10 Most Anticipated Rock and Metal Albums of 2024


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Bruce Dickinson has one of the most anticipated rock and metal albums of 2024 – Author Anne Erickson, Photo by John McMurtrie

It’s not even 2024 yet, and I’m already stoked about what the next year will bring when it comes to new music. Seriously, some of the biggest names in rock and metal have new albums lined up for 2024. That’s not to mention the bands and artists that we hope will release new music next year. So, what are the most anticipated rock and metal albums of 2024? Find 10 of them below.

10 Most Anticipated Albums of 2024

10. Mastodon, TBA

This would be higher on the list if there was confirmation that a new Mastodon album is on the way. What we do know is that the guys have been quiet, so chances are, something is cooking. Mastodon released their most recent album in 2021, a double album called “Hushed and Grim.” Man, that record is so good. We can all crank that one while we wait.

9. Sleater-Kinney, “Little Rope”

Sleater-Kinney’s 11th studio album, “Little Rope,” will drop on Jan. 19, 2024. It’s cool to see a band that has been so influential in music and feminist circles for decades still releasing new material. Rock on, ladies.

8. Sum 41, “Heaven x Hell”

Farewell, Sum 41. The Canadian punk-pop band will release their final album, “Heaven x Hell,” on March 29, 2024. This one is actually two albums. One side features the group’s familiar pop-punk, while the other is metal-inspired.

7. Scott Stapp of Creed, “Higher Power”

I was beyond stoked when I found out that Creed would be reuniting in 2024. But, all the band members still have their other projects. Scott Stapp will release a new solo album, “Higher Power,” will drop on March 15. Expect lots of arena-ready rock on here.

6. Mick Mars of Motley Crue, “The Other Side of Mars”

So, Mick Mars and Motley Crue got into a heated lawsuit this past year. It’s really sad to see such a beloved rock band get pulled apart like this, but it is what it is. Now, Mars has a solo release called “The Other Side of Mars” dropping on Feb. 23. What I’ve heard off the release totally rocks.

5. Green Day, “Saviors”

Billie Joe Armstrong and the pop-punk guys of Green Day have a new release on the way, “Saviors,” out Jan. 19, 2024. It marks their 14th studio album, and they’re taking it on the road for a tour with The Smashing Pumpkins and Rancid.

4. Pearl Jam, TBA

We don’t have a date for this one yet, or a title, but Pearl Jam’s Stone Gossard has indicated in multiple interviews that the guys are nearing the end of recording their follow-up to 2020’s “Gigaton.” Seeing that Eddie Vedder is one of the last surviving major grunge frontman, we should all be stoked for this one.

3. Tool, TBA

Here’s another wish-list release. In 2024, Tool’s latest release, “Fear Inoculum,” will hit its fifth anniversary. C’mon, Maynard. Give the people what they want and release that new Tool album in 2024. Pretty please?

2. Bruce Dickinson, “The Mandrake Project”

Even though Bruce Dickinson will be touring with Iron Maiden in 2024, that doesn’t mean he’s taking a break from solo material. In fact, Dickinson will release his first solo release in about two decades on March 1, 2024, titled “The Mandrake Project.” The album’s first single, “Afterglow of Ragnarok,” is super epic and grandiose.

1. Judas Priest, “Invincible Shield”

Judas Priest are nothing short of living metal legends. It’s so great to see Rob Halford and company continuing to release new music decade after decade. The guys release their latest opus, “Invincible Shield,” on March 8, 2024. Guitarist Richie Faulkner says to expect from 1970s-style Priest in there, including a “progressive” bend.

Bonus: It’s not rock or metal, but budding singer-songwriter Lily Meola will release a new EP this spring or summer, with a release date pending. Her current single, “(Don’t Quit Your) Daydream,” has a super feel-good vibe. It’s also garnered more than 60 million streams worldwide.

Find our list of the best rock and metal albums of 2023 here.

Anne Erickson
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