With the new year almost upon us it’s time to stop looking back at 2015 and start looking forward to 2016. What will it bring us?  Well I’m here to answer that question with four albums, either confirmed and rumoured, that you should really be on your radar for next year.

Blink 182 – 7th Studio Album


When Tom DeLonge exited stage left from Blink 182 in the early stages of the year one of the main frustrations he was causing was a lack of progress with a new album. Initially slated for a 2013 release that came and went, the band then missed 2014 as well. By 2015 enough was enough. Was Tom kicked out? Did he leave? It really doesn’t matter to be honest. The rest of the group wanted to push forward, Tom didn’t.

blink_182_Matt_SkibaWhen Matt Skiba (Alkaline Trio) stepped in to play a few shows in his place the rumour mill started for Blink 182 to record their new album with him instead. In August it was confirmed that the new look trio were heading into the studio to start writing new material and things might be moving along faster than expected.

2014blink182_getty180618724150714-article_x4Back in October drummer Travis Barker confirmed with NME that “We’re just getting started but I think we’ve got like four or five songs right now that I’m really, really happy with. There’s a song called ‘Punk Rock Cliché‘ which I love the most right now. It’s about friends of ours and their relationships.”

He added that the aim for the group is just “Write a bunch of songs and when we feel like there’s an album ready, there’s an album ready. No pressure, no deadlines.”

mark_hoppus_2011While speaking to Alternative Press bassist Mark Hoppus discussed the style of music they were creating as a blend of “early Blink meets early Alkaline Trio”. He went on to say that he’s really happy with how its going and that the energy in the studio is great adding “Nothing except good stuff is going to come out of the studio.”

This is all very promising for a 2016 release and while the band are keeping their intentions close to their chests it is the most logical conclusion. I’m guessing that the album will be out towards the end of the year. After all the new album will come under intense scrutiny from fans and the media. So they will want to put out the best music possible.

Megadeth – Dystopia


Dystopia will be the fifteenth studio album by thrash metal legends Megadeth. It is due for release January 22nd.

It is the first album since 2004’s The System Has Failed not to feature drummer Shawn Drover and the first since 2007’s United Abominations without guitarist Chris Broderick. Instead it will have Lamb of God drummer Chris Adler and Angra guitarist Kiko Loureiro filling those roles respectively.

It’s nice to see Megadeth still writing and releasing new material on a regular basis. Even though their last album 2013’s Super Collider didn’t get the best reviews I think it’s better than resting on your old legacy that some older metal bands do. *cough* Metallica *cough*

Before you get your panties in a twist I’ll let you know that I love Metallica. I just think it’s a little bit lazy not to have only produced two albums in the last fifteen years. That’s if you even let the abomination of St. Anger count.

Below you can listen to one of my favourite Megadeth songs ‘Something I’m Not’ from 2004’s The System Has Failed.

Alkaline Trio – 9th Studio Album

myshameistrueThe world needs more music from Alkaline Trio. It’s almost been three years since the release of My Shame Is True and fans are eagerly anticipating their next efforts. So far there has been very few rumours to run with on the planning or progress of this project. However back in July Dan Andriano (bassist) said that Alkaline Trio ‘need to make a new record’ and that he thinks it will be early 2016 when they starting recording a new album. The problem is that they’re all so busy. Dan has his solo project. Matt Skiba has The Sekrets and now Blink 182. It’s a matter of how and when are they going to fit it all in!

In reality I it depends a lot on the progress that Blink 182 are making on their new music. It’s probably the number one priority right now. As I said earlier I’m expecting a new recorded from them to be released towards the end of 2016. Does that leave enough time for Alkaline Trio to write, record and tour for their 9th studio album. Maybe, maybe not.

I hope so though!

Black Stone Cherry – Kentucky

blackstonecherry2015bandnew_638Black Stone Cherry will be releasing their fifth studio album Kentucky on April 1st. It will have been two years since the last album release of Magic Mountain, which for some bands is quite a quick turn around. Yet it still can’t come soon enough for me.

blackstonecherrykentuckycdI love everything about the southern American hard rock sound that they have.  They are just a talented group of guys having fun and it always comes across in the music. It helps that Chris Robertson has a perfect rock and roll voice too I suppose.

Also from a drummers perspective it’s a joy to listen to John Fred Young. He is an absolute beast behind the kit!

I’m actually seeing the band live in February at Wembley Arena alongside Halestorm and Shinedown. That’s going to be a quality show!

They just released the first track that will be on the album. It’s called ‘The Way Of The Future‘ and you can listen to it below.