6 Albums We're Looking Forward To In 2018
The New Year has begun, and with it, the promise of a plethora of new releases from some of our favourites. 2017 was a massive year for heavy music, with bands both big and small releasing masterpiece after masterpiece all year round. But now we look to the future and already it seems to be an exciting year if you're a metalhead, with a handful of confirmed announcements and some tasty rumours making for what's looking like a promising year for releases. Here's a shortlist of 6 albums from well established bands that we are super excited to hear.
1. Tool - Unknown
It's been a very long wait for Tool fans. With the prog legends not releasing any new albums since 2006's beloved 10,000 Days, the band have definitely taken their sweet time bestowing their next album on listeners. There is a bit of trepidation about whether we'll actually get to hear the new album this year, given we've heard their empty promises before and been suitably let down, but we've got our fingers crossed this time, with drummer Danny Carey promising that they'll 'definitely' be dropping the album this year. We shall see.
2. Ghost - Unknown
The band, led by recently unmasked frontman Tobias Forge, have been going through a bit of a rough patch, battling their way through lawsuits, accusations, and drama. Most bands would take a bit of a breather from the studio, if the mastermind behind the project were going through so much, but not Ghost. No, the Swedish group look to be full steam ahead with their next album, with Forge asserting that their fourth full length album will be released in April 2018. Time will tell if the drama surrounding the band will have an effect on the music, but one thing is for certain - we're bound to be in for another wild, theatrical ride when the album is released.
3. Machine Head - Catharsis
Heavy metal icons Machine Head are one of the first cabs off the rank this year, with their upcoming album, Catharsis, being slated for a January 26th release. The follow up to 2014's Bloodstone & Diamonds will be the band's ninth studio album, and if the sneak peek we've already seen is anything to go by, it promises to really start a conversation. Will the band release another heavy record to add to their stable of outstanding releases, or will they throw us a curveball that inevitably divide fans? Either way, we're very excited for some more new music from the metal legends.
4. Watain - Trident Wolf Eclipse
Swedish black metallers Watain are known for pushing the boundaries of an already extreme genre, so we're understandably psyched about what their forthcoming album, Trident Wolf Eclipse, is going to bring to the table. Their sixth studio album, is set to be released on January 5th, so the wait for some heavy new material from Watain isn't going to be too long - and if it's anything like 2013's The Wild Hunt, it's going to be worth every second of waiting.
5. Behemoth - Unknown
Another new extreme metal album we're already pumped for is Behemoth's upcoming release, which feels like it's been teased for years (even though it's really only been since early 2017). According to frontman Nergal, the band have had a 'shitload of new stuff' written for quite a while, with the band aiming for this to be the album people look back on as one that's significant to the genre - their own Reign In Blood, if you will. With the follow up to 2014's magnum opus The Satanist set to bring the heavy, it's still to be seen if it will surpass some of the band's other genre defying material. Either way, we're very excited for this release, whichever direction it takes.
6. Judas Priest - Firepower
Judas Priest are back again, with their eighteenth studio album Firepower coming at us in March 2018. Back on board this time around is producer Tom Allom, who produced 1988's Ram It Down, so it will be interesting to see how his involvement will affect their overall sound and musical direction. The good thing is that, if there's one thing we know about Judas Priest, is that they're going to give us an absolute belter of an album, and are sure to impress again with their ballsy riffs and iconic vocals. We're already calling it as one of the stand out hard rock releases of 2018 (arrogant, we know, but c'mon, its Judas Priest).