From Knocked Loose to Jinjer, the last few years have seen stellar breakout albums from an ascendant crop of young, hungry, attitude-heavy and (often) fun-loving artists. In this modern digital age, there's more bands and tracks and chatter than ever before, so it can be hard to sift through the static and predict who will rise to the top of the class. We know our faves, but we wanted to ask you, what band do you think is poised to break big this year? See what you chose in the ranked list below.
L.A.'s Dirty Honey may be unsigned, but they haven't let that stop them. To the contrary, the DIY retro rockers — riding a similar wave to success as like-minded throwbacks Greta Van Fleet — had a massive 2019. They earned serious love from the likes of Gun N' Roses and the Who. They hit No. 1 on Billboard's Rock Chart and wracked up more than 14 million total streams. And, of course, they've won over countless fans, including those who came out in droves for them here.
Mongolian folk-metal horde the HU already had a breakout year in 2019, going viral on YouTube with their epic "Yuve Yuve Yu" and "Wolf Totem" videos, playing major international rock festivals, and ultimately receiving the highest state award for their homeland, the Order of Genghis Khan, for promoting the country's culture around the world. What can they do in 2020 to top all this? Clearly, you want to see.
Much like their stateside counterparts Code Orange, U.K. heavy-music experimentalists Loathe are masters of pushing boundaries and mashing up genres. They can make everything from industrialized metallic hardcore that's as crushing as it comes, to shoegaze-inflected post-rock that soars and shimmers. It's no wonder that Deftones' Chino Moreno has given them the nod, as have you, the fans.
With Austin, Texas, thrash juggernaut and hometown friends Power Trip in their corner, the state's rising death dealers Creeping Death are quickly making their own name in their own right. The quartet's ripping, RuneScape-inspired debut LP, Wretched Illusions, blew minds, and with a big tour supporting the Acacia Strain ahead of them this year, frontman Reese Alavi and Co. are indeed poised for a legit breakout.
It's no secret that we here at Revolver HQ love Higher Power, and it's cool to see that you guys do, too. The rising U.K. hardcore upstarts' last LP, Soul Structure, was one of our favorite albums of 2017, recalling the melodic power of Leeway and Life of Agony. But their follow-up, 27 Miles Underwater, takes shit next level, evoking with effortless confidence the sonic and emotional range of Deftones and Jane's Addiction. From their infectious songs to their live charisma to their gap-toothed swagger, these guys have all the ingredients for real stardom.