Top 10 Most Anticipated Rock Albums Of 2016

Co-written and edited by Brett Buchanan

As we kick off 2016, the year should be an eventful one in the year of alternative rock. Check out 10 of the most anticipated albums for the year below!

Wolfmother

Wolfmother are set to release their new album Victorious in February. The band has already released two raucous tracks from the album, “Victorious” and “City Lights“.

PJ Harvey

PJ Harvey will release her first album since 2011’s Let England Shake this spring. The album documents a “unique artistic journey which took her to Kosovo, Afghanistan and Washington, D.C,” according to a press release. She has already performed new tracks live, including “Chain of Keys” and “The Ministry of Social Affairs.”

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Radiohead

In October, Radiohead’s Johnny Greenwood said that the band has recorded “lots” of material for a new album and are currently sifting through the material to find the best tracks.  It will be the band’s first release since 2011.

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Alice In Chains

Alice In Chains were already beginning work on their new album this past summer, so a 2016 release has to be expected.

Bassist Mike Inez told Rock 103 (as transcribed by Alternative Nation) in August:

“We’ve been throwing around riffs for a new record, we’re taking it nice and slow, and we just wanted to get out of the house this summer, and just play. It’s funny, we’re still like brothers to this day.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers

Red Hot Chili Peppers have completed the majority of their new album and in December were only waiting for Anthony Keidis to track vocals.  Flea has called the new material “emotional” and the first single is set to be released in early February.

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Deftones

In November Chino Moreno announced in an interview with BBC Radio 1 that the Deftones have finished recording their new album and were in the mixing process with an early 2016 release.  Moreno also mentioned that the album has 16 tracks and will feature an appearance from Jerry Cantrell.

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Soundgarden

In August Chris Cornell told Rolling Stone that Soundgarden is working on a new album. Kim Thayil said earlier in the year that the band is aiming for a 2016 release.  No additional details have been confirmed.

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Smashing Pumpkins

Billy Corgan has been hyping up the followup to 2014’s Monuments to an Elegy since before that album came out, originally titling the followup Day for Night and saying it’d be released in 2015. Corgan then dropped the titled and reworked the album over the summer, but there has been no update from Corgan since. Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin recently revealed that he will be getting together with Corgan early this year, so there may be news coming soon.

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Nine Inch Nails

Trent Reznor made a big announcement on Twitter on December 18th: “New NIN coming in 2016. Other stuff, too.”

Reznor told Rolling Stone in July that he was in the early stages of working on new Nine Inch Nails music.

“Yeah, I’ve been messing around with some things. And I went through a period of “tour, tour, tour.” Things right after another, with scores and what I’ve been doing whilst working on Apple music here is what I call “laboratory time,” more experiments without any definite agenda. It’s not for a thing, 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.”

He also discussed rock bands no longer selling albums, “As an artist, there’s the difficult transition from realizing that where you used to sell an item that you got X amount for – those days are over. And the toothpaste is not going to go back in the tube. And people aren’t going to suddenly want to buy CDs again and feel good about overpaying for them. That’s a fact. Most of my peers have swallowed the bitter pill that I have swallowed, which is that you don’t make a lot of money selling music these days. It’s just the way it is. I don’t think that’s the way it should be, but that is the way it is. So I’m excited to accept that.”

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Tool

The elusive Tool have been somewhat quietly working on a new album over the past year.  They debuted a snippet of a new song entitled “Descending” at a Halloween show in Tempe, Arizona which Adam Jones later told Rolling Stone was a preview of a new track.  So we are all holding out hope that 2016 is the year that we finally get a new Tool album since 2006’s 10,000 Days.

  • Ben

    For me 2016 is the year of Soundgarden (or atleast I really hope so!) I’m eager to see where they take the next album. I really enjoyed KA but hoping for more experimentation on the next album.

    It’s safe to say we won’t be getting a new PJ album until atleast 2017.

    • Felonious Punk

      PJ’s record is done. She’s said many times last year that it’s coming out in the first half of this year.

      • Corndog

        Pearl Jam Harvey.

        • Felonious Punk

          What the hell does Pearl Jam even mean anyway?

          • Corndog

            Well there was that stupid bullshit story Eddie used to tell about his native American grandmother called Pearl and her hallucinogenic jam. Personally I think it means jizz. Man juice.

          • Felonious Punk

            Dumb band names:

            Pearl Jam
            Radiohead
            Tool
            Audioslave
            Mudhoney

            Cool band names:

            Sonic Youth
            Nine Inch Nails
            Soundgarden
            Nirvana
            Smashing Pumpkins

          • Corndog

            I have no issue with the names PJ or Mudhoney.

            I’d say Smashing Pumpkins sounds a bit stupid, and Nirvana sounds very default like it was picked from a book of ‘101 cool sounding band names’ plus I believe there was already some old obscure band that were called Nirvana long before Cobain started screeching into microphones.

          • Felonious Punk

            Smashing Pumpkins > Pearl Jam + Mother Love Bone + Mookie Blaylock

            Anyday. PJ may be a good band, but boy do they associate themselves with some shitty band names :)

          • Corndog

            Speaking of strange band names, when I was a kid I used to love an English band called Ned’s Atomic Dustbin. Do you remember them? They had a very distinct sound as they had two bassists. One played normal rhythm as you’d expect but the other acted more like a lead guitar.

          • Felonious Punk

            Hell to the yes I remember NAD! Good band. They had an American kindred spirit in the band Cop Shoot Cop, who were equally as weird but good.

          • Corndog

            I actually recall reading something recently that said they were touring again, but I haven’t heard anything since then.

          • nomad

            It seriously is a terrible band name. What were they thinking?

          • Felonious Punk

            They were most likely thinking “Let’s see if we can come up with an even worse band name than Mother Love Bone”

          • Corndog

            Incredibly rude thing to say about one’s mother. What she does in her spare time is none of my damn business…..

          • Jimmy Intense

            It’s still better than calling yourself Mookie Blaylock 😉

          • Felonious Punk

            Agreed.

