It’s only been a month since the year first started, but there’s already been huge news coming from the loud rock scene. At the Drive In reunited, The Mars Volta FINALLY announced details about their new album, and Alcest showed us that they hate Americans by making us wait till January 31st for their new album. Unfortunately, this is also the season of anxiously-waiting-for-concerts-to-arrive. Speaking of which, screw you Scale the Summit for cancelling you’re San Jose show. No no, it’s fine. I didn’t want to see you anyway. I’ll just wallow in self-pity while I head bang to Buckethead tonight.
Steven Wilson’s and Mikael Akerfeldt’s long awaited album is finally within our reach. The album is slated for an April release, which is three months too long of a wait. While the album itself may not be “loud rock” in the conventional sense, it’s been described as “strange and disturbing”, which is metal in its own right. Plus, look at that damn artwork. That thing is sexy as hell.
Periphery has been approaching advertisement in a very unique way: through the internet. They’re huge Facebook users, constantly updating their page with studio updates, hilarious pictures (see right) and random images of guitars. They alone took a good chunk of space of my wall. Because of this, they’re are rabid fans out there waiting in eager anticipation for just a sound byte of new Periphery, and you can count me among them. Unfortunately, they have yet to release much information about their new album, but once they do you can be sure that thousands of fans will all simultaneously have a nerdgasm.
In almost every interview I’ve conducted with random artists, Gojira has come up at least once. Henkka Seppala from Children of Bodom said he has been impressed with what Gojira has done over the past few years, and he’s not the only one. Also, the EP is named after the badass whale defense crew, which is metal as fuck. Gojira has done some incredibly innovative things, which is why Sea Shepherd is on this list, even though it’s an EP. Oh, and they also released a single late last year, which you can listen to below. It has Fredrik Thordendal in it. Listen to it. Dammit.
The masters of Djent are back, and it looks like us petty mortals are going to be thrashed around once again by the sheer amount of metal Meshuggah’s testicles excrete. Fredrik Thordendal has had his hand in a few projects recently, and it’s about damn time he’s come out with his own version of fucking metal. The aptly titled Koloss is set to blow our minds on March 27th, the same day as Mars Volta’s new albums comes out (coincidence? I THINK NOT).
Looking back at the release of Blue Album, I remember thinking at the time that that was one of the best sophomore efforts by a band in a long, long time. In fact, while they haven’t been around for very long, Baroness has had some of my favorite albums since their inception. Knowing this, I am simply wet with anticipation for the release of [insert color followed by synonym for album here. Once again, they have yet to release much information regarding their album (besides pictures of the artwork being worked on), but it’s bound to create rifts in the space-time continuum when it hits.