Top 10 Most Anticipated Albums Of 2013

What are the hottest records lined up for release next year? We asked readers to vote for their most anticipated albums - see the results and read the latest rumors here.

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Can 2013 beat the stellar crop of albums that were released this year?

UG readers recently voted on their most anticipated releases of 2013.

And judging by the resulting list, there's plenty to look forward to.

10. 30 Seconds To Mars

Jared Leto says their forth studio album will be "stronger, better and more evolved" than previous efforts. Speaking to BBC Radio 1, he said it will be "a complete transformation for us... I really think that this could be the best thing that we've ever done." A sensible goal - let's hope they live up to his promises.

9. Them Crooked Vultures

The supergroup of Josh Homme (Queens Of The Stone Age), Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters) and John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin) will return with a second album, though it's not guaranteed for 2013.

"We may be a year or so [away from completing the album]," he said in November. "It will mainly be excess material from the first album, material we started and never finished because we had to go and play the stuff we already recorded!"

8. System Of A Down

Alas, a new SOAD album might be hotly anticipated by UG readers but in May singer Serj Tankian said there were no concrete plans for a new record. That doesn't mean it won't ever happen, though, and drummer John Dolmayan keeps hinting that something will come together eventually. Let's hope they get a burst of inspiration and figure something out before 2013 is over.

7. Pearl Jam

If everything goes to plan, the long-awaited new Pearl Jam album will be out in the first half of 2013. Back in May they said it was 3/4 finished and were aiming to complete recording sessions by the end of the year, but there's been no update so far. Of course, we're happy to see them take their time over something so important.

6. Rage Against The Machine

Bassist Tim Commerford has been teasing journalists with plans to record a brand new RATM album, but guitarist Tom Morello has been explicit in saying it wouldn't happen. Then again, he later said some members of the band are up for it, which means there's some hope that he'll eventually come around to the idea.

"When bands make albums, it's because everybody wants to, and that's not the case with Rage Against The Machine at the moment," he said in November. "Everyone in the band gets along very well, we consider each other friends and comrades in arms, but people sometimes don't feel ready to do it... If at some point Rage were to get it together to work more, I would be open to that, but that's not on the table right now."

Live in hope, eh?

5. Tool

It's been more than 6 years since the last Tool album "10,000 Days", which is long even by Tool's standard 5-year album cycle. Drummer Danny Carey said they were hitting the studio in June and would take around four months to finish everything, but here we are five months later with our noses still pressed to the proverbial window.

Fortunately, their friend and webmaster heard some of the new demos this week and described what he heard:

"Dare I say that it sounded like Tool (some of it reminiscent to earlier Tool stuff, with other parts pushing the envelope), and I assume that it will sound even more like Tool once the vocal melodies, etc. have been added."

He guesses that the album is more than half finished, but the band are so secretive that we probably won't hear the final announcement until the last minute.

4. Megadeth

The guitar masters will be back with their 14th studio album soon, after the band went back to work on it this month.

"Some of it's a little darker, some of it's a little faster," said Dave Mustaine. "Being in this position right now, not knowing where we're gonna go or what we're gonna do, it's kind of like the world's ours to do what we want.

"Are we gonna go back to the speed and thrash metal roots that made us who we are? Are we gonna experiment and rely on the melody that we've discovered in Megadeth songs?"

We don't know, Dave. Tell us, please!

3. Black Sabbath

It could be one of the most eagerly anticipated metal records of all time (though to be fair, it only made it to number 3 on this list). Since announcing their reunion, they've battled through a legal drama with founding drummer Bill Ward, and guitarist Tony Iommi has been fighting cancer since his diagnosis last January.

But they're pressing forward with the recording with producer Rick Rubin, and have most of the album recorded already. Let's hope it arrives soon.

2. Alice In Chains

Production on their first album since "Black Gives Way To Blue" three years ago was completed this month.

It's been a slow process; they were busy on it in 2011 until guitarist Jerry Cantrell had to undergo shoulder surgery, but they got back on track and it's set for a 2013 release.

Cantrell says fans have a lot to look forward to: "In my opinion, [our last comeback record] stood up to anything else we've put out in our career. And this new one is right up there as well."

1. Queens Of The Stone Age

Said to be their strangest recording yet, the new QOTSA album was supposed to be finished in 2011. It's not clear what caused the hold-up, but a cryptic letter from the band last week tried to explain:

"In our grand plan, we envisioned our lives and recordings running like clockwork [sic]," it said. "However, the reality has been manic and unpredictable. These songs aren't recollections of times we had. They are depictions of what we are going through in real time." Ooh, the drama!

