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.
Angelspit – Cult of Fake, Negative Gain Productions
Blutengel – Save Us, Out of Line Records
Combichrist – This is Where Death Begins, Out of Line Records
De/Vision – 13, Popgefahr Records
Lords of Acid – Smoking Hot, Metropolis Records
Marsheaux – Ath.Lon, Undo Records
Various Artists – Synth Wave Volume 1, Electro London Records
Upcoming Releases – July:
The Birthday Massacre – Imagica, Metropolis Records, Jul 22
EN ESCH – Trash Chic, PledgeMusic, Jul 1
Front 242 – Geography (Reissue), Metropolis Records, Jul 15
Ghostfeeder – World Fameless, Distortion Productions, Jul 8
Julien-K – California Noir, Chapter 2 – Nightlife in Neon, IndieGoGo, July (date pending)
Nature of Wires / CountessM – Cyber Rendezvous, AnalogueTrash, Jul 29
Various Artists – Apop We Love You – A Tribute To Apoptygma Berzerk, Electrozombies, Jul 15
Various Artists – Rock Back for Ecuador, Patetico Recordings, Jul 5
Upcoming Releases – August:
Black Tape For A Blue Girl – These Fleeting Moments, Metropolis Records, Aug 12
Covenant – Sound Mirrors, Dependent Records, Aug 26
Lindsey Stirling – Brave Enough, Aug 19, preorder on PledgeMusic: http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/lindseystirling2
Mesh – Looking Skyward, Dependent Records, Aug 26
Skinny Puppy – Weapon LP (Reissue), Metropolis Records, Aug 18
Various Artists – Electronic Saviors IV: Retaliation – Industrial Music to Cure Cancer, Metropolis Records, Aug 4
Upcoming Releases – September:
Assemblage 23 – Endure, 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
Delerium – Mythologie, Metropolis Records, Sep 23
KMFDM – ROCKS – Milestones Reloaded, earMusic, Sep 9
Phantogram – Three, Republic, Sep 16
PIG – The Gospel, Metropolis Records, Sep 9
Pending Releases – 2016:
And One – Vibrator (Trilogie 2), Deutschmaschine Schallplatten
Ashbury Heights – The Victorian Wallflowers, Out of Line Records
Covenant – The 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 Newark – Hologram, Preorder on PledgeMusic: http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/samanthanewark
The Sweetest Condition – We Defy Oblivion (*Self-Release/Bandcamp)
X-Marks the Pedwalk – Secrets, Meshwork Music
Various Artists – WEATNU Records
Various Artists – Cybernetic Ecosystems, Paracelsian Productions
Various Artists – Electropop: Volume 11, Conzoom Records
Various Artists – Face the Beat: Session 4, Side-Line Music Magazine
Various Artists – Love Hertz, E-Con Records
Pending Releases – 2017:
The Birthday Massacre – Preorder on PledgeMusic: http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/thebirthdaymassacre2/
Gary Numan – Preorder on PledgeMusic: http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/garynuman
Various Artists – Undead & Open-Minded Volume 2, Electrozombies
Now, go out there and support your favorite artists. Thanks for reading and listening!
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.