Round­ing up ev­ery­thing else that needs to be on your radar in 2019

Metal Hammer (UK) - - Preview Round-up - WORDS: MER­LIN ALDER­SLADE

AMON AMARTH cel­e­brated their amaz­ing ca­reer with the Pur­suit Of Vik­ings doc­u­men­tary last year, but in 2019 it’s all about mov­ing for­wards, with a brand new al­bum ru­moured for this spring. Ex­per­i­men­tal duo BLACK FU­TURES will be putting their mu­sic where their mouth is with a de­but al­bum to come within the next few months. Judg­ing by re­cent com­ments from Fen­riz, we should be get­ting a new DARKTHRONE al­bum at some point this year, too. DEVILDRIVER had a blast pay­ing trib­ute to coun­try mu­sic in 2018, but we’ll be get­ting all-new ma­te­rial from Dez and the boys this year, prob­a­bly around late sum­mer if all goes to plan. DREAM THE­ATER promised us a back-to­ba­sics ap­proach to their 14th stu­dio al­bum, Dis­tance Over Time. Quite what that means for a bunch of prog metal leg­ends we’re still not sure – we’ll have to find out when the record ar­rives on Fe­bru­ary 22.

EPICA will have a new al­bum out at some point this year, as the Dutch sym­phonic metal main­stays look to fol­low coun­try­men Within Temp­ta­tion into big­ger venues around the world.

EVANESCENCE could fi­nally be at work on a new al­bum, if ru­mours are to be be­lieved – it’d be their first of all-new ma­te­rial since 2011’s self-ti­tled re­lease. Heavy metal lads GRAND MAGUS re­turn with an­other round of bat­tleready metal an­thems. Have your swords pol­ished. HEXVESSEL will unveil their lat­est ser­mon next month – it’s ti­tled All Tree, so don’t ex­pect odes to tech­nol­ogy and fu­tur­is­tic shenani­gans. HO99O9 will unveil their sec­ond al­bum this year. Will their stint tour­ing with Prodigy mean we get a ton of dancey #bangers? We’ll have to wait and find out. ICED EARTH un­leash an­other mis­sive of fiery heavy metal an­thems this spring. Don’t ex­pect any pop punk jams about girls on that one.

IN FLAMES will con­tinue their sonic evo­lu­tion with a new al­bum in March, and their fes­ti­val Borgholm Brin­ner will re­turn in Au­gust. With Jonathan Davis get­ting his solo al­bum off his chest, it’s a safe bet to look out for new KORN mu­sic this year – ex­actly when, though, is any­one’s guess for now.

2018 was a stand­out year for LA­CUNA COIL, fea­tur­ing some im­mense live shows and a Best

Live Band award at the Metal Ham­mer Golden Gods. They’re not stand­ing still, though: we’ll be get­ting a brand new al­bum by the end of the year. LOATHE’s new record should be a fine lit­mus test for whether the bruis­ing young met­al­core crew can step it up to the next level, while grind­core leg­ends NA­PALM DEATH will re­lease a new al­bum of their own later this year. Will we get to see them at Glasto again, though? NEW YEARS DAY told us re­cently that they binned a whole al­bum’s worth of ma­te­rial to start again for the new record.

We’ll find out if it was worth it in March. Death metal roy­alty NILE will unveil their next ex­treme metal at­tack this year. Prob­a­bly in­clud­ing stuff about An­cient Egypt. NOTH­ING MORE will be hit­ting Europe sooner or later, likely around spring­time, and we may get new mu­sic from the alt-rock Tex­ans. You never know quite what you’re go­ing to get from ma­jes­tic prog­gers OPETH when it comes to new mu­sic, but the Swedes have been at work on a new al­bum and will have it ready to roll be­fore the year’s end.

Mas­ter of ter­ror­monies ROB ZOM­BIE has a new al­bum and a se­quel to The Devil’s Re­jects both in­com­ing. Show-off. SA­BA­TON will be bring­ing the fire and fury to Blood­stock in Au­gust, and

they’ll be armed with a brand-new al­bum, too. Drone metal ter­ror­ists SUNN 0))) will have an­other al­bum of pul­veris­ing sonic noise this spring. VOLBEAT re­leased new live al­bum Let’s Boo­gie! Live From Telia Parken last month, but ex­pect to see a full new record from the Danes sooner or later.

We an­tic­i­pate WEDNESDAY 13 tak­ing a break from mak­ing spooky props for his live show to get a new al­bum out the door by sum­mer or there­abouts. WHILE SHE SLEEPS’ third al­bum, So What?, lands im­mi­nently, bol­stered by a UK tour that’ll see the Sh­effield crush­ers head­line Lon­don’s pres­ti­gious Round­house venue – their big­gest-ever head­line show.

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