Now that Chinese Democracy - otherwise known as the most highly anticipated (or at least most hyped) album of the past few decades - has finally hit the shelves, a flurry of other bands can now be fully given the spotlight. These hard-working musicians might not have dedicated roughly 2 decades to their newest works of genius, but most have proven in the past that they only need a year or two to deliver a solid follow-up. So mark your calendars accordingly, as we've compiled a list of the albums you can expect to hit record stores in 2009. We apologize for those wishy-washy bands that provide the generic summer of '09 or late 2009/early 2010 dates, but on the other hand it certainly does keep us reading their blogs for the latest news. Clever, indeed.
While January is not a weak month by any means, things will start to get very interesting come February. Lamb of God and U2, bands at the opposite ends of the musical spectrum, will deliver two of the most highly anticipated albums of 2009. Early Spring brings the release of Mastodon's concept album Crack the Skye, with themes involving Tsarist Russia, Rasputin, and Stephen Hawking - a guaranteed conversation piece. Killswitch Engage and Megadeth are also set for early 2009 releases, while the winter months promise the return of Iron Maiden, KoRn, and possibly Deep Purple (sadly, without Ritchie Blackmore).
Many of the artists listed have already planned tentative tours to support their new albums in 2009, so expect next year to be jam-packed with killer concerts. Dream Theater, KISS, and U2 are just a few that are already gearing up for the album/tour combo, and don't be surprised if most of the bands mentioned below make it to your town in the upcoming months as well.
1/6 Dire Straits - Sultans of Swing (Live in Germany) Woe of Tyrants - Kingdom of Might Desolation House - Self-Titled
1/13 Crooked X - Self-Titled (hed) PE - Ordo Ab Chao Kreator - Hordes Of Chaos Saxon - Into The Labyrinth Royal Bliss - Life In-Between Too Pure To Die - Confess Metallica - Collectors Box Set
1/20 John Frusciante - The Empyrean Reel Big Fish - Fame, Fortune and Fornication Rumpelstiltskin Grinder - Living For Death The Kinks - Beat, Beat, Beat DVD Various Artists - Jimi Hendrix Tribute: Third Stone From the Sun
1/27 Rush - Retrospective 3 CD/DVD Sepultura - A-LEX Despised Icon - Montreal Assault Live DVD Bruce Springsteen - Working on a Dream Hoobastank - For(n)ever Franz Ferdinand - Tonight: Franz Ferdinand Grave Digger - Ballads of a Hangman
Other Tentative January Releases Grave Digger - Ballads of a Hangman Combichrist - Today We Are All Demons
2/3 Cannibal Corpse - Evisceration Plague The Fray - Self-Titled The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus - Lonely Road Chris Cornell - Scream
2/10 Luna Mortis - The Absence Iron Butterfly - Concert and Documentary DVD
2/24 Lamb of God - Wrath God Forbid - Earthsblood Hatebreed - For the Lions
Other Tentative February Releases U2 - No Line on the Horizon Third Eye Blind - Ursa Major Dark Moor - Autumnal
3/10 New Found Glory - Without A Fight Testament - Live at Eindhoven
3/24 The Decemberists - Hazards of Love
3/31 Silverstein - Currently Untitled
Other Tentative March Releases Madina Lake - Attics To Eden
4/14 Dave Matthews Band - Currently Untitled
4/21 Chimaira - Currently Untitled
Anthrax - Worship Music Poison The Well - Currently Untitled Mastodon - Crack the Skye Killswitch Engage - Currently Untitled Lynyrd Skynyrd - Currently Untitled Our Lady Peace - Escape Artist Megadeth - Currently Untitled Queensryche - American Soldier Deftones - Eros Hurt - Goodbye To The Machine Lacuna Coil - Shallow Life Candlemass - Currently Untitled Dream Theater - Currently Untitled Rx Bandits - Currently Untitled Blessthefall - Currently Untitled Duff McKagan's Loaded - Sick
Slash - Currently Untitled Good Charlotte - Cardiology Portugal. The Man - Currently Untitled KoRn - Currently Untitled Alice In Chains - Currently Untitled Rammstein - Currently Untitled Angels and Airwaves - Currently Untitled Alexisonfire - Currently Untitled Jimmy Eat World - Currently Untitled KISS - Currently Untitled Coldplay - Currently Untitled Down - Down IV Flaming Lips - Currently Untitled Iron Maiden - Currently Untitled Deep Purple - Currently Untitled No Doubt - Currently Untitled
By Amy Kelly Ultimate-Guitar.Com 2008