Now that 2011 has officially gone and the dust has settled from all of the year-end hullabaloo, it’s time we take a look at what 2012 (supposedly) has in store for us. This is a list of my most anticipated releases of the coming year. Some have officially been announced, some even have release dates, and some are just rumors. Nonetheless, 2012 is promising to be a pretty exciting year for metal, so let’s get to it.
Psycroptic – The Inherited Repression (February 10, 2012)
It’s been 4 years since these Aussie Tech-Death tyrants released the critically acclaimed Ob(Servant) and as a result, it’s been 4 years of nail biting, hair pulling agony as I’ve waited for what is sure to be one of the most head-spinning releases of the year. Psycroptic don’t just masturbate with their technicality, they actually write well structured songs, and they groove like the best of ’em.
Check out a track from the album called “The Throne Of Kings” over at MetalSucks and tell me you’re not already champing at the bit for this one.
Goatwhore – Blood For The Master (February 14, 2012)
I never really card much for Goatwhore until I heard their faceripping 2009 album Carving Out The Eyes Of God and was utterly blown away by their infectious brand of death thrash. Now they will return with what is sure to be another pinnacle of modern metal, Blood For The Master. Preview the track “When Blood And Steel Meet” on the DeciBlog and try not to get whiplash from all the rip-roarious headbanging!
Hypno5e – Acid Mist Tomorrow (February 24, 2012)
These crazy French bastards play some variation of nearly every style of music at one time or another. Their last release, Des Deux L’unes Est L’autre, came out 5 years ago and brought these guys some much needed attention. The title track from the album was released back in December and not only seems like a clear progression from their past work, but if the track is any indication of the rest of the album, blows their old shit out of the water. Check it out here.
Cannibal Corpse – Torture (March 13, 2012)
Yep, new Cannibal Corpse. If you’re familiar with them at all you know what to expect. They never stray too far from the path but they never disappoint, which is why I personally can’t wait for this one. They’ve released a new track, “Demented Aggression”, and it’s exactly what you want from a 30-year band of death metal veterans. Stream it here.
Meshuggah – Koloss (March 23, 2012)
There’s not much to be said about this. If you are like me and salivate at the simple mention of Meshuggah, then you know this is going to easily be one of the most earth shattering releases of the year. Meshuggah never disappoint and I’m sure this will be yet another one for the record books. Check out the album artwork (!!) and full track list here.
Cattle Decapitation – TBA (Spring 2012)
After their last release, the utterly phenomenal The Harvest Floor in 2009, Cattle Decapitation planted themselves firmly in the landscape of cutting edge metal titans. So of course, whatever they choose to follow it up with will be dripping with anticipation. There aren’t too many details as of yet, other than this (pretty anticlimactic) teaser video they released back in November. Guitarist Josh Elmore had this to say about what to expect:
The overwhelming impression I get from this new batch of tunes is that they have benefitted greatly from a more streamlined approach to composition and song structure. A lot of these songs are very “to-the-point” with just enough embellishment to keep them dynamic, whilst avoiding sinking into some bells-and-whistles mire. Lean and mean.
There will be no forays in 8-string djentiness and none of us bought v-neck shirts or deck shoes to “modernize” our sound and look, respectively. Expect some riffy, ripping blackened deathgrind with nods to our past work and tastes of what’s to come. These songs are going to be a blast to play live and we are anxious to have these recorded and get on the road to play them for you.”
Suffice it to say, this one’s gonna be a ripper.
Gojira – TBA (Spring/Summer, 2012)
Along with Meshuggah, this is definitely one of my most anticipated releases of the new year. It’s been 4 grueling years since their last album, The Way Of All Flesh, obliterated the populace’s concept of sludge metal, and as has been showcased by the series of in-studio updates that have been popping up over the last couple months, this new one is sure to shatter boundaries and bring the motherfucking mosh like a stampede of angry buffalo.
No release date has been set, but be sure, unlike their rumored Sea Shepherd EP, this release will actually see the light of day sooner than later.
Gaza – TBA (Sometime, 2012)
There’s not too much info floating around about the new effort from these masters of filth, other than little tidbits stating that they’ve finished recording and to expect it sometime this year. Regardless, I’m already calling this as one of my top three releases of the year. Their frenetic brand of sludge/hardcore/grind gets my blood flowing like a shot of good whiskey. For now, all you get to tide you over are a few in-studio picks, which you can view on their Facebook page.
Murder Construct – TBA (Soon, 2012)
Like Gaza, there are only a few sketchy details regarding the new album from this grindcore “supergroup”, but a few is definitely enough to peak my interest. Essentially it all boils down to a few Facebook updates, but as far as I can tell the record is complete and just waiting for a release date. If it’s anything like their debut EP, it’s sure to boil some skin right off of some faces. Yum!
Between The Buried And Me – The Parallax 2… (No Idea, 2012)
Last year, BTBAM released what is arguably their best stuff since 2007’s Colors in the form of a new EP, The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues which was said to be part one in a two part concept, ending with a full length album, presumably entitled The Parallax 2: Electric Boogaloo (??). Whatever the case, I’m keeping my head up for this one. I’ve been a pretty big fan of everything they’ve done (with the exception of 2009’s The Great Misdirect) and I’m surely hoping the follow up to The Parallax will be equally as enthralling and forward-thinking as the last one.
Again, this just boils down to hearsay, in the form of a cryptic picture posted on their Facebook wall which shows a folder named “Parallax 2”, which could only mean one thing! Right…? Only time will tell.
Tomahawk – TBA (God I hope so, 2012)
!!!!! This is a day I never thought I’d see. One of maestro Mike Patton‘s many, MANY side projects, and definitely one of my favorites, if apparently back and writing new material. Woah. I’m getting woozy I’m so excited. The follow-up to the critically iffy 2007 album Anonymous, which was a faltering attempt at a homage to the music of the Native Americans, I can only hope that Tomahawk will return to their roots with this new effort, because it would be oh so good if they did.
How do we know this one is happening? Well…
Pig Destoyer – TBA (Probablynotbutit’salwaysworthhopingfor, 2012?)
It’s been talked about for years now, and for at least the past 2 there’s been rumors circulating constantly about the possibility and likelihood of new Pig Destroyer. But alas, nothing ever comes of it. There is, however, footage of the band playing 3 new songs live (back in September!) but still no word on a new album.
Well, one can always hope. I know once it finally happens I’ll probably faint and run my head straight into a wall to check if I’m dreaming. And I probably will be. Damnit…
So, what are your most anticipated releases of 2012? Do you actually give a shit about any of these? Will Pig Destroyer finally release some new music this year?