What to Expect in New Music for 2021!!

2021 is upon us and it is always fun anticipating what new albums are and will come out in the year. There are quite a few we already know about, but some haven’t been officially announced or even a date set yet.  

Last year, there were a few artist I was hoping would release an album that might have or might not have released one.  It is always fun to hope for new music from these bands, but were disappointments.  Here is who I was hoping for new albums from last year and what actually happened…

  • Def Leppard – We did get the Def Leppard Box Set for The Early Years and the Live Box Set London to Vegas, BUT NOPE!! STILL NOTHING NEW!!
  • KissNOTHING!!
  • Van HalenNO! Sadly, this won’t happen with Eddie’s passing. I am now hoping for archive music.
  • The Winery Dogs NOTHING!! Still keeping my hopes up
  • Guns ‘N RosesNOTHING!!! Rumors, Rumors, Rumors!!
  • Talisman – after getting a song to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the death of Marcel Jacob in 2019… NO ALBUM, we did get more Jeff Scott Soto music though.
  • AC/DC YES!! We got POWER UP and it is awesome!!
  • Motley Crue – I thought with a Big Tour in 2020 with Def Leppard & Poison…is a new album far behind??? NOPE – No Music, No Tour thanks to Covid!!
  • Poison – Same as Motley statement above!!! No Music, No Tour thanks to Covid!!
  • Aldo Nova – He kept talking about a 2CD set, but he never got around to releasing it?? NOPE..still talking. He has released some songs, but still no album!!
  • Matt NathansonNo New Music but we got a Live album and a Christmas album
  • NeedtobreatheYES!!! We got the incredible OUT OF BODY and it was one of their best!!

Okay, are there albums I want to see this year from some of my favorite bands that haven’t been announced or in some cases even rumored?  Of course there are.  These are the bands I want new albums from this year…but it might not happen.

  • Def Leppard – I don’t care if I get new music, but give me The Collection Volume 3 at least!!!
  • Kiss – I will keep this on the list until I die!!
  • The Winery Dogs – Still keeping my hopes up
  • Guns ‘N Roses – Rumors, Rumors, Rumors!!
  • Aldo Nova – He keeps talking about a 2CD set, but will he get around to releasing it??
  • Matt Nathanson – Loved what we got last year, but time for new music!!! I believe he finished recording it, but haven’t heard anything for a long while.

From what I have gathered around the internet, here are the bands that should have new albums out in 2021, but no dates announced yet. The ones I would give a try (and my kids) will be highlighted in Blue.  The ones with Dates Announced are at the bottom of this post.  The list is building up nicely!!

  • Adele
  • Adrian Smith & Richie Kotzen
  • Anthrax
  • Bebe Rexha
  • Belphegor
  • Benjamin Ingrosso
  • Black Swan
  • Bleachers
  • Blind Guardian
  • Boo Seeka
  • Buckcherry
  • Cardi B
  • Cheap Trick
  • Chris Young
  • Damon Johnson
  • Dan + Shay
  • Daughtry – Nothing Last Forever
  • Dirty Honey
  • Doro
  • Drake
  • Dream Theatre
  • Eclipse
  • Eric Church
  • Evanescence – The Bitter Truth
  • Exodus
  • Extreme
  • Flotsam and Jetsam
  • Garbage
  • Ghost
  • Giant
  • Helloween
  • Honeymoon Suite
  • Iced Earth
  • Insania
  • Iron Maiden
  • Jane’s Addiction
  • Jason Aldean
  • Jetset Junkies (A Paul Laine Project)
  • Joe Bonamassa
  • Jon Foreman
  • Journey
  • Kaleo
  • Kanye West
  • Kelly Clarkson
  • Kendrick Lamar
  • Kid Cudi
  • KK’s Priest (KK Downing’s new band)
  • Lana Del Rey
  • Liz Phair
  • Lorde
  • Mammoth WVH
  • Marillion
  • Megadeth
  • Metallica
  • Metal Church
  • Michael Sweet – Reborn (remake)
  • Myles Kennedy
  • Natalie Imbruglia
  • Night Ranger
  • One Republic – Human
  • Overkill
  • Ozzy Osbourne
  • Radiohead?
  • Rammstein
  • Ratt (or a Stephen Pearcy Solo Album???)
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Rhianna
  • Richie Sambora
  • Royal Blood
  • Scorpions
  • Skid Row – United World Rebellion: Chapter Three
  • Slash Feat. Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators
  • Slipknot
  • Soul Station (Paul Stanley Side Project)
  • Spoon
  • Stone Broken – Revalation
  • SunBomb (Michael Sweet / Tracii Guns project)
  • Thomas Rhett
  • Tracis Scott
  • Uriah Heep
  • Vio-lence
  • Wayward Sons
  • Weyes Blood
  • Whitesnake – The Blues Album
  • Winger
  • Zara Larsson
  • Zayn Malik

