May 2012 is steadily approaching and promises to deliver some of the year's most anticipated releases. Upcoming albums will be unleashed from bands such as Shadows Fall, Tenacious D, Slash and Marilyn Manson.

Marilyn Manson makes his self-professed "comeback" with his latest record, 'Born Villain.' The enigmatic icon recently gave us an in-depth introspective into 'Born Villain' and the many themes and metaphors that dwell within the album, as well as his personal journey to create the piece.

Former Manson guitarist and current Rob Zombie axeman John 5 will release his own solo album 'God Told Me To' on May 8. The 15th of May will see two big releases, with 'Fire From the Sky' from Shadows Fall and 'Rize of the Fenix' by comedic rockers Tenacious D.

Other anticipated releases for May include Pennywise's 'All or Nothing,' Slash's 'Apocalyptic Love,' Burzum's 'Umskiptar' and Dee Snider's 'Dee Does Broadway.'

Check out our list of upcoming rock and metal music releases for the month of May 2012:

May 1:

Marilyn Manson, 'Born Villain'
Pennywise, 'All or Nothing'

May 8:

Cattle Decapitation, 'Monolith of Inhumanity'
Dee Snider, 'Dee Does Broadway'
John 5, 'God Told Me To'
Otherwise, 'True Love Never Dies'
Storm Corrosion, 'Storm Corrosion'

May 15:

Shadows Fall, 'Fire From the Sky'
Tenacious D, 'Rize of the Fenix'

May 22:

12 Stones, 'Beneath the Scars'
Burzum, 'Umskiptar'
The Cult, 'Choice of Weapon'
Engel, 'Blood of Saints'
Firewind, 'Few Against Many'
Six Feet Under, 'Undead'
Slash, Apocalyptic Love'
Sonata Arctica, 'Stones Grow Her Name'

May 29:

Architects, 'Daybreaker'
Gamma Ray, 'Island Fire'
Public Image Ltd., 'This is PiL'