Planet Rock takes a have a look at 41 rock and heavy steel albums that we will’t wait to solid our ears upon in 2021.
Take a look at the set-in-stone (and tentative) new album releases for 2021 that we’re getting extremely enthusiastic about under.
Alice Cooper – ‘Detroit Tales’
Shock rock legend and Planet Rock DJ extraordinaire Alice Cooper will launch his musical homage to his hometown, ‘Detroit Tales’, on Friday twenty sixth February 2021. Following within the footsteps of 2019’s ‘Breadcrumbs EP’, Alice’s twenty first studio album sees him unite with producer Bob Ezrin in Detroit with their Detroit buddies to report ‘Detroit Tales’ and have fun the Golden Period of Detroit rock. Judging by the upbeat and decidedly pop-tinged ‘Our Love Will Change The World’ – a observe Alice says is “one of many oddest songs I’ve ever completed” – count on one or two musical curveballs on ‘Detroit Tales’.
Foo Fighters – ‘Drugs at Midnight’
Foo Fighters are primed launch their tenth studio album ‘Drugs at Midnight’ on Friday fifth February 2021. Clocking in at simply 37 minutes, the report is the simply shortest of Foo Fighters’ distinguished quarter-of-a-century profession, nonetheless if Planet Rock A-listed single ‘Disgrace Disgrace’ is something to go by, ‘Drugs at Midnight’ will likely be oozing high quality all through these 9 succinct tracks. Anticipate all killer and completely no filler.
The Fairly Reckless – ‘Dying By Rock and Roll’
Taylor Momsen and co. have confirmed their fourth studio album ‘Dying By Rock and Roll’ will arrive on Friday twelfth February 2021. Penned by Taylor and lead guitarist Ben Phillips, the 12-track album boasts the Planet Rock playlisted lead single; the intensely autobiographical rock blockbuster ’25’. With its sweeping orchestral strings, powerhouse vocals from Taylor and ominous piano plonks, musically ’25’ sounds prefer it could possibly be a James Bond theme tune. Hopefully the remainder of the album is equally epic.
Mason Hill – ‘Towards The Wall’
The fresh-faced Scottish rockers’ long-gestating debut album lastly sees the sunshine of day on Friday fifth March 2021. Recorded in Glasgow and New York with Chris Sheldon (Biffy Clyro, The Foo Fighters) on mixing duties, the album boasts the singles ‘Discover My Approach’ and the Planet Rock playlisted ‘Towards The Wall’, and singer Scott Taylor could not be extra enthusiastic about its launch. He enthuses: “Our debut album Towards The Wall is the fruits of 5 years of literal blood, sweat, tears and all the things in between! The entire course of has been beset by about all the things identified to man however we have lastly prevailed and could not be happier.”
Greta Van Fleet – ‘The Battle at Backyard’s Gate’
Launched on Friday sixteenth April 2021, ‘The Battle at Backyard’s Gate’ is the eagerly awaited follow-up to The Frankenmuth rockers’ October 2018 debut album ‘Anthem of The Peaceable Military’. Helmed by Foo Fighters producer Greg Kurstin, the sprawling seven-minute single ‘Age of Machine’ served as a pleasant aperitif for the album which Greta Van Fleet have vowed is “dynamic”, “reflective of the world” and filled with lyrics “telling historical tales with a up to date utility.” Intriguing stuff.
Saxon – ‘Inspirations’
NWOBHM torchbearers Saxon will unleash their inaugural covers report and twenty third studio album in whole, ‘Inspirations’, on Friday nineteenth March 2021. Recorded within the grand environment of Brockfield Corridor close to York, because the title suggests, ‘Inspirations’ options 11 songs that impressed Saxon and moulded them into the band they’re right this moment. Seminal anthems given a singular Saxon twist embody The Rolling Stones’ ‘Paint It Black’, Skinny Lizzy’s ‘The Rocker’, ‘Motörhead’s ‘Bomber’, AC/DC’s ‘Downside Baby’, Black Sabbath’s ‘Evil Girl’, Deep Purple’s ‘Velocity King’ and Led Zeppelin’s ‘Immigrant Music’.
