While Trust Fall (Side A) hinted at a return to form, Incubus' 8 is quite a disappointment, made worse by sub-par audio engineering and production provided by, inexplicably, none other than Skrillex.
The Los Angeles based trio transcends the stale, reserved boundaries of alternative rock with their warm, dynamic, hook-soaked full-length album, Chrome Neon Jesus.
Ideamen have created an impressive and cohesive musical statement with Schemata. Being one of the most accessible experimental/art rock groups puts them in a strange place: too left-of-center for most, too normal for others.
AFI's return to guitar driven rock-based '80s inspired pop music is a largely successful change in sound, though Crash Love ultimately proved to be the end of their mainstream popularity.
2016: A fantastic year for music. Rock may be (largely) dead, but music is not.