FEATURE: 50 Bands To Look Out For In 2016!

Whether you’re looking for a brand new band to blow you away, or looking forward to one of your favourite bands releasing an eagerly awaited follow-up, we’ve got you covered as we pick out 50 bands to watch out for throughout the course of 2016. So, grab a seat, get comfy, and delve into our list below for the absolute best of rock, punk, hardcore, metal, indie, emo, and everything inbetween, to find out exactly who you should be checking out this year and why.


AGAINST THE CURRENT

FOR FANS OF:
Set It Off / We Are The In Crowd / Motion City Soundtrack

Pop-punk trio Against The Current have come a hell of a long way from the days of establishing themselves as just a mere YouTube covers band. They’ve since signed to Fueled By Ramen Records, had a successful release in the form of ‘Gravity’ and have completed a full world tour.

Upon finishing said tour, Against The Current released ‘Outsiders’, hinting towards a new full-length release rumoured for 2016, and are touring the UK in support of All Time Low, which is an ideal opportunity to showcase such material. This will only provide more support for the already successful band set to take the world by storm. [JB]

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Outsiders [stream]

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AGHAST!

FOR FANS OF:
Carcass / Decapitated / Nile

Aghast! are a band new on the scene yet have been going for many years. As a death metal band being a hot prophet for the scene after an impressive performance at Bloodstock 2014 and a quite big underground album ‘All The Rage’ being released in 2014.

With tours this year playing Mammothfest (alongside Hang The Bastard and Aborted) and an upcoming tour with Meta-Stasis, the hope for this band to become underground heroes still remains within a lot of peoples’ minds. [BC]

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All The Rage [stream]
Look Alive [stream]
We Fear Silence [stream]

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ARCHITECTS

FOR FANS OF:
Parkway Drive / Bring Me The Horizon / While She Sleeps

Easily one of the forerunners of British metalcore as it is today, Brighton’s Architects certainly have set the bar incredibly high for themselves when they released their last album, ‘Lost Forever // Lost Together’. Combining high octane, fast paced and technical riffs with a brutish punch and lyrics which touch on social and environmental issues, Architects have a lot to offer.

With there never being more than two years gapping each of their records, with 2014 being their last it looks like this is the year we should have something new. Don’t expect to just blow you out of the water, but more likely out of the stratosphere too. [ZR]

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Gravedigger [stream]
Alpha Omega [stream]
Naysayer [stream]

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AS LIONS

FOR FANS OF:
Bury Tomorrow / Trivium / Metallica

Formed from the ashes of British metal hopefuls Rise To Remain, who at one point were hotly tipped to be one of the forerunners of the UK’s metal scene to be, As Lions have already kick started their careers with plenty of glimmer. To end their 2015, the band performed at Wembley Arena, supporting their peers from across the pond Five Finger Death Punch. Not bad for a band who are still less than a year old.

With Austin Dickinson, an offspring of Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden, fronting the group, As Lions look to be heading only to the top once they get a bit more momentum going for them. They’ve only got a couple of tracks to their name now, but by the end of the year don’t be surprised to see an EP under their belts. [ZR]

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The Fall [stream]
Nothing Left [stream]
The Serpent [stream]

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ASKING ALEXANDRIA

FOR FANS OF:
Of Mice & Men / blessthefall / Bring Me The Horizon

This time last year, when their much adored frontman Danny Worsnop decided to part ways with Asking Alexandria to start a whole new project in We Are Harlot, it was an unexpected blow that not only took the fans aback a bit, but even the rest of Worsnop’s now former bandmates. However, after recruiting Denis Stoff (formerly of Make Me Famous), putting out new track ‘I Won’t Give In’ and several live appearances with their newest recruit, Asking Alexandria proved that they’re far from dead.

With a new line-up going strong, a step back to their former sound and away from that of their last album ‘From Death To Destiny’, and the look to release their fourth full-length ‘The Black’ in March, 2016 looks like it’s going to a strong year for Asking Alexandria. [ZR]

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I Won’t Give In [stream]
Undivided [stream]
To The Stage [stream]

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BEARTOOTH

FOR FANS OF:
Every Time I Die / letlive. / Of Mice & Men

With their skull stomping debut record ‘Disgusting’ a surprise contender for 2014’s best, not to mention some of the most riotous live shows to be seen from a band in years, the almost immediate international splash Beartooth made certainly shows no sign of dwindling as we head into the new year.

Promising their sophomore LP to arrive in the “first half of 2016″, details remains sketchy, yet frontman Caleb Shomo has been quoted in saying “I’ve written a couple of songs that are more melody driven, as opposed to super heavy riffs”. Armed with a clutch of new tunes, we can expect festival appearances and tour news soon to follow. Their white hot trajectory looking sure to continue, don’t be surprised see Beartooth emerge as legitimate scene leaders in the coming months. [TB]

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In Between [stream]
The Lines [stream]
Beaten In Lips [stream]

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BLINK-182

FOR FANS OF:
All Time Low / Sum 41 / Good Charlotte

Not many people could’ve predicted that halfway through 2015 that Blink-182 would be kicking out one of their founding and, arguably, most prominent members. However, Tom DeLonge was given the boot for allegedly failing to commit to the band’s new record due to his focus on other projects, and instead the pop-punk outfit brought in Matt Skiba (of Alkaline Trio) to fill his shoes.

