hmv.com previews... - December 17, 2016

hmv.com previews... 2017's Best Metal/Pop-Punk Albums
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hmv.com previews... 2017's Best Metal/Pop-Punk Albums

Over the next 10 days we'll be previewing 100 of the best albums you can expect to hear in 2017. Most will come out, some inevitably won't, but they are all worth getting excited about. 

Today we move on to metal and pop-punk...

 

Paramore

A little background…

Drama seems to follow Paramore from album to album. Just as it looked as if they’d recovered from the departure of founding guitarist and drummer Josh and Zac Farro and regrouped to produce 2013’s superb self-titled album, more drama come along.

Bassist Jeremy Davis has now departed the group, an exit which leaves the band with only singer Hayley Williams and guitarist Taylor York as full-time members as well as a lawsuit from Davis over disputed payments to deal with.

But, as ever, the band are pressing on and are back working on a new record.

 

Any titles yet?

Not so far.

 

Have they got a producer on board?

As with their self-titled album the band are working with Justin Meldal-Johnson, who most recently was at the controls from Jimmy Eat World’s Integrity Blues.

 

Any special guests?

One very special one. Zac Farro is back and will play drums on the album, he won’t be re-joining the band though.

 

What can we expect and when can we expect it?

Another album of uplifting anthems, possibly in time for a summer tour, though we’ve not much of a clue on release date.

 
 
 

Mastodon

 

A little background…

After an extensive world tour in support of 2015’s Once More Round The Sun and various dalliances with side projects the Georgia metallers are now back in the studio are working on a new album.

 

Any titles yet?

Not so far.

 

Have they got a producer on board?

They have, they are working with Brendan O’Brien who they last worked with on 2009’s decidedly proggy Crack The Skye. They’re recording in Atlanta and then heading to Los Angeles to mix and master the thing.

 

Any special guests?

No word on that.

 

What can we expect and when can we expect it?

All the chatter coming out of the camp is that we can expect a return to proggier waters, with more space for dynamic shifts and experimentation. There’s no confirmed release date, but we’d be willing to bet it’ll be before the summer.

 
 
 
 

Marilyn Manson

 

A little background…

It’s been a flat two years since the release of the controversial star’s last album The Pale Emperor, but he’s wasted no time getting on with a follow-up and will release it in the early part of next year.

 

Any titles yet?

Say10. Do you see what he’s done there?

 

Have they got a producer on board?

As with The Pale Emperor Manson is self-producing.

 

Any special guests?

None that we know of, although Twiggy Ramirez, who did not play on The Pale Emperor, is back in the studio with Manson alongside Tyler Bates, the composer/guitarists whose cinematic compositions were a huge feature of The Pale Emperor.
 

What can we expect and when can we expect it?

The singer has promised an energised, politically charged and powerhouse album, more reminiscent for his breakthrough album Antichrist Superstar than the slick tones of The Pale Emperor. Manson has also promised it’ll be with us for Valentine’s Day. The romantic old devil...

 
 
 

Ghost

 

A little background…

Six years after the Swedish metallers and their corpse paint covered frontman in a pope outfit first appeared they are now a major force in modern metal. Having completed an extensive tour in support of their third album Meliora they’ve just tided us over with a covers EP named Popestar and are now turning their attentions to their fourth studio album.

 

Any titles yet?

None as yet, but expect it to be another dip into Latin...

 

Have they got a producer on board?

Nothing’s confirmed, but they’ve just worked with Tom Dalgety on their covers EP Popestar, he’s a nice fit.

 

Any special guests?

It’s too early for that sort of thing.

 

What can we expect and when can we expect it?

Word from one of the nameless ghouls is that we can expect a much darker record than Meliora (it was never going to be lighter though was it?) and that it’ll be with us in the autumn of 2017 if all goes to plan.

 
 
 
 

AFI

 

A little background…

It’s been four years since the goth punks’ last effort Burials with the members enjoying time off and focusing on various side projects, but they’re now back with a brand new album and new label, all set for an assault on 2017.

 

Any titles yet?

They’ve waited until 10 albums into their career, but they’ve finally gone self-titled.

 

Have they got a producer on board?

The band’s guitarist Jade Pudget teams up with Matt Hyde, best known for engineering records for Slipknot, Gallows and Funeral For A Friend, for this album.

 

Any special guests?

None, just the four of band members.

 

What can we expect and when can we expect it?

A gloom-tinged, but much rawer sounding rock record. We don’t have long to wait either, it’s out on January 20th. 

 
 
 
 

As It Is

 

A little background…

Brighton pop-punks As It Is are wasting no time as they release the follow-up to their well-received debut Never Happy, Ever After next month.

 

Any titles yet?

Yes indeed, their sophomore effort is going to be titled okay.

 

Have they got a producer on board?

Mike Green, who has worked with the likes of Real Friends and All Time Low, is at the controls for this album.

 

Any special guests?

Nope, just the band and the band alone.

 

What can we expect and when can we expect it?

A more powerful, more disciplined and just as energetic blast of pop-punk. It’ll be with us on January 20th and you can pre-order it here.

 
 
 

The Offspring

 

A little background…

By the time we get to 2017 it will have been a cool five years since The Offspring released a new album, the longest gap in their career to date.

In the time in between they’ve celebrated their breakthrough albums Smash and Americana with lengthy tours playing them in their entirety, but are now back to work on new stuff, slowly...

 

Any titles yet?

Not so far.

 

Have they got a producer on board?

We’re not sure yet, details are pretty light.

 

Any special guests?

Not that we know about thus far.

 

What can we expect and when can we expect it?

Given the lack of details and the fact that the band have been keen to stress that there is no rush with new material this one could go either way…

 
 
 

Dropkick Murphys

 

A little background…

The gritty Boston oi punks unveil their ninth studio album next year, their first since 2013’s Signed and Sealed in Blood.

 

Any titles yet?

Indeed, it’s going to be called 11 Short Stories of Pain & Glory.

 

Have they got a producer on board?

Ted Hutt, who has also worked with The Gaslight Anthem and Skinny Lister, was at the controls for this album.

 

Any special guests?

None, just the six band members.

 

What can we expect and when can we expect it?

An album of arms aloft punk anthems and it’ll be with us on January 6th. You can pre-order it here.

 
 
 
 

Stone Sour

 

A little background…

After committing the last three years of himself to Slipknot, Corey Taylor returns to Stone Sour in 2017 for the follow-up to 2013’s double album House of Gold & Bones.

The band will be returning to the studio in January and Taylor has confirmed that the band lots of songs written and ready to go. They’ll be recording without guitarist Jim Root this time who departed in 2015, he’s been replaced by Christian Martucci.

 

Any titles yet?

Nope.

 

Have they got a producer on board?

Nothing’s confirmed, but the band did self-produce their two 2015 covers EP so may well take it the whole hog this time and self-produce.

 

Any special guests?

Not so far.

 

What can we expect and when can we expect it?

Taylor has promised it’ll be a mixture of punk, metal and hard rock and it’ll be with us by the summer.

 
 

New Found Glory

 

A little background…

The pop-punk veterans are on upward curve after their last two albums Radiosurgery and Resurrection and are now back in the studio working on what will become their ninth studio album.

 

Any titles yet?

Not so far.

 

Have they got a producer on board?

Aaron Sprinkle, who has worked with the likes of MxPx and Relient K, has produced the album.

 

Any special guests?

None that we know about so far.

 

What can we expect and when can we expect it?

More hardcore-fuelled pop-punk goodness, it’s finished and being mixed at this moment, expect it in the spring.

 

 

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