NEW ALBUMS OUT IN 2021!

Whether a band are releasing their first album or their tenth, 2021 will be packed full of record drops that will form the backbone of the musical calendar. We’ve picked out a host of albums that we can expect to see over the next 12 months.

Along with firmly established favourites like Architects and Rob Zombie who are dropping their upcoming releases early in the year, there’s also some other heavily expected records, and a few that are hinted at with recent activity and interviews thrown in here too.

Take a look below to see who our writers are predicting will be releasing some of the biggest and best records of 2021.


A DAY TO REMEMBER

‘You’re Welcome’
(Fueled By Ramen)

RELEASE DATE: March 5th

It’s been pushed back multiple times, but it’s looking like A Day To Remember fans won’t have to wait too much longer to finally hear ‘You’re Welcome’. After spending six years as an independent band, this album will mark their first release on major label Fueled By Ramen.

They’ve dropped four songs so far to whet our appetites, and it’s sounding like this album could potentially be quite a departure from their previous work (we dig the synths on ‘Resentment’). [LC]


ARCHITECTS

‘For Those That Wish To Exist’
(Epitaph Records)

RELEASE DATE: February 26th

Architects‘ last record ‘Holy Hell’ saw them conquer the world in a previously unimaginable way and play the size of venues that this band was always meant for. Now, with their upcoming ninth studio record, ‘For Those That Wish To Exist’, they’re seemingly ready to throw a huge curveball at their fans, already splitting opinions on the new direction of its singles thus far.

‘For Those That Wish To Exist’ is without a doubt going to sound huge, if debut single ‘Animals’ is anything to go by, as well as the confirmed features of huge names such as Parkway Drive‘s Winston McCall. The new Architects chapter is upon us, get ready. [TH]


BLEEDING THROUGH

‘TBC’
(SharpTone Records)

RELEASE DATE: TBC

Bleeding Through have been around since baggy trousers and black wristbands were a fashion statement. They rose aside such bands as Eighteen Visions and Throwdown, but they managed to set themselves apart and conquer with ‘This Love, This Is Murderous’, which matched ferocious metalcore with operatic black metal for the first time in 2003.

After a disbandment in 2014, they launched back into being with a new release in 2018, ‘Love Will Kill All’, maintaining their core sound but ratchets up the production to the modern levels to hit even harder. They’ve confirmed they’re working on something new for 2021, and we can’t wait. [RC]


THE CALLOUS DAOBOYS

‘TBC’
(Modern Static Records)

RELEASE DATE: TBC

Discordant, frenetic metalcore is in healthy supply at the moment, but if you linger for The Dillinger Escape Plan and The Chariot‘s sonic battering around the head, then let The Callous Daoboys take you under their wing. Now upgraded to a seven-piece and signing to Modern Static following 2019’s chaotic and strange ‘Die On Mars’, their second album is expected to land next year. It’s best to expect the unexpected with this one. [CZ]


CHAPEL

‘TBC’
(Rise Records)

RELEASE DATE: TBC

We’’e included Chapel in this list for the past two years in the hope that the following year will see the charismatic synth-pop duo return with their elusive, always-just-out-of-reach debut album. As you’ve probably already guessed by reading this, we’re still waiting oh so patiently for that juicy, juicy record.

That said, the band have promised that more new music is coming soon, and after starving us with just two singles in two years (‘Friends’ and ‘Mushy Gushy’), the follow-up to the hangover curing ‘Sunday Brunch’ EP looks to be lurking just around the corner. Stick some eggs in the pan and get ready to dance, 2021 is Chapel‘s party and you’re welcome to crash it. [CZ]


CHELSEA GRIN

‘TBC’
(Rise Records)

RELEASE DATE: TBC

With Tom Barber (ex-Lorna Shore) taking up vocal duties following Alex Koehler‘s departure, 2018’s ‘Eternal Nightmare’ showcased a new sense of life and vibrance in Chelsea Grin, delivering one of their strongest records to date. It also brought them up from what could’ve been a dire situation for the band’s future, instead catapulting them to the front of the deathcore pack.

