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

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Judas Priest TITLE: TBA RELEASE DATE: TBA British metal legends Judas Priest gave their fans a very good holiday gift: They announced on the band's website that a new album can be expected in 2014. With new guitarist Richie Faulkner (who replaced K.K. Downing when he retired), the new album is going to be heavy as hell.

According to frontman Rob Halford: "We know we have a reputation to maintain, and we know we have to deliver something really strong and solid. The album is going to be full of all the great things you love about Judas Priest -- I don't think I can say anything more than that without being hung, drawn, and quartered."

Killer Be Killed TITLE: Killer Be Killed RELEASE DATE: Spring As much as I detest the term "supergroup," this band is intriguing. It features The Dillinger Escape Plan vocalist Greg Puciato, Mastodon singer-bassist Troy Sanders, Sepultura and Soulfly founder Max Cavalera, and former Mars Volta drummer Dave Elitch. Puciato, Sanders, and Cavalera all contribute vocals, and Puciato says that the music is "a bit of Sabbath-y doom, a bit of thrash, and a bit of hardcore and punk."

Machine Head TITLE: TBA RELEASE DATE: Late summer Last year, the departure of vocalist Adam Duce made Robb Flynn the only remaining original member of the Machine Head. Fans are anticipating the follow-up release to 2011's Unto the Locust -- which was a hell of a record -- to be everything they love about the tumultuous act.

Mastodon TITLE: TBA RELEASE DATE: TBA Atlanta sludge/space metal legends Mastodon have been writing music to follow up 2011′s The Hunter for more than a year. Vocalist Brann Dailor has said that it's too early to tell what the album will actually sound like, and that there may -- or may not be -- a concept involved. But the word on the street is that there's some sound reminiscent of 2002's Remission, along with some Pink Floyd-y passages with psychedelic funk beats.

Metallica TITLE: TBA RELEASE DATE: TBA Though it's been six years since Metallica released Death Magnetic, the band has constantly been delivering project after project. From its 3D concert movie, Metallica: Through the Never, to countless amazing live performances to the Lulu collaboration with Lou Reed, Metallica's never been known to rest on its laurels. I'm sure that this new album will be the focus of much controversy and opinions.

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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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