The 50 most anticipated metal albums of 2021

Epica – Omega

The five-year wait for a follow-up to The Holographic Principal is worth it, Epica returning sounding refreshed and more powerful than ever on singles Freedom – The Wolves Within and Abyss of Time.
Release Date: Feb 26

Rob Zombie – The Lunar Injection Kool Aid Eclipse Conspiracy

Nobody makes grindhouse sleaze as massive as Hellbilly supreme Rob Zombie. Lead single The Triumph of King Freak points to Zombie returning to his industrial metal roots, offering primo techno-metal thunder.
Release Date: Mar 12

Evanescence – The Bitter Truth

Evanescence aren’t holding back for their first album of new material in a decade, singles Use My Voice, The Game is Over and Wasted On You pointing towards an anthemic powerhouse befitting their arena status.
Release Date: Mar 26

Anthrax – Album #12

For Anthrax’s 40th year as a band, we want nothing less than anthemic  metal brilliance on the follow-up to 2016’s For All Kings, though we must admit a return to outright thrash would be welcome too.
Release Date: TBA

Cult Of Luna – The Raging River

Envisioned as a conclusion to themes begun on 2019’s A Dawn To Fear, Three Bridges promises the prog/post-metal mastery Cult Of Luna fans have come to expect, with the added bonus of a  guest spot from grunge icon 15 years in the making.
Release date: Feb 5

Korpiklaani – Jylhä

Considering the year we’ve collectively had, sometimes all you can do is strap on a fiddle and get down to one of the longest-running folk metal bands on the planet.
Release date: Feb 5

Alice Cooper – Detroit Stories

Assembling a dream team of collaborators including Bob Ezrin and Desmond Child (who helped pen Poison back in 1989), Alice Cooper looks to be celebrating his 21st solo release with flair.
Release date: February 26

A Day To Remember – You’re Welcome

No two singles for You’re Welcome have sounded quite alike, but then that’s a big part of the charm of ADTR and their distinct mixture of anthemic arena rock, pop-punk and crushing metalcore.
Release Date: Mar 12

Eyehategod – A History of Nomadic Behaviour

The NOLA sludgers emerged from the murk to cast a critical eye on the world around them back in December with High Risk Trigger, their new record promising glorious down-tuned filth. 
Release Date: Mar 12

Mimi Barks – Kill Grid

As nu metal continues its unlikely revival, its mutation into trap metal looks set to be solidified with Mimi Barks full-length debut combining aggressive hip-hop, industrial riffs and discordant electronica.
Release Date: Mar 12

Rich Hobson

Staff writer for Metal Hammer, Rich has never met a feature he didn't fancy, which is just as well when it comes to covering everything rock, punk and metal for both print and online, be it legendary events like Rock In Rio or Clash Of The Titans or seeking out exciting new bands like Nine Treasures, Jinjer and Sleep Token.