Now there’s a follow-up in the works, and if recent fresh singles ‘Bleeding Sun’ and ‘Blind Kings’ are anything to go by, they’re going to make ‘Eternal Nightmare’ sound like the latest Disney soundtrack. [ZR]


COHEED & CAMBRIA

‘TBC’
(Roadrunner Records)

RELEASE DATE: TBC

The next chapter in Coheed & Cambria‘s ‘Vaxis’ storyline was created over a year ago, but has now taken on a bit of an ironic, yet sour, taste with the recent developments in our reality. The first song finished for the sequel of this world was titled ‘Hallelujah Quarantine’ and revolves around a criminal organisation called The Liar’s Club‘s using something called The Quarantine, which travels through space as a place for young people to party and decide their own path when, actually, they’re purely being used as blood banks by the pilots.

There has been no update from frontman Claudio Sanchez after his previous expression of concern about the subject on whether or not the original plot will be kept or not, or when exactly we can expect ‘Vaxis II’ to land, but one thing’s for sure: we can’t wait. [TH]


CONJURER

‘TBC’
(Nuclear Blast Records)

RELEASE DATE: TBC

With the way that they perfected many sub-genres of metal to a terrifying degree on their stunning debut album, ‘Mire’, expectations will certainly be high for the Rugby metallers’ second studio album, which is believed to be in the works and very near completion at the time of writing. Be sure for the anticipation to be at fever pitch within the metal world when this drops. [CZ]


DAUGHTERS

‘TBC’
(Ipecac Recordings)

RELEASE DATE: TBC

Daughters‘ 2018 album, ‘You Won’t Get What You Want’, was a phenomenal success. Appearing on numerous critics’ end of year lists and winning the band swathes of new fans, it breathed new life into a group that many thought had been consigned to the bin of oddball musical history.

Despite the eight year wait between Daughters‘ previous two albums, the band are already back in the studio recording the follow-up to ‘You Won’t Get What You Want’, and if it’s even half as audacious, intense, and sharply-produced as its predecessor, it’s sure to be a knockout. [TM]


DECAPITATED

‘TBC’
(Nuclear Blast Records)

RELEASE DATE: TBC

Poland’s Decapitated have been at it since 1996, truly becoming one of the most established and prolific names in the world of heavy music today. Since 2017’s ‘Anticult’ there’s been a few line-up changes, and coming into 2021 Decapitated present themselves as a trio.

Now they’re back and working hard on its follow-up with the intent to release a new full-length in 2021. No doubt they’re going to provide another slab of pulverising metal to head bang to, so start getting your neck muscles prepared. [RC]


DEVIL SOLD HIS SOUL

‘Loss’
(Nuclear Blast Records)

RELEASE DATE: April 9th

The last few years for Devil Sold His Soul, one of the UK’s more underrated post-metal outfits, has proven to be a little sparse, at least in terms of new material. Following the return of original vocalist Ed Gibbs in 2017 (initially to celebrate the tenth anniversary of their debut ‘A Fragile Hope’), his return has become permanent with plans to proceed with a dual vocal attack with his replacement, Paul Green (also of The Arusha Accord).

After a few years of writing, fine-tuning their new formation, and also the obvious setback of COVID-19, the sextet are now prepared to take on 2021 with their first record in over eight years. This, coupled with a new partnering with Nuclear Blast Records, will undoubtedly see Devil Sold His Soul prepped to take on this new decade for themselves. [ZR]


THE DIRTY NIL

‘Fuck Art’
(Dine Alone Records)

RELEASE DATE: January 1st

As 2020 will surely be remembered as a strange and miserable year to say the least, what better way to see us into 2021 with a new album from The Dirty Nil dropping on New Years Day? The Ontario three-piece have built up a healthy cult following over the years with their high-energy, no-nonsense rock ‘n’ roll that excels in both songwriting and swagger. The band’s third album couldn’t have been timed any better, and both its title and its singles suggest another hell-raising affair. [CZ]


DON BROCO

‘TBC’
(SharpTone Records)

RELEASE DATE: TBC

Bedford’s Don Broco have been hard to miss over the past few years. The band’s third studio album, ‘Technology’, released at the start of 2018, faced huge critical praise for its broad creativity. Using this year’s downtime to write and head back into the studio, they’re currently recording its follow-up.