Thunder – ‘All of the Proper Noises’
British exhausting rock heroes Thunder will launch their thirteenth studio album ‘All The Proper Noises’ on Friday twelfth March 2021. That includes the Brexit-bashing towering lead single ‘Final One Out Flip Off The Lights’, ‘All of the Proper Noises’ is described as “a return to the full-throttle sound” of Thunder. Accomplished in March 2020 however placed on the backburner because of the coronavirus pandemic, guitarist Luke Morley says of ‘All of the Proper Noises’: “All of the songs have been written and recorded pre-COVID. However it’s attention-grabbing how should you have a look at a few of the tracks by the prism of COVID they nonetheless make a number of sense.”
Ricky Warwick – ‘When Life Was Onerous And Quick’
Skinny Lizzy and Black Star Riders vocalist Ricky Warwick has drafted in big-name particular company Andy Taylor (Duran Duran and Energy Station) Luke Morley (Thunder), Joe Elliott (Def Leppard), Dizzy Reed (Weapons n Roses) to look on his fifth studio album ‘When Life Was Onerous And Quick’. Launched on Friday nineteenth February 2021, Ricky says of the 11-track report: “I needed to create an album that had the simplistic melodies of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers charged with the electrical hedonistic fury of Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers. Recording the album as reside as doable with a full band was requisite to reaching the specified impact”.
Myles Kennedy – TBA
Alter Bridge frontman Myles Kennedy introduced in September that his second solo album was “within the can.” Myles’ 2018 debut ‘Yr of the Tiger’ – an idea album concerning the lack of his father when he was a baby – was stripped again, emotionally uncooked and extra acoustic based mostly, nonetheless Myles has promised that this report is heavier and comprises “much more electrical guitar”. Recorded over seven months throughout lockdown, Myles says the album has been very a lot formed by “the loopy instances we’re dwelling in.”
The Lifeless Daisies – ‘Holy Floor’
With Glenn Hughes recruited to their ranks on lead vocals and bass duties in 2019 rather than the departing John Corabi and Marco Mendoza, the most recent incarnation of The Lifeless Daisies launch album no.5 ‘Holy Floor’ on Friday twenty second January 2021. Recorded at La Fabrique Studio within the South of France alongside producer Ben Grosse, The Lifeless Daisies have already unleashed three taster songs – ‘Unstated’, ‘Bustle and Circulation’ and the thunderous ‘Holy Floor (Shake The Reminiscence)’ – and the omens look excellent certainly for an additional excellent report.
Mammoth WVH – TBA
Wolfgang Van Halen will launch his debut album below his solo band moniker Mammoth WVH in 2021. Identical to Dave Grohl on Foo Fighters’ debut album, the report is about to be a one-man tour-de-force with Wolfgang taking part in each instrument and singing each notice. The primary taster for the report, ‘Distance’, was launched in November and it is an intensely private tribute to Wolfgang’s late dad Eddie Van Halen, written when the guitar legend was battling most cancers. A very elegant and extremely poignant observe that gives a tantalising glimpse of what is to return on Wolfgang’s full album.
Arc of Life – ‘Arc of Life’
Arc of Life is a contemporary progressive rock supergroup centring on a trio of members from the present YES line-up – vocalist/guitarist Jon Davison, bassist/vocalist Billy Sherwood, and extra drummer Jay Schellen – along with Dave Kerzner (Sound of Contact) on keyboards, and Jimmy Haun on guitar. The band’s self-titled debut album will likely be launched on Friday twelfth February 2021 and it is billed as ‘artistic, difficult, and ear-pleasing progressive rock music that pushes boundaries.’ Billy Sherwood describes the music as, “attention-grabbing, with well-crafted songs, carried out with precision and beauty. All songs function memorable melodies and lyrics that take the listener on a sonic journey. Dynamic preparations with peaks and valleys… it is all there.”
Purple Sizzling Chili Peppers – TBA
In an interview with Australia’s Double J radio in October 2020, returning guitarist John Frusciante confirmed Purple Sizzling Chili Peppers are gearing as much as report a brand new album. Commenting on the band’s 2020 actions, Frusciante mentioned: “We have been rehearsing for a pair months, after which the quarantine began, after which we stopped rehearsing for a pair months, after which we went again to rehearsing. We’re shifting forward with what we’re doing, we’re writing new music.” Fingers crossed the report lands in 2021!
