NEW ALBUMS OUT IN 2020!

Whether a band are releasing their first album or their tenth, 2020 is shaping up to be packed full of records that need to be on your radar and sooner or later in your ears over the next 12 months.

New talent and big comebacks will shape the scene this year, so we’ve picked out a handful of albums that we can expect to see before the end of December 2020.

We’ve picked out firmly established favourites like Green Day and Twin Atlantic who are dropping their upcoming releases early in the year, as well some other heavily expected records, and a few that are hinted at with recent activity and interviews too.

Take a look below to see who our writers are predicting will be releasing some of the biggest and best records of 2020.


THE 1975

‘Notes On A Conditional Form’
(Dirty Hit/Polydor Records)

RELEASE DATE: February 21st 2020

It feels like fans have been waiting a long time for The 1975‘s fourth album, despite the fact that ‘A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships’ was released only two years ago. However, ‘Notes On A Conditional Form’ has been marred by delays, as it was originally set to be released before their headline slot at Reading & Leeds this year.

What do we know about it so far? Well, we’ve heard three songs to date – one of them being the album’s opening track featuring none other than Time’s Person Of The Year, Greta Thunberg. We also know it’ll be the band’s longest album so far at 22 tracks, and that frontman Matty Healy has suggested it might be an emo album. Eyeliner at the ready. [LC]


ALL TIME LOW

‘TBC’
(Fueled By Ramen)

RELEASE DATE: TBC

Since taking a break after their last album ‘Last Young Renegade’ back in 2017, the boys in All Time Low have been pretty content with their own side-projects; frontman Alex Gaskarth teamed up with Blink-182‘s Mark Hoppus to form Simple Creatures, whilst guitarist Jack Barakat channelled his recent break-up into dark pop duo WhoHurtYou.

Although not much information circulating the band’s eighth studio album has been released, they did debut a old school sounding new track called ‘Getaway Green’ during their main stage headline appearances at Slam Dunk Festival whilst celebrating ten years of their breakthrough album, ‘Nothing Personal’. We can’t wait to see what else is to come. [SB]


ANGELS & AIRWAVES

‘TBC’
(Rise Records)

RELEASE DATE: TBC

2019 saw the welcome return of Angels & Airwaves; the much loved project of former Blink-182 space boy, Tom DeLonge. The band first dropped ‘Rebel Girl’ towards the end of summer, with second single ‘Kiss & Tell’ following shortly after. Both tracks showcase a more upbeat, direct sound; foregoing the darker, brooding tones of their last full-length, 2014’s ‘The Dream Walke’.

Long-time fans are well aware of how many differing projects DeLonge juggles simultaneously, so to revive Angels & Airwaves in a full-time capacity with tours and new music is something to be especially excited about. The new material has been referred to as “the most mature and emotional” he’s ever done, as well as confessing that the album sounds like the “vision” for where he wanted Blink-182 to head in. With all of these variables in mind, 2020 looks set to offer a more content, optimistic side to DeLonge‘s music than has been heard in many years. [ZB]


BRING ME THE HORIZON

‘TBC’
(Sony Music/RCA Records)

RELEASE DATE: TBC

With their latest release ‘amo’, Bring Me The Horizon definitely split their fanbase further than before having ventured into new and ‘softer’ sounds. The record is barely a year old, but Bring Me The Horizon can’t seem to slow down with new material already at the ready.

Even though the band have detailed that their upcoming records will be a lot shorter, so technically not an album and much closer to an EP, recent single ‘Ludens’ promises that these releases might lack in running time, but definitely not in power. They’ve been teasing snippets of unreleased material throughout the year, including a collab with Halsey. Get excited for a new chapter. [TH]


BURY TOMORROW

‘TBC’
(Music For Nations)

RELEASE DATE: TBC

Southampton’s Bury Tomorrow are still a few days away from wrapping up the cycle for their fifth record, ‘Black Flame’, and they’re currently on the road playing it in full before moving onto the next one. Well, actually, they’re already deep into the next one apparently.

