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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… much more, including new vinyl album releases from artists including Iron Maiden, Yes, Dream Theater and Cradle Of Filth on the horizon, along with upcoming vinyl releases of old favourites from the likes of Metallica, Genesis and Ozzy Osbourne.

With so many records locked in for the remainder of the year 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.

New vinyl album releases: Classic Rock

New and noteworthy

Iron Maiden: Senjutsu
Iron Maiden have just released their first studio album since 2015's The Book Of Souls. It’s available on red & black marble triple vinyl from Townsend Music and on silver & black marble triple vinyl from AmazonView Deal

The Wildhearts: 21st Century Love Songs
The Wildhearts’ new record 21st Century Love Songs has arrived and it doesn't disappoint. You can purchase the vinyl edition right now over at EMP.View Deal

George Harrison: All Things Must Pass - 50th anniversary
George Harrison’s third solo album All Things Must Pass has been reissued across 5LP to mark its 50th anniversary. The record has been remixed and contains all the album tracks alongside 17 tracks of demos, studio outtakes and jams. Get in now from Amazon.View Deal

Brian May: Back To The Light
Another anniversary reissue, this time from Queen guitarist Brian May who has updated his 1992 album Back To The Light. The 2021 edition has been newly remastered from the master tapes and has been pressed on 180g vinyl. It's available to buy now from Townsend Music.View Deal

September

Manic Street Preachers: The Ultra Vivid Lament - Sept 10
The Manics are back with their brand new album The Ultra Vivid Lament, the release of which was pushed back due to production issues. you can pre-order the vinyl from Amazon, who also have a 2CD/DVD edition available.View Deal

God Damn: Raw Coward - out September 10
UK rockers God Damn are all set to launch their new studio album Raw Coward in September. It’ll feature 10 tracks including the single Drop Me Off Where They Clean The Dead Up. Pre-order it now from Amazon.View Deal

Samantha Fish: Faster - out September 10
Blues vocalist and guitarist Samantha Fish is poised to release her new studio album Faster - the follow-up to 2019’s Kill Or Be Kind. It’ll feature the single Crowd Control, with vinyl pre-orders now open at Amazon.View Deal

Ozzy Osbourne: No More Tears - out September 17
Ozzy's much-loved sixth studio solo album No More Tears will be reissued in September to mark its 30th anniversary. The 2LP set will be pressed on 180g vinyl and contain demos and live tracks. Pre-order it from Amazon.View Deal

Tremonti: Marching In Time - out September 24
Guitar guru Mark Tremonti returns with his first record since 2018’s A Dying Machine. The Alter Bridge member recently shared the sprawling title track and we’re very much looking forward to giving this a spin. Townsend Music have the double silver vinyl available to pre-order.View Deal

October

Black Sabbath: Technical Ecstasy - out October 1
Black Sabbath's seventh studio album Technical Ecstasy is headed for a deluxe reissue featuring  more than 90 minutes of previously unreleased outtakes. The original album has been remastered too, with the whole package spread across five LP. Pre-order now from Townsend Music.View Deal

Roger Taylor: Outsider - out October 1
Queen drummer Roger Taylor’s new solo album is titled Outsider and is his first since 2013’s Fun On Earth. It’ll include the single We’re All Just Trying To Get By, which features a guest appearance from KT Tunstall. You can get the heavyweight vinyl from Townsend Music.  View Deal

Garbage: Beautiful Garbage 20th anniversary - out October 1
Garbage will celebrate the 20th anniversary of their 3rd studio album with a new deluxe edition. It’s crammed full of remastered tracks, demos, b-sides and more. Along with the regular box set, Townsend Music also have a 2LP version on white vinyl.View Deal

The Beatles: Let It Be (2021) - out October 15
The Fab Four’s final studio album is to be 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 for pre-order.View Deal

Rolling Stones: Tattoo You 40th anniversary - out October 22
Along with all 11 of the original album tracks - which have been newly remastered - the Tattoo You 40th anniversary edition will also feature nine previously unreleased tracks and a live record. The 5LP box set is available to pre-order from Amazon.View Deal

