Heavy metal and hard rock fans have a lot to look forward to in 2016. Several bands have already announced album release dates, and many more are scheduled to enter the studio to start laying down new tracks. We don’t have enough room to list them all, but here are a few are a few of the most anticipated releases, and a few you may not have heard about.
No band has more fans clamoring for a new album than Tool. Rumors about a new release have been swirling for quite some time, and the internet has been full of false information (go figure), which has left fans frustrated and disappointed. So what’s the real scoop? Can we expect a new album from Tool in 2016? The best answer to that is maybe, but probably not, according to recent interviews with band members, but the news isn’t all bad.
The band is definitely working on new music, and has even performed some of it live during recent shows. Metal Injection posted new video last month of a Tool performance which included a new song. The working title of the song is “Descending,” which was confirmed by Tool guitarist Adam Jones during a recent interview with Rolling Stone:
“Yeah, it’s a working title. We have a song that’s probably about 13 or 14 minutes long, so what we’ve done with it is … I don’t want to call it a “best of,” but it’s a shortened, different approach to it,” Jones explained in the interview. “It is a new song. It’s like a vague movie trailer to the real movie.”
Jones went on to say that the band has about “20 potential new song ideas,” and left the impression that there is definitely a work in progress. It’s safe to assume that even if we don’t get a new album in 2016, we will start hearing some new music from Tool very soon. Hey, you can’t rush perfection, and that’s exactly what Tool delivers.
Probably the most disappointing news for many metal fans was the announcement from Black Sabbath that the metal legends have scrapped plans for a final studio album. The band said they decided to cancel the album in order to concentrate on the upcoming, and final, Black Sabbath tour. The announcement that Sabbath will be no more is sad news for metalheads around the world, but it’s been one helluva ride for nearly half a century. Considering what they’ve been through over the years, who would’ve thought these guys would still be around after all these…decades?
It’s really over, you ask? “It’s the end of Sabbath, believe me,” lead singer Ozzy Osbourne says. The final tour, which the band has dubbed, “The End,” kicks off January 20, 2016 in Omaha, Nebraska.
Scrapping the planned final album led to a very interesting, and definitely appropriate coincidence for Sabbath. The final track on Sabbath’s Grammy Award-winning 2013 release, “13,” titled “Dear Father,” ends with the same church bells that marked the beginning of the first track on the band’s debut album, “Black Sabbath,” which was recorded in 1970.
Fans of Nine Inch Nails won’t have to wait much longer for new material. Trent Reznor confirmed last week on Twitter that the band would be releasing a new album in 2016. No release date or further details have been announced, but stay tuned NIN fans, it’s on the way.
Hardcore and sludge metal fans will be happy to hear that Crowbar already has four songs written for their upcoming album and promises to get into the studio to finish recording in early February. You can expect the new album in 2016, although no official release date has been set.
“We’ve got four songs written that are really killer. We’ll probably get at least another one or two — hopefully two — written between when this tour [with Soulfly] ends [in November] and going out with High on Fire in December,” Kirk Windstein said during a recent interview with “Thunder Underground,” “And then in the month of January, we really need to buckle down and make sure we finish up the other half of the record. [And we’ll] get in the studio in early February, probably.”
Other bands who have already announced new albums and other material in 2016 include Killswitch Engage, Dream Theater, Lacuna Coil, Agoraphobic Nosebleed, and many more. 2016 promises to be big year for hard rock and metal fans, as several other bands are rumored to be working on new material and you can expect tons of hard rock and metal bands will be hitting the road in support of their new releases. Throw up your horns and get ready to rock metalheads!
Tool, performing “Descending,” a new song to be included on the band’s next album. Unfortunately no release date for the album is set, but the band is working on new material and has “about 20 potential song ideas,” according to guitarist Adam Jones.
Black Sabbath, Black Sabbath
Here’s an interesting, and completely unplanned coincidence that seems very appropriate for Black Sabbath. The church bells heard at the beginning of Black Sabbath’s self-titled debut album recorded in 1970…
Black Sabbath, Dear Father
…can also be heard at the end of the last track on Sabbath’s final studio album, 2013’s Grammy Award-winning release, “13,” titled “Dear Father.”
Trent Reznor, Nine Inch Nails
Trent Reznor announced last week via Twitter that Nine Inch Nails would be releasing new music in 2016. The band’s last album, “Hesitation Marks,” was released in 2013.
Crowbar, Walk With Knowledge Wisely
Sludge metal shredders, Crowbar, have announced plans to release a new album in 2016. The album will be the first since “Symmetry in Black.” (May 26, 2014, Century Media Records) The band plans to get back into the studio in early February to complete recording.