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Exclaim!'s 20 Most Anticipated Canadian Albums of 2012

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Exclaim!'s 20 Most Anticipated Canadian Albums of 2012
10. Plants and Animals
The End of That (February 28)
(Secret City Records)

The end of what exactly? We're not totally sure, but Plants and Animals' third album contains "catchy electric guitar riffs" with softer acoustic instruments. With its "multi-part excursions" and "anthemic monsters," we're pretty excited to hear what these Montreal indie darlings have cooked up.

9. Kid Koala
12-Bit Blues (release date TBA)
(Ninja Tune)

Eric San has always been an outside-of-the-box thinker when it comes to turntablism, and his latest album promises to be no different. He recently told CBC Radio 3, "It's kind of a blues turntable record. I'm fascinated with blues music and how it actually spawned most of the music I like. Whether it's hip-hop or rock, it all kind of leads back to the blues." We're imagining "Crossroads" with scratching.

8. Cancer Bats
Dead Set on Living (release date TBA)
(Distort Inc.)

What does the fourth Cancer Bats album sound like? Lead screamer Liam Cormier told Noisecreep, "It sounds like where we should be at, trying to really fuckin' go for it." We'd expect nothing less from these hardcore/metal Torontonians.

7. Yukon Blonde
TBA (release date TBA)
(Dine Alone Records)

Yukon Blonde scored big with their 2010 self-titled debut, which earned a long-list nomination for the Polaris Music Prize and sent these BC dudes on an endless string of national tours and high-profile opening gigs. Frontman Jeff Innes told Exclaim! that this follow-up has "some punk rock influences and a lot more harmonies."

6. Saukrates
Season One (release date TBA)
(Frostbyte/eOne)

"Anticipated"? More like "agonizing." The Toronto rapper's first album, The Underground Tapes, came out in 1999, meaning that this follow-up has been over a decade in the making. Even the slightly long-winded release plan -- two mini-EPs that include tracks from the subsequent full-length -- can't spoil how glad we are that this is finally seeing the light of day.

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