Jerry Cantrell: Brighten - out October 29
Alice In Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell will release his third solo album in October. It features a star-studded cast of musicians, including Duff McKagan and Greg Puciato. You can pre-order Brighten from Amazon in electric blue vinyl.View Deal

Joe Bonamassa: Time Clocks - out October 29
Blues favourite Joe Bonamassa’s new record and follow-up to 2020’s Royal Tea features the singles Notches and The Heart That Never Waits. Amazon have the double gold vinyl edition.View Deal

Motorhead: Everything Louder Forever - out October 29
This brand new Motorhead compilation contains 42 of the band’s loudest tracks all in one place. Amazon have opened pre-orders for the 4LP version. Turn it up! View Deal

November

Robert Plant & Alison Krauss: Raise The Roof - November 19
Robert Plant and Alison Krauss have reunited for their first album since 2007’s brilliant Raising Sand. It’ll feature 12 tracks including the first single Can’t Let Go, with the record presented on 2LP on 180g vinyl. Pre-order it now from Amazon.View Deal

The Darkness: Motorheart - out November 19
The Darkness will make their comeback in November with their rip-roaring new album Motorheart. Along with the pounding title track it’ll contain the brilliantly titled Welcome Tae Glasgae. Townsend Music have opened pre-orders for the orange marble vinyl edition.View Deal

December

The Doors: L.A. Woman 50th anniversary - out December 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.View Deal

New vinyl album releases: Metal

New and noteworthy

Dee Snider: Leave A Scar
After the success of his last solo album For The Love Of Metal, former Twisted Sister legend Dee Snider is back at his ferocious best with new record Leave A Scar – and it’s another slice of magic. Nab it now from EMP.View Deal

Opeth: Blackwater Park 20th anniversary
Opeth have revisited their classic fifth album Blackwater Park to celebrate its 20th anniversary. It’s pressed on heavyweight vinyl and features new liner notes. EMP have an exclusive double green vinyl edition which you can buy right now.View Deal

September

Metallica: The Black Album - out September 10
Metallica’s classic Black Album turns 30 this year and the band are celebrating the milestone with a special anniversary edition, which includes a tribute album with 53 artists. The massive deluxe box set is available from Townsend MusicView Deal

Employed To Serve: Conquering - out September 17
There’s not long to wait until we hear Employed To Serve’s brand new album Conquering – and if Exist and Mark Of The Grave are anything to go by, we’re in for something special. Townsend Music have the record in Transparent Amethyst, Clear and Baby Blue vinyl.View Deal

Alien Weaponry: Tangaroa - out September 17
New Zealand’s Alien Weaponry are back with their new album Tangaroa – the follow-up to the trio’s 2018 record . The single Buried Underground was a slice of magic and the full album is sure to be equally as good. Pre-order it from Amazon.
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Spiritbox: Eternal Blue - out September 17
Canadian outfit Spiritbox will release their new album very soon. Eternal Blue will feature the single Hurt You and they’ll back that with a tour in early 2022. You can pre-order Eternal Blue in striking blue vinyl from EMP.View Deal

Sleep Token: This Place Will Become Your Tomb - Sept 24
Sleep Token are all set to release their new album This Place Will Become Your Tomb - the follow-up to 2019’s Sundowning. The album will include the single The Love You Want, with Amazon selling the record on double red vinyl.View Deal

October

Judas Priest: 50 Heavy Metal Years - out October 15
UK rock legends Judas Priest are celebrating their 50th anniversary with this new double album featuring live cuts and more. EMP have pre-orders open for the double red vinyl.View Deal

Cradle Of Filth: Existence Is Futile - October 22
Dani Filth and co. announced Existence Is Futile by unleashing the track Crawling King Chaos and it should be a good indicator of what to expect from Cradle Of Filth’s 13th studio album. EMP have the 2LP picture disc version available to pre-order.View Deal

