2018 Primer – Heavy Blog’s Most Anticipated Releases of the Year (Thus Far)

Well, here we are – another year full of new releases. In lieu of our weekly Release Day Roundup, we thought we’d preview the months ahead of us and highlight which albums we’re most heavily anticipating. This is by no means an exhaustive list, and we hope you’ll comment with some albums we may have missed. So without further ado, dive into what may very well end up resembling our AOTY list at the end of the year.

January 5

Rabitrup – Swvmps II (harsh electronics)

Shining – X – Varg Utan Flock (progressive black metal)

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Sinistro – Sangue Cássia (post-metal)

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Summoning – With Doom We Come (atmospheric black metal, symphonic black metal)

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Watain – Trident Wolf Eclipse (black metal)

 

January 9

Feeding Fingers – Do Owe Harm (post-punk/avant-pop)

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January 12

Audrey Horne – Blackout (hard rock/heavy metal)

 

Corrosion of Conformity – No Cross No Crown (stoner rock)

 

White Wizzard – Infernal Overdrive (heavy metal)

 

January 17

Green Druid – Ashen Blood (doom metal)

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January 19

Black Label Society – Grimmest Hits (heavy metal)

 

Cane Hill – Too Far Gone (nu metal)

 

Jute Gyte / Spectral Lore – Helian (avant-garde/experimental black metal)

 

Of Mice & Men – Defy (metalcore)

 

Perfect Beings – Vier (progressive rock)

 

Rise of Avernus – Eigengrau (symphonic death metal)

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Shopping – The Official Body (dance punk, post-punk)

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tUnE-yArDs – I Can Feel You Creep Into My Private Life (art pop)

 

January 26

 

Calexico – The Thread that Keeps Us (alt-country, Americana)

 

Django Django – Marble Skies (indietronica, psychedelic pop)

 

Nils Frahm – All Melody (ambient, modern classical)

 

Hooded Menace – Ossuarium Silhouettes Unhallowed (death doom)

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In Vain – Currents (progressive metal)

 

Machine Head – Catharsis (thrash/groove metal)

 

Mammoth Grinder – Cosmic Crypt (crust punk, death ‘n’ roll)

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Marmozets – Knowing What You Know Now (alternative/mathcore)

 

No Age – Snares Like a Haircut (indie rock, noise pop)

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Orphaned Land – Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs (progressive metal)

 

Portal – Ion (avant-garde death metal)

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Ty Segall – Freedom’s Goblin (garage rock, psychedelic rock)

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Tribulation – Down Below (blackened prog rock, gothic metal)

 

February 2

Genocide Pact – Order of Torment (death metal)

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The Soft Moon – Criminal (darkwave, synth punk)

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Spite – Antimoshiach (black metal)

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February 3

Rolo Tomassi – Time Will Die and Love Will Bury It (mathcore, post-hardcore)

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February 9

The Atlas Moth – Coma Noir (atmospheric sludge metal)

 

King Witch – Under The Mountain (doom metal)

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Lea Bertucci – Metal Aether (electroacoustic, modern classical)

 

Good Tiger – We Will All Be Gone (post-hardcore, prog metal)

 

Son Lux – Brighter Wounds (art pop, chamber pop)

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Visigoth – Conqueror’s Oath (traditional heavy metal, power metal)

 

February 16

Angra – Ømni (prog power)

 

Ataraxy – Where All Hope Fades (death doom)

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Laurie Anderson & Kronos Quartet – Landfall (avant-garde, modern classical)

 

Harakiri for the Sky – Arson (atmospheric black metal, post-rock)

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Loma – Loma (ambient, slowcore)

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Ought – Room Inside the World (art punk, post-punk)

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February 23

Black Moth – Anatomical Venus (stoner/doom)

 

Deathwhite – For a Black Tomorrow (gothic doom metal)

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The Skull Defekts – The Skull Defekts (experimental rock, noise rock)

 

Subtle Degrees – A Dance That Empties (avant-garde jazz, post-minimalism)

 

February 25

Xehanort – Stray God (progressive deathcore)

 

March 2

Andrew W. K. – You’re Not Alone (party metal)

 

March 9

Pestilence – Hadeon (technical death metal)

 

March 16

Marijannah – Till Marijannah (Stoner Doom)

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Susperia – The Lyricist (melodic death/thrash)

 

March 23

Monster Magnet – Mindfucker (stoner metal)

 

March 30

Primordial – Exile Amongst the Ruins (black n’ roll, folk)

 

March

Judas Priest – Firepower (heavy metal)

 

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