It’s the Monday before Thanksgiving, which means that before we head home to argue with our parents about immigration, we’ll be taking our annual look at the (almost) first eleven months of the year. It’s been a busy year of music, with lots of great music from all genres of metal. There have also been band breakups, a few sad deaths, and plenty of controversy. However, instead of that, we’re going to pause to highlight some of the good things that have happened this year.
5) This year’s album no-shows means we’ll have great music next year
This is kind of a ‘glass half full’ kind of thing, in that last year, we thought that this could be the year that all four Big 4 bands put an album out. More like none. However, while we might not have gotten music from those bands this year, we can be thankful that next year will have a plentiful bounty of music. Slayer for sure. Megadeth, almost definitely. That’s two of the big four that will be putting music out. We’d put Slayer and Megadeth at near 100% certainty, with Anthrax as a most likely. Metallica is the dark horse. It seems like they’re just going to take their time.
Other than that, there’s a lot of other good new music to look forward to. Periphery will have a new album out, so should Clutch and their tourmates Torche. It’s not out of the realm of impossibility that Lamb of God, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, High on Fire, Ghost and possibly even System of a Down and Guns N’ Roses will have new music out in 2015, to name a few. Mastodon promised that they would record a “winter” EP as a companion piece to Once More ‘Round the Sun, so that could come out at any time as well. In short, there should be no shortage of new music from quality bands coming out in 2015.