ROCK NEWS - Archive 2012

DECEMBER

 

California Alt.Metal group Ra will release their new record, "Critical Mass", in 2013.

 

Avenged Sevenfold are set to head into the studio next month to record their follow-up to 2010's "Nightmare". NME spoke with vocalist M. Shadows who confirmed the band will begin recording their sixth album in January 2013.

 

Escape the Fate have signed with Eleven Seven Music for the release of their new album which is due in spring 2013.

 

Killswtich Engage are planning a April 2013 release for their new studio album. The disc will be the first since the return of original frontman Jesse Leach.

 

Depeche Mode have announced that they will be releasing a new album in March 2013 via Columbia Records.

 

Phoenix will release a new album in 2013, the follow-up to their breakthrough 2009 record "Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix".

 

Alice In Chains have finished recording a new record, expected out in 2013.

 

Paramore will advance the self-titled's April 9, 2013, release by unleashing first single, "Now".

 

Memphis band Egypt Central have called it quits after ten years together. Bassist Joey Chicago and drummer Blake Allison will continue on under the name Devour The Day.

 

 

NOVEMBER

 

Saliva have signed with Rumbum Records for the release of their new album. Recording of the album, which will be the first with new vocalist Bobby Amaru, will begin in January 2013 with a late spring release expected.

 

Sevendust has set March 26 as the release date for their ninth album, "Black Out The Sun". The 12-track CD, recorded at Architekt Music studios in Butler, New Jersey, contains the single, "Decay", which is due on January 22.

 

Scott Weiland is gearing up for a busy 2013. He plans to record a new album with his solo band and possibly reunite with Velvet Revolver too. “I am completely open to it and I know there are other guys in the band that are completely open to it”, Weiland told Rolling Stone about Velvet Revolver.

 

While Beck stunned fans earlier this year by announcing that his next release would be a book of sheet music, "Beck Hansen's Song Reader", the singer has now revealed that he's working on a new studio album.

 

Biffy Clyro will release its sixth studio album, "Opposites", on January 28, 2013, in Europe. The Scottish Alternative-Rock band's new record will receive its U.S. release on March 12, 2013 via Warner Bros Records.

 

Device, the new group featuring Disturbed's David Draiman and former Filter guitarist Geno Lenardo, will be releasing their debut album in April 2013. The first single "Vilify" is due in February.

 

My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James will release his first official solo album, "Regions Of Light And Sound Of God", on February 5, 2013. Recorded at his home studio in Louisville, Kentucky over the past two years, James played nearly all the instruments on the album.

 

Chevelle have set December 4 as the release date for "Stray Arrows: A Collection Of Favorites". The album features eleven of the band's singles plus a new track, "Fizgig".

 

After a 10-year break, Big Wreck have signed with Zoë/Rounder Records for the U.S. release of their long-awaited new album, "Albatross". The album is set for a February 19 release.

 

Dave Grohl will join Queens Of The Stone Age for the recording of their long-awaited sixth studio album which is supposedly due out sometime next year.

 

Paramore has finished recording its fourth album, the disc follows the contentious exit of two of the band's founding members, brothers Josh and Zac Farro, in 2010.

 

Roger Waters tells Rolling Stone he is “absolutely determined” to record a new solo record, which he has tentatively titled "Heartland".

 

 

OCTOBER

 

Buckcherry have announced they will be releasing their sixth studio album, "Confessions" in early 2013. The disc will be out on their new label, Century Media.

 

Black Veil Brides will release their third album, "Wretched And Divine: The Story Of The Wild Ones", on January 8, 2013.

 

Arcade Fire have confirmed that they are currently recording a new album. The band have been working on the follow-up to the Grammy-winning 2010's "The Suburbs" over the past twelve months and hope to release new material before the end of 2013.

 

Rod Stewart has finished recording his first Rock album of original material in eleven years. The disc, rumoured to be titled "Love The Life You Live", will be released in the spring of 2013.

 

Flyleaf have announced a split with singer Lacey Sturm. Their new album "New Horizons", out Tuesday, October 30, is Sturm's final record with the band. Flyleaf also announced that Kristen May, formerly of the band Vedera, will be stepping in as the band's lead singer for future tour dates in support of "New Horizons".