That’s what guitarist/vocalist Jason Cameron shared with us all a few weeks ago on Instagram. Just at what stage they’re at with it isn’t entirely certain, but he’s assured us all that there’ll definitely be one released in 2020, and that there’ll definitely be at least ten songs on it. That’ll do for now, boys. [ZR]


CREEPER

‘TBC’
(Roadrunner Records)

RELEASE DATE: TBC

The end of 2019 became all about revivals. While My Chemical Romance and Rage Against The Machine stole the headlines, the return of Creeper serves as an equally exciting, if not understated, prospect. Southampton’s much-adored punks made their comeback with an almighty ‘Fugitives Of Heaven’ show on the anniversary of their dramatic departure last year, before dropping their epic new single ‘Born Cold’ soon after.

The band are all creating stories within their music (just a glance back at The Callous Heart era evidences their stunning ability to twin narratives with killer punk rock), and as frontman Will Gould gave us a teasing glimpse of their villainous new character – inspired by David Bowie – in ‘Born Cold’‘s video, it’s safe to say that whatever Creeper bring for the new era, it’s bound to be exciting. [DJT]


DANCE GAVIN DANCE

‘TBC’
(Rise Records)

RELEASE DATE: TBC

Few bands are as experimental, eclectic, and downright odd as post-hardcore wizards Dance Gavin Dance, and that just makes it even more exceptional and impressive as to just how quickly they can whip and pump out new material that doesn’t sound at all rushed. That’s even taking into account all of the other projects that the members have.

Two years on from their last effort, ‘Artificial Selection’, the Californian troupe plan to put out their ninth record, and their sixth in the space of a decade too. Just like the rest, you can expect it to be unashamedly Dance Gavin Dance yet also have no idea what they’ll pulling out of the bag in 2020. [ZR]


A DAY TO REMEMBER

‘You’re Welcome’
(Fueled By Ramen)

RELEASE DATE: Early 2020

Fans were unsurprisingly disappointed that A Day To Remember‘s much anticipated seventh album ‘You’re Welcome’ was pushed back from its original November release date. However, they’ve promised there won’t be too long left to wait, and that we’ll be able to get it in our ears early in 2020.

The two singles released so far couldn’t be more different – the classic pop-punk pep of ‘Degenerates’ followed by the breakdown-packed ‘Resentment’, which sounds like it could be cut from Bring Me The Horizon‘s ‘Sempiternal’ – so it remains to be seen what direction they’ll be going in this time. Here’s hoping it’ll be enough to bump them up to festival headliners at last. [LC]


DEFTONES

‘TBC’
(Reprise Records/Warner Records)

RELEASE DATE: TBC

Everyone’s favourite Sacramento veterans Deftones have been teasing a follow-up to 2016’s ‘Gore’ every so often, but this time it may be arriving sooner rather than later. They’ve certainly been busy back home, with this year seeing their own inaugural Dia De Los Deftones festival take place, playing alongside the likes of Gojira, CHVRCHES, JPEGMAFIA, and Brutus.

As for new music, frontman Chino Moreno revealed that band have recorded “an album’s worth of music” this year, and stated in another interview that the band were “getting into experimental sort of modes”, which will no doubt excite fans. It may be worth keeping tabs on Deftones, with news of a ninth studio album expected to arrive at some point next year. [CZ]


EMMURE

‘Hindsight’
(SharpTone Records)

RELEASE DATE: TBC

When all seemed lost for Emmure, frontman and sole original member Frankie Palmeri enlisted major heavy-hitters in the form of guitarist Josh Travis and drummer Josh Miller (both ex-Glass Cloud) to help redirect the band into a focused, visceral new direction. 2017’s ‘Look At Yourself’ is easily one of, if not, the most aggressive, musically proficient and precise album of the band’s career. Crushing and groovy yet atmospheric, the release pulled the group from the depths of drama back to the top headlining slot of tours and festivals the world over.

