It turns out 2020 was an incredible
year for metal, despite being awful for virtually everything else.
The hits kept coming right up until the final bell, and we are here
to make sure you catch them all. That’s right, this list of “Best
metal of 2020” actually features nothing but actual metal bands!
Notable stats from this year’s haul:
Germany takes this year’s MVP,
along with many of the runner-ups, and Sweden and Finland remain in
force, with notable assists from Greece and the US.
Our two most favored releases came
out just in time to make their debuts on this episode.
Necrovore worship is officially a
Ambush releases from established
bands are also a new trend, which is fine by us. Hype is for scene
kids who don’t actually know what they like.
Top 10 of 2020
Abomination Spawn” (Invictus Productions) – Continuing where
house favorite Beyond left off, these psychotic Germans hurl forward
into a vortex of unpolished, uncompromising death metal chaos. This
was going to win our “best of” vote, not matter what, so it
might as well be right fucking now!
Abigor, “Totschläger (A
Saintslayer’s Songbook)” (WTC Prod) – Holy
shit, new Abigor out of nowhere, and man is it good! All the twists
and turns of the current era combined with the bombast and frenzy of
the classic material. This would have taken the top slot if it
wasn’t for Omegavortex coming out the week before.
Sorcier Des Glaces, “Un Monde
de Glace et de Sang” (Obscure Obhorrence) – There’s
nothing we like more than a new SDG album, especially when it’s a
particularly good one! Quebec’s long-running black metal lords bring
and the sang just
in time for our winter of discontent.
“Axis Mundi” (Purity Through Fire) – If
you still miss Satyricon circa 1996, this Teutonic entry will bring
you that and more with some well-appointed and imminently listenable
“4 Doors to Death, Vol II V/A” (Unspeakable Axe)
tracks on this split from these grisly Greek death metal upstarts
were enough to make the grade. We can’t wait for the next
Ritual, “Sanctifying Ritual” (Iron Bonehead Productions) – If
Morbid Angel had stuck with their “Abominations of Desolation”
configuration for a follow-up, it probably would have sounded like
this. Death metal of the old era, done the right way. No marketing
Profano, “Accursed Possession” (Debemur Mortis Productions) –
one of the best current-era American black metal entries, Cultus
Profano gets everything right with their excellent sophomore effort.
“In Purge There is No Remission” (The Sinister Flame) –
black metal with aggression, darkness, and atmosphere. It was one of
the surprises of the year, and it rules big time.
Curse, “Endless Wound” (Sepulchral Voice Productions) – Better
than all the other bands of which this is comprised, Black Curse
broke out in a notable way on this debut full-length. It’s a dense
and gripping piece of feral death metal worth hearing.
“The Raging Hearts of Hell” (Ridge ov Dragon) – We
don’t know much about this death/black band, except that they are
new, from Russia, really good, and deserving of your attention!
the best of the rest:
Abhomine Progeny Devoid Proselyte Parasite
Acherontas The Brazen Experimentalist Psychic Death –
The Shattering of Perceptions
- Armagedda Guds kadaver (En falsk Messias) Svindeldjup Ättestup
Ascendency Culling The Weak Birth Of An
Azarath Fall Of The Blessed Saint
Cardiac Arrest Endless Dread The Day That
- Cénotaphe Aux cieux antérieurs Monte Verità
Deathsiege Poisonous Worlds Unworthy
- Deathsiege Victorious Dead Unworthy Adversary
Enshadowed The Great Animist Stare into the
Front Antichrist Militia
Graceless Warpath Where Vultures
Know Your Name
Grafvitnir Into the Unknown Deaths Wings
Ifernach In The Hollow Of The Togharmach The Green Enchanted Forest
Of The Druid Wizard
- Ildskær Mellem Tvende Troner Den Rædsomste Nat
- Invincible Force Damned by Noise and Lust Decomposed Sacramentum
- Katavasia Triumphant Fate Magnus Venator
- Malicious Death Embalmed Deranged Hexes
Mongrel’s Cross As a Being Undead Arcana, Scrying and
- Nawaharjan Warassuz Lokabrenna
Nexul Partitioned By Severity Scythed Wings
Of Poisonous Decay
- Novae Militiae Advent of the Prophet Topheth
- Ofermod Persisting to Die in Thee Pentagrammaton
- Ondskapt Old and Hideous Grimoire Ordo Devus
Perdition Temple Desolation Usurper Sacraments of
Sulfure L’antre de la tarasque
Todestriebe The Impossibility of Atonement In the Vortex of
Wargrinder Plague Descendants Ironclad
- Warmoon Lord The Morningstar’s Descent Pure Cold Impurity
- Ymir Silvery Howling Ymir
Yoth Iria Sid-Ed-Djinn Under His