal reasons as the cause. Their statement said, “He has left big shoes to fill, so we certainly have our work cut out for us to find the next singer of Killswitch, something we plan on making priority #1 going forward.” So we’re still holding onto our hopes that there will be a new Killswitch record in 2012.

TITLE: Monster
For the second release on the makeup-slathered hard-rock legends’ own Kiss Records, vocalist-bassist-Demon Gene Simmons promises a “meat and potatoes” kind of record, a Kiss record you can depend on. Next year will be the group’s 40th anniversary, and with Monster, they want to prove they can still rock and roll all night and party every day in style. Also, be on the lookout this year for an official book about the band that will be four feet tall!

Lacuna Coil
TITLE: Dark Adrenaline
RELEASE DATE: January 24
Frontwoman Cristina Scabbia promised a heavier new direction with the sixth album from her Italian goth-metal outfit, and judging from lead single, “Trip the Darkness,” she wasn’t kidding. Lacuna Coil hit the U.S. in support with this winter’s Gigantour, alongside Megadeth, Motörhead, and Volbeat.

Lamb of God
TITLE: Resolution
RELEASE DATE: January 24
Every album from these Virginia leaders of the New Wave of American Metal is an event. But this latest is particularly momentous: It sees the band expanding their signature thrashy sound in surprising directions and doing it well, from the Eyehategod-ian slow-mo sludge of opener “Straight for the Sun” to the Dimmu Borgir-esque orchestral strings and operatic female backing vocals of closer “King Me.” Still, Resolution never really sounds like anyone other than Lamb of God.

Marilyn Manson
TITLE: Born Villain
Released seemingly out of nowhere last year, the disturbing music video for this album’s title track (and it was disturbing not just because it was directed by Transformers star Shia LaBeouf) raised more questions than it answered. But if it proved anything, it reconfirmed that Mr. Antichrist Superstar is anything but boring, so we look forward to the answers—and the album, the first on Manson’s own label—when they come.

In 2011, a strange, barely pronounceable onomatopoeia, “djent,” became the hot new buzzword in underground metal, a catch-all term to describe a breed of young bands who, essentially, share one major characteristic: They sound like Meshuggah. Having inspired a whole nerdy little subgenre, the Swedish tech-death overlords return in 2012 to show Generation Djent just how it’s done, and we’re guessing that they not only pick up where they left off with 2008’s obZen, but that they take their existing sound and destroy, erase, and improve it.

On the heels of a triumphant run headlining the Big Four festivals in 2011 as well as an experimental album with Lou Reed, the metal giants are working on the follow-up to 2008’s Revolver Album of the Year, Death Magnetic. From what guitarist Kirk Hammett has said about the record, it will be like “a heavier ‘Black Album.'” Read more about it in the article here.

TITLE: Relapse
Ministry’s breakup never seemed particularly set in stone. After all, their “final” album, 2007′s The Last Sucker, was followed by not one record of covers and remixes but two—not to mention a 2009 live album. Still, it was hard for any fan of the seminal industrial-metal band not to be excited when main man Al Jourgensen announced in August that the group would not only be touring in 2012 but releasing a new, original studio album, fittingly called Relapse. Politically charged lead single “99 Percenters,” which hit iTunes on just before Christmas, bodes nicely.

Napalm Death
TITLE: Utilitarian
RELEASE DATE: February 28
The death-metal and grindcore greats titled their last record Time Waits for No Slave, and that appears to be the motto for the band whose members have hardly rested on their laurels since the album’s release in 2009. Frontman Barney Greenway has lent his powerful vocals to music by Volbeat, bassist Shane Embury re-joined the supergroup Lock Up, and the band released a new song in the memory of Extreme Noise Terror vocalist who once fronted Napalm Death. All things considered, they have a lot to work from for this new record, which will be anything but utilitarian.

The members of psych-metal firebrands Neurosis have been busy in the years since they released their last record, 2007’s return-to-heavy-form, Given to the Rising, putting out solo albums and collaborations. Perhaps those tangents have bled into the main band because vocalist-guitarist Steve Von Till has been saying their forthcoming record will be unlike anything they’ve done in the past.

While the originators of “djent,” Meshuggah, will drop their new symphony of destruction in March, the band responsible for the proliferation of the term, Maryland-based prog metallers Periphery, will follow with their latest in May. According to guitarist Misha Mansoor, it will be the first of two albums the band is working on, which will have completely different sounds and approaches. Sounds nerdy—and awesome.

