In reviewing 2015, one has to wonder just how crazy 2016 will have to be in order to live up to it’s predecessor? With everything from the G ‘n R burying of the hatchet, to the loss of arguably one of the greatest metal legends to ever rock a stage, as well as all of the incredible stories and music that were created throughout the year, it’s going to take a lot to stand out from 2015. Before we look ahead, let’s take a quick look back at what 2015 gave us. It seemed as though every week last year a band would produce another incredible album. Bands such as Lamb of God, Iron Maiden, Trivium, Motorhead, The Sawyer Family, Art of Dying, Bullet For My Valentine, Atreyu, Skindred, Clutch and Slayer all poured out standard fantastic albums. Other bands that we haven’t heard from in a while such as Ugly Kid Joe and Bullet Boys came out and proved that they still have what it takes to make kick ass music. As every week went by, another album or 2 would drop much to the delight of rock and metal fans around the world. We said goodbye to Motley Crue and Black Sabbath announced “The End”. Sadly though, the year also came with much tragedy. With horrific bus crashes including one that cost the lives of a couple of drivers and mangling an entire band (The Ghost Inside), to a club burning down during an album release party that killed the majority of another band (Goodbye to Gravity) and several of their fans , overdoses, of which we lost Scott Weiland, a muderous rampage in France that rolled into an Eagles of Death Metal show and as the year was about to come to a close, we lost our very own metal legend Lemmy. His loss will almost certainly leave a hole that may never be filled. Now we look forward into the coming year. What will it bring us? Nobody knows for sure. What we do know is that there is a lot coming our way. Megadeth, Metallica, Avenged Sevenfold, Death Angel, Metal Church and Anthrax all have new albums slated to drop in the coming year. With younger bands such as Holy Grail, In Search Of Sun, Second Rate Angels and others slated to make their presence known with new material as well. The biggest story of the year should be the resurrection of the original Guns and Roses line up at Coachella. Any way that you look at it, 2016 should be a hell of a good time. I’m coming along for the ride. Who’s with me?