  • Stephen Boulton

    how this site cannot just fall in love with everything Greg Dulli puts his hands on is beyond me. Shame. If this site talked about them more people might be more willing to take a listen on you tube or from another source. I am looking forward to new music from any of the 3 bands he leads weather it be the original AFGHAN WHIGS, his side project TWILIGHT SINGERS or his collaboration with Lanegan THE GUTTER TWINS. His music is better then anything out their today and this has been true since 1993–present. SHAME ON THIS SIGHT!

    • http://Boom.com Boom

      Go do the listening of the Michael Bolton music you be the fuckhead creep.

      • Corndog

        Come on man, play nice.

        • http://Boom.com Boom

          Boom always be the nice.

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      Site

    • Jimmy Intense

      1) the Afghan whigs were never that interesting

      2) the only people that give a shit about them are you, Greg Dulli and Denis Leary

      3) See above

      • Stephen Boulton

        Unfortunately you don’t know good music or only tried listening to one song or one album one time. Show me another artist. In artist I mean Greg Dulli, who no matter which of the 3 bands he decided to put an album out with had a favourable review on all 15 albums. With many reviews ending in I just don’t know why more people don’t listen to this band. The answer to that is he never sold out. All his albums are meant to be listened to all the way through.

        • Jimmy Intense

          I don’t care how his albums were meant to be listened to. I won’t torture myself thanks.

          By your logic I guess I should go pick up some Bieber and Beyonce and keep listening. Surely they have at least one good song between them?

          • Felonious Punk

            I’m curious as to what you don’t like about Dulli’s output, when so much of the other stuff you seem to like falls in line with his whole sound and approach.

            Which albums did you listen to that you didn’t particularly care for, do you remember?

          • Jimmy Intense

            I’m just not a fan of the soul/r&b leanings. Their music does nothing for me, similar to how you feel about Pearl Jam, although I don’t even like early Whigs

          • Felonious Punk

            I like later Whigs as opposed to earlier Whigs, even if Congregation is a monster in its own right. I’ve often felt that whereas it’s by no means a *bad* album, Gentlemen *is* pretty overrated, all things considering. At least when compared to Black Love and 1965.

            Have you ever listened to Black Love from start to finish, Jimmy? I can’t believe you wouldn’t like that album, based on some of the other stuff you’ve mentioned liking here on the site. I would think that one would be right up your musical alley. Different strokes, I guess.

          • Jimmy Intense

            I never made it as far as listening to a whole album of Afghan Whigs and haven’t liked anything I’ve heard. Another band like that is Glorious Sons…for some reason, I just can’t find anything I like about their music.

            That said, I will seriously give the Whigs a 2nd chance since you’ve lobbied so hard :)

          • Felonious Punk

            Black Love, brother. If that album doesn’t sell you on Dulli’s genius, I guess nothing will.

          • binkytheclown

            Glorious Sons put on a good live show

        • Felonious Punk

          Praise Lord Dulli, brother! This fucking song/music video has always been one of the greatest of the 90s ever…

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bS4Moad0rXA

      • Felonious Punk

        1.) WRONG

        2.) and Felonious P.

        3.) I hate you

        4.) Black Love is one of the greatest things ever.

        • Jimmy Intense

          Happy new year Felonious :)

          • Felonious Punk

            Same to you, bro. Start that shit off right by listening to some Greg Dulli 😀

    • Felonious Punk

      Fear not, brother: I am a true, blue rapid supporter of all things Dulli.

      I bow at the alter of TAG’s ‘Black Love’ and the Twilight Singers’ ‘Blackberry Belle’

      And his Gutter Twins album with Mark Lanegan is phenomenal too.

      Jimmy will come around when he actually listens to them, I’m sure..

      • Jimmy Intense

        Unless Dulli has somehow retroactively changed his sound, that won’t be happening. I’m just not a fan :)

        • Felonious Punk

          That blows me away, man. I’ve never met anyone who was a fan of 90s rock and didn’t at least have a passing appreciation for the Whigs.

          • Billy

            ive never gotten into them either, so now u know 2 lol That being said, havent heard much so i cant say i dont like them

          • Jimmy Intense

            …until now :)

            nice to meet you, the name’s Jimbobwe

  • Hwang Sunghyeop

    Soundgarden for all!!!!!
    Matt should play drums as he was in the Soundgarden.

  • Billy

    -i am not at all convinced we will see a Tool album in 2016
    -New SG is going to be awesome

    -new RHCP should be good
    -New Radiohead album will make a great coaster like all of their albums since Ok Computer.

    It’s nice to have stuff to look forward to.

    • Felonious Punk

      Oh c’mon. Kid A was amazing.

      Everything after that…yea, beer coaster city.

      • Corndog

        I’m with Billy on this one. Other than the odd song I haven’t liked anything after Ok Computer either.

        • Billy

          when they ever decide to be a rock band again i will come back lol

          • Jimmy Intense

            Right? It pisses me off that they’re against making another straight up guitar album. The Bends and OK Computer are landmarks. They can still pull off another masterpiece like their classics if they stop being stubborn and pick up the guitars again

          • Billy

            even if they just balanced it like they did with OK i would be down.
            Thom has such an amazing voice, there is a consolation though. Starting with Absolution, Muse has replaced them for me. Absolution to me sounds like what Radiohead would have sounded like if they kept being a rock band.

          • Jimmy Intense

            Matt Bellamy probably hears those comparisons all the time but it’s true. They’ve since lost it for me but I used to enjoy Muse.

          • Billy

            the newest Muse album has about 4 super good songs but i agree the last few albums have kinda strayed. Bellamy is an unbelievable musician tho. Love watching him do everything perfectly live.

          • Jimmy Intense

            Oh yeah very talented musician and performer all around.

          • Corndog

            I think Muse started to lose it from The Resistance onwards. The 2nd law was painful to listen to. It was so bad it almost put me off Muse completely. I haven’t even bothered with the new one for that reason.

          • Billy

            I think the heads got a little big and they went for some grandiose things lol The newest album has a handful of heavier songs but still lots of the meh stuff. But the key is that they did go back to some heavier stuff so there’s hope that will continue

          • Corndog

            I heard a single from the new one and really didn’t like it. Can’t remember what it was called.

