With so many metal albums already released this year, 2016 looks like a promising one if you’re a metalhead, and we’re pretty excited to see which one will sell the most. So far, some biggies like Megadeth and Dream Theater have already released their new records, but there’s certainly more to come. The biggest metal band on the planet, Metallica, is expected to take the metal world by storm and monopolize the charts when their new album finally hits.
You know a metal band is popular when your mother knows all their songs, and Metallica is no exception, as their fans range from kids and teenagers all the way to senior citizens. This, of course, directly affects sales, but it’s still worth mentioning that their last 5 albums have all debuted at #1 on the US Billboard 200. Metallica is no joke; expect them to be all over the Internet and your local music store when the new record drops this year.
In the works for over seven years, the new, untitled album doesn’t have a release date, but drummer Lars Ulrich has labelled it “exciting” and “diverse” in a recent interview with Metal Injection. After 2008’s ‘Death Magnetic’, which saw the veteran quartet attempt to return to their thrash roots, it will be interesting to see what they’ve got in store for fans. Maybe the album will be thrashy and quick, or maybe it will be the opposite –that’s exactly what everyone wants to know and also why the album is going to fly off the shelves.
Under normal circumstances, Avenged Sevenfold would also have been another name of importance in the metal community due to their upcoming album. However, a recent lawsuit filed against them by their label, Warner Bros., might slow them down and they may not end up releasing their follow-up to ‘Hail to the King’ this year. There’s still a chance it could happen, as Kerrang! reports, but it’s not easy to knock Metallica off their pedestal. Thus, it looks like the ball is back in Metallica’s court to take home the spoils.
The band’s popular rivalry with Megadeth seems to have dissipated, even though the latter released ‘Dystopia’ this year and has been playing several shows. While Dave Mustaine and Co. did pretty well on the charts this time around, James Hetfield and the ‘Tallica family look set to overshadow them. The album is long overdue, but it looks like it’s finally edging closer, as the riff-machine James Hetfield hinted at this recently in a conversation with Loudwire.
Once the release date is announced, mark your calendars, and brace yourselves for what the planet’s biggest metal band has got to offer!