Little is yet known about the upcoming album, however, the band have shared some studio insights with fans that suggest one track may be titled ‘Eggy White’, such a peculiar name would only lead us to believe that this record will build on the wacky and brilliant nature of its predecessor. Don Broco have also been confirmed as a co-headliner for Slam Dunk Festival (carried over from the postponed 2020 event) where hopefully we will hear some new material. [TP]


EVERY TIME I DIE

‘TBC’
(Epitaph Records)

RELEASE DATE: TBC

The Buffalo big boys were set to return in 2020 with their ninth studio effort, yet it was sadly not to be. In fact, they even revealed that they intended to release it on September 18th 2020, meaning it’s all complete and ready to go, but they’re planning to hold onto it until touring becomes a much more realistic possibility.

With no revised release date currently pencilled in, we’re still uncertain as to when we’ll hear the whole thing, but they have dripped out a few singles in the meantime (‘A Colossal Wreck’, ‘Desperate Pleasures’, ‘AWOL’), which, as expected, are absolute rippers. This combined with the band’s pretty much flawless track record, the wait will surely be more than worth it. [TM]


FEVER 333

‘TBC’
(Roadrunner Records/333 Wreckords Crew)

RELEASE DATE: TBC

‘Made An America’ EP in 2018, ‘Strength In Numb333rs’ full-length record in 2019, ‘Wrong Generation’ EP in 2020, and now another record to be released in 2021. Fever 333 have no way of slowing down, and, if anything, have been stirred on for more by this past year full of uncertainty. With a schedule this tight, it’d be easy for the band to dip down in quality, but every song bites back more powerful than the one before.

Despite the band not having outlined any details about this new record, or when it’s supposed to drop in the next year, Fever 333 have teased on Instagram stories little snippets of new material and are getting ready to take over the world. There’s a fever coming. [TH]


FOO FIGHTERS

‘Medicine At Midnight’
(Roswell Records/Columbia Records)

RELEASE DATE: February 5th

Rock behemoths Foo Fighters unveiled their brand new single ‘Shame Shame’ at Studio 8H at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York City on a November edition of Saturday Night Live, as they treated the world to the first snippet of their upcoming tenth studio album, ‘Medicine At Midnight’.

Dave Grohl has likened the record to David Bowie‘s ‘Let’s Dance’ and described the album as “fucking weird” and “filled with anthemic, huge, sing-along rock songs”, so it’s anyone’s guess what we will be listening to come February. What we do know is that there will be 9 tracks totalling a swift 37 minutes and that, of course, it will be worth the wait. [MH]


GHOST

‘TBC’
(Loma Vista Recordings)

RELEASE DATE: TBC

Within just the last few years, Ghost have fast become one of the most prominent yet enigmatic names in the world of rock and heavy music. 2018’s ‘Prequelle’ even managed to rake in a Grammy Award nomination, and was notably their strongest selling record to date.

The allure still remains in tact, with most member’s identities being completely shrouded and hidden from public knowledge, and they’ve already confirmed that their next ghoulish offering is in the works. Subject to COVID-19, of course, you can expect a late 2021 release from the Swedish troupe. [ZR]


HOLDING ABSENCE

‘The Greatest Mistake Of My Life’
(SharpTone Records)

RELEASE DATE: April 16th

Welsh four-piece Holding Absence will be releasing the much awaited follow-up to last year’s self-titled debut in April. Entitled ‘The Greatest Mistake Of My Life’, the shoegaze-tinged lead single ‘Beyond Belief’ has a colossal hook that suggests big things to come.

But it might not all be soaring sing-alongs. The band promise that the album will “exercise emotion in many ways”, so, knowing Holding Absence, you’ll want to have the tissues handy. We’re still crying over ‘Marigold’. [LC]


ICE NINE KILLS

‘TBC’
(Fearless Records)

RELEASE DATE: TBC

After many years of hard work and consistent grafting, Ice Nine Kills finally cracked the code of blending horror and metal into the same world seamlessly with their fifth album, ‘The Silver Scream’. The 2018 LP saw homages and tributes to an array of classic horror films, elevating the Boston outfit from consistent up-and-comers to one of the most exciting acts in all of metalcore.

