Although we say goodbye to a good year in music of 2010, there are many great things to look forward to in the metal community for 2011. Here are just a few of my most anticipated occurrences of 2011.
1) System of a Down
I’m just really stoked for the possibility of being able to see System of a Down live in flesh and bone because who knows if they will stay together or be on “indefinite hiatus” again. I might as well take the opportunity to see them while I have the chance. Best possible scenario is that they stay together and write a new album, which has been long overdue.
2) Times of Grace
– The Hymn of a Broken Man
Adam Dutkiewicz and Jesse Leach’s new side project Times of Grace is expected to release their debut album "The Hymn of a Broken Man" on January 18, 2011. The single “Strength in Numbers” sounds like the path Killswitch Engage should have taken on their last album so I’m excited to hear what else they have to offer. Check out their single here
3) The Human Abstract
– Digital Veil
The Human Abstract have gone through many changes in the past year (ie releasing Nathan Ells from his duty as vocalist and replacing him with From First to Last’s guitarist/vocalist Travis Richter, the return of the almighty guitarist A.J. Minette). Normally such changes result in a completely different sound and often causes hostility with longtime fans, however after the disappointment of Midheaven, I think that anything they write will be an improvement. This is shown in the single “Faust” released earlier this year which can be heard here
. Expect January 25, 2011 to be the release date.
4) Children of Bodom
– Relentless Reckless Forever
Fans of Bodom seemed to be slightly disappointed with the bands 2008 Blooddrunk release, simply because they felt the abrasiveness and technicality of the songs were slowly decreasing. I thought the album was once again pretty solid writing for the Bodom boys. I am slightly worried that Children of Bodom may be hitting the mainstream too hard and that will cause them to lose some of their edginess. However Alexi Laiho stated on the production of the Relenteless Reckless Forever that “we were determined to make the best COB album ever, so we were willing to do whatever it took.” A snippet of the single “Was It Worth It?” can be heard here
. The clip is too small to tell the direction Bodom will take but I’m still excited to see what they can come up with to top their best. Expect March 8, 2011 to be the release date.
5) Amon Amarth
- Surtur Rising
I recently joined Amon Amarth bandwagon within the past year and I have to say that I am really impressed with this band. I didn’t realize how melodic they are until I actually listened to them for the first time. The whole time I thought they were going to be another senseless generic death metal band but I was certainly wrong and that is why Surtur Rising is on my list of things to look out for in 2011. Expect a March, 2011 release.
6) Animals as Leaders
I cannot put into words how amazing these guys are. The fact that they are working on an album right now seriously gives me one more reason to wake up in the morning. No album name or release date has even been prescribed as of now but according to this
(#744) they are working on songs as we speak!
7) Austrian Death Machine
- Keep it Brutal
This album has not been confirmed yet but the possibility of it being produced is very high. Austrian Death Machine is a good band to just sit back and get a good laugh from, something that the metal community definitely needs. On top of that, the music isn’t half bad so hopefully we can get some laughs and tunes from Austrian Death Machine in 2011.
8) Becoming the Archetype
– Celestial Completion
How come no one listens to Becoming the Archetype?! Becoming the Archetype is a progressive death metal from Georgia that I feel gets absolutely no attention and they definitely deserve it. The riff writing is always on it’s “A” game and the production of the album is always top notch. However, I will say that original and lead guitarist Jon Star left in 2010 so it will be interesting to see how BTA fairs without their main riff-writer. Expect a March 2011 release.
9) Between the Buried and Me
– TBA (EP):
I never really got into this band like many other people have but that being said, I still respect and will listen to their music. The proggyness of what they write is what generations from now will consider as a classic. So boys, just add this to arsenal of discography.
- Sea Shepherd (EP)
It’s been two years since Gojira has released anything new and they better do it real fast. Even if it is only four songs long. I absolutely loved The Way of the Flesh and if Sea Shepherd (EP) is anything like TWotF, then Gojira will be rising to the top of my charts.
11) Hope For The Dying
I know in my rant about Becoming the Archetype that I felt no one listens to BTA but when looking at Hope for the Dying, I can seriously say that no one listens to H4TD. As I am typing this, Hope for the Dying has 8,921 plays with 742 listeners. If you are reading this, please, please, please, check out this band’s EP from 2008 and while you are at it check out their newest song “Perpetual Ruin” here
. This song will appear on the upcoming 2011 release and if there is any indication as to what that album may sound like, well, simply put: jaw dropping.
Part 2 to "Top Reasons Why 2011 Will Be Great" continued here