2018 has been a huge year for music so far. We've already seen multiple success stories from the likes of Cardi B's unprecedented rise to fame, Kanye West assisting in the production of five different artist projects, and in local news, Parkway Drive dropped their landmark sixth LP Reverence to critical acclaim.
But we're only just scraping the year's second half, and with plenty more album releases to get excited about, here's a list of a few of our most anticipated albums of the year.
Trophy Eyes - The American Dream [Aug 3]
After their breakthrough success with 2016's Chemical Miracle, Trophy Eyes skyrocketed from a local hardcore namesake to potentially one of Australia's biggest contemporary rock exports. Championing a post-hardcore aesthetic with massively infectious pop-punk choruses they've seen great strides in their short-lived career, and with the release of their third full-length The American Dream, it's only up from here.
Alice In Chains - Rainier Fog [Aug 24]
Grunge mainstays Alice In Chains return for what is shaping up to be another successful outing in their expansive career. Despite the untimely death of vocalist Layne Staley, Alice In Chains collectively managed to dust itself off and regroup, releasing some of their best material to date with Black Gives Way To Blue and The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here, and if their past work is anything to go by, Rainier Fog will be another slab of strong riffs and melancholic grunge wails.
Denzel Curry - Taboo [Jul 25]
Last year's 13 EP was likely the bridge between the vastly different sounds of Imperial and Taboo, with Denzel himself captaining his own hype train, teasing fans with bangers 'Sumo' and 'Percs'. The official album announcement came alongside the video for his single 'Clout Cobain', showcasing a more vulnerable Denzel Curry starring in one of the most deceptively simple music videos we've seen for a rapper on the come up.
Thrice - Palms [Sep 14]
Thrice's comeback record To Be Everywhere Is To Be Nowhere was a fantastic follow-up after a period of what seemed like indefinite hiatus, spawning some memorable hits like 'Black Honey' and 'Blood On The Sand' to become staple Thrice cuts. Their follow-up record Palms sets to continue this trend, featuring the once stand-alone single of 'The Grey', but truthfully, just having a new Thrice record is already amazing news.
Brockhampton - The Best Years Of Our Lives [TBA]
Brockhampton has understandably been on the DL since the start of the year. After three incredibly well-received Saturation projects, they announced that their major label debut was to be delayed following the departure of Ameer Van from the group. After a period of silence and speculation, an appearance on Jimmy Fallon showcased their heartbreaking number 'Tonya' from their forthcoming album The Best Years Of Our Lives. Follow up tracks have since surfaced, with '1999 Wildfire' channeling some seriously heavy Outkast vibes - which could never be a bad thing.
The Amity Affliction - Misery [Aug 24]
Post-hardcore titans The Amity Affliction have marked their return with the announcement of their sixth full-length album Misery slated for a late August release. That should create hype enough, but frontman Joel Birch has assisted in the helms of co-directing their first single, with another one right around the corner. The concept-heavy and narrative music video is a new angle for The Amity Affliction's sound that in itself is worth getting excited about.
Tash Sultana - Flow State [Aug 31]
Often being dubbed as a "one-woman band", the multi-instrumentalist is an undeniable talent, set to show off her chops on her debut full-length Flow State. Led by the gorgeous single 'Salvation', Flow State is shaping up to paint a wider portrait of Sultana herself, one drenched in some incredibly diverse soundscapes, and we can't wait to see what else she has in store for us.