The most anticipated albums of 2020 in alternative, metal and beyond
We’ve heard some rumors floating around, and it sounds like 2020 is going to be a massive year for new releases.December 30, 2019
With a new decade kicking off shortly, we’re taking a look at what we can expect in 2020. While we can’t predict the future, we do know that the new year will bring us plenty of fresh albums.
Several artists have already released album titles and the dates we can expect them in 2020. Others have been leaving us breadcrumbs to collect and formulate into solid theories with fingers crossed that new music is bound to drop in the upcoming year.
Head below for some of the most anticipated albums of 2020.
5 Seconds Of Summer
EXPECT IT: TBD
5 Seconds Of Summer confirmed a new album is on the way in early December by launching a preorder with their tour announcement. While no date or title has been revealed, that didn’t stop fans from theorizing the next era’s name themselves. As a follow-up to 2018’s Youngblood, the band’s fourth album confirmation arrived after a studio update at the beginning of 2019 and several singles throughout the year. In May, the band dropped a dark new song, “Easier” followed by “Teeth,” the latter of which appeared on the 13 Reasons Why season 3 soundtrack.
EXPECT IT: Spring on Cooking Vinyl
Give One, Take One is the title of the third album from the deconstructionist, heaven-lowering outfit formed by Josh Scogin, former frontman for noise-laden hardcore outfit, the Chariot. But it may be more important than the previous ones. First, this will be the full-length recording debut of drummer Nikko Yamada, who got behind the kit following the resignation of Michael McClellan. Even more important is the participation of producer du jour Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Halestorm, Beartooth), who discovered the band when they opened for Stone Sour years ago and was hooked immediately. While some producers are called in to polish up a band’s output, Raskulinecz made ’68 even more unpredictable. “He brought out the most in us,” Scogin says, “without ever tampering with our sudden left turns, surprises and sonic rugs being snatched out from under you.”
A Day To Remember – You’re Welcome
EXPECT IT: Early 2020 via Fueled By Ramen
A Day To Remember dropped their sixth album, Bad Vibrations, in 2016, following it up with “Rescue Me,” their first new music in three years with the help of Marshmello in June. They later dropped “Degenerates” in August, marking the first single from their forthcoming seventh full-length set to be released on their new label Fueled By Ramen. A few days later, they revealed the album’s title, You’re Welcome, at an intimate London gig with plans to release it Nov. 15. A week out, the band delayed the release to early 2020, later revealing the artwork was still pending and the band “want[ing] everything to be perfect.” With no specific date revealed yet, ADTR did drop another single, “Resentment,” in November shortly after delaying the album’s release.
All Time Low
EXPECT IT: TBD via Fueled By Ramen
All Time Low confirmed the end of the Last Young Renegade era in July 2018, following it up with a few singles, “Everything Is Fine” and “Birthday,” (as promised) later that summer. As 2019 kicked off, frontman Alex Gaskarth revealed the band would be taking “a bit of a break” this year, which in turn allowed time for his side project with Mark Hoppus, Simple Creatures, and guitarist Jack Barakat’s WhoHurtYou. In March, the band confirmed the break was done, with plans to have new music out “definitely by 2020.” All Time Low also revealed they started working on some demos that will take what they learned with Last Young Renegade “and maybe make it a bit more upbeat.” Gaskarth admitted this past summer was a “nice window” to dig into the demos together. They debuted a new track, “Getaway Green,” live at Slam Dunk in May, and while there’s no confirmation that this will appear on their forthcoming album, we’ve got our fingers crossed for another update soon.
The Amity Affliction
EXPECT IT: TBD via Pure Noise
After joining the Pure Noise rooster, the Amity Affliction released their first single since their 2018 album, Misery. “We can’t wait to see what the future holds. This shit is tight. Thank you for your support, thank you Pure Noise and thanks again to everyone out there who makes this dream of playing music worldwide our reality,” vocalist Joel Birch shared following their signing. With no official album announcement yet, but one killer single to hold our attention in the meantime, we’re hoping 2020 will bring us a massive release from the group.
