ByJenika Enoch, writer at Creators.co
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Jenika Enoch

Let's admit it, 2016 has been a rough year for just about everyone. Not only did we see a lot of great musicians leave this earth in 2016, but it seemed like a lot of releases we were hoping would happen haven't come to fruition yet.

Well, luckily for us, 2016 is almost over and we have a lot of great things to look forward to in 2017, as far as #music goes. Whether it's teasing new material or actual confirmed release dates, there is definitely something to be excited about.

For those of us who love all things rock, 2016 gave us new releases from the likes of bands such as Avenged Sevenfold, Metallica, Green Day and Korn, but we always can be excited for what is still to come!

Here are eight upcoming rock releases either confirmed or expected to drop in 2017. Although these bands might not all be the same, they do fit into the rock category in one way, shape, or form.

1. System of a Down

The last time we got full, studio releases from SOAD was back in 2005 when they released Mesmerize and Hypnotize six months apart from each other. The band went on an indefinite hiatus after the release of those two albums, and although they reunited in 2010 and have toured on and off, we haven't gotten a new album.

That is soon about to change as drummer John Dolmayan teased that the band has at least 15 new songs ready for release. Although a confirmation hasn't been made official yet, it's likely we will hear these songs sometime in 2017.

2. AFI

After a lackluster reception to their 2009 release Crash Love, AFI emerged in 2013 with Burials and seemed to win fans back over with their new, but also familiar sound. Just this past week, AFI launched a social media campaign and not only confirmed their new album, AFI (The Blood Album), will drop on January 20, 2017, but they also released two new singles: "Snow Cats" and "White Offerings." The Blood Album will serve as AFI's tenth studio album and comes one year after frontman Davey Havok and guitarist Jade Puget released the third album for their side project, Blaqk Audio.

3. The Killers

The Killers burst onto the scene with their self-titled debut in 2004 with their debut album, Hot Fuss. Since then the band has seemed to perform pretty well, but they haven't released any new music since 2012. Frontman Brandon Flowers and the band entered the studio in September 2015 to record their fifth studio album and it was rumored that they were working with producers Flood and Alan Moulder again, but more recently they've been working with OneRepublic frontman, Ryan Tedder. Again, no confirmed release date, but we are hopeful that new music will drop in 2017.

4. Gorillaz

We haven't heard much from #Gorillaz since their last album dropped in 2011, but the British group has been in the studio working on new music. We don't know the title or exact release of a new album from the group just yet, but we do know they have been working on collaborations with Snoop Dogg, Vic Mensa and De La Soul, just to name a few. All signs are pointing to a 2017 release and a lot of people can't wait to hear what they have in store for us.

5. Depeche Mode

Depeche Mode is one of the more seasoned groups on this list, but that doesn't mean they can't still create something fantastic for us to listen to. We haven't seen a new record from Depeche Mode since Delta Machine dropped back in 2013, but they've already confirmed a Spring 2017 release for their fourteenth studio album, Spirit. The album release will also kickstart a European stadium tour set to begin on May 5, 2017 in Stockholm, Sweden.

6. Linkin Park

Throughout the years, the six members of Linkin Park have dabbled in their own side projects (anyone remember Fort Minor?), but they always seem to come back together to record new music. The last album we got was The Hunting Party back in 2014 and they've been touring on and off since then, but all signs are pointing towards a new record dropping sometime in 2017. The band has been speaking about the recording process and teasing photos of them in the recording process on social media, so that is definitely something to get excited about if you're a Linkin Park fan.

7. Thirty Seconds to Mars

Along with his recent resurgence in Hollywood, #JaredLeto has been endlessly teasing a new album from his band, Thirty Seconds to Mars, for months. We don't know a title or exact release date, but there is confirmation that the band's fifth studio album will drop sometime in 2017 under their new contract with Interscope Records.

In addition to letting us know we should expect new music in 2017, Leto himself has warned us to expect a very different sound from what we've heard on previous albums. #MarsIsComing, everyone. We just don't know exactly when.

8. Nine Inch Nails

We haven't heard new music from Nine Inch Nails since Hesitation Marks dropped back in 2013, but #TrentReznor hasn't just been sitting around doing nothing. The Oscar-winner and his co-composer, Atticus Ross, just scored the #LeonardoDiCaprio documentary on climate change, Before the Flood, and are lined up to score Patriots Day, the film about the 2013 bombing at the Boston Marathon. The pair even was hired by NASA to score their Juno space mission.

We were originally supposed to get a new album in 2016, and even had a tease from Reznor himself on Instagram saying "2016 isn't over yet," but with everything Trent Reznor has going on, it's looking more and more likely that we won't see a new NIN release until 2017.

Which 2017 album release are you most excited for? Leave a comment and let us know!