          • Billy

            youtube Psycho and Reapers. they kick ass and very much sound like massive blackhole era

          • Corndog

            Psycho rings a bell. I think that’s the one I heard that I didn’t like.

          • Corndog

            Checked, and Psycho was the one I’d heard before. I’m not a fan of that song at all. Funny you make the comparison to Supermassive Black Hole, because I didn’t like that one either:)

          • Billy

            can’t win them all lol. Map of the problematique from blackhole is prob my fave song of theirs

          • Jimmy Intense

            Exactly what I was thinking. 2nd Law just seemed very pretentious and self-indulgent.

          • Corndog

            Agreed 100%!

          • Jesse Dean Meyer

            Ahh the Binaural/Riot Act debate. Oh well, at least it’s not so much of a how bad they are now debate I see in so many other places on the internet.

            I gotta say, I love both. Although Binaural didn’t catch on to me until I heard the songs so frequently on the 2000 lIve albums.

            As far as Avocado… Let’s keep Unemployable (definitely) and perhaps Severed Hand and Inside Job and put the rest of the songs on Lost Dogs 2.

            Is it just me or does Eddie like to fill up the entire songs with vocals and run on sentences these days? I seem to remember the vocals being short and sweet on the (most) of earlier stuff.

          • Corndog

            Riot Act isn’t so bad but Binaural does nothing for me and hasn’t since the day it was released. The songs on it are dull, uninspiring and badly produced in my opinion.

            The eponymous album on the other hand is great. I really like that one, with the exception of two songs. Unemployable and Gone.

          • Jesse Dean Meyer

            I’ll agree with you on Gone, but Unemployable is by far the only song on the album that holds a candle to their older stuff. Backspacer is a much better album. I’d say the self titled is on par with Lightning Bolt.

          • Corndog

            To each their own I guess. I don’t think Unemployable is a patch on their older stuff. If I had to pick which songs from that album come close quality wise to the old stuff I’d say Marker In The Sand, Come Back, Army Reserve and Inside Job.

            I love Backspacer and LB too, but I think the eponymous album is better than both. Actually I love all their albums except Binaural.

          • Jesse Dean Meyer

            I hear you, I’ve been lucky enough to hear most of the self titled live, and like most PJ songs they came off great.

            As for Binaural, like I said, up until I heard the live albums I didn’t have much appreciation. Now I love it, especially Nothing As It Seems and Slight of Hand. But it is deff a huge step down from Yield.

            I can’t pin which album is my fav, it is most definitely between Yield, No Code (I liked what Jack Irons brought to the band) and Vs.

          • Corndog

            Ten has been my favourite album in general since its release, but Vs and Vitalogy come a close second.

            I like to refer to those albums as the holy trinity:)

          • Jesse Dean Meyer

            Yeah, I think most people do. I’ve heard Ten so much that it’s hard for me to rank it subjectively these days. However, I think since I became a hardcore fan post Yield what I did have the ability to do was look back on their first 5 albums all together at the same time and compare after the fact without bias. I don’t know, I guess you could say my absolute fav album of theirs is Live on Two Legs haha.

          • Corndog

            Ten never gets old for me. It’s been my favourite album for approximately 25 years and there isn’t a day goes by where I don’t listen to at least a few songs from it. Release is the best song they ever did IMO. That song can do funny things to me!

        • Felonious Punk

          Funny because I say the exact same thing about Pearl Jam post-Yield

          • Billy

            Riot Act! man, don’t get why that isn’t a fan fave

          • Corndog

            I like Riot Act, but it’s not one of my favourites at all. Better than Binaural though. I’ve never been able to get into that one.

          • Billy

            ya peewww to most of binaural. That is mostly because i over-expected what Cameron would bring on his first album with them.
            But Riot Act had a raw unpolished sound for the most part and Cameron brought the goods with You Are.

          • Corndog

            The standout track for me was All Or None. I love that song!

          • Felonious Punk

            Riot Act is pretty good. It’s by-far my favorite album they’ve done post-90s.

          • Corndog

            I still maintain the best thing they’ve done since the 90’s is their eponymous album. Marker In The Sand, Parachutes, Army Reserve, Come Back, Inside Job. Some really great tracks on that album, better than anything on Riot Act save for perhaps All Or None.

            I honestly don’t understand why that album doesn’t get more love. After Binaural and Riot Act it felt like a real return to form.

          • Jimmy Intense

            Completely agree. I was pretty disappointed in Binaural and Riot Act. Eponymous is probably their best album of the Matt Cameron era, with Backspacer sitting at #2

          • Corndog

            Agreed:)

          • Felonious Punk

            Maybe I just haven’t spent enough time with it? Riot Act felt like Pearl Jam hitting a bullseye album-wise as far as everything they’ve tried to do since Yield. But I have to admit that I’ve maybe heard their last three albums a total of about four times each, and that was back when they all first came out so it’s been a minute.

          • Corndog

            Possibly. If nothing else stick eponymous on and listen to the songs I mentioned above, see what you think. I honestly think they’re great songs.

          • Felonious Punk

            I’ll do that today and let you know what I think later.

          • Corndog

            Can’t ask for more than that:)

          • Felonious Punk

            You definitely need to check that Spiritualized album out though, for sure. I’m pretty sure it beat out OK Computer and Urban Hymns for some pretty big awards the year it was released.

            Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space > OK Computer

            *Any* day.

          • Corndog

            I’ll see if it’s on YouTube and check it out later.

          • Felonious Punk

            Listened back to PJ 2006. It’s okay. Better than I remember it sounding. It starts out strong but then I started to lose interest towards the middle.

            It’s like I said, they just bore me nowadays. I dunno, they just can’t hold me in thrall the way their first five albums could. It’s not his singing either, because he still sounds like gruff ‘ol Eddie Vedder. It’s just that the shit all starts to sound the same to me.