EXPECT IT: TBD via Sumerian
2019 was undoubtedly a massive year for Asking Alexandria and their fans. After releasing their self-titled album in the tail end of 2017 and hitting the road with Papa Roach this summer, the group wasted no time writing new material. Earlier this year, they released a post-apocalyptic video for their new single, “The Violence.” “Thematically, the song is about the way mainstream media and politicians manipulate and spread mistruth among the people to encourage and create anger, fear, division and conflict in their quest to control and acquire power,” vocalist Danny Worsnop explains. “As the history books have shown, this only goes so far before the people stand up and say enough is enough.” Despite Ben Bruce’s busy filming schedule with Paradise City and Worsnop taking on his solo project, it seems the group found plenty of time to get an entire album ready for the new year. In a new interview with Music Choice, Bruce jokes, “We’ve definitely already written another album. Just don’t tell anyone.” All jokes aside, Asking Alexandria’s self-titled album helped the band reach new levels, and we know that their upcoming album will amplify that even more.
Black Veil Brides
EXPECT IT: TBD via Sumerian
Black Veil Brides will be rocking back and forth this year, and everyone will be stoked. First of all, there’s the rerecording of BVB’s first album, the 2010 debut, We Stitch These Wounds. Not only will the band be shining the chrome fixtures on this sonic street rod, but they’ll be adding some songs from that era that didn’t make the cut the first time around. Now fortified by new bassist Lonny Eagleton and a deal with Sumerian Records, BVB are taking a new approach in their career. Frontman Andy Biersack told AP that the band will be releasing music in the form of “duologies”: two new songs promoted as full-length albums, which will allow the band to have new music for their fans for whatever opportunities come up. (The first pair of tracks that make up The Night were released in late fall.) And there’s going to be so many ways to see BVB this year, you’re going to kick yourself if you don’t…
EXPECT IT: TBD via Victory
Broadside gave us a little taste of something new with two singles right in time for summer this year, but we know there has to be more coming. Since their sophomore release, Paradise, in 2017, Broadside have gone out on Warped Tour, toured extensively throughout the U.S. and U.K. and been busy writing new material. Since their debut in 2015, the group have grown immensely, and we’re sure their third release will reflect that.
EXPECT IT: TBD via Roadrunner
Creeper were positioned to be the next big alternative group when they suddenly announced their breakup onstage in November 2018. “Of all the shows we’ve played in this last four years, this one will remain with us the longest,” vocalist William Gould said onstage. “Because not only is it the last show of this album, but it’s the last show that we’ll ever do.” After nearly a year of silence from the group, their social media accounts revealed they would be returning to the stage as the Fugitives Of Heaven. Following their comeback gig, Gould spoke exclusively with AltPress to reveal details on their new era and upcoming album. He may have kept most of the group’s allure to himself, but we’re expecting their return album to be a massive milestone in their career. In the meantime, we’re keeping ourselves busy with their latest single, “Born Cold,” and you can read more on the band’s new era in issue 378, available here.
Every Time I Die
EXPECT IT: TBD
It’s been three years since Every Time I Die dropped their eighth full-length, Low Teens. With a busy touring schedule coming to a close this past summer, the band began production on their ninth album in September. With updates few and far between, they debuted a new track “White Void” two weeks later during a three-day cruise gig. In November, the band shared some blasting riffs from the studio. They followed it up by playing “White Void” and another new track, “Back Distance,” at their annual hometown holiday, ’Tid The Season, in Buffalo in mid-December. Following the live debuts and initial studio teasers, the band confirmed production on their ninth album will officially start with Low Teens producer Will Putney following a two-week stint in Europe in January.
EXPECT IT: TBD via Big Noise
Born from the ashes of his former band PVMNTS, Tyler Posey debuted pop-punk trio Five North with the first single, “This Mess,” in October. Joined by Kyle Murphy and Makeout’s Scott Eckel, the band began working with scene-favorite producer John Feldmann and his new Big Noise label. Comparing this current environment to that of PVMNTS, Posey told AltPress, “It’s a completely different atmosphere, and it’s fucking awesome.” The frontman also revealed in that interview they have an eight-song EP including “This Mess” and an album on the way in 2020. In a separate interview with Feldmann, the Goldfinger vocalist excitedly looked ahead to the new year, stating, “The Five North album is great. Tyler is just one of the greatest humans I have ever worked with.” While no title or date has been set, we’ll be excitedly awaiting new tunes.