 

Mark Hoppus says Blink-182 has begun writing a new album. However, in an interview with the NME, he added “the new album probably won't happen for about a year”.

 

Lifehouse will release their sixth album, "Almería", on December 11.

 

Sevendust has completed production of their ninth studio album and plan on releasing their new batch of songs in early 2013.

 

3 Doors Down will release their first greatest hits album on November 19. The set includes the band's hits plus three new tracks.

 

Underoath is calling it quits after fifteen years. The band will be releasing one last album called "Anthology 1993-2013" on November 6.

 

Funeral For A Friend will be releasing their sixth studio album, "Conduit", in late January 2013, via The End Records.

 

Longtime A Perfect Circle drummer Josh Freese has announced his departure from the band. Freese announced the news on October 2 via Twitter, writing, “After 13 years, I've decided to leave A Perfect Circle with no plans of returning. Apologies for those inquiring about upcoming shows”.

 

 

SEPTEMBER

 

Trapt will release their fifth studio album, "Reborn", on November 20.

 

Filter have signed with Wind-Up Records for the release of their as-yet-untitled new album. The first single is tentatively due in November with the album release scheduled for early 2013.

 

Kid Rock will release a new studio album called "Rebel Soul" on November 19. "Let's Ride" will be the first single from the album.

 

Soundgarden has confirmed a November 13 release date for "King Animal", the reunited rockers' first new studio album in over 15 years. The disc features the single "Been Away Too Long".

 

The Rolling Stones will offer a new greatest hits collection called "Grrr!" on November 12, marking five decades as a band. The set will feature two new songs, the band's first since "A Bigger Bang".

 

 

AUGUST

 

Deftones have announced the release of their seventh studio album, "Koi No Yokan", due out November 13 via Reprise.

 

Ill Niño have announced that their sixth, full-length studio album will be titled "Epidemia", the disc will be out on October 22 via Victory Records.

 

The Joy Formidable have been working on a follow-up to their debut album. The Welsh trio's sophomore record will be titled "Wolf's Law" and is expected out early in 2013.

 

Framing Hanley have titled their new album "The Sum Of Who We Are". A release is due next year.

 

Patrick 'Pakelika' Cochrun, the former masked member of Kottonmouth Kings, died on Saturday night, August 11, after succumbing to cardiac arrest during an asthma attack. He was 42.

 

Biffy Clyro is currently finishing their sixth studio album in Los Angeles, the disc entitled "Opposites" is due to drop sometime this fall.

 

 

JULY

 

Coheed And Cambria have announced their sixth studio release will be a double-album titled "The Afterman". Split into two parts, "The Afterman: Ascension" will be released October 9, with "The Afterman: Descension" due out in February 2013.

 

Death Cab For Cutie's Ben Gibbard will release his first solo album this fall. "Former Lives" is due out on Barsuk Records on October 16.

 

AFI side project Blaqk Audio will release their second album, "Bright Black Heaven", on September 11. The electronic duo of AFI members Davey Havok and Jade Puget will release the new record on their own Big Death imprint, distributed by Superball Music.

 

Deep Purple keyboardist and co-founder Jon Lord died in a London hospital on July 16 at the age of 71, victim of pancreatic cancer. Lord co-wrote many of Deep Purple's legendary songs, such as "Smoke On The Water".

 

The Wallflowers have set October 2 as the release date for their new record, "Glad All Over". The first single, "Reboot The Mission", is a Clash-inspired track featuring Mick Jones on vocals and guitar.

 

Orgy are in the studio working on a new studio album. A late 2012 / early 2013 release is expected.

 

Papa Roach have announced the title to their upcoming fall album, dubbed "The Connection", which is set for release on October 2 on Eleven Seven Music. "Still Swingin" will be the first single.

 

Band Of Horses have formally detailed their fourth studio album: "Mirage Rock" will be released on September 18 via Columbia Records.

 

 

JUNE

 

Green Day will release a new single "Oh Love" on July 16, the track is from "¡UNO!" -- the first of the band's forthcoming trilogy of new albums -- which is due September 25.