The band have already shared that there’s new music on the horizon, with a new song that was meant to have been released earlier this year, but is being set back until the pandemic settles down a bit. More is also in the works, and as for the direction? Well, frontman Spencer Charnas has said that “there’s an unwritten rule in horror that there has to be a sequel.” That tells us all we need to know. [ZR]


JOB FOR A COWBOY

‘TBC’
(Metal Blade Records)

RELEASE DATE: TBC

2014 saw the unexpected hiatus of the equally maligned and lauded Florida death metal act Job For A Cowboy. Their departure coincided with the release of what is universally regarded as easily their most magnificent work to date, ‘Sun Eater’. The nuanced, technical approach the band took towards their craft elevated them to a place of intense regard amongst the metal community with many considering the work to be one of the best entries in modern American death metal.

Many are, therefore, in rejoice over the fact this year the band officially announced they were reuniting and currently working on a follow-up scheduled for some time in 2021. In a recent interview, frontman Jonny Davy elaborated on the forthcoming project and their desire to not repeat the same album; “We’re floating in this little, slight progressive tech-death thing we’ve evolved into.”

The seven year itch will be scratched with utter force and brutality by this time next year, mark our words. [ZB]


THE MAINE

‘TBC’
(TBC)

RELEASE DATE: TBC

The Maine have kept their cards close to their chest when it comes to their upcoming release, but they have confirmed that a new studio album will be heading our way in 2021. The album title and release date are still unknown, but expectations are already high following 2019’s ‘You Are OK’, the last album from the Arizona five-piece which was well-received from fans and critics alike.

Known for their catchy, high energy pop-rock, we can’t wait to hear more powerhouse anthems from The Maine and, more importantly, we can’t wait to these new tracks (hopefully) brought to life on tour. There’s nothing like seeing charismatic frontman John O’Callaghan command a crowd. [SL]


MASTODON

‘TBC’
(Reprise Records)

RELEASE DATE: TBC

Following up from the sprawling ‘Emperor Of Sand’, Mastodon have recently entered the studio to re-convene after COVID-19 halting their previous pre-production. With drummer Brann Dailor and Bill Kelliher both stating that they have a large amount of material ready for the record, ranging from prog rock to doom metal to sift through, it’s all just a matter of putting it together in the studio.

Whilst the group have always been hard to pin down stylistically, if their contribution to Bill & Ted Face The Music is any indication of the next iteration of the quartet, then a more vocally intrinsic approach looks likely. Regardless of the direction Mastodon choose to take, given their track record, it won’t be a linear progression. [DAT]


NOTHING,NOWHERE.

‘Trauma Factory’
(Fueled By Ramen)

RELEASE DATE: February 19th

Emo rap is a genre that’s become increasingly popular over the past few years, and that’s largely in part due to one of its pioneering forerunners nothing,nowhere. (aka Joe Mulherin). However, lately he’s been experimenting and broadening his sound and spectrum, as evidence on last year’s ‘Bloodlust’ EP alongside Blink-182 drummer, Travis Barker.

The past few months have seen several single drops that are continuing to show nothing,nowhere. exploring his capabilities, and with what we’ve heard so far ‘Trauma Factory’ is shaping to be his strongest and most expansive effort to date. [ZR]


OATHBREAKER

‘TBC’
(Nightwish)

RELEASE DATE: TBC

It’s been four long years since Belgian atmospheric blackgaze troupe Oathbreaker delivered their staggering magnum opus, ‘Rheia’. Combining lush, witchy vocals with hysterical shrieks and cascading walls of blackened, beautiful fury, all bookended by ambient, harsh soundscapes, it found itself onto many an end of year list.

Following increased exposure and a near-consistent touring schedule, things have been relatively quiet as of late; fans left to tide themselves over with the ‘Ease Me’ single released at the beginning of summer, accompanied by four remixes/reinterpretations.

With a date set to appear at ArcTanGent 2021, it looks like a whole new life-cycle could be gestating, with it only being a matter of time before we re-enter the towering depths of gloom and despair the band can conjure like no other. [ZB]


OCEANS ATE ALASKA

‘TBC’
(Fearless Records)

RELEASE DATE: TBC

The tail-end of 2020 has seen Birmingham’s Oceans Ate Alaska returning from the silence with a bit of a line-up shift; frontman Jake Noakes stepped down and original vocalist James Harrison returned to reclaim his role after four years out. Not only that, but they introduced their next chapter with a new single, ‘Metamorph’.