Four Year Strong
EXPECT IT: Late winter via Pure Noise
Four Year Strong are no longer the house band at the members-only beard oil and feelings club, but that’s OK. Since the release of the 2017 rarities record, Some Of You Will Like This, Some Of You Won’t, the band have spent the last two years working on their next release for Pure Noise with producer Will Putney. While the last new track from the band, “Nice To Know,” was a significant near-pop departure for the band, we’re not sure what their M.O. is these days. But a new 4YS album is always cause for celebration simply because when they are hella stoked on the work, their fans react to it accordingly. (Who didn’t love “Brain Pain” when they played it at their hometown holiday show?) Call it punk-rock symbiosis or changing the game, Four Year Strong are always keeping it real. And yes, they’ll be playing new music at Slam Dunk, as well as on their tour with Silverstein.
EXPECT IT: TBD via Fearless
After six long years and radio silence from the group, it seems we might be on the verge of a new Go Radio album. The band sent fans into a frenzy earlier this year when they posted a teaser to their Instagram featuring frontman Jason Lancaster, bassist Matt Poulos and guitarist Alex Reed sitting in a room together playing music, while drummer Steven Kopacz seemed to be on a FaceTime call with the bunch. The group then posted an update officially announcing their return. “It’s been six years,” the post said. “In August of 2013 we played our final show in Houston, Texas. The four of us wouldn’t all be in the same place again until July of this year.
Six years is a long time. We each had a long way to go to get to this point, but time has a way of putting things into perspective. For each of us, Go Radio continues to be among our biggest sources of pride. Since 2007, we have loved our Go Radio family, the music we have made, and —whether we acknowledged it or not—each other.” Following their announcement, the group dropped “Say It Again,” their first single in seven years. We may only have one track to hold on to for now, but we have high hopes for the group’s first album post-hiatus.
Green Day – Father Of All Motherfuckers
EXPECT IT: Feb. 7 via Reprise
There’s a list of reasons why Green Day can be considered the world’s greatest punk band. Near the top of that list would be their ability to bring the exuberance to whatever vibe they want to mine. Consider their recent tracks, “Father Of All…” and “Ready, Fire, Aim,” which have a definitive ’60s garage-rock vibe that’s also on 2020 fleek. These tracks set the stage for what’s going to happen on Father Of All Motherfuckers, the band’s 13th album, slated for release in mid-winter. And come on, who isn’t stoked for this summer’s Hella Mega tour starring the Day with Fall Out Boy and Weezer? Isn’t that going to be the punk version of a WWE battle royale?
EXPECT IT: TBD
Paramore fans have been awaiting any update from the band since they played their last show in Nashville in September 2018, but it appears that a new project from frontwoman Hayley Williams will be released first. The inaugural Art + Friends where they announced they’d be retiring “Misery Business” also marked the end of the After Laughter cycle. Williams publicized a social media hiatus in November 2018, using the time to focus on Good Dye Young and her first Sanctuary Of Self-Love at Bonnaroo. She later stated she doesn’t “think the band is going anywhere” in March 2019 but that their future will be nothing like their early years. The vocalist entered another social media break in June, teasing fans with a muted song the following day. Two months later, Williams revealed she doesn’t know what’s next for the band, addressing the muted song she “left everyone hanging with.” In early December, the band shared a group photo reflecting on their time together, later clarifying they aren’t breaking up. Days from 2019’s end, Williams broke her social media silence again to thank fans for birthday wishes and reveal she’s putting out new music she’s “going to call [her] own” in 2020. Promising a taste of it in January, Williams only disclosed that it’s “a really special project” that was done “with the help of some of [her] closest friends.”