Pig Destroyer
Virginian speed demons Pig Destroyer—featuring guitarist Scott Hull, also of Agoraphobic Nosebleed, and new drummer, Misery Index’s Adam Jarvis (not pictured), who joined in 2011—rarely play live and record sporadically, but when they do drop a record, it’s pretty much always the grindcore album of its year. Expect sick, surreal lyrics and even sicker riffs.

TITLE: Clockwork Angels
In the time since Canada’s best progressive hard-rock power trio released their last disc, 2007’s Snakes and Arrows, they’ve celebrated their 40th anniversary and seen their story told in the documentary Beyond the Lighted Stage. For their 19th(!) LP, they’ve worked with producer Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Evanescence, Alice in Chains) and written songs—two titles of which have been released, “Caravan” and “BU2B”—which guitarist Alex Lifeson describes as “very dynamic.”


Saint Vitus
TITLE: Lillie: F-65
In 2008, doom-metal heroes Saint Vitus re-formed three quarters of their classic ’80s lineup—vocalist Scott “Wino” Weinrich, guitarist Dave Chandler, and bassist Mark Adams, currently joined by drummer Henry Vasquez—and now they’re putting out their first album of new material since 1995’s Die Healing. Rumored to contain seven songs, Lillie: F-65, is named after a downer drug that was popular in the ’80s. Is this a sign of good things to come?

TITLE: Amaryllis
The last album from these southern hard rockers, 2008’s platinum-selling The Sounds of Madness, made history with each of its six singles hitting No. 1 in the radio airplay ratings. The lead single, “Bully,” from this follow-up should keep that streak going. Of the other tracks, frontman Brent Smith promises a mix of “bone-crushing” numbers like “Adrenaline” and more contemplative ballads such as “Through the Ghost,” a song about the strains of constantly being on the road and away from home.

Feeling reinvigorated after touring with Alter Bridge vocalist Myles Kennedy in support of his self-titled solo album—a disc that featured different singers ranging from Ozzy to Fergie singing songs—Velvet Revolver and former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash set to work on an LP that features just Kennedy and his impressive range. Considering the guitarist was still recording the disc in December, around the time Guns N’ Roses’ induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was announced, we can only imagine the adrenaline that will be surging through the album.

Thrash metal’s Angels of Death had a triumphant 2011 in spite of a few setbacks. After guitarist Jeff Hanneman was sidelined due to contracting a flesh-eating bacteria, the group toured throughout most of the year with Exodus axman Gary Holt and Cannibal Corpse fret-burner Pat O’Brien filling in for shows with their peers in the Big Four—Metallica, Megadeth, and Anthrax. The word is that Hanneman is recovering and writing new songs for the album due out this year.

TITLE: Enslaved
Between Soulfly, Cavalera Conspiracy, and his aforementioned new band with Dillinger Escape Plan’s Greg Puciato, former Sepultura frontman Max Cavalera apparently does not sleep. Which is fine by us considering the consistent ferocity of his output. This eighth Soulfly album comes out as the band celebrated its 15th anniversary and features guest turns by Dez Fafara of DevilDriver/Coal Chamber and Travis Ryan of Cattle Decapitation. Sounds like it should be too much brutal goodness for us to refuse or resist.

One of the heaviest bands to emerge from Seattle’s grunge scene, Soundgarden came together again in 2010 to tour. Now, 16 years after releasing their last record, Down on the Upside, the band—whose frontman, Chris Cornell, played with Audioslave and put out solo albums, and whose drummer, Matt Cameron, joined Pearl Jam in their years away from Soundgarden—are working on an album Cornell has described as the band’s next logical step, musically.

TITLE: The Dark Roots of the Earth
Although thrash titans Testament never really broke up, their 2008 album The Formation of Damnation—their first with a mostly original lineup, including guitarist Alex Skolnick, since the early ’90s—seemed like a triumphant comeback record. In recent months, the band has been working with producer Andy Sneap on the follow-up, The Dark Roots of the Earth, which Skolnick has said will have more variety than previous albums and his fellow guitarist Eric Peterson has called darker than usual. We just hope they practice what they preach.

