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2020 TOP 50 METAL ALBUMS

From Faithful Trad to Avant-garde Black -

All Delivered in Spades!


From the Hellfire inferno the Metal army has risen once again! Despite the known current circumstances (UGH!) Metal thrived enormously in 2020. (At least that was the case on the record!) The following fifty titles kept me sane and helped me survive the 2020 ...



50


THE LIGHTBRINGER OF SWEDEN

Rise of the Beast

(Sweden)


Released on July 15, 2020

Debut album

Power Metal




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49


DARK QUARTERER

Pompei

(Italy)


Released on October 31, 2020

Studio album #8

Epic Progressive Metal


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48


EVOKE

Seeds of Death

(Norway)


Released on September 18, 2020

Debut album

Black/Thrash Metal


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47


LORD VIGO

Danse de Noir

(Germany)


Released on April 10, 2020

Studio album #4

Epic Doom Metal


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46


PSYCHOSOMATIC

The Invisible Prison

(USA)


Released on August 28, 2020

Studio album #6

Crossover/Thrash Metal


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45


UNHOLY DESECRATION

Unholy Horde

(USA)


Released on March 27, 2020

Studio album #2

Blackened Death Metal


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44


PALE DIVINE

Consequence of Time

(USA)


Released on June 19, 2020

Studio album #6

Doom Metal


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43


ESHTADUR

From the Abyss

(Colombia)


Released on September 4, 2020

Studio album #4

Melodic/Death Metal




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42


RAVEN

Metal City

(UK)


Released on September 18, 2020

Studio album #14

Heavy/Speed Metal




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41


DEXTER WARD

III

(Greece/Italy)


Released on March 13, 2020

Studio album #3

Epic Heavy Metal

D&L review

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40


SOJOURNER

Premonitions

(International)


Released on May 8, 2020

Studio album #3

Epic/Atmospheric Black Metal


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39


SHADOW TRIBE

Reality Unveiled

(Finland)


Released on November 13, 2020

Debut album

Melodic Power Metal




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38


AZATH

Through a Warren of Shadow

(USA)


Released on April 17, 2020

Debut album

Death Metal


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37


SLAUGHTER MESSIAH

Cursed to the Pyre

(Belgium)


Released on February 21, 2020

Debut album

Black/Thrash/Death Metal




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36


HEXECUTOR

Beyond any Human Conception of Knowledge (France)


Released on September 25, 2020

Studio album #2

Black/Speed/Thrash Metal


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35


ATAVISTIA

The Winter Way

(Canada)


Released on May 29, 2020

Studio album #2

Blackened Symphonic Death Metal


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34


FUNERAL LEECH

Death Meditation

(USA)


Released on April 17, 2020

Debut album

Death/Doom Metal


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33


HEXX

Entangled in Sin

(USA)


Released on September 25, 2020

Studio album #5

Power/Thrash Metal




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32


AODON

1 1 0 6 9

(France)


Released on March 27, 2020

Studio album #2

Atmospheric Black Metal


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31


LORDS OF BLACK

Alchemy of Souls, Part I

(Spain)


Released on November 6, 2020

