5. Phil Anselmo and the IllegalsWalk Through Exits Only
Since his departure from Pantera and Superjoint Ritual, Phil Anselmo has been wandering the dark highway as a freelance lead singer, dabbling in black metal, stoner metal and death metal. His new album promises to take fans back to his more brutal days with Pantera when his vocals inspired gargantuan mosh pits.
4. Rob Zombie
The godfather of horror metal is a man who promises to make 2013 a frightful year. His new film Lords of Salem is due in theaters early this year. And Zombie began recording his fifth solo album last year. "It's stylistically sort of a little bit of everything," said Zombie. "Fans of my really old stuff will love it. I feel like it's the best of all the things I've done."
3. Warbeast and Phil Anselmo
Title: War of the Gargantuans
When Texas thrash metal meets a Louisiana native, it's sure to be a collaboration of gargantuan proportions. This album not only offers Warbeast's best material to date but it also gives fans of Phil Anselmo a glimpse into his solo material, a venture that's been thirty years in the making.
2013 is also shaping up to be the year of supergroups with bands like Warbeast, Down, and now Palms unloading material for the masses. Former members of Isis Aaron Harris, Clifford Meyer and Jeff Caxide joined with Deftones' lead singer Chino Moreno to form a new sound that some fans are already calling "godlike."
Last year was a rough year for the band when a nasty spider bite sidelined guitarist Jeff Hanneman who contracted a flesh-eating bacteria. In the meantime, Gary Holt, guitarist for Exodus, is filling in for the guitarist. This year promises to turn things around. Hanneman is still recovering, but Kerry King announced on the band's website that they had two new tracks - "Chasing Death" and "Implode" - and planned to release a full-length album this year.