It’s safe to say 2012 was a brilliant year for rock music, whether it be the long overdue return of Bob Mould or Frank Turner opening the Olympics. The question on everyone’s lips is this, how is 2013 going to top that? Well, with so many huge bands either confirming or hinting at new releases over the next twelve months, it’s already shaping up to be a great one.
Where better to start than with a band who may well be the biggest rock band in the world right now, especially when they are scheduled to release their long awaited double album Opposites, the follow up to 2009’s Only Revolutions. Fans have been treated to two singles from the album already, namely Black Chandelier and Stingin’ Belle, as well as numerous other tracks from the album making it into their recent live sets. If these tracks are anything to go by then the Kilmarnock trio are about to have their biggest year yet. Opposites is set for release on January 28 and is available to pre-order now.
Merthyr Tydfil’s The Blackout seemingly never stopped touring in 2012, but at some point they found the time to write and record Start The Party, set for release on January 21. The title track from the upcoming album was the first glimpse fans got of the new material, as it was first included in their set at Reading 2012 and then released as a free download following its debut on Zane Lowe’s radio show. With raucous tracks like this one, it seems likely The Blackout will once again prove why they are “The best in town.”
Apart from the odd tweet here or there, A Day To Remember had a fairly quiet 2012 in comparison to the years which came before it. That said, the lead single from upcoming fifth album Common Courtesy was released online at the tail end of the year and it’s sounding massive. In a recent interview with Rock Sound, frontman Jeremy McKinnon revealed the band are currently trying to whittle down the huge amount of material they have for the new album to just 10-12 tracks. There has been no official word as to when fans can expect to get their hands on the new album, but whisperings of a Spring release have been making the rounds.
The last couple of years have not been the most pleasant for Paramore, with the Farro brothers’ departure leading to a lengthy period of silence regarding new material. However, Hayley Williams and co. are finally back and ready to unleash their fourth album on the world in April. No tracks have been released as of yet, but with promises of an album unlike anything the band have released before from producer Justin Meldal-Johnsen, 2013 is shaping up to be a big one for Paramore.
It’s been almost two years since Fever hit the shelves and fans have started to get restless, mainly due to hints that the band’s fourth studio album Temper Temper was due for release last year. Nonetheless, the release date is now set in stone for February 11 so the countdown has begun. Arguably being the biggest modern British metal band means huge things are expected of this album and come February all eyes will be on the Bridgend four-piece to see if they can deliver another masterpiece.
Modestep have seemingly been around for ages, so it will be shocking for some to hear the band are actually yet to release an album. This will soon change though, as the electro-rocker’s debut album Evolution Theory will be released on January 14. When recently asked about the upcoming album, frontman Josh Friend said: “I’m really happy for the fans because I feel like we may have disappointed some of those that have been with us from the start. The fact that we’ve toured the world on four singles is absolutely mind-blowing. So who knows what the album’s gonna hold?”
As alluded to earlier, 2012 was a pretty spectacular year for Frank Turner, touring on the strength of 2011’s England Keep My Bones, as well as casually accepting the task of opening the London 2012 Olympics. So how can he possibly follow that up? Well, it seems certain now that the Wessex boy will be releasing another album in the coming months. There is no title or official release date as of yet, but Frank has said he expects it to be available in “early-2013.” Nice and specific. One thing we can say is the album is unlikely to sound anything like Frank’s hardcore side-project Möngöl Hörde.
Twin Atlantic may not have been involved in the Olympics, but their 2012 was just as impressive, going from strength to strength off the back of 2011’s Free, to the extent that they were asked to remix the title track from the album to accompany daredevil Felix Baumgartner’s record breaking free fall, which resulted in their music being heard by the few people left on the planet who had not been lucky enough to do so previously. No official word has been released as to when a new album can be expected, but fingers crossed for some activity over the next twelve months.
There seems to be a negative stigma attached to Christian rock music, but NEEDTOBREATHE are proof that whatever your beliefs, if you just take the music at face value anyone can fall in love with it. The band seem to have been on an exponential rise since the release of their third studio album The Outsiders, following that up with the brilliant The Reckoning in 2011. Having toured the UK in the latter months of last year, new track Difference Maker became a staple on their set lists. Assuming this is the first track to be penned for a new album, is it too big a stretch to assume a fifth album is on the cards for 2013?
Easily the most controversial band who will release new material this year, Mindless Self Indulgence have been without a new album for far too long. Having set up a Kickstarter page last year asking fans to put up $150,000 to fund the making of the album, it unsurprisingly didn’t take long for the goal to be reached. The account page stated if the goal was reached then the album would hit the shelves on March 13, so assuming the band keep their word, another genre-bending release is only a few short months away.