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    Wed, 01 Feb 2012 14:30:22

    The Most Anticipated Albums of 2012 - By ARTISTdirect.com contributor Mark Phillips

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    • Muse - The singer of British band Muse, Matthew Bellamy, performs on stage on July 15, 2010 in Carhaix, Brittany, during the 19th edition of the Vieilles Charrues music festival. The 'Vieilles Charrues', France biggest music festival, runs until July 18.
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    Can you believe it's almost 2012? Wait, you mean it's February??? We've been on quite a bender here at ARTISTdirect.com and hadn't noticed. That means we're behind the eight ball with presenting the most highly anticipated albums of the year- if we're all going to die in 2012 as the Mayans predicted, we might as well go out with some big albums!

    Lana Del Rey - Born to Die

    This young cowgirl who sings a sad, sad song has become a lightning rod for controversy in recent weeks. Her "weird for the sake of weird" YouTube video for "Video Games" has gotten well over twenty-four million views - which is wildly impressive to do without having Charlie bite your finger or sing about how it's Friday. Then, her performance on Saturday Night Live ignited an online hurricane (or a "twitter twister," as I will now call it) between her critics and fans. The verdict? She'll still probably sell a ton of records due to all the attention. As Mel Gibson once said, "no publicity is bad publicity." Maybe that was Kanye West who said that actually- I can't remember.

    Skrillex - Voltage

    Quick, someone call 911! Why? Because Skrillex is on fire! Don't worry, that's just a stupid line to illustrate how Skrillex is metaphorically on top of the world right now. Amongst Grammy Award nominations, increased notoriety, sold out shows and a recent collaboration with Korn, Skrillex is one of the hottest and most interesting things to happen to music in a while. Fans are chomping at the bit for the next installment from this dubstep master and his laptop.


    Kid Cudi's alternative band is set to blast off on February 28, 2012, and he's going to take rock to the farthest reaches of outerspace in the process. Already, "Brake" and "Teleport 2 Me, Jamie" illuminate another side of our favorite hip hop impresario. He can sing ethereally and transport us to gorgeous spaces in the process. We can't wait to take another ride with Cudi on WZRD.

    Muse - TBD

    England's most anthemic and progressive rock stars to come out the last few years are back in business. Expect monster hooks and a mix between Queen and Bends-era Radiohead, and perhaps most notably, a reason to hold your lighter up.

    Stone Sour - TBD

    Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor has promised that his group's fourth outing will sit somewhere between the conceptual brilliance of Pink Floyd's The Wall and the gritty melodies of Alice in Chains' Dirt. In other words, what may end up being two discs, is already on our list for top five albums of the year. Taylor and Co. can do no wrong. If anyone can pull off an infectious concept album in 2012, it's Stone Sour.

    Flyleaf - TBD

    Flyleaf's last offering, 2009's Memento Mori, is still burning up our stereos. The album illuminated an immense amount of growth in terms of songwriting, while preserving the beautiful chaos at the heart of the band's patented sound. Album number three will undoubtedly up the ante once more. Flyleaf continues to evolve as all of the greats do, and we can't wait to see the next phase.

    J Devil - TBD

    Legendary Korn singer Jonathan Davis is in the midst of working on the debut from his evil dubstep alter ego J Devil. Fusing dubstep, electro, and metal, J Devil is going to send shockwaves throughout the EDM world. With his black eyes and teeth, Davis's demon will spark the ultimate party for the end of the world. In addition to the groundbreaking amalgam of genres, Davis throws in some truly haunting and hypnotic vocal lines. The result is a batch of songs that will forever change electronic music. You can always expect Davis to spark revolutions, and this is bound to be the most fun yet.

    The Killers - TBD

    The Killers are back! It's unusual that you get excited saying a sentence like that, but in this case it's about musicians rather than actual murderers, so it's ok! After a marked hiatus which brought forth singer Brandon Flowers' solo album, Las Vegas's finest are reuniting and bringing their fourth studio album to the world.

    Soundgarden - TBD

    Last year, one of the greatest hard rock bands on this planet made waves by reuniting to tour. Now, word on the street is that the have a new album planned for release this year. Black Hole Sunday Funday!! We will wait with bated breath.

    Nine Inch Nails - TBD

    Mr. Trent Reznor keeps hinting at new Nine Inch Nails music for 2012. We're hanging on to his every word. It's been a while since 2008's The Slip and Reznor's big Oscar win. We have a feeling he's got enough vitriol left in the tank for another epic journey to hell a la The Downward Spiral. Then again, he's so good, whatever is next may top that...

    John Legend - TBD

    Legend has it that Rumor is working with Kanye West on a new album! Wait, I mean rumor has it that Legend... Nevermind, you get it. The point is, a great collaboration is upon us, and Mr. John Legend will have an incredible album for us before the Mayans kill us all.

    Smashing Pumpkins - Oceana

    Billy Corgan will be back in a big way this year. His new album, due out this spring, is rumored to be a concept album in the vein of Pink Floyd. We expect something altogether new and different, so strap in tight.

    Tool - TBD

    The next Tool album remains shrouded in secrecy. We know one thing for sure. It's going to kick ass on every level imaginable...That's really all there is to it.

    Hollywood Undead - TBD

    Hollywood's masked and marvelously malevolent six-piece is going to drop another atomic bomb on hip hop and rock this year. Coming hot on the heels of their magnetic, American Tragedy, Hollywood Undead's third album is set to explode this summer, causing hands to go in the air and asses to shake simultaneously. If songs like "Pour Me", "Bullet", and "Tendencies" from the last album are any indication of the band's direction, we can't wait to once again experience a darker, deadlier, and more daring Undead. You've been warned...

    Biffy Clyro - TBD

    This rocking trio might be the best band to come out of Scotland since Franz Ferdinand. Their last offering had determined hooks and sounded like a blissful mix between Snow Patrol and Foo Fighters. That alone should be reason to get excited for their new album.

    Metallica - TBD

    Some starter band that has a lot of hype around them...We'll see what they sound like. In all seriousness, any time these metal gods come to the table it's something to look forward to. I hear that to follow their collaboration with Lou Reed, this time they're hooking up with Tony Bennett! Not really, though, we're just trying to start a viral rumor! Regardless of what they do, it's going to be revolutionary, and we can't wait to hear it.Beyond Magnetic was one of their most brutal masterpieces ever, and we dug how daring Lulu was. There have been hints that this album will be groove-driven like The Black Album. Whatever it turns out like, we know it's going to be a landmark in heavy metal and rock at large. Can you say early pick for album of the year?

    Linkin Park - TBD

    On A Thousand Suns, Linkin Park pushed their sound into futuristic places while maintaining their knack for a hook. Industrial, reggae, and electronic music filtered through a schizophrenic stomp that made for one of the best albums of 2010. Building on that "alternative gone Blade Runner" sound, Linkin Park is primed to flip the script again like only they can. Those suns still burn bright...

    Black Sabbath - TBD

    Another young little band like those Metallica fellows. Apparently they invented heavy metal or something. The reuniting of Black Sabbath is absolutely monumental. And, the fact that they have a new album planned is incredibly interesting. This is something heavy metal fans worldwide have been waiting years for!

    Now that we have the list, it's time to start anticipating- so let's get to it, people! And if anyone has a calendar I can borrow, it'd be most appreciated.

    —Mark Phillips

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