Sepultura: Sepulnation - out October 22
Five albums plus the 2002 Revolusongs EP are all contained within this 8LP Sepultura box set. All the discs have been pressed on 180g vinyl and pre-orders are open over at Amazon.View Deal

Whitechapel: Kin - out October 29
Whitechapel are back with their eighth studio album Kin. It contains 11 tracks including the first single from the record, Lost Boy. Grab the coloured double vinyl at EMP.View Deal

New vinyl album releases: Prog

New and noteworthy

Big Big Train: Common Ground
Big Big Train are back with their 13th studio album Common Ground and it further cements the band’s reputation as one of the best prog outfits around. It features 9 songs including the epic 15-minute track Atlantic Cable. Grab it from Amazon.View Deal

Tesseract: Portals
Tesseract’s new live album Portals has just been released as a triple vinyl package alongside a Blu-ray release. It was recorded in 2020 and can be purchased at Amazon. 
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Leprous: Aphelion
Norway's Leprous have marked their 20th anniversary with seventh studio album Aphelion. It's out now on 2LP and pressed on 180-gram vinyl, complete with two bonus tracks. The package also comes with the album on CD. Get it from EMP.View Deal

September

Steve Hackett: Surrender Of Silence - out September 10
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 is on its way. You can pre-order the 2LP/CD set from Amazon.View Deal

Anette Olszon: Strong - out September 10
Former Nightwish vocalist Anette Olszon is preparing to release her new record Strong, featuring the single Fantastic Fanatic. EMP have pre-orders open for the double silver vinyl version.View Deal

Genesis: The Last Domino? - out September 17
To celebrate the Genesis reunion tour, The Last Domino? 4LP set is about to be launched featuring a collection of the band’s best-loved material from down through the years. You can grab it from Townsend Music. View Deal

Vangelis: Juno To Jupiter - out September 24
Vangelis is preparing to release his new album Juno To Jupiter, which as you might expect given the title, has been inspired by NASA’s exploration of the gas giant. You can pre-order it now from Amazon.View Deal

Public Service Broadcasting: Bright Magic - out September 24
Bright Magic is Public Service Broadcasting's fourth studio album and is split into three parts: Building A City, Building A Myth and Bright Magic. Amazon have opened pre-orders for the vinyl edition which comes with a download code.View Deal

October

Yes: The Quest - out October 1
The Quest will be 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. Pre-order now from Amazon. View Deal

Dream Theater: A View From The Top Of The World - Oct 22
Dream Theater’s highly anticipated new album A View From The Top Of The World is on the horizon 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 pre-ordered from Amazon.View Deal

The Pineapple Thief: Nothing But The Truth - out October 22
Unable to tour due to the pandemic, The Pineapple Thief hosted an on-demand event back in April based around their Versions Of The Truth album. Titled Nothing But The Truth, the vinyl edition is set to be released. Grab your 2LP pre-order through Amazon.View Deal

Pink Floyd: A Momentary Lapse Of Reason - out October 29
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 pre-order the vinyl from Amazon now.View Deal

November

Alan Parsons: The NeverEnding Show - out November 5
Recorded at the Utrecht Tivoli in the Netherlands in 2019, this Alan Parsons live album is packed full of classics. EMP have opened pre-orders for the 3LP clear vinyl edition.View Deal

New vinyl album releases: Alternative

New and noteworthy

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.View Deal

September

Primal Scream: Screamadelica: The 12" Singles - Sept 17
Primal Scream’s landmark Screamadelica album turns 30 this year and it’ll be celebrated with this new 10-disc box set. 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 opened pre-orders for the box set and the double picture discView Deal

The Joy Formidable: Into The Blue - out September 24
The Joy Formidable continue to release brilliant music and their latest album Into The Blue will be released on vinyl very soon. You can pre-order it in a variety of colours from Rough Trade right now.View Deal

April, 2022

Japanese Breakfast: Sable - out April 1, 2022
Michelle Zauner’s Japanese Breakfast will release 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.View Deal

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 20 years in newspapers and magazines and in 2014 joined our news desk, where he's written extensively about rock, metal, prog and more on a daily basis.