Magnum – ‘Dance of the Black Tattoo’
Not like Magnum’s 2017 compilation album ‘The Valley Of Tears – The Ballads’, ‘Dance of the Black Tattoo’ showcases the heavier facet of the band’s musical soundscape. The 14-track assortment options reside rarities and beforehand unreleased radio edits which have been meticulously remastered utilizing state-of-the-art know-how to create a cohesive and deliciously heavy album. Guitarist and songwriter Tony Clarkin explains: “There have at all times been two points to Magnum: a barely extra tender and lyrical aspect, however at first in fact our highly effective, rocking facet. And that is the aspect that Dance Of The Black Tattoo paperwork impressively.” ‘Dance of the Black Tattoo’ is launched on Friday eighth January 2021.
Uriah Heep – TBA
In a July 2020 interview with Sea of Tranquillity, Uriah Heep guitarist and sole fixed member Mick Field mentioned the band deliberate to hit the studio in early 2021 to begin work on their twenty fifth studio album. “I feel we’re planning to go (into the studio) in February. Pre-production in January, recording in February. The discharge is all right down to the report firm, I’ve gotta be sincere. We by no means get a shout on that. They at all times appear to have some motive to launch it presently, that point, no matter time, however the excellent news is there will likely be a brand new album, and it will likely be launched, which is nice.” Uriah Heep’s final album ‘Dwelling the Dream’ was launched in September 2018.
Ken Hensley – ‘My Guide of Solutions’
Former Uriah Heep multi-instrumentalist Ken Hensley accomplished work on his distinctive new album ‘My Guide of Solutions’ shortly earlier than his premature dying on 4th November. Launched on Friday fifth March 2021, ‘My Guide of Solutions’ was born out of an opportunity assembly at an airport with fan and poet Vladimir Emelin in 2018 and options Ken’s music written round Vladimir’s poems. Talking earlier than his passing, Ken mentioned of the report: “It has been fascinating since day one! It is considerably miraculous the way it all got here collectively and the way it’s continued to develop and develop, even by the (Covid-19) disaster, to the place it is at right this moment.”
KK’s Priest – TBA
KK Downing’s new band KK’s Priest, which options fellow ex-Judas Priest stars Tim “Ripper” Owens and Les Binks, introduced their formation in February and vowed to launch an album through Explorer1 Music Group. Regardless of the coronavirus pandemic, the band have been working “full steam forward” on the report and it is already sounding “unbelievable.” Tim “Ripper” Owens confirmed in September the album was within the mixing stage, so it is extremely seemingly it should land in 2021.
Rob Zombie – ‘The Lunar Injection Kool Support Eclipse Conspiracy’
The follow-up to 2016’s ‘The Electrical Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser’, Rob Zombie will launch one other brilliantly titled album ‘The Lunar Injection Kool Support Eclipse Conspiracy’ on Friday twelfth March 2021. The lengthy participant options 17 tracks which are quintessential Rob Zombie to the core together with the caustic and correct horrorshow lead single ‘The Triumph of King Freak (A Crypt of Preservation and Superstition)’. Undoubtedly not for the fainthearted.
Steve Lukather ‘I Discovered The Solar Once more’
Toto guitarist Steve Lukather and vocalist Joseph Williams are releasing their respective solo albums ‘I Discovered The Solar Once more’ and ‘Denizen Tenant’ in tandem on Friday twenty sixth February 2021. Though they’re standalone releases, every band mate has made important contributions to the opposite’s albums and the information come full with related paintings. An attention-grabbing idea!
Joseph Williams ‘Denizen Tenant’
And here is the paintings to the Joseph Williams’ ‘Denizen Tenant’, launched on twenty sixth February 2021.
