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The 411 Music Top Five 01.01.13: The Top 5 Most Anticipated Albums of 2013

January 1, 2013 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas


Honorable Mentions

Killswitch Engage – (no album name yet)-love this band, not afraid to admit it.

Darkthrone – The Underground Resistance: This band is not quite what they used to be, they used to be black metal royalty, now they play a mix of crust punk and black metal, and I look forwards to their next release.

Deströyer 666 – Siege: It’s been over 4 years since the last release, and everyone’s favorite mix of black and thrash are bound to relese yet another killer album.

Suidakra – Eternal Defiance: I really dig this band, they bring lots to the table, and with yet another concept album on the way, I think we can all be excited about this one. As long as you like concept albums.

5. Wintersun – Time II

This is a sequel to their album from 2012 (that’s this year, as of writing), ‘Time I’. It honestly should’ve been one album, but by what I hear, the band thought that the album was too complicated to sit and listen to through the amount of tracks they had planned out. So they just split it in two, and here we are. I really liked ‘Time I’, it had a nice melodic death sound to it with bits of symphonic awesomeness. The next one will hopefully be just as awesome, maybe even a little better.

4. Cathedral – The Last Spire

So this is the last album from this legendary band. Kind of sad to see them go, but damn are they a good band. they’ve had some classic stoner/doom albums, and I’m hope that this album fits in with a lot of their earlier records (‘Forest of Equilibirum’, ‘The Ethereal Mirror’, ‘Carnival Bizarre’) when it comes to being genre classics. Not too bad for a guy who left Napalm Death, eh?

3. Deceased – Ghostly White

King Fowley and the boys are back, and it’s only been 2 yewars since their last awesome album, ‘Surreal Overdose’. They’re honestly one of the bands that I can say have never had a bad album. King Fowley is a pretty entertaining dude as well, he’s pretty much an old-school metal encyclopedia, and has two awesome bands, to boot. Can’t wait for this release, but when it comes out, I do not know.

2. Black Sabbath – (still no title)

I know everyone has been waiting for this album since it was announced on the international day of metal (or as I call it, the day they released Skyrim, and metal day). So it was announced, as was a world tour, then Tony Iommi got cancer, and he’s getting better. But we still haven’t gotten that album, and I, as well as the rest of the world, can’t wait for it!

1. Control Denied – When Man and Machine Collide

This is the album I want the most next year, if it gets released. Word is, that the legal poo that was surrounding this album has been resolved. So the rest of the members of the band have decided to get together and finish the final work of my idol and everyone else’s, Chuck Schuldiner. I hope it is as good as his legacy suggests, because if it is anything close to what it could be, it’ll be a fucking classic. Hopefully it will be released next year, because if it will, I know I will trumpet it like I’ve never trumpeted an album before.

Honorable Mention: Dido – Girl Who Got Away, Paramore – Paramore, Depeche Mode – TBA, Pearl Jam – TBA

5. Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds – Push The Sky Away

For those who haven’t seen me extoll the virtues of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds before, allow me to just sum it up succinctly to say that they’re geniuses of the macabre and morbid. Murder Ballads, The Boatman’s Call, From Her to Eternity, Let Love In, Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus…all amazing albums and just a few of the many great works from the Australian group. Cave has been busy with film work as of late, but he is back with the Bad Seeds for this, their first album without founding member Mick Harvey. The group is taking on a tone similar to that of the group’s side project Grinderman, which is not necessarily a bad thing. The album is said to be inspired by Internet culture and with Cave and company at the helm, that should be an interesting ride.

4. Dr. Dre – Detox

This will be on my list until it ever comes out. I expect that to be somewhere around 2096, released by Dre’s brain in a robotic body. Seriously, though…will it possibly live up to the hype that twelve-plus years and numerous delays have put upon it? No. No, it won’t. But you have admit, you will listen to it if it gets released. You know that you will. I will. Everyone will. And then we’ll all complain about it. Mostly, I just want it all to be over, so we can move on.

3. Lady Gaga – ARTPOP

Oh, don’t look at me like that. I’ve never been shy about noting my love of pop music and while Lady Gaga may have an ego matched only by Kanye West, she produces solid pop music. Yes, there were parts of Born This Way that didn’t hold up and it seemed as if her desire to be a crusader for her social causes got in the way of her music, but there were also some very inspired pop tracks. Listen, I’m not even necessarily saying that this will be a good album, but with Gaga you can always guarantee that it will be an interesting one. If nothing else, I’m intrigued by that.

2. Eminem – TBA

Eminem’s last album, Recovery, was a return to form for a rapper who, when at his best, is truly on the top of the game. Following a few lackluster LPs, Em found his groove again and I couldn’t have been happier. That was 2010, and since then he has done an LP as part of his side project Bad Meets Evil, done a few guest spots and developed artists with his his label Shady Records. Finally, in October he released an image of a Detroit Tigers-inspired baseball cap that announced the release of his next album in the coming year. Love him or hate him, Eminem is a rapper who always makes you tune in to see what he’s up to and I’m deeply looking forward to what he has in store.

1. Black Sabbath – TBA

I’ve been looking forward to this since the moment it was announced in late 2011. The reunion of the original lineup of Black Sabbath is, to me, akin to the reunion of groups like Pink Floyd, the Smiths, Led Zeppelin and even the Beatles…and not just because I thought it would never happen. Sabbath are the grandfathers of metal and their place in rock and roll immortality is long-since assured. Granted, the band is without Bill Ward so I suppose you can’t call it a true reunion of the full original lineup, but this is as good as it gets. Make all the jokes you want about Ozzy Osbourne’s doddering demeanor this days; when he gets up on stage he’s still the Prince of Darkness and a god of heavy metal and I can’t wait to hear this one.

The Final Word
As always, the last thoughts come from you, the reader. We’re merely unpaid monkeys with typewriters and Wikipedia. Here’s what you need to do: List your Top Five for this week’s topic on the comment section using the following format:

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