This year saw the unleashing of ‘Pigs Ear’, the first single to be taken from the group’s upcoming eighth album (and second with the beastly current line-up). If the first taste is anything to go by, Emmure aim to continue their winning streak well into 2020. [ZB]


ENTER SHIKARI

‘TBC’
(Ambush Reality / So Recordings)

RELEASE DATE: TBC

The highly anticipated sixth studio album from St. Alban’s favourite electronicore genre bastardisers promises to be the group’s most definitive offering to date. Recent stand alone single ‘Stop The Clocks’ is a catchy, hook-laden affair; highlighting the group’s ever growing maturity as songwriters.

The new record shall be solely produced by frontman Rou Reynolds, who co-produced the band’s previous effort, 2017’s ‘The Spark’, alongside David Kosten. Reynolds has promised that the new album shall see nods to all of their previous material, coalesced into a melting pot of sorts. Mentioning that the one missing element from their expansive back-catalogue is often a rawness that never survives past the demo stage, the eccentric and enigmatic frontman turned producer seems laser-focused on the intent behind what will surely be one of 2020’s most notable new releases. [ZB]


EVERY TIME I DIE

‘TBC’
(Epitaph Records)

RELEASE DATE: TBC

With three years since the stellar ‘Low Teens’ was released, hardcore powerhouses Every Time I Die started work on their ninth full-length in 2019. With Instagram posts showcasing the quintet working on something new the studio, the band finally unveiled what they’ve put together with a recent live debut of some new songs, ‘Back Distance’, ‘Never Forget’, and ‘White Void’.

Whilst no release date has been confirmed, nor a title for the record, the band has revealed upcoming song titles on their social media accounts. The likes of ‘Bumpy D’, ‘Swamp Thang’, and ‘Fuckin’ Forget About It’ may or may not be working titles, but regardless it’s safe to say that they’ve not lost any of their trademark wit and humour with the upcoming record. [DAT]


FEVER 333

‘TBC’
(Roadrunner Records/333 Wreckords Crew)

RELEASE DATE: TBC

Fever 333 are a force to be reckoned with. Only having released their debut album ‘STR3NGTH IN NUMB333RS’ at the beginning of 2019, the band are ‘returning’ in 2020 with even more material up their sleeves. In fact, the band have already unveiled two singles in the ever so powerful ‘Kingdom’ and a more hip-hop inspired track called ‘Vandals’.

A release date and name of this new record are yet-to-be-announced, but if their debut and the two singles are anything to go by, Fever 333 are set to unleash yet another beast onto the world. There’s a fever coming. [TH]


FIDDLEHEAD

‘TBC’
(Run For Cover Records)

RELEASE DATE: TBC

Boston emo supergroup Fiddlehead are gearing up to release their sophomore effort in 2020. Following 2018’s critically lauded debut, ‘Springtime And Blind’, they’ve become the topic of much praise over the past year. Featuring members of renowned genre stalwarts Have Heart and Basement, the group combine their collective experience and ability into crafting concise, emotionally charged emo punk, rooted deep in nineties territory.

With the release of a brand new 7″ EP ‘Get My Mind Right’ just earlier this year, frontman Pat Flynn took to social media to confirm that the group’s second album is nearing completion, and that fans attending upcoming shows can definitely expect to hear brand new material in the coming months. For anyone who likes their music raw and earnest, Fiddlehead could be dropping one of your favourite albums in the coming year. [ZB]


FIGHTSTAR

‘TBC’
(TBC)

RELEASE DATE: TBC

It’s been quiet around Fightstar for quite a long time now, but the British post-hardcore heroes apparently have intentions to come back soon. There had been whispers and rumours of the band releasing new material, especially after Charlie Simpson jumped on Sean Smith’s Sappenin’ Podcast and revealed that he’d written a few songs already.

This alone is enough to get fans excited however, with a very real possibility of something new to come five years after the release of ‘Behind The Devil’s Back’. While, again, no exact details have been announced, such as a release date or name, the return of Fightstar is upon us and it’s going to be huge. [TH]


FOUR YEAR STRONG

‘TBC’
(Pure Noise Records)

RELEASE DATE: TBC

The best beards in punk rock, Four Year Strong of Massachusetts, celebrated twelve years since the release of one of the most iconic albums in pop-punk ‘Rise Or Die Trying’ this year. Performing only a few of the larger US festivals and a handful of shows, it would be safe to say they have been working hard behind the scenes on new material for next year.