Halsey – Manic
EXPECT IT: Jan. 17 via Capitol
Since her debut album, Halsey has been gaining massive momentum and has worked with a number of incredible artists, including YUNGBLUD, blink-182’s Travis Barker, Juice WRLD and Bring Me The Horizon. From being fast friends with Taylor Swift to attending the My Chemical Romance return show, Halsey derives inspiration for her music from both pop and alternative, so we were unsurprised when she released the haunting track “Graveyard.” Her third album, Manic, features 16 tracks and comprises features from BTS’ Suga, Dominic Fike and Alanis Morissette.
Higher Power – 27 Miles Underwater
EXPECT IT: Jan. 24 via Roadrunner
Most of your metal lovin’ websites are hailing Leeds, U.K., maniacs Higher Power as the new hotness. And there’s nothing wrong with that. The band’s U.S. debut, 27 Miles Underwater, is a vibey affair that finds the members retaining their love of hardcore and their personal creative vision. Whether they’re putting a new coat of angst on grunge history (“Low Season”) or forging the missing link between Rage Against The Machine and a Warped Tour ad mat (“Seamless”), the Power brokers could very well shake the complacency out of the snobby left-swipers in the world today.
I DONT KNOW HOW BUT THEY FOUND ME
EXPECT IT: TBD via Fearless
Nobody likes the opening band, unless, of course, they’re iDKHOW. The duo, comprising Dallon Weekes and Ryan Seaman, have gained a striking momentum over the last year-and-a-half with the release of their first EP, 1981 Extended Play in November 2018 and a surprise holiday EP earlier this year. Weekes informed AltPress at Riot Fest that there would allegedly be an album in 2020, but he wouldn’t reveal anything additional. We’re not entirely sure what’s in store for their debut full-length, but we know it’ll come from one of the brilliant corners of Mr. Weekes’ mind.
In This Moment – Mother
EXPECT IT: TBD via Roadrunner
It’s been nearly three years since In This Moment’s sixth album, Ritual. The group’s seventh album, Mother, which was originally slated for a summer 2019 release, has been postponed to 2020. “The album is done,” guitarist Chris Howorth confirmed on Rockcast 128. “It’s called Mother. This is our heaviest record since Blood. I’ll say that. Ritual was getting heavier than Black Widow—that was heavy in its own way. Now that it’s all done and I’m hearing it as one thing, I’m like, ‘Damn! This is really heavy.’ So I think a lot of our fans are going to really like that about it.” The group will be embarking on the In Between tour early in 2020 alongside Black Veil Brides, DED and Raven Black.
EXPECT IT: TBD
Before Jeffree Star was running a massive cosmetics company, he was maneuvering the dirt lots of Vans Warped Tour alongside A Day To Remember and Dance Gavin Dance. In the years since Myspace, Star has come a long way with his musical endeavors and business plans, but we may finally be getting new tunes from him. In a recent interview with Trisha Paytas’ on her The Dish With Trish podcast, Star revealed his 2020 plans. “OK, I was going to try and release a single this year, and life got so busy, and so much shit happened,” Star said. “My mom’s been really sick and my two dogs dying, all this stuff happened…But I would love to, and I think next year is the perfect time. I have all the decks lined up.” With new music on the way from the scene staple, the Rawring ’20s are shaping up to be exactly what we hoped they’d be.
Machine Gun Kelly
EXPECT IT: Early 2020 via Interscope
With almost six months passing since the release of his fourth full-length, Hotel Diablo, Machine Gun Kelly is continuing to defy expectations in more ways than one with the promise of a pop-punk album in 2020. First teased as a rock album amid studio sessions with Travis Barker, blackbear, Goody Grace, Mod Sun and more, MGK updated his plans for a pop-punk album. Making good on that promise, the musician dropped “why are you here” in mid-December, later debuting it live at his hometown XXMAS show with co-writer Grace. With the release of the new single, MGK cited it as inspiring him to go this route of “all live singing [and] instruments” and confirmed with Beats 1 that the subsequent album was in the works with Barker. Kells also revealed previous collaborators YUNGBLUD, blackbear, Trippie Redd and Young Thug will be joining him on the new project. MGK didn’t stop there, though, stating his wish list of collabs includes Attila frontman Fronz and the Used vocalist Bert McCracken. MGK concluded the interview by confirming the currently unnamed Barker-produced pop-punk release will hit in early 2020 between January and March.