Though Skiba has been accepted following a string of live shows with his new position, we’re yet to see how this will turn and form the band when it comes to bringing out new music. We’ll get that before the end of the year though, with the band’s seventh album currently being put together. All eyes on you, Blink. [ZR]

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All The Small Things [stream]
Feeling This [stream]

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BRAND NEW

FOR FANS OF:
Moose Blood / Seahaven / Taking Back Sunday

Waiting for a new album from Brand New seems almost like waiting for another ‘Chinese Democracy'; we keep getting told that it’s almost here, teased with in-studio photos and such, but we’re yet to actually see something. Yet, last year we actually got to hear something new, with two new tracks hitting our ears, ‘Mene’ and ‘Sealed To Me’. This definitely means some positive progress.

So, the band are currently back in the studio, so we can only hope that they’re putting the final touches to the follow-up to 2009’s ‘Daisy’, and it really feels like 2016 is going to be the year that we actually manage to get it in our hands, straight into our ears, and reach right into all of the feels. [ZR]

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Sic Gloria Transit… Glory Fades [stream]
You Won’t Know [stream]
Mene [stream]

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BULLRIFF STAMPEDE

FOR FANS OF:
Beholder / Acid Reign / Line Of Fury

Bullriff Stampede are a Bloodstock grown thrash metal band that has had some appeal from the thrash fans who typically go to that event. Formed back in 2008, the band have only had one album, 2012’s ‘Scatter The Ground’, though that has done well for them, as a cult band getting them on tours with Beholder and One Machine (thrash metal supergroup) as of late, giving the band some decent exposure.

With a headlining performance at Mosh Against Cancer in Derby, the band have had some experience with closing out the night leading to some pretty good reviews from all that attended. With exposure and a hopeful fanbase, could 2016 be the year we start seeing Bullriff Stampede on some huge thrash tours around the UK? [BC]

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Thrashing Machine [stream]
Enraging The Beast (Demo Sampler) [stream]
Bled To The Arena (London Underworld Live 2012) [stream]

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BURY TOMORROW

FOR FANS OF:
Miss May I / I Killed The Prom Queen / Killswitch Engage

Going from strength to strength since the release of their breakout sophomore ‘The Union Of Crowns’, the traditional metalcore blueprint embraced by Southampton’s Bury Tomorrow has stuck quite a cord in recent years.

Their forthcoming fourth LP ‘Earthbound’ (dropping on January 29th via Nuclear Blast Records) looks sure to delight fans with the band assuring “heaviness, pace” and “the sonic embodiment of a circle pit”, and the thunderous metallic might and melodic bluster of the two new tunes unleashed (‘Memories’ and the title-track) display a Bury Tomorrow on triumphant form. A UK/EU trek with Aussies bruisers Parkway Drive and Thy Art Is Murder and probable festival slots will provide ample opportunity to catch the quintet on the road. Expect violence. [TB]

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Memories [stream]
Earthbound [stream]
Lionheart [stream]

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CASEY

FOR FANS OF:
Being As An Ocean / Pianos Become The Teeth / Brand New

In the space of one year since their inception, which came about from frontman Tom Weaver dropping the guitar in previous outfit Continents and picking up the microphone with Casey, the emotive newbies have toured up and down the UK, dropped two EPs, and have not long finished recording their debut full-length, which will see a release come early 2016.

With an album with a huge buzz, which from their hints on their social media channels is likely to be called ‘Love Is Not Enough’ and to be pushed by a yet-to-be-confirmed label, 2016 could very well be the year Casey break out from the underground and stand shoulder to shoulder with their more established contemporaries in no time. [ZR]

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Teeth [stream]
Fade [stream]
Hell [stream]

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CHELSEA GRIN

FOR FANS OF:
Suicide Silence / Thy Art Is Murder / Carnifex

Following the amicable departure of six string wizard Jason Richardson earlier this year, alongside the recent postponement of their UK support slot with Motionless In White (CG are unable to make the rescheduled dates), there have been few bumps in the road for deathcore neck snappers Chelsea Grin of late.

Yet, with the emergence of devastating new song ‘Skin Deep’, a blood soaked lesson in unhinged, guttural brutality, and the band confirming their upcoming LP to be ‘our most extreme release to date’, the prospect of their fourth full length record (speculatively penciled for mid-2016) look set to find the Utah sextet on the form of their career. With tour dates and festival slots bound to accompany the release, the horizon looks sunny for fans of all things Chelsea Grin. [TB]

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Skin Deep [stream]
Sonnet Of The Wretched [stream]
Playing With Fire [stream]

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CREEPER

FOR FANS OF:
AFI / My Chemical Romance / Pennywise

Southampton rockers Creeper have emerged as one of Britain’s most exciting prospect in 2015 with the release of their sophomore EP ‘The Callous Heart’ combining punk riffs with all the dramatics of AFI for a brilliant blend that truly is for everyone.

