As 2011 wraps up we all find ourselves looking to 2012 and wondering what to expect. There are a lot of album releases scheduled for 2012 and only time will tell if they live up to the hype a lot of these releases have already built up.
Of course, most of the album release information that is available is for the 1st Quarter of 2012 January through March.
In the first quarter there are several releases to look forward to. Below is a brief description of each and a link for a new song of the upcoming album if it is available.
Band of Skulls
In February, and for the time being a tentative release date of 02/21, Band of Skulls has a planned release of their next album Sweet Sour'.
They have released their first single from the album, The Devil Takes Care of His Own' to give us a taste of what to expect.
Below you can watch the music video for The Devil Takes Care of His Own'.
12 Stones has a scheduled release for their next album Only Human' on March 27th we'll have to wait to see what happens with this one as this was originally scheduled for release in mid 2011 and got pushed out at the last minute. They have, however, released a single from their new album titled Bulletproof' which you can listen to below.
Dragonforce has a yet untitled release scheduled for sometime in February. This will be their first studio album with their new vocalist, Marc Hudson. Marc Hudson joined Dragonforce after their previous vocalist, ZP Theart, left in March of 2010. For a few months now Dragonforce has been performing a few new songs live titled Cry Thunder' and Lost Fallen World'. There isn't a music video for either song, but there is a link to a live recording of Lost Fallen World' below. I apologize for the poor audio quality.
Marilyn Manson has the album Born Villain' scheduled for release sometime in February, and supposedly recorded without drummer, Ginger Fish, who has left the band. Both Marilyn Manson and Twiggy have made numerous statements in interviews that they believe this is their best album to date. They have released a few songs from the album, including the title track and also songs titled Overneath', I Am Among No One' and Slo-Mo-Tion'. Below you can check out the title track Born Villain' with the official music video.
Silversun Pickups upcoming album has been titled 3' as a place holder title set to release in 1st quarter. This will be their third studio album, and unfortunately there is not a song available to listen to from the album. They did, however, release an EP in 2011 titled Seasick', and below you can listen to a track from this EP. Below is the title track from the EP Seasick'. Again, this is not a track from their upcoming album, but if you missed the release of the EP, it is worth checking out.
Rise of the Phoenix' by Tenacious D is due out at some undetermined time in the 1st quarter. Supposedly there will be 3 different songs on the album all titled Rise of the Phoenix', as well as a song titled Senorita', but no other song titles have been released. Below you can listen to a poor quality audio recording of Tenacious D performing Rise of the Phoenix' on a radio show. Sorry for the poor audio quality.
Testament began recording their new album, The Dark Roots of Earth', on June 20th of 2011 and it should be releasing at some undetermined date in 1st quarter. I've read conflicting reports for the release date, with some in March, others in April, but most sources just saying late 1st quarter. Alex Skolnick has returned to Testament in roughly 2005, and this will be his second album with Testament since his return. Although some song titles have been publicized from the upcoming album, no audio clips seem to be available.
Unfortunately, as we look into the future album releases of 2012 we come to a point where there is less and less information available and less and less audio of unreleased music. This is not a comprehensive list as a lot of bands don't like to give any kind of release date information until it is close and they can actively promote the release. For the second quarter of 2012 I will just listing the releases to anticipate that seem like firm releases:
The Offspring will be releasing their album titled Apocalyptic Guides & Inferno Theme About Nothing Meaningful' sometime in May. The title may not even be correct, but it is the most information I can find. Members of The Offspring have stated in late 2011 that the album would actually be complete by the end of 2011, but they would be working on the artwork, etc. into 2012 before the release.
Soundgarden will be releasing an untitled album as their sixth studio release at an unspecified date in the 2nd quarter of 2012. They have been busy touring since their reunion but Chris Cornell and Kim Thayil have both given interviews regarding the new album and stated it will be 90% new material and 12 14 new songs are ready to go.
Tool will be releasing their as yet untitled 5th studio release at an unspecified date in the 2nd quarter. The most current information I located stated most of the music had been completed and now the lyrics are being worked on, and once those are completed they will be knocking out the recording phase. In the meantime, you can check out Maynard's Puscifer album that released in 2011, Conditions of My Parole' to help tide you over.
Sometime in 2012
Some artists have not even set a general idea of when their new albums will release, but have stated in the media in some form that they do expect releases in 2012. I will just list the bands here that have mentioned a release in 2012, but have not given much more in the way of when the album will actually release, etc.
Ben Folds Five
Black Sabbath (with Ozzy)
Queens of the Stone Age
There has also been some talk, mainly from DJ Ashba, of a new album by Guns N Roses sometime in 2012, but I have my doubts. If we look at Chinese Democracy' we are talking about the album that holds the record for longest in progress album and probably most expensive. I have no doubts that Axl Rose has all kinds of songs written and ready to record, but I'll have to see some proof that he can get in the studio and turn out some finished product in a timely manner. I'm more excited about the old GnR lineup being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the possibility of some kind of reunion tour with the original lineup. That would really make 2012 a killer year.
Have we left any off the list? Which album releases are you most looking forward to in 2012?
By Brandon East