They’ve also confirmed that plenty more will be on the way in 2021, with them currently working on putting together their third album and follow-up to 2017’s Japan influenced ‘Hikari’. We’re expecting big things. [ZR]


PALE WAVES

‘Who Am I?’
(Dirty Hit Records)

RELEASE DATE: February 12th

Once a similar little sibling to label-mates The 1975, Pale Waves are starting to shake off the shackles left by their big brother and make their own waves.

Their debut ‘My Mind Makes Noises’ was a hook-riddled get-goer that may have played it a tad safe, all while still being undeniably charming and a great deal of fun. Now, returning with an early 2000s aesthetic set to rival even the most pristine copy of Avril Lavigne‘s ‘Let Go’, the band are back with their sophomore ‘Who Am I?’, all wrapped up with fresh bangs, baggy jeans, short sleeves over long sleeves and a era-defining new sound. [DJT]


THE PLOT IN YOU

‘TBC’
(Fearless Records)

RELEASE DATE: TBC

Fans of The Plot In You have been waiting patiently for album number five for a while. Following up 2018’s ‘Dispose’, a record that showed the Ohio quartet focusing more on melody and restraint to convey their songs often wracked with sadness, The Plot In You made some great strides and growth.

As for new material, the band showcased a new song called ‘Repay’ live earlier this year at the Fearless At Home live stream festival, with a studio version dropping a few months later. At least half of the new album has been tracked too, and according to vocalist Landon Tewers is “truly unlike anything we’ve ever done.” [ZR]


THE PRETTY RECKLESS

‘Death By Rock And Roll’
(Fearless Records/Century Media Records)

RELEASE DATE: February 12th

Originally due for release during 2020, Taylor Momsen and co. decided to delay the release of their fourth studio album ‘Death By Rock And Roll’ due to the ongoing global pandemic. The highly anticipated record follows on from 2016’s ‘Who You Selling For’ and offers up 12 tracks, some of which feature some pretty big names in the music business. Single ’25’ features Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine) and there’s even a collaboration with Soundgarden‘s Matt Cameron and Kim Thayil.

Speaking of the new album, Momsen has said that it “almost feels like the first record in the sense that we really threw everything that we had at it. I’m just excited for it to be out and have come on this journey with me and see where it took us. I think it took us, in my opinion, to a new level. It’s a new and improved Pretty Reckless”. [SLB]


ROB ZOMBIE

‘The Lunar Injection Kool Aid Eclipse Conspiracy’
(Nuclear Blast Records)

RELEASE DATE: March 12th

With nearly half a decade between releases, Rob Zombie has confirmed that his seventh solo release and debut with Nuclear Blast Records will contain 17 tracks and has been described by Zombie as a career best. With interviews over the past couple of years describing a new approach to writing by guitarist John 5, it’s safe to say the record looks to be one of their most anticipated releases.

With lead single ‘The Triumph Of King Freak’ and its b-side ‘The Serenity Of Witches’ providing a snapshot of the record, album number seven looks to continue to embrace the psychedelic tendencies of previous releases whilst still delivering groove laden riffs aplenty. [DAT]


TIGERS JAW

‘I Won’t Care How You Remember Me’
(Hopeless Records)

RELEASE DATE: March 5th

In 2017, Tigers Jaw unveiled their first full-length following the departure of founding member Adam McIlwee to pursue a solo career as Wicca Phase Springs Eternal. ‘Spin’ sported some excellent singles, but an air of uncertainty seemed to plague the material, throwing up questions of identity that can loom over any line-up shift.

Thankfully, following 2019’s ‘Eyes Shut’ single/EP, the transitional growing pains appear to be resolved, with vocalist/keyboardist Brianna Collins glowing with newfound confidence and a clever refocusing of the spotlight away from Ben Walsh.

