If you’re a fan of rock and metal (and let’s face it, you should be), 2016 was a landmark year for new bands and veterans delivering some of the most interesting and exciting music our ears have ever ingested.
Sure, there was the odd misfire from the likes of Megadeth, and atrocious misogynistic drivel from Attila, but we also saw the grandaddies of thrash Metallica return with a triumphant bang and Avenged Sevenfold boldly go into uncharted progressive territories with surprise big-hitter The Stage.
A plethora of newbies also broke through, kicking and screaming in all shapes and sizes. The delicious post-grunge of Milk Teeth, the brutal death metal of Venom Prison, the explorative hard rock of Black Peaks and the lairy hardcore of Knocked Loose are just some of the reasons that we’re already bouncing up and down at the potential for new music over the next 12 months.
Here are just ten of the albums you need to put on pre-order immediately.