2012 was no doubt an amazing year for music in general. Indeed, it was without question my best year when it came to new releases and in terms of introducing me to all of these amazing new bands. However, 2013 is already shaping to eclipse the previous year in terms of quality releases by the biggest names in the industry, and it is my mission to prepare you folk for the year to come.
Kvelertak – Meir (Indie Recordings)
It’s fair to say that Kvelertak‘s 2010 self-titled debut record came out of nowhere to surprise basically everyone in the scene. Their loud, innovative, and downright catchy blend of black metal, hardcore, and rock n’ roll (cleverly titled black’n’roll) subjugated everyone’s ears and ended up on many people’s year end list. Thus, it’s not surprise that Meir is one of the more anticipated records of the year. The eleven track album is set to be released in March, and was recorded and engineered by Kurt Ballou, guitarist of Converge, and has an incredible knack for having everything he produces turn to gold. Be sure to pick this up, as it will undoubtedly be the most fun you’ll have with a record all year.
The Black Dahlia Murder – Everblack (Metal Blade Records)
This was actually announced on the 7th of January, and a bomb on the internet went off, blasting with collective excitement and joy. This type of record needs no primer, because literally everyone in the world will listen to it, but dammit it’s my primer and I get to put on it what I want! Their last album Ritual made my top 10 list on 2011, and for good reason, as it proved without a shadow of a doubt that The Black Dahlia Murder is the best American melodic death metal band of all time. Look for it June 2013.
ORBS – TBA (Equal Vision Records)
ORBS, in case you don’t know, is a supergroup featuring current and former members of Cradle of Filth, Fear Before, Nightfear, Torchbearer, and Between the Buried and Me. Their 2010 Jamie King produced album Asleep Next to Science was on my 2010 best-of list, and I keep returning to it when I want to listen to top-quality, unique, and fun space rock. While there is no details about the album as of now, but the band have posted pictures of the demos on their computer and have confirmed a 2013 release date. That’s good enough for me!
Son of Aurelius – TBA (Good Fight Entertainment)
Son of Aurelius are one of the best tech-death bands out there, and one of my personal favorites. Their emphasis of having a catchy melody without being overtly technical yet still with mind-bending time fluctuations makes for both a good record for acolytes getting into tech-death and for seasoned veterans of the genres. The group have gone through a lot of changes since their last album, The Farthest Reaches, which topped my year-end list of 2010. They’ve changed vocalists and dropped a guitarist, and there isn’t a lot of new material that can showcase their talents. However, one can’t help but be immensely excited for what will no doubt be an amazing record.
Coheed and Cambria – The Afterman: Descension (Everything Evil Records)
I’ve really been getting into Coheed and Cambria recently. I loved The Afterman: Ascension, so much it made my best-of list of 2012. I’ve also being revisiting their landmark album Good Apollo I’m Burning Star IV, Volume One: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness, and it is reaffirming my position about the album: that it is one of the best albums of all time. With every new release, it’s so easy to get excited about new Coheed, and with good reason. With the powerful yet soothing tenor of frontman Claudio Sanchez, the completely infectious and inimitable riffs of the aforementioned Sanchez and Travis Stever, the grooves of Josh Eppard, and the powerful bass of Zach Cooper, the album, which continues the story of Sirius Amory, is set to be released on February 5th, and you can bet your sweet little ass I’ll be all over it.