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New vinyl releases 2021: Here’s what’s coming out in rock, metal, prog and more

New vinyl album releases
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The music world has been slowly getting back on its feet after an awful 2020, with many bands using the enforced break from touring to lay down some magic in the studio. There have been some cracking albums released already on standard vinyl and vinyl boxsets, but there's more to come.

With so many records locked in for the remainder of the year – and into 2022 – it can be hard keeping up with everything, so to help we’ve complied a list of the best upcoming and new record releases on vinyl, complete with dates, info and more to keep you up to speed.

From brand new albums through to high quality reissues, there’s loads to look forward to. We’ll be regularly updating this page, so keep it bookmarked so you'll know what's coming out. And don't forget to keep tabs on our list of cheap vinyl records and the best Bluetooth turntables.

New vinyl album releases: Classic Rock

New and noteworthy

Robert Plant & Alison Krauss: Raise The Roof

Robert Plant & Alison Krauss: Raise The Roof
Robert Plant and Alison Krauss have reunited for their first album since 2007’s brilliant Raising Sand. It features 12 tracks including the first single Can’t Let Go, with the record presented on 2LP on 180g vinyl. Buy from Amazon.

Kiss: Destroyer 45th anniversary

Kiss: Destroyer 45th anniversary
This anniversary reissue of Kiss’ 1976 album Destroyer is presented on 2LP, has been remastered and contains previously unreleased tracks and b-sides. Grab it from Amazon.

The Darkness: Motorheart

The Darkness: Motorheart
The Darkness are back with their rip-roaring new album Motorheart. Along with the pounding title track it contains the brilliantly titled Welcome Tae Glasgae. Buy the orange marble edition from Townsend Music.

The Beatles: Let It Be (2021)

The Beatles: Let It Be (2021)
The Fab Four’s final studio album has been reissued with a wealth of bonus content to tie in with Peter Jackson’s documentary The Beatles: Get Back. Amazon currently have the 2LP version.

Rolling Stones: Tattoo You 40th anniversary

Rolling Stones: Tattoo You 40th anniversary
Along with all 11 of the original album tracks - which have been newly remastered - the Tattoo You 40th anniversary edition also features nine previously unreleased tracks and a live record. The 5LP box set is available from Amazon.

November

David Bowie: Brilliant Adventure

David Bowie: Brilliant Adventure - out November 26
This 18-LP David Bowie box set will contain remastered versions of Bowie’s work from 1992-2001 and will include the previously unreleased album Toy which was recorded in 2000. Amazon have Brilliant Adventure available to pre-order on vinyl and as an 11CD box set.

Roxette: Joyride 30th anniversary

Roxette: Joyride 30th anniversary - out November 26
It’s been 30 years since Swedish pop rock duo Roxette released their massive Joyride album - and the milestone will be celebrated with this new 4LP release, complete with 12 previously unreleased tracks. Pre-order from Amazon.

December

Skid Row: The Atlantic Years (1989-1996)

Skid Row: The Atlantic Years (1989-1996) - out Dec 3
This new box set spread across 7 discs contains Skid Row’s first three studio albums along with the B-Side Ourselves EP and live EP Subhuman Beings On Tour. All have been pressed on 180g vinyl making this a must have for Skid Row fans. Grab it from Amazon.

Volbeat: Servant Of The Mind

Volbeat: Servant Of The Mind - out December 3
Volbeat return with their brand new record Servant Of The Mind just in time for Christmas. It’s Volbeat’s eighth studio album and EMP have an exclusive double coloured vinyl edition to pre-order.

The Doors: L.A. Woman 50th anniversary

The Doors: L.A. Woman 50th anniversary - out Dec 3
This special 3CD/1LP edition of The Doors' sixth album L.A. Woman not only features a new remix of the record, but it is also packed with more than two hours of previously unreleased material. Pre-order now from Townsend Music.

2022

Magnum: The Monster Roars

Magnum: The Monster Roars - out January 14
UK rock favourites Magnum are back with their brand new studio album The Monster Roars which follows hot on the heels of 2020’s The Serpent Rings. This should be a belter, and Amazon have the double red vinyl available to pre-order.

Slash ft Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators: 4

Slash ft Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators: 4 - Feb 11
Slash has teamed up once again with Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators for their new album 4. The record will feature the single The River Is Rising and the album backed with a run of tour dates in early 2022. Pre-order now from Amazon.

