Top 10 Most Anticipated Rock Albums of 2016

If the bands on this list all come through with new albums in 2016, this year could be the biggest year of the decade for rock music. Although 2015 had some great rock albums, some of the biggest names in rock appear to have albums slated for 2016 release. Here are some rock albums the world hopes to hear in 2016.   

Although Deftones eighth studio album was originally reported set for late 2015 release, plans for the album's release have been pushed to 2016. In May 2015 interview with NME frontman Chino Moreno described the album's sound as "out of the box." He added that the album is full of "keyboards and a lot of cool, spacey low frequencies" as well as "organic jams." Former "The Smith's" frontman, Morrissey, influenced Moreno vocals, "I've been on this crazy Morrissey kick recently - totally obsessing over his solo records - so I brought a lot of that to the table, on those early solo records, he uses this awesome, Elvis-y delay on his vocal that I've been ripping off a ton. He's always been a favorite lyricist of mine - the beautiful poetic melancholy of it all." In a videotaped interview at Anaheim's 2016 NAMM show guitarist Stephen Carpenter revealed Deftones April 8th, 2016, album release date. 

For their 11th studio album Red Hot Chili Peppers switched from longtime producer Rick Rubin to Gnarls Barkley member and producer Danger Mouse (Gorillaz, Beck, The Black Keys, U2). Recording of the album was put on hold in February 2015 when bassist Flea suffered a skiing accident. Recording resumed for the band's second album with guitarist Josh Klinghoffer in August 2015. In an Oct. 16, 2015 interview frontman Anthony Kiedis told Rolling Stone, "We've written some songs that I feel are as good as any songs we've ever written." On recording with Danger Mouse Kiedis said, "He's very good about coming up with super-modern ideas, but he'll also touch on the acoustic guitar in the control room and strip the song down to its acoustic essentials, which is a beautiful place to be." 

Weezer return with their tenth studio album and fourth album self-titled album also known by the color of the album cover — following Weezer's 1994 debut 'The Blue Album,' 2001's 'The Green Album,' and 2008's 'The Red Album.' Frontman Rivers Cuomo described Weezer's upcoming 'White Album' to Pitchfork as a "beach album" inspired by "hanging around the Westside of Los Angeles" and says The Beach Boys influenced the album's sound. Three album singles "Thank God for Girls," "Do You Wanna Get High?", and "King of the World" have already been released since October 2015. Weezer's 'White Album' was released April 1st, 2016.

Radiohead's ninth album is was released preceding the band's festival shows in Europe and North America — the band's first performances since 2012. Consequence of Sound reports that the band will headline Chicago's Lallapalooza, San Francisco's Outside Lands, and Montreal's Osheaga Music Festival. Radiohead's follow-up to their 2011 The King of Limbs album was released May 8th digitally with the physical release occurring one month and a week later on June 17th. 

Nine Inch Nails - Title TBD

Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails. David Wolff-Getty Images

On Dec. 18, 2015, Trent Reznor tweeted, "New NIN coming in 2016. Other stuff, too." In June 2015 the Nine Inch Nails band leader told Rolling Stone: "It's not a record I'm trying to finish in a month. It's more just feeling around in the dark and seeing what sounds interesting. It's nice to do that every few years to try and reinvent and discover and try to learn about yourself and what feels exciting to you as an artist." Although there are few details available on Nine Inch Nails' ninth studio album, expect Trent Reznor to release another unique industrial rock album sometime in 2016.

Linkin Park - Title TBD

Linkin Park
Linkin Park. Photo: KMazur-WireImage-Getty Images

Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington amicably left Stone Temple Pilots in November 2015 to concentrate solely on Linkin Park. The band began work on their seventh studio album and follow-up to 2014's The Hunting Party album in late 2015. On Jan. 5, 2015, Linkin Park posted a picture on their Instagram page of Bennington recording vocals with the message: "back to work this week." In May 2015, Mike Shinoda told AltWire, "I’m really happy with the reaction from The Hunting Party, and I think we’re ready to move somewhere new on the next album, which will be coming next year."

Metallica - Title TBD

Metallica. Courtesy: Warner Bros.

Metallica's ninth studio album Death Magnetic was released September 12, 2008. With the help of producer Rick Rubin the band returned to their thrash metal roots featuring complex arrangements, lengthy guitar solos, and five to ten minute songs reminiscent of their early albums. Death Magnetic was one of the last rock albums released in the late 2000's to reach double platinum in sales (2,000,000 units sold) by 2010. Metallica's tenth studio album is being produced by Greg Fidelman – the recording engineer for Death Magnetic. In a November 2015 interview with 103.3 The Edge WEDG-FM (via Blabbermouth) lead guitarist Kirk Hammett said the new album would be musically similar to Death Magnetic and should be released in 2016, and at latest, at the beginning of 2017.

Art of Anarchy - Title TBD

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Art of Anarchy was announced in January 2015 as a hard rock 'super group' featuring former Stone Temple Pilots  / Velvet Revolver  singer Scott Weiland, solo artist/ex-Guns N' Roses guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal, Disturbed bassist John Moyer, and twin brothers Jon and Vince Votta on guitar and drums respectively. AoA's self-titled debut album was released in June 2015 to positive reviews. From's separate 2015 interviews with Scott Weiland and Bumblefoot, Art of Anarchy appeared to be a one-off studio project. On May 3, 2016, Creed frontman Scott Stapp made the surprise announcement that he was working with Art of Anarchy—replacing the late Scott Weiland. The next day Bumblefoot told via email: "The album is half-way done. It's very 'song/melody oriented', and the lyrics are very personal to Scott's recent experiences. Planning the release for later this year." Hopefully, AoA's first ever tour will follow their second album's release.

The Smashing Pumpkins - Title TBD

The Smashing Pumpkins
The Smashing Pumpkins. Photo: Burak Cingi-Redferns-Getty Images.

In June 2015 Rolling Stone interview Billy Corgan told Rolling Stone he never said The Smashing Pumpkins would end after their next album –  which was originally titled Day for Night. Despite telling The Wall Street Journal in a Dec. 9 2014 interview: "The next album is like the end, end, end," and that Smashing Pumpkins' "fanbase is gone," apparently there is more life left in the band after all. After a successful co-headlining tour with Marilyn Manson in 2015 with original drummer Jimmy Chamberlain on drumsthe question remains: will Chamberlain play drums on the next album? Hopefully we'll find out if The Smashing Pumpkins last album of their 44-song Teargarden by Kaleidyscope song cycle is released this year.

Tool - Titled TBD

Tool. Promo Photo

Tool's last album, 10,000 Days, was released May 2, 1996. The band have toured sporadically over the last 10 years – including a January 2016 tour with Primus – but their fifth album remains elusive. Guitarist Adam Jones told Rolling Stone in November 2015: "Things are really flowing and going really well, and I'm just blown away at the stuff that's coming together. I'm excited and can't wait for it to be done." But when Rolling Stone asked frontman Maynard James Keenan about the album's progress in October 2015 he evasively replied: "Do I seem like a lazy person to you? ... that's all I can really say." Hopefully Tool's album equivalent of Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be released in 2016. Tool's fifth album has topped many "Most Anticipated Albums" lists since 2013. We'll believe it when it happens.

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