And that is not all…

Now if you didn’t see a band mentioned above it might be because the release date has already been set.  Here are the albums we already know about. I will highlight my most anticipated in Blue as well.  I will be honest, the year isn’t shaping up to be stellar for me, so I hope there are more to come that I can get excited about.  Happy New Year!!!


  • January 8th
    • 91NHdl52uXL._SX522_  Sammy Hagar & the Circle – Lockdown 2020 – (Mailboat Records)
    • 71iSduxl+OL._SX522_  Passenger – Songs for the Drunk and Broken Hearted – (Nettwerk Music Group)
    • 81HeHzhtObL._SX522_  Magnum – Dance of the Black Tattoo – (Steamhammer)
    • 71gUMZOyYVL._SX522_  Blue Oyster Cult – Live ’83 – (Real Gone Music)
    • 712cBwHbdPL._SX522_  Alta Reign – Mother’s Day – (Rat Pak Records)
    • A14I0LYSA+L._SS500_  Gone is Gone – If Everything Happens for a Reason…Then Nothing Really Matters at All – (Clouds Hill)
    • 91VVxvgubbL._SX522_  Morgan Wallen – Dangerous: The Double Album – (Big Loud Records / Republic)
    • A1wdGlwo1FL._SS500_  Aaron Watson – American Soul – (Big Label Records)
    • 61L+JZrY41L._SX522_  Barry Gibbs – Greenfields: The Gibb Brothers Songbook, Vol. 1 – (Capitol Records)

  • January 15th
    • 71pNn0yz-nL._SS500_  Matthew Sweet – Catspaw – (Matthew Sweet / Omnivore)
    • 91zbU9wcAGL._SX522_  Kurt Vile – Speed, Sound, Lonely KV E.P. – (Matador Records)
    • 711j+e3g05L._SX522_  Accept – Too Mean To Die – (Nuclear Blast)
    • 81tdtqB532L._SX522_  Crack the Sky – Tribes – (Carry On Music)
    • 811hlOb8cTL._SX522_  Voodoo Circle – Locked & Loaded – (AFM Records)
    • 91R8BbIKSQL._SS500_  Bloody Hammers – Songs of Unspeakable Terror – (Napalm Records)
    • 51boRmtiZ5L._SX522_  Sleaford Mods – Spare Ribs – (Rough Trade Records)
    • 91IF0pf0ZZL._SS500_  John Diva & the Rockets of Love – American Amadeus – (Steamhammer)
    • 71NBU743lCL._SS500_  Angie Rose – Unstoppable – (Capitol CMG Label)
    • 81j3UtSN2qL._SX522_  Why Don’t We – The Good Times and the Bad Ones – (Signature Entertainment / Atlantic)

