I had pretty much zero expectations from 2012, but it turned out to be an awesome year. This time, I have quite a bit of expectations from 2013, so it will probably be even better. Without further ado, let’s get down to it!
Leprous – TBA Third Album (Inside Out)
Since the first time I’ve heard Leprous, my tastes in music have been slowly changed by them. Bilateral is my second all-time favorite album (more on #1 later), I’ve become a huge fan of Nordic progressive metal, and that shows in this list. I love both Leprous albums and both EPs, so it’s safe to say that I’m looking forward to this release. Leprous’s blend of progressive metal is very heavy on the emotions, carried by Einar Solberg’s powerful voice and excellent songwriting by everyone in the band. They said that they’re hoping that the new album will be “great and a bit different”, which sounds exciting. They’ve posted a studio video which you can view here. The song they’re working on sounds heavier and more upbeat than some songs on Bilateral, and that will probably turn out to be awesome.
Vintersorg – TBA Part 3 of the Elemental Quadrilogy (Napalm)
I love Vintersorg‘s latest release Orkan more and more as I listen to it, and the previous release Jordpuls gets a lot of that love too. Vintersorg said that these two records are to be a part of a four-part series on nature’s elements. Jordpuls was earth and Orkan was air, so it’s safe to assume that the next release would be water or fire based. Given mastermind Andreas Hedlund’s insane creativity, it’s safe to expect the next album late this year. It will probably be in the vein of the previous two albums, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it changes up some stuff and is more aggressive, especially if it’s fire-based.
God Of Atheists – TBA Debut
Speaking of Nordic prog, let me just provide you with the lineup of this band. Helmed by Asgeir Mickelson (Spiral Architect, Borknagar). ICS Vortex on vocals (Dimmu Borgir, Arcturus, Borknagar). Ihsahn on keyboards (Ihsahn, Emperor, FREAKING IHSAHN). Trym on drums (Zyklon, Emperor). Carl August Tidemann on lead guitar (Arcturus). Sareeta on violin (Solefald). Need I say more? The genre is supposed to be extreme metal, and they said that they don’t want it to be too symphonic. Sounds like exactly what I’d like to hear. I am extremely stoked for this release, to say the least.
Wintersun – Time II (Nuclear Blast)
Wintersun‘s Time album was anticipated for many years, and when it was finally about to come out, Jari announced that it would be released in two parts. Time I was released late in 2012, and Time II is expected to release this year. From what I gather, and from the one song we’ve heard played live from Time II, I assume Time I was the soft starter and Time II is the real deal, the album we’ve been waiting for. Either way, it’s guaranteed to be awesome. The that the two albums meant to be listened to in one go is also intriguing, and I will definitely be doing that. I’m sure you’ve all heard Time I already, so here’s that song from Time II:
Dark Tranquillity – TBA 10th Album (Century Media)
Still Nordic but not so much prog, Dark Tranquillity are one of the most consistent bands out there. All of their albums are great, while still being fresh, which can’t be said about most bands who have been around for as long as these guys have. They’re one of my all-time favorite bands, and I’m always interested in hearing what they put out. Each of their releases seem to be a mixture of their previous two albums and some new direction, so I’d expect this new album to have the sleek sound of Fiction, the grit of We Are the Void and perhaps some of the folkiness of Zero Distance. They also seem to be making the mellow keyboard lines more prominent, and Mikael has been experimenting more and more with clean vocals. The new album will probably contain more of that, but it will probably be a bit heavier to offset that.
Trivium – TBA Sixth album (Roadrunner)
Remember I mentioned Bilateral being my second favorite album? Well, Trivium‘s Shogun is #1, and they are my favorite band too. I love pretty much every song they’ve ever made, so it’s pretty much a given that I’ll like this album too. They’ve already started recording, and a release is expected this summer. I don’t know what it will sound like yet, but interviews with Matt Heafy make it sounds like the songs on this album might be a bit more intense than on In Waves. either way, this will be awesome!
Bonus: Matt Heafy’s Experimental Black Metal Solo Project
Matt of Trivium has been talking about doing this project for several years, and it seems like he will finally be working on it this year. He’s a huge fan of extreme metal and I’m interested in hearing what he will do. He said that it would contain a variety of influences, possibly some Opeth too and that it would be progressive. Here‘s his top albums of 2012 list, and it’s chock full of Nordic extreme metal/prog. I don’t really have an idea as to what it will sound like, but here’s a song that he did for Roadrunner United 7 years ago that had some blackened and progressive influences (Dani Filth of Cradle of Filth on Vocals, Mike Smith of Suffocation on drums, Sean Malone of Cynic on bass), and it happens to be my favorite song from that album:
There are many other releases that I’m excited about, but these are the ones that I really want to hear right now. What are you looking forward to?