The rumor mill had Tool’s fifth album coming out last year. Clearly that did not come to pass. And while frontman Maynard James Keenan has been seemingly preoccupied reuniting with A Perfect Circle, putting out Puscifer records, and squashing grapes, the prog-metal prestidigitators’ U.S. tour this winter proves that there is, indeed, movement in Camp Tool. So we’re holding out hope that they will finally put out a new album this year—and until they do, we’re prepared to be teased, tortured, and titillated by more rumors and misinformation, much of it doubtlessly spread by Tool themselves.

Van Halen
TITLE: A Different Kind of Truth
RELEASE DATE: February 7
Realigned with their original frontman, David Lee Roth, in 2006, hard-rock gargantuans Van Halen played a number of successful reunion shows in the years since. Now the group—which also features guitarist Eddie Van Halen, his brother, Alex, on drums, and his son, Wolfgang, on bass—is putting out their first new album in 14 years and their first with Roth in almost three decades. Judging from “She’s the Woman,” a song they rejiggered from their 1977 demo sessions that they played at an intimate New York City show earlier this month (see photos from the night here), it sounds like they haven’t missed a step…or a high kick.


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  • WTF

    I swear to God, God Forbid get no FUCKING respect! They are releasing a new album this year too–Get with the program Revolver!

    • Bruno Hébert-Brassard

      Who the fuck cares man? no one cares about Christian bands, no one want to fucking hear a band talking about something that sucks

      • WTF


  • Roboxsteven

    half of these bands should not even exist and most of the others should have quit while they were ahead…. 25 years ago.

  • Carol Satterfield

    That picture of Tool–they look like some tools.lol New VH with DLR might be interesting. Love that Soulfly is giving up some new stuff. Am interested in hearing Max’s other band too. New Soundgarden and Slayer will be invigorating in suppose. I have never heard Gojira; I will listen. That AIC is way different from the guys in Jerry Cantrell Band that I saw in 1999. Looking forward to the new music just the same. New Cannibal Corpse will be interesting if nothing else. Expect lots of freaky shit. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Carol-Satterfield/100000151111389 Carol Satterfield

      I like Tool…the picture is a joke, funny, laugh. Ha. I listened to VH a little bit and no it’s not interesting. This reminds me of hanging out with a bunch of people and nobody likes anybody else. What’s the point? Bitch on if that’s what you live for. Life’s more than that I think.

  • http://twitter.com/Simpsx12 J.Simpson

    You forgot the new Hatebreed album.

  • MetalHead

    Where is P.O.D, Sick Puppies, The Offspring, Three Days Grace, Trapt, Bullet For My Valentine, Cavo, Demon Hunter? And rumors are still swirling about a possible album for Slipknot, System of a Down, and maybe even Rage Against the Machine (nothing confirmed, only rumors like Tool). Come on Revolver, most of these bands have been inactive for years. We need some newer bands on here as well.

    • Bruno Hébert-Brassard

      No one the fuck cares about fucking Slipknot, they are shit.

      Corey should learn to scream, the guys should learn to not kill themselves and keep their wife alive, the drummer is going to die because actually is hospitalized and YEAH Die asshole. They got a new bassist but they’re sooo faggot that they hide him backstage in live shows. and what the fuck a dj does on a suposed ”heavy metal band”??

      What are those suit?? Faggots suit? yeah, i bet it’s halloween everyday in their heads with those ugly mask and orange suit. 

      Learn your music, because Slipknot is far from music. 

      • Ethan Carter

        all i can say is,  what the fuck is your problem, german prick

        • Cectitans

          That’s what I’m saying man

        • WTF

          Agreed, Ethan!!

          Bruno: You definitely need to work on your English. No one knows what the fuck you’re saying. You even responded to one of my posts with a bunch of shit that made no sense & had NOTHING to do with my post at all. You also seem to have some major anger issues. We get it. You don’t like Slipknot, but seriously CALM DOWN and learn how to structure a sentence.

      • Anonymous

        Get over yourself, you elitist cunt. Stop being such a twat to people. I could go on about how much Asking Alexandria sucks but I don’t because of this little thing called being polite and respecting others’ opinions.

  • Southofheaven333

    Can,t forget about the slut metal factor Butcher Babies are gunna put out a full length cd this yr.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Bruno Hébert-Brassard

    Shinedown is the only one on the list i really wait for and i’m glad slipknot are not waited, because they really sucks

  • Old Man’s Balls

    New albums from Katatonia and Anathema are more important than any of this crap.

    • Cectitans

      Obviously you just a little dumb ass poser that dosent know good music now a days and I bet no One even knows the bands you just said and one more thing….U mad Bro??