 

Yellowcard will release their new album "Southern Air" on August 14.

 

Geoff Tate, who recently parted ways Queensrÿche, has signed with InsideOut Music for a solo album. He is currently finishing production on his second solo outing which is planned to come out this fall.

 

Owl City will release "The Midsummer Station" on August 21 via Universal Republic. Owl City's Adam Young is joined by two special guests on the album, including Blink-182's Mark Hoppus and Canadian singer Carly Rae Jepsen.

 

All That Remains have titled their new record "A War You Can Not Win". The album, produced by Killswitch Engage guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz, is due out in September.

 

3 Doors Down plans to include three new songs on an upcoming greatest hits album which is expected to drop this fall.

 

Two Door Cinema Club has announced their sophomore album, "Beacon", will be out September 4 on Glassnote.

 

Papa Roach will release their new studio album on October 2. Recorded at the band's hometown studio, in Sacramento, the disc title and tracklisting have yet to be announced, but as usual, the lyrics aim to capture the complexities of the human condition.

 

Jesse James Dupree has announced the July 31 release of Jackyl's "Best In Show" via his own label, Mighty Loud.

 

Green Day have unveiled the album art for "¡UNO!", the first of the band's upcoming trio of releases. Billie Joe Armstrong's face appears on the cover of the record and one can assume that Mike Dirnt will be on "¡DOS!" and since the third album is "¡TRE!", drummer Tre Cool will be on that cover.

 

Foster The People is still on tour supporting their debut album, "Torches", but they're already penning some material for the next record. Frontman Mark Foster told Billboard.com that the next record will be “really celebratory” but will also “take a lot of left turns... I think there's going to be more grit”, he said.

 

The Strokes have recently logged time at New York's Electric Lady Studios recording the follow-up to 2011's "Angles". The as-yet-untitled album will be the band's fifth studio release, although no other details are available at this time.

 

Stone Sour have titled their new album "House Of Gold And Bones". The disc is the first in a two part concept album and is due out in October; the second in the set is due early next year.

 

Bob Welch, an early member of Fleetwood Mac who went on to a successful solo career, died on June 7 of an apparent suicide. He was 66. Police said Welch's body was found by his wife with a single gunshot wound to the chest and he had left a suicide note.

 

Three Days Grace have set October 2 as the release date for their new record, "Transit Of Venus".

 

Ozzy Osbourne has confirmed that Black Sabbath has written 15 new songs for their first album with him since 1978. “We've written about 15 songs together so far”, Ozzy revealed in an interview with NME. He also said that their new album could be called "2013".

 

Asia will release "XXX" on Frontiers Records on July 3. All four original members of the band are back for the album, which celebrates the 30th anniversary of the group.

 

Anew Revolution have begun work on their third full-length album at Vudu Studios in Long Island.

 

 

MAY

 

Bloc Party will release its fourth album, aptly titled "Four", on August 21 through Frenchkiss Records.

 

The Killers reportedly will release a new album in the fall. In an interview with Rolling Stone, the band stated that their next effort will be titled "Battle Born".

 

John Fogerty is in the midst of his recording a new album called "Wrote A Song For Everyone", which features a collection of classic hits as well as new songs performed alongside artists like Foo Fighters, Kid Rock, Bob Segar, My Morning Jacket and more artists to be announced. The disc will be released in the fall on Vanguard Records.

 

Aerosmith will unleash their new album, "Music From Another Dimension", on August 28.

 

Matchbox Twenty will release their fourth studio album, "North", on September 4. The first single, "She's So Mean", will drop next month.

 

Disturbed frontman David Draiman new band with former Filter guitarist Geno Lenardo will begin work on their debut album on May 31.

 

In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Jerry Cantrell says Alice In Chains is ready to start on the follow-up to their comeback album "Black Gives Way To Blue". Work on the album had been delayed due to Cantrell having shoulder surgery.

 

Limp Bizkit look to have chosen a title for their new album and it apparently is "Stampede Of The Disco Elephants". Frontman Fred Durst recently-revealed the news to Kerrang! According to the interview, the band are working on both the new album and their new EP, "The Unquestionable Truth (Part 2)".

