Alright, let’s try this again. You may recall that the list of projects I was anticipating in 2017 included one (well, maybe two) that weren’t quite ready. By a year. So, as we continue to bring in the new year, you can expect by 2018 list to feature some overlap. I apologize for that. Either way, this looks like it’s going to be an absolute monster of a year with some of the albums we expect to be released. Once again, I will highlight five that I am looking forward to most. In no particular order.
1/8/2018. I have to work five days this week. GARBAGE.
- The Crown have announced a new album, Cobra Speed Venom, will be out March 16th through Metal Blade. You can check out a new track called “Iron Crown” here.
- The Northwest Terror Fest 2018 lineup is here. Panopticon, Falls Of Rauros, False and so many more. This thing is loaded. I can’t go, but holy actual shit.
- Abbath-less Immortal’s new album is complete! I don’t really know what to expect from it, but it sounds like it’ll be available for us later this year.
- Yay! Another new track from Tribulation. This one is for “Lady Death”, off of the upcoming new album (obviously).
“Ein Bier… bitte.”
If I learned anything from my 2017 forecast of anticipated records, it was not to look too forward to anything. Spend too much time anticipated something and it either doesn’t materialize or doesn’t live up to the expectations you placed on it. The onus of which sits purely on my shoulders. There’s so much to discover out there, why spend/waste all this energy sweating over the next record, the book (George R.R. Martin “fans” are as batshit insane as any metal fan I’ve encountered) when you can dip your toe into literally thousands upon thousands of other things readily available and only waiting for an opportunity to unveil their secrets?
Nurturing this sense of discovery is something I plan to focus on in 2018, but that doesn’t mean I’m impervious to the draw of new music from the bands I love. So wipe away the detritus of the last year, grab yourself a large mug of your preferred morning beverage – no matter what time of the day it is – and let’s talk about what’s beyond that monolith…
…besides a giant Space Baby, of course. Continue reading
With 2017 not even over yet, it may seem strange to already be writing about what’s to come next, but such is the nature of reviewing music: the delicate balance between making sure you revisit your favorites from a particular year and keeping an eye out for upcoming releases. With my end-of-year list mostly finalized (and coming to you all after I resuscitate myself from the madness of the holidays), I have some time to think about what comes after this. With that being said, this list is being published a little earlier than last years’, only because several of these releases are (to my utmost glee) dropping in a matter of weeks. Without further ado, here is what’s on my radar for 2018. Continue reading
Looking backward, what’s interesting isn’t so much how the albums I selected back in January as part of Nine Circles’ 2017 Metal Forecast held up (or didn’t), but how what I was looking for in music at the beginning of 2017 changed and mutated as the year went from bad to worse, from televised and networked insanity to personal tragedy and a gaze into the abyss that was closer than I had ever anticipated at this point in my life. Revisiting the three albums that actually came out in 2017 now it’s striking how different the things I first imagined would be the draw fell to the wayside as new priorities and impact points made themselves evident.
We look back, and never see what we expect to, I guess. Continue reading