10 Most Anticipated Rock Albums Of 2018: Pearl Jam, Alice In Chains & More

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Happy New Year from Alternative Nation! If everything goes to plan, 2018 could be an exciting year of new releases from some of your favorite legendary alternative rock bands. Below are 10 highly anticipated releases.

A Perfect Circle

A Perfect Circle released “The Doomed” in late 2017, and debuted a few other new songs live. The band are expected to release their new album in the spring to coincide with new tour dates. The band last released the covers album Emotive in 2004.

Stone Temple Pilots

Stone Temple Pilots debuted their new singer Jeff Gutt in November, with the release of the single “Meadow.” STP will release their new album in March 2018, the band’s first full length album since 2010’s Stone Temple Pilots, and their first new music since 2013’s High Rise EP.

Pearl Jam

While we don’t have any concrete information on Pearl Jam recording a new album, in 2018 it will have been 5 years since Lightning Bolt, and it’s hard to believe the band would go 6 years in between albums. The band also have touring plans that would seem to coincide with a new album release.

Alice In Chains

Alice In Chains were hard at work on a new album in 2017, and will release their new album in 2018 to coincide with their new tour dates.

Smashing Pumpkins

A fan claimed he heard Jimmy Chamberlin state that the original Smashing Pumpkins lineup would reunite in 2018 to record a new album. If that is true and the band manage to release a new album in 2018, it would be the first album to feature the original lineup since 2000’s MACHINA/The Machines of God, which features D’arcy Wretzky on select tracks that she recorded before exiting the band in fall 1999. Even if a new Pumpkins album doesn’t come to fruition, Billy Corgan is close to completing a new solo double album to follow up Ogilala.

Tool

We’ll believe it when we see it, but drummer Danny Carey claimed the new album will finally come in 2018, and Tom Morello actually heard the instrumentals to the album, so we now know for sure they are actually working on it! When it comes out, it will be the band’s first album since 2006’s 10,000 Days.

Carey said a couple of months ago, “Yes. I’m saying definitely. We’ll probably have it done in the first half of the year if things go as planned. There’s setup times and manufacturing – I can never predict all that, it seems like it’s constantly evolving. What time of year will it be out? I can’t tell you.”

Nine Inch Nails

NIN are expected to release the third EP in their trilogy that started with 2016’s Not The Actual Events and was followed up with 2017’s Add Violence.

Weezer

Rivers Cuomo has claimed that he has narrowed down The Black Album to 15 songs, so fans should expected another new album from Weezer in 2018. The band have released new albums in quick succession since returning in 2014 after a 4 year break from recording, with Pacific Daydream coming out just a couple of months ago in 2017.

Muse

Muse may release a new album by the end of 2018, following the release of new singles. They last released Drones in 2015.

“We’re mixing a new track right now,” Bellamy said during an interview at the KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas show. “It’s called ‘Thought Contagion’ and it’s gonna come out in the new year. We’re going to give it to you like in January or something, or February. It’s a great track – rocking, heavy.”

Asked about album plans, he said, “I think next year we’ll do like two or three more songs like this, and then the album might be like later next year or early ’19, something like that.”

The Offspring

Dexter Holland proclaimed in 2017 that we would see a new Offspring album in ‘2018, for sure.’ Their last album Days Go By was released in 2012.

  • Raj

    i’m most looking forward to the new Alice in Chains album.

    • Hwang Sunghyeop

      AIC and STP
      those new line up.

    • PhoenixForce5

      Alice in Chains haven’t lost their edge. Jerry’s keeping the old sound but more importantly I want to see a new Jerry Cantrell solo album. ‘Job To Do’ from the John Wick II soundtrack was so good!

  • Joe Costigan

    AIC is the one I am looking forward to the most. It would be nice to see some emerging artists come out of nowhere and put some good new rock music out there. Highly Suspect and Greta Van Fleet are two newer bands that give me hope rock still resonates with younger audiences. Rap is pretty terrible – I don’t listen to it at all and it seems like Rap is essentially 80s hair metal for the current generation.

    • Keith.

      Agree about GVF — everything I’ve heard from them, including live, has been great.

    • JoelS

      Give The Glorious Sons a listen. Not as heavy as Highly Suspect, but solid catchy rock songs.

    • PhoenixForce5

      The Devil Put the Dinosaurs Here was an awesome album.

  • Keith.

    I believe Mudhoney has a new album coming in 2018, too. If so, it’s gotta bump The Offspring or Muse from the list. Mudhoney’s legends.

  • JoelS

    I’m going to add Collective Soul to this list. Their last album was killer and I expect the new one to be just as good.

    • Jim

      The couple of new songs they’ve played live are really good.