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We know 2014 is not over yet but you’ll forgive us if we gaze past its dying moments and into the bright flame that is 2015 (wow, that was metal as fuck). A lot of us honestly believe that we are living in a Golden Age of Metal, going by number AND quality of releases in the past 3-4 or years. Keeping that in mind, it seems as if 2015 is gearing up to be just as badass and filled with amazing music as 2014. In order to get you prepped for all the goodness that is about to descend on us, we’ve compiled a list of releases we are currently expecting in 2015.

Just to make something clear: an “expected release” is any release which is confirmed or very highly likely. Your mileage may vary though, so it’s quite possible some of these won’t actually come out in 2015. However, we did all we can to research these and make sure that they are either confirmed or extremely likely due to the band being in the studio, signing to a new label or hinting towards a close release. We haven’t bothered with “mythical” albums that might see release, such as Tool (yeah right) or Necrophagist (please). So, enjoy! Head on over the jump for the full list and let us know in the comments if there’s anything we missed.
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Leprous are preparing for a massive 2015 after releasing a brilliant album in 2013 and participating in their first headlining tour in North America just last year [photos, video]. The Norwegian progressive band have already been confirmed for a handful of festivals and are putting the finishing touches on the currently unnamed album, which is due out in May of next year via InsideOutMusic.

The festivals the band will showcase their talent include Barcelona’s BeProgMyFriend Festival, Cologne’s Euroblast, and Progpower Europe in Baarlo.

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karnivool vinyl

Hope you don’t mind that we keep talking about vinyl records because many of us here at Heavy Blog are huge nerds and will keep buying overpriced and antiquated media and there’s nothing you can do about it.

Karnivool, Australia’s most important modern musical export, will be releasing all three of their studio albums on standard black vinyl in 2015. Around these parts, Sound Awake (above center) is one of our favorite albums of all time, so it will be nice to finally have it in our collections.

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East of the Wall - Cryptodira FRONT COVER

New York prog/post-metal act Cryptodira are teaming up with tech hounds East of the Wall for a new split EP, and we’ve been blessed with the opportunity to present a brand new cut from the record! Cryptodira’s new track ‘Speaking The Ocean’ can be heard after the jump.

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rwake xenoglossalgia

Arkansas sludge/doom outfit Rwake became known as one of the genre’s greatest visionaries when they released Rest in 2011. The record was apocalyptic in nature and nearly epic in its depth, and I’ve been patiently waiting for a followup. It’s been a while, and with no signs of life outside of some local shows popping up, it may be even longer before we get some new music from the group. Fortunately, we can be adequately held over as Relapse are officially releasing a remastered version of the band’s original demo Xenoglossalgia: The Last Stage of Awareness for the first time ever.

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Keep of Kalessin - Epistemology

Norwegian Progressive Black Metal (or “Epic Extreme Metal” if you ask them) band Keep of Kalessin were holding an album artwork contest for their upcoming album Epistemology, and they’ve finally declared the winner, along with details of the album including a teaser. Also, remember the time when they lost their vocalist in the Amazonian jungle? Yeah. Well, the teaser makes me think they’re doing totally fine.

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This second home of mine that you’ll frequent on a regular basis gave me my first Slice (of) The Cake way back when The Man With No Face reared its pretty head. At the time I was veering sharply from deathcore and anything I deemed similar to it. This changed after repeat listens of the international “bedroom” bands first foray into recorded music. A couple of years (and another solid record) later and I get to announce, on the very same blog that opened my eyes to these guys, that the band have announced the release of their grandest work to date. Get more details after the hop.

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Do you like Enslaved? You should. If you do, you probably already know about their new album slated for a March 15th release, entitled In Times. If you didn’t know, you do know. As the follow up to the genre-defining masterpiece that was RIITIIR, Enslaved stand poised to defend pop-punk…wait no, progressive-black metal and continue their journey into brave and forward thinking experimentation in the genre. More info including tour dates below.

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Morbid AngelImage Courtesy of Alex Solca

 Morbid Angel have never been a predictable band, but it’s no secret that their last album Illud Divinum Insanus was their most divisive and least consistent to date. Sure, every band with a lengthy career has their Turbo, St. Anger or Cold Lake, but I’m still confident that the guys are capable of conjuring up some purely unsettling riffs. Now that the band has completed a successful headlining run across the states with the most recent Summer Slaughter Tour, it looks like it’s time for the band to get back in the studio and make the next album, which will have to be called something starting with the letter J. Check out more info on the upcoming release after the jump!

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Melechesh - Enki

Oriental blackened thrash band (or, in their own words, “Pioneers of Sumerian thrashing black metal”) Melechesh have announced their sixth studio album, titled Enki. They’ve also released the track list, announced the guest stars andother details about the album.

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