The 17 Most Anticipated Metal Albums of 2013

I'm almost a little bummed that the world didn't end on December 21. No War of the Worlds or 2012 scenes became a reality, although I was so sure that the only reason gas prices were down was because all the rich people were holed up in their submarines, burrowed into the Alps like a goddamn modern-day Noah's Ark, forgoing their gas profits for the sole sake of pitying the rest of us miscreants for not knowing about our demise. There was no rioting, no apocalypse, no alien takeover.

But then the New Year came around, and I made some major life decisions for 2013. Highlights? I decided to leave my stable job as an editor at a travel magazine and start Metal Mistressing full-time. I vowed to improve at snowboarding to make it all the way down a mountain while blasting Slayer's Reign in Blood. I decided to upgrade from Jameson to Glenfiddich (although the only place I'll be able to afford it is Coach House, since we seem to be on some sort of shots-of-whiskey-for-baked-goods barter system).

In light of keeping with New Years resolutions, something else to look forward to in 2013 (and hold the bands accountable for) are the array of kickass records scheduled to be released by so many legendary bands. I'm talking Rob Zombie, Dream Theatre, Tool, Korn, Avenged Sevenfold, Rigor Mortis, and so, so many more that already have me headbanging in excitement.

See also: Black Sabbath: Music For the End of the World The Year in Heavy Metal: 2012 The Full Metal Monday Archives

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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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