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20 upcoming metal albums we can’t wait to hear when the world returns to normal

DevilDriver – Dealing With Demons I

Is there anything more perfect than releasing a single called Keep Away From Me during a pandemic? Well, how about that single being the first taste of a DevilDriver double album?! Dez Fafara describes the album as a personal “purge”, packed with aggression after recent years have seen him weather wildfires, COVID-19 and his wife’s cancer battle. Expect shit to get heavy
Release date: October 9


Carcass – Torn Arteries

Originally slated for August, fans will have to wait slightly longer than expected for Torin Arteries, the much-hyped successor to Carcass’s comeback, Surgical Steel. It was preempted by the grisly Under The Scalpel Blade last year, which guitarist Bill Steer has since called the album’s more “conservative” cut. So, expect some super-gnarly deathgrind from these morbid merchants in the very near future!
Release date: TBA


Napalm Death – Throes Of Joy In The Jaws Of Defeatism

Back in February, grindcore legends Napalm Death released a new EP, Logic Ravaged By Brute Force. It will be followed this year by the full-length Throes…, about which Barney Greenway has said, “There’s a lot of stuff on there that’s almost noise rock, at least the Napalm style, which is a big thing for us.”
Released: 2020


Cradle Of Filth – Title TBA

According to a timeline laid out by Dani Filth last year, Cradle Of Filth should currently be putting the finishing touches to their Cryptoriana… follow up, which the frontman was eyeing to release “after the summer.” Of course, lots has changed since then. Not only has there been COVID-19, but the gothic crew have also lost their co-vocalist, Lindsay Schoolcraft. Still, expect it to arrive sooner rather than later.
Release date: TBA


Hatebreed – Title TBA

Originally slated for release this year but now pushed back to an unspecified date, the successor to Hatebreed’s The Concrete Confessional sounds like a summary of the band’s career thus far. Jamey Jasta has dubbed their eighth album as “very pure, straightforward hardcore, more in the realm of the Perseverance/Rise Of Brutality era, with a little bit of the self-titled and a little bit of Concrete Confessional in there.” Basically, expect ‘90s-style metalcore elevated with modern hyper-aggression.
Release date: TBA


King Diamond – The Institute

Nobody does morbid concept albums like King Diamond, who’s responsible for such old school masterpieces like Abigail and “Them”. On The Institute, the enigma is returning to those unsettling roots; it’s the first half of a double-disc about a 1920s asylum. “The first one’s gonna be released [late] next year,” guitarist Andy La Rocque said in 2019. “I would say it’s back to the roots. You’ll recognize some of the style from the early albums.”
Release date: Autumn 2020


Enslaved – Utgard

Enslaved return to the realms of Norse mythology once again in October with Utgard. Named after a chaotic landscape where giants roam, the band call the album a “necessary journey”. “What we have done here is take the listener on a journey that involves many different levels,” Ivar Bjørnson told Prog. So, black metal riffs and wails will collide with progressive tendencies and luscious folk on this diverse opus.
Release date: October 2


Static-X – Project: Regeneration, Vol. 1

When Static-X leader Wayne Static passed away, he left behind a plethora of unused material and vocal takes, which his bandmates are now using for Project: Regeneration. “There is just too much material and too little time for this to be a single album,” drummer Ken Jay says. So, Vol. 1 will arrive this summer and, according to Jay, “the goal is to release Vol. 2 as soon as possible.”
Release date: July 10


Avatar – Hunter Gatherer

Theatrical metal kingpins Avatar are they’re exploring the world of techy sci-fi on their eighth album, Hunter Gatherer. “It’s an unflinchingly ruthless study of a clueless humankind’s ever-increasing velocity into an uncertain future,” say the band. “Songs like A Secret Door, Colossus and Silence In The Age Of Apes are ready-made anthems for the modern age, each struggling for a collective meaning amidst the savagery of technology.”
Release date: August 7


Oceans Of Slumber – Oceans Of Slumber

Progressive metal darlings Oceans Of Slumber will return with their self-titled fourth album this year. Due to arrive in September, Oceans Of Slumber features the soulful and dark singles A Return To The Earth Below and a cover of Billie Holliday’s iconic civil rights anthem Strange Fruit. The album was mixed by Dan Swanö (Opeth, Bloodbath) and promises morose melodies with slow, gloomy musicianship.
Release date: September 4


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