Frontman Josh Homme's legal battle with his former bandmates in Kyuss in early 2012 probably didn't help matters, but now they're back on track and have a blinding cast of rockstars on the roster. Dave Grohl is on drums, Trent Reznor is helping out with electronic sounds, former bassist Nick Oliveri is back on the team and they just announced that Scissor Sisters singer Jake Shears is taking part too.

In our minds, this album has been the most anticipated record of both 2011, 2012 and now 2013. Please Josh, let us hear just one song!

That's the end of our roundup of anticipated releases. What else have you heard about that you're looking forward to next year? Let us know about it in the comments.

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    Alter Bridge is also missing. The only 2 other releases that have a confirmed date im really looking forward to are Bad Religion and Silverstein.
    Really looking forward to Trivium's new material, though. Hopefully they can recapture the heavier, more technical sound and songwriting that was featured on Shogun.
    In Waves had some great moments though. gotta love Shattering the Skies Above
    Yeah, though it was just a bonus track, but still awesome. In Waves was overall a really solid album.
    I don't think it'll be out until early 2014
    They've got a band on there who probably won't/have said they don't want to/most likely will not release an album ever again let alone in 2013 (RATM) but didnt include a band who've said themselves that they're working on a new album.
    Yeah, I'm pretty doubtful that RATM will release one, and I don't think SOAD will be 2013 either, but the best we can do is just hope they release something
    It's because no one gives a flying **** about metallica any more since they haven't done anything good in almost 25 years.
    That's cause no one gives a crap about Metallica, and given Death Magnetic.. That's very understandable.
    Metallica album won't be out this year, no chance of that. I'm most looking forward to hearing the new Ghost album
    It'll probably be 2014, but, ya it might be late 2013. I just hope they start writing songs like the ones they wrote 20+ years ago.
    So, no one is looking forward to The Afterman: Descension from Coheed? Hmm, guess I'm the only one.
    Omnium Gatherum, Kvelertak, Wintersun, Chimp Spanner, Children of Bodom, Finntroll, Amorphis, and Soilwork. 2013 is going to be a good year for metal.
    I'm excited for Wintersun and Omnium Gatherum but I'm not so sure another Amorphis album is good for metal. I felt kinda like "Where's the metal?" with their last few releases.
    The first 3 + TCV are killing me. I would count RATM too, but Tom Morello himself is uncertain about the band's future, so who am I... I'm also kind of expecting Detox by Dr. Dre (rap isn't very popular around here, I know), but it won't surprise me if it does not come, too.
    I love TCV, but honestly I hope they don't get an album out this year. If they do it would mean QOTSA probably isn't touring as intensely as I'd want them to. And there's no way RATM gets an album out in the next 12 months. Even if Morello came around tomorrow they wouldn't get one released that soon.
    I NEED a new Tool fix. Same goes for Necrophagist, they've been MIA since 2004.
    I created an account on here just to mention a little band called GHOST. They have a new album coming out Spring 2013. Here's the first single:
    Looking forward to a possible new Electric Wizard album next year :3 Along with Ghost's new album As for the ones on the list I am REALLY looking forward to TCV, QOTSA, AIC, Pearl Jam, and Black Sabbath. I WAS looking forward to new Megadeth but Dave's constant idiotic bullshit ruined it for me.
    I doubt TCV wil happen but yeah I would love it. QOTSA, Frank Turner, Nick Cave and Atoms for Peace are the ones i'm pumped for off the top of my head!
    I really can't wait for new Them Crooked Vultures and Tool albums. I think they won't disappoint us and make great job. I don't expect a lot from Pearl Jam. I love "Ten", but it's long time since they make really good record. I'm curious about RATM return. I don't think Alice in Chains make something better than Black Gives Way to Blue (let alone old AiC with Layne). Their new single was disappoitment for me. And of course I'm curious about Black Sabbath, but I don't really think they will be even close to level from 40 years ago.
    But three of the spots aren't even confirmed to come out in 2013? WTF, UG?
    no avenged sevenfold or august burns red??? u guys do know they're recording for a 2013 release date correct??
    Sabbath should split the green 25% each and stop fighting already.
    Thirty Seconds To Mars ... I love this band so much!! And of course TOOL, they better release something.
    Definitely looking forward to new Defeated Sanity, Wormed, possibly Gorguts (Luc said it may come out in 2013), First Fragment, Chthe'illist, Deeds of Flesh, Mitochondrion and new Portal
    Cloud Nothings, The Knife, Arcade Fire, AIC, QOTSA, Death From Above 1979, Dillinger Escape Plan, My Bloody Valentine, Yeah Yeah Yeahs... Gonna be a good year.
    This Town Needs Guns will release their second album in January, the first one was great so I'm really eager to hear the new one.