Some of you may be familiar with The JUNO Awards, Canadian music awards that are not so different from the US’s GRAMMY’s. More of you likely have heard of Mandroid Echostar, the Canadian progressive metal group whose 2016 full-length debut, Coral Throne, made it onto our Top 25 Albums of 2016 list. Evidently, more than just the It Djents staff were smitten with the record. Coral Throne won the JUNO Award for Metal/Hard Music Album of the Year. This is especially impressive considering that their competition included Devin Townsend Project‘s Transcendence, Protest the Hero‘s Pacific Myth, and Despised Icon‘s Beast. With a triple-guitar songwriting team, soaring vocals, captivating choruses and a well-executed concept, the independently released Coral Throne has certainly established Mandroid Echostar as a band to watch in the progressive metal community. The release follows their widely acclaimed 2013 EP Citadels, and self-titled debut EP in 2012.
What do you think of the award? Would you have voted for Mandroid Echostar considering the competition? You can check out the other nominees for Metal/Hard Music Album of the Year here.