Five Anticipated Canadian Albums for 2012

Five Anticipated Canadian Albums for 2012
The new year only just began, and we've already got a ton of stuff that we're excited about.

Chains of Love
Chains Chains Chains
(Dine Alone)
This Vancouver soul-rock troupe earned plenty of attention in 2011 with their catchy, pop-friendly sound and singer Nathalia Pizarro's impressively wailing vocals.

K-os (pictured)
BLack on BLonde (release date TBA)
(Universal Canada)
The rapper also known as Kevin Brereton has been talking about this one since 2010, when he promised it would arrive in 2011. He recently told Waterloo, ON student paper Imprint, "The idea is two albums: the BLack album is supposed to be all hip-hop and R&B and the BLonde album rock'n'roll. I don't know if I want to do a double album, I just wanted to separate the music."

Mares of Thrace
The Pilgrimage (April 24)
(Sonic Unyon)
These ladies of metal are going to bring the heavy on this new album. Therese Lanz posted a picture of her new baritone guitar on Facebook and promised that she'd be using it for the band's sessions at Chicago's Engine Music Studios with producer Sanford Parker.

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. 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.

The Elwins
And I Thank You (February 21)
(Independent)
The Ontario indie pop outfit have already won us over with their energetic sound, so we're more than ready for their debut album. Check out a preview from a Live from Exclaim! session at exclaim.ca.