The 50 most anticipated metal albums of 2021

While She Sleeps – Sleeps Society

While She Sleeps’ decision to tackle an uncertain future by taking matters into their own hands is emblematic of the metalcore vets approach to kicking down any obstacles that dare get in their way.
Release Date: Apr 16

Evile – Album #5

With Ol Drake back in the fold and taking over vocal duties from departed brother Matt, Evile look set to make a furious comeback with thrashtastic, heavy new material in 2021.
Release Date: TBA

Perturbator – Lustful Sacraments

As one of the leading forces in synthwave, it came as a bit of a shock to hear Perturbator is looking to depart the genre for album #5. Still, gothy industrialised darkness? We’ll take it.
Release Date: TBA

Fear Factory – Album #10

Years of drama and conflict seemingly haven’t stopped Fear Factory from completing Album #10. With the departure of vocalist Burton C. Bell, guitarist Dino Cazares is re-record the vocals it with a replacement singer.
Release Date: TBA

Carcass – Torn Arteries

While the Despicable EP tided us over last year, excitement is still palpable for extreme metal legends Carcass to return with their first new album in eight years.
Release Date: TBA

Cradle of Filth – Album #13

Cradle of Filth are geared up to celebrate their 30th anniversary with album #13. If the studio clip of drummer Martin ‘Marthus’ Skaropura is anything to go by, it’ll be fast and furious.
Release Date: TBA

Beartooth – Album #4

Going purely from the clip shared on Instagram by frontman Caleb Shomo, Beartooth’s upcoming fourth record will provide the much-needed PMA to get through another challenging year. We feel it.
Release Date: TBA

At The Gates – Album #7

At The Gates confirmed they were due to head into the studio in November; if 2018’s To Drink From The Night Itself was anything to go by, expect a melodeath masterclass from the genre’s pioneers.
Release Date: TBA

Between The Buried and Me – Album #10

Back in the studio in November 2020, BTBAM are expected to return to the longer-form frenetic prog metal madness that characterised them up to the split Automata I & II releases in 2018.
Release Date: TBA

Exodus – Persona Non Grata

When Exodus vocalist Steve ‘Zetro’ Souza promises an album that is ‘brutal, violent and very fast’ you know you’re in for a good time. Crack open a cold one and prepare for a very sore neck.
Date: Summer

Rich Hobson

Staff writer for Metal Hammer, Rich has never met a feature he didn't fancy, which is just as well when it comes to covering everything rock, punk and metal for both print and online, be it legendary events like Rock In Rio or Clash Of The Titans or seeking out exciting new bands like Nine Treasures, Jinjer and Sleep Token.