            Like I was telling Billy, I wished they’d have skipped Binaural and just included Light Years and Nothing As It Seems on Riot Act and made that the follow-up to Yield. Would have worked much better with S/T and Backspacer coming after.

          • Corndog

            Funny you say first 5 albums because I’d rather listen to the eponymous album over No Code or Yield any day of the week. Don’t get me wrong, there are individual songs on those two albums that are much, much better than anything on the self titled one, but taken as a whole I think it works better as an album. As a complete work. Yield has always felt somewhat unfinished to me, like its missing a few tracks to really make it feel ‘whole’. Know what I mean?

            I’m pleased that you were happy with the singing, I was pretty happy too but I don’t think there’s a comparison to the voice that can be heard on the albums you mention. He’s a shell of his former self, but lucky for him he started with the bar so high that even a fraction of his original voice is still awesome.

            I’m all for your idea of skipping Binaural as I think that album kinda sucks, but can we move Parting Ways over to Riot Act too? That’s a pretty decent track.

            Ah well man, at least you tried, and at least you discovered it wasn’t as bad as you previously thought. Did any of the tracks I mentioned earlier stand out?

            I guess we all just like what we like, and I’m more than willing to admit I’m biased purely because your uncle Eddie’s voice has always had such a profound affect on me; even his ‘new’ voice.

          • Felonious Punk

            That’s funny because I’ve always looked at Vs, Vitalogy and No Code as an non-unified collection of songs, and Yield being the first thing they’d done since Ten where all the songs sounded like they belonged to the same album. Even Binaural, Backspacer and the S/T all sound like a more cohesive album of songs than their mid-90s stuff. I guess that’s just me though.

            I liked Parachutes, Life Wasted and Inside Job on S/T. That’s about all that really stood out to me and warranted repeated listening. I know World Wide Suicide because that was the single that got the radio play here at the time. I put the whole thing on par with No Code and Backspacer, better than LB and Binaural and maybe a notch below Riot Act. Nowhere close to Yield or Vs though

          • Corndog

            I can see that with Vitalogy or No Code, but Vs very much feels like a proper complete album to me. I don’t get that with Yield.

            All things considered it doesn’t sound like you hated it, so result I guess:)

          • Felonious Punk

            Did you listen to that Spiritualized album, or were you too busy getting the cream removed from your bun over in that increasingly hostile Trum/Vedder/Maher news article? 😀

          • Corndog

            Yeah WTF was that about? Though it was a simple enough question. Possibly anger and/or stability issues. I’m guessing little from column a, little from column b.

          • Felonious Punk

            Some people just want to get on the internet and let others know just how much politics have ruined their lives, I guess..

          • Felonious Punk

            Also, Vs has my favorite ever PJ song on it. I will give you TWO guesses as to which one it is.

            If you fail to guess properly, you agree to listen to the entire Afghan Whigs discography and then come tell us all how wrong you and Jimmy are about them.

            If you manage to guess right…you get to say you guessed right, I guess.

          • Corndog

            I feel all under pressure! That’s tricky. Is it Elderly Woman…?

          • Felonious Punk

            Godammit..

          • Corndog

            Was I right?

          • Felonious Punk

            …….yes >:(

          • Corndog

            First go too. What do I win?

          • Felonious Punk

            That’s pretty much every PJ fan’s favorite off that album, isn’t it? Great song too

          • Corndog

            I think I’d probably pick Daughter or Rearviewmirror as my favourite from that album.

          • Felonious Punk

            Rearviewmirror…the famous “that fucking shit sounds like someone who’s constipated” song, according to my great Uncle George

          • Corndog

            I love that song. Deep down, George does too.

          • Felonious Punk

            I think he’s partial to Rats, but I’ll be sure to ask him for you the next time I see him. That’ll be one hell of an opening line to a conversation:

            “So Corndog wants to know if you still think Eddie is constipated on Rearviewmirror…”

          • Corndog

            Uncle George, I need to talk to you about your uncle Eddie…

          • Felonious Punk

            The funny thing is, his daughter (read: my cousin) is a hardcore PJ fan on your level, CD. She even makes her son suffer the 24/7 Pearl Jam channel on Sirius and everything

          • Corndog

            My son loves Pearl Jam! I took him to see them when he was only 4. Made him a stickman shirt and everything!

            You tell your cousin I said she’s doing a fine job. Keep it up:)

          • Corndog

            I thought you were partial to Binaural an Riot Act?

          • Felonious Punk

            Binaural is just okay. Pretty boring for the most part. But “Light Years” is one of my favorite PJ songs ever. Riot Act is good but nowhere near as good as their 90s stuff.

          • Corndog

            Yeah, Binaural does kinda suck. As I’ve mentioned before, it is the first album where you could really hear that Eddie was losing his voice IMO.

          • Jimmy Intense

            I disagree. Listen to Eddie howl on Save You or any of the edgier songs on Eponymous or Backspacer and he still has the goods.

          • Corndog

            Don’t get me wrong, I still love the guy and I’d rather listen to him than any other singer but he’s definitely not the singer he used to be. You only have to watch him live these days and you can see he’s lost something. He doesn’t have the power anymore and he can’t hit the notes. His voice cracks a lot and he pulls away from the mic rather than fail hit those notes.

            Still awesome though.

          • Jimmy Intense

            Edited my post as I meant to say Eddie *had* the goods. Now, no, Eddie is definitely past his best years as a singer.

            When I saw them in 2006 he was pulling away and/or letting the crowd do that dreaded sing-along that always seems to get under my skin.

          • Corndog

            He has started doing this other thing in recent years that really gets on my tits whereby he kind of adds additional syllables into half the bloody words of a song. I’m having trouble describing it, but if I was sitting beside you watching some recent live stuff I could point it out very easily.

            Do you know what I mean?

          • Jimmy Intense

            Haha yeah it’s pretty annoying. Hoping he tones that down for their rumored May 13/14 shows.

          • Corndog

            You know what I mean then? I wasn’t sure I was explaining it right.

            I have watched loads of performances on YouTube where he ends up sounding crap because he does that, but he would have sounded absolutely fine if he’d just fucking sing properly!