Marillion – TBA
Marillion have been exhausting at work on the follow-up to 2016’s ‘FEAR’ all through 2020. Bassist Pete Trewavas says the report is sounding “very constructive”, whereas guitarist Steve Rothery claims the fabric is “numerous when it comes to the types.” Vocalist Steve ‘H” Hogarth instructed followers in December that the lyrics aren’t as “offended” as ‘FEAR’, however the report has been formed by 2020: “I did set out intentionally to attempt to not write something concerning the pandemic or about what it is completed to all of us as a result of I simply figured that each different artist on Earth is doing that now. By the point we get this report out, even when it is not the very last thing anybody desires to listen to now, it actually will likely be by the point we get this album out, so I used to be avoiding it in any respect prices. Having mentioned that, I discovered it crept in; I simply could not cease it. I am writing about how I really feel, what I see on the planet – which is what I’ve at all times written about – so I discovered it creeping in towards my will so there will likely be references in it, however I feel you may must search for them. To make an sincere assertion in 2020 about something with out it creeping in can be dishonest as a result of it is at the back of all of our minds.”
Adrian Smith & Richie Kotzen – TBA
Musical kindred spirits and shut pals, Iron Maiden axeman Adrian and Vineyard Canine star Richie Kotzen, premiered their debut single ‘Taking My Possibilities’ on Breakfast with Paul Anthony on Planet Rock on tenth December and it did not disappoint. A two-pronged riff behemoth, ‘Taking My Possibilities’ is the primary attractive musical morsel from the challenge and there is extra information to return from the pair in 2021 – hopefully within the form of a full-length studio album.
Michael Schenker Group – ‘Immortal’
German guitar hero Michael Schenker will launch his newest MSG album ‘Immortal’ on Friday twenty ninth January 2021 as a part of his fiftieth anniversary celebrations as a musician. Alongside his core band, as soon as once more Schenker has drafted in an array of company for the album together with essential vocalist Ronnie Romero, Joe Lynn Turner (who sings on two tracks), and Derek Sherinian on keys on ‘Drilled To Kill’. The album was recorded at Kidroom Studio in Germany, with Michael’s long-time accomplice Michael Voss co-producing and singing on two songs.
Wayward Sons – TBA
Led by former Little Angels and Gun frontman and present Planet Rock presenter Toby Jepson, Wayward Sons are presently exhausting at work on their third studio album which they’re planning to launch in 2021. Wayward Sons not too long ago premiered their exhausting rocking and thematically weighty new single ‘Even Up The Rating’ and in the event that they sustain the ante, we’re in for a deal with when the album lands subsequent 12 months.
Sammy Hagar and the Circle – ‘Lockdown 2020’
All through quarantine on this stinker of a 12 months, Sammy Hagar, Michael Anthony, Vic Johnson and Jason Bonham have been maintaining followers entertained by a sharing a sequence on digital covers of rock classics on YouTube together with The Who’s ‘Will not Get Fooled Once more’, David Bowie’s ‘Heroes’ and a stonking rendition of AC/DC’s ‘Entire Lotta Rosie’. The 11-track assortment of remotely recorded songs, aptly entitled ‘Lockdown 2020’, is being launched on eighth January 2021 with a portion of proceeds going to meals banks throughout America.
Slash ft. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators – TBA
In October 2020, Slash ft. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators bassist Todd Kerns broke the extraordinarily welcome information that the follow-up to ‘Dwelling The Dream’ will likely be arriving in 2021. He wrote on Instagram: “Numerous new music coming. New @officialalterbridge coming subsequent month (Stroll The Sky 2.0 EP). A brand new @officialmyleskennedy solo album in 2021 plus SMKC4 (Slash ft. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators album no.4).” He added: “I do know 2020 has been past difficult however 2021 goes to superior finally. No less than there will likely be a ton of latest music.”
Mick Fleetwood & Pals – ‘Mick Fleetwood & Pals Rejoice the Music of Peter Inexperienced & The Early Years of Fleetwood Mac’
Launched on Friday thirtieth April 2021, the snappily titled reside album immortalises the Mick Fleetwood helmed Peter Inexperienced tribute live performance at London Palladium in February 2020. That includes visitor performances from Billy Gibbons (ZZ High), David Gilmour (Pink Floyd), Kirk Hammett (Metallica), Steven Tyler (Aerosmith), and Christine McVie (Fleetwood Mac) to call however a number of, the album in fact takes on additional gravitas and poignancy following the unhappy dying of Peter Inexperienced in July aged 73.
