Bands like the Beatles and the Rolling Stones set the stage for heavy metal music in 1967. Heavy metal was born in 1968. It started in England’s West Midlands, Birmingham. Black Sabbath contributed a lot to metal music. Iron Maiden, Metallica, Judas Priest and few other bands came into the scene of heavy metal. Heavy metal has a unique group of fans. They enjoy the music in headbanging style. They love the sharpness of the lyrics and the loudness of the music. When you look at a heavy metal fan in a concert, they seem to be out of the world. They totally blend with the band singing. You will wonder where all these energy of dancing, jumping and screaming comes from. The new generation is a big fan of this music style. The roughness, strength and energy is evident in their attitude as well. Many parents don’t like their children listening to heavy metal and follow the style of the heavy metal band members. Still, the number of participants in heavy metal concerts is increasing, greater number of albums is releasing, new bands are coming up, etc. The demand for heavy metal music is increasing day by day.
The metal fans are eagerly anticipating the release of new heavy metal albums of 2016. They are trying to figure out whether Metallica is going to release new album this year or Tool? There are lots of metal bands now. The independent labels are growing. So, prominent bands are feeling the pressure to produce better work. This year, we are anticipating the release of many albums we already know. Also, there will be many rising stars with the release of their second or third albums. Here are the ten most anticipated heavy metal albums of 2016.
Low Flying Hawks – Kofuku
Release Date: February 16th via Magnetic Eye
This duo from Mexico are about to release one of the best debut albums of 2016. Kofuku is produced by Toshi Kasai. The music creates a dreamy environment. It is a pleasant soundtrack to the Midwest snows and icy commutes. Metal fans will love this album.
Mantar – Ode to the Flame
Release Date: April 15th via Nuclear Blast
This German band will release their new album this year. Their debut album ‘Death by Burning’ was released in 2014. The album was not a very big hit, but the spark in their music was evident. Who knows, ‘Ode to the Flame’ might be the album that will break the ice.
Dimmu Borgir – TBD
Release Date: Summer/Fall via Nuclear Blast
They released their last album Abrahadabra six years back. Like their last album, their new album this year is also expected to be heavily orchestrated. There probably will be melodic riffs and blast beats. The band satisfies the craving of gothic and dramatic music. Metal fans are looking forward to this album.
Neurosis – TBD
Release Date: TBD via Neurot Recordings
Their last album was released in 2012 called ‘Honor Found in Decay’. Neurosis fans are impatiently waiting for the release of their new album this year. The vocalist and guitarist Scott Kelly joined Sanford Parker to form Mirrors for Psychic Warfare. They are expected to release an album this year. It’s going to be a big year for the team.
Greenbeard – TBD
Release Date: TBD
This band is continuously producing quality heavy music. Last year, it released ‘The Well and Sweat Lodge’. Their debut album was ‘Stoned at the Throne’. This year, they are going to record new song in Seattle with Matt Bayles. The vocalist Chance Parker has a unique style which many people loved. Lots of good things are expected from this band this year.
Tool – TBD
Release Date: TBD
The band shows their high level of perfectionism in their every album. Their 5th LP is expected to be released this year. This year, the will tour South America.
Boris with Merzbow – Gensho
Release Date: March 18th via Relapse
This is a Japanese metal band will release their album ‘Gensho’ this year. This is a double album that reinvents Boris’ classics on the first disc and introduces the latest work of Merzbow in their second disc. The music is interwoven through simultaneous playing. It is going to be a fascinating album for fans of metal music.
Deftones – TBD
Release Date: April 8th via Warner Bros.
This is Deftones’ eighth studio album. The album was almost ready for release. But the band took time to perfect it. The album is expected to conquer the territories of the metal music fans.
Gojira – TBD
Release Date: Spring via Roadrunner
This is a French progressive metal band. Their new album will be a follow-up of the album ‘L’enfant sauvage’ of 2012. Brothers Joe and Mario Duplantier were busy recording the new album. They also had to built a studio to record the album. Their Silver Cord Studio will be open to pubic soon. They built the studio with their own hand. The studio will offer rehearsal, practice spaces, and recording packages for the public. This band has always provided positive environmental message through their music. People love this fact about the band.
The Well – TBD
Release Date: Late 2016 via RidingEasy
They are in the process of releasing their sophomore album. Their last album was a big hit. You will love the harmonies of Lisa Alley and Ian Graham. They will be part of the Kadavar’s tour this year.
This year, there will be surprises and disappointments. There will be also lots of upcoming new releases this year which are not mentioned in the list. This year seems to be a very important year for heavy metal music. You will see some good debut albums this year. Some of the bands that couldn’t attract the audience with their debut album will try to make their new album a hit this year. The new heavy metal bands will be competing with some legendary bands. It doesn’t mean that it’s difficult to compete. Every band has something unique to offer. It is time for us to sit back and relax, and wait to see what heavy metal has for us this year.