A quick turnaround between releases means Creeper will release EP number three ‘The Stranger’ on February 19th to coincide with a big headline tour and a support slot on the Neck Deep UK/EU, and to top it off they’ve had a minor line-up shift and bunked themselves up from a quintent to a sextet. It’s certainly going to be a very big year for the band whose creativity knows no end. [MH]

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The Honeymoon Suite [stream]
Gloom [stream]
VCR [stream]

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DECADE

FOR FANS OF:
Lower Than Atlantis / Basement / Hundred Reasons

They released their debut album ‘Good Luck’ on the same date as Wrexham pop-punks Neck Deep released their debut. Clearly the pop-punk bounce may have helped push Neck Deep to the forefront quicker, but arguably Decade’s effort and material has much more substance, and their grunge-tinged alt rock is just as catchy.

Well, there’s finally an album two whipped up and almost ready to hit us, and if there’s any justice in the world they’re going to be bothering your radio station, TV channels, festival line-ups and local venues all year long. [ZR]

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Brainfreeze [stream]
British Weather [stream]
Never Enough [stream]

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THE DEFILED

FOR FANS OF:
Killswitch Engage / Motionless In White / Avenged Sevenfold

Industrial metal as a whole isn’t really a genre that has peaked beyond huge names like Rammstein and Nine Inch Nails, at least not in the UK at least. However, it looks like London’s very own The Defiled are a force who are hoping to change all that, and have made quite the impact on our shores with the release of their last two albums, ‘Grave Times’ and ‘Daggers’.

After being cooped away for a little while, but with plans to tour across the UK again early this year, 2016 could well be the year that we have The Defiled’s third album bestowed upon us. If not, maybe they’ll at least get another UK tour or two going, or maybe even revive their short-lived Nirvana covers alter-ego, Nirvana Defiled. [ZR]

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As I Drown [stream]
Infected [stream]
Call To Arms [stream]

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DEFTONES

FOR FANS OF:
Slipknot / Korn / Killswitch Engage

It’s undeniable; Deftones are easily one the biggest and most influential modern metal bands that are going today, and with the quality of work and shows they’re still putting out in a career that has spanned over two decades – nearly three – there’s no signs of that stopping any time soon. So, there’s more than enough reason for us to be as hyped for their forthcoming album as much as anyone else’s.

The follow-up to 2012’s ‘Koi No Yokan’ will sadly be the first following the passing of much loved bassist Chi Cheng, but with small talks here and there of ‘Eros’ finally seeing the light of day, the final album Cheng worked on before the road accident before he was placed into a coma, we may not only have potentially two albums from Deftones through 2016, but also an opportunity to pay a closing tribute to Cheng’s life and work. [ZR]

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Diamond Eyes [stream]
My Own Summer [stream]
Swerve City [stream]

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EMMURE

FOR FANS OF:
Chelsea Grin / Suicide Silence / Atilla

Well, anyone who has been following the Emmure camp for the past month will be very aware of the drama and trouble that has surrounded the band. But, just to catch everyone up, it appears everyone other than frontman Frankie Palmeri has up and left, and started working on a new project without him. Details of that project for the moment kind of end there.

Now, what about Frankie? He’s confirmed that he’s recruited another full line-up already, details of who this involves hasn’t been announced yet, and this new band are already hard at work on putting together a follow-up to 2014’s ‘Eternal Enemies': album number seven. Good luck, Frankie. [ZR]

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Solar Flare Homicide [stream]
Protoman [stream]
A Gift A Curse [stream]

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EVERY TIME I DIE

FOR FANS OF:
The Chariot / Cancer Bats / Glassjaw

The peerless Southern fried hardcore antics of Every Time I Die will be a big presence on these shores in 2016. Following on from their postponed run of London residency shows earlier this year, the ever reliable New Yorker’s will be taking over the capital in June of next year with four dates in four separate venues. Before all this however, the band will take the stage at Slam Dunk Festival, appearing at all three shows across May Bank Holiday weekend.

Add to this the release of frontman Keith Buckley’s first foray into novel writing with ‘Scale’, AND writing for a brand new full-length record to commence in January, and the coolest band in music are looking set to be rather swamped in the coming months. [TB]

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Decayin’ With The Boys [stream]
Underwater Bimbos From Outer Space [stream]
Wanderlust [stream]

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EVIL SCARECROW

FOR FANS OF:
Lawnmower Deth / Alestorm / Bullriff Stampede

Comedy metal has never been finer than with the incarnation of Evil Scarecrow. Being a cult favourite for years they have grown a reputation of being “The Bloodstock House Band” playing 2008, 2011, 2013 and 2014. Evil Scarecrow have been delivering as the best home grown cult band in recent years.

