Rush Top Guitar World's Anticipated Albums Of 2012

Rush have won a poll for the top 10 most anticipated new albums of next year.

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Rush have won a poll for the top 10 most anticipated new albums of next year.

In the January 2012 issue of Guitar World, the longest-running music magazine published a top 10 list of "Most Anxiously Awaited Records of 2012". The magazine's website posted a poll last month asking "What Album Are You Most Looking Forward to in 2012?" and over 21,000 Guitar World readers voted to find the what will be the most anticipated record of the year, and while many entries were perhaps obvious choices, "Clockwork Angels" by Rush won by a landslide, just ahead of Black Sabbath's reunion album which will be their first with the original lineup since 1978's "Never Say Die!".

Nearly two years in progress, "Clockwork Angels" is Rush's 19th full-length studio album in their career and scheduled for a spring release by Roadrunner Records, sister of the band's longtime label outside Canada, Atlantic. The band initially started writing songs for the album in January and February 2010, which was followed by early recording sessions during that spring. The first single from the album, "Caravan", backed with the B-side "BU2B", was released to radio stations and made available for digital download on June 1, 2010. The album was delayed numerous times when the band embarked on a "Time Machine" tour last year and this year, where they played their 1981 iconic "Moving Pictures" album in its entirety for the first time live, as well as material from "Clockwork Angels".

Guitar World's Top 10 "Most Anxiously Awaited Records of 2012":

01. Rush Clockwork Angels (21%) 02. Black Sabbath TBA (15%) 03. Van Halen TBA (12%) 04. Tool TBA (11%) 05. Lamb Of God Resolution (9%) 06. Slash TBA (8%) 07. KISS Monster (7%) 08. The Offspring TBA (6%) 09. Pearl Jam TBA (5%) 10. Alice In Chains TBA (3%)

The January 2012 issue of Guitar World, which features ZZ Top frontman Billy Gibbons on the cover, is available on newsstands now in the United States. The issue also features Judas Priest, Slash, Rush, Lamb Of God, Dragonforce, Shinedown, Black Label Society and many other artists talking about the making of their respective upcoming releases.

Could UG readers improve on the rankings? Did Metal Hammer readers miss a trick? Vote for your favourite metal debut in the comments, and we'll round them up for a future post.

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    love how the majority of the albums are TBA... and knowing tool, we will probably be seeing it on "Most anticipated albums of 2013"
    Rush always delivers, buuuutttt I'm pretty stoked about the new Sabbath as well, even though I have a suspicion they (Sabbath) just won't be able to meet the old standards. I would love to be proven wrong. :
    Storm Corrosion! Let's hear something new. I'm sure Rush's new album will be great but I'm not expecting anything anywhere near as good as their classic albums. Same can be said for every other band on the list.
    I didn't expect The Offspring's new album to be on the list. I'll definitely check it out, along with the new Rush, Black Sabbath, Van Halen, Tool and Alice in Chains releases of course. I don't think I'll check out the new Pearl Jam record, they've been releasing some weak albums lately.
    The Darkness are supposed to be coming out with a new album, too bad they got neglected from this list.
    Tool is my number 1 - but I get why Rush/Sabbath are above them. To be honest all of these albums are on my 'check em out' list for next year so cant complain really!
    I'd check out all of them except Kiss and Offspring. Offspring have just been so weak compared to how they used to be in my opinion. Maybe this will be their best record in years? I dunno. Rush, Tool and Alice In Chains have grabbed my attention though.
    Glass Prisoner wrote: New Testament, bitches!! ...album, I mean. Not the bible passage.
    Bitches is a passage in the New Testament? And God said let there be women, for men alone shall not accomplish all of the tasks required of them. God made the first woman, and so he was pleased.
    rockstaralex24 wrote: love how the majority of the albums are TBA... and knowing tool, we will probably be seeing it on "Most anticipated albums of 2013"
    quoted for truth
    Rush ahead of Black Sabbath and Van Halen? WTF? What about Judas Priest and Testament's new album?
    Storm Corrosion and the new Periphery albums (think they're brining out 2 next year)
    The only one I'm really stoked about on that list is Alice In Chains. The album I'm really anticipating for 2012 is Sevendust's new album.
    I bet a lot of bands that made that list also are most anticipating a new Rush and Sabbath
    Black Sabbath will be nothing short of impressive. Lamb of god sounds like they will be delivering. Alice in Chains hasn't sounded that bad either. Basically I'm excited for everything except Pearl Jam and Van Halen
    1. Tool 2. Pearl Jam 3. Alice in Chains 4. Black Sabbath and that's all I really care about.