Megadeth – TBA
Megadeth have been doing a wonderful job at constructing hype round their as-yet-untitled sixteenth studio album. First up, frontman Dave Mustaine hailed it as amongst his High 5 finest Megadeth albums ever, then bassist David Ellefson mentioned it sees them “broaden” their musical horizons and take a look at “various things.” In August drummer Dirk Verbeuren confirmed the “foundations” for the album are full and it sees them traverse heavy musical realms. He mentioned: “It is gonna be a thrash album, it is gonna be a steel album. It is heavy – there’s a number of heavy stuff.” 5 years on from ‘Dystopia’, the brand new report cannot come quickly sufficient.
Metallica – TBA
In November, Lars Ulrich revealed that Metallica had commenced work on their eleventh studio album. “We’re three, 4 weeks into some fairly critical writing,” Lars instructed Rolling Stone. “And of all of the s— — pandemics, fires, politics, race issues, and simply f—ing wanting on the state of the world — it is really easy simply to so fall right into a depressive state. However writing at all times makes me really feel keen about what’s subsequent. It is like, ‘F—, there’s a possibility right here to nonetheless make the most effective report, to nonetheless make a distinction. To nonetheless do one thing that not even turns different individuals on however turns me on.” Whether or not the follow-up to 2016’s ‘Hardwired… to Self-Destruct’ sees the sunshine of day in 2021 stays to be seen, nonetheless we reside in hope.
Ghost – TBA
Ghost chief Tobias Forge (aka Papa Emeritus IV) introduced in October that the Swedish band’s follow-up to June 2018’s ‘Prequelle’ ought to arrive after summer time 2021. “The plan now could be for me to be right here (within the studio) writing for an additional two months till Christmas,” Forge instructed Swedish Rock Journal. “The concept is for the album to be recorded in January. The precise recording will final round six weeks after which there’s two to a few weeks of blending and mastering. So someday in March the report must be completed, nevertheless it will not be launched till after the summer time.”
Epica – ‘Omega’
Dutch symphonic metallers Epica launch their new studio album ‘Omega’ on Friday twenty sixth February 2021. The band’s first studio album in 5 years, ‘Omega’ boasts 12 tracks together with the anthemic lead single ‘Abyss of Time’ (which has clocked up 1.7million YouTube views and counting) and the 13-minute epic ‘Kingdom of Heaven, Half 3 – The Antediluvian Universe.’
Stone Damaged – ‘Revelation’
Walsall rockers Stone Damaged are primed to launch their third studio album – tentatively titled ‘Revelation’ – in 2021 to assist their in depth Revelation Tour throughout the UK. Little or no is understood concerning the album but when they sustain the ante from their good 2016 debut ‘All In Time’ and 2018 follow-up ‘Ain’t All the time Straightforward’, then it will likely be one other rock tour-de-force from the quartet.
Rammstein – TBA
With their mind-blowing stadium tour postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic, German industrial steel titans Rammstein hit La Fabrique Studios in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, France within the autumn to work on new materials. Sharing images of themselves exhausting at work, Rammstein wrote on Instagram: “Sadly no tour this 12 months – nevertheless it’s nice to be again within the studio!” If it is certainly a brand new album Rammstein are engaged on, let’s hope the wait is considerably lower than the last decade hole between 2009’s ‘Liebe ist für alle da’ and 2019’s ‘untitled.’
Iron Maiden – TBA
In a video message to followers in October, Iron Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson confirmed he and Steve Harris have been writing new materials and doing bits of labor within the studio. “A number of issues have not occurred this 12 months, that is blindingly apparent,” Bruce mentioned. “Nonetheless, we do have plans. Within the meantime, what are we doing? Nicely, we’re doing bits of writing. I am speaking to Steve (Harris). We have been working collectively just a little bit within the studio. On what, I am unable to inform you, ‘trigger they’d must kill me.” In 2021 it will likely be six years because the launch of ‘The Guide of Souls’ – the longest Iron Maiden followers have needed to await a brand new album within the band’s legendary historical past.