If their set on the main stage of Bloodstock 2014 (packing it almost as much of the headliners for that year and being the 11 am band) and cramming everyone early on in the 3rd stage tent as third band on Download 2015 shows quite a mean punch. With all this promise and all this potential Scarecrow will hopefully get to the main stage of Download this year. This is quite an amazing feat, especially due to the fact that they have had no major backing from any huge labels or even have spent a huge amount of money on their live shows. As the band describe themselves as “DIY”, what better way to have a laugh after a few beers than with Evil Scarecrow. [BC]

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Robotron [stream]
Blacken The Everything [stream]

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FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND

FOR FANS OF:
Finch / Silverstein / Saosin

After a storming 15 year career, post-hardcore legends Funeral For A Friend have decided to call it a day. The Welsh band have been so important for British music since their emo-fuelled breakthrough era up to and including their latter years where they delved into more hardcore territory.

Funeral For A Friend are going out with a bang in 2016 playing their Gold certified records ‘Casually Dressed & Deep In Conversation’ and ‘Hours’ over two nights in venues throughout the UK in April. Seeing the band playing their seminal records for the very last time is sure to be a live highlight of the year. [MH]

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Juneau [stream]
Roses From The Dead [stream]
She Drove Me To Daytime Television [stream]

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GLASSJAW

FOR FANS OF:
letlive. / Finch / Every Time I Die

Until a few short weeks ago, the idea of Glassjaw ever bringing us a third album and follow-up to 2002’s critically acclaimed cult classic ‘Worship & Tribute’ was nothing short of fiction. Then, they dropped ‘New White Extremity’, a track which allegedly is part of the elusive third Glassjaw LP, and first new offering since their experimental and now almost 5-year-old ‘Colouring Book’ EP. It literally screams Glassjaw through and through.

So, with a new release on the horizon, further details of which are yet to be confirmed, and a tour of the UK at the beginning of the year in support of Coheed & Cambria, where no doubt we’ll hear another cut or two from the new record, Glassjaw are a band far from dead, and they sure as hell have not been forgotten since the first time we heard them. That’s right, the godfathers of post-hardcore are back. [ZR]

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New White Extremity [stream]
Cosmopolitan Bloodloss [stream]
Tip Your Bartender [stream]

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GOJIRA

FOR FANS OF:
Meshuggah / Decapitated / Strapping Young Lad

With nigh on four years past since the universally acclaimed ‘L’enfant Sauvage’, fans the world over are understandably eager for something new from Gojira. The band promise a new full-length in 2016, but not only this, the French exports state that they are working to deliver “the greatest Gojira record of all time”.

With assurances such as this skyrocketing anticipation, performances at both metal weekender Bloodstock AND Download Festival see will plenty of the bands cataclysmic heaviness offered up to UK audiences. With so much in store, 2016 could seemingly be the year that Gojira claw their way into the mainstream. [TB]

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Explosia [stream]
The Art Of Dying [stream]
The Heaviest Matter Of The Universe [stream]

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HACKTIVIST

FOR FANS OF:
Enter Shikari / Monuments / Rage Against The Machine

Still perhaps the most exciting prospect to emerge from the UK in sometime, the grime-mosh styling of Hacktivist have been primed for a mainstream breakout for far too long now.

A debut LP is finally promised for 2016 although, with the band recently inking a wordwide deal with UNFD, and coupled with a UK/EU support slot with pop metal darlings Issues set for the end of May, touring into festival season and further headline dates are surely on the cards. [TB]

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Deceive And Defy [stream]
False Idols [stream]
Elevate [stream]

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HANDS LIKE HOUSES

FOR FANS OF:
Broadway / Emarosa / Chiodos

It has been a relatively quite year for the Australian post-hardcore boys of Hands Like Houses after the release of their third length full-length record ‘Dissonants’ was delayed (along with their UK tour) to February 2016, leaving their last release as the EP ‘Reimagined’ with alternative versions of fan favourites released back in 2014.

The sextet did cause some rumblings in the form of new single ‘I Am’ which ought to feature on their next release. The band have continued to tour, most notably replacing The Ghost Inside on The Big Ass Tour with The Amity Affliction and A Day To Remember. The new album dropping could be exactly what this band needs to kick them back into life. Keep an eye out! [JB]

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This Ain’t No Place For Animals [stream]
Introduced Species [stream]
I Am [stream]

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HO99O9

FOR FANS OF:
Rage Against The Machine / Hacktivist / Black Flag

Ho99o9 (pronounced Horror) are a punk band that combine rap with a lot of what they’re doing. Though giving off a very modern sound with the use of the rap stylings (popularised as of late by groups such as Hacktivist and The Hell), the band give off a much serious vibe used by older punk bands. There’s no reason as to why this band wouldn’t appeal to fans of old hardcore punk, such as The Exploited to give a good standing point on the group.

With lyrics that go against the grain, a very successful mixtape ‘Dead Bodies In The Lake’ released this year, appreciation on the Rock Show and a publicity to appeal at Download next year, the group have already done quite well for themselves in the time they’ve been around. Though a group that can push many buttons and one that will alienate fans of either; metal, punk or rap, by doing something that at least someone will hate, this band will rise to the mainstream and will do it within their own way of doing it and not by listening to any detractors which may ask them to change. [BC]

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Da Blue Nigga From Hell Boy [stream]
Deathkult Disciples (999 Anthem) [stream]
Bone Collector [stream]

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IGNITE

FOR FANS OF:
Pennywise / NOFX / The Bouncing Souls

Orange County punks Ignite have been a staple in the melodic hardcore scene for the last 20 years, with vocalist Zoli Teglias’ voice giving them an exciting edge over their peers. 2006’s ‘Our Darkest Days’ pushed them out into broader audiences, and even saw Teglias leave the band for a stint as Pennywise’s frontman.

