Lamb of God
Why We’re Excited: Lamb of God have been killing it as support on Slayer’s ongoing farewell tour, and they’ll continue to open for the thrash legends well into 2019. But in between legs, the band has been working on new music, with fans hopeful that a new disc will arrive sometime at the end of this year. The Richmond, Virginia, metal act was able to tide fans over in 2018 with a disc of cover tunes issued under the group’s original band name, Burn the Priest, but it’s coming up on four years since frontman Randy Blythe and company released their last proper studio album, Sturm Und Drang.
Why We’re Excited: After the much-maligned 2013 album Super Collider, Megadeth rebounded splendidly with 2016’s Dystopia, which earned the metal stalwarts their first-ever Grammy. With bassist David Ellefson recently saying that “Dystopia is a benchmark” for the new album, and frontman (and prolific tweeter) Dave Mustaine letting fans know he would be stepping away from social media to focus on finishing the new album, it seems the band is intent on matching or besting their previous effort. It’ll be a big year for Megadeth, regardless, as they open for Ozzy Osbourne on the next leg of his North American tour and headline their own high-seas adventure, MegaCruise, in October.
Why We’re Excited: Rammstein last released a new studio album in 2009, meaning it’s been 10 years since the German industrial metallers graced us with new music. The band has long been hailed as one of heavy music’s greatest live acts, but guitarist Richard Kruspe wants to be recognized for their studio work, as well. As he told us, “For me, one of the reasons to step back into making records with Rammstein was to balance the popularity of the band as a live act with the actual music… I thought, ‘I don’t want to be another KISS,’ where people talk about makeup and stuff like that and no one talks about the music.” He also revealed to us that the album is “going to come out probably in April.”
Why We’re Excited: A new Slipknot album? Why wouldn’t we be excited? The masked marauders have made a living of creating extreme music while appealing to masses of fans. While the album isn’t expected until the summer, the band gifted fans with the first single, “All Out Life”, on Halloween day. Percussionist Shawn “Clown” Crahan has said that the album centers around an “evil vs. good” theme, with frontman Corey Taylor declaring of the upcoming disc, “It’s complicated, it’s dark, it’s heavy, it’s melodic, it’s fierce, it’s angry and it’s real, it’s raw as hell and it’s gonna be talking about a lot of things that people are going to need in their life right now.” Bring it on!
Why We’re Excited: Not just the most anticipated album of 2019, Tool’s long-awaited new disc is the most anticipated album of the decade, at least in the world of heavy music. For the past handful of years, fans have held out hope that each year would be the one that Tool released their first album since 2006’s 10,000 Days, but 2019 looks like it’s finally the year it will actually happen. Even the usually enigmatic Maynard James Keenan offered long-suffering fans hope when he tweeted about progress on the album in September, ending with the hashtags “#Tool #2019.” Thirteen years is a long time to wait, but if any band can blow our minds, it’s definitely Tool.