Most Anticipated Albums of 2020
2020 is just around the corner and with that 12 more months of new music. Before the new year starts, I’d like to share my anticipated albums of the next year. This list will consist of announced albums, and some I hope to drop in the next twelve months.
Poppy – I Disagree
2019 was the year I became a fan of Poppy’s music and lore (Genesis 1 is a great read). In 2020 Poppy will drop her third studio album, I Disagree, this time with Sumerian Records. The album set for release on January 10th has already had four singles including the title-track.
I Disagree is taking a similar tone to her EP Choke, embracing her heavier side while blending other genres. I’m excited to see what else this album has to offer.
Pre-order the album now and listen to my favorite track so far, Concrete below.
Theory – Say Nothing
I’ve been a huge fan of Theory since 2011 and have respected the musical changes they’ve made. Savages is still my favorite album. Say Nothing is set to be the Canadian band’s seventh studio album, set for release January 31.
Theory works best when Tyler Connolly is singing about something personal to him or taking shots at the current social/political situations. Say Nothing is set to take that one stage further seriously challenging issues such as domestic violence, racism, depression and anxiety, and politics.
The lead single, History of Violence, tackles domestic abuse and the powerful music video can be seen below –
Check out the tracklist and pre-order the album below –
- “Black Hole of Your Heart”
- “History of Violence”
- “Say Nothing”
- “Ted Bundy”
- “World Keeps Spinning”
- “White Boy”
- “It’s All Good”
Circa Waves – SAD HAPPY
Circa Waves dropped a great album, What’s It Like Over There, this year and are set to drop not one but two in 2020. Frontman Kieran Shudall told DIY mag about the album SAD HAPPY he said – “We live in a world split into two extreme halves, 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. I find this close proximity of immense sadness and happiness so jarring, bizarre and fascinating. Our brains rattle back and forth through emotions at such a rate that happiness and sadness no longer feel mutually exclusive. This idea was the blueprint for ‘Sad Happy’ and is the theme that underpins the album. Sad Happy is written in my Liverpool home, it’s also hugely inspired by my surroundings and the love I have for the city. It runs through thoughts on mortality, love, and observations of people.”
The first part Happy drops in January with the lead single Jacqueline out now.
Green Day – Father of All Motherfuckers
2019 saw Green Day return on a big way with the announcement of a new album and the Hella Mega Tour with Weezer and Fall Out Boy. The title track was met with mixed responses and I’m unsure how the end product will sound.
I am, however, hopeful that their thirteenth studio album is something worthy of the hype. Check out the tracklisting below –
- “Father of All…“
- “Fire, Ready, Aim”
- “Oh Yeah!”
- “Meet Me on the Roof”
- “I Was a Teenage Teenager”
- “Stab You in the Heart”
- “Sugar Youth”
- “Junkies on a High”
- “Take the Money and Crawl”
The 1975 – Notes on A Conditional Form
The album original scheduled for a 2019 release is finally gonna drop early 2020. The fourth studio album, Notes on A Conditional Form, will feature the track People, Frail State of Mind. I’m excited about the album as this album seems to hint that they will be taking risks and delving outside of their comfort zones.
Body Count – Carnivore
Body Count will leave their mark on 2020 with the release of their upcoming album Carnivore. Not much is known about the album but if the title track’s anything to go by Carnivore is going to be a beast of an album. Pre-order now before it’s release in March.
Icon for Hire
This one is just a hopeful guess. In 2019 Icon for Hire has been crushing it with the release of the singles Venom and Blind Side, two of the best tracks of 2019. I love how empowering these tracks are and hope they continue in the new year with a possible new album.
Five Finger Death Punch – F8
Five Finger Death Punch may have a distinctive sound and it’s one that has done them well. In 2020 they are set to drop their eighth studio album titled F8. The album will feature lead single Inside Out and drop in late February.
The album will also feature 13-tracks along with three bonus tracks and if available for pre-order now.
Hollywood Undead – New Empire Vol. 1
This is my most anticipated album of 2020, the return of Hollywood Undead. I’m a huge fan of Notes from the Underground making my Albums of the decade list. The new album titled New Empire will spark a new era for the band with the album set for release in February.
Scandal – Kiss from the Darkness
Japan’s pop-rock innovators, SCANDAL, will release new album Kiss from the darkness internationally thanks to JPU Records. The album will first be released from the band’s label “her” then JPU Records for the international release from 14 February 2020. Pre-order is now available.
There will be two international editions of Kiss from the darkness, which will include English lyric translations and transliterations, alternate cover art, and one includes an English version of the SCANDAL magazine also entitled “her” – the first time the publication has been available in a language that isn’t Japanese.
Lovebites – Electric Pentagram
Japan’s Iron Maidens are set to drop their third studio album, Electric Pentagram, via JPU Records. The album is available for pre-order now and will feature 12-tracks including the incredible WHEN DESTINIES ALIGN.
Check out the tracklist below –
- THUNDER VENGEANCE
- HOLY WAR
- GOLDEN DESTINATION
- RAISE SOME HELL
- TODAY IS THE DAY
- WHEN DESTINIES ALIGN
- A FROZEN SERENADE
- DANCING WITH THE DEVIL
- SIGNS OF DELIVERANCE
- SET THE WORLD ON FIRE
- THE UNBROKEN
- SWAN SONG
Lordi – Killection
Finnish Metallers Lordi is set to drop one of their most ambitious albums to date. Killection will be the first album with their new bassist HIISI (Pronounced he-see). This album is being described as a ‘fictional concept’ album as Killection will act as a ‘what if’ Lordi dropped tracks in the 1970s to the 1990s.
Killection will feature the lead single (and my favorite Lordi track) Shake the Baby Silent and I Dug a Hole in the Yard For You.
Killection track listing:
- Radio SCG 10
- Horror For Hire
- Shake The Baby Silent
- Like A Bee To The Honey
- SCG10 The Last Hour
- Blow My Fuse
- I Dug A Hole In The Yard For You
- Up To No Good
- SCG10 Demonic Semitones
- Scream Demon
- SCG10 I Am Here
VUKOVI – Fall Better
Along with Hollywood Undead, the new album from Vukovi is high on my anticipated album list. A band like DollSkin is uncovered this year I’ve been blown away by each single from C.L.A.U.D.I.A to All That Candy to Run/Hide.
I love the way they talk about mental health and make those listening feel like they aren’t alone. I love everything off this album so far and I’m sure it’ll be in my top three albums of 2020, this time next year.
That’s it from me until 2020 when I’ll be back with more reviews, news, and playlists. I’d love to know what are your most anticipated albums of 2020?