 

No Doubt is coming out with its first album in 11 years. According to the band's official website, the new collection has no title yet but will come out on September 25 as part of the group's return to the music scene.

 

Tom Gabel, lead singer for the band Against Me!, told Rolling Stone he has a condition called gender dysphoria and has announced plans to become a woman. He plans to take hormones and undergo electrolysis, he also is considering gender reassignment surgery. Gabel says his new name will be Laura Jane Grace. He says he's not attracted to men and will still be married to his wife. They have a 2-year-old daughter.

 

The Joy Formidable has announced they have finished recording their second full-length album. A release date is still yet to be announced.

 

The Wallflowers is currently wrapping up a new album in Nashville, the group will release the disc this fall on Columbia Records.

 

Adam 'MCA' Yauch of the seminal Rap-Rock trio Beastie Boys has died after losing his fight with cancer on May 4. He was 47.

 

Saving Abel will release their third studio album, "Bringing Down the Giant", on July 17.

 

Lynyrd Skynyrd will release their new album, "Last Of A Dying Breed", on August 21 via Loud & Proud/Roadrunner Records.

 

Alanis Morissette will release "Havoc And Bright Lights", her first album in four years, on August 28 via her new label home of Collective Sounds.

 

Stone Sour will release its fourth album in October via Roadrunner Records. The band has yet to reveal the title of the new CD, which is being recorded at Sound Farm Studios just outside Des Moines.

 

Everclear have set June 26 as the release date for their long-awaited new album, "Invisible Stars".

 

 

APRIL

 

Mark Tremonti, guitarist for Creed and Alter Bridge, will release his first solo album, "All I Was", on July 10 via Fret 12 Records, a label Tremonti co-founded. Tremonti will handle lead vocals for the first time in his career.

 

Buckcherry have spent the last few months in the studio and the group are planning a September release for their new album which will be titled "Confessions".

 

Passion Pit will release "Gossamer", their sophomore release, on July 24 via Columbia Records.

 

The Toadies have expanded their planned EP into a full album. Titled "Play.Rock.Music", it will be out July 31 on Kirtland Records.

 

Black Light Burns' sophomore album, "The Moment You Realize You're Going To Fall", is tentatively due out on August 28.

 

Rush will release their twentieth studio album, "Clockwork Angels", on June 12 via Anthem/Roadrunner Records.

 

In This Moment has set "Blood" as the title of its fourth album, due this summer via longtime label Century Media Records.

 

Deftones has finished pre-production on its seventh album and will enter the studio soon to begin recording. Frontman Chino Moreno said in an interview that he expects the album to be out in “early fall, October. Maybe September”.

 

10 Years will release their next album, "Minus The Machine", on July 17 via their own Palehorse Records label, in conjunction with WMG's Independent Label Group.

 

Serj Tankian is in his own Serjical Strike Studios in Los Angeles putting the finishing touches on his third solo album, "Harakiri", which will be released this summer via Serjical Strike/Reprise Records.

 

 

MARCH

 

P.O.D. will release their new single "Lost In Forever" on April 16. Their new album "Murdered Love" is due this summer.

 

The Walkmen have announced their sixth studio album, "Heaven". The new collection is out June 5 on Fat Possum Records.

 

Linkin Park has announced that they will be debuting "Burn It Down", the first single off their upcoming, as-yet-untitled new album, on April 16.

 

Stone Sour have begun recording their fourth studio album at Sound Farm Studios outside of Des Moines. Roadrunner Records will release the album this fall.

 

Rob Zombie says that he and his bandmates will enter the studio on June 1 to begin recording a new album, set for a late 2012 release.

 

Australian rockers Jet have decided to part ways after a decade together in order to pursue separate creative endeavors.

 

The Smashing Pumpkins will release the long-awaited "Oceania" album on June 19 via EMI Label Services/Caroline Distribution. First announced in April 2011, "Oceania" is part of the band's ongoing 44-song concept piece, "Teargarden By Kaleidyscope".