A decade since their last record, Ignite are finally back with new album ‘A War Against You’ this January, and even have time to stop off at London’s Underworld at the end of the month to start the year with a big splash. Let’s hope that every month this year brings as much Ignite as this one. [MH]

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Bleeding [stream]
Know Your History [stream]
Victim [stream]

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THE INFERNAL SEA

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Abhorrent Decimation / Morgue Orgy / Dark Funeral

The Infernal Sea have gained mass underground cult media attention due to their recent signing with Cacophonous Records (a label known for producing Dimmu Borgir and Cradle Of Filth’s earliest albums), yet have made a name way before that. Playing in a traditional black metal style the group have captured the hearts of extreme metal fans right from the off with an impressive show at Bloodstock 2013 and most recently for touring with death metal underground greats Abhorrent Decimation. With a signing towards a label so big for their newest album ‘The Great Mortality’ being released November 19th, could the band and the label be onto something big with the underground black metal scene? [BC]

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Entombed In Darkness [stream]
Putrification By Fire (Live) [stream]
Into The Unknown (Live) [stream]

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ISSUES

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Of Mice & Men / Hands Like Houses / Sylar

Their combination of groovy riffs and bass lines, a general metalcore presence, injections of some nu-metal influences and a general R&B overlay, especially thanks to the croons of vocalist Tyler Carter, has helped them coin a rather new term and genre: R&Bcore. Admittedly, it’s not caught on massively, but there’s still time for that.

Indeed, there’s a sophomore album on the way, and it’s an eagerly anticipated one. Though it’s not been officially confirmed, it’s very much speculated that it’s going to be called ‘Headspace’ and, if it’s anything like their self-titled debut, it’s the closest you’re going to get to seeing a mosh pit to the vocal styles of Justin Bieber. [ZR]

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Mad At Myself [stream]
Hooligans [stream]
Stingray Affliction [stream]

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KILLSWITCH ENGAGE

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All That Remains / Trivium / Bury Tomorrow

Since embracing founding vocalist Jesse Leach back into the fold in 2012, the renewed sense of purpose and revitalized creative energy of metalcore pioneers Killlswitch Engage has seen them lead from the front once more.

With recent live shows and fresh material leaving their musical offspring in the dust, new track ‘Strength Of The Mind’ suggests another life affirming set of emotionally charged metal anthems to come when their seventh full length record drops in March 2016. Add to this a possible festival-stealing slot at next year’s Download Festival, and the reawakening of Killswitch shows no sign of letting up soon. [TB]

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Strength Of The Mind [stream]
In Due Time [stream]
The Arms Of Sorrow [stream]

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THE KING BLUES

FOR FANS OF:
The Skints / Sonic Boom Six / Random Hand

After a pretty messy break-up on 2012, The King Blues have put everything behind them to return and they’ve got 3 years worth of being pissed off to vent onto the world. An arena support slot with Enter Shikari is about as good a platform as it gets for the London ska punks; throw some headline shows in and 2016 is lining up pretty well.

It won’t be long now ’til the band deliver up some brand new material to whet the appetite for the big return of Itch, Jazz and Mike on stage together for the first time in years. There aren’t enough bands out there telling it how it really is, and if anyone’s going to get riled up and delve into the deep stuff then it’s The King Blues – so watch your back. [MH]

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Headbutt [stream]
I Got Love [stream]
Save The World, Get The Girl [stream]

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THE KING IS BLIND

FOR FANS OF:
Morgue Orgy / At The Gates / Extreme Noise Terror

The King Is Blind is an insane death metal supergroup comprising members of Cradle Of Filth, Entwined and Extreme Noise Terror. After having a standout performance at Bloodstock this year and the success of their debut EP ‘The Deficiencies Of Man'; The King Is Blind is looking to give us a standout performance in the next year.

Shockingly still under the radar, especially of the pedigree of the musicians involved in the project, the band have attracted some underground attention with appearances at Damnation alongside acts like At The Gates and Primordial. This is a band that will hopefully strike strong in the media this year. Given the fact that their debut album ‘Our Father’ is being released with Cacophonous Records (known for bringing artists such as Dimmu Borgir and Cradle Of Filth to the mainstream) and with a recent tour with huge black metal legends Winterfylleth, the sky is only looking up for this band. [BC]

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A Thousand Burning Temples [stream]
Mors Somnis (Demo) [stream]
Of Osiris And Execration [stream]

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LETLIVE.

FOR FANS OF:
Glassjaw / Every Time I Die / The Chariot

They’re known as one of the most exciting live bands going around today, thanks to frontman Jason Aalon Butler’s erratic, sporadic and passionate displays onstage which are never the same at any two shows. They’ve been touring on their last full-length ‘The Blackest Beautiful’ for a while now, but they’ve got some good news for us.

