So far, 2017 has been a solid year
for heavy metal. We’ve seen fantastic releases from the likes of Code Orange,
Body Count, Sepultura, Iron Reagan, amongst many others. While it has been a
year marred by tragedy in the metal world, with genre favorites Chris Cornell
and Chester Bennington tragically passing away, it’s also been a year where
metal’s put forth some of its best offerings in quite some time.
But what upcoming metal releases are
worthy of getting your head banging? Well, allow us to show you. From now until
the end of the year, there’s some tantalizing prospects in store for fans of the
heavier side of the musical spectrum.
Whether it’s a seasoned metal group
or a newcomer to the fold – these 10 upcoming metal albums are looking very
promising, with plenty to keep you moshing until 2018 arrives.
Lost – Medusa (1 September)
bred Yorkshire pioneers Paradise Lost are set to return this year with their
first album since 2015’s The Plague Within.
Veering effortlessly between gothic, doom, death, and sludge metal, Paradise
Lost’s fifteenth studio album Medusa
promises to be one worth checking out.
considered as the originators of gothic metal, Paradise Lost have already made
a profound impact on heavy metal, but they don’t seem to be done just yet. With
two songs released from Medusa to
date, they both point to a rejuvenated and reinvigorated band who aren’t
prepared to rest on their laurels. The tracks emanate with the group’s
trademark sound, merging gothic and doom metal with ease.
musical innovators are almost three decades deep into their career, but yet,
songs like “Blood and Chaos” and “The Longest Winter” feature the same
intensity and appetite of a band just starting out. If the rest of Medusa follows suit, we could be looking
at one of 2017’s best metal albums.
Music Journalism graduate and freelance writer from Northern Ireland, who enjoys scouring the music archives for the best sounds from the past and present. Writer for the awesome publications WhatCulture, Metal Injection, Scribol, The Gamer, and Prefix.