Top 2016 Anticipated Album Releases

In the last year, we’ve seen a resurgence of bands that first made their mark in the ’80s and ’90s coming back with a vengeance and releasing new albums after long stints of silence. Some recent releases include Strange Little Birds by Garbage, Detour by Cyndi Lauper and Music Complete by New Order.

Maybe it’s the complicated social and political climate that’s drawing out these artists from their hidden lairs. Maybe someone held up the Bat-Signal, and instead of Batman, Peter Murphy showed up and kicked off his “Stripped” tour.

Although 2016 started with a big fat middle finger pointed at music fans worldwide, leaving a bad taste in all of our mouths with the recent loss of such music icons as Prince, David Bowie and so many others, in a way, this is also the best year to see many of our favorite bands from perform live. Currently on tour: The Cure, The Church, Modern English, Duran Duran, Culture Club, Echo & the Bunnymen, Pet Shop Boys, Heart, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Guns N’ Roses, Berlin, Huey Lewis & the News, and the list goes on.

Those artists have inspired new generations of musicians, as well, which brings us to another high point of the year—the onslaught of albums slated for release by classic and current artists. In the challenging times we’re living in, we must turn to music for inspiration, because music matters and makes a difference.

Here are some of the most highly anticipated upcoming album releases. Mind you, we can’t cover everything you pretty little buggers love, but here are my top picks. Let me know what’s missing, and I’ll add it to my birthday wish list.

Recent Releases:

AngelspitCult of Fake, Negative Gain Productions

BlutengelSave Us, Out of Line Records

Combichrist This is Where Death Begins, Out of Line Records

De/Vision13, Popgefahr Records

Lords of AcidSmoking Hot, Metropolis Records

MarsheauxAth.Lon, Undo Records

Various ArtistsSynth Wave Volume 1, Electro London Records

Upcoming Releases – July:

The Birthday Massacre Imagica, Metropolis Records, Jul 22

EN ESCHTrash Chic, PledgeMusic, Jul 1

Front 242Geography (Reissue), Metropolis Records, Jul 15

GhostfeederWorld Fameless, Distortion Productions, Jul 8

Julien-K California Noir, Chapter 2 – Nightlife in Neon, IndieGoGo, July (date pending)

Nature of Wires / CountessMCyber Rendezvous, AnalogueTrash, Jul 29

Various ArtistsApop We Love You – A Tribute To Apoptygma Berzerk, Electrozombies, Jul 15

Various ArtistsRock Back for Ecuador, Patetico Recordings, Jul 5

Upcoming Releases – August:

Black Tape For A Blue GirlThese Fleeting Moments, Metropolis Records, Aug 12

CovenantSound Mirrors, Dependent Records, Aug 26

Lindsey StirlingBrave Enough, Aug 19, preorder on PledgeMusic:

MeshLooking Skyward, Dependent Records, Aug 26

Skinny PuppyWeapon LP (Reissue), Metropolis Records, Aug 18

Various ArtistsElectronic Saviors IV: Retaliation – Industrial Music to Cure Cancer, Metropolis Records, Aug 4

Upcoming Releases – September:

Assemblage 23Endure, Metropolis Records, Sep 9

D.A.R.K. (Smiths’ bassist Andy Rourke and The Cranberries’ vocalist Dolores O’Riordan) – Science Agrees, Cooking Vinyl, Sep 9

DeleriumMythologie, Metropolis Records, Sep 23

KMFDMROCKS – Milestones Reloaded, earMusic, Sep 9

PhantogramThree, Republic, Sep 16

PIGThe Gospel, Metropolis Records, Sep 9

Pending Releases – 2016:

And OneVibrator (Trilogie 2), Deutschmaschine Schallplatten

Ashbury HeightsThe Victorian Wallflowers, Out of Line Records

CovenantThe Blinding Dark, Dependent Records

Depeche Mode – Columbia Records

Electrozombies’ ‘Undead And Open-Minded: Volume 2

Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions (of Mazzy Star) – Tendril Tales

Nine Inch Nails – Columbia Records

Samantha NewarkHologram, Preorder on PledgeMusic:

The Sweetest ConditionWe Defy Oblivion (*Self-Release/Bandcamp)

X-Marks the PedwalkSecrets, Meshwork Music

Various Artists – WEATNU Records

Various ArtistsCybernetic Ecosystems, Paracelsian Productions

Various ArtistsElectropop: Volume 11, Conzoom Records

Various ArtistsFace the Beat: Session 4, Side-Line Music Magazine

Various ArtistsLove Hertz, E-Con Records

Pending Releases – 2017:

The Birthday Massacre Preorder on PledgeMusic:

Gary Numan – Preorder on PledgeMusic:

Various ArtistsUndead & Open-Minded Volume 2, Electrozombies

Now, go out there and support your favorite artists. Thanks for reading and listening!

-Leslie Benson.

About the Author: Leslie Irene Benson is a freelance journalist and the vocalist and lyricist for the industrial-synthpop band The Sweetest Condition, based in Nashville, Tennessee.

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