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23 Rock Albums We Need To Hear in 2016

From Vampire Weekend to Megadeth, from the xx to Sleeping With Sirens, these are the projects that absolutely need to materialize this year

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Panic! At the Disco, “Death of a Bachelor” (Jan. 15)

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.

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Megadeth, “Dystopia” (Jan. 22)

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."

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Savages, “Adore Life” (Jan. 22)

The rock group’s eagerly anticipated second album follows the lauded 2013 debut Silence Yourself, and was preceded by the single “Adore.”

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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.

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Anthrax, "For All Kings" (Feb. 26)

For All Kings features Jon Donais manning the guitar for the long-running thrash metal group for the first time and is supported by an extensive run with Lamb of God. Scott Ian and co. will later head to Latin America and South America with Iron Maiden.

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Babymetal (Apr. 1)

One of the world's biggest bands is also the smallest. Babymetal, the Japanese metal band made up of the cutest tween girls you ever did see, have promised a new album in 2016. Here's hoping they score a late night TV spot and convert the rest of the world to believers.

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2012’s Celebration Rock was a celebration indeed, and we’ve been longing for this duo to return for years now. All’s been quiet on the Vancouver group’s front for some time, but there’s plenty of time for Album No. 3 to drop.

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Vampire Weekend

Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig said last May that the band is still in its “off-season,” but based on its album-every-three-years schedule, 2016 seems like the perfect time to expect the follow-up to 2013’s masterful Modern Vampires of the City.

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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.

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The xx

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.

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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?

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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.”

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The French indie-rockers last stepped out in 2013 with Bankrupt!, before surfacing late last year to contribute a song to Bill Murray’s Christmas special on Netflix. Rumor has it that Thomas Mars and co. are hard at work on their sixth album.

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“As soon as this album cycle is over I’m working on Soundgarden songs for an album,” Chris Cornell declared last month while promoting his latest solo project. Since reforming, Soundgarden has only issued one new LP, 2012’s King Animal.

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Haim’s 2013 debut Days Are Gone was one of the freshest pop-rock LPs in years, so expectations are high for the three sisters’ sophomore outing. The trio’s recent booking at Governors Ball Music Festival is a sign of encouragement for those wondering when new music will be unveiled.

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Linkin Park

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!

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Against The Current

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.

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Sleeping With Sirens

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.

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Killswitch Engage, "Incarnate"

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.

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A triumphant tour with Incubus last year preceded the follow-up to 2012’s Koi No YokanDeftones were recently announced as performers at the Shaky Knees Music Festival in May; perhaps we’ll have some new tunes by then?

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Nine Inch Nails

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?

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Back in November, Tool’s Adam Jones declared that the group had “20 potential song ideas” for the long-awaited follow-up to 2006’s 10,000 Days. Perhaps we’ll hear some of them this year; until then, the guys are on the road with Primus.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers

RHCP will return to the stage in 2016, with a headlining gig at the BottleRock festival in Napa Valley this May. Meanwhile, a new single from Anthony Kiedis and co. is rumored for February.

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Apr 2: Basket-Bros

Currently on his 'The Man of the Woods' tourJustin Timberlake brought out a special guest for his Cleveland show. LeBron James surprised concertgoers by showing up alongside Timberlake and taking a shot on stage. On Friday, the singer was also seen cheering on LeBron during the Pelicans and Cavaliers game. James gave a shout out on Instagram, "My brother @justintimberlake showed up and showed out last night at the Q! One of the greatest to ever do it in my lifetime and still going strong."