Four Year Strong have already announced that they’ll be performing and filming a new song at their 12th annual holiday show this year, and more recently they confirmed with Kerrang! that a new album is coming in 2020. New music is on the horizon and we’ll get the chance to hear their latest collection of catchy anthems and power punk riffs live when they come to the UK for Slam Dunk Festival 2020. [TP]


THE GHOST INSIDE

‘TBC’
(Epitaph Records)

RELEASE DATE: TBC

Kings of the metalcore scene, The Ghost Inside have toured the world utilising hardcore breakdowns and clean choruses to create a euphoric yet brutal sound. Unfortunately, during a stint across the US in November 2015, the band were involved in a tragic bus crash which resulted in the death of both drivers and the members being hospitalised, some of them coming away with life changing injuries.

After a number of years recovering and rehabilitating, the band performed a one-off show this year in Los Angeles – their first time performing live since the tragic collision – and are set to perform in London this coming July. We know there’s some unreleased material waiting in the vaults with rumours of more new songs to come soon too, though we’re waiting with baited breath for anything official. [RC]


GREEN DAY

‘Father Of All Motherfuckers’
(Reprise Records)

RELEASE DATE: February 7th 2020

Whenever Oakland punk legends Green Day announce a new studio album or tour, the hype train skips straight to top gear and hits top speed almost instantaneously. On their thirteenth studio album, ‘Father Of All Motherfuckers’, it seems like they’re retiring the politically charged anthems of 2016’s ‘Revolution Radio’ in favour of some simpler, feel good songs.

The singles that have already released, ‘Father Of All…’ and ‘Fire, Ready, Aim’, have a garage rock feel, something a little different from the rest of their catalogue. At 26 minutes in length, this is their shortest studio album to date, but if the singles are anything to go by, it’s going to be 26 minutes of pure, feel good fun. [AJ]


HAGGARD CAT

‘Common Sense Holiday’
(Napalm Records)

RELEASE DATE: March 13th 2020

Proving that sometimes less truly is more, Nottingham duo Haggard Cat somehow manage to embody and deliver a sound so large that even bands with more than three times the amount of members may struggle to produce. Their live performances are really something else too.

Well, you can certainly get ready to catch this pair on the road a lot more often in 2020 with plans to pulsate their sophomore record ‘Common Sense Holiday’ right into our ears in the first portion of the year. We can’t wait. [ZR]


HOLDING ABSENCE

‘TBC’
(SharpTone Records)

RELEASE DATE: TBC

Rapidly gaining momentum, Cardiff’s Holding Absence opened 2019 with their critically acclaimed self-titled debut, and closed it with their largest headlining show to date. Blending raw emotion and at times furious riffs, the quartet have seen a wider audience with supporting slots for Sleeping With Sirens catapulting their sound across Europe.

After a whirlwind year, the quartet have confirmed that they’ve already begun writing their sophomore effort, and whilst expectedly details are scant on the ground, based on rapid work rate and stellar quality of the group, it’s safe to say that the record will be worth the wait. [DAT]


IDLES

‘Toneland’
(Partisan Records)

RELEASE DATE: TBC

The rise of Bristol post-punks IDLES from underground heroes to a global phenomenon has been one of the most surprising and rewarding underdog stories of alternative music in the past few decades. Following on from the major success of 2018’s ‘Joy As An Act Of Resistance’, Joe Talbot and co. appear to be gearing up for their most eclectic and diverse project yet, with the frontman succinctly stating, “We want to write more techno, we want to write more noise, we want to write more pop, and we want to write more country.”

The band have confirmed that the new record, tentatively titled ‘Toneland’, is currently being mixed, and that renowned, up-and-coming hip-hop producer Kenny Beats has also had a hand in the album’s production, leading many to speculate just how far IDLES are willing to expand their sound and ignore any perceived boundaries. 2020 shall reveal all. [ZB]


KVELERTAK

‘Splid’
(Rise Records)

RELEASE DATE: February 7th 2020

Norwegian heavy metal mob Kvelertak are preparing for the release of their fourth record, ‘Splid, which will also serve as their first record featuring new vocalist, Ivar Nikolaisen. There’s more than just the normal excitement around fans for the first full-length since 2016’s slight change in musical direction in ‘Nattesferd’, as this will be the first Kvelertak album that will feature a handful of songs sung in English.

