Even with an amazing year of releases behind us, it’s hard not to wonder what metal would be like in 2013. The promise of a new Black Sabbath album is moving along great, Tool have been promising a new album for many years, and the chances of new albums from Guns N’ Roses and AC/DC appear to be positive — well, your guess is as good as ours, but we think it’ll happen!
Because 2012 ends in two months, I have decided to create a list called Top 20 Most Anticipated Metal Albums of 2013. Who would you like to see release new music in 2013? The results are right here. If you don’t see anything listed, let us know by leaving a comment.
1. Black Sabbath
This has gotta be the most #1 anticipated metal album for next year. In November of last year, we got the news that a new Black Sabbath album (yes, with Ozzy on vocals) was in the works. After many delays (including guitarist Tony Iommi’s battle with cancer and the departure of drummer Bill Ward), the band is back in business once again, and Ozzy’s wife recently announced that they are finally recording their new album, with Rick Rubin as the producer. Let’s hope 2013 will be a good year in metal.
Last August, Blabbermouth reported that Megadeth began work on album #14 with producer Johnny K. Frontman Dave Mustaine even stated that “this should be a very interesting record”. The album is supposed to be out early next year.
Slayer have been very busy touring in support of their last album World Painted Blood, which surfaced in 2009, but last June, guitarist Kerry King stated that a new album was supposed to be finished by this month for an early 2013 release. On what fans can expect from the record, King stated, “They can expect the same record we’ve been giving them for the last 20 years.”
4. Guns N’ Roses
New Guns N’ Roses next year? It’s possible. After Chinese Democracy finally came out back in 2008, many fans have been wondering if Axl Rose and co. would ever record again. Well, guitarist DJ Ashba recently told Rolling Stone that he and Axl were already putting together ideas for their next album and apparently revisiting unreleased material that was recorded for Chinese Democracy. Ashba explains to Rolling Stone, “There’s a lot of stuff recorded and I think it’s just a matter of sitting down and working together as a band, putting together what we feel is gonna be the next best Guns N’ Roses record.”
5. Judas Priest
Judas Priest may never tour again, but according to frontman Rob Halford, the band is back “into full writing and recording mode”. Halford also stated that said he and guitarist Glen Tipton already have new material in the vaults, and added that guitarist Richie Faulkner, who replaced K.K. Downing in 2011, will likely contribute as well. It’s hard to imagine Judas Priest release an album without even touring.
Last May, guitarist Malcolm Young told Classic Rock last May that AC/DC’s follow-up to 2008’s Black Ice could be out next year, stating “It’ll be a little while — a year or two anyway. I’ve been doing some jamming on some song ideas but I do that all the time, as do the rest of the band. We are still working”. There have even been reports that there will be a tour to accompany the new record.
Back in 2007, bassist Justin Chancellor stated that fans would not have to wait another five years for the next Tool album. However, these five years have already passed and a new album has still never been released. Despite many delays, drummer Danny Carey stated, “The Tool thing is happening. Me, Adam and Justin are banging away, trying to get enough music to get Maynard in there, but there is no wine before it’s time.”
After touring relentlessly in support of their last album The Wörld Is Yours (2010), Motörhead are now preparing a new album, which is due for release sometime next year. Asked by Full Metal Jackie about new music from Motörhead, bassist and vocalist replied, “Next year we go into the studio in January so from then on it’s a work in progress.”
Last August, Opeth founder Mikael Åkerfeldt revealed that he was already writing new material for what will be the band’s eleventh studio album. It looks like the three year gaps between their last three albums are coming to an end.
10. Voivod – Target Earth
Voivod will be back with their thirteenth studio album Target Earth on January 22nd. Not only will it be their first since 2009’s Infini, but it’s also going to be their first recording with Daniel Mongrain on guitar (replacing the late Denis D’Amour, who died of cancer back in 2005) and Jean-Yves Thériault (aka Blacky) on bass since 1991’s Angel Rat. You can check out their awesome new song “Mechanical Mind” right here.
11. Killswitch Engage
The new Killswitch Engage album not only follows their 2009 self-titled album, but will mark their first release since the reunion of original singer Jesse Leach, who left in 2002. On the making of the album, Killswitch Engage guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz told Alternative Press last August, “We’ve done basics for 16 songs, and we’ve got some vocal ideas down for two of them. When we get back in September, we’ll put the finishing touches on the other 14. The two are just about completed. One of them actually leaked already somehow. Somebody at the record company who is an absolute idiot did it. The only bummer about it was the fact that it’s just not done. It would have been nice to have something a little more complete leak.”
12. Dream Theater
Guitarist and founder John Petrucci posted a message on his Facebook page last April, saying that Dream Theater had begun writing for their twelfth studio album. At that time, he wrote, “Writing for the next DT album officially commenced while in Osaka the other day. Jet lag seems to open up one’s creative channels.” New albums from Dream Theater, Opeth and Voivod might make 2013 a great year in progressive music.
13. Alice in Chains
Back in April 2010, guitarist Jerry Cantrell told MTV News that there were thoughts of a follow-up to their 2009 gold record Black Gives Way to Blue. They began writing music for the album last year, but had to delay their plans to record it as Cantrell underwent surgery. So, what can we expect from the record? Cantrell tells Rolling Stone, “It’s time to get to work and the material is really interesting, the body of work that we’ve done. It’ll be as different as any one of our records is to any other, and it’ll also be just as recognizable. It’s an Alice record, for sure.”
A new Anthrax album in 2013 seems to be potential. Last June, guitarist Scott Ian stated that the band is already planning another record and “would really like to have a new Anthrax record two years from the date of Worship Music coming out”. Let’s hope that happens.
Last summer, Korn began work on their eleventh studio album and it will likely be released independently. The band also said that won’t contain any dubstep influences like The Path of Totality did, hinting that the band will return to their nu metal style.
Last May, Sepultura guitarist Andreas Kisser told Metal Underground that they would “start working on something new” with their new drummer Eloy Casagrande and see if they “can get ready for new music early next year.” Three months later, he revealed that the band was “already thinking about new ideas” for a new album.
Exodus have been very busy touring since the release of their last album Exhibit B: The Human Condition in 2010, but there’s now a follow-up album in the works. On what to expect from the record, vocalist Rob Dukes stated last month, “It’s gonna fast, I know that. It’s gonna be fast and short.” Then he added, “We’ll give them about a fucking 38-minute record.” I wonder if they’ll call it Exhibit C.
18. Death Angel
Earlier this year, Death Angel frontman Mark Osegueda revealed that they would be entering the studio this fall to begin recording their follow-up to 2010’s Relentless Retribution for a March release.
19. Flotsam and Jetsam – Ugly Noise
Flotsam and Jetsam will return sometime early next year with their eleventh studio album Ugly Noise. This album will even feature a semi-reunion with former bassist Jason Newsted, who played on their 1986 classic debut album Doomsday for the Deceiver before he joined Metallica later that year. About the record, guitarist Michael Gilbert stated last July, “I worked with Jason Newsted on a few songs, and he’s given me some tips about some things and opened my view up towards how I look at my music and how I want the listeners to perceive the points I’m trying to make.”
20. Helloween – Straight Out of Hell
Just a couple days before the new Voivod record, German metal giants Helloween return with their fourteenth record Straight Out of Hell, their first album in nearly three years. On the making of the album, guitarist and founding member Michael Weikath states, “Straight Out of Hell is the consequent development of the two albums before. The new songs are a continuation of the 7 Sinners directives, only less doom-bound and noticeably more positive. These songs will kick even the laziest listener’s ass.”