Friday, December 30, 2011

The 12 Most Anticipated Albums of 2012!

2012 looks to be a good year in Christian music. Several fantastic artists are due to drop a new album, and there are a few artists I hope will put out something new. Let's get to counting!

#12 Kutless
I was able to see these guys in concert earlier this month and they did fantastic! Throughout the past 10 years or so, Kutless has become on of the top Christian music artists, first in the rock scene and now in the worship genre. It'll be interesting to see what these guys have up their sleeves for their 7th album, due February 28th.

#11 Nine Lashes
Nine Lashes recently signed with Tooth & Nail, and they sound very promising. If you're a fan of Thousand Foot Krutch, be sure to check them out. "Anthem Of The Lonely" is a great song, and their album "World We View" releases on Valentines Day.

#10 Blessed By A Broken Heart
Blessed By A Broken Heart has got to be one of the most interesting new Christian bands right now. It's almost like Stryper reincarnated, with high powered vocals, heavy guitars, and some great drumming. There's a fresh, yet familiar sound about them, and their debut on Tooth & Nail Records, "Feel The Power" is set to drop January 24th.Check back here for a review around then!

#9 David Crowder Band
I'm personally not a huge fan of DCB, but you have to admit they've put out some good stuff. Their final album, "Give Us Rest" (and another really long title! :D) looks fantastic from the tracklist, and I love it when bands cover hymns. You can pick it up January 10th.

#8 Skillet
I know, I know, they're a little low on the list. "Comatose" was a FANTASTIC record, but "Awake" was just good. However, I'm hoping the album they plan on releasing will focus less on a "signature sound" and more on a little experimentation. I'm hoping to see some guests on this album, like Lacey from Flyleaf or even Lecrae. There's no definite release date yet, but look for the album in fall or winter 2012.

#7 Write This Down
Write This Down's self titled release on Tooth & Nail in 2010 was one of the best I've heard. They've finished their second album, and you can see a studio update here. Sounds pretty awesome so far! Look for their challenging lyrics and heavy hitting music to be released in summer or fall 2012.

#6 Thousand Foot Krutch
After going independent, they quickly raised the money they needed for their new record on Kickstarter. TFK also gave away a new song called "War Of Change", and if "The End Is Where We Begin" sounds anything like this, it'll be epic! We will probably see this in March, but I'll let you know for sure when!

#5 Fireflight
Girl fronted rock bands are becoming more and more popular, and Fireflight is one of the best. "Unbreakable" was a top album, and "For Those Who Wait" was nominated for a Grammy. Definitely an exciting project to come. Look for "Now" March 6th.

#4 Britt Nicole
Ever since she hit the Christian Pop scene in 2007, she's consistently put out great stuff. Her new single "All This Time" releases in January. Look for her new album sometime this year, most likely late fall or winter.

#3 Plumb
This lady is incredible. If anyone can make a great record, Plumb can. She was great in the 90's, awesome in the past 10 years, and now will release "Faster Than A Bullet" in the spring. This is one album I am excited about. Arguably one of the most talented vocalists in Christian music, Plumb never disappoints.

#2 Capital Lights
Definitely the most underrated Christian band, Capital Lights called it quits after releasing an amazing album, "This Is An Outrage!" in 2009. However, they were under contract to put out one more album, and words cannot describe how excited I am about this! Capital Lights hasn't released a title or a date yet, but look for a release in late summer or fall.

And finally....the most anticipated album of 2012 (for me)


Just kidding.

#1. Flyleaf
They are in the studio folks!! After their awesome first release in 2006, and outstanding release in 2010, they started pre-production for their new album in February 2011. That means hopefully we will get a new release from them in the fall, and I just have a feeling about this album. From Lacey's beautiful vocals to her screams, from the ballads to the in your face rockers, Flyleaf has cemented their reputation as a great band with great lyrics. Stay tuned!

Now, the following artists haven't confirmed releases, but I hope we'll get some new music from them in 2012. Be sure to leave a comment telling me what YOUR most anticipated album of 2012 is!

Sanctus Real
The Lost Colors
The Letter Black
House Of Heroes

1 comment:

  1. My MOST anticipated album of 2012 is... Sixteen Cities! Surprise, surprise, right? ;) Also Kutless and Skillet, too. Anthem Light's acoustic!! GREAT way to start of the year. Can't wait for it. Hoping for new RED or Icon For Hire music, too. That'd rock. Though not likely since they're both on big tours next year. :)

    Nice list!