Come all ye faithful: The State of Rock and Metal in 2018
An article by Gerswin Reynolds
A question one everyone’s mind is: where the hell is rock and metal going in 2018? In the United States, rock has disappeared from the radio, and t-shirts of bands like Slayer and Maiden, Kiss and Def Leppard have become “vintage-appropriated art.” Even more, prominent acts like Linkin Park, Papa Roach, and Incubus switched up their style; prior to Chester Bennington’s death, they went pop, ditching all the edge from their sound. Papa Roach worked with Skylar grey and Incubus with Skrillex. More and more, rock and metal artists seem to be embracing an electronic vibe, simplifying their song structures, or abandoning the album format to cater to the change in times. However there is hope.
While it seems like heavy music has disappeared off the face of the Earth in the US, the metal scene is thriving in Mexico and Europe. In Japan bands like Dir en Grey see massive chart status, and Australia is home to exciting progressive bands like Karnivool and Dead Letter Circus that are inspiring others to push their music further.
Overall though there are a great many new prospects on the horizon to be excited out for the end of 2017 and 2018.
Myrkur– Amalie Bruun, a Danish composer and singer, released a controversial album in the world of black metal with Mareridt. Drawing from Scandinavian folk music, atmosphere and of course Black Metal, Myrkur’s second album is not only great, but unique.
Marilyn Manson– The Antichrist Superstar’s 10th album, Heaven Upside Down, feels like his 4th. Manson feels rejuvenated on the album; the music feels futuristic with musical references to his past abound.
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Nine Inch Nails- After two solid works, we can expect the third of NIN’s planned EPs to expand on the soundscape of the previous two. We always hope to see a return to the abrasive and angry Trent, but we’ll take whatever we can get.
Opeth- Mikael Akerfeldt hopes to move Opeth from the sound of Sorceress to something a bit more “Twisted.” Whatever that truly means, Akerfeldt and company are going to do their best to deliver a strong record with quality songwriting and hooks. Fans who are hoping that they will bring back the death growl or look to records like Blackwater Park or Ghost Reveries are praying for it to happen.
Deftones- In a recent interview, Chino Moreno reflected on 2016’s Gore as an achievement, but felt Stephen Carpenter’s presence on the record was lacking.
Tool- We’re still waiting for this one…surely if it does come out in 2018, it will no doubt make everyone’s year-end top ten lists.
A Perfect Circle- Another elusive album. Billy Howerdel is hard at work crafting a worthy follow-up to 2004’s eMOTIVE. Live versions of two new songs have made their way online and it shows a strong indication of the direction the new material is taking. From what we hear, it’s worth the wait.
Five Finger Death Punch- a lawsuit has kept fans of FFDP from hearing the band’s new disc for about a year. When released, the album will feature 16 songs that promise to be a treat for fans, old and new.
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