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The 20 Most Anticipated Metal Albums of 2016

on January 25, 2016, 12:00am

Low Flying Hawks – Kofuku

Low Flying Hawks

Release Date: February 16th via Magnetic Eye

This mysterious post-metal duo from Mexico are about to release one of 2016’s best debut albums. Kofuku (produced by Toshi Kasai) finds the elusive middle ground between the drones of Sunn O))) and the melody of Deftones, all delayed guitars and dreamy atmospheres. My promo copy has been stuck in my car stereo all winter, a pleasant soundtrack to the Midwest snows and icy commutes. It’s a record for metalheads and shoegazers alike. –Jon Hadusek


Vektor – Terminal Redux

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Release Date: March 11th via Earache

Vektor’s fourth album, Terminal Redux, follows Black Future and Outer Isolation — two of the strongest technical thrash releases this side of Rust in Peace — so the hype here is justified. “The final phases of our master plan are now complete,” read a Facebook post from last September. “The sonic wavelengths of guitars, bass, drums, and vocals have now been committed to the astral plane.” Quality thrash has waned with the surge in slow and atmospheric metal, but Vektor are proudly carrying the genre forward. –Jon Hadusek


The Body – No One Deserves Happiness and One Day You Will Ache Like I Ache

The Body by The Body

Release Dates: March 18th/25th via Thrill Jockey/Neurot Recordings

By this point, it shouldn’t be too surprising that we’re getting new material from The Body this year. For the past five years, the experimental noise and doom duo out of Portland have released a string of well-executed collaborative albums (see: last year’s You, Whom I Have Always Hated with Thou or their collaboration with Krieg, as well as 2014’s I Shall Die Here produced by The Haxan Cloak), as well as shape-shifting LPs of their own that can always be expected to offer something new (see the difference between 2010’s horrific All the Waters of the Earth Turn to Blood and 2013’s more ritualistic Christs, Redeemers). This year, we can expect both a full-length solo LP in the form of No One Deserves Happiness, which has been dubbed “the grossest pop album of all time,” as well as a collaboration with harsh grind pioneers Full of Hell called One Day You Will Ache Like I Ache. If you haven’t caught on to The Body yet, now’s the time; and if you have, this is likely the year you’ll develop tinnitus. –Sean Barry


Boris with Merzbow – Gensho

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Release Date: March 18th via Relapse

The Japanese metal/noise collab to rule them all. Expanding on their experimental history, droning post-metallers Boris and noise icon Merzbow return together next month with Gensho, a double album that reinvents some of the former’s classics on the first disc while introducing the latter’s newest work on the second and encourages the interweaving of the two through simultaneous playing “so that the listener can experience their own ‘gensho/phenomenon’ every time.” It’s sure to be a fascinating listen for fans of both as well as for newcomers. –Sean Barry


Blood Ceremony – Lord of Misrule

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Photo by Ester Segarra

Release Date: March 25th via Rise Above

Occult rockers Blood Ceremony will return this year to charm us all again along the left-hand path, with their acid-soaked brand of flute-infused psychedelia. If label mates Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats were meant to score some late ’60s grindhouse horror film, Blood Ceremony would be the bewitching secret society terrorizing the small town in said film. –Sean Barry