EXPECT IT: TBD via Rise
Embarking as a headliner on the first Sad Summer Fest run and reminding us that it’s still not a phase with their Forever Emo tour in the fall, Mayday Parade have kept themselves busy since they released Sunnyland in 2018. The group revealed that they had started writing some demos in the beginning of 2019, which means there could definitely be an album coming sometime in 2020. They also surprised fans when original member Jason Lancaster joined the band for a special charity gig performance of “Jamie All Over.” Although it seems unlikely with the return of Go Radio, could Lancaster make a guest appearance on a new Mayday Parade and break all of our hearts? Who knows, but we had a dream last night that this could happen someday.
EXPECT IT: TBD
Since the band’s official breakup announcement in August 2017 and their final album, their infectious dance anthem “Shake It” has remained a scene staple and a go-to sing-along at every Emo Night. Metro Station are certainly ready to shake things up again. AltPress exclusively chatted with Trace Cyrus on what’s next for the pair and why 2020 is the time for them to reunite with new music on the way. “It’s really, really cool, and it just inspired us to want to get back together and make new songs,” Cyrus says. “Yeah, it’s nothing that we really planned. I just called up Mason [Musso] one day and told him, ‘Let’s get into the studio,’ and now we’re working on it.” Metro Station are taking us out of 20ninescene and straight into the Rawring ’20s.
My Chemical Romance
EXPECT IT: TBD
Face it: We’ve heard the rumors that there will not be a new My Chemical Romance album, but we can all still dream. After the group’s nearly seven-year hiatus, they announced their return show for Dec. 20 at the Shrine Expo Hall in L.A. From their return merch symbolism to the new statue represented in their recent live set, the MCRmy have grasped on to everything they can that may indicate any impending music. Despite only a few festival gigs announced in the new year, we’re still keeping our fingers crossed that we’ll get a taste of some new MCR. All we know is that we would not be o-fucking-kay.
EXPECT IT: TBD via Hopeless
It’s been two years since Neck Deep unleashed the pop-punk perfection that is The Peace And The Panic. The band recently dropped two B-sides to that record, which were preceded by the Natalie Imbruglia-approved cover of “Torn” for Songs That Saved My Life in 2018 and summer single “She’s A God” in 2019. With the latter surprise drop, the band shared a video shot in the studio with analog equipment. Neck Deep had previously opened up on their upcoming fourth full-length in April, saying it will be hard to avoid political tinges given the current state of the world and that they’re going to take their time writing. “We’re going to take up to a year to write it,” frontman Ben Barlow says. “If it happens sooner, then cool. If it happens later, then that’s fine, too. We’re putting no pressure on ourselves with it.” While no date or information has been given on the forthcoming release since then, the band revealed they still needed to record in September. In October, they offered another update, answering a fan with, “Writing music. Kissing our dogs. Playing video games. Nm. Wbu?”
Oliver Tree – Ugly Is Beautiful
EXPECT IT: March 27 via Atlantic
Oliver Tree is a post-modern wise guy. He has taken ugly clothes, a stupid haircut and a vocal style best described as a melodic pouty yell all the way to the bank. His haters acquiesce that they always want to know what he’s coming up with, while his fans passionately identify with his sentiments (“Cash Machine,” “Hurt”). We think he’s a hip pop genius who’s able to weld genres stolen from abandoned time machines to create some wondrously contemporary tracks. We don’t have enough space to even discuss the videos. But a full-sized album of Tree tracks? Man, our brains hurt just thinking about it—in the best way possible.
Palaye Royale – The Bastards
EXPECT IT: TBD via Sumerian
Palaye Royale have certainly been quite the bastards in 2019. After releasing several standout tracks including “Fucking With My Head” and “Nervous Breakdown,” as well as launching an anti-gun violence campaign around their latest, “Massacre, The New American Dream,” we suspect their third album is just around the corner. After the trio hung up their overcoats bidding their Boom Boom Room era ado, they’re fully prepared to take on the Rawring ’20s. If their 2019 singles are any indication of their new era, we know their third album and accompanying “tragic book” will be packing heat.
