Here we are again in January, so it's time to list some of the upcoming releases we can expect to see this year. The list will be kept updated as more albums are announced.
As always, this is not strictly symphonic metal and I will include some related bands that might be of interest. These will be marked with a (+) symbol.
Delain - Lunar Prelude EP - 19th February 2016
Delain - Moonbathers - 26th August 2016
Diabulus In Musica - Dirge For The Archons - 18th November 2016
Epica - The Holographic Principle - 30th September 2016
Fleshgod Apocalypse - King - 5th February 2016
Lacuna Coil (+) - Delirium - May 27th 2016
Leaves' Eyes - Fires in the North EP - October 7th 2016
Nemesea - Uprise - April 29th 2016
Nightwish - Vehicle of Spirit (Live CD/DVD) - 4th November 2016
Rhapsody of Fire - Into The Legend - 15th January 2016
Sabaton (+) - The Last Stand - 19th August 2016
Serenity - Codex Atlanticus - 29th January 2016
Sirenia - Dim Days of Dolor - 11th November 2016
Sonata Arctica (+) - The Ninth Hour - 7th October 2016
Tarja - The Brightest Void - 3rd June 2016
Tarja - The Shadow Self - 5th August 2016
Beyond The Black - Lost in Forever, Borknagar (+) - Winter Thrice, Delain - Lucidity (10th Anniversary Re-release), Edenbridge - The Great Momentum, Ex Deo - Unknown Title, Fairyland - Unknown Title, Heavenly - Unknown Title, Kull - Unknown Title, Liv Moon - Unknown Title, Oracles (+) - Miserycorde, Twilight Force - Heroes of Mighty Magic
There are many of the bigger bands who have hinted they will have an album out this year, or perhaps have been sharing their recording process, but have not yet confirmed the dates or titles. These will be added to the main list as details become available.
Diablo Swing Orchestra
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