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20 Most Anticipated Metal Albums of Fall 2020

on August 27, 2020, 3:03pm
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Napalm Death – Throes of Joy in the Jaws of Defeatism

Napalm Death Throes of Joy in the Hands of Defeatism

Release Date: September 18th via Century Media

Why We’re Excited: As one of the pioneering acts of grindcore and death metal, Napalm Death have enjoyed an admirably long and storied career. The band could easily ride the coattails of their own historical significance, but instead they continue to churn out massive and significant albums. Throes of Joy in the Jaws of Defeatism will be the latest, and album tracks like “Backlash Just Because” have us hyped for the UK trio’s upcoming buffet of brutality. Napalm Death’s humor and irreverence are a refreshing blast of anti-pretention. At this point, the band has nothing to prove. It simply continues to make well-executed extreme music at a steady clip. Few have been so efficient for so long — four decades — in any genre.–Jon Hadusek

Preview:

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Deftones – Ohms

Deftones Ohms - album artwork

Release Date: September 25th via Reprise

Why We’re Excited: Deftones are that rare veteran band who have yet to release a weak album, despite a recording career spanning a quarter century. While their last LP, Gore, may have been met with more criticism than their previous albums, it was by no means a poor effort. However, the band have returned to their roots with the new album, Ohms. Producer Terry Date, who helmed Deftones’ first four LPs, including White Pony and Around the Fur, is back for the band’s ninth full-length effort, and if the recently released title track is any indication, Deftones are in fine form on the most highly anticipated rock album of the fall. –Spencer Kaufman

Preview:

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Kataklysm – Unconquered

Kataklysym Unconquerable

Release Date: September 25th via Nuclear Blast

Why We’re Excited: The steadiest of death metal machines, Kataklysm is always charging ahead with new works of heavy metal extremity. If the rest of their upcoming album Unconquered is anything like lead single “Kill Shot”, we can expect another sonic bombardment from the veteran band. Emphasis on the sonics here — this is as good as Kataklysm has sounded…maybe ever. Thanks to modern recording technology and engineer Colin Richardson — who came out of retirement to mix the record — more of the the band’s bestial musical image has been captured than ever before. Soak it in. When they used to print “PLAY LOUD” on LPs back in the day, it was for music like this. –Jon Hadusek

Preview:

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Corey Taylor – CMFT

Corey Taylor - CMFT

Release Date: October 2nd via Roadrunner

Why We’re Excited: Corey Taylor delivered an excellent album (We Are Not Your Kind) with his longtime band Slipknot last year, and now he’s ready to unleash his first-ever solo effort, CMFT. Anyone who has seen Slipknot live knows what the “MF” in CMFT stands for, as it’s Taylor’s favorite profanity to scream onstage. The album contains 13 songs, ranging from newly penned tracks to ones that Taylor first started writing as a teenager. The beloved metal singer has already shown the wide range of material on the album on the first two singles, with “CMFT Must Be Stopped” (featuring Tech N9ne and Kid Bookie), a rap-metal party anthem, and “Black Eyes Blue”, a melodic radio-friendly rocker. — Spencer Kaufman

Preview:

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DevilDriver – Dealing With Demons I

DevilDriver - Dealing With Demons I

Release Date: October 2nd via Napalm Records

Why We’re Excited: DevilDriver have been delivering intense groove metal for nearly 20 years, and they’re ready to unleash their ninth LP, Dealing With Demons I, the first of a two-part album being released separately. The two discs will serve as a cathartic release for frontman Dez Fafara, who has tapped into some deeply personal topics for the songs’ lyrics. “Over the course of these last few years we fled from wildfires, my wife battled cancer and now we are going through a pandemic … let’s dump it all on the table and purge,” he said in a press release announcing the albums. — Spencer Kaufman

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