            And some folks around here say I never criticise Eddie or allow anyone else to…

          • Jimmy Intense

            Yeah it absolutely ruins the song. I can’t help but feel embarrassed for singers when they do that

          • Corndog

            I don’t get why he does it. It adds nothing to the songs. You’d think the rest of the guys in the band would tell him to sort it out.

            Do you reckon he’s aware of how crap he sounds live now compared to his ‘old’ voice?

          • Jimmy Intense

            I’ve wondered that and it could be out of boredom. All those 3+ hour long shows…

            I’ve seen some footage where the other guys have shot each other looks but you never know. Ed started carrying a lot of weight in the band from Vitalogy and on so I’m not sure they would care much to be honest. At least he can still put on a jacket and remember his lyrics without a teleprompter 😉

          • Corndog

            Too soon? Nah, have at it;)

          • Jimmy Intense

            The internal struggle was real before posting that!

          • Corndog

            Don’t beat yourself up. I think I gave it a day before I posted words to the effect of ‘at least he died doing what he loved. Drugs’. I think Felonious gave it about a day too:)

          • Billy

            the last time i saw PJ in ’11 Eddie was working the wine all night and i really thought it affected the show in a negative way

          • Corndog

            From what I can gather from YouTube vids he can be a little bit of a mean drunk at times. He does seem to overdo it a bit. Can you elaborate? What did he do?

            I’ve only been lucky enough to see them once but he was grand that night. He was drinking but didn’t really seem to be hitting it that hard.

          • Billy

            it was nothing terrible, but i paid for a ticket to be entertained, not to watch Eddie entertain himself lol. The other 2 times i saw them it was no problem, but he fucked up some lyrics and he had a laugh about it with the crowd, towards the end of the show i couldn’t really understand his in between song banter i just thought he got a wee more tipsy than he should have been and i left a bit disappointed.
            If that had been my 1st time seeing them, i don’t think i would’ve minded as much but the last time they were in Winnipeg before that in ’05 they played a 2:45 set that was magical, so i’ve seen him in top form and the ’11 show was just a more looser show.

          • Jimmy Intense

            Had a similar experience in 2006. Eddie was definitely drunk, mangled some lyrics, went on a few political rants and massively slurred the name of our town and referred to the show as “a little party” (they played an auditorium)

            That said, they played for 3 hours and played some deep cuts so it was still one of the best shows I’ve seen. I was humored by it more than disappointed

          • Billy

            ya, it’s not like i left pissed off or hated the experience, but there is a bit of back story. In ’93 PJ played a festival outside of Winnipeg and the concert promoter really fucked them over and so they never came back until ’05 so because we were left out of so many years of tours, i don’t want one of our shows to be slightly lackluster. Yes i’m being selfish lol

            Nothing will beat in ’05 during Not for You when Eddie sings “oh where the fuck did they come from…..Saskatoon??” Now that’s awesome when someone will play up a Provincial rivalry like that

          • Jimmy Intense

            Seeing them in my hometown (at the time) in Kitchener was pretty special. I feel us Canadians get screwed for a lot of tours in general but nice to see PJ came back around Winnipeg after a sour experience. Hoping to see them May 13 or 14 if rumors are true.

          • Billy

            we do get screwed out of tours. That being said, since we got the MTS Centre i’ve been able to see PJ,Audioslave,Tool,STP so it’s nice not to always have to plan a road trip for concerts.

          • Corndog

            Kind of unprofessional to get into that state while performing in my opinion.

            That’s funny, the one and only time I’ve seen them live they played for exactly 2:45 too! That was with a 45 minute opening act too.

          • Billy

            musicians being messed up on stage is pretty status quo but usually when you are younger lol

            this was the setlist from my long show

            http://www.setlist.fm/setlist/pearl-jam/2005/mts-centre-winnipeg-mb-canada-7bd62664.html

          • Corndog

            Hey that’s cool! I didn’t know you could get the set list like that. Here’s the one from the show I saw:
            http://www.setlist.fm/setlist/pearl-jam/2010/odyssey-arena-belfast-northern-ireland-43d41337.html

          • Billy

            Tremor Christ and Low Light i have not seen live so kudos to you on that.

            setlist.fm is an awesome site

          • Billy

            Light Years is awesome!!!

            I’ve always wanted to make a movie and the end credit song would be Ghost from riot act. I have no idea why but whenever i listen to that song i hear it coming right at the end of a crazy movie or even during a car chase scene lol

          • Felonious Punk

            I think Ghost is my favorite song on RA, actually

          • Billy

            i agree that they could have held onto most of Binaural and released them as random b sides.
            Binaural is the only PJ album i dislike and maybe the 2nd half of Backspacer and LB altho Future Days is beautifully sad.. The s/t is really good,i would actually say i like parachutes as much as light years.

          • Corndog

            ‘Beautifully sad’. I think that perfectly describes The End from Backspacer:)

      • Billy

        Ive just never been able to adjust to the change after OK.

        • Felonious Punk

          You’re not alone, believe me. It took me a while to get into Kid A, but now it;s my favorite album of theirs along with the Bends.

          I’ve always felt OK Computer was overrated.

          • Billy

            OK was awesome because of the hybrid experimentation.
            In the end they were just taking up space on my ipod lol

          • Felonious Punk

            I remember when OKC came out, it was like a different band from The Bends. You could tell they were light years ahead of everyone else in the rock scene. Kid A kind of proved that.

            I’m with you and Jimbo though…wish they’d stop “Fighting the norm” so hard and just make another album with guitars again. They’ve gotten pretty boring since Amnesiac and have turned off a ton of people.

          • Billy

            in the late 90’s Tool, Radiohead and The Tea Party were really pushing musical boundaries, but it for sure seems like Radiohead just wanted to be different to a stubborn fault

          • Jimmy Intense

            Good way to describe their attitude. Can’t say I blame them for pushing the envelope, but the envelope has since been burned and the urn that holds its ashes pushed off a very steep cliff.

            Felonious – not sure how familiar you are with 90s Alternative from Canada but you should definitely check out The Tea Party

          • Billy

            lol love the dramatic description.