With the early promise of lead single ‘Bråtebrann’, now knowing that Kurt Ballou is at the helm, and that Troy Sanders (Mastodon) features on the album, ‘Splid’ is starting to feel very exciting indeed. [MH]


LIKE MOTHS TO FLAMES

‘TBC’
(UNFD)

RELEASE DATE: TBC

This year saw Ohio’s Like Moths To Flames take a drastic change in regards to the team that back them, choosing to step away from Rise Records through whom they’d released all of their records since their inception in 2010. Now they’re heading into the next decade invigorated and as a part of the Australian label, UNFD.

In November, they gave us the first taster of what’s to come for their next chapter as a band, dropping an accomplished and furious 3-track EP called ‘Where The Light Refuses To Go’, and with a number of tracks already penned and recorded, their fifth full-length could finally see them gain the recognition that they truly deserve. [ZR]


LOATHE

‘I Let It In And It Took Everything’
(SharpTone Records)

RELEASE DATE: February 7th 2020

In the last few years, many contemporary metalcore bands may as well have not bothered, with Liverpool’s Loathe smoking many of their peers. 2017’s ‘The Cold Sun’, as well as their split EP with Holding Absence, ‘This Is As One’, showed that they can provide everything you want; intensity, power, beauty, and a multitude of different styles on record, as well as a truly captivating live show that blends the band’s raw energy with a striking visual aesthetic.

The band recently announced their follow-up to ‘The Cold Sun’, titled ‘I Let It In And It Took Everything’, and we’ve also been treated to two of its singles, ‘Aggressive Evolution’ and ‘Gored’, both of which serve as a statement of intent and show an insane amount of promise. With this in mind, this album really can’t come any sooner. [CZ]


MARILYN MANSON

‘TBC’
(Loma Vista Recordings/Caroline International)

RELEASE DATE: TBC

After a handful of back-to-back records that has seen him starting to return back to his former glory, Marilyn Manson, the self-proclaimed God of Fuck and Antichrist Superstar has once again reclaimed his status as one of the leading forces in modern metal, even if the shock value from the mid-90s to the early-00s has more or less disappeared.

Admittedly a bit of bad luck surrounded Manson during the cycle for his last record, 2017’s ‘Heaven Upside Down’, including a stage prop falling on and crushing his leg to render him in a cast for several weeks. Fingers crossed his forthcoming eleventh full-length brings forth less disaster for Manson, who this time around has brought in Shooter Jennings to handle production duties. [ZR]


MOVEMENTS

‘TBC’
(Fearless Records)

RELEASE DATE: TBC

California post-hardcore/emo revivalists Movements have made serious waves in the brief time since the release of their debut EP and album. To garner such praise and exposure in what seems so short of proximity to their inception is remarkable, yet well deserved. Following sold out headline tours across the US, UK, and Europe, the group have spent the latter half of the year hard at work on their much anticipated follow-up to 2017’s phenomenal ‘Feel Something’.

Images have been posted online of the band holed up in Studio 4 Recording in Pennsylvania, with long-time producer, collaborator, and friend, Will Yip; the man behind several outstanding releases from the likes of Title Fight, Turnover, and Citizen. A recent caption confirmed that “LP2 is finished. Thank you, Will Yip“. Rest assured, 2020 shall see the return of Movements in full swing, and the hype couldn’t be more palpable. [ZB]


MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE

‘TBC’
(TBC)

RELEASE DATE: TBC

*Insert Michael Scott “EVERYBODY STAY CALM” gif* It’s happening – the emo revival of the century. The resurrection we longed for but never thought possible. In 2019, the news broke: My Chemical Romance have returned like an eye-liner-clad phoenix from the ashes of The Black Parade.