Stereophonics: Oochya!

Stereophonics: Oochya! - out March 4
Stereophonics are all set to release their brand new studio album Oochya! in the spring. Amazon have opened pre-orders for the 2LP on yellow vinyl. Get in now before it’s gone.

Bryan Adams: So Happy It Hurts

Bryan Adams: So Happy It Hurts - out March 11
Bryan Adams is set to return with his new studio album in spring 2022 and he’ll back the release of So Happy It Hurts with a UK and European tour. Although not out until next year, Townsend Music have the boxset available to pre-order and it comes with a signed photo of Adams and more.

The Waterboys: All Souls Hill

The Waterboys: All Souls Hill - out April 22
Mike Scott and co are back with their new studio album All Souls Hill and id lead single The Liar is anything to go by, we’re in for a treat. Townsend Music have opened pre-orders for the coloured vinyl which comes with a bonus 7-inch single.

New vinyl album releases: Metal

New and noteworthy

Bullet For My Valentine

Bullet For My Valentine
Bullet For My Valentine have just released their new self-titled studio album. It’s the band’s 7th record and features the singles Shatter, Parasite, Knives and Rainbow Veins. Grab the gold vinyl from Amazon.

Mastodon: Hushed And Grim

Mastodon: Hushed And Grim
Hushed And Grim is Mastodon’s long-awaited new studio album and it features the singles Teardrinker and Pushing The Tides. Buy the 2LP set from Amazon.

Judas Priest: 50 Heavy Metal Years

Judas Priest: 50 Heavy Metal Years
UK rock legends Judas Priest are celebrating their 50th anniversary with this new double album featuring live cuts and more. EMP have the eye-catching double red vinyl.

Metallica: The Black Album

Metallica: The Black Album
Metallica’s classic Black Album turns 30 this year and the band have celebrated the milestone with a special anniversary edition, which includes a tribute album with 53 artists. The massive deluxe box set is available from Townsend Music

Cradle Of Filth: Existence Is Futile

Cradle Of Filth: Existence Is Futile
Dani Filth and co. announced Existence Is Futile by unleashing the track Crawling King Chaos. Amazon are currently selling the 2LP picture disc version.

2022

Trivium: In The Court Of The Dragon

Trivium: In The Court Of The Dragon - out January 28
This striking double gold vinyl edition of Trivium’s excellent new record In The Court Of The Dragon will be released at the end of January. EMP have opened pre-orders - and this is bound to sell out.

Korn: Requiem

Korn: Requiem - out February 4
Korn marked the announcement of their new studio album Requiem with the single Start The Healing. Right now over at EMP, they’ve got the limited edition green vinyl and grey vinyl up for pre-order.

Of Mice & Men: Echo

Of Mice & Men: Echo - out April 15
Of Mice & Men will return with their new album Echo next spring. It’s comprised of their Timeless, Bloom and Ad Infinitum EPs. EMP are currently taking pre-orders for the limited edition coloured vinyl edition.

New vinyl album releases: Prog

New and noteworthy

Elbow: Flying Dream 1

Elbow: Flying Dream 1 - out November 19
Elbow have released their new album Flying Dream 1. The album was written during lockdown and features the single The Seldom Seen Kid. Bag it over at Amazon.

Pink Floyd: A Momentary Lapse Of Reason

Pink Floyd: A Momentary Lapse Of Reason
Pink Floyd’s 1987 album A Momentary Lapse Of Reason has been remixed from the original master tapes and updated. Along with the music, the new version will also come with a 24-page booklet. You can buy the vinyl from Amazon now.

Dream Theater: A View From The Top Of The World

Dream Theater: A View From The Top Of The World
Dream Theater’s brand new album A View From The Top Of The World is out now and it was produced by guitarist John Petrucci at the band’s new Dream Theater HQ. It’s the band’s follow-up to 2019’s Distance Over Time and a vinyl/cd box set can be ordered from Amazon.

Yes: The Quest

Yes: The Quest
The Quest is Yes’ first studio album since 2014’s Heaven & Earth and it’s been produced by guitarist Steve Howe. The Quest features 11 tracks, with the cover art once again created by Roger Dean. You can buy it now from Amazon. 

