What’s in store for metal in 2017? Not much has been announced yet, but we do know some serious heat is coming out. We’ve got a mix of critically acclaimed bands coming back for victory laps, old-schoolers who still punish their students, new voices from the fringes of the genre, and folks who just don’t know how to stay off the road. Thrash and doom are looking to have good years, though there’s some promising death and black metal to look forward to as well. With this mix, metal’s renaissance isn’t stopping anytime soon.
Click ahead to see the 10 metal albums we’re anticipating most in the year to come.
Kreator — Gods of Violence
Release Date: Jan 27th via Nuclear Blast
German thrash legends Kreator aren’t intimidated by newcomers — hell, they relish a challenge. They ushered in a more extreme wing of thrash in the ’80s alongside countrymen Sodom and Destruction, and save for some misdirections in the ’90s, they haven’t let up. “Satan Is Real” proves they still have all their ’80s energy, and the rest of Gods of Violence is sure to live up. Like Immolation, this will be among the cream of the elders in 2017.
Power Trip — Nightmare Logic
Release Date: Feb 20th via Southern Lord
Power Trip are still the hardest thrashers in the game right now, and Nightmare Logic will cement their status as the new thrash band du jour. Like Manifest Decimation, it’s filled with NYHC crossover filtered through a distinctly Texas attitude. “Firing Squad” is their most intense song yet, almost designed to wear out even the most athletic moshers. Their intense touring schedule hasn’t worn them out either; it’s only made them even more vicious. Logic also features noise interludes from Dom Fernow, the mastermind behind Prurient and Vatican Shadow, a connection made by producer Arthur Rizk, who’s worked with both artists. If there’s a metal band appropriate to call “fucking lit,” it’s Power Trip.