Both ‘Cat’s Cradle’ and ‘Lemon Mouth’ sound like a creative rebirth for the band, teeming with sugary melodies and nuanced, intelligent lyricism, likely indicating that ‘I Won’t Care How You Remember Me’ will be the newly founded defining statement Tigers Jaw so clearly need and deserve. [ZB]


UNDEROATH

‘TBC’
(Fearless Records)

RELEASE DATE: TBC

Underoath made a truly welcomed return five years ago, and though their 2018 comeback record ‘Erase Me’ didn’t quite scratch everyone’s itch, it did display the Florida outfit’s willingness to never stagnate whilst still retaining their core identity.

Fast-forward to 2020, and most bands have been stopped almost dead in their tracks whilst the pandemic takes its course. As for Underoath? Well, not only have they shared some cryptic images of them in the studio, but they’ve also been hosting so stellar live streams, adapting to the global crisis and arguably pulling in more money than they would on the road normally. The once scene kings have grown up, but they’ve never been stronger or more versatile, and this promise will no doubt shine through on album number nine. [ZR]


WEEZER

‘Van Weezer’
(Crush Music/Atlantic Records)

RELEASE DATE: May 7th

Pushed back a whole year from its original release date, Weezer‘s upcoming ‘Van Weezer’ album in the vein of KISS, Black Sabbath and, naturally, Van Halen, is nearing mythic status at this point. We’ve since had the initial anthemic lead single, ‘The End Of The Game’, as well as ‘Hero’ and the Bill & Ted Face The Music soundtrack cut, ‘Beginning Of The End’.

All three seem to be clear indicators of frontman Rivers Cuomo‘s own words confirming the new record would see the band distancing themselves from the glossy, electro tinged experimentation found on 2019’s ‘The Black Album’ in favour of something more “‘Blue Album’-ish, but a little more riffy.”

Just a little longer must we wait for another Weezer “big guitars album”, and summer 2021 seems like such an appropriate time. [ZB]


WHILE SHE SLEEPS

‘Sleeps Society’
(Sleeps Brothers)

RELEASE DATE: April 16th

Though While She Sleeps are certainly no strangers to the DIY approach, 2020 saw the band going all in by launching what they are calling ‘Sleeps Society’. It’s a fan-driven community via Patreon, where fans can donate a bit of money in exchange for exclusive perks. Of course, a band crowdfunding isn’t new by any means, but with a community as strong as While She Sleeps‘ it can ascend to another level.

‘Sleeps Society’ also happens to be the name of their forthcoming album and its lead single, and, just like everything that While She Sleeps have done before, it shows that they’re one of the most exhilarating heavy bands that the UK has to offer. [ZR]


WHITECHAPEL

‘TBC’
(Metal Blade Records)

RELEASE DATE: TBC

Since their inception back in 2006, Whitechapel have portrayed themselves as a truly monstrous force to be reckoned with, and one of the biggest and most menacing names in deathcore. However, with 2019’s ‘The Valley’, they happen to show that they’re much more than just that. After dabbling in melody and clean singing here and there in the past, the Tennessee lot hit a home run with it, producing what is certainly their strongest record to date.

So, it’s safe to say that expectations for its follow-up are exceedingly high indeed, and back in September guitarist Alex Wade confirmed that recording had already begun. Expect Whitechapel to return with the goods once again before 2021 is up. [ZR]


YOU ME AT SIX

‘SUCKAPUNCH’
(Underdog Records/AWAL Recordings)

RELEASE DATE: January 15th

When a band returns with a title as brash as ‘SUCKAPUNCH’, it’s fair to expect a bit of bite to their sound. Thankfully, that’s something that pop-rock/alternative rock veterans You Me At Six seem to have in abundance. Just check out the video for their punky lead single, ‘Make Me Feel Alive’.

Their newest effort follows 2018’s ‘VI’ and explores the quintet’s ever long “pursuit of happiness” while facing “pain head on”. For a band who have consistently proven themselves capable of exploring emotions through groovy, snappy pop-rock laden hooks, ‘SUCKAPUNCH’ again promises to be pretty punchy. [DJT]


Written by Stevie-Leigh Blackburn [SLB], Zach Buggy [ZB], Ryan Cherry [RC], Lottie Cook [LC], Mike Heath [MH], Theresa Hofer [TH], Sam Lawrie [SL], Tom Morgan [TM], Tim Peacock [TP], Zach Redrup [ZR], Damon Taylor [DAT], Dylan Tuck [DJT], and Carlos Zelaya [CZ]