STRIKER Win 2020 JUNO Award For Metal / Hard Music Album of The Year Tuesday June 30 2020, 5:41 PM
STRIKER Win 2020 JUNO Award For Metal / Hard Music Album of The Year

Champions in blending classic heavy metal, hard rock, and 80’s hair metal, Canadian shredders  STRIKER 's   sixth studio album  "Play To Win",  released via their independent label  Record Breaking Records,  has won the  2020  JUNO AWARD  for Metal / Hard Music Album of The Year . As the most prestigious music award an artist can be given in the country, the 49th  JUNO   Awards  were originally scheduled to be held at the SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on March 15th, 2020, but due to the COVID pandemic was forced to reschedule as a live stream on June 29th.

This was  Striker 's second  JUNO Award  nomination and first win. 

"We are very grateful for the Juno win this year, especially as an independent band. The Juno is the culmination of all the support from the Canadian music industry we've had, from FACTOR, Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Canada Council for the Arts, and many others, and helps us feel validated as artists. There was a strong lineup of talent at the awards this year, and just to be nominated among them was an honour. We hope everyone stays safe out there and we look forward to returning to live music!"

Striker 's album  "Play To Win"  was nominated alongside Kobra and The Lotus - Evolution, Lindsay Schoolcraft - Martyr, Single Mothers - Through A Wall and The Agonist - Orphans.

Full details on  JUNO Award  winners and nominees can be found  here .

Featuring 10 fist-pounding shredtacular anthems,  Striker 's  "Play To Win"  was produced by the band plus mixed and mastered by  Hendrik Udd  (Firewind, Powerwolf, Hammerfall, Delain). The band supported the release last year with tours across North America with  DEATH ANGEL,  ANVIL,  STEEL PANTHER HOLY GRAIL,  and  BEWITCHER along with performing on 70,000 Tons of Metal.  "Play To Win"  followed their 2017 self-titled full length that the band supported with tours across Europe and North America with Sonata Arctica, Dark Tranquility, and Warbringer along with festival appearances at Bang Your Head Festival (Germany) and more to add to their almost 1000 shows performed in their decade-plus career.

Guitarist Tim Brown comments on  "Play To Win" :

"Play to Win: if you want to win you have to play the game. Find the rules and break them. This is our 6th album and 3rd independent release. If we followed the rules and listened to the industry people we'd have gone absolutely nowhere. Play To Win is about listening to yourself, following your own path, and playing that 5th ace hidden in your sleeve. This album is designed to light a fire under your ass and get you moving, and we made sure to get the most modern, ear melting sounds possible. It's all about where metal is going, not where it has been, and this is our soundtrack to success."

Album CD order, stream, and download available on,   Apple Music Amazon , and  Spotify

Music Video -  "On The Run"  HERE .
Music Video -  "Head First"   HERE .
Lyric video -  "Heart of Lies"   HERE .

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"Play to Win, which might be their most balanced effort yet. It’s their most catchy, too: the likelihood you’ll be singing along with every song before they finish is very, very high." - Metal Sucks

"expertly combined killer arena rock choruses with well-done, cleaner verses." - Metal Injection

"Six albums in six years. That is something almost unheard of, even in the modern era of production that considerably lessens the time needed to record and mix albums. Striker always seems to provide a new album right around when I start to wonder, “Hey, I wonder what Striker is up to?”. PLAY TO WIN is the band’s 6th LP and to my ears, one of their best. Rest assured, the band has not altered their sound. This is still classic metal, mixed with modern elements that continues to leave all pretenders in a cloud of choking dust." - Metal Rules

“You can hear influences ranging from Dokken to Metallica on Play to Win, and it’s all done with masterful songwriting, performances and production. This is a slick, aggressively-mixed record that drips with excitement and replayability... Striker have produced their best record since City of Gold, and all fans of straight-up hard rock and metal need to own this album.” - Heavy Music HQ

“Striker have knocked this one out of the park and into the stratosphere. You’d be hard-pressed to find a catchier slice of fine cheddar this year, and I’d highly recommend it.” - New Noise Mag

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