          • Felonious Punk

            I’ve heard The Tea Party before. Never really got into them but from what I remember, they were decent.

            Speaking of awesome Canadian 90s alternative, check out the albums Underdogs and Beautiful Midnight by the Matthew Good Band. They broke up in 2001, but their four 90s albums are all classics, especially those two. Matthew Good is a well-reknowned solo musician up in Canada these days.

          • Jimmy Intense

            Matthew Good is awesome. He just played down the road from my house in December. Underdogs and Beautiful Midnight are classics and two of my favourites from the 90s.

          • Felonious Punk

            I wrote MG in for president on our presidential ballot the last two election periods, I’m such a fan of his.

            He just announced on his Instagram account in early-December that the first three MG albums and his Hospital Music solo record were finally getting released on vinyl later this month and I swear to shit I pre-ordered them faster than my brain could process what I was doing. I really want his Audio of Being album on wax. That’s probably my favorite thing he did with MGB.

          • Jimmy Intense

            For solo output I really like his first 3 albums but have to admit I haven’t listened to any others (yet)

          • Felonious Punk

            Weapon will always be his magnum opus, I think. Hospital Music and Vancouver are both pretty epic, too. He was listening to a lot of Afghan Whigs when he made Arrows of Desire, so you may want to avoid that one. His newest album Chaotic Neutral is a gem, too.

          • Jimmy Intense

            Cool I will have to give the rest of his stuff a listen with the exception of Arrows of Desire thanks haha

          • Jimmy Intense

            Yeah completely. These days Radiohead are all “we chaps is reunited in studio making an album proper” and I’m like *groan*

          • Corndog

            Overrated? Wow. I’d probably put that in the top ten best albums ever released.

            The other 9 slots would be filled by Pearl Jam, obviously;)

          • Felonious Punk

            OK Computer has some great songs on it, for sure. But I don’t think it’s the greatest album the second-half of the 90s birthed, or even the best from 1997. That would go to Spiritualized’s Ladies and Gentlemen…album, which is worth every shred of praise it receives, even today. Ironically, it was releeased on the same day as OK Computer.

          • Corndog

            I’ve never heard that.

          • Felonious Punk

            Are you shitting me, Corndog??

            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ladies_and_Gentlemen_We_Are_Floating_in_Space

            Seriously, if I’m going to suffer through another spin of PJ 2006 at your behest, the least you can do in return is spin this one. You can thank me later :)

          • Corndog

            I’m just over 8 minutes into this YouTube video and I’m fighting the urge to pick up my remote and turn it off. Like really off.

            I’m not hearing anything that comes even close to Ok Computer so far.

          • Hwang Sunghyeop

            Kid A had new vision. It was another masterpiece.

    • Zombie Forrest

      Tool is touring, so I think we’ll finally see the album.

      • Billy

        they have done spotted touring over the last 10 years and it hasnt resulted in anything lol. Just trying not to get my hopes up

        • Zombie Forrest

          This is a full tour and songs are already written.

          • Billy

            theyre doing about 20 shows which is an increase. Yes they said they have 20 songs on the go, so let’s hope this is just them gearing up and testing some of the new stuff live, but as big of as a fan that u can be of them, 10 years is too long between albums

          • Jimmy Intense

            After 10 years, I really hope the album finds them sounding more…fresh. 10,000 Days was good but carried some of the sound from Lateralus. That said, it’s been a painful wait for any fan.

          • Billy

            ya 10k days seemed like what was left over from Lateralus. Some great songs for sure, but yeah hopefully the new one is more varied

          • Felonious Punk

            I’ve never looked at Lateralus and 10KD as anything more than some lukewarm rehashes of what they knocked out of the park on Aenima

          • Jimmy Intense

            I agree about 10,000 Days but seriously Lateralus? Genius album that took me places when it came out.

          • Felonious Punk

            It’s not a bad album, but it was clear from the first time I heard it that Aenima was always going to be their zenith from that point on.

          • Jimmy Intense

            Every band has that one album :)

          • Chris Cornell’s Mustache

            i have always felt lateralus was their zenith and 10000 days was lateralus 2.

          • Felonious Punk

            Lateralus better than Aenima? No way any day

      • sifting .

        tool tours for the money

        • Corndog

          Folks gotta eat.

    • Shane99

      Agree on all points.

  • Jimmy Intense

    Hoping the next Radiohead album is listenable. I haven’t enjoyed much since 1997, with the exception of a few songs on Kid A, Amnesiac and In Rainbows. HTTT and KOL were pure garbage.

  • Junior Moore

    Yeah, I’m really eager to see where Soundgarden takes their music next, as well. I’ve been listening to a lot of Sunn O))) lately, it’s got me wondering how a more doom driven type of album would sound from SG.

    Also, I loved Storm, the track they released Wth the b-sides. I can’t wait to hear what comes next.

    • Felonious Punk

      Yea, Storm was awesome!

  • Raj

    I’m most interested in the new Alice in Chains and Soundgarden albums. Let’s see if Jerry Cantrell gives William Duvall the reigns on a new Alice album of if it will still be Jerry singing lead vocals. I think Radiohead will be more of the same unless they bring back the guitars and surprise everyone. I thought the last RHCP was a stronger effort than some of their previous stuff, let’s see if they can keep it up.

    • Billy

      i hope the new AIC album is more musically similar to Tripod. The Devil album was a bit too sludgy and dark.

      I always look forward to what Flea will do next for rhcp

      • Felonious Punk

        “The Devil album was a bit too sludgy and dark.”

        Oh man, that’s what I *loved* about that record. It’s this long, dark, sludgy epic.

        • Billy

          it reminds me too much of Jerry’s last double solo album. Maybe my tastes have changed a bit, but i miss his sick rffs and crazy solos.
          It just seems like “why is the music still so dark when your’e in a good place now”
          idk if that made sense lol

          • Felonious Punk

            That might be why I love it; Degradation Trip 1 & 2 is probably my favorite thing Jerry’s ever done.