Royal Blood – TBA
Esteemed British rock duo Royal Blood – aka Mike Kerr and Ben Thatcher – will launch their third album in 2021. The follow-up to June 2017’s ‘How Did We Get So Darkish?’ is self-produced and it was recorded The Church and Sleeper Sounds in London. October’s lead single ‘Bother’s Coming’ noticed Ben and Mike fuse their trademark cacophonous rock din with nearly Daft Punk-esque digital sounds. Whether or not this observe indicators a extra experimental musical palette on album no.3 stays to be seen.
Scorpions – TBA
The German heavy steel legends have been engaged on their nineteenth studio album for a while now, and in October drummer Mikkey Dee revealed they’d a minimum of 25 tracks written for doable inclusion. “We’re making an excellent report. We report all the things reside collectively, and it is coming alongside very nice,” Mikkey instructed The MetalSucks Podcast. “We’re simply to start with of the particular recordings, as a result of it is various manufacturing, demoing, doing the writing. I feel we have now over 25 songs, and that is gonna be right down to 12. And that is all nice. And I am unable to wait to proceed smacking the drums on that report.” The album will likely be Mikkey’s first full-length launch with Scorpions.
Transatlantic – ‘The Absolute Universe’
The progressive rock supergroup consisting of Neal Morse (ex-Spock’s Beard), Roine Stolt (Kaipa, The Flower Kings), Pete Trewavas (Marillion, Edison’s Youngsters) and Mike Portnoy (Sons of Apollo, ex-Dream Theater) will launch their fifth album ‘The Absolute Universe’ on the fifth February 2021. Boldly billed as a “magnum opus” and “epic” by Portnoy, the formidable album is being launched in two variations: a 60-minute abridged version and a sprawling 90-minute prolonged version.
Ozzy Osbourne – TBA
Sizzling on the heels of February 2020’s ‘Extraordinary Man’ – his first report in a decade – Ozzy Osbourne has already commenced work on his subsequent album. Sharon instructed Steve-O’s ‘Wild Trip!’ podcast in July: “(Ozzy) is beginning his second album with (‘Extraordinary Man’ producer) Andrew Watt proper now. And you may’t cease him. He is doing it.” In a Reddit AMA session again in February, Ozzy first revealed his plans to make one other album, saying: “I’m making one other album as a result of whereas I am unable to tour, I could make music. What I discovered from Extraordinary Man, it obtained the juices flowing once more. Individuals say they write the most effective songs once they’re sad, and I used to be sad final 12 months.”
Inglorious – ‘We Will Trip’
Inglorious’ fourth studio album is their first to function lead guitarist Danny Dela Cruz, guitarist Dan Stevens and bassist Vinnie Colla who joined the band simply earlier than the discharge of ‘Trip To Nowhere’ in early 2019. Judging by the rousing lead single ‘She Will not Let You Go’, we’ll be on acquainted basic rock territory on ‘We Will Trip’ with loads of virtuoso guitar taking part in from the boyish Danny Dela Cruz and powerhouse vocals from Nathan James.
Joe Bonamassa – TBA
Showing on My Planet Rocks in November, Joe Bonamassa revealed his plans to begin work on this fifteenth studio album in 2021. “We’re going to do a brand new album – a brand new studio album – in March of subsequent 12 months in New York Metropolis,” he instructed Wyatt. Joe Bonamassa’s tribute to his British blues heroes, ‘Royal Tea’, solely got here out in October, nonetheless with Bonamassa being one in all most prolific musicians on the rock scene, we would not guess towards the album being launched in 2021.
Evanescence – ‘The Bitter Reality’
Evanescence’s first album of authentic music in a decade The Bitter Reality, will likely be launched on Friday twenty sixth March 2021. To this point this 12 months, Evanescence has launched three singles from The Bitter Reality – ‘Wasted on You’, ‘The Recreation is Over’ and ‘Use My Voice’ – the latter of which options Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale, Inside Temptation’s Sharon den Adel, The Fairly Reckless’ Taylor Momsen and lots of extra.