Yep, there’s a fourth album ready to hit our ears very soon, titled ‘If I’m The Devil…’, and the anticipation is at a definite high for the band’s career. It’s not even been heard by anyone outside of the band, the label, and their closest contacts yet, but rest assured this will be on many top albums lists come the end of the year. [ZR]

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Banshee (Ghost Fame) [stream]
Muther [stream]
Renegade ’86 [stream]

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LOCK & KEY

FOR FANS OF:
More Than Life / Touché Amoré / Defeater

Melodic hardcore seems to be going strong nowadays, and one of the few bands to thank for its future strength is in British newbies Lock & Key. They’ve only been going for a couple of years, forming from the ashes of Odessa, but already they’re a staple name in the underground UKHC scene.

They’ve already got a few shows across the UK and Europe either booked or planned for 2016, and they’ve explicitly told us news of a debut album is on the way. They’ve also been hashtagging and throwing the word ‘Peaceless’ around a lot. Our guess is that’s going to be the title. [ZR]

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The Legacy [stream]
So Alone [stream]
No Acceptance [stream]

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MALLORY KNOX

FOR FANS OF:
Deaf Havana / Lower Than Atlantis / PVRIS

It seems almost a lifetime ago that Mallory Knox only had the one ‘Pilot’ EP to their name, and were still very much considered an underground band. Within less than a decade, the band have got two albums under their belts, secured decent slots on several different festivals, and even tour across the US and Europe.

Now, the band are putting some final touches towards what will be the their third full-length album. At their current trajectory rate, there’s no telling what this new effort could bring to them. [ZR]

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Shout At The Moon [stream]

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MEGADETH

FOR FANS OF:
Metallica / Testament / Slayer

2016 is looking a rather busy one for thrash veterans Megadeth. Following the poor reception of universally derided clanger ‘Super Collider’, upcoming LP ‘Dystopia’ promises a return to the state-of-the-art attack which made their name, a brace of fiery new tracks (‘Fatal Illusion’, ‘The Threat Is Real’) featuring all the blazing six string pyrotechnics and snarling 21st century venom to see fans weep into their battle jackets with relief. It’s no surprise really, considering the metallic pedigree of drummer Chris Adler (Lamb Of God) and guitarist Kiko Loureiro joining the ranks.

The record will drop on January 22nd via Tradecraft/Universal, and with an appearance scheduled for Download Festival in the summer, Dave Mustaine and co. certainly won’t be strangers on these shores. [TB]

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Fatal Illusion [stream]
The Threat Is Real [stream]
Holy Wars… The Punishment Due [stream]

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MOOSE BLOOD

FOR FANS OF:
Brand New / Have Mercy / Modern Baseball

2014 saw Moose Blood release their debut album ‘I’ll Keep You In Mind, From Time To Time’ to huge critical acclaim and thus 2015 meant they toured the world playing shows with Man Overboard, Taking Back Sunday, Fightstar, and Lower Than Atlantis, as well as playing Vans Warped Tour, Slam Dunk and Reading/Leeds Festival. The hectic year for the emo revivalists finished in Los Angeles where they completed the recording of their highly anticipated follow-up album.

The expectations couldn’t be much greater for the Canterbury band but with an album release and an appearance at A Day To Remember’s Self Help Fest already booked in for 2016, it’s already looking like Moose Blood are going to deliver. [MH]

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Swim Down [stream]
Bukowski [stream]

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MOTIONLESS IN WHITE

FOR FANS OF:
Marilyn Manson / Crown The Empire / The Devil Wears Prada

Album after album, Motionless In White’s popularity just seems to swell exponentially, and their presence on British shores is no different. They’re kicking off their 2016 with a headline UK tour, and with the band reportedly working on their fourth record, we might even hear a new cut or two whilst they’re on the road.

In a recent interview, they’ve also confirmed that they’ve moved away from their long-time label home Fearless Records, and have settled elsewhere for the follow-up to ‘Reincarnate’. Where that is hasn’t been disclosed just yet, but if they’re keeping thing hush and they put out the right album, it could be a move that pushes the band to the next level. [ZR]

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Immaculate Misconception [stream]
Devil’s Night [stream]

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OF MICE & MEN

FOR FANS OF:
Beartooth / Issues / The Amity Affliction

With their year understandably stalling somewhat given frontman Austin Carlile’s ongoing health issues, the Californian quintet look to have used this unexpected downtime to prepare a bumper 2016.

A new record is set to arise sometime around festival season, with Carlile tellingly tweeting in November; “I’m listening to our newest demos now! Always writing. Can’t wait to record & share our next record in EARLY 2016!”. Add to this a lofty slot at Slam Dunk festival being already confirmed, and Of Mice & Men are already looking to be right back on track for global superstardom. [TB]

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Broken Generation [stream]
Would You Still Be There [stream]
Feels Like Forever [stream]

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PANIC! AT THE DISCO

FOR FANS OF:
Fall Out Boy / Cobra Starship / All Time Low

Brendan Urie may be the only remaining member in Panic! At The Disco, but his charisma and song-writing has lead the band to 2016 in a stronger position than ever before. Their upcoming fifth album, ‘Death Of A Bachelor’, is set for release early doors on January 15th, and if the reaction is to be as positive as it has been for lead single ‘Hallelujah’ then a monster year awaits them/him.

