Whatever committee or person makes the decision on who gets nominations and awards at the annual Grammy Awards ceremony needs a swift kick in the pants. That is because that person or those people has/have never given much real respect to the hard rock and metal community. This year’s list of nominees is the latest supporting proof for that argument. Despite what certain parties might have audiences believe, 2020 produced a lot of albums that are far more worthy of awards. Among those oh-so-notable new albums that have been released this far are new offerings from Lamb of God, Sons of Apollo, U.D.O., Sevendust, and even Firewind. All of the noted albums are featured in this year’s Phil’s Picks Top 10 New Hard Rock & Metal Albums. Between thrash metal, groove metal, pure hard rock and even electronic rock, this list proves how much great material was released this year that is far more deserving of awards than the acts that were nominated (maybe save for Body Count’s song).
As with every other list from Phil’s Picks, this list features the Top 10 new albums in the noted category and five additional honorable mention titles for a total of 15 albums. Without any further ado, here for your consideration is Phil’s Picks 2020 Top 10 New Hard Rock & Metal Albums.
PHIL’S PICKS 2020 TOP 10 NEW HARD ROCK & METAL ALBUMS
- Sons of Apollo – MMXX
- U.D.O. – We Are One
- Sevendust – Blood & Stone
- Lamb of God – Lamb of God
- Mushroomhead – A Wonderful Life
- Testament – Titans of Creation
- Static X – Project: Re-Generation
- Firewind – Firewind
- Julien K – Harmonic Disruptor
- Master Boot Record – Floppy Disc Overdrive
- Clint Lowery – God Bless The Renegades
- Annihilator – Ballistic, Sadistic
- David Reece – Cacophony of Souls
- Biff Byford – School of Hard Knocks
- Warbringer – Weapons of Tomorrow
Next up from Phil’s Picks is one last musical category, the year’s top new overall albums. Stay tuned for that, and then it’ll be on to the DVD and BD categories.
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