  • scrotum

    Marilyn Manson – Born Villain, FUCK YES!

  • Beep Beep Am I A Jeep

    I, personally, am super excited for the new I See Stars and Woe, Is Me albums this year.

    • RedRum

      And The Word Alive!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=8102591 Emil Fischer


  • Lil_boston

    You forgot a day to remember and bring me the horizon, they are botj suposed to be coming out with new albums this year. They both have been touring like crazy, and have gotten better know, so they probably deserve some cred.

    • Cectitans

      I doubt that a day to remember is coming out with a new album if there starting there tour this month

      • Bonercity

        ADTR has said they are going to enter the studio in the spring to hopefully get an album out by winter.

  • toastzaum

    Queens of the Stone Age.

  • Pnest04

    I’m just saying there’s absolutely no Garunteee the new tool will come out this year… And Metallica will prob suck

  • Bd007h

    No mention of Our Lady Peace, Eve 6, or The Offspring. Failll

  • Fetolix

    Asking Alexandria FTW

  • softies^

    Whitechapel maybe?!?!?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000432728758 Cameron Tejas Mauldin

    DID SOMEONE SAY TOOL? They have been whispering about a new tool album for the past couple of years….and it’s killin me.  I mean, really Tool? Just cough one up already, every album you make is musically genius, yet simplistic and consistent. Can’t wait for new AILD and AA can suck a large cock, little douchebags. Oh, and PERIPHERY whoop whoop.

  • Guest

    Since no one else has mentioned it, there’s an error in the little blurb you wrote for Converge…their last album was called Axe to Fall, not axe to grind. Lol.

  • Thall

    Djent it nerdy? haha

    you forgot Veil Of Maya…

    • Derosa J

      I think they meant the whole “Math-metal” subgenre.  Can’t blame em though, it’s such an amazing thing

  • ex_nihilo

    What about Veil of Maya? Anyway, psyched to FINALLY get new Faceless music. One of the sickest modern technical death metal bands around, and Periphery! Very interested to hear what they will do next.

  • Rusl_kyle

    umm… EMMURE.  most of the bands on this list are pretty shitty.  there is not 1 single band on this list that i can actually say I’m excited for.  Can’t wait for new Emmure though :)

    • Guestlol

      Emmure is abysmal. Please go.

    • Max

      funny joke man

    • Theleague69

      are you retarded? i didn’t know they let people on computers in mental homes.

  • http://www.facebook.com/nrumjaun Nawaz Rumjaun

    Lamb of god, As i lay dying & Asking Alexandria! m/ m/

  • http://www.spiralchild.org Wraith Timid

    Holy crap, so much WIN.  First of all, NEW TOOL ALBUM.  That alone is ridiculous.  NEW CONVERGE.  Also standalone amazing.  (It’s Axe to Fall, by the way, not Axe to Grind.  Just tryin’ to help.)  Good lord, so many comebacks, so much unexpected stuff I’m really looking forward to hearing…Phil Anselmo solo album?  New Meshuggah?  NEW NEUROSIS?  This is gonna be one hell of a year for music, and we’re only 10 days in.  xD

    • Carol Satterfield

      Timid people can have an axe to grind with someone else if they feel like harming them. Watch out. K?

      • http://www.spiralchild.org Wraith Timid

        Yeah I know what the idiom means, but the name of that album is Axe to Fall. 😛

  • Elvira

    Asking alexandria motherfuckers! That’s wat im looking fwd.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Carol-Satterfield/100000151111389 Carol Satterfield

    Bd007h, while those are great bands. I love each of them. But most of the bands listed here are death metal, thrash or some variation of metal.

  • Trance Man

    fuck asking alexandria rofl.

    Enter shikari needs to be on this list. That’s trance done right!

  • dave328

    How can you leave out I KILLED THE PROM QUEEN!!!!!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XEXOGO4AVRPJFMEVY3LRSRMWSU Hugh Sir Datti

      Because they suck

  • Guizadu7

    slayer metallica kiss aerosmith sourdgarden black sabatth e alice in chains in the same year wtf

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  • Jgreen0106

    Black Sabbath and Asking Alexandria

  • Freddie31

    Wheres ” A Flashflood Of Colour?” NO doubt Enter Shikari’s will be album of the year!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=820775369 Rebekah King

    Hurt…but you didn’t put it on the list!!!

  • So Goddamn Happy

    Seeing this list and realising that this isn’t all of it being released makes me a very happy metalhead, may Tony get through his lymphoma (still tanking and making a new album? Good god he’s dedicated).

