2016: Exciting Events

With the new year finally here, I’ve been looking forward to a fair few things this coming year, both lives and records, so follow the links for the full experience and in no particular order, here are the most exciting we know of so far…

 

The Black, the newly announced Asking Alexandria record that comes out March this year. The record will be the first to feature new singer Denis “Stoff” Shaforostov, formerly of Make me Famous and Down & Dirty, and will feature the first two singles released (I Won’t Give In and Undivided) which went down very well in both sales and crowd reactions. The band have hinted at a new music video which hopefully will be a new song altogether but we’ll see. Safe to say I’m very excited.

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Related to The Black, Asking Alexandria hinted at a post-album UK tour when playing Warped UK. This will be the first tour that Denis has a proper chance to sing his own lyrics and based on the performance on the last tour, this could be a vicious and enthralling experience like no Asking tour before  and if I have any choice in the matter whatsoever I’ll be there.

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Of course BMTH had to be in here somewhere… In the late stages of last year, it was announced that they had been booked to play the first Teenage Cancer Trust gig of the season in the Royal Albert Hall but with a twist: they are going to play the whole gig (on Friday 22nd April) with a full orchestra, so expect tunes like Follow You and Avalanche to be pulled from the catalogue and used on stage. The show sold out in around 2 hours, only taking so long due to the queueing process that took ages to get through! In the last week, they have also announced a full UK arena tour for November (for £45 a ticket…), but it’s pretty safe to say that won’t be with an orchestra…

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After much teasing through the year, 30th October marked the announcement of Tonight Alive‘s new record Limitless, produced by David Bendeth [Of Mice & Men, Asking Alexandria, Bring Me The Horizon]. The record marks a shift towards an electronically driven sound evident in second single To Be Free. The album will hopefully take the Aussies to unseen levels after the critical acclaim of [2013’s] The Other Side.

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Again related to a previous one, Tonight Alive touring the UK in February with support from Our Last Night and Milk Teeth, hitting all the mid-sized venues. It should prove to be pretty important for OLN and MT to play such large venues as they’re on the verge of breaking into the Kerrang/Rock Sound worlds but need something to just tip them over and this could finally be it.

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On 22nd December, renowned hardcore label Fearless Records announced a load of new records would be turning up from their roster, namely the afformentioned Tonight Alive record, plus pop-punks Real Friends, hardcore men The Word Alive and The Color Morale. This is set to be a huge year for fearless by all accounts, and they’ll be brought to new heights by new bands like I Prevail, which will add depth to their quality even further.

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As a fair few of you may have worked out from the above picture, the silence has been partially broken with the announcement that a Pierce The Veil album will drop this year, having been finished for about 3 months already. This will follow the release of The Divine Zero at the start of the Vans Warped Tour (during which PTV played headline slots), and hopefully this album will turn up sooner rather than later. As with The Divine Zero, there are rumours created by a Twitter release from the record label that the record could drop with little to no warning at all. All of us have been waiting over 3 years for this record and it should be a pretty good one if that single is anything to go by.
EDIT (8pm GMT 1/1/16): New album from As It Is included on the list as of today.

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Fearless aren’t the only record label doing a little bit of hinting, Rise Records are hitting the social networks too. A huge festive season has just passed for them as they released first edition vinyls for practically all of their albums including some that have left their roster [Sleeping With Sirens]. They confirmed via Facebook that Of Mice & MenISSUES and many others will be getting releases out this year, as well as “some surprises” so I guess we just have to wait and see…

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Now a one-man band, Panic! At The Disco are releasing the 5th instalment to the catalogue, Death Of A Bachelor which features the huge new songs VictoriousLA DevoteeHallelujah, Emperor’s New Clothes and the title-track. Brendon Urie has actually played and sung everything on this album, as well as having a hand in the production and mixing, so it really is his band. This album actually comes out very early on this year, hitting UK stores in a fortnight on the 15th Jan, which leaves the market wide open as few albums come out so very early. Good move Brendon, very tactical…

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Elsewhere in the world, the initial lineup for Slam Dunk festival has been made with the second announcement set for the 20th January. The initial announcement came with the news that Panic! would be hitting the UK for the second time this year (after a 12th January pre-album show in Brixton Academy, London). The line-up also includes lots of metalcore with Of Mice & Men, Issues, Memphis May Fire and Every Time I Die. Look back for an update on the next update to the lineup on 20th Jan.

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Another band going very, very strong through to the new year is Neck Deep, and towards the end of last year the band announced a tour round the UK in early February, then a further 4 dates as a “homecoming” from their world tour. Along for the ride on both runs are up-and-coming band Creeper, the first run has fellow pop-punk sensations State Champs and Light Years, the second having WSTR. Should be a real way for the Wrexham boys to cement their position at the top of the scene, and for Creeper to get that little bit better known. See dates below…

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2016 marks some huge returns, but only one for which I’m very excited: the fathers of pop punk; creators of most of the recent masterpieces on the scene; Good Charlotte are coming back. They played a couple of shows towards the end of last year and released a new song Makeshift Love and being mates with All Time Low they’ve managed to get themselves a support slot for the Back To The Future Hearts UK 2016 Tour along with up-and-coming 3-piece Against The Current. The tour will hit London’s O2, Birmingham’s Barclaycard Arena along with a few others, and of course I’m going crazy with anticipation for what the shows and comeback may bring…

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As with every year, Reading & Leeds festivals are back. While the first announcement is quite disappointing, it included Red Hot Chili Peppers, Slaves and Crossfaith, as well as Twenty One Pilots (who I can’t stand but are quite popular in the scene) and since have announced Eagles of Death Metal will be there too, so let’s hope the next announcement is really killer!

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Last but not least least, the king of all large festivals Download has a massive, massive lineup this year, with headlining slots for Rammstein, Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden respectively. Further down the bill, the likes of Amity Affliction, Breaking Benjamin, Ghost, Halestorm and Tremonti will all be there, and the only real downside is that since the passing of Lemmy last week, there will be no Motorhead performance… But as the man himself would have wished, Download 2016 will go on, bigger and better than ever before and as per usual, I’m certain some other stunning bands will be added to the already stellar lineup!

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Here’s to a good one, it’s looking to be one of the best so far for rock music so let’s hit it head on!

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