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hype-2015

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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Hand.Cannot.Erase.
I’ve already said Steven Wilson, so your heart rate should be pretty high right now if you’re in any way a fan of progressive music. His latest works, while taking whole new directions for the virtuoso producer, performer and songwriter, have all been masterpieces. We’ve already heard snippets of the new album and it sounds just as amazing. The album has its release date set for February and will be titled Hand.Cannot.Erase. Head on over the jump for the full release.

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Hot damn, but I am excited for the new Skyharbor release! Dan Tompkins is one of my all time favorite singers and a blog favorite. While a new TesseracT album with him looms on the horizon, one must not forget the quite different Skyharbor that is coming our way. Now, the band have released a new track from the release, titled ‘Patience’, backed by a video. Check it out below!

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Kscope are my favorite label. Besides housing some of my favorite artists, including The Pineapple Thief, Steven Wilson, Gavin Harrison and Lunatic Soul, they are also well known for their personalized and high end releases. Each album art is lovingly crafted, all releases come with a mini-site, music video and many more goodies. And so, I was thrilled to hear that one of my favorite bands, TesseracT have signed on with the label! Head on over the jump to glimsp the release.

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Anathema – Distant Satellites

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Truly great albums are more than the sum of their parts. A good rule of thumb for an album that will last beyond a few months is that uneasy feeling that rises when someone asks you exactly what you like about it. If you can quantify it into this song or that riff, it’s probably going to wear out its welcome pretty soon. Anathema‘s last album, Weather Systems, was exactly that: a piece of art that breathes and lives on its own, detached from any one track or sound. With Distant Satellites, one of the key bands in the movement from doom/black towards electronic music and pop show us that such transitions hold within them the power to elevate an album from a collection of songs towards something greater: yet another earnest step in the illustrious career of this veteran band.

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To call the new Opeth album “highly anticipated” is a bit of an exercise in tedium, because every single Opeth album in the history of ever is a big deal. However, this particular next chapter is a big deal for Opeth; their last record Heritage was controversial among fans; sure it was an homage to proto-metal and prog rock, but it saw Opeth lose their identity as a death metal act.

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Anathema‘s journey has been a long and arduous one. From doom metal through a dreary and emotional art rock metamorphosis, Anathema emerged with one of 2012’s best albums, Weather SystemsA few months ago they also released a brilliant live show called Universal, featuring magnificent renditions of songs from all eras. The band was definitely building momentum but fans have been eager for a follow up to what was a mind blowing release.

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MACLYNBEAN

Some of you may know me as one of the photographers for Heavy Blog. I shoot shows in Philadelphia, NYC, and occasionally other places. Due to the thriving scenes on the east coast, almost every band I want to see tours around me. As I shot over 100 shows this year, I was exposed to a lot of different music. My opinion of a band’s music on an album changes for better or for worse when I see a band live. As this is the case, my top 20 list only consists of bands I did not see this year.

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2013 was a difficult year for me musically. Choosing ten albums that stuck with me, meant something to me, was not an easy task. No other year in my memory did I spend more time listening to albums from years past than albums from the current year. There were, however, many albums I did enjoy. Every album I gave a positive review was worth quite a few listens. My biggest problem this year was the mass amounts of hype surrounding certain albums, a few of which I really wanted to enjoy. Album’s like The Ocean‘s Pelagial started off strong enough but fizzled around the halfway mark. So, here are ten albums, and some honorable mentions, that provided me with entertainment, inspiration, and some great drives.

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13

01. End Of The Beginning
02. God Is Dead?
03. Loner
04. Zeitgeist
05. Age Of Reason
06. Live Forever
07. Damaged Soul
08. Dear Father

[06/11/13]
[Vertigo/Universal]

DISCLAIMER: This track by track review was written as a one time run through listen of the new album at the exclusive listening event in L.A.. This is not definitive nor refined. A more cohesive review of the album will be released when it is available.

Now that we have that out of the way, let us explore this sensational piece of heavy metal history. 13 is the first new Black Sabbath  album since 1995’s Forbidden, the first with Ozzy Osbourne since 1978’s Never Say Die!, and the first with Geezer Butler since 1994’s Cross Purposes. In the current age where comebacks have been a growing trend, few others have me more excited than the return of Black Sabbath with Ozzy on vocals (though it’s sad that Bill Ward will not be on the album, who was replaced by Rage Against The Machine/ex-Audioslave drummer Brad Wilk). With so much controversy and disagreements conflicting their highly publicized reunion that was shown last year, things were put off to a point where it seemed like things might never work out. Thankfully, they did.

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