  • January 22nd
    • 81EYWOIiU4L._SX522_  W.E.T. – Retransmission – (Frontiers Records)
    • 510BzuU15xL  The Dead Daisies – Holy Ground – (Universal)
    • 81nmtTLdmIL._SX522_-1  Wig Wam – Never Say Die – (Frontiers Records)
    • 91CQIAba5lL._SX522_  Creye – II – (Frontiers Records)
    • 81hnJ8VUMML._SX522_  Jason Bieler and the Baron Von Bielski Orchestra – Songs for the Apocalypse – (Frontiers Records)
    • 81-KibWUDIL._SX522_  Labyrinth – Welcome to the Absurd Circus – (Frontiers Records)
    • 71KTAomAT4L._SX522_  Phantom Elite – Titanium – (Frontiers Records)
    • 91I1ci6Gq0L._SX522_  Wardruna – Kvitravn – (Norse Music)
    • 71gjXnzD-sL._SX522_  Paradise  Lost – Draconian Times (25th Anniversary) – (SIN / MFN)
    • 8105tt-5fwL._SX522_  Asphyx – Necroceros – (Century Media)
    • 71dmBsTyG+L._SX522_  Therion – Leviathan – (Therion)
    • 71ejXETkivL._SX522_  Moon Taxi – Silver Dream – (12th South Records / BMG)
    • 81YTWLKSLHL._SS500_  Maggie Lindemann – Paranoia – (Swixxzaudio)
    • 91nNm1+v0RL._SX522_  Brian Eno – Film Music 1976-2020 – (Astralwerks)
    • 71-y+0YlrxL._SS500_  Steve Hackett – Under a Mediterranean Sky – (InsideOut Music)
    • 81OAXpOjxXL._SX522_  Rhye – Home – (Loma Vista Recordings / Concord)
    • 31ZzpNN0tOL  Jeremiah Fraites – Piano Piano – (Dualtone Music Group)

  • January 29th
    • 81dhfE+cZwL._SX522_  The Michael Schenker Group – Immortal – (Nuclear Blast)
    • 61-5MDaxnrL._SX522_  Steven Wilson – The Future Bites – (Arts & Crafts Productions)
    • 811mqAKFeTL._SS500_  Lucero – When You Found Me – (Liberty & Lament / Thirty Tigers)
    • 71C7b3gkjmL._SS500_  Soen – Imperial – (Silver Lining)
    • 81YkGVCBDML._SS500_  Tribulation – Where the Gloom Becomes Sound – (Metal Blade Records)
    • 817mBNDqe8L._SX522_  The Dead South – Served Live – (Six Shooter Records)
    • 81T371h8M7L._SX522_  Black Pistol Fire – Look Alive – (Round Hill Music)
    • 51qTm4ERl3L  Langhorne Slim – Strawberry Mansion – (Dualtone Music)
    • A19IOLnFeAL._SS500_  Annisokay – Aurora – (Arising Empire)
    • 81Vz4N1YvBL._SX522_  Ani DiFranco – Revolutionary Love – (Righteous Babe Records)
    • 81XNaOAsR5L._SX522_  Martin Gore – The Third Chimpanzee E.P. – (Grabbing Hands Music)
    • 814KYSHZm1L._SS500_  Lincoln Brewster – Perfect Love – (Integrity Music)
    • A1XyvZN8j-L._SX522_  Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio – I Told You So – (Colemine Records)


  • February 5th
    • 81EmQMCe92L._SX522_  Foo Fighters – Medicine at Midnight – (Roswell Records / RCA)
    • 51Aq-ObuH1L  Todd La Torre – Rejoice in the Suffering – (Rat Pak Records)
    • A1HTEjVs+XL._SX522_   Fleet Foxes – Shore – (Anti)
    • A1F0mwx9rsL._SS500_  Stave – Good Woman – (Atlantic Records / Warner)
    • 71HyZ1IJXdL._SX522_  John Carpenter – Lost Themes III: Alive After Death – (Sacred Bones)
    • 81EXQ4oYOwL._SS500_  Transatlantic – The Absolute Universe: Forevermore – (Inside Out Music)
    • 7174LvDOH5L._SX522_  Dusty Springfield – The Complete Atlantic Singles: 1968-1971 – (Real Gone Music)

