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2019 is now behind us, but what a year it was for metal music - we saw the planets align with new releases from Slipknot, Tool, Korn, Killswitch Engage, Northlane and countless other bands both big and small releasing fantastic albums.
It's going to be hard to top it in 2020, but there are already signs of a strong twelve months of metal and heavy music, with some huge bands either already having records announced or planning on a release during the year. Here are just 10 of our most anticipated albums that are confirmed or heavily implied to be out in 2020!
Lamb Of God (TBC)
It's been almost five years since Lamb Of God have released a record (if you don't count their Burn The Priest record in 2018), meaning we are well overdue for some new music.
Thankfully, the guys kicked off 2020 with a short teaser on their Instagram of studio footage with the caption "2020", which strongly suggests a new Lamb Of God album will land this year.
It'll be the first release of theirs to feature new drummer Art Cruz (Winds Of Plague, Prong), who replaced the band's founding drummer Chris Adler in 2019.
There's no solid information on the album as of yet, but keep your eyes peeled over the coming months!
Polaris - The Death of Me (February 21)
Polaris shot themselves into the stratosphere with their 2017 debut album The Mortal Coil, grabbing the attention of both fans and musical peers around the world. Since then, they've left fans clamouring for more metalcore goodness and finally announced their follow up LP titled The Death Of Me, which will drop on February 21.
Clearly we aren't the only ones keen for this, because they've also sold out half of their entire upcoming Australian The Death Of Me tour which features some of the biggest venues they've headlined to date. Check out the first single 'Masochist' below and jump aboard the hype train!
Sepultura - Quadra (February 7)
Sepultura have been a band for 35 years now, and there's no signs of slowing down either with their fifteenth album Quadra set to drop on February 7.
Deftones have been pretty tight-lipped on new music since the release of their last album Gore in 2016, but they did post content to their Instagram account at the end of 2018 with the hashtags "2019" and "newmusic".
Alas, that didn't come to fruition last year with the band focusing on their own festival Dia de los Deftones, but vocalist Chino Moreno confirmed in October that the album would "definitely be out in 2020". It's safe to say that this is easily one of the most anticipated releases of the year, and you'll be able to catch them live at Download Australia to tide you over until then.
Body Count - Carnivore (March 6)
There's no way Body Count wouldn't make this list after hearing the title track from their upcoming seventh record Carnivore. It's Body Count at their heaviest, and it's clear they are not fucking around. If it's any sign of what we'll hear on the rest of the album, this could be a highlight for 2020.
To really make sure Carnivore hits hard, they've also recruited original Cannibal Corpse vocalist Chris Barnes to feature. Brutal!
Code Orange (TBC)
Code Orange have been teasing something new via an interactive 360 degree puzzle-solving website, as well as counting down to something on their social media. It's been almost exactly three years since the band released their Grammy-nominated record Forever, so we're definitely due for something new soon.
It's purely speculative, but some more news and/or new music should drop within the next couple of weeks, and we can't wait. Code Orange are one of the more interesting bands coming up in heavy music right now, carving their own way with a unique blend of noise, hardcore and industrial.
Static-X - Project Regeneration (May 29)
If you had told us two years ago that Static-X would be putting out a new album, we would have called you crazy - yet here we are, with the band's original lineup ready to release Project Regeneration on May 29.
The move has been divisive among fans, especially after reforming to tour the world for Wisconsin Death Trip's 20th anniversary with a masked vocalist called Xer0 to take Wayne Static's place, but Project Regeneration is said to almost completely feature vocals from Wayne Static which were discovered well after his passing in 2014.
The identity of Wayne's masked impersonator has still not officially been revealed, but all signs point to it being Edsel Dope of the band Dope, who toured with Static-X on every stop of their Wisconsin Death Trip 20th anniversary world tour last year.
Take a listen to the teaser featuring some of Wayne's vocals:
Every Time I Die (TBC)
Some bands age like a fine wine, while others kind of wither away with time - Every Time I Die sit in the former category firmly, which is why we're super-excited to listen to their ninth album once it arrives.
There hasn't been any official news of a 2020 release, but ETID announced they began recording back in October 2019, and they've played two new songs live since then, so all signs point to yes. Plus, their last album Low Teens came out way back in 2016.
Give us some of those dirty riffs, boys!
Higher Power - 27 Miles Underwater (January 24)
A little pinch of Deftones, a helping of Jane's Addiction and a decent serving of riffy hardcore. Sound good? Excellent, well Leeds' Higher Power may scratch that itch for you with a sound that borrows from influence but stands as its own.
27 Miles Underwater is their first album to be released via Roadrunner Records, and what we've heard so far makes it seem like a winner. Have a listen to 'Seamless' below, and if you like what you hear, you can get caught up on the rest of their catalogue with our guide to Higher Power!
Of course, there are so many more bands releasing great music in 2020 but we couldn't include them all. Got any albums you're looking forward to? Let us know!