1 The 10 Albums You Must Hear This Summer on Mon 31 May 2010, 01:40
Disturbed – ‘Asylum’
The band themselves have described ‘Asylum’ as being classically Disturbed. While reinventing the wheel may not be on the agenda for Draiman and co, we can expect more in the way of fist-pumping, wall-shaking, “oooh-ah-ah, ah-ah”ing mayhem. The first single drops in a month’s time.
Iron Maiden – The Final Frontier
One of the biggest metal bands of all time prepare to unleash their latest outing to the world this summer. After the epic, prog-rock leanings of the gargantuan ‘A Matter Of Life And Death’, it’ll be a tall order to top that monster of an album but you know that the Irons are capable of it.
Bring Me The Horizon – TBC
After stepping up to the plate and cementing their names as one of the world’s premier up-and-coming metal bands, BMTH are set to rip up their blueprint and add even more electronic elements, a prog side and guest appearances that will take them into new and unfamiliar territories. He who dares…
Avenged Sevenfold – ‘Nightmare’
Through adversity, will Avenged triumph? Well, by the sounds of the album’s title-track and lead single, we’d have to say hell fucking yeah! After the tragic passing of Jimmy ‘The Rev’ Sullivan, A7X have arguably the best drummer in the world in Dream Theater’s Mike Portnoy pounding the skins on ‘Nightmare’. Throw in Avenged’s customary, epic song structures and this one is sure to smoke.
Parkway Drive – ‘Deep Blue’
We’re actually cheating on this one because we HAVE heard it. What’s more important is that you hear it. It’s a face-melter of an album that’s going to bitch-slap a lot of today’s metal bands into raising their game. Stand back, this one’s gonna blow.
Limp Bizkit – ‘Gold Cobra’
It’s sink or swim time for Durst and the boys. Riding on a wave of wife-beater wearing nostalgia, Limp Bizkit reignited the fire of yesteryear and set about blowing minds across Europe on their reunion tour last year. ‘Why Try’ hints at a return to form but nothing would please the doubters more than ‘Gold Cobra’ being a damp squib. The proof will be in the pudding.
36 Crazyfists – ‘Collisions And Castaways’
One of the most criminally overlooked bands within the metal stratosphere, 36 Crazyfists will release their first album in 2 years this July. With the band back on Roadrunner and a 100% record when it comes to releasing awesome records, could this be the time for 36 Crazyfists to finally reach the top of the mountain? We certainly hope so.
Black Label Society – ‘Order of the Black’
Zakk Wylde releases his first post-Ozzy BLS album this Summer and we can’t wait. While Zakk has had to pull double-duty up to this point and write for both Ozzy and BLS, this is the first time that the Wylde one will be able to give Black Label Society his full attention. Expect fret-roasting solos, riffs with mammoth bollocks and plenty of pinched harmonics.
Ozzy Osbourne – ‘Scream’
Speaking of Ozzy, it’d be rude to leave the Double O out of the mix when the first single from this one is an absolute best. The Gus-G lead ‘Let Me Hear You Scream’ recalls the 80’s heyday of Ozzy’s career with the tempo being increased and an increased fun-factor that’s been missing in his solo work for quite some time. Could this be the return to form we’ve all craved?
Korn – ‘III: Remember Who You Are’
Korn have reconvened with the man who captured their fire better than anyone else has managed, nu-metal uber-producer Ross Robinson. The clips we’ve heard are promising as hell and ‘Oildale’ was pretty much universally acclaimed. It’s been so long since we’ve had a genuinely amazing Korn album but this could definitely be the one. Third time lucky? We reckon it might be.