  • Asd

    Born Villain MARILYN MANSON

  • Blazingowen


  • Born Villain

    Marilyn Manson’s Born Villain!

  • Kita 373

    So many great albums on the horizon!
    how ever am i going to afford this!! (x

  • AeroSupporter


  • Paulorenato1

    where is vei of maya ECLIPSE ??

  • Beezball

    Glad Meshuggah made the list.

  • fluffeh123

    =O so much to look forward to…

  • Dwa


  • boobears

    alot of amazing bands this year!!! cant wait to see it, what about A7X?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FRILM2PRX3ECMYUGAQJ5T2S7YY Crooklyn Boy

    Sabbath is the one I want to see…

  • Chir0nex

    Misery Signals is what I am waiting for!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Nick-Young/1178450550 Nick Young

    phil is doin a solo album with his “Randy Rhoads” guitarist on top of Downs 4 Album releases holy crap 

  • Yoshii62881

    should have included Rigor Mortis they just completed writing an Album

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tyler-Addey-Jibb/100000410941851 Tyler Addey-Jibb

    Take off asking alexandria, nobody wants them to release another shitty ass album.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000240971765 Randy Petree

    If Hellyeah is calling their previous albums not hard then I dont know what they should be called.I clearly thought both albums had some hard songs.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1111845404 Billy Kee

    What about Corrosion of Conformity’s new album…which gets released tomorrow?

  • hardcoreislife

    how the hell is vision of disorder not on this list?!?!

  • Dave

    you guys forgot one THE # 1 most anticipated metal album of 2012… the new Voivod album. I can’t believe you skipped that one.

  • TenInch

    No ETID? LOL! Look how fat Wolfgang is. SQUEAL FOR ME, PIGGY!

  • Trollololololo

    Where is Burzum?

  • Floatdub

    what a sad group of old twats.

  • Djv867

    TOOL!!!! maybe…..hopefully…..PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!

  • JamesRoot

    Holy fuck, Tool, i can’t wait for it .

    • atreyu_aurora

      So tool is badass, but tell me how I can add a picture up here? I am brand new. Looking for some info, so I can find the issue to buy, with a drawing of the green earth and green clouds…..

  • Frenessy420

    just rumors about???? or this time is for real???

  • Guest

    New album ‘Alpha Noir’ will be realeased on April 27th

  • Jason

    Man this year is going to be soooo kickass. Slayer, Tool, Black Sabbath, Priest, wow… that’s all I can say is… wow!

  • lOOdi pAs

    And you forgot HIM!!!

  • Richardrubel

    where the fuck is job for a cowboy?!

  • H.O.M

    Honestly I can’t wait for it!! Or even it’s title!! Can never tell what they’ll come up with next!! Danny Carey & Adam Jones & Justin Chancellor & Maynard James Keenan ARE GENIUSESSSS!!! Hope Alex Grey works on the artwork of this album as well!! 


  • Laniedarby

    Asking Alexandriaaa<333 come out nowww!!!

  • Jtobin2

    what about green day’s 2 albums this year??
    and 1 next year?? :L

    • http://www.facebook.com/Brndneclipse Brandon Tyler Streit

      Green day sucks

      • guest

         LOL yeah, plus i dont see any punk albums on here.

  • Emanortega14

    how about Chelsea grin?! or emmure!!!

  • JOHN


  • http://www.facebook.com/laurentiu.dark Laurentiu Dark

    All great albums,but i’m surprised to see that albums that were released earlier this year or in june,were not mentioned here. Like Evanescence’s Evanescence, Living things from Linkin Park…and nothing about the new album from HIM

  • Anthonyju12

    What about all that remains I heard they have a new album comming out


    ADTR IS TOO!!!!

  • Dark_Shadow69

    Asking Alexandria……one of the most anticipated bands of all time!!!! Don’t you agree??? \,,//

  • cogoan


  • AnneRose

    Where the hey is Parkway?!?!

  • atreyu_aurora

    Tell me how to find the issue with drawings of the earth with green clouds coming out of the world? It might be a one on one interview with the devildriver singer!

  • atreyu_aurora

    Tell me how I can check out old issues, so that I can check out the one that I need to buy?

  • atreyu_aurora

    I need to reap the interview with the green earth, and the green clouds coming out of the planet. It might be the interview by a famous person with the singer from devildriver?