It’s hard to believe, but 2013 is only a few months away! While 2012 still has some killer albums to spew out (Soundgarden, Aerosmith), we figured it wasn’t too early to look ahead to some major albums we’re hoping to see drop in 2013. From Pearl Jam to Motörhead, we’re counting down the Top 10 Most Anticipated Rock and Metal Albums of 2013. Who would you like to see release new music in 2013? Let us know in the conversation below, and keep rocking!

10. Anthrax


New Anthrax in 2013? It’s possible! Speaking with radio show Full Metal Jackie (via Blabbermouth) in June, guitarist Scott Ian stated that the guys are planning to write new music in 2013. He added that the guys “would really like to have a new Anthrax record two years from the date of Worship Music coming out,” which would make it due next year.

9. AC/DC


Back in May, AC/DC’s Malcolm Young told Classic Rock that the band’s next album may be out as soon as next year. “It'll be a little while — a year or two anyway,” said Malcom. “I’ve been doing some jamming on some song ideas but I do that all the time, as do the rest of the band. We are still working...” Let’s hope they work fast.

8. Deep Purple

Deep Purple

We’ve been hearing about the new Deep Purple album for about a year now, as back in January, the legendary rockers officially announced plans to release a new album in 2013.

According to a post on their official website, the band stated they were “very excited by the prospect of making a new and significant album. To that end they have decided to extend their writing and recording period through the Summer of 2012.” Singer Ian Gillan added: "We know we will disappoint some of our fans this summer however we look forward very much to our Autumn/Winter Tour and continuing our Worldwide tour with our new album in 2013."

7. U2


Will the long-awaited The Songs of Ascent ever arrive? It’s still possible, according to a post from Bono on at the start of this year: “We’re working on three albums at the moment and we haven’t decided what order we’re going to put them out but The Songs of Ascent have the kind of beautiful intimacy that we’re speaking of now. They fit into this moment, the mode of some of these artists that I was hanging out with on Christmas Eve.” With the band’s blockbuster 360 Tour wrapping last year, it seems a good time to introduce new U2 tunes to the world.

6. Megadeth


Megadeth have kept busy touring in support of their 2011 release, Thirteen, and just last month, the guys announced they’re headed back to the studio to start work on their next album. According to Blabbermouth, Megadeth is once again working with producer Johnny K, who produced the band’s latest album, and it’s tentatively due to arrive in early 2013. At the time, Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine stated, Johnny “is arriving tomorrow to start pre-production” on the new album. He added, “This should be a very interesting record.”

5. Motörhead


Lemmy Kilmister and the men of Motörhead just wrapped up a long stint on the 2012 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, and now, they’re ready to start work on the follow-up to 2010’s The Wörld Is Yours. When asked by Full Metal Jackie if new music was in the world, Kilmister replied, “Next year we go into the studio in January so from then on it’s a work in progress.” Looking forward to it, Lemmy!

4. Alice in Chains

Alice in Chains

Alice in Chains have been writing music for their fifth studio new album since 2011, as guitarist Jerry Cantrell’s shoulder surgery delayed recording new music for a while. This year, they were back in business, though, and the band’s new album is on target to (hopefully) arrive in 2013. What to expect from the album? “It‘s time to get to work and the material is really interesting, the body of work that we’ve done,” Cantrell explained to Rolling Stone. “It’ll be as different as any one of our records is to any other, and it’ll also be just as recognizable. It’s an Alice record, for sure.”

3. Tool


While Maynard James Keenan and the guys of Tool are always enigmatic when it comes to new music, drummer Danny Carey has steadily updated fans about the band’s upcoming album. Last we heard, Carey told the Children of Saturn radio show that, “The Tool thing is happening. Me, Adam and Justin are banging away, trying to get enough [music] to get Maynard in there, but there is no wine before it’s time.” Let’s hope 2013 is the year for new Tool!

2. Dream Theater

Dream Theater

Guitarist and founder John Petrucci announced via his personal Facebook page in April that the band has started writing for their upcoming, twelfth studio album. “Writing for the next DT album officially commenced while in Osaka the other day,” he stated. “Jet lag seems to open up one's creative channels.” Considering that was back in April, there’s a good chance we could hear those new prog-metal tracks sometime in 2013.

1. Pearl Jam

Pearl Jam

It’s about time Eddie Vedder and company make good on their promise to come out with a new album, right? We’ve been hearing that the guys are nearing completion on the set, but with band members busy with their side projects this year, it hasn’t happened yet. Drummer Matt Cameron has also been tied up with Soundgarden, so with the latter album out this year, maybe he’ll have time to finish up those beats for Pearl Jam in 2013. Let’s hope.

At least we have this bit of news from bass player Jeff Ament’s recent chat with Fuse: “We’re halfway through [the new album]. We have a ton of ideas. It’s just a matter of… everybody clearing enough space to finish it up. The great thing at this point is we’re not really in a hurry to do anything. We kind of do things as naturally as we can.”