After a little over a decade of being a band, Panic! at the Disco is now, truly, Brendon Urie and his rotating cast and crew. When you have a frontman so powerful, and one who could potentially eclipse the success of the band he laid forth, it makes for an interesting dynamic. Death of a Bachelor proved to be his experimental stage—Urie at his most Urie.
Guitarist Kiki Louriero and drummer Chris Adler have joined the fold for Megadeth’s latest opus, which includes the tracks “The Threat Is Real” and “Fatal Illusion."
The 1975 - “I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It” (Feb. 26)
Manchester rock band The 1975's explosion a few years back mirrored the explosion of their 2013 self-titled debut. No only did Matt Healy and crew arrive at a time mostly unwelcoming to guitar-based music, they managed to dominate and obtain boy band-level admiration from die-hard fans. The songs they write are proof enough, and their latest funk sound, as seen in "UGH!" and "Love Me," show a band that's evolved.
Does the news that Radiohead has set up some sort of new company suggest that a new full-length is imminent? Last month, Thom Yorke and co. shared “Spectre,” a song written as a James Bond theme that wasn’t used as such; perhaps the follow-up to 2011’s The King of Limbs is the next piece of material they share.
The U.K. group posted about a “Winter studio hibernation” late last year, which signals a commitment to finishing its third album after Jamie xx earned raves for his solo turn, In Colour, last year.
It’s been over seven years since Metallica’s last LP, Death Magnetic, and frontman James Hetfield says that there is a lot of new material available for a new album. “We're sifting our way through it,” he said in December. “We want the best of the best. That's what we've always done, and as long as it takes is as long as it takes.” True, but let’s make it 2016? Please?
No release date has been given for Weezer’s first album since 2014, but the long-running rock group spent the last quarter of 2015 promoting new single “Thank God For Girls.”
We know pretty much nothing about Linkin Park's upcoming release, but the very prospect of it is enough to get stoked about. We do know that they kicked off 2016 in the studio and that they work pretty quickly. It's also worth mentioning that Chester Bennington is off from Stone Temple Pilots duty, so, you know...things are looking bright!
Against the Current found fame the way so many bands do these days: They covered major pop songs on YouTube, found real resonance and then started to write their own songs. They now describe themselves as the black sheep of the social platform, and that's okay: Their fanbase and talent far exceeds the boundaries of temporary success. If their debut full-length is anything like "Gravity" or "Outsiders," we're in for a real treat.
Sleeping With Sirens released an album just last year--the fantastic Madness--but we still want more. The Orlando guys are delivering with a live acoustic album due out later this year. We've heard a few teases, and we can't wait. These dudes are best on a stage, it'll be interesting to hear that energy captured on record.
With singer Jesse Leach firmly back in place, Killswitch Engage is on a roll and has fans in a tizzy awaiting its first LP since Disarm the Descent. “Strength of the Mind” was an intense preview of Incarnate, due out in March.
The 2013 comeback record Hesitation Marks will receive some sort of follow-up in 2016, with Trent Reznor recently teasing fans with the message, “New NIN coming in 2016. Other stuff, too.” Hopefully the “other stuff” is another kick-ass tour?