1. The New Blood
No, we’re not talking about Friday The 13th Part 7, we’re talking about the stars of the future. We’re talking about the bands that are here to shake sh*t up and keep Rock N’ Roll relevant!
Royal Blood caused a right-royal stir in 2014 and it’s pretty obvious their momentum is only going to continue in 2015; they may not be re-writing the rule book but at least they’re adding another chapter.
Marmozets will undoubtedly capitalise on the acclaim aimed at their debut The Weird And Wonderful Marmozets. It’s been some time since a young band has so fearlessly stepped up to the plate with the brains to match the brawn and 2015 should see them go supernova.
Not particularly new but still criminally overlooked, Bloodshot Dawn are one of the most exciting Death Metal bands around and their sophomore effort, Demons, was a bulldozing riff-fest; if the planets align, 2015 should be massive for them.
Artificial Brain and Torrential Downpour are causing a stir stateside with their original, otherworldly, take on Technical Death Metal and Progressive Metal madness respectively; keep an eye on both.
While in Europe, The German Panzer (featuring Schmier from Destruction and Herman Frank and Stefan Schwarzmann of Accept) will undoubtedly blow holes in the competition this year.
Would it be remiss to ignore Babymetal? They sure do divide opinion but as bastions of Heavy Metal’s tolerance and eagerness to embrace anything challenging and new, Babymetal must surely be ones to watch in 2015!
The most exciting thing about 2015 is knowing you will discover some great new bands, revisit some old favourites and experience some electrifying live shows.
So, get to as many gigs as you can and buy some f*ckin’ T-Shirts…support the scene that supports you.
Here’s to a neck-wrecking New Year! \m/