  • February 12th
    • 91TFUgrEX9L._SS500_  Rob Zombie – The Lunar Injection Kool Aid Eclipse Conspiracy – (Nuclear Blast)
    • A1ZVtvdzNFL._SX522_  The Pretty Reckless – Death by Rock And Roll – (Fearless Records)
    • 71R8bsymJzL._SX522_  Durbin – The Beast Awakens – (Frontiers Records)
    • 81sHOsok1UL._SS500_  Joel Hoekstra’s 13 – Running Games – (Frontiers Records)
    • 71nQU-zaRiL._SS500_  Black Sabbath – Vol. 4 (2021 Remaster Set) – (Warner Records)
    • 61O0RlWbkzL._SX522_  Dio – Holy Diver Live – (Niji Entertainment / BMG Rights)
    • 71UzHp76UnL._SX522_  Dio – Evil or Divine: Live in New York City – (Niji Entertainment / BMG Rights)
    • 81WYlpErvhL._SX522_  Tommy Bolin – Shake the Devil: The Lost Sessions – (Cleopatra)
    • 71VOvzwKq6L._SX522_  Inglorious – We Will Ride – (Frontiers Records)
    • 81R7TiisVxL._SX522_  Kreek – Kreek – (Frontiers Records)
    • 71oN7G0VUsL._SX522_  Arc of Life – Arc of Life – (Frontiers Records)
    • 817Ue8+vVSL._SX522_  Sirenia – Riddles, Ruins & Revelations – (Napalm Records)
    • 81nLnBcmHxL._SS500_  Pale Waves – Who Am I? – (Dirty Hit)
    • 81BPGpHvJJL._SS500_  Florida Georgia Line – Life Rolls On – (BMLG Records)
    • 61GOPJrAZuL._SS500_   Pentatonix – The Luck Ones – (RCA / Sony)
    • 61H6MiO3vkL._SS500_  Sia – Music: Songs from and inspired by the Motion Picture – (Atlantic / WEA)
    • A16sMVPq32L._SS500_  Love and Death – Perfectly Preserved – (Blind Tiger Entertainment)

  • February 19th
    • 91lyq4eD6LL._SX522_  Ricky Warwick – When Life was Hard & Fast – (Nuclear Blast)
    • 915WwXyNkGL._SX522_  Escape the Fate – Chemical Warfare – (Better Noise Music)
    • 615tzBTS+0L._SX522_  Icon for Hire – Amorphous – (Icon for Hire)
    • 815IKqCXf2L._SX522_  Edie Brickell & New Bohemians – Hunter and the Dog Star – (Shuffle Records / Thirty Tigers)
    • 71ocTC91mrL._SS500_  The Hold Steady – Open Door Policy – (Positive James Marketed / Thirty Tigers)
    • 61obnaylszL._SX522_  Austin Meade – Black Sheep – (Snakefarm Records / Universal)
    • 81oVdCrEMwL._SS500_  Mogwai – As the Love Continues – (Temporary Residence LTD)
    • 71dwQWYayBL._SS500_  Amigo the Devil – Born Against – (Liars Club)

