hmv.com Previews: Albums of 2020 - Rock/Metal
Over the next few days, we'll be previewing 60 of the best albums you can expect to hear in 2020. Almost all of them will come out, some inevitably won't, but they are all worth getting excited about.
We begin today with all the best rock and metal albums coming your way next year...
Title: Father Of All...
Release Date: February 7th
Four years after 2016’s Revolution Radio, the veteran pop-punks are back with a new studio album and a change in direction for their 13th career LP.
Recorded with Fall Out Boy/Frank Turner knob-twiddler Butch Walker, the band’s frontman Billie Joe Armstrong has talked up a new soulful and Motown in the record, still drenched in the band’s frenzied chaotic guitars.
As you can hear on the album’s title-track, they’ve lost none of their youthful lustre...
Five Finger Death Punch
Release Date: February 28th
The all-conquering metallers continue their run in 2020 with F8, an appropriately titled eighth studio album.
Produced by Kevin Churko, key collaborator to Disturbed and Ozzy Osbourne in recent times, the album is a defiant record, inspired by, in the band’s own words, “two years of turmoil”.
The LP is the group’s first without drummer Jeremy Spencer, who departed the drum stool due to an ongoing back problem to be replaced by former Scale The Summit sticksman Charlie Engen.
Spencer is keeping busy though. He has since gone on to create, write, produce and score LadyKillerTV, a collection of eight erotic horror parodies pulled from iconic slasher films.
Title: Van Weezer
Release Date: May 15th
You can’t slow Rivers Cuomo down at the moment. Two Weezer albums emerged in 2019 and another one will follow next Spring.
Moving away from the mellow pop of the last two LPs, the cheekily named Van Weezer will channel Cuomo’s love of hair metal and 70s rock, with Kiss, Black Sabbath, Metallica and, naturally, Van Halen, all key influences.
A Day To Remember
Title: You’re Welcome
Release Date: Early 2020
Now finally able to move on after the settlement of their long-running dispute with former record label Victory Records, the Florida rockers will return in 2020 with a new record.
Billed as a happy riposte to 2016’s Bad Vibrations. The album, which will be released on the Warners imprint Fueled By Ramen that also includes Paramore and Panic! At The Disco, looks set to include the band’s collaboration with DJ Marshmello as well as new single ‘Resentment’.
Release Date: TBC
There’s no definite confirmation that the beloved metallers will be back with a new album in 2020. But, given they’ve booked a shedload of summer festivals and a big tour for the Spring, something is afoot.
The band have been working on the follow-up to 2016’s surprisingly mellow Gore for the past two years and have talked up the possibility of a return to their heavier roots in interviews.
Release Date: January 24th
It’s taken the heartswelling Scottish rockers four years to write and record the follow-up to 2016’s GLA. During that time, they’ve left long-time home Red Bull Records for the major label confines of Virgin EMI, become a trio (though guitarist Barry McKenna will still tour with the band) and built their own studio in Glasgow.
POWER is largely produced by the band themselves, with assistance from Mallory Knox/Lower Than Atlantis man Dan Austin, and sees the trio opening themselves to more experimentation, with samples and electronics much higher in the mix. Alongside, of course, their usual enormous barrage of guitars and frontman Sam McTrusty’s soaring vocals.
Release Date: February 7th
The metal veterans drop their 15th studio album, the follow-up to 2017’s Machine Messiah.
Recorded with Kreator and Orphaned Land knob-twiddler Jens Borgen, the band have promised fans that the LP will be a “savage slap in the face”. Good, good...
Title: 20/20 Vision
Release Date: January 17th
The Pittsburgh punks roar back with their 12th studio LP in the first weeks of 2020.
The foursome’s anger and potency remain fully intact, with new tracks like ‘Hate Conquers All’, ‘UnAmerican’ and ‘Don’t Let The B***ards Get You Down’ all on the tracklisting.
Title: SAD HAPPY
Release Date: March 13th
The Scouse indie foursome go epic with their new album, which arrives in two seven-track LPs.
Produced by frontman Kieran Shuddell, the album is billed as an accompaniment to the two extreme halves of daily life.
Shuddell sums it up: “One moment you’re filled with the existential crisis of climate doom and the next you’re distracted by another piece of inconsequential content that has you laughing aloud.”
Title: Bon Jovi: 2020
Release Date: TBC
The rock behemoths follow up 2016’s This House Is Not For Sale with a brand new collection.
Recorded in Nashville with producer John Shanks, frontman Jon Bon Jovi has assured fans that the all-conquering band will not be pulling any punches with the LP.