This past year has brought us some amazing bands to add to our playlist, and this makes us super optimistic about what’s in store for 2016. Take a peek at our picks for the bands you should definitely keep an eye out for next year after the jump!
Let us know which band we should look out for in the coming months in comments!
If you’ve missed out on any of our previous Year In Review recaps, you can check them all out here.
Sum 41‘s return with Dave Baksh – Sum 41 had really fallen off the map in recent years and their relevance declined since Baksh left in 2006. Between that, other band members leaving and Deryck Wilbley’s health problems, there hadn’t been much promise for the group’s future. Here is hoping that his return sparks something in the band to revitalize them. – Mike Droel
Wage War – I mean, if I cannot sell you, perhaps A Day To Remember’s frontman can. Jeremy McKinnon helped produce the band’s debut record, Blueprints, and even added some writing creativity to the LP. The album is blistering, packed with tight breakdowns and vicious vocals that will bring out anyone’s inner pit demon. Guitarist/vocalist Cody Quistad’s voice is pleasant and adds an accessible, infectious element to the songs. These guys are set to light up even more stages with their tight sound, and have toured with Ice Nine Kills and August Burns Red this fall alone. Not too bad for a band that just released their debut. – Brooke Daly
It Lies Within – Their sophomore album Paramount comes out January 8th and features members from The Word Alive, The Browning, and Fit For A King. – Taylor Markarian
– Joe Ballard
Pinegrove – When I first heard the news that Pinegrove signed to Run For Cover Records, I went to YouTube and found a video of them playing “New Friends” for Schuylkill Sessions. I was immediately in awe – I loved the urgency and familiarity in their music. Pinegrove have created some of the most beautiful and emotionally pleasing songs I’ve listened to in a while and there I have no doubt that the band will go on to do some great things in 2016. – Angela Flores
For All I Am – Sadly, these guys have been M.I.A. this year. In 2014 For All I Am dropped ‘No Home,’ a banger of a record. It featured metal staples, such as heavy guitar, guttural screams and singalong moments that add some flair. There were also some surprises: anthemic, peaceful “Young Graves” offered a change of pace, and vocalist Aria Yava also did some slight rapping on the record. It works, oddly enough. The band have stated they are recording, so a follow-up EP (at least) in 2016 is imminent. Given their dedication, great live show and innovative brand of -core, it probably will not disappoint. Stay tuned. – Brooke Daly
Vesta Collide – This band just signed to Stay Sick Recordings and announced the news with a brand new music video for their song “VII.” I’m looking forward to seeing what these guys can do with the backing of a label like Stay Sick. – Taylor Markian
– Angela Mastrogiacomo
Of Nations – Of Nations also had the pleasure of sharing the stage with Ice Nine Kills, for good reason. The group is able to put out entertaining, mosh-approved tracks while having a finely tuned live performance. The group is still quite young, so there is plenty of growing for them to do. The fact that they have their live show together at such an early time is telling. If they keep at it, and keep crushing it with their solid tunes, there is no doubt they will get on the map. – Brooke Daly
Something You Whisper – This Canadian post-hardcore/metalcore group are as yet unsigned, but with a recently released EP (Beautiful Sins) and multiple cover videos of popular songs by The Weeknd and Justin Bieber, these guys are building up a big fanbase. – Taylor Markarian
– Joe Ballard
– Angela Mastrogiacomo
Firestarter – This band has had a pretty epic year. Multiple cross-country tours, an amazing EP, and a stint at this year’s Fest in Gainesville, FL. They are on top of the world and this momentum is definitely going to drive them to have an even more awesome 2016. I am exciting to see what the coming year has in store for them. – Sami Marshall
– Joe Ballard
– Fyfe Monroe, Young Beautiful In A Hurry
Moose Blood – Go check out Moose Blood, they have been slowly getting bigger over the past year and a half or so. But I really think 2016 will be the year they get huge. Also there is a band called A Will Away, they just got signed to Triple Crown Records they just put out an EP called ‘Bliss’ that is so good. I could definitely see them getting bigger in 2016 as well. – Summer Wars
The Lumineers – After achieving a reign as one of the worlds most unique indie folk bands upon their self titled release in 2012, anticipation for the next release is sky rocketing. It’s said that the band is well into the production and writing of the album and they aim to have it ready for release in 2016. – Lachlan Grant
Blue Water Highway Band – I work a lot with Texas Country artists and I came across the Blue Water Highway Band just a few weeks ago. It’s a completely different market, but I can definitely see them gaining popularity in 2016. – Gracie Castaneda, Leave The Former
Post Malone – He went mainstream with his viral hit “White Iverson” – it’s a song I heard, almost instantly had stuck in my head, and got on a call to bring him to Toronto for his first show in The 6ix. He’s definitely stretched it out as far as a single can go – and with NBA All-Star Weekend coming up in a couple months, could stretch it farther yet – but now I want more. The amount of songs he’s released amount to a short EP, but I’d like to hear a cohesive project from him and co-conspirer Fki. – Crossword