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hmv.com presents… 70 Albums to get you excited for 2016! #6 Alternative & Metal
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hmv.com presents… 70 Albums to get you excited for 2016! #6 Alternative & Metal

2015 was a brilliant year for albums, but 2016 is going to be even better and we're going to prove it. Over the seven days we're going to be previewing 70 albums, most will definitely come out, some probably will, and some we really hope finally see the light of day (we’re looking at you Tool…). 

We continue today with some alternative and metal...

 

Tonight Alive

 

A little background…

Australian pop punkers Tonight Alive follow-up 2013’s The Other Side with a brand new collection.

 

What's it called?

It’s been given the title Limitless.

 

Any radical changes in sound planned?

This is Tonight Alive going for it, this is a big, big pop record. Not that they’ve been lacking in choruses before, but this sounds like a step-up.

 

Who's producing it?  Any big-name guests?

For this album the band have turned to David Bendeth, a man with a CV that includes huge records from bands like Papa Roach, All Time Low and Paramore.

 

Will it really come out this year? And when?

Absolutely, it’s set for March 4th and you can pre-order it here. 

 

 

Deftones

 

A little background…

Four years after Koi No Yokan, the California metallers’ return to form, they’re readying a brand new album.

 

What's it called?

No word on that so far.

 

Any radical changes in sound planned?

According to early interviews this is a “heady” album, but frontman Chino Moreno was keen to stress it’s still in that classic Deftones vein.

 

Who's producing it?  Any big-name guests?

Matt Hyde, who’s worked with the likes of Slayer and Parkway Drive, is at the controls, and there is a very special guest, Jerry Cantrell, guitarist in grunge legends Alice In Chains, has recorded a guest solo for the album.

 

Will it really come out this year? And when?

Almost certainly, expect the announcement in the first part of the year.

 


Killswitch Engage

 

A little background…

The metalcore stalwarts reunited with original vocalist Jesse Leach on 2013’s Disarm The Descent and are now back with their second album with him.

 

What's it called?

It’s been given the title Incarnate.

 

Any radical changes in sound planned?

The band have said that this new album will be more varied and not so brutal as Disarm The Descent. It’s unlikely there will be too many power ballads though.

 

Who's producing it?  Any big-name guests?

Guitarist and key songwriter Adam Dutkiewicz will act as producer once again

 

Will it really come out this year? And when?

For sure, it’s due in March, we’ll find out the actual date in the coming weeks.

 

Blink-182

 

A little background…

Now this is a complicated one. At the start of 2015 it looked like at some point during the year Blink-182 would regroup and record the follow-up to Neighbourhoods, but everything shifted rather dramatically. Bassist/co-frontman Mark Hoppus and drummer Travis Barker issued a statement saying that as far as they were concerned guitarist/co-frontman Tom DeLonge was out of the band after he failed to commit to recording new material, DeLonge countered that this wasn’t the case, but soon it emerged that Hoppus and Barker were moving on without him and had recruited Alkaline Trio frontman Matt Skiba to fill in.

Now they’ve played a fair few shows with Skiba and have confirmed they are recording new material.

 

What's it called?

Nothing on that yet.

 

Any radical changes in sound planned?

Well Skiba’s voice will certainly change things, but we’ve not heard any snippets of new music yet.

 

Who's producing it?  Any big-name guests?

Last time out the band self-produced, you’d imagine it’d be the same this time around.

 

Will it really come out this year? And when?

We know they’re recording, but that’s all. That said, Barker and Hoppus parted ways with DeLonge because things were moving too slowly so you’d imagine they would be keen to get on with it.

 

 

Linkin Park

 

A little background…

The nu metal stadium fillers are back in the studio and working on the follow-up to 2014’s The Hunting Party.

 

What's it called?

Not sure yet.

 

Any radical changes in sound planned?

The Hunting Party was a far more straight ahead rock record and has been the band’s best received LP for a long time so you’d think they’d want to keep going down that path. But then again maybe they’ll try something completely different?

