So far this week we’ve brought you the best songs and albums of the first half of 2016. Now we’re looking ahead to the 10 records you need to keep an eye out for during the year’s remaining six months; you do not want to sleep on these LPs.


A Day To RememberBad Vibrations

Not only has A Day To Remember’s frontman Jeremy McKinnon compared the band’s new album to For Those Who Have Heart, but he also said it’s heavier than their last three records combined. And judging by the first two singles—”Paranoia” and “Bad Vibrations”—he’s not wrong. This record is going to change the way a lot of people see A Day To Remember, all the while catapulting them even further into scene stardom. —Tyler Sharp


Avenged Sevenfold – TBA

Avenged Sevenfold’s unrelenting determination has given us consistently monstrous albums for well over a decade, even as so many bands, sub-genres and trends come and go in their wake. A7X’s early bravado proved prescient, with a staying power and consistent quality of output that long ago demonstrated their appeal extends beyond the model good looks each of them grew into and the spider-fingered shred of dueling axemen Zacky Vengeance and Synyster Gates. M. Shadows is among the best vocalists around when it comes to the type of mixture of hard rock, metal and hardcore that’s capable of building a bridge from Orange County across Warped Tour, Ozzfest, Active Rock Radio and truthfully, everywhere in the world that responds to a sick riff and a pounding kick drum. Speaking of which, the addition of Brooks Wackerman (Bad Religion, the Vandals, Bad4Good) is nothing but awesome. In many ways, each A7X record has been better than the last (even if the 2007 self-titled record remains my personal favorite). Admittedly, 2013’s Hail To The King was perhaps a tad too indulgent of the band’s influences, but truth be told, when those influences are metal monoliths like Metallica and Megadeth, and it takes that sound to the top of the charts, why complain? —Ryan J. Downey


Bad SunsDisappear Here

Alt-rockers Bad Suns have been likened to the 1975, though their debut record, Language & Perspective, proved that they have what it takes to stand on their own. Their synth-laden tracks and smooth vocals are bound to make a statement with their upcoming release, set to drop Sept. 16. —Maggie Dickman



With so many great bands releasing music later this year (Every Time I Die, Billy Talent, Capsize), choosing a most anticipated release was tough. But then again, it wasn't. Bayside are at the top of the list of my favorite bands, so naturally I'm most excited for the world to hear Vacancy. Get ready for some dynamic theatrical punk rock. Aug. 19 can't come soon enough. —Rabab Al-Sharif


Dashboard Confessional – TBA

The last Dashboard double-dose record was released in 2009, so “most anticipated album” is an understatement by now. Chris Carrabba took some detours with Further Seems Forever and Twin Forks, telling us his Dashboard would be back when he felt it. That all started happening last year on tour with Third Eye Blind. Carrabba had never sounded better—and seems to be reverse aging for that matter. If the new song he's performing on Taste Of Chaos, “Heart Beat Here,” is any indication, the upcoming record will be classic Carrabba emo. —Brian Kraus