Monday, 4 January 2016

10 Albums To Look Forward To In 2016

10 Albums To Look Forward To In 2016

Happy new year guys! I thought that as it's a new year it would be a great time to write about some of the albums I'm looking forward to in 2016. Let me know if there's any you think I missed out in the comments!

It's been 8 long years since Death Magnetic... but it looks like 2016 could finally be the year the thrash metal titans release their 10th album, although according to guitarist Kirk it's possible we might have to wait until early 2017 at the latest. In that same interview, the guitarist said that the album will be along the same lines as 2008's Death Magnetic,which was pretty popular with the critics. However, it wasn't with the hardcore fans of Metallica's older stuff, just like every album they have put out in the last 25 years, so they probably won't be fans of this next one.

Bury Tomorrow
The guys in Bury Tomorrow, one of the best bands in British metalcore at the moment, have already dropped a couple of singles (Earthbound and Memories) from the album Earthbound, which will be out on the 29th of January, and I can safely say this could be one of their best and most melodic albums yet. The only bad thing I would say is that on those two singles Dani's screams don't really sound up to his usual standard; I don't know if he's going for a different sound or if his voice just isn't as good any more, but even so this looks like it's gonna be a pretty awesome album.

It only seems to me like the Tooth released their first album Disgusting, but it looks like we could be getting a new album from them this year, ready to set them up for an amazing set at Download in the Summer. Last August, Caleb (vocalist and creator of the band) shared 15 seconds of new music on his instagram (here's the link in case you haven't already heard it:, and it sounds like this new album will be pretty heavy compared to Disgusting.

Simple Plan
The French-Canadian pop-punks have given us 3 songs from their upcoming album Taking One For The Team, their 5th album so far, which they worked with some massive names like Mark Hoppus (Blink-182) and Alex Gaskarth (All Time Low) to write. The singles we've heard show some diverse sounds, with the band moving in more of a poppy direction, especially I Don't Wanna Go To Bed, (which has a guest spot from rapper Nelly) which will obviously divide opinions. Personally I'm not really into pop, but the songs are well-made, and Boom sticks to their pop-punk roots, so this album should be pretty varied.

The Knoxville deathcore group announced in late 2015 that this January they're going to be recording a new album, which will be their 6th since their first, The Somatic Defilement, back in 2006. Their last album, Our Endless War, wasn't as popular with the fans as the older albums, but I was personally a huge fan of the album, so I can't wait for Whitechapel's 6th. Ben Savage, one of their 3 guitarists, hinted that this album could be even more different to the earlier albums, saying "We may try some different things. Lamb of God has a new song out and it's all clean singing.... Phil could do it."

One of the most hated-on bands in the history of metal, the Japanese Babymetal have attracted huge attention since their first self-titled album in 2014. But whether you like them or not, Babymetal have been a breath of fresh air in metal; in that it's finally something other than some sweaty blokes with beards. (Not that there's anything wrong with sweaty blokes with beards.) Their second album will drop on the 1st of April, the day that the band are calling Fox Day. They say this album has come after a 'prophecy by the fox god." Err... what?

Infant Annihilator
One of the most brutal bands metal has ever heard are set to be releasing the follow up to 2012's The Palpable Leprosy Of Pollution early this year, (Which they promised us would be here late 2015...) this time with Dickie Allen instead of original vocalist Dan Watson. In a youtube video ( the band said that this album will still have the 'silly heavieness' of the first album, and also showed us a few clips of new music. (But some of them might be from Eddie and Aaron's side project xMeatslabx) And I can tell you, when we finally get to hear this album, it's gonna be some seriosuly brutal  music.

Metallica aren't the only band in the big 4 of thrash metal who will be releasing a new album in 2016; Megadeth's Dystopia will be released on the 22nd of January, and looks like it's going to be a pretty sweet album. It's their first album to made with Chris Adler on the drums, who is also the drummer for Lamb Of God, who were featured in my article about the best albums of 2015. Two singles have been released from Dystopia, and it's sounding like things are going pretty well. Both songs are a relentless attack of heavy yet catchy riffs, mixed with the shredding of Dave Mustaine and new guitarist Kiko Loureiro, and give us a good idea of how this album will sound. That is, brilliant.

Tonight Alive
The Female-fronted pop-punks from down under have a new album out on the 4th of March, which is all set to be some of their best work yet. Like the other pop-punk band included on this list, Simple Plan, it looks like Tonight Alive will be more experimental with this year's album, and will expand their sound from traditional pop-punk, with singer Jenna McDougal saying "Limitless is a record that is just as much about redefining boundaries...We tore away every formula, structure and safety net we knew." Their two singles released so far, again like Simple Plan, have seen them adopt a much poppier sound than before. This move could be unpopular with some fans, but this should be a great album even so.

The now Tom Delonge-less Blink (with Matt Skiba of Alkaline Trio in his place) have nothing confirmed yet, but bassist and singer Mark has hinted on his instagram  that a new album is on the way, and fingers crossed it will be out this year. Long-time member Tom's split with the pop-punk veterans has left some people worried about this album though - of course Matt is a great replacement, but some fans think it just might not be Blink without Tom. But I'm sure this album will be a great one, because if you listen to Matt in Alkaline Trio you can see he's definitely able to fill Tom's shoes. 

What albums are you all looking forward to this year? Let me know in the comments!

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