Revolver magazine has posted its list of the Most Anticipated Albums of 2012 - and Gojira, Killswitch Engage, Rush and Soulfly are all included!
The editors say about Gojira's still-untitled Roadrunner debut, "It's no secret that we love environmentally minded prog-death outfit Gojira over here at Revolver. We've been championing the French 'green metal' crushers ever since we heard the behemoth opening track of their 2005 opus, From Mars to Sirius. Their first record on new label Roadrunner, Album No. 5 should hit like a force of nature."
Regarding Killswitch Engage's next release, they say: "In mid-December, Killswitch Engage guitarist Mike D’Antonio posted on his Facebook page that the metalcore band was convening around Christmastime to write a new record. He added, 'Even Howard is coming,' referring to frontman Howard Jones, who had missed some of the group’s 2010 shows, supposedly due to back pain. Then, on January 5, the band announced Jones had left the band citing personal reasons as the cause. Their statement said, 'He has left big shoes to fill, so we certainly have our work cut out for us to find the next singer of Killswitch, something we plan on making priority #1 going forward.' So we’re still holding onto our hopes that there will be a new Killswitch record in 2012."
Revolver's as excited about a new Rush album as pretty much everyone else in the world of rock; they say, "In the time since Canada’s best progressive hard-rock power trio released their last disc, 2007′s Snakes and Arrows, they’ve celebrated their 40th anniversary and seen their story told in the documentary Beyond the Lighted Stage. For their 19th(!) LP, they’ve worked with producer Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Evanescence, Alice in Chains) and written songs—two titles of which have been released, 'Caravan' and 'BU2B'—which guitarist Alex Lifeson describes as 'very dynamic.'"
They're also looking forward to Soulfly's upcoming Enslaved, about which they say, "Between Soulfly, Cavalera Conspiracy, and his new band with Dillinger Escape Plan’s Greg Puciato, former Sepultura frontman Max Cavalera apparently does not sleep. Which is fine by us considering the consistent ferocity of his output. This eighth Soulfly album comes out as the band celebrated its 15th anniversary and features guest turns by Dez Fafara of DevilDriver/Coal Chamber and Travis Ryan of Cattle Decapitation. Sounds like it should be too much brutal goodness for us to refuse or resist."
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