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.
10. Paradise Lost – Medusa (1 September)
Born and 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.
Largely 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.
These 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.