10 Most Anticipated Albums of 2023


Metallica performing in Detroit, Michigan.

Metallica – Story by Anne Erickson, photo by Ken Settle

Here are Audio Ink Radio’s top 10 most anticipated albums of 2023

As a new year kicks in, there’s been plenty of talk about the best albums and songs of 2022, but what about new music? From Metallica to Maneskin, there are already a handful of artists gearing up to release much-anticipated new albums in 2023. One might say Metallica’s “72 Seasons” is the No. 1 most anticipated record of the year, no matter the genre, and while such statements are subjective, it’s definitely high on the tally.

Read on for Audio Ink Radio’s list of the 10 most anticipated albums of 2023. It’s time to get pumped for what will hopefully be another stellar year for new music.

Iggy Pop, “Every Loser”
Release Date: Jan. 6

The godfather of punk is back and as dynamic as ever. Michigan’s Iggy Pop has rounded up some huge names for his latest album, “Every Loser,” out on Jan. 6, including Guns N’ Roses’ Duff McKagan, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Chad Smith, Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard, Jane’s Addiction’s Dave Navarro and Eric Avery and late Foo Fighters drummer, Taylor Hawkins.

Maneskin, “Rush!”
Release Date: Jan. 20

Not many records are as anticipated as the new one from Maneskin, “Rush!” out on Jan. 20. This band has been everywhere the past year, including appearances on “The Tonight Show” and showcases at The Bowery Ballroom in New York, and The Roxy In Los Angeles. There’s a lot to follow up with this album, as Maneskin’s last one featured three different singles that went No. 1 on various Billboard Rock and Alternative charts.

New Found Glory, “Make the Most of It”
Release Date: Jan. 20

Pop punk greats New Found Glory aren’t known for their acoustic songs, but all of that is changing, as the band’s new record is entirely unplugged. The album was written in the wake of guitarist Chad Gilbert’s cancer diagnosis and features new songs, as well as live acoustic versions of fan favorites.

Smashing Pumpkins, “ATUM: A Rock Opera In Three Acts’ (‘Act Two’ + ‘Act Three’)”
Release Date: “Act One” is out; “Act Two” and “Act Three” out Jan. 27 and April 23, respectively

Billy Corgan never does something halfway. He always goes all out. That’s the case with the Smashing Pumpkins’ latest release, which is actually whopping three records. “ATUM: A Rock Opera In Three Acts” packs three “acts” of albums, and while the first dropped in 2022, “Act Two” and “Act Three” are set to arrive on Jan. 27 and April 23, 2023, respectively.

Paramore, “This Is Why”
Release Date: Feb. 10

It’s been about five years single Paramore released their 2017 record, “After Laughter.” Now, Hayley Williams and company are back with “This Is Why.” It’s already a hot release, with the album’s title track topping several alternative charts months before the main release was event out.

Godsmack, “Lighting Up the Sky”
Release Date: Feb. 24

Godsmack have grown up a lot since their first album, which arrived back in 1998. Today, Sully Erna and company are statesmen of the hard rock genre, and their latest release, “Lighting Up the Sky,” out Feb. 24, features a bevy of relationship songs that should give anyone who’s heartbroken some company through the cold winter months.

Dope, “Blood Money Part Zer0”
Release Date: Feb. 24

Nobody does industrial metal like Edsel Dope. Now, Edsel has been knee-deep in a very cool project, involving releasing Dope’s latest album, , one single at a time. The whole collection will be available on Feb. 24. Watch Anne Erickson from Audio Ink Radio’s video interview with Edsel here.

Steel Panther, “On the Prowl”
Release Date: Feb. 24

You never know what you’re going to get when Steel Panther releases a new album, but you know it’s going to be fun an flashy. The guys are back with their latest set of sprawling hair metal with “On the Prowl” on Feb. 24.

Babymetal, “The Other One”
Release Date: March 24

Babymetal have become one of the most in-demand metal bands in the world. Now, the Japanese heavy metal band is back with their fourth studio album, “The Other One,” out March 24. While they’ve evolved over the year, Babymetal are still best celebrated for the birth of “kawaii metal,” which features characteristics of J-pop and heavy metal.

Metallica, “72 Seasons”
Release Date: April 14

There’s little doubt that one of the most anticipated record of 2023 is Metallica’s “72 Seasons.” Fans have been clamoring for a new record ever since 2016’s “Hardwired… To Self-Destruct,” and now, they’ve got it. The album’s first single, “Lux Æterna,” is all thrash, giving a taste of what’s to come on the new set.

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