The Five Most Anticipated Metal Albums of 2013

Tool perform at the Big Day Out Festival, 2007. Photo: Marc Grimwade/WireImage

Thanks to bold bands like hard rockers Tomahawk and the glammy metalcore group Black Veil Brides, January is sporting an uncharacteristically strong showing of notable records by heavy groups. But that still leaves 11 more months for any number of headbangers to put out some metal milestones. With that in mind, we’ve picked out the five mosh-worthy releases, rumored to surface sometime in 2013, that we’re most excited to raise our horns to in the months to come.

1. Tool, TBA

When Tool titled their last album, 2006’s 10,000 Days, they didn’t tell their fans they’d have to wait nearly that long for a new record. As of December, the band’s webmaster has claimed that the new album is about halfway done. “Dare I say that it sounded like …Tool (some of it reminiscent to earlier Tool stuff, with other parts pushing the envelope),” he wrote coyly of the group, who last toured in early 2012 (see below). “I assume that it will sound even more like Tool once the vocal melodies, etc. have been added.” Without getting all Inherit the Wind, questioning the relationship between Tool’s divine inspiration and the science of recording, exactly how long is one of Tool’s days?

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