This time of year is pretty much all about looking ahead to the new year. It’s exactly the same at work; not many sales coming in, and so it is mirrored in the world of heavy music, which refuses to become enamoured and embroiled in the battle for Christmas number one, and instead lays mostly dormant (bar a few awesome offerings).

It was with great glee that I discovered today that two of the math metal scene’s greats are somewhere along the road to releasing new material.

First up, The Dillinger Escape Plan‘s frontman Greg Puciato has been tweeting during some downtime on tour with Mastodon and Red Fang to bring us news that writing for a new DEP record is occurring:

That statement may or may not please some or the other of you. I don’t care; DILLINGER ARE FUCKING WRITING!

Perhaps not as well known, but with no less of a pedigree – featuring ex members of Botch and These Arms Are Snakes – Seattle’s Narrows are much further along the road, having finished mixing of their new effort, which is sparse of details at the moment, but if it’s anything like predecessors Narrows, New Distances or their split with Heiress it will be big, loud and shit hot.

Definitely some great stuff to look out for next year. Not that we’re guaranteed the DEP next year, but there’s an outside chance, no?!

– CG


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