UK fans will be happy to see Panic! for a one-off show at Brixton Academy to celebrate the album release in January, but the main event waits ’til May when the Las Vegas band headline Slam Dunk Festival over the Bank Holiday weekend. Watch out for Urie to bring his suave and swagger in a big way this year. [MH]

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Hallelujah [stream]
New Perspective [stream]
The Ballad Of Mona Lisa [stream]

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PARAMORE

FOR FANS OF:
New Found Glory / Fall Out Boy / We Are The In Crowd

Pop-punk powerhouse Paramore are still riding high from the success of their 2013 self-titled release, with frontwoman Hayley Willliams winning Best Singer at the 2015 Alternative Press Music Awards, and their hit song ‘Ain’t It Fun’ winning a Grammy for Best Rock Song.

2016 is shaping up to be another big year for the trio with the return of their unique Parahoy! tour supported by CHVRCHES and rumours of a new album. The credibility of said rumours have been somewhat criticised since the departure of bassist and founding member, Jeremy Davis. Where the band will go from here is unclear, but should they manage to release another record they tend to never put a foot wrong, so there will still be plenty of faith in Paramore. [JB]

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Misery Business [stream]
Ain’t It Fun [stream]
Hate To See Your Heart Break (feat. Joy Williams) [stream]

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PVRIS

FOR FANS OF:
Paramore / CHVRCHES / Versa

If you haven’t heard of Massachusetts based three-piece PVRIS, then where on Earth have you been? Since releasing ‘White Noise’ back in November of 2014, the band have gone from strength to strength storming across the music scene, most recently performing on live TV via the Jimmy Kimmel Live show.

Keeping their UK fans on the edge of their seat, PVRIS will complete their first headline tour with support from K.Flay, Bones and Alvarez Kings. This is building on the excitement drilled up from the re-release of ‘Punk Goes Pop, Vol. 6′ and PVRIS’ cover of Sia’s smash hit ‘Chandelier’. All this will give the band the opportunity to showcase any new material with their fans clinging to the hope of a new release in 2016. [JB]

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St. Patrick [stream]
My House [stream]
Chandelier [stream]

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SET IT OFF

FOR FANS OF:
Mayday Parade / All Time Low / Panic! At The Disco

Florida based theatrical quintet Set It Off had a successful 2015, releasing an EP of acoustic favourites in the form of ‘Duality: Stories Unplugged’ to keep fans satiated as the boys continued to tour as much as possible.

Building on the success of their insanely catchy and infectiously emotional previous releases, the pop-punks have a new record rumoured for release in the summer of this year. It’s a release that is eagerly awaited by their excitable and screaming fans, who will no doubt ensure the band stays towards the top of the pile in terms of the music scene. [JB]

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Forever Stuck In Our Youth [stream]
Why Worry? [stream]
Problem [stream]

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SHVPES

FOR FANS OF:
Crown The Empire / Funeral For A Friend / blessthefall

Once known as Cytota pre-2015, Birmingham post-hardcore hopefuls SHVPES, fronted by the band’s newest recruit Griffin Dickinson (yep, son of Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden), have slowly been creeping up the ranks of their peers through plenty of touring and gigging action. But, 2016 may be the year that they turn that creeping into full-blown stomping.

There’s no news on an official debut release as SHVPES just yet, but with a growing fan base, some new tracks coming to the surface since their name change, and an ever improving live performance, you’d be foolish to not keep your finger on this band’s pulse, because it’s beating hard and fast. [ZR]

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State Of Mine [stream]
Shapes [stream]
Sinnonence [stream]

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SWORN IN

FOR FANS OF:
Emmure / Stray From The Path / Beartooth

The rise of Sworn In has been quite an interesting one, and even in the short stage of their career they’ve influenced and inadvertently birthed many acts following the same erratic and emotionally torn metalcore style, arguably imitating them to some degree. Last year’s ‘The Lovers / The Devil’ was a definite more melodic shift, whilst still maintaining their dark and bitter core.

That album is less than a year old, yet already Sworn In have confirmed they’re hard at work on its follow-up and, if that’s anything to go by, we could well see a brand new full-length of material from Illinois five-piece before we see the cold harsh season of winter again. [ZR]

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Scissors [stream]
Snake Eyes [stream]
Hypocrisy [stream]

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TIGRESS

FOR FANS OF:
Evarose / We Are The In Crowd / Tonight Alive

Formerly known as The Hype Theory, 2015 saw the evolution into Tigress and what and evolution it was. Their debut release ‘Human’ proved to be a brilliant EP for the band launching their new moniker as they intend to go on.

Hopefully 2016 will see the band build from this starting point, and release a full-length album of the same, if not better, quality and, should that happen, then this band will be taking the music scene by storm before long. Keep an eye on this band, the only way that they’ll be going is up. [JB]

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Alive [stream]
Human [stream]
If You’re Going Down (I’m Going With You) [stream]

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UNDEROATH

FOR FANS OF:
Norma Jean / Poison The Well / Thrice

Disbanding in 2013, it seems as though fans barely had the time to mend their broken hearts when post-hardcore luminaries Underoath confirmed their forthcoming reunion (following a month of less than cryptic ‘Rebirth Is Coming’ teasers).

