Heavy Blog Primer – Our Most Anticipated Albums of 2017

Though it may seem like we talked ad naseum about how fucking spectacular 2016 was in terms of new music, the fact remains that we saw more fantastic albums drop than we could seemingly keep up with. But just when we thought our palates were satiated, here comes 2017 with an excellent early roster of release announcements, some we’ve expected for a while and others that came out of nowhere. The following is a surely incomplete list of all the albums worth craving as we ring in the new year. Some of these albums have been fully announced with pre-order links and all that jazz, while others are merely probable assumptions based on various updates on social media. Regardless, these are all phenomenal projects worth looking for in the coming year. This is by no means an exhaustive list, and we encourage you to comment with some albums you’re anticipating so we can share in your excitement.

Officially Announced

Brian Eno – Reflection (ambient; 1/1 via Warp)

Cloud Nothings – A Shadow in Time (indie rock; 1/27 via Carpark Records)

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Black Anvil – As Was (black metal; 1/13 via Relapse Records)

Code Orange – Forever (metalcore; 1/13 via Roadrunner Records)

Darkest Hour – Godless Prophets & The Migrant Flora (metalcore; 3/10 via Southern Lord Records)

Dodecahedron – Kwintessens (experimental black metal; 3/17 via Season of Mist)

Grails – Chalice Hymnal (post rock; 2/17 via Temporary Residence)

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The Great Old Ones – EOD : A Tale Of Dark Legacy (black metal; 1/27 via Season of Mist)

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Havok – Conformicide (thrash metal; 3/10 via Napalm Records)

Iron Reagan – Crossover Ministry (crossover thrash; 2/3 via Relapse Records)

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Japanroids – Near To The Wild Heart Of Life (indie rock; 1/27 via Anti-Records)

Lizzard Wizzard – Total War Power Bastard (stoner doom; 1/1 via Self-Released)

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Miles Mosley – Uprising (jazz; 1/27 via Alpha Pup)

Overkill – The Grinding Wheel (thrash metal; 2/17 via Nuclear Blast)

POS – Chill, Dummy (hip-hop; 1/27 via Doomtree Records)

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Pryapisme – Diabolicus Felinae Pandemonium (instrumental prog metal; 2/3 via Apathia Records)

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Soen – Lykaia (prog metal; 2/3 via UDR Music)


Warbringer – Woe to the Vanquished (thrash metal; 3/31 via Napalm Records)

William Basinski – A Shadow in Time (ambient; 1/20 via Temporary Residence)

Xiu Xiu – Forget (art pop; 2/24 via Polyvinyl)

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The XX – I See You (indie pop; 1/13 via Young Turks)

In Progress/TBA

Archspire – TBA (tech death)

Ayreon – TBA (prog rock)

Caligula’s Horse – TBA (prog metal)

Depeche Mode – Spirit (electronic rock)

Do Make Say Think – TBA (post rock)

Dreadnought – TBA (progressive doom metal)

Eidola – TBA (post-hardcore)

Elder – TBA (doom metal)

Eye of the Enemy – TBA (melodeath)

Fleet Foxes – Ylajali (indie folk)

Grizzly Bear – TBA (indie rock)

LCD Soundsystem – TBA (dance punk)

Mastodon – TBA (progressive stoner metal)

Merkabah – Million Miles (progressive noise rock)

MNHM – TBA (progressive noise rock)

Ne Obliviscaris – TBA (prog metal)

Nine Inch Nails – TBA (industrial)

The Ocean – TBA (post metal)

Our Oceans – TBA (singer/songwriter)

Pallbearer – Heartless (doom metal)

Protest the Hero – TBA (prog metal)

The Reign of Kingdo – TBA (prog rock)

Sleepmakeswaves – TBA (post rock)

St. Vincent – TBA (indie rock)

Uneven Structure – La Partition (atmospheric djent)

Wolves in the Throne Room – TBA (atmospheric black metal)


"In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there's something stronger - something better - pushing right back." - Albert Camus

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