 

Soundgarden have revealed that the reunited rockers will have a new single, "Live To Rise", on the soundtrack to this summer's blockbuster movie "The Avengers". The soundtrack will be out on iTunes as of May 1.

 

Saving Abel have signed with eOne Music for the release of their new album which is due out in June.

 

Soul Asylum has signed with 429 Records and the band's first album in six years, "Delayed Reaction", is due on July 17.

 

Nonpoint has finished recording its as-yet-untitled new album at Groovemaster Studios in Chicago, with Grammy-nominated producer Johnny K. A release later this year through Razor & Tie is in the works.

 

Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington is opening up about the band's upcoming, fifth studio album and unlike past albums, he says the guys didn't feel pressure to “break out of the NuMetal box” with this assortment; that mindset, he says, resulted in a more comfortable recoding experience. The new record is due out sometime this summer.

 

Smile Empty Soul have signed with eOne Music for the release of their new album, "3's". The album is due out May 22.

 

Filter frontman Richard Patrick has announced that the band is working on a new album, called "Gurney And The Burning Books" which is scheduled to come out this summer.

 

The Temper Trap have announced the details of their second studio album, which will be self-titled and released on June 5; the first official single will be "Need Your Love".

 

Silversun Pickups will release their third album, "Neck Of The Woods", on May 8. The new record contains 11 songs including lead single "Bloody Mary".

 

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros have announced that their self-produced, sophomore album will be titled "Here" and it will be released on May 29, via Community Music/Vagrant Records.

 

Depeche Mode frontman Dave Gahan tells Rolling Stone they already have about 20 songs demoed and are set to begin recording their twelfth album at the end of April.

 

The Dandy Warhols will release their new studio album, entitled "This Machine", on April 24, through The End Records.

 

 

FEBRUARY

 

John Mayer has announced that he will release his forthcoming album, "Born And Raised", on May 22. The track listing includes the lead single, "Shadow Days", as well as 11 other tunes.

 

Keane is set to return in May with their fourth studio album, "Strangeland".

 

Metric have announced their new album will be titled "Synthetica", with a release date of June 12 in North America.

 

Spineshank have signed with Century Media for the release of their new album, "Anger, Denial, Acceptance". The disc is due out in June.

 

Black Light Burns have signed a new record deal with THC/Rocket Science. The band will release their new album, "The Moment You Realize You're Going To Fall", this fall.

 

Shadows Fall will release its seventh album, "Fire From The Sky", on May 8 via Razor & Tie.

 

Green Day is in the studio cutting the follow-up to 2009's "21st Century Breakdown". On Valentine's day, Feb. 14, frontman Billie Joe Armstrong announced via Twitter that the trio has begun recording a new full-length.

 

Hellyeah will release its third album, "Band Of Brothers", in early June via Eleven Seven Music. It was recorded in Dallas at drummer Vinnie Paul's home studio and produced by the band with Jeremy Parker.

 

Marilyn Manson has announced a run of 2012 tour dates, presumably in support of his still-without-a-release date new album, "Born Villain".

 

Killswitch Engage has reunited with their original vocalist, Jesse Leach and the band is currently working on a new album. Howard Jones, Leach's replacement in KsE, officially parted ways with the Massachusetts-based Metalcore pioneers in January 2012, after a decade with the band.

 

After more than three years in a coma, Deftones bassist Chi Cheng is continuing to show signs of improvement. In a video posted on OneLoveForChi.com, the website created to help raise funds for his medical bills, Cheng is seen moving his legs on command. Chi Cheng was seriously injured after November 2008 car accident where he was ejected from the vechile.

 

Flyleaf have begun work on their third studio release with Grammy-nominated producer Howard Benson. A release is expected later this year.

 

Slash's new as-yet-untitled studio album will be released on May 22. The disc features vocals from Alter Bridge frontman Myles Kennedy.

 

Candlebox will return with their fifth studio album, "Love Stories And Other Musings", on April 3.

 

Garbage has announced that their fifth studio album, "Not Your Kind Of People", will be released on May 15 via the band's own label, STUNVOLUME.