Panic! At The Disco
EXPECT IT: TBD
Yes, we know Panic! At The Disco just released Pray For The Wicked in 2018, and there’s really been no promise of new music in 2020. But we have high hopes thanks to frontman Brendon Urie confirming demos are in the works while at the Billboard Music Awards in May. “I thought I would take a little more time off, but I’m already starting music,” Urie explained. “Not with anything planned in mind, but I’m working on some ideas. I can’t help myself. I don’t think it’ll be too long before another Panic! record.” While we haven’t heard any new Panic! tunes, Urie has taken to Twitch to share two metal tracks this year. The first, which was a result of being “stoned and drunk,” made its way online in July, with the full version being shared in August. Urie followed it up in November with the promise of another new metal song to raise funds for the Highest Hopes Foundation. While it’s unclear if there’s anything more to these tracks, Urie did previously state he’d love to put out a metal project. Whether it’s brutal breakdowns or pop-tinged falsetto, we’re keeping our fingers crossed for more music in 2020.
Poppy – I Disagree
EXPECT IT: Jan. 10 via Sumerian
Earlier in the year, Poppy revealed that her third album, I Disagree, feels like the first collection of music she’s created that can stand alone as a body of work. With four massive singles already released, including “BLOODMONEY” and “Fill The Crown,” the album promises to be razor sharp. With clear influences from Nine Inch Nails and Marilyn Manson, I Disagree will be her heaviest record to date. You can read Poppy’s most in-depth interview in issue 376, available here.
EXPECT IT: TBD via Warner
It wasn’t too long ago that PVRIS released their latest EP, Hallucinations, following the release of their sophomore album in 2017. But the trio have been hard at work with the promise of their third album set for release in early 2020. “Buckle up and get ready for the album,” vocalist Lynn Gunn revealed on the band’s Instagram while reflecting on the EP. PVRIS have time and time again proven that their developing sound is breaking boundaries. And we’re certain their next album will be no exception.
Suicide Silence – Become The Hunter
EXPECT IT: Feb. 14 via Nuclear Blast
You know how you say you’re ready for something, but you’re not? Like that time a softball was coming at your head and you miscalculated the speed of it? Be warned that very well may be the case when deathcore dominators Suicide Silence unleash their sixth album. Become The Hunter has all the neck-snapping fury and psych-out terror you will ever need. Produced by Steve Evetts, this will make the hair on your arms stick straight up like a wire brush. Chris Garza’s fretboard mania, the wicked ankles of drummer Alex Lopez and the beastly vocals of Eddie Hermida will slay any preconceived notions listeners may ever have about metal. You may as well get ft for hearing aids now, because you’re going to destroy eight sets of earbuds slamming this rec…
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Super Whatevr – don’t you wanna be glad?
EXPECT IT: Feb. 7 via Hopeless
Super Whatevr’s new album, don’t you wanna be glad?, is a complete 180-degree turn from the group’s debut. All the gargantuan guitars of yore have taken a back seat to plenty of synthesizers and pop-song structures. Vocalist Skylar McKee’s psyche is a lot more intact, as well. He’s still writing songs, poems and narratives conveying the things that have troubled him the most. The difference is that he’s filling the space with healthier stuff. With the band now slimmed down to McKee and drummer Chase Vernon, fans will be witnessing a new chapter in Super Whatevr’s evolution with don’t you wanna be glad?
The 1975 – Notes On A Conditional Form
EXPECT IT: Feb. 21 via Dirty Hit
It seems like it was just yesterday that the 1975 released their 2018 album, A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships. The album marked a shift from the group’s gloom-ladened dark-pop vibe into a more manic-filled question on life. Since the group’s third release, they’ve been busy with their next collection of work, as well as working with climate activist Greta Thunberg for a self-titled track featuring her 2018 speech at the World Economic Forum. Despite their fourth album set to release just two short months from now, their label Dirty Hit recently announced that their early 2020 tour would be postponed to October in order for the creative geniuses to have additional time to finish Notes On A Conditional Form. If you’re anything like us, we’re certain you’ll love the album unconditionally.