          • Billy

            wow, u like it better than Boggy Depot?
            When DT came out i was working a crap job and i always listened to Psychotic Break on my commute to it lol.

          • Felonious Punk

            Love BD and have been listening to it ever since it came out, but yea…Degr. Trip 1&2 is just endlessly listenable for me. I’ve played that thing front to back on desert road trips and everything, it’s so good to me. Really helped me through some difficult times as well.

            I think maybe only the Tripod album can rival it as far as my favorite album Jerry’s been involved in. Degr. Trip isn’t even really an album to me at this point…it’s more of an experience.

          • Billy

            “Really helped me through some difficult times as well.”
            i can understand that for sure, and that’s also why i can’t get into it anymore. To me, DT was like a sledgehammer musically and emotionally. Now that i’m married with a couple of kids, most of my inner anger/turmoil is gone. DT seemed like reading Jerry’s rehab diary and i’m sure that it was very cathartik for him, but i can’t get into that headspace anymore.
            i turn 36 this year and it’s odd/funny/interesting how i’ve noticed my own interests changing. My bro in law listens to an EDM station on Sirius called BPM. When i was younger there was noooooo way i would ever listen to that, but now some of it is ok and there’s some stuff like Ocean Drive by Duke Dumont or The Weeknd that is awesome. A buddy turned me on to a band called The Pinbacks which have a quirky indie sound to them. None of the songs are agressive but if one of their songs comes on my ipod affter Jambi or something really heavy, i never skip it.

          • Felonious Punk

            That’s pretty cool. I actually feel even closer today to the music I grew up with or that helped me through certain periods of times. It’s like as I get older, I appreciate more and more what it meant or what it did for me, and when I go back to it, I find new things to love about it in the present.

            Not saying it;s like this for everybody — or even should be — but when I listen to DT 1&2, I think back on what I was going through and how much better I am today for having made it through times like those, and how music like that helped me get over it. But there’s definitely still music out there that is hard for me to go back to. ‘Solitude’ on DT Vol. 1 is still tough for me to listen to.

          • Billy

            For the most part we are in complete agreement about holding on to those memories good and bad and being thankful that you have pushed on and well pretty much the first paragraph of your response lol
            When i was 16 my first girlfriend broke up with me and “our” song was 4am by Our Lady Peace. Couldn’t listen to it for so long after but now i listen to it and i look back about how much it hurt and laugh about how i thought my world was over because my gf dumped me in grade 10.

            i think with DT specifically is that the emotions are so intense, it feels like he’s releasing all his anger and hate and it’s hard not to go to that level, and i hate feeling that way anymore.

          • Felonious Punk

            Haha I did the exact same thing with Silverchair’s ‘Abuse Me’ when my gf and I broke up in 10th grade. I still love that song, but when I look back at how morbid I acted, I’m like “LoL WTF, get a grip, dude.”

            I remember reading back around the time of Deg. Trip how Jerry pretty much lived like a caveman in a mountainside when he was writing the album. Wouldn’t shower for days and weeks and wouldn’t leave his house. That album is definitely exhausting to endure from beginning to end but it’s a towering achievement artistically.

          • Billy

            Hindsight provides many laughs

            Didn’t bathe for weeks?? Mother’s Spinning in Her Grave is maybe about Jerry’s rampant B.O. then lol

          • Felonious Punk

            I checked…it goes into some detail about his whole process during the album on DT’s Wikipedia article, if you’re interested.

          • Felonious Punk

            I can just see someone who hates their job driving to work to the tune of ‘Pyschotic Break’ though, that’s a pretty amusing visual 😀

    • Ben

      I have lost interest in AIC… I really want to enjoy the new albums but I can’t.
      I think William is an amazing singer but simply doesn’t get the space to really shine. I want to hear more William vocals and less loudness compression. The compression makes it unbearable to listen to what is otherwise great music. I really hope the next album isn’t destroyed by poor mastering.

      • Jimmy Intense

        They need to work with a new producer.

        Nick Raskulinecz has the same problem on literally every album he has ever produced (including the 2 most recent AIC albums)

        • Felonious Punk

          He’s getting paid handsomely to contribute to the loudness wars, that’s for sure. I thought his production on Deftones’ Diamond Eyes was terrific though. I think that’s more because the band recorded live in the same room for that one more than anything though.

          • Jimmy Intense

            Live or mostly live studio albums tend to sound less polished. I really like what they did with Diamond Eyes. Bands should avoid Pro Tools, etc. as much as possible

          • Felonious Punk

            Agree 100%. Hence why 90s albums always sound so much more organic than the shit that came after

    • Hwang Sunghyeop

      Oh I forgot AIC.

  • Felonious Punk

    Looking forward to new NIN, Deftones and Soundgarden more than anything. Soundgarden might not arrive until 2017 though, depending on how fast they work. The same applies to AIC’s next album.

    Couldn’t care less about new Tool or RHCP.

    Another thing I’m really looking forward to is some of the reissues that will hopefully come out this year. Some of my favorite stuff from 1996 was either never released on vinyl or fetches hundreds of dollars for a mint copy on wax today. This might be one instance where the whole vinyl craze the record companies are jumping on pays off. Hopefully they don’t muff it like they’re so apt to do..

  • Jimmy Intense

    Which albums from 1996 you would like to see get the deluxe re-issue treatment this year? Here’s my wishlist:

    Soundgarden – Down on the Upside
    RATM – Evil Empire
    Pearl Jam – No Code
    STP – Tiny Music…
    Tool – Ænima
    I Mother Earth – Scenery and Fish
    Sublime – Sublime
    R.E.M. – New Adventures in Hi-Fi
    Marilyn Manson – Antichrist Superstar
    Bush – Razorblade Suitcase
    Korn – Life is Peachy

    • Billy

      bring on the b-sides!!!!!!!!!!

    • Junior Moore

      A Down on the Upside reissue would be f’ing great.

    • Corndog

      Guess.

      • Jimmy Intense

        PJ, STP and SG?

