As we approach the end of the year, it is time to take a look at all the new music we can look forward to during the next twelve months. Here we list our ten most anticipated releases for 2014. Some of these bands are confirmed to release new music, as early as January, others are more wishful thinking based on statements from various band members. So let’s see what 2014 (hopefully) has in store for us! Be sure to post your own top ten in the comments section.
1. Bruce Springsteen
For someone at his level, Bruce Springsteen is way more productive than he needs to be, having released five albums in the past ten years. On January 14 it is time for High Hopes, a collection of covers, and reworked unreleased material. Some of the recording for the album took place while on tour in Australia earlier in the year when Tom Morello was filling in for Steven Van Zandt. Morello is reportedly playing on eight of the album’s twelve tracks, which also feature late E Street Band members Danny Federici and Clarence Clemons.
Could this be the biggest release of 2014? U2 bassist Adam Clayton has said that he hopes the band will wrap up recording for their next studio album before the holidays. “We're in the studio. We're trying to get these 12 songs absolutely right and get them finished by the end of November, and then we can kind of enjoy Christmas,” Clayton said on 98 FM’s Dermot and Dave show. Rumor has it that the band will announce the new album for an April release during a Super Bowl commercial. If the new U2 song “Ordinary Love” is any indication of the band’s sound for the upcoming album we are in for something very special.
It’s been five years since Metallica released their latest studio album, Death Magnetic. In the years since its release, James Hetfield and the boys have been busy doing extensive touring, and working on their 3D movie Metallica Through The Never that came out in September. But both Hetfield, and bassist Robert Trujillo have hinted at 2014 being the year that the band record their next album. Said Hetfield in an interview with Oakland Press : “Hopefully it happens soon. I'm itchin'. We have tons of material to sift through. That takes a lot of time, because there's a lot of great stuff,” said Hetfield. In terms of a timeframe for when recordings will start, Hetfield said: “We go full-throttle into something and multitasking is not what we're after. So the next record will hopefully start some time in the spring.” Trujillo told Classic Rock: “In 2014 it’ll be all about getting new music – without any interruptions, hopefully.” Does this mean we can expect a new Metallica album to hit the shelves in late 2014? In any case we’re keeping our fingers crossed.
4. Foo Fighters
After what was probably the shortest hiatus in history, workaholic Foo Fighters main man Dave Grohl revealed back in August that the band’s next album has already been written. “It's a little way off – it's not ready to happen right now, but I think next year is going to be a really big year for the Foo Fighters without question. It's going to be great, I can't wait.“ Grohl told XFM when asked about when recording will start. Foo Fighters guitarist Chris Shiflett echoed Grohl’s statement in an interview with Rolling Stone, saying: “We're going to start recording the new Foo Fighters record at the beginning of next year.”
Despite Myles Kennedy being busy touring with his band Alter Bridge at the moment, it looks as though the singer will get together with Slash to record a new album during 2014. Back in July Slash told The Salt Lake Tribune that he had started working on demos for his third solo album: “We’re actually working up the next one as we speak. Myles has a new album coming out and then a tour, so it’ll be after that. But I’m working on material, I’ll send it to him, and he’ll come in and record. It’ll be out early next year.” Myles Kennedy confirmed the plans in an interview with Billboard: “We'll probably get together here later with the other guys, start chipping away at some things, and the goal is to record it next year.”
It seems as if Slipknot will begin work on album number five in 2014. It will be the first album since the death of bassist Paul Gray. “We’re just getting demos together right now, and [we're] hoping to get into the studio in the summer next year,” said Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor during the Bass Player LIVE! Concert and Awards Show (via Metal Hammer). “ Taylor also shared some insight as to what we can expect the new music to sound like: “It’s very heavy. I mean, just based on the stuff that I’ve been demoing and the stuff that I’ve been working with Joey [Jordison, Slipknot drummer] on, honestly, it’s like Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses) meets Iowa. It’s really dark, but there’s some really good esoteric stuff to it, a lot of good melody without taking away from the heaviness. It’s gonna be pretty rad.”
7. Linkin Park
Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park spoke of the band’s follow up to 2012’s Living Things during a fan Q&A (via Ultimate-Guitar). According to Shinoda the band is still evolving sonically: “I think that we're still in the changing mode,” said Shinoda. “Our first two records were really like brother albums, they were similar in style and then after that we just really tried to branch away - try different things, stretch ourselves creatively, learn new things in the studio, play with new styles of music.” Mike had some really positive news regarding the next Linkin Park album, saying: “We're in the studio working right now, I was with Chester just last night - Chester and Brad and Joe - and we were writing some new stuff," said Mike. “So hopefully we would like to get something out to people next year.”
8. Band of Skulls
British blues rock trio Band of Skulls have announced the release of their third album in 2014. Himalayan will be released on March 31, and it’s preceded by the first single “Asleep At The Wheel” on January 5. The album is produced by Nick Launay who has worked with Arcade Fire, and Yeah Yeah Yeahs in the past. Band of Skulls have a UK tour lined up in conjunction with the album release, as well as a few dates around Europe. Since Band of Skulls tend to have a heavy touring schedule, it is probably safe to assume that the band will make their way Stateside sometime during 2014 as well.
9. The Darkness
British retro glam rock act The Darkness are supposed to release studio album number four during 2014. This is according to an interview with guitarist Dan Hawkins in Billboard earlier in the year: “It'll be out in 2014,” says Hawkins. “This year we'll be touring (to support Hot Cakes) and writing, then early 2014 we'll hopefully be recording it or continuing to write it, and get it out later that year.”
10. Manic Street Preachers
Fresh off their 2013 release Rewind the Film Manic Street Preachers announced they will be releasing yet another new album in 2014, entitled Futurology. As opposed to the acoustic sound of Rewind the Film, Futurology is supposed to be a rock record. Manic singer and guitarist James Dean Bradfield spoke about the upcoming release in an interview with NME: “It's a lot spikier and shinier. It's much more band-based, a tiny bit of krautrock influence. It's not like 'The Holy Bible' but there's a bit of the same intent and threat.”