Looking Forward to 2012: The Music (what to expect in 2012)

–By Brendan

You guys have heard it enough by now, but 2011 was a fantastic year for music, at least to my ears; a long list of great bands put out new albums, and we saw some top-notch debut releases from all over the underground music scene. But what about 2012? Will it be able to deliver the same amount of great music 2011 did? So far, things are shaping up nicely.

Starting us off, party metallers Every Time I Die have just released a new teaser video for their upcoming 5th studio album. The teaser gives a teneative “winter” date, meaning we should be hearing more about it soon. The video features a 16 second clip of a new song as well. It sounds like what you’d expect and angry ETID song to sound like.

In that same vein, we’ve been hearing an awful lot about the new Dillinger Escape Plan record. Guitarist and mastermind Ben Weinman has been giving small updates on the progress with the new record, and it sounds like things are moving along nicely. So far, a new DEP album is probably the thing I’m looking forward to most. They totally killed it with Option Paralysis, here’s to hoping they can pull it off yet again.

Speaking of totally killing it, heavy hitting riffers High on Fire have also been feeding us little tidbits about their new album. A new HOF is something you can count on; it’ll be heavy, loud, and totally rock. I have little doubt in my mind that I’ll love whatever these guys throw at us. And if you love your music heavy, dark, and methodic, sludge metal legends Nuerosis are hard at work to release their newest beast. It’s been a few years since these mighty musicians gave fans new music, and I eagerly await it’s release.

Changing lanes a bit, Circa Survive are set to release their new record in 2012 as well. We’ve had a steady output of Tweets from frontman Anthony Green and the band about the writing, so hopefully more details will surface soon as to when we can expect it. This will be their fourth studio album.

As we talked about back in November, Coheed and Cambria have reunited with old drummer Josh Eppard to record their next record. I’m very interested to see what they have planned, as this will (probably)  be their first  not to feature their trademark sci-fi/fantasy story that has guided their past 5 records, but it’s also the first since 2005’s Good Apollo Volume I to feature Mr. Eppard.

Up next, southern rock favorites He is Legend have only recently come out and surprised us all with the news they’ll be once again playing a few shows and then heading to the studio to crank out what is expected to be yet another great rock record, this time without the help of a label. This is some of the best news I’ve heard in months, and was definitely an unexpected but whole-heartedly welcome surprise, I love those dudes. Similarly, The Absence — who recently left Metal Blade to also release their music independently — have stated to expect new music some time this year. Two great bands releasing music on their own is something I strongly support.

Finally, if you like your death ‘n’ roll with a heavy dose of hardcore punk, the dudes in Black Breath have a new record all ready to go sometime early this year, and their partyin’, Norwegian buddies Kvelertak have been caught playing new songs at live gigs, possibly belying their plans for a new release for this year. Rounding out the the metallic hardcore trifecta, new comers Deathrite are planning a split 7″ with fellow Germans Goldust later this year after their amazing 2011 self titled debut, as well as their excellent demo tape (which you can download for free here).

That’s all in terms of  new music, but don’t forget that The Number 12 Looks Like You, after a Twitter-follow campaign, said to expect a new DVD of their final farewell show from way back in 2010 to appear sometime this year as well. (Has it really been 2 years already? damn…)

Pretty damn good, right? Considering that this only covers the 2012 releases that I know about thus far, who knows what other surprises await us this year? Maybe, just maybe, Kurt Ballou will stop teasing us and actually get to work on a new Converge album for 2012. But then again, probably not. Anyway, I hope you’re all as excited about this year as I am! I’d love to hear about what new albums have you excited for 2012; do you think it can beat the monster that was 2011?

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