Mark Your Calendars: New Album Releases For 2009

Mark your calendars, as we've compiled a list of the albums you can expect to hit record stores in 2009.

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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

Early 2009

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

Late 2009

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

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    Looking forward to new Architects and Porcupine Tree (if that gets released this year)amongst other things.
    urmurked wrote: Skillet it coming out with an Album early spring so Skillet needs to be on that list.
    im uh really looking forward to the new muse album...a lot more so than these live albums and greatest hits compilations that seem to be flooding next year. but of course its not on there
    getts182 wrote: A little band named Green Day is supposed to have an album out in '09 as well.
    And there's a reason why it's not up there.
    do u want to tell me where Green Day is on this list? cause i don't see them, and that's pissing me off! either there's some discrimination going on, or ur just really unaware that Green Day's 3 albums are slated to be released 2009!
    demon.guitarist wrote: well, 09 doesnt look too promising
    Are you f***ing kidding me? Lamb of God, KillSwitch Engage, Mastodon, Megadeth, Iron Maiden, New Found Glory, Lynyrd Skynyrd, KISS, Down, Rammstein, Slash, Dream Theater... All great names, well maybe not NFG. What more do you want?
    Mondo Generator
    I hope the Queens of the Stone Age are still putting out a new album in 09. I know for sure that they'll remaster their self-titled in the spring, though. that's be pretty cool.
    getts182 wrote : A little band named Green Day is supposed to have an album out in '09 as well.
    Nobody cares, they suck. I hope none of those little gay pop bands ever release another album again. Unfortunately, I can't control that. But still, Green Gay is a joke.
    getts182 wrote: A little band named Green Day is supposed to have an album out in '09 as well.
    Yeah, and I'm looking forward to it But as it doesn't have a final release date, they might not have included it. They also said spring timeish, so it looks like they haven't got'n that far XD. And SlayerOfTheGods, you are entitled to an opinion, but don't go badmouthing other bands and trying to force your opinion onto other people. Some people, like I, really like Green Day, so keep remarks like that to yourself.
    a few gooddies and a few who are theys... but cant wait for new ramstein and slash should b badass... and korn... but everyone that looks at this u must look up SHATTERMASK there badass...
    Looking forward to New Found Glory and maybe Madina Lake but I'm a bit skeptical at the prospect of the new Good Charlotte and AVA albums
    Lamb of god. Wow. Im excited. This album is gonna be what pure american metal is suppose to sound like
    Kreator, Megadeth, Lamb Of God, God Forbid, Iron Maiden (!), Dream Theater, Cannibal Corpse, Slayer.. Looking forward to all of them! I guess I will check out the Aerosmith album when it's out too. Maybe the Anthrax one too, not really sure yet tho.. The same with God Forbid. I really hope Alter Bridge, Heathen and Exhorder will release sometime in 2009. If all of them do so, 2009 looks very good.
    JMan 240 wrote: demon.guitarist wrote: well, 09 doesnt look too promising How about Maiden, Megadeath, KSE, Lamb of God, and Mastodon
    word. +1
    GREEN DAY!!! Most important one on there. also you forgot the FLOBOTS!!! Two of my favorite bands. And also Taking Back SUnday is supposed to make their come back with their new guitarist. Havent heard of THird Eye Blind since the 90s! Hope its good
    I thought Heaven and Hell was releasing a new album for early '09...must have forgotten to put them on the list. Thin Lizzy's "Still Dangerous" (live Philly 77')should also be out in March '09. Nice to see Maiden, Anthrax, and Megadeth on that list.
    burn out on me
    Third Eye Blind's new album "Ursa Major" is supposed to be coming out in March. That's not official and is subject to change.
    pumped to see john frusciante on there! Hopefully when hes done with that he'll get right back to work with the rest of the chili peppers.
    demon.guitarist wrote: well, 09 doesnt look too promising
    i was thinking the same thing.
    You forgot the almighty death metal gods Necrophagist. Word will not be able to describe to skull-crushing epic pwnage that awaits.
    btf's new album wont be near as good as the old but then again sequels are never as good. im still gonna buy it and check it tho
    If the last DT album was any indication, this next one is going to be the must-have addition to any modern prog fan's collection.
    742627000017 wrote: Theres this local band Cannibal Corpse
    mr. owle how many cannibal corpse songs sound the same lets find out a one, a two, all of them
    Vivec wrote: Dream Theater is gonna push everything else in the mud. Mike mentioned Learning to Live and Octavarium in one sentence which is enough.
    Heck yes!! its gonna be bomb!
    Maiden, Megadeth, KISS, heck even Dream Theater it's gonna be a good, tho not very action-packed year ...