20 Bands that really should release new music in 2016

Antaeus

antaeus band

Last release: Blood Libels (released September 6, 2006)

9 years, 3 months and 26 days ago (and counting…)

Having made a name for themselves as one of the most belligerent black metal bands with the release of the spectacularly intense Blood Libels back in 2006, mainman MkM and co. have spent the better part of the last decade channeling their creative energies into the increasingly impressive Aosoth (a project that really came into its own with the release of 2013’s IV: An Arrow in Heart). Aosoth may be a worthy continuation of the destructive sound first established on their erstwhile main band, but it’s nevertheless a shame to see the aforementioned Antaeus fall into obscurity after having reached a creative zenith with Blood Libels. The next chapter in the Antaeus saga may yet be written–MkM has stated that the eternally delayed new album is to be titled Ritualization–but with no release date and scant information on the band’s Facebook page, chances are 2016 will come and go without much activity by these French nihilists…

Azarath

azarath band

Last release: Blasphemers’ Maledictions (released June 29, 2011)

4 years, 6 months and 3 days ago (and counting…)

No longer content to toil away in the formidable shadow cast by their more celebrated countrymen Behemoth and Decapitated, Polish blackened death metal act Azarath really threw down the spiked gauntlet with 2011’s Blasphemers’ Maledictions. Having refined their style down to a fine (and lethal) science, the band’s utterly relentless mix of black, death and touches of thrash meshed together wonderfully on said album, the intensity of it all recalling the perennially underrated US act Summon (whose 2005 release, Fallen, comes highly recommended). Sadly, the forward momentum they gained has been all but neutralized by the 4+ year wait for a follow-up. The band recently (Nov. 15) updated their Facebook page with pictures from the studio, so here’s hoping they won’t keep us waiting much longer…

Charred Walls of the Damned

charred walls of the damned band

Last release: Cold Winds on Timeless Days (released October 11, 2011)

4 years, 2 months and 21 days ago (and counting…)

With a line-up featuring such luminaries as Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens, Steve DiGiorgio, Jason Suecof and Richard Christy, Charred Walls of the Damned was always going to be a supergroup to be reckoned with, and the two albums they’ve released to date (2010’s self-titled and 2011’s Cold Winds on Timeless Days) have more than lived up to expectations. Owens remains the linchpin here, his powerful vocal delivery imbuing the band’s slightly tech-friendly power/thrash hybrid sound with an emotive undercurrent that sets them apart from their peers. The band seemed to have grinded to a halt, which is probably to be expected given their members’ busy schedules (indeed, the band’s Facebook page hasn’t been updated since 2013…). Oh, and while we’re on the subject – can we please get another Beyond Fear album, Mr Owens?

Cobalt

cobalt band

Last release: Gin (released March 17, 2009)

6 years, 9 months and 15 days ago (and counting…)

Up until 2009’s breakthrough Gin Cobalt had a pretty steady turnaround time of about two years in between albums, though their current absence is inching closer and closer to seven years — perhaps not a major surprise since recently departed vocalist/guitarist Phil McSorley serves full-time in the US military. Eric Wunder’s Man’s Gin side-project has tided us over nicely, but it hardly makes up for the long wait for a new Cobalt album to drop. A band with such a unique, almost Tool-like approach to progressively-tinged rhythmic black metal is something to treasure, and things seem to be moving in the right direction in the Cobatt camp with the recent recruitment of Charlie Fell as new vocalist. The band’s Facebook page has recently been updated with pictures from the studio, so fingers crossed it won’t be much longer before we’re treated to a new slab of black metal the way only these crackpots can deliver!

Dark Funeral

dark funeral band

Last release: Angelus Exuro Pro Eternus (released November 18, 2009)

6 years and 13 days ago (and counting…)

Having only managed to release five full-length albums in a career spanning back 22 years, Lord Ahriman and co. certainly aren’t the most productive bunch of blasphemers on the block. The departure of long-time vocalist Emperor Magus Caligula seems to have really dented the band’s creative process (after his departure the band enlisted Negator frontman Nachtgarm as new vocalist, but he came and went without much fanfare and no recorded material to speak of). Current Cursed-13/Grá vocalist Heljarmadr has since filled the spot, but the band are still taking their merry time to grace us with new material. A new song, “Nail Them to the Cross”, was released as a teaser for the upcoming album back in February of 2015, but that was 11 months ago so who knows when the new full-length will finally drop…

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