Top 5 Most Anticipated Metal Albums of the Coming Year

Here are some albums we're waiting for.

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Here are some albums we're waiting for.

5. Metallica and Maynard James Keenan - "Lulu Part 2"

The second installation in the "Lulu" trilogy, "Lulu Part 2" follows on from the critically acclaimed first chapter, released in 2011. "Lulu" was Metallica's breakthrough album. It was no surprise that the album received a diamond certification this year. But one question which must be at the forefront of the rabid Loutallica fans minds is "Who is the singer?"

Well Lars Ulrich has recently confirmed in an interview with the highly credible newspaper The Sun that Lou Reed's replacement is none other than Maynard James Keenan, another eccentric, grumpy art rocker from the band Tool.

"We knew the one singer who could replace Lou," dictated Lars, "Maynard's great! He's boring, weird and drastically overrated! What more could we ask for?" Lars talked about the album title saying "We thought this album should be called 'MaynardMaynard' at the start but when our close friend Dave Mustaine suggested the ingenious name 'Lulu Part 2' we just knew deep down that it was to be."

Lars also babbled about the album's concept and sound." This one's gonna be great. We've found some old Metallica demos of unreleased stuff, rerecorded them and slowed them down by 100 bpm. As far as the lyrics go I'm not sure. 'I am the table' is repeated at 30 second intervals. The rest of the lyrics are pretty nutty. I'll just get some Tool fan to explain them to me because I don't really understand Maynard."

On a side note, Lou Reed is expected to return from hiatus for the final installation in the "Lulu" trilogy. 

Sounds just as good as part 1 right?

4. Nickelback

Metal Injection recently chatted with Nickelback about upcoming projects and boy does the new album sound good! "It sounds awesome!" yelled Chad in his magnificent, deep, wildebeest voice. "We're going for quite a unique concept this time! Half the record is classic Nickelback, father to daughter, G, D, Em, C ballads that will set all our American fangirls sobbing, the other half is actually quite experimental. We've taken our main influences from Andorian black metal and post-cybergrind. At the moment we're just trying to make it sound as trve cvlt as possible!" Kroeger went on to suggest that the album would get them a lot of respect from underground mutulz fans.

Doesn't this make you want to scream!? Even better, the group have unveiled two song titles from the upcoming album: "I Love You" and "Never Gonna Give You Up" (which is a cover of the Rick Astley classic!).

3. Tool

Tool, who are best known for being Chad Kroeger's side project, are rumoured to be releasing a new album this year! They might have a lawsuit over their heads but that doesn't stop their dedicated fanboys from crying out for a new pile of output from "Da best band eva." Well don't drool over your keyboards but a knowledgeable insider has got some tasty news for us. He refused to give his name in the interview with The Guardian (a newspaper known for its journalistic integrity). "I've heard some of tools new stuff. I actually have contributed to vocals in at least one track on the album. It's very unique, definitely more 'Art poppish' than 'Progressive.' But sure, Tool are known for selling out! Maynard has some great Rob Halford style falsettos on the record." 

It was recently revealed that tool have moved to Hopeless Records which suggests they may be moving in a more commercial direction. But the knowledgeable insider assured us otherwise, "Oh don't worry! It's edgy and emotional, with those electric guitars and stuff." #ThisIsGonnaBeGreat

2. Burzum

Slightly controversial though he may be America's sweetheart and Burzum mastermind Varg Vikernes is cooking up a pleasant surprise for 2015! Whilst he has confirmed that he is departing from his black metal roots from now on, this certainly doesn't mean there is nothing interesting to come. In a cheeky interview with Kerrang!, Varg crooned, "I'm working on new material at the moment. It's very different; a lot of genre fusion going on. Many of the songs have middle eastern and even African influences." The singer himself boasts Nigerian ancestry. "I am very proud of my heritage I wish to reinstate the beauty, heritage, and purity of my homeland." When asked by a separate source whether it was going to be a concept album or not the banterous Norwegian was enthusiastic but mysterious in his reply, "Oh, that will be revealed in due time! There's certainly a very consistent theme present and some of the songs, but not all, deal with equality and finding your place in the world!" Let's hope Varg doesn't burn what he's cooking up and delivers despite the media pressure!

1. Slayer

Who else would be at number one but the great. The mighty. The jawdropping... Slayur! Every time the king picks up his dazzling B.C. Rich Warlock and straps it on with the eagerness of a sheep in heat his hands begin to leak brilliance! No poser core band can make the 0-0-000-0-11 riff sound more br00tal than the mighty king. His splendorous beard dangles from his chin of stone with the formidability of a Viking going into battle. His muscles are more metal than Avenged Sevenfold could ever try to be. The demented cry of his whammy is a cry to false metal heads of their impending doom. His lyrics hit harder than the most beautiful ageless poetry. He smells how he should; Of the life liquid his ancestors drank before battle: Jagar Meister. There is no need to mention the other members of the Slayer band when Kerry King will be the only one left by the end of the year!

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    When I saw a featured article on UG posted by KerryKing01, I almost died from laughter. The first three points try a little too hard, but Burzum and the Metallica picture with photoshopped Maynard are brilliant.
    I immediately started searching for his comments and almost started crying, until I noticed this post mentioning that he wrote the article. Thank you for saving my day!
    This isn't KerryKing01, the grammar's too good! Still, the opening line for Tool's segment was hilarious, great work.
    I thought this was funny at first, then I realized kingkerry01 made this and now its even better
    "Post-Cybergrind". Well done, KerryKing01. I usually hate trolls who troll for the sake of trolling, but KerryKing01 understands how the game is played. I hate that other dude who just writes "Flushes _____ down the toilet of hell."
    Great, don't find this sort of thing very funny usual but this was some good satire. Thanks for the laughs
    His muscles are more metal than Avenged Sevenfold could ever try to be. i love a7x and this is still hilarious
    "G D Emi C ballads that will set all our American fangirls sobbing." Brilliant
    I think people lash out on Varg too much but Jesus Christ the Burzum part made me die of laughter
    If the part about Nickelback doing a cover of never gonna give you up isn't true, i'll be really sad
    anyway for my actual list Tool Nightwish Deafheaven At The Gates Metallica
    Deafheaven? Ok, then...
    I was like "haha, kerryking01 should post a comment and get the medal!" Then I realized he wrote it. #basedkerryking01
    If Deafheaven made the same record, but didn't get the attention from Pitchfork, people on this site would consider them brilliant. The whole "troo" black metal only thing is no better than any pretentious Pitchfork readers.
    agreed, I just checked it out cause I heard "Dream House" on Liquid Metal xm one night when I driving and loved it. I absolutely love Sunbather, one of the best metal albums of the past 5 years. I found out about the stupid controversy later. It's really stupid because say when metal started to crossover with punk, metalheads had the same reaction and said "NO". There would be no Thrash metal, and therefore no Death or Black Metal. Check out their newest song imo it's their best yet.
    After I read this, I thought it sounded like something kerryking01 would write then I scroll up and what do you know?
    Thought this was serious at first, but when I saw Metallica with "Lulu part 2" at the top, I knew it was a joke. This was a great satirical article.
    I wish I could put Wintersun on this list, but looks like it's definitely going to be next year if not the year after
    My List Devin Townsend Wintersun *Yeah that ain't coming out like Jari said. KMFDM
    Not gonna lie, for awhile I thought Metallica was doing something with Keenan. I am saddened that this is not the case :\
    "Let's hope Varg doesn't burn what he's cooking up..." "There is no need to mention the other members of the Slayer band when Kerry King will be the only one left by the end of the year!" excellent