Last month, the group announced that they are heading out on the road, playing a special comeback show in LA, as well as a few extra dates in 2020. Expectedly, the news almost broke half the internet, and yet while no album or signs of making new music has been announced, their updated, black and white aesthetic posted all over their social channels, and the fact that *excitedly checks notes in disbelief* My Chemical Romance are actually indeed back, the prospect of their first record since 2010’s ‘Danger Days: The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys’ looms large. Make a note people, 2020 is My Chemical Romance‘s year.

You may think this is a bit premature, and that maybe the band are only doing live shows for the time being, but if Tool can release an album and My Chemical Romance can reform in the same year then frankly anything is possible. [DJT]


NECK DEEP

‘TBC’
(Hopeless Records)

RELEASE DATE: TBC

It’s fair to say Neck Deep have done pretty well for themselves since their last album ‘The Peace And The Panic’ back in 2017, acclaiming worldwide success to the point where this small town band from Wales are now supporting the likes of Blink-182.

Although there’s yet to be any formal announcements of the band’s fourth album, frontman Ben Barlow has mentioned he would rather the album reflect the state of the world by mentioning, “I think politics is important, but rather than making ‘political songs’, maybe make songs that define the time, rather than a specific social or political situation. I think it’s about getting that balance right from here. It’ll be a challenge, but without a doubt, that’s the biggest pressing issue in the world now. You can’t ignore it, and I don’t want to write songs about ex-girlfriends.” [SB]


NORMANDIE

‘TBC’
(TBC)

RELEASE DATE: TBC

How Normandie have found any time to record a new album while relentlessly touring their 2018 release ‘White Flag’ is a miracle, but yet here they are. The band have extensively been on the road this year with Dream State, The Faim, and more, and even managed to release a cover of Cher classic ‘Believe’ in their free time.

The Swedish quartet have managed to solidify their fanbase with ‘White Flag’ and are now ready to expand with what’s to come, already showcasing a new song called ‘Jericho’ in their sets. It won’t be too long ’til we hear the rest. [TH]


ORBIT CULTURE

‘Nija’
(Seek & Strike)

RELEASE DATE: Spring 2020

Gradually gaining traction in recent months, Orbit Culture blend everything from black metal, technical metal, and even include a slice of influence from thrash legends Metallica.

Centred around the dark macabre of psychology, their songs are powerfully dark with massive breakdowns balanced against a strong rhythmic core. Set to be out in early 2020, the band’s album will be entitled ‘Nija’, and they’ve already released one track from it called ‘Nensha’ to the public. [RC]


OZZY OSBOURNE

‘Ordinary Man’
(Epic Records)

RELEASE DATE: January 2020

Despite the end of Black Sabbath in 2017 and his second farewell tour No More Tours II starting over a year ago, legendary vocalist Ozzy Osbourne is bringing us his twelfth solo record, for old times’ sake. ‘Ordinary Man’ will be his first solo album since 2010’s ‘Scream’, and he’s managed to recruit the likes of Andrew Watt (Post Malone), Chad Smith (Red Hot Chilli Peppers), and Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses) to join his backing band.

Illness issues has meant that Ozzy has had to reschedule his final UK dates until the end of the year, but patience is a virtue, and new single ‘Under The Graveyard’ shows that The Prince Of Darkness still has plenty to offer in his retirement years. ‘Ordinary Man’ could be one of the big welcome surprises of the heavy metal releases in 2020. [MH]


PAGAN

‘TBC’
(Hassle Records/EVP Recordings)

RELEASE DATE: TBC

Black metal influenced punks Pagan made quite the impression with the release of their debut album ‘Black Wash’ in 2018, and that surge has pulsated them right through until the end of 2019 where they’ll be seeing out the year and the decade with a special New Years Eve show back in Australia.

As for what’s to come next, we know that the band have been working on their follow-up LP as early as this Summer, and touring and performing alongside giants like Cancer Bats and The Amity Affliction has no doubt injected some further influence into their sound to come. With her love for cults and true crime, vocalist Nikki Brumen might even return to creating a cult-like narrative once again in their lyrics, but for now only time will tell. [ZR]


PVRIS

‘TBC’
(Warner Records)

RELEASE DATE: TBC

With a crackling TV and paranormal vibes comes the eldritch band we all know and love, PVRIS. These guys are pretty much monumental at this stage, following an evolutionary string of releases that was recently shaken up by five-track EP, ‘Hallucinations’. Bulbous beats swell beneath vocalist Lynn Gunn‘s blend of screams and cleans, and we almost feel like we’ve been too spoiled, and then they announced that another full-length was in the works.