 

Tenacious D have announced their third album, "Rize Of The Fenix", set for release in May. The Rock-comedy duo of Jack Black and Kyle Gass' last release was the soundtrack to their 2006 film "Tenacious D In The Pick Of Destiny".

 

Dragonforce is set to return with "The Power Within", their fifth studio album and the first with new singer Marc Hudson. It will be released on April 17 by Roadrunner Records.

 

 

JANUARY

 

The Cult has finished recording their first new album in five years, "Choice Of Weapon" and it is set for a May 22 release on the band's new label, Cooking Vinyl.

 

Lenny Kravitz tells Billboard that he is almost done his follow-up to 2011's "Black And White America". Kravitz says he was working on this new album, titled "Negrophilia", but put it aside to record "Black And White America". He adds the next record is “very funky” and “a very raw, jagged-edge album”.

 

Creed and Alter Bridge guitarist Mark Tremonti has announced that his forthcoming solo album will be titled "All I Was" and arrive in the spring of 2012.

 

Norah Jones will release a new album entitled "Little Broken Hearts", a collaboration with producer and musician Danger Mouse. The disc does not have an exact release date, but it will be out this spring via Blue Note/EMI.

 

Garbage has launched their our record label called STUNVOLUME and the band will self-release a new album this spring. STUNVOLUME will be distributed by Fontana in the United States. “We have been in the studio putting the finishing touches on our fifth studio album”, the band said in a statement.

 

Despite the announcement of the reunion of At The Drive-In, The Mars Volta will release a new record this year. The 13-track set is titled "Noctourniquet" and will be out on March 27 via Warner Bros. Records.

 

After Black Sabbath announced that guitar legend Tony Iommi has been diagnosed with the early stages of lymphoma, Iommi posted a statement on his official website to thank fans for their support. The group has been writing and recording a new album in Los Angeles with producer Rick Rubin, but now they have moved operations to the U.K. so they can continue to work with Iommi as he gets medical attention.

 

Eve 6 will release "Speak In Code", their long-awaited fourth studio album, on April 24. This is their first record since 2003's "It's All In Your Head".

 

Halestorm will release their new single, "Love Bites (And So Do I)", to iTunes on January 24. The band will release a new studio album later this year.

 

In This Moment have started work on their new album with producer Kevin Churko. A summer release is expected.

 

At The Drive-In have announced plans to reunite, 11 years after their split. A new website -- www.atdimusic.com -- and a Twitter account have been launched, with the statement, “Attention! To whom it may concern: At The Drive-In will be breaking their 11 year silence”. At The Drive-In splintered into The Mars Volta and Sparta following their 2001 breakup.

 

Dark New Day will release their sophomore album, "New Tradition", on February 28 via Chicago's Goomba Music and distributed by eOne Music.

 

Van Halen confirmed that their new album, "A Different Kind Of Truth", will be released in the U.S. by Interscope Records on February 7. This is the first original studio record with singer David Lee Roth since the band's classic "1984" release.

 

12 Stones have set an official release date for their long-awaited fourth album, "Only Human". Since being delayed a second time, the album now has an official release date of March 27, 2012.

 

Lostprophts are out with a new single, "Better Off Dead" and their new album, "Weapons", will be released on April 2.

 

Taproot's new album "The Episodes" has been scheduled for a February 28 release date through Victory Records.

 

The Shins confirmed a March 2012 release for their fourth album, "Port Of Morrow". It will be released jointly on James Mercer's own Aural Apothecary label and Columbia Records. According to the band, the first single off their album will be called "Simple Song".

 

Killswitch Engage have split with frontman Howard Jones, according to a statement from the Rockers. Jones did not tour with the band on their last North American headlining tour in 2010 and at the time, KsE said in a statement that Jones was “in no condition to be on tour right now”. The band is now looking for a new frontman.

 

Saliva quietly parted ways with singer Josey Scott late last year. Scott left the group after a decade and a half to pursue a career as a solo Christian artist. Although Saliva's continued existence seemed to be in doubt, the remaining members of the band have recruited Jacksonville singer + songwriter Bobby Amaru to take over on the mic.

 

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