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 15th March, 2020, but due to the COVID pandemic was forced to reschedule as a live stream on 29th June. This was Striker‘s second JUNO Award nomination and first win.
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 here.
‘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.”