PVRIS‘ next effort is expected early next year, and they’ve left everything to the imagination. Maybe that’s a good thing. Allow your expectations to glaze your brain like the ghosts that will inevitably accompany their next release. [PB]


SLAVES (USA)

‘TBC’
(SBG Records)

RELEASE DATE: TBC

Turbulence is something that Sacramento’s Slaves are no strangers to, and that was something that the quintet faced throughout 2019. Way back in January, just as they were about to board a plane for a European/UK tour supporting Escape The Fate, vocalist Jonny Craig stepped down from the band to focus on recovery from his ongoing drug addictions.

Within the space of 24 hours, the band quickly brought in The Voice contestant Matt McAndrew to fill his place on an initially temporary basis, and now several months later he’s been enrolled as their new full-time frontman. With McAndrew at the helm they’ve dropped two singles so far – ‘Heavier’ and ‘Prayers’ – with promise of their fourth record to come very soon. [RC]


SPIRITBOX

‘TBC’
(Pale Chord Music)

RELEASE DATE: TBC

Once a part of iwrestledabearonce, husband and wife duo Courtney La Plante and Mike Stringer‘s project Spiritbox immediately grabbed the attention of many by balancing brutality, technical ability, and clean yet groove driven breaks.

Rather than launching into a fully committed album, the British Columbia duo gradually evolved to quartet have thus far released a couple of EPs, but with international touring plans already beginning to form, it’s almost a certainty that a full-length is in the works if not already ready to go. [RC]


STAND ATLANTIC

‘TBC’
(Hopeless Records)

RELEASE DATE: TBC

The Aussie pop-punk characters in Stand Atlantic have swirled around the world this year, meticulously touring every available foot of the planet with an impenitent energy. Even in announcing that they’ve commenced the recording of their sophomore full-length, this boisterous quartet refuse to take a breather, setting out on tour in the UK early next year in support of The Maine.

The success of their 2018 debut, ‘Skinny Dipping’, has sculpted them some pretty ferocious boots to fill. With their untameable chaotic energy, however, it’s hard to believe that Stand Atlantic would even consider falling flat with their (hopefully imminent) sophomore full-length. Their combined lyrical intricacy and frenzied instrumentals are enough to make our high hopes justified, though. [PB]


TOUCHÉ AMORÉ

‘TBC’
(Epitaph Records)

RELEASE DATE: TBC

Over three years have passed since Los Angeles post-hardcore heroes Touché Amoré released their gut-wrenching masterwork, ‘Stage Four’. An auto-biographical concept album dealing with the passing of frontman Jeremy Bolm’s mother to cancer, the album was a milestone in terms of both the group’s career and the genre as a whole. 2018 saw the release of the first new material since in the guise of single ‘Green’, which was then followed up this year with ‘Deflector’ before the two were released together as a limited 7″ EP.

Rounding out a rigorous touring cycle; Bolm confirmed recently onstage that the group had completed work on their fifth full-length, which will arrive in 2020. If the recent material is anything to go by, yet another emotionally cathartic and ultimately rewarding listening experience is inbound. [ZB]


TWIN ATLANTIC

‘Power’
(Prolifica)

RELEASE DATE: January 24th 2020

Glasgow rockers Twin Atlantic have played some pretty massive shows in 2019, supporting Catfish And The Bottlemen on a sell out UK arena tour, playing the main stage at Reading & Leeds Festival and performing at Glasgow’s Summer Sessions too.

