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Our most anticipated albums of 2021 so far

New year, new music and my gosh, it’s already shaping up nicely. Still early days and we’re sure there will be plenty more to get excited about, but here are our most anticipated albums of 2021 so far (we’ve even put them in chronological order, don’t say we’ve never done anything for you).

Words: Renette van der Merwe

Drones – Our Hell is Right Here

Two years after their conceptual album, Exiled, Drones brought us the energetic, infectious sound of lead single, ‘Josephine’ and we were 100% there for it. Following it up with title track a month later, we now only have a short wait before sinking our teeth into the full album when it’s released on the 12th of February. Make sure Our Hell Is Right Here is on your radar.

Architects – For Those That Wish To Exist

Architects have been a pretty consistent band throughout their illustrious career, becoming a stalwart in the metalcore scene. Now, having released the first two singles from their forthcoming album, For Those That Wish To Exist, it seems we’re in for a change in direction and it’s exhilarating. They’re adding even more emotional depth and intense textures and come 26 February, we’ll be neck deep in this new batch of songs.

A Day To Remember – You’re Welcome

Love it or hate it, you can’t deny the fact that A Day To Remember are yet again trailblazing with their new single, ‘Brick Wall’. They’re also sort of challenging the genre in a way that makes you question… everything (insert crises here) and that’s the beautiful thing about music sometimes. Interested in seeing how the rest of their upcoming album, You’re Welcome, pans out, we’ve marked the calendar for the 5th of March.

The Hyena Kill – A Disconnect

Manchester noise rockers, The Hyena Kill really came out swinging with their latest single, ‘Bleached’. Channelling obsession with edgy riffs and manic screams, this was an instant earworm, which beckons the question, will A Disconnect be one of our top albums of 2021? Help us decide when it’s out on the 5th of March.

As Everything Unfolds – Within Each Lies the Other

Having already drawn us in with their latest single, ‘Stranger In The Mirror’, we’re bursting to see what else As Everything Unfolds has in store for us. Within Each Lies The Other will be out on the 26th of March and if their released songs are anything to go by, there’ll be killer riffs, impressive vocals and hooks in spades.

Devil Sold His Soul – Loss

Devil Sold His Soul snuck in their new single just before the turn of the decade, releasing ‘Beyond Reach’ in December, and it instantly captured our excitement. In what can only be described as an epic first glance at their fourth studio album, the band detail the struggle of someone who has experienced loss and that turmoil is almost tangible on this song. Out on the 9th of April, Loss will undoubtedly contest for a spot on our albums of the year; yeah, we’re calling it already.

While She Sleeps – Sleeps Society

How good are While She Sleeps? The Sheffield metalcore titans have always tackled social and political issues through music and their new album sees them on the warpath again. Taking on the music industry in its traditional mould, they’ve also launched a fan-oriented community on Patreon. Keen to see in which direction this has steered them, we’ll be listening to Sleeps Society bright and early on the 16th of April.

Holding Absence – The Greatest Mistake of my Life

It didn’t take long for Holding Absence to become a fan favourite, not surprising at all when you consider their incredible self-titled debut. Since its release, they’ve stunned audiences with skilled musicianship and continued to work in the studio to produce their second album, The Greatest Mistake Of My Life. While we wait for it to drop on the 16th of April, we’ll just be listening to ‘Beyond Belief’. 

DZ Deathrays – Positive Rising: Ring 2

I mean, the single’s called ‘Fired Up’, how do you not get… fired up? Party punks DZ Deathrays are scoring another goal for Team Australia by releasing the follow-up to their Positive Rising: Part 1 with you guessed it, Positive Rising: Part 2 this summer. Out on the 9th of July, we’re anticipating that great mix of dance-punk and anthemic rock that they do so well.

Angels & Airwaves – TBA

Of course known for his seminal role in blink-182, everyone’s favourite punk rocker is finally back with news of an album. Tom DeLonge has always showcased a more serious side with Angels & Airwaves, inspiring with grand soundscapes and textured songs like their latest single ‘All That’s Left Is Love’. There’s not too much out there yet in terms of an album title or exact date, but we do know it’s dropping sometime this spring.

Beartooth – TBA

There’s something so intimate about listening to a Beartooth record and that’s largely due to the nature of this band. As Caleb Shomo’s main outlet for catharsis, it’s always been deeply personal and although heavy, also really inspiring. With very little details available, we do know the new album is coming somewhere between spring and summer. As there’s no single even, we thought we’d treat you to the Blackbird Session, enjoy.

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