Aug 3, 2009

Upcoming Albums I'm Stoked For

A rundown of the top 5 rumored upcoming album releases that I think will have a lot of potential. These are artists who have consistently put out good work, and are ranked with 5 being the least of the most excited about, and 1 being the very most excited about.

5) 30 Seconds To Mars, "This Is War". Set to have one of its first singles, "Hurricane" collaborating with my favorite rapper, Kanye West, this sparks a lot of interest in me. I've only heard/own their album A Beautiful Lie, which I'm told was a better album than their first, self titled album. So long as Jared Leto belts out the vocals like he did on A Beautiful Lie, in such tracks like "The Kill" and "Attack" I'll be very satisfied. The release date for this album is October 20, 2009.

4) Dethklok, "The Dethalbum II". A fictional band with a cult following from their cartoon on Adult Swim, Metalocalypse, I bought the first Dethalbum enjoyed it thoroughly, especially the track "Hatredcopter". The band doesn't have much of a track record beyond their previous record to my knowledge, but since it'll just be music from the TV show it'd be hard to imagine them going wrong on this. And what's great is the release date is right around the corner on September 8, 2009.

3) Paramore, "Brand New Eyes". Since hearing "Crushcrushcrush" off of the "Riot" album, and accompanied by "Misery Business" off the same album, I've become a huge fan of Paramore and own their two-album discography. This new album will feature their single "Ignorance" which sounds pretty rocking. In certain versions of this album, depending on where you pick it up, it will also feature the song "Decode" off of the Twilight Soundtrack. You can expect to see this on shelves September 29, 2009.

2) Lupe Fiasco, "Lasers". As much as I love rapper Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco is right up there as well. He makes rap nerdy and accessible, which I love as a suburban honky. I own both of Fiasco's previous albums, and each were very well acclaimed, and deservingly so. You might know Lupe Fiasco for such hits as "Superstar", "The Instrumental" and "Daydreamin'", but this new album's first single, "Shining Down" has some definite potential to top radio charts. December of 2009 can't come soon enough!

1) Maroon 5, *Currently Untitled*. Not a lot is known about this album other than the official Maroon 5 website's news page, the band has begun recording in July. Owning both of their previous albums - Songs About Jane, which had such hits as This Love and She Will Be Loved, and their album It Won't Be Soon Before Long, featuring Makes Me Wonder and Wake up Call, Maroon 5 have proven that they can do no wrong. A piece of contention relating to this album, is that it may be lead singer, Adam Levine's last. Levine has stated in various places, (credibility subject, as the initial wiki article sourced poorly, and no major US outlets have picked up the story, but I did find it here.) that this album might be Levine's last with the band. Unhappy with spending so much time on tour, Levine isn't looking at the lives of such veteran rock icons as The Rolling Stones as glamorous, but only time can tell. And speaking of time, while no official due date has been set for this untitled album, Maroon 5 is looking to get it onto shelves within the first couple of months in January 2010.

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