The Ghost Inside
— The Ghost Inside (@theghostinside) August 16, 2019
EXPECT IT: TBD via Epitaph
The Ghost Inside made their long-awaited return to the stage in July, marking the first time since their 2015 bus accident. While the band have said they’ll only play one-off shows in 2020 with no full tour, that doesn’t mean new music is out of the question. A month after their epic comeback gig, the band began teasing behind-the-scenes shots from the studio. In the first one in July, the band shared an update on their forthcoming fifth full-length by tagging Epitaph Records, Fit For An Autopsy’s Will Putney and A Day To Remember’s Jeremy McKinnon. While this will mark their first production with Putney, the Ghost Inside previously worked with McKinnon on their previous releases, 2014’s Dear Youth and 2012’s Get What You Give. Updates have been scarce since then, but here’s hoping for more information soon.
The Pretty Reckless – Death By Rock And Roll
— Taylor Momsen (@taylormomsen) November 30, 2019
EXPECT IT: TBD
The Pretty Reckless unleashed their third full-length, Who You Selling For, in 2016. The band wrapped up some heavy touring in 2017 with select dates in 2018 before preparing for their fourth LP. In January 2019, frontwoman Taylor Momsen confirmed the band were heading into the studio in February to begin production. Utilizing the hashtag #TPR4 over the next several months, Momsen continued teasing the forthcoming release. In November, Momsen revealed Matt Cameron of Pearl Jam and Soundgarden would be assisting with production, and his Soundgarden bandmate Kim Thayil will also appear on the fourth album. Amid continued studio shots, Momsen revealed the album’s title with a new shirt launch reading “death by rock and roll,” which she added as a hashtag on album posts moving forward.
EXPECT IT: TBD via Big Noise
After releasing their heart-wrenching seventh album, The Canyon, near the end of 2017, it’s no surprise that we’re all on the edge of our seats as to what the Used will release next. Their first single in over two years, “Blow Me” featuring FEVER 333’s Jason Aalon Butler, exuded some serious the Used circa 2004 vibes. Filled with aggression and the manic craze the band are known for, we’re hoping to get another dose of their prime on their new album. If “Blow Me” is all that we’ve got for now, we’ll keep it on repeat as we anxiously await their next release.
EXPECT IT: TBD
YUNGBLUD hasn’t slowed down since taking the world by storm with his full-length debut, 21st Century Liability, in 2018. Having dropped a few singles, including those with Halsey, Travis Barker and Machine Gun Kelly, YUNGBLUD followed the debut with affecting the underrated youth EP in October. Released as a companion to his graphic novel, The Twisted Tales Of The Ritalin Club, the new EP was just the start of what’s to come from the musician as he gears up for his next release. While no further information has been revealed, we do know it will be a concept album whenever it drops. “The full-length is going to be a full concept album,” YUNGBLUD told AltPress in an exclusive EP track by track. “And I wanted to lay the groundwork of what the concept album will be about, and I want to just give my fans music. I think it’s time to give them music and time to give them another world to fall into before I create a fucking universe.”
The Word Alive
EXPECT IT: TBD
It’s a brave new world out there, and nobody knows that better than the Word Alive’s Telle Smith. The frontman/bandleader emotes hard on “Burning Your World Down,” the first taste of new TWA music that we’ve gotten. If this track is any indication, Smith and his bandmates have written a new chapter in their storied career, using bigger production values while still connecting with that everyman character Smith embodies.
We Came As Romans
EXPECT IT: TBD via SharpTone
We Came As Romans released their fifth full-length, Cold Like War, in 2017, marking their final release with vocalist Kyle Pavone before his passing in August 2018. Two months later, WCAR confirmed they would continue as a five-piece and not replace their late vocalist. In April, the band revealed they had begun production on their fifth record where they’ll both honor and potentially incorporate material Pavone had been working on prior to his death. WCAR dropped two new singles,“Carry The Weight” and “From The First Note,” in September touching on the effects of losing Pavone but also celebrating what they’ve built. Following the two songs, the band confirmed with AltPress they were heading back to the studio following a fall tour with Motionless In White.