        • Corndog

          I’ll settle for Pearl Jam:)

    • Felonious Punk

      Honestly, I would cream a load if they released a DOTU super-deluxe with a ton of extra stuff like they did with Superunknown. Was just listening to DOTU the other day again and it’s seriously one of my favorite 90s albums of all time, even if I have about 50 favorite 90s albums of all time. But that album in particular is just SG on some other shit entirely. There’s nothing like it, before or since. Lyrically, it’s fucking *out there*. Would love to hear demos, unreleased jams and live stuff to hear how it all came together. If they had all that extra stuff lying around from the Superunknown sessions, then surely they have a good amount from DOTU too? ‘Kristi’ from the Echoes of Miles box whet my appetite big time for what’s still in the SG vaults.

      Would also love to see, at the very least, a vinyl reissue of New Adventures in Hi-Fi. That’s my favorite R.E.M. album ever. Just amazing from start to finish what they did on that one. But it’s looking doubtful since none of their other 90s records have been re-released in their respective years.

      • Jimmy Intense

        No REM reissues make Jimmy sad

        • Corndog

          Yeah, like once wasn’t enough…

          • Jimmy Intense

            Are you referring to their 25th Anniversary re-issues?

            Looks like in 2014 they announced plans to reissue all of their albums digitally.

          • Corndog

            No man I meant ‘at all’.

            On paper I should love REM as they appear to be right up my alley but I really can’t stand them.

          • Jimmy Intense

            Haters gon’ hate :)

          • Corndog

            Sorry man. I can’t even put my finger on it. I really should like them as they’re just the type of thing I tend to go for but I’ve never been able to get into them.

          • Jimmy Intense

            Oh that’s cool man, I know the feeling.

        • Felonious Punk

          Felonious, too.

      • Jimmy Intense

        I’ve been re-listening to DOTU today and I think it’s become my favourite of theirs over the years. It’s aged incredibly well and is probably their most daring and varied album. Makes King Animal look that much worse. Not sure why Kim Thayil said it would pick up where they left off. I would LOVE to hear anything that was left off this album. I’m sure they wrote tons more because Kim and Chris had a well known disagreement over solos and general direction of the album if what I’ve read/heard over the years is true.

        • Felonious Punk

          Remember a few weeks back when you didn’t agree with me that this was their weirdest album? Has your viewpoint changed at all since you’ve been listening with fresh ears? I have it on vinyl and the fucking D-side…the last 4 songs…are just so good. Overfloater is up there with Like Suicide, Flower and Fresh Tendrils as some of my absolute favorite SG shit of all time.

          • Jimmy Intense

            Yeah I hadn’t listened for maybe 3 or 4 years before today. It is weirder than I remembered and damn impressive with all the different styles they showcase. It really sounds like a second album from Applebite and on.

            Agree about Overfloater and feel the same about Never the Machine Forever and the end of the album. Fuck it’s just such a great album.

          • Felonious Punk

            Yea, easily my favorite album of theirs to date. I don’t think they’ll be able to top that one creatively. Just love his lyrics on that album. They seem to deal with a general sense of loneliness and despair and just not giving a shit.

          • Jimmy Intense

            Fuck I thought I replied and had typed out a rather lengthy response. Sparing myself a 2nd time here…

            With a fresh listen, yeah it’s definitely their weirdest album. Had forgotten about Applebite, Overfloater, etc. Pretty amazing how different they sound song to song. Ty Cobb, Never the Machine Forever and Dusty are my favourites but the whole album has aged like a fine wine.

          • Felonious Punk

            Zero Chance, Overfloater, Switch Opens and BUTOW are my faves on the album. But indeed, the whole thing is golden. There’s just so much going on underneath the surface of the songs. It definitely sounds far ahead of its time, even today.

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  • CraigPW1984

    Can we really say that Tool will be releasing a new album this year? I mean….really? I know they’ve been writing stuff but I guess at the same time it would make sense since it has been 10 years since their last album.

    The most recent album from Deftones, Koi No Yokan, is awesome. If it wasn’t for Around the Fur and maybe White Pony then it would be my favorite album from them.

    If Smashing Pumpkins (aka Billy Corgan) release another album similar to that last piece of garbage then they shouldn’t even bother. Even Oceania and Zeitgeist had some really good tracks on it. Monuments (with exception of maybe “One and All”) was awful.

    I really enjoyed King Animal from Soundgarden so I’m definitely looking forward to a new album from them.

    As for Alice In Chain the last album was ok but definitely not as good as Black Gives Way To Blue. While The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here was good and had a few strong tracks hopefully they change things up a bit with the next album. Maybe a couple more uptempo tracks in the mix to switch up the pace a bit perhaps?

  • Frawg

    About the only good bands from the 90s were Sound Garden, Alice in Chains, and Nirvana. Today, Nirvana is beginning to sound like elevator music. SG has devolved from their former glory. AIC is about the only 90s band worth a listen today – better yet if they found a better front man with a stronger voice.

    PJ always struck me as bland. Foo Fighters, same thing.

  • ITURBIDE

    wow…pretty intense debate here…I like that.

    At this point the new Tool album its just a joke to me. I can’t wait for a new NIN album just because that means a new tour. A big Reznor fan talking.
    I always appreciate new SP music. The old gray mare ain´t what she used to be but I always buy it anyway.
    Deftones had two amazing records in row. Diamond Eyes is one of my favorite albums ever.
    Radiohead music its amazing. can’t wait neither.

  • Patrick A.

    I’m impressed to see that PJ Harvey made the list. She is incredible.

  • Nuno Oliveira

    In this bipolary world ,there is the comunist and the capitalist the catolic and the muculman boy and girl night and day the good and the bad ,then if you stop and think….i have the solution …………eureka!!!!!!!! The answer ALTERNATIVE MUSIC!!!!!!!!!!!?Keep on rolling… rolling…….rolling……….!?????

  • Nuno Oliveira

    Violence is no answe.From the dialog and discussion born the answer.keep the good work.Dont forget respect love and music are all in one .never give up.love love love.????

  • Gregory S.

    Can’t wait for tool. Alice in Chains just sucks with Layne, plain and simple.