Thursday, January 12, 2012

THUNDER CVNT'S Most Anticipated Albums of 2012

After a killer year of metal in 2011, it's time to start getting stoked on metal in 2012. This year will see releases from some pretty killer bands, and we want you to know what's giving us a half chub.

Pilgrim - Misery Wizard After having a hugely successful buzz surrounding their 2011 demo, these Rhode Island doom slayers have already been picked up by Metal Blade and have an album coming out at the end of January. Here's hoping that they continue writing songs about Zelda.

Pilgrim - "Astaroth"

Ufomammut - Oro I love listening to the evolution of Ufomammut. Every album they release has consistently been better than the previous. It's hard to imagine that they could top 2010's Eve, but here is hoping. Best of all, after touring Europe with Neurosis this past year, they have been signed to Tribes of Neurot in the US. Here's also hoping for a US tour to go with it.

Samothrace 2008's Life's Trade feels like it came out just yesterday. It was hands down my favorite release of the year (this is Matt talking, but Beardo agrees). After surviving a relocation from Kansas City to Seattle, lead guitarist and vocalist moving from Seattle to California, Samothrace is finally releasing a new album. It was recorded in Seattle in late 2011, and from what I have heard will only be 2 songs. But with how crushing Samothrace is, 2 may be all that is necessary.

Ahab Entering the studio later this month is Ahab, Italy's funeral doom power house that made quite a buzz in 2009 with their amazing album Divinity of Oceans. I can't imagine that there upcoming album could possibly disappoint. The only thing I'm particularly hopeful for is a US tour to go along with it.

Arcana Coelestia Speaking of Italian funeral doom, Arcana Coelestia's bandcamp page claims their new album was supposed to come out in the autumn of 2011. Someone must have forgot. Hopefully 2012 will be the year for it instead. And judging by the audio sample they've left for us, it is going to be good and notably heavier than their 2009 Le Mirage de l'Ideal (which I loved).

Pallbearer - Sorrow and Extinction Traditional doom metal has never been something I've been particularly fanatical about, but Pallbearer's 2010 demo struck all the right chords with me. In particular I loved their rendition of Gloomy Sunday, but I've always had a soft spot for that song. Sorrow and Extinction is due to be released in February on Profound Lore.

Pallbearer - "Gloomy Sunday"

Asphyx - Deathhammer Asphyx fucking destroy. I was a huge fan of their last album, 2009's Death...The Brutal Way, and I cannot wait for a new slab of Swedish style death metal (even though these dudes are from Holland). Also, the new album is called Deathhammer, which is about as metal as it gets.

OM - title tba I love this band. They are the perfect soundtrack for sitting around and zoning out, and their last full length, God is Good, was fucking great. It was reported in May of 2011 that OM were in the process of tracking the follow-up to God Is Good, and the album is slated for a 2012 release. Get stoked/blazed.

Marduk - title tba I used to think of Marduk as a lackluster black metal band that would occasionally hit its stride and churn out a solid album here and there. After 2009's Wormwood I no longer think of Marduk as anything but fan-fucking-tastic. The band is currently recoding their as yet untitled new album with plans for a spring 2012 release.

Blut Aus Nord - 777: Cosmosophy The third installment of the band's epic 777 trilogy, and I couldn't be more stoked. I loved the first two installments and the third promises to be a mindfuckingly good slab of angular/discordant/fuck all the rules black metal.

That's enough gushing, don't you think? As always, we will do our best to keep you updated on what bands/albums we are excited about.

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