Slipknot, Slayer, Metallica: The Most Anticipated Metal Albums of 2014

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Anthrax TITLE: TBA RELEASE DATE: TBA Anthrax has been working on an album that's described by guitarist Scott Ian as "harder, faster and more brutal." He also said the band decided not to take a break because they are feeling at the peak of their powers. In 2013, though, lead guitarist Rob Caggiano exited the band for full-time duties in Volbeat; he was replaced by Jon Donais.

Behemoth TITLE: The Satanist RELEASE DATE: February Behemoth's 10th album will be its first since 2009's Evangelion, as well as the first since frontman Nergal conquered leukemia. The Polish death-metal extremists have released a single, "Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel," and a video to preview the new album. According to Nergal, it took them more than two decades to come up with a title that truly says it all, and the songs take some surprising directions. The album also will be followed by a headlining tour.

Black Label Society TITLE: Catacombs of the Black Vatican RELEASE DATE: April 8 Black Label Society has been in the news recently for non-music reasons -- the band recently parted ways with longtime guitarist Nick Catanese, replacing him with Lizzy Borden shredder Dario Lorina. According to guitar icon Zakk Wylde, the band's ninth album is going to be brutal.

In fact, Black Label Society revealed a video teaser for the upcoming record, featuring haunting scenes and a monologue from Wylde: "Face your fear. Accept your war. Destroy and conquer. Within the catacombs of the black vatican." The short clip also displays the words "Strength,' "Determination," "Merciless," and "Forever."

Chelsea Grin TITLE: Ashes to Ashes RELEASE DATE: May/June This Salt Lake City deathcore act has released an EP and a couple of singles since 2011′s My Damnation. According to frontman Alex Koehler, the lyrical content of their third album will be more positive than the band's other records. It's focused on issues such as alcoholism, drug abuse, violence, and standing up for yourself -- and not giving a fuck about anyone else's opinions.

Crosses TITLE: ††† RELEASE DATE: February 11 If you haven't heard of Crosses and you're a heavy metal fan, I can't blame you. It's Deftones frontman Chino Moreno's side project, and it isn't as heavy as you would probably think. The heavy part of this music comes from the sensual aspect of it; I swear, it'll get any chick whose into heavy metal in the mood.

Also, this is my column, so fuck you. I can include them if I want. On that note, the electronic metal group has already released two singles, "Bi†ches Brew" and "†he Epilogue," in anticipation.

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Lauren Wise has worked as a rock/heavy metal journalist for 15 years. She contributes to Noisey and LA Weekly, edits books, and drinks whiskey.
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