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25 Most Anticipated Metal Albums of 2020

on January 13, 2020, 11:09pm
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Me and That Man – New Man, New Songs, Same Shit, Vol. 1

Me and That Man - New Man New Songs

Release Date: March 27th

Why We’re Excited: Behemoth put out two of the best metal albums of the 2010s — The Satanist and I Loved You at Your Darkest — so anything frontman Nergal touches these days seems to turn to gold. With his side project Me and That Man, Nergal embraces blues, gothic folk, outlaw country, and Americana, a far cry from the extreme metal of Behemoth. And on the outfit’s sophomore album, he’s recruited a bevy of guest singers, including Slipknot’s Corey Taylor, Mastodon’s Brent Hinds, Trivium’s Matt Heafy, Emperor’s Ihsahn, and more. That’s a wealth of talent on one album. — Spencer Kaufman

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Static-X – Project Regeneration

Static-X - Project Regeneration

Release Date: May 29th

Why We’re Excited: Following the death of frontman Wayne Static in 2014, it seemed like the final chapter for Static-X had already been told. The recent Wisconsin Death Trip Tour” was controversial for its use of a masked singer that resembled the late vocalist. The band originally planned to use guest singers for Project Regeneration, but a number of vocal demos cut by Wayne Static were uncovered and resurrected for the album, with Wayne Static being the primary vocalist for the LP. With Static-X able to complete songs that went unfinished, Project Regeneration is quite literal in its nomenclature.—Jon Hadusek


AC/DC – TBA

AC/DC 2020 anticipated

AC/DC, photo by Heather Kaplan

Release Date: TBA

Why We’re Excited: Officially, there has been no news from AC/DC regarding their status as a band or whether they’ve recorded new music, but various reports point to the legendary act’s imminent return and a new album on the way. A couple of years ago, guitarist Angus Young was the lone remaining classic member in the band, following singer Brian Johnson’s departure due to hearing issues and bassist Cliff Williams’ retirement. But it appears that both Johnson and Williams are back in the fold, as is drummer Phil Rudd. If it all turns out to be true, we’re in for one helluva comeback by one of heavy music’s greatest acts. — Spencer Kaufman


Anthrax – TBA

Anthrax 2020 Anticipated

Anthrax, photo by Heather Kaplan

Release Date: TBA

Why We’re Excited: The 2010s proved to be a strong decade for veteran thrash masters Anthrax, who released two strong albums following the return of classic singer Joey Belladonna. It’s been four years since the band’s last album, For All Kings, and drummer Charlie Benante has described the next LP as “aggressive”, “weird”, and “pissed off”, adding that it will “span the history of our musical landscape.” Sounds like all signs are pointing to another powerhouse album from one of the Big 4 of thrash. — Spencer Kaufman


Avenged Sevenfold – TBA

Avenged Sevenfold 2020 Anticipated

Avenged Sevenfold, photo by Kameron Pollock

Release Date: TBA

Why We’re Excited: One of modern metal’s biggest acts had a bizarre album cycle for 2016’s The Stage, which was met with lukewarm sales. First, Avenged Sevenfold surprise-released the album without any previous notice, and then instead of embarking on a planned elaborate headlining tour, they accepted an offer to support Metallica on a stadium trek. By the time Avenged were ready to properly take The Stage on the road, singer M. Shadows suffered a vocal cord issue, forcing the band to cancel its summer 2018 headlining tour and step away from the spotlight. It feels like A7X now have something to prove, so expect big things when they do return. — Spencer Kaufman


Black Label Society – TBA

Black Label Society 2020 Anticipated

Black Label Society, photo by Amy Harris

Release Date: TBA

Why We’re Excited: Fans of Zakk Wylde were disappointed to learn that the guitar virtuoso doesn’t play on Ozzy Osbourne’s new album, despite being a key member of the metal icon’s live band. But fear not, Zakk will be back with a new album in 2020, with his own accomplished outfit, Black Label Society. After churning out Grimmest Hits in 2018, and reimagining their 1999 debut Sonic Brew last year, Zakk and the boys will hit us once again with some righteous riffs. — Spencer Kaufman


Cannibal Corpse – TBA

Cannibal Corpse

Cannibal Corpse, via Metal Blade

Release Date: TBA

Why We’re Excited: As one of the longest running bands in the history of death metal, Cannibal Corpse have released a new album every few years, and it’s always a major event for extreme metal. After touring heavily in support of 2017’s Red Before Black, the band has officially concluded that album cycle and begun work on a follow-up. It’s undetermined if troubled guitarist Pat O’Brien will return to the band after his arrest in late 2018, when military flamethrowers and over 80 firearms were discovered in his house. However, vocalist Corpsegrinder has said the Cannibal Corpse “want him back.”—Jon Hadusek


Deftones – TBA

Deftones 2020 Anticipated

Deftones, photo by Debi Del Grande

Release Date: TBA

Why We’re Excited: Deftones romantic vision of heavy music has become even more focused as their career progresses. Koi No Yokan and Gore saw the band smooth off the rough edges, expressing moods and fleeting emotions with slower, more atmospheric songs. There’s still plenty of heavy riffs and soaring screams from Chino Moreno, who last year excited fans by comparing the upcoming LP to the classic White Pony. And while there was hope the LP would surface in 2019, Moreno has promised that the album will “definitely” be out in 2020. —Jon Hadusek


Every Time I Die – TBA

Every Time I Die

Every Time I Die, via Epitaph Records

Release Date: TBA

Why We’re Excited: Every Time I Die have kept things interesting since their last album, 2016’s Low Teens. Guitarist Jordan Buckley saved a fan’s life by accidentally spitting in her eye; singer Jordan Buckley released a stellar album with the supergroup The Damned Things; and guitarist Andy Williams made his television debut as professional wrestler The Butcher as part of the new AEW organization. Twenty-plus years into their career, Every Time I Die are heading into the studio with producer Will Putney to bring the hardcore once more. — Spencer Kaufman


Gojira – TBA

Gojira 2020 Anticipated

Gojira, photo by Raymond Ahner

Release Date: TBA

Why We’re Excited: Although polarizing for fans, 2016’s Magma marked a satisfying evolution for Gojira. Their songs were suddenly catchier, compact, and more immediately accessible compared to the progressive post-metal of past albums. The French metal act posted a shot of faders on a mixing console back in September, insinuating that they are in the studio working on their next LP, which has been in-progress for the past couple years. “Work is in progress,” drummer Mario Duplantier said in 2018, “… We can’t wait to share it with you.” Hopefully, they can in 2020. —Jon Hadusek


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