The Most Anticipated Albums of 2013 Featuring Pearl Jam, Ghost, Slayer, Metallica, Mastodon, Stone Sour, Lil Wayne, Kid Cudi, Korn, Five Finger Death Punch, Alice In Chains, and More
Wed, 02 Jan 2013 09:54:14
It’s hard to believe we have another year in the books already.
Since the Mayans were wrong, we have a lucky “2013” to look forward to in music. Let’s get to it- these are the albums we’re excited about this coming year!
Backspacer elegantly fused raucous energy into some of the most heartfelt songs of Pearl Jam's career. It was a vibrant, vital tapestry of emotion that stood proudly alongside Ten and Vs.. Coming off a new Brad record, RNDM's debut, and Eddie Vedder's first solo album, Pearl Jam's 2012 effort is poised to make some serious waves. We can't wait to ride them with Seattle's finest either. (Rick Florino)
Kid Cudi burst onto the hip hop scene and earned a reputation for being emotive and atmospheric in his music. However, on Twitter he has recently hinted that his new album Indicud would be “positive,” “confident,” and “turnt up.” We can expect this album with a new energy and most likely life-changing energy from the master of alternative rap music by spring. What we've heard already, "Just What I Am" featuring King Chip, is not only next level for Cudi, it's next level for rap at large. Get ready for something timeless, otherworldly, and wonderful. (Mark Phillips)
Opus Eponymous established Ghost as the most exciting, evil, and enthralling band in ages. Infestissumam is the band's first release for Loma Vista Recordings and their inaugural effort with Nick Raskulinecz. They recently unveiled "Secular Haze", and it proved to be a heavy and ethereal epic in its own right, possessing listeners right from the jump. With the Nameless Ghouls transcendent riffing and Papa Emeritus's haunting croon, Ghost are bound to unleash a landmark that'd put a big smile on Satan's face. We'll be smiling too. (RF)
Hear "Secular Haze" on the band's YouTube page.
There have been whisperings of another Mastodon album. The Hunter remains a bona fide game-changer as the Atlanta quartet packed a whole lot of heaviness into the most harrowing and hypnotic music yet. Every album these gents have gotten better. With their track record, another masterpiece looms on the horizon. (RF)
Queens of the Stone Age
It’s hard to believe that Josh Homme’s Queens of the Stone Age haven’t released a new album since 2007’s Era Vulgaris. As such, the kings of modern stoner rock certainly have earned their spot on the most anticipated albums list. Apparently, Dave Grohl is reprising his role behind the kit like he did on 2002’s Songs For The Deaf, and Trent Reznor is “helping out.” (!!!) Recently, Homme wrote a letter to Mojo in which he likened the new album to “running in a dream inside a codeine caberet. I hope you know what that means, cause we don’t.” Well, looks like we have something in common! Codeine caberet or not, we can’t be more excited to hear it. (MP)
Bullet for My Valentine
On February 12, the world will experience Temper Temper, Bullet For My Valentine's fourth full-length masterpiece. Combining staggering and succinct fretwork on a mind-blowing level with the band's stadium-size hooks, the record is a milestone for Bullet For My Valentine and heavy music period. It brings them to a new plateau. (RF)
The Undead know how to ring in the new year in style with Notes From the Underground on January 8, 2013. With the first big release of 2013, Hollywood Undead promise to bring their patented blend of rap and rock, with a developed sense of melody. Get your own copy of “Notes” soon enough. (MP)
Corey Taylor’s melodic project has shown a completely different side of the heralded Slipknot frontman. Stone Sour have come to rule traditional hard rock, and possess such inherent songwriting ability that fans of all genres must take notice. When the sequel to their last album, House of Gold and Bones Pt. 2 is released next spring, you better be prepared. (MP)
He's got the best series since The Lord of the Rings in Tha Carter quadrilogy. Now, hip Hop’s reigning champion aims to release I Am Not a Human Being Part II this year a sequel to 2010's wildly brilliant I Am Not a Human Being. There is still no release date yet, but Lil Weezy has expressed interest in collaborating with Eminem. This sounds like some sort of dream we had and we love it. We’ll be waiting with bated breath. (MP)
The metal world has been abuzz for the last few months with rumors that the elusive prog/metal gods Tool will begin recording a new album in 2013. Tool has been the rare artist that has virtually every educated audiophile wrapped around their fingers. They could spread a rumor about a Tool Easter album and it would still sound cool. Needless to say, this will be one of the biggest events of the next year (and new millennium). (MP)
Alice in Chains
Hearing "Hollow" and still constantly cranking Black Gives Way to Blue just makes us crave the new Alice In Chains even more. Due out some time this Spring, it's set to be another ride into the dark side that no one will ever forget. (RF)
Korn’s tenth studio album, The Path of Totality, was in no uncertain terms a “game-changer.” It featured cutting edge production from the likes of Skrillex, 12th Planet, Noisia, and more of EDM’s hottest artists, and was widely hailed by critics and fans alike as Korn’s best album in years. In 2013, expect the follow-up from metal’s most innovative artists to deliver. (MP)
Five Finger Death Punch
Over the last five years, no hard rock band has shined brighter and harder than that of 5FDP. Their first three albums all went gold, each one more quickly than the last. The band has had quite a run, and they’re just getting started. This summer, we await the epic fourth album from one of the best melodic metal bands around. (MP)
They’re one of the biggest and “baddest” metal bands of all time- bar none. If the Mayans were wrong about 2012 being the end of human existence, then we’re sure the new Slayer album will bring along a sufficient Armageddon to please the world. Guess what? We wouldn't have it any other way or expect anything else from thrash's tightest and toughest unit. World Painted Blood ripped apart faces like Slayer's best work. What's on the horizon will undoubtedly do the same. (MP)
Speaking of the biggest and “baddest” metal bands... what a year for metal 2013 will be! Along with releases from Five Finger Death Punch, Slayer, and Korn, Metallica have plans to release a new album for us. The band will begin working on new tracks after finishing their 3D movie. Death Magnetic raised the bar and razed everything in its path. It was another classic from Metallica, and this next chapter of the band's legacy is bound to be as equally awe-inspiring. (MP)
Hatebreed don't mess around. The Divinity of Purpose, out January 29, is shaping up to be just as crushing as everything they've ever done, if not more so. It's primed to ignite mosh pits from New Haven all the way to New Delhi. (MP)
Not fucking around at all, rumor has it Machine Head is heading back into the studio. Through the Ashes of Empire slayed. The Blackening downright changed the world. Unto the Locust upped the ante again. We're sensing a pattern here... (RF)
On March 26, Sevendust will Black Out the Sun. They're groove-laden metallic hard rock is so powerful it could very well live up to its title. Let's not forget those classic soulful Sevendust vocals that stay stuck in our heads for years to come.(RF)
These guys just plain know their way around a melody. As a premier artist in hard rock, Alter Bridge has a consistency that many artists lack. That said, we can expect great things from these boys next year. (MP)
Limp Bizkit will reveal their first album for Cash Money Records this year, Stampede of the Disco Elephants. After the raw razor slicing riff warfare of Gold Cobra, this salvo is bound to explode on impact with the right balance of Fred Durst's immortal airtight rapping, John Otto's pummeling funked-out beats, Sam Rivers' bass rumble, and Wes Borland's warped guitar mastery. The Bizkit are bound to bitchslap 2013 proper.(RF)
There you go. What’s your new year’s resolution? I hope it’s to check out the best in music 2013 has to offer!
—Mark Phillips & Rick Florino