Devin Townsend’s ‘Empath’ Gives The Best Feeling For Audiences In This Year’s New Hard Rock/Metal Field

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This year is one of the strongest in recent memory for metal masses around the world.  This year saw new releases — powerful new releases at that — from some of the most well-known and respected names in the metal community.  Slipknot’s new album We Are Not Your Kind is just one of those important new releases that the metal masses received this year.  Amon Amarth’s new album Berserker gave the masses just as much to appreciate, as did new albums from Dragonforce, Killswitch Engage and The Offering.

Between those records and so many others, it goes without saying that developing a list of the year’s top new hard rock and metal albums was anything but easy.  That’s especially the case considering the release early this year, of Devin Townsend’s new album Empath, Hyvmine’s new LP Retaliation and up-and-comers Alien Weaponry’s debut album Tu.  This critic took a long time trying to assemble this list.  It was not a chore taken lightly.  As with other lists from this critic, it features the Top 10 New Hard Rock/Metal albums as well as five honorable mention titles for a total of 15 titles.  Without any further ado, here for your consideration is Phil’s Picks’ 2019 Top 10 New Hard Rock/Metal Albums.



  1. Devin Townsend — Empath
  2. Slipknot — We Are Not Your Kind
  3. Amon Amarth — Berserker
  4. Overkill — The Wings of War
  5. The Offering — Home
  6. Bad Blood — Bad Blood
  7. Whitechapel — The Valley
  8. Hyvmine — Retaliation
  9. Dragonforce — Extreme Power Metal
  10. Of Mice & Men — EARTHANDSKY
  11. Dream Theater — Distance Over Time
  12. Killswitch Engage — Atonement
  13. Awake At Last — The Change
  14. Corroded — Bitter
  15. Alien Weaponry — Tu


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The Offering Debuts ‘Failure (S.O.S.)’ Lyric Video

The Offering debuted the lyric video for its latest single this week.

The band debuted the lyric video for its song ‘Failure (S.O.S.)‘ Friday.  The song is taken from the band’s forthcoming album Home, which is scheduled for release Aug. 2 through Century Media.  The song’s musical arrangement is a composition that will appeal to metal purists across the board while its contemplative lyrical content will reach an even wider audience.

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The Offering front man Alexander Richichi talked at length about the song’s lyrical theme — and those presented throughout the record — in a recent interview.

HOME‘s about feeling small, inconsequential, forgotten, wasted, and questioning how you fit in,” Richichi said.  “My attempt is to see if anyone feels the same anymore.  Or am I the only one?  And if not, where did everyone go?  Lyrically, in this band, no word has one meaning — including HOME.  ‘Home’ the word is meant to be a haven, but it’s often the root of our traumas.  We try not to think about what we’re born into, and how it’s tied to our fate, and how we are ultimately a reflection of our home, our upbringing.  It shows us our limitations, how we interpret ‘safety.’  I would like this album to be a ‘home’ that houses people of the same mind, those who can find it as a type of refuge, especially in 2019, where so many of these emotions aren’t accessible to be openly talked about with loved ones.  Home is meant to show that you’re not alone.”

The Offering guitarist Nishad George expanded on Richichi’s comments as he talked about Homemusical content.

“I wanted everyone to spread their wings and be the musicians they always wanted to be and to help each other see that through with complimenting parts,” George said.  “I wanted the band to feel like one giant instrument, where we changed lanes a hundred miles an hour with no crashes.”

Pre-orders for Home are open now.  Home will come almost two years since the band released its self-titled EP through Century Media.

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Nine Inch Nails “Adds” Itself To The Top Of Phil’s Picks’ 2017 Best New EPs List

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Time is officially ticking away to the end of the year, so as the countdown moves closer to the year’s final moments, those annual year-ender lists are starting to show up.  Keeping that in mind, Phil’s Picks has its own year-enders.  As is the case in year’s past, this year’s series of lists starts with the smallest releases, the year’s top new EPs.  Topping this year’s list of new EPs is none other than Nine Inch Nails’ new EP, Add Violence.  This five-song record takes all the best elements of Trent Reznor’s work from With Teeth all the way up to his most recent Nine Inch Nails record, Hesitation Marks both musically and lyrically.

Also included in this year’s list of the year’s top new EPs are independent releases from Paul Johnson & The About Last Nights, Chapel, Light The Way and others.  The list, as in years past, includes the year’s Top 10 new EPs as well as five additional honorable mention titles, for a total of 15 records.  With all of that having been noted, the following is Phil’s Picks 2017 Top 10 New EPs.


  1. Nine Inch Nails — Add Violence
  2. Paul Johnson & The About Last Nights — Give Up The Ghost
  3. Chapel — Sunday Brunch
  4. The Offering — The Offering
  5. Light The Way — Grace
  6. Sleep Signals — At The End Of The World
  7. Lane Change — Rise
  8. Red Reign — Red Reign
  9. Willamena — Strong Enough To Last
  10. The Major Minor — Different Light
  11. Constructs — Shapes
  12. Denzel Curry — 13
  13. New Kingston — Kingston Fiyah
  14. Vault 1 — Kid
  15. Pig — Prey & Obey

Next up on the calendar for Phil’s Picks is the year’s top new independent albums.  That list will be posted some time tomorrow afternoon, so stay tuned.  To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at