Where do we even start? Entering the back half of the 2010’s, some bands are enjoying their fifth decade while others are proving themselves to be the new heavyweights that will eventually run with the torch and keep the flame burning bright. Whether it’s a band’s 20th album or second, 2016 is sure to see a wealth of new albums added to the rock and metal pantheon.
It’s already shaping up to be another great year with new albums coming from Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nine Inch Nails, Avenged Sevenfold, Dream Theater, Megadeth and more. Once again, we’re holding out strong for new releases from Metallica and Tool, who were both on last year’s most anticipated albums list yet kept us waiting again. Click through the gallery above as we count down the Most Anticipated Rock + Metal Albums of 2016!