New Heavy Metal Music for 2018

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Looking for some new heavy metal music to get into this year? Here are some of the best new metal albums that have been released so far in 2018.

New Releases

It’s a new year and that means there are plenty of new heavy metal albums to get excited about. Here are just a few of the new releases that are due out in 2018.


January is typically a slow month for new music releases, but there are a few interesting heavy metal albums scheduled to come out this month. Here are some of the most anticipated:

* ‘Of God and Serpent, Of Spectre and Snakes’ by The Black Dahlia Murder (January 5)
* ‘The Final Resistance’ by Vintersorg (January 12)
* ‘Hag’ by Alkaloid (January 26)

If you’re a fan of heavy metal, keep an eye out for these releases!


This February, metalheads can look forward to new music from some of the biggest names in the genre. Here are just a few of the highly anticipated releases set to drop this month.

– Mastodon: Emperor of Sand
– The highly anticipated new album from metal titans Mastodon, Emperor of Sand finds the band at the top of their game. With searing riffs and technical prowess, Mastodon have once again raised the bar for what a metal album can be.

– Gojira: Magma
– French metallers Gojira return with their seventh studio album Magma. Building on the success of their previous releases, Magma is sure to be another tour de force from one of metal’s most unique and talented bands.

– Meshuggah: The Violent Sleep of Reason
– Swinging back into action after a four year hiatus, Meshuggah are set to unleash The Violent Sleep of Reason. The Swedish metal giants have always pushed boundaries, and this latest release is sure to continue that trend.


March is already shaping up to be a great month for heavy metal music, with new releases from some of the genre’s biggest names. From veteran bands like Judas Priest and Mastodon to newcomers like Trivium and Power Trip, there’s something for everyone.

Here are some of the most anticipated heavy metal albums releasing in March 2018:

Judas Priest – Firepower
Mastodon – Emperor of Sand
Trivium – The Sin and the Sentence
Power Trip – Nightmare Logic
At the Drive In – in * ter a * li * a

Most Anticipated Albums of 2018

Metalheads around the world are anxiously awaiting the release of some highly anticipated albums in 2018. We’ve compiled a list of the most hyped metal albums of the year so far, based on both fan anticipation and advance hype from critics.


1. Sólstafir – Berdreyminn
Release date: May 26, 2017
Label: Season of Mist
Origin: Iceland
Genre: Post-metal, Sludge metal, Psychedelic rock
Sólstafir’s first album in four years is a return to form for the Icelandic post-metal outfit. After experimenting with a more lighthearted approach on 2014’s Otta, Sólstafir are back to their Iceland-influenced sound on Berdreyminn. The album is a stunning display of the band’s musicianship, and is sure to be one of the best metal albums of 2018.

2. Judas Priest – Firepower
Release date: March 9, 2018
Label: Epic Records
Origin: United Kingdom
Genre: Heavy metal
Judas Priest are one of the most influential metal bands of all time, and they show no signs of slowing down with their new album Firepower. The album is classic Judas Priest all the way, with Rob Halford’s powerful vocals leading the way through 10 tracks of pure heavy metal goodness. If you’re a fan of classic metal, this is an album you won’t want to miss.
3. Voivod – The Wake
Release date: September 21, 2018
Label: Century Media Records
Origin: Canada
Genre: Progressive metal, Thrash metal

Voivod are one of the most unique and innovative bands in heavy music, and they are set to release their 14th studio album The Wake in September 2018. The album is loosely based on the concept of artificial intelligence, and is sure to be another mind-bending entry in the band’s catalogue. If you’re looking for something different in your metal diet, Voivod’s The Wake is sure to satisfy.


It’s a new year, which means there are loads of new metal albums on the horizon. We’ve compiled a list of some of the most anticipated releases for 2018, so you can be sure to stay up-to-date on all the latest and greatest metal music.


Ancestral Recall – Conjurer
Hailing from the UK, Conjurer are a progressive doom metal band that is sure to turn some heads with their debut album. Blending elements of sludge and black metal, Conjurer create a sound that is both crushing and atmospheric.
Release date: February 2
label: Holy Roar Records

The Sea Within – The Sea Within
A supergroup of sorts, The Sea Within features members of some of the most well-known prog bands out there, including Roine Stolt (The Flower Kings), Daniel Gildenlöw (Pain of Salvation), and Jonas Reingold (The Tangent). With such an impressive pedigree, it’s no wonder that their self-titled debut album is one of the most highly anticipated releases of the year.
Release date: February 2
label: InsideOut Music

Atriarch – Dead as Truth
Atriarch is a dark atmospheric death/doom band from Portland, Oregon, and their third album Dead as Truth is sure to cement their place as one of the leaders in the genre. With lyrics that explore themes of loss and desperation, Atriarch create a sound that is both crushing and cathartic.
Release date: February 16
label: Relapse Records


March is a big month for new metal album releases, with new music coming from some of the biggest names in the genre. Here are some of the most anticipated albums of the month:

-Trivium – The Sin and the Sentence
-Senses Fail – If There Is Light, It Will Find You
-The Sword – Used Future
-Grave Digger – The Living Dead
– Powerwolf – The Sacrament of Sin

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