hmv.com previews... 2019's Best Rock and Metal Albums
Over the next few days, we'll be previewing 50 of the best albums you can expect to hear in 2019. Almost all of them will come out, some inevitably won't, but they are all worth getting excited about.
We begin today with the best of rock and metal...
Bring Me The Horizon
Release Date: January 25th
The campaign for 2015’s That’s The Spirit moved Sheffield noiseniks from successful curiosities to a household name. They’re now a band who can fill multiple nights at the O2 and headline festivals, which amps up the anticipation for their new LP amo considerably.
amo was written and recorded in Los Angeles with frontman Oli Sykes and keyboardist Jordan Fish handling production. The album continues the band’s move away from the hardcore and metal of their early days, with experimental electronics and trap production deployed throughout.
Experimentation also certainly applies to the range of guests on the album. You’ve got electro princess Grimes, Cradle Of Filth frontman Dani Filth and rapper Rahzel...
Title: The Black Album
Release Date: March 1st
After fully embracing summery pop on 2017’s Pacific Daydream, Weezer return with something rather different for their next trick.
This LP, which is their 12th and the fifth to go out with a colour rather than a full title, sees the band recording with Yeah Yeah Yeahs/TV On The Radio man Dave Sitek.
The Black Album sees Rivers Cuomo in a more playful mood, as you can hear on new jam ‘Can’t Knock The Hustle’, which mixes rock, funk and disco, with Cuomo’s signature ability to create a triumphant chorus.
Title: Distance Over Time
Release Date: February 22nd
The prog-rock titans make it 14 albums and counting in February with the release of new LP Distance Over Time.
The album finds the band on typically epic form, with nine tracks sprawling out over 57 minutes, including the nine-minute-plus shapeshifter ‘Wit’s End’.
Recorded in upstate New York, the album sees the fivesome injecting more metal into their sound.
Release Date: February 1st
It’s been five years since Dutch orchestral metallers Within Temptation had a new album to talk about. In that time, they’ve pursued solo projects and took some much needed time off, but now they’re back and raring to go.
For their new album Resist, the band have reunited with long-time producer Daniel Gibson and recorded a bombastic, slick LP of anthems made for the arenas they will spend all of 2019 headlining.
They've got some big-name guests too, with Papa Roach's Jacoby Shaddix, In Flames' Anders Fridén and Arid's Jasper Steverlinck all on the album.
While She Sleeps
Title: SO WHAT?
Release Date: March 1st
The hardcore metallers are striking out of their own in 2019. Their new album has been recorded in their own Sleeps Audio studio and will be released on their own label.
Not everything is new though. They’re working once again with producer Carl Bown and their trademark piledriving guitars and relentless drive are still as potent as ever they were.
Judge for yourselves on new single ‘Anti-Social’...
Title: Who Do You Trust?
Release Date: January 18th
The nu-metallers have come over all paranoid for their 10th full-length effort.
The album arrives less than two years after their last effort, an eventuality we owe to a cancelled tour with Of Mice & Men back in 2017, when the band decided to use the time to begin work on new songs.
Produced by frequent collaborators Nicholas Furlong, Colin Cunningham and Jason Evigan, the album is inspired by the world’s febrile political situation and sees frontman Jacoby Shaddix questioning everything and everyone.
Release Date: March 22nd
The beloved post-hardcore types are back with their first new studio album in five years in March.
Produced by frequent collaborator Will Yip, the album has been inspired by the drives La Dispute mainman Jordan Dreyer would take with his partner from their home in the East Hills neighbourhood of Grand Rapids to Lowell, Michigan.
It’s another thoughtful, elegant and interesting record from a band who continue to push the boundaries of hardcore.
Release Date: Spring 2019
The nu-metal titans returned to their heavy roots on 2016’s The Serenity Of Suffering after dabbles with hip-hop and dubstep. Now they need a follow-up, which is due later this year.
Nick Raskulinecz, who made The Serenity Of Suffering with the band, is back at the controls for the new effort, which will be the band's 13th.
Release Date: Sometime in 2019
By the time the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve, it will have been a decade since we last had a new album from German pyromaniacs Rammstein. But that changes in 2019.
The band have spent the past year recording with producer Sky Van Hoff, early in September, they were in Minsk adding choirs and orchestras to their songs.
There have been no hints on titles or songs thus far, but you can expect another ginormous collection of anthemic, industrial metal. The kind of songs that go well with lots of fire...
Title: Feral Roots
Release Date: January 26th
The hard-working California rockers roar back with a sixth full-length effort in early 2019.
Produced by Grammy winner Dave Cobb at studios in Nashville, Tennessee, and Muscle Shoals, Alabama, the album sees the band getting in touch with rootsier side...