Having already dropped ‘Novocaine’, the first track off of ‘Power’, there’s a lot to get excited about; it’s fun, fast, pure energy, and if the full album to follow is as good then we can expect Twin Atlantic to be filling arenas of their own in no time at all. With the track list confirmed and pre-orders already available, we can expect an explosive start to 2020 for the Scottish powerhouse group. [TP]


VUKOVI

‘Fall Better’
(VKVI Records)

RELEASE DATE: January 24th 2020

Glaswegian pop-rockers Vukovi are kicking the year off with a bang. Their second album, ‘Fall Better’ comes out in January, and it already promises to be one of the most relatable albums of the year.

According to vocalist Janine Shilstone, she wants their songs “to let people know that they’re not alone in feeling crazy. I want to give people who feel that way a little bit of comfort. I want them to feel less alone. I want to let people know that it’s okay to be weird, and for them not to feel isolated because of it. Our fan base is a beautiful army of weirdos, and I want that to grow. I want them all to feel like they belong here.”

It’s been a long wait so far, but if the already released singles are anything to go by, then Vukovi‘s new album will be a highlight of the year. [AJ]


WEEZER

‘Van Weezer’
(Crush Music/Atlantic Records)

RELEASE DATE: May 15th 2020

Following an immensely busy year which saw the release of ‘The Black Album’, as well as the covers sporting ‘The Teal Album’, the ever prolific power-pop giants Weezer look set to capitalise on this energy heading into 2020. Citing the likes of Kiss, Black Sabbath, Metallica and (album namesakes) Van Halen as key influences; the group appear to be shifting away from the electro-tinged pop of their recent material and moving towards a more riff-centric affair, harkening back to the days of career highlights such as ‘The Blue Album’ and ‘Maladroit’.

Primary songwriter Rivers Cuomo even previously mentioned that their next effort would very much be a “big guitars album.” If lead single ‘The End Of The Game’ is anything to go by, this will be one of the group’s most anthemic and hard-hitting records to date. [ZB]


THE WORD ALIVE

‘TBC’
(Fearless Records)

RELEASE DATE: TBC

Even though they stepped into new boundaries and explored news sounds with their last record, 2018’s ‘Violent Noise’, Arizona outfit The Word Alive have promised that its soon-to-be-released follow-up will arguably be an even more eclectic offering, and its release also lands on the same year that their debut ‘Deceiver’ celebrates its tenth anniversary.

We’ve only heard the one song so far in ‘Burning Your World Down’, which is quite the stormer, and if that’s still not enough for you then you might be keen to know that frontman Telle Smith is also working on his first solo album, though news on that is very thin on the ground for the time being. [ZR]


YOU ME AT SIX

‘TBC’
(Underdog Records/AWAL)

RELEASE DATE: TBC

After coming away from the release of 2017’s ‘Night People’ with a bit of a bad taste in their mouths and a little disheartened, pop-rockers You Me At Six dusted themselves off, picked themselves back up, and returned from the darkness with the lively and more pop-focused ‘IV’ last year.

Seemingly looking to take advantage of the roll that they’re now on again, the band confirmed in an interview at 2000 Trees Festival back in July that they’re already working on their seventh album. Apparently it’s going to be “an emo as fuck record. Really angry and sad.” Don’t worry, we excitedly screamed in emo too. [ZR]


YOUNG GUNS

‘TBC’
(Wind-Up Records)

RELEASE DATE: TBC

British rockers Young Guns have been pretty quiet for the past few years, but earlier this year they instilled excitement back into their fans by confirming work had started on some new material with plans to release something in 2019. Of course, they didn’t quite meet that initially planned timeframe, but they did confirm the return from their hiatus of sorts.

To celebrate its tenth anniversary, they’ve already confirmed a playthrough of their debut ‘All Our Kings Are Dead’ at next year’s Slam Dunk Festival, and you can remain confident in the fact that the forthcoming material that they’ve already hinted at will finally come to light in 2020 too. [ZR]


Written by Paige Barrett [PB], Stevie-Leigh Blackburn [SB], Zach Buggy [ZB], Ryan Cherry [RC], Mike Heath [MH], Tess Hofer [TH], Andrew Johnstone [AJ], Tim Peacock [TP], Zach Redrup [ZR], Damon Taylor [DAT], Dylan Tuck [DJT], Carlos Zeleya [CZ], and Lottie Cook [LC]