2019 will be hard — if not impossible — to match when it comes to momentous heavy-music releases, with Tool, Slipknot, Rammstein and other rock behemoths dropping long-overdue albums. But as our recently published list of the Most Anticipated Albums of 2020 showcases, there will still be plenty of must-hear new music coming over the next 12 months. We asked you what band you most want to drop a new album this year, and you came back with a wide-ranging wish list. Below are the top five vote-getters.
Virginian metal stalwarts Lamb of God have never let fans down: Their catalog is the definition of all killer, no filler. But there is a new level of suspense surrounding the band's latest, which will be their first since the group's shocking split with founding drummer Chris Adler. What will an LOG album sound like without him, and with Randy Blythe ever expanding his vocal range into cleaner territory over the quintet's last few records, how far will he reach on album No. 9? You want answers.
Trent Reznor and his partner in crime Atticus Ross have been keeping themselves very busy lately, mostly with scoring work for film and TV, but also with a new "definitive edition" of Nine Inch Nails' With Teeth. Their band will become more of a focus for them in 2020, and with Reznor teasing in our latest cover story "a template" for new NIN music centered around collaboration with "a list of people we like," anticipation is high for the follow-up to 2018's Bad Witch.
It's been way too long since Evanescence graced fans' ears with a proper album of all-new material — nine years, to be exact, since the release of 2011's self-titled LP — so it's no surprise that a new one from Amy Lee and Co. would land high in this poll. Their dramatic cover of Fleetwood Mac's "The Chain," offered up late last year, was a compelling stop-gap, but really only whetted diehards' appetites that much more.
French-born progressive outfit Gojira have long established their status as trailblazers within heavy music and one of the best live acts on the planet of any genre. Their last album, 2016's Magma, took their sound next level, with the brothers Duplantier finely honing their squealing, scraping riffage, epic song constructions and characteristic mix of melody and madness. There's no reason to expect anything other than another mind-blowing evolutionary leap this time out.
2016's Gore was good, but not great. And the band seems to know it, with frontman Chino Moreno promising that guitarist Stephen Carpenter, who didn't contribute much to that LP, will be much more involved on its follow-up. If that means anything approaching the cataclysmic, ethereal-Meshuggah-blues massiveness of, say, Diamond Eyes — which turns 10 later this year — we will all be in for a treat.