Steve Hackett: Surrender Of Silence

Steve Hackett: Surrender Of Silence
Steve Hackett has been in a rich vein of form over the last six years, releasing four studio albums in that time - and he’s not stopping, as his 27th studio album Surrender Of Silence has arrived. You can buy  the 2LP/CD set from Amazon.

Big Big Train: Common Ground

Big Big Train: Common Ground
Big Big Train's 13th studio album Common Ground features nine songs including the epic 15-minute track Atlantic Cable. Grab it from Amazon.

2022

Jethro Tull: The Zealot Gene

Jethro Tull: The Zealot Gene - out January 28
Ian Anderson and Jethro Tull will return with their new album The Zealot Gene in early 2022. It'll be released on a variety of formats, including the deluxe box set which you can pre-order now from Amazon.

Marillion: An Hour Before It’s Dark

Marillion: An Hour Before It’s Dark - out March 4
The first taste of Marillion’s 20th studio album An Hour Before It’s Dark came in the shape of the superb track Be Hard On Yourself. We can’t wait to hear what else the band have been cooking up. Pre-order from Amazon.

Porcupine Tree: CLOSURE/CONTINUATION

Porcupine Tree: CLOSURE/CONTINUATION - June 24
Porcupine Tree marked the announcement of a new album with the single Harridan. CLOSURE/CONTINUATION will be the band’s first record since 2009’s The Incident. Get the 2LP white vinyl from Townsend Music. 

New vinyl album releases: Alternative

New and noteworthy

Primal Scream: Screamadelica

Primal Scream: Screamadelica: The 12" Singles
Primal Scream’s landmark Screamadelica album turns 30 this year and there's a 10-disc box set to mark the occasion. All the singles from the time have been pressed on 180g vinyl and there’s also a previously unreleased remix of Shine Like Stars. Amazon have the box set and the double picture disc

Justin Sullivan: Surrounded

Justin Sullivan: Surrounded
New Model Army leader Justin Sullivan recently released his second solo album Surrounded - his first since 2003’s Navigating By The Stars. The NMA faithful will be delighted at this record and if you’ve yet to check it out, Rough Trade have the 2LP version available.

Slow Crush: Hush

Slow Crush: Hush
Attention fans of MBV, Slowdive and Whirr, shoegaze maestros Slow Crush have released their new album Hush. Amazon have the coloured vinyl edition available to buy right now!

December

Green Day: BBC Sessions

Green Day: BBC Sessions - out December 10
This new Green Day compilation brings together the band’s sessions recorded at the BBC’s Maida Vale Studios between 1994-2001. Amazon have opened pre-orders for the double vinyl edition. 

2022

Eels: Extreme Witchcraft

Eels: Extreme Witchcraft - out January 28
Eels are preparing to release their new studio album Extreme Witchcraft in January. Their 14th studio album will include the single Good Night On Earth. Eels leader E will take the band on in the first half of 2022. Grab the vinyl box set at Townsend Music. 

Johnny Marr: Fever Dreams Pts 1-4

Johnny Marr: Fever Dreams Pts 1-4 - out February 25
Johnny Marr will return with his new album Fever Dreams Pts 1-4 in early 2020. It was recorded during lockdown and is said to explore “a multitude of concepts and themes.” Townsend Music have the 2LP set on white vinyl available to pre-order.

Placebo: Never Let Me Go

Placebo: Never Let Me Go - out March 25
Placebo are back with their long-awaited new studio album Never Let Me Go. The first single Surrounded By Spies is excellent and we’re looking forward to hearing the full record. Pre-order the 2LP version from Amazon. 

Japanese Breakfast: Sable

Japanese Breakfast: Sable - out April 1, 2022
Michelle Zauner’s Japanese Breakfast released the soundtrack to gorgeous open world video game Sable in September to coincide with its release on Xbox Series X/S/One and PC. A 2LP set pressed on pink and purple vinyl will follow next April, but it’s worth getting in on the action now on Amazon before it inevitably sells out.

Scott Munro

Scott looks after Louder’s online buyer’s guides and also scouts out the best deals for music fans from every corner of the internet. He's spent more than 25 years in newspapers and magazines and in 2014 joined our news desk, where he wrote extensively about rock, metal, prog and more.