The returning sextet will headline California’s Self Help Fest in March 2016 alongside A Day To Remember, and, although no further plans from the band have yet to be revealed, with proclamations that ‘the hiatus is off’ we can certainly speculate that touring and hopefully a trek across the pond are on the cards (especially with the 10th anniversary of classic LP ‘Define The Great Line’ this year). New material seems hugely improbable, but we can all dream, eh? [TB]

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You’re Ever So Inviting [stream]
Desperate Times, Desperate Measures [stream]
Writing On The Walls [stream]

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THE WORLD ALIVE

FOR FANS OF:
The Color Morale / Miss May I / We Came As Romans

Arizona’s The Word Alive, at least on our shores, have struggled a little bit to push and break that ceiling from emerging names in their genre to standing alongside their contemporaries who are frankly getting better tour and festival slots, but don’t pack half of the talent as these guys do.

Their last album ‘Real’, despite its towering hooks and choruses, didn’t quite do the job. However, we’ve got a gut feeling that if they pool together the call-to-arms nature of ‘Real’, the brute aggression of ‘The Deceiver’, and the prowess of ‘Life Cycles’, then the release of album number four ‘Dark Matter’ in March could not only see them break that ceiling, but use the debris to smack down their competition. [ZR]

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Life Cycles [stream]
Play The Victim [stream]

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YASHIN

FOR FANS OF:
Silverstein / Memphis May Fire / Mallory Knox

It feels like we’ve been waiting and waiting for a new album Yashin for a while now, and that’s because we have. When they dropped their single ‘D.E.A.D.’ in 2014 and made appearances at both Takedown Festival and Radstock that year, we all assumed this would be followed by album news, or at least another track or two, in the coming weeks or months. Yet, it wasn’t until the tail-end of 2015 that we finally got news of a third LP.

But, why was there such a wait? Signing a deal with major label Sony Music/Columbia Records must’ve certainly had a buffering effect on bringing us ‘The Renegades’, but next month we’ll finally get our ears around what the band have been working on for the past 4 years. Let’s hope that it’s all been worth it. [ZR]

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D.E.A.D. [stream]
Runaway Train [stream]

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ZOAX

FOR FANS OF:
Marmozets / Biffy Clyro / Mallory Knox

Equipped with a charismatic and well-dressed frontman in Adam Carroll, combined with music that can be both a strong contender on the mainstream radio whilst still inciting a mosh pit, Zoax have been poking on our shoulders for attention for some time now. These taps are getting harder and faster now, and soon enough the taps are going to hitting your forehead.

Why? Because they’re finally going to be releasing a debut album in 2016, and whether or not they’ve been on your radar at any point so far, they’re going to be all over it very soon, whether you go out of your way to make that so or not. [ZR]

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Lonely Souls [stream]
Bitter Angry Fake [stream]
Jekyll Meets Hyde [stream]

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THE 1975

FOR FANS OF:
Bloc Party / The Neighbourhood / Don Broco

There aren’t many bands on this year’s list that you could get away with bracketing under the ‘indie rock’ genre, but Manchester’s The 1975 definitely fit that bill nicely. Their debut album which was put out in 2013 was filled with tracks that had plenty of replay value, and the radio and TV stations clearly thought so too, with ‘Chocolate’, ‘Sex’ and ‘Girls’ in constant rotation.

The thing about their debut album was half of the content was already put out on a selection of EPs a year or two beforehand, but now with their upcoming second and ridiculously long titled album ‘I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It’, we’re getting 17 tracks of new content, and with bites like ‘Ugh!’ and ‘Love Me’ already rolling in our heads over and over, it could well be another success story for the Mancunians. [ZR]

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Chocolate [stream]
Sex [stream]

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OTHER NOTABLE MENTIONS WORTH KEEPING AN EYE ON:

Alexisonfire
As It Is
Avenged Sevenfold
Babymetal
Biffy Clyro
Black Peaks
Bloc Party
Blood Youth
Brawlers
Breaking Benjamin
Campfires
Cane Hill
The Color Morale
Cthonic
Dance Gavin Dance
A Day To Remember
Dayshell
Dead Swans
Devil Sold His Soul
The Ghost Inside
Good Charlotte
I Prevail
I See Stars
Korn
Light Years
Like Torches
Loathe
The Lounge Kittens
Marmozets
Metallica
More Than Life
Movements
New Found Glory
Norma Jean
Patent Pending
Pierce The Veil
Placebo
Real Friends
ROAM
Saosin
She Must Burn
The Summer Set
The Sun Explodes
System Of A Down
Thrice
Tonight Alive
We Are The In Crowd
The White Noise
You Me At Six
’68

Written by Jon Barlow [JB], Mike Heath [MH], Tony Bliss [TB], Zach Redrup [ZR], and Bradley Cassidy [BC]

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