  • February 26th
    • 61yFSK+0uGL._SX522_  Alice Cooper – Detroit Stories – (Edel Germany / Earmusic)
    • 81O1Ja53wxL._AC_UY436_QL65_  Steve Lukather – I Found the Sun Again – (The Players Club)
    • 71GLRgE5KVL._SX522_  Joseph Williams – Denizen Tenant – (The Players Club)
    • 91537f+cduL._SX522_  Melvins – Working with God – (IPECAC Records)
    • 71LfRm5v1fL._SX522_  Willie Nelson – That’s Life – (Sony Music)
    • 71a4nN1RfJL._SS500_  Epica – Omega – (Nuclear Blast)
    • 71CRfiFqE7L._SX522_  Korpse – Insufferable Violence – (Unique Leader)
    • 716w337pQrL._SX522_  Moonspell – Hermitage – (Napalm Records)
    • 812C2DgvlgL._SX522_  Kreator – Under the Guillotine – (Noise Records)
    • 91FcPE0-VmL._SX522_  Bonnie Tyler – The Best is Yet to Come – (Earmusic)
    • 61xfX6C3pSL._SX522_  Julien Baker – Little Oblivions – (Matador)
    • 91VDxJXZo3L._SS500_  Architects – For Those That Wish To Exist – (Epitath)


  • March 5th
    • 81MlD7FdeiL._SS500_  A Day To Remember – You’re Welcome – (Fueled By Ramen / WEA)
    • 91ro7ixGcCL._SX522_  Teenage Fanclub – Endless Arcade – (Merge Records)
    • 91EPEe9ZKNL._SX522_  Mason Hill – Against the Wall – (7hz Productions)
    • 81VzoTXvX-L._SS500_  Brand of Sacrifice – Lifeblood – (Blood Blast Distribution)
    • 91ntTBeAwfL._SX522_  Ken Hensley – My Book of Answers – (Hne)

  • March 12th
    • 61sWUha8uDL._SX522_  Thunder – All The Right Noises – (BMG Rights Mgt)
    • 71x6n6GxQPL._SX522_  Saga – Symmetry – (Earmusic)
    • 71WjypYX42L._SX522_  Sunstorm – Afterlife – (Frontiers Records)
    • 81BkMKCPT1L._SS500_  Ronnie Atkins – One Shot – (Frontiers Records)
    • 71cxSDwWKZL._SX522_  ISSA – Queen of Broken Hearts – (Frontiers Records)
    • 81tU02bALxL._SX522_  Chez Kane – Chez Kane – (Frontiers Records)
    • 71zop3S-bCL._SX522_  Gary Hughes – Decades – (Frontiers Records)
    • 81VuPdUs3hL._SX522_  Gary Hughes – Waterside – (Frontiers Records)
    • 91CYDTAzHIL._SX522_  Heart Healer – The Metal Opera by Magnus Karlsson – (Frontiers Records)
    • 818It+3q3lL._SX522_  Secret Sphere – Lifeblood – (Frontiers Records)
    • 81x4DtCz14L._SX522_  Turbulence – Frontal – (Frontiers Records)
    • A12O0Cbk5RL._SS500_  The Rumjacks – Hestia – (Australian Broadcasting Corp)
    • 51Ewyb7WcLL._SX522_  The Paper Kites – Roses – (Nettwerk Music Group)
    • 817dlzIAz5L._SS500_  Blackmore’s Night – Nature’s Light – (Minstrel Hall Music / Edel)

  • March 19th
    • 91BGhvMisiL._SX522_  Papa Roach – Greatest Hits Vol. 2: The Better Noise Years – (Better Noise Music)
    • 815NYwcJ6lL._SX522_  Saxon – Inspirations – (Milita Guard Music)
    • 719Hwhc1fWL._SX522_  Sting – Duets – (A&M)
    • 71wzToYNkuL._SX522_  Ringo Starr – Zoom In E.P. – (Universal Music)
    • 91P0LYwkKcL._SX522_  Ryan Adams – Wednesdays – (Pax American Records)


  • April 2nd
    • 71+hpgNNg6L._SX522_  The Best of Bond…James Bond – Various Artists – (Capitol Records)
    • 91PGZ+Jw+2L._SX522_  Helloween – Skyfall – (Nuclear Blast)

