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.