 

Who's producing it?  Any big-name guests?

The Hunting Party was the band’s first self-produced album and there’s been no word on any other producer so far.

 

Will it really come out this year? And when?

Could go either way, but we’d bet that this will emerge before the end of 2016.

 


Panic! At The Disco

 

A little background…

When Panic! At The Disco release their new album this month it will be their first with frontman Brendon Urie as the sole member. That hasn’t slowed him down though with a slew of huge gigs and festivals already booked for later this year.

 

What's it called?

Death Of A Bachelor.

 

Any radical changes in sound planned?

Not really, it’s big pop rock with that classic Panic! quirk.

 

Who's producing it?  Any big-name guests?

Urie has recorded the album with Butch Walker, the same man who has helped Brian Fallon get his debut album into shape.

 

Will it really come out this year? And when?

Oh yes, it’s out in a matter of days, January 15th. You can pre-order it here.



 

Architects

 

A little background…

After smashing it out of the park with their sixth album Lost Together // Lost Forever, the Brighton hardcore types are currently hard at work on a follow-up.

 

What's it called?

To be confirmed.

 

Any radical changes in sound planned?

They’ve experimented with a softer sound and, by their own admittance, they hated it, so you’d imagine this will be the same powerhouse metalcore as their last effort.

 

Who's producing it?  Any big-name guests?

No word on either of those questions yet.

 

Will it really come out this year? And when?

Festivals are booked, so you’d fully expect that they’d have an album to promote.

 


Biffy Clyro

 

A little background…

After the release of their epic 2013 double album Opposites and huge world tour Biffy Clyro have taken some time away to rest and recuperate, but they’re now back at work on a new LP.

 

What's it called?

No word on that yet, given last time they announced their album title and then changed their minds they’re understandably keeping tight-lipped this time.

 

Any radical changes in sound planned?

Which sound? Between both discs of Opposites there was a lot going on, but singer Simon Neill has spoken about his sonic ambitions, telling DIY that he wants an album that sounds like “Deafheaven meets Tears For Fears meets Death Grips”. Sounds incredible...

 

Who's producing it?  Any big-name guests?

It’s not been confirmed, but the band have been pictured working with John Feldmann, the man who has worked with the likes of All Time Low, 5 Seconds Of Summer and Black Veil Brides.

 

Will it really come out this year? And when?

Almost certainly, the band have already started booking shows and are back on the promo trail. Get excited for a new Biffy album.

 

You Me At Six

 

A little background…

The Surrey pop rockers enjoyed their best campaign yet in support of fourth album Cavalier Youth and are now following it up. It’ll be the band’s first album recorded in their own studio (more on that here).

 

What's it called?

Not sure yet.

 

Any radical changes in sound planned?

No new songs or snippets have come out yet.

 

Who's producing it?  Any big-name guests?

No word on either of those so far.

 

Will it really come out this year? And when?

We’d be shocked if it didn’t. Put it this way You Me At Six have been one of the most prolific presences on Twitter throughout their career and they haven’t posted in months since August, they must be hard at work on something...

 


Paramore

 

A little background…

In a strange moment of symmetry Paramore once again go into the recording of a brand new album missing a founding member. After seeing Josh and Zach Farro leave before the writing and recording of 2013’s self-titled album, Paramore have now parted ways with bassist Jeremy Davis as they set about recording a brand new album as a two-piece.

 

What's it called?

No word on that, but having made their last album a self-titled effort they’ll need an actual title this time.

 

Any radical changes in sound planned?

After spending a bit of time this year celebrating their debut album there’s been a few reports that this might be a ‘back to our roots’ album, but that’s all they are, reports.

 

Who's producing it?  Any big-name guests?

No idea on either. Sorry.

 

Will it really come out this year? And when?

Could go either way. Davis’s departure suggest that the band have indeed been working away on new material and need to change direction, but his leaving also may well set them back a few months. Who knows?

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