  • April 9th
    • 81kmeYVm5oL._SX522_  The Fratellis – Half Drunk Under a Full Moon – (Cooking Vinyl Ltd)
    • 817INUDXJhL._SS500_  Primal Fear – I Will Be Gone E.P. – (Nuclear Blast)

  • April 16th
    • download  Greta Van Fleet – The Battle of Garden’s Gate – (Republic Records)

  • April 23rd
    • 71w+LOfrv6L._SS500_  Kaleo – Surface Sounds – (Elektra Records)

  • April 30th
    • 91mbFkl4D6L._SX522_ Del Amitri – Fatal Mistakes – (Cooking Vinyl)
    • 61L1nWNs9JL._SS500_  Amy Sharks – Cry Forever – (Wonderlick Recording / Sony)


  • May 7th
    • 81nvDrWhjkL._SS500_.jpg  Weezer – Van Weezer – (Crush/Atlantic)

35 thoughts on “What to Expect in New Music for 2021!!

  1. Even if they’re just rumors, I’m DOWN for new albums from Metallica, Iron Maiden, and Richie Sambora. Def Leppard releasing a new album in 2021 would be the high point for me if concerts don’t return by then. Omg I forgot James Durbin was planning to release a new album in 2021, thanks for the heads up John! Also the rumors part about Guns N’ Roses reminds me of when Lars Ulrich accidentally referred to them as “Guns N’ Rumors” during an interview LOL!

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    1. That was a good name for GNR. There was a lot of that for Chinese Democracy. I’m looking forward to that Durbin one as well. We will see what albums actually make it out, but if most of them do, we will have a ton of music for 2021.

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      1. True, Chinese Democracy was rumored to be released on a certain date, then it got pushed back etc. That would be nice if those albums are for real! I heard the two tracks Durbin has released so far (Kings Before You and The Prince of Metal). The latter gives me Iron Maiden and Judas Priest vibes. Defintely worth checking out!

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  2. I have Sabbath Vol 4 and Holy Diver Live pre-ordered. Looking forward to the new Greta Van Fleet and Alice Cooper. That new Saxon sounds like it will be a covers album which I dig. Good stuff to look forward to already this year!


    1. I don’t remember seeing the new Metallica mentioned on any site, but I might have heard that before. I will have to go add that one. I had no idea about Giant, but another good add. Thanks.


  3. Wow, thanks for doing your homework and putting this together! I’m kinda tired on Aldo yapping and yapping and yapping.
    I’m hoping this thing with Sykes and his music pans out as I want it to be good so Coverdale pukes lol. Not that David would ever admit it.
    Tried the Kotzen/Smith tune and did not do it for some reason.
    By the looks of it lots of tunes so lets hope for the best shall we!
    For the first time in a long time I have zippo on preorder from Amazon! lol
    That may change

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    1. I have the W.E.T. album on order (no surprise as it is Soto). I need to add the Sykes as a rumoured. David would hate it if Sykes has a good album. I haven’t heard the Kotzen yet and now I am no rush.
      Right now I have enough Queen and Priest to listen to for a long while. Listening to Rocka Rolla now and some good songs and not what I expected.

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        1. Me too. It will probably be in February before we get the first review…same with Queen. I am taking a big bite with doing three series at once. Only Kiss will be weekly (and maybe thru June), the other two will not. I gave myself the whole year to get through those.

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  4. Extreme!! Finally, well overdue. I hope for the best on that. A promising 2021, and I would always keep Kiss on that list too. Because hey, ya never know. I don’t think they have much on their calendar as of today.

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      1. Well yesterday’s show is coming on Blu-Ray for those who paid whatever, and vinyl for those who paid $1000…

        I think we will see the Lep this year. We shall see what happens. David Coverdale will have a couple things out that will be nice to have too, we can always count on Coverdale.

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          1. It’s gbvdb.com, on the left of the page it’s broken out by release years, countries, etc. You can also search by band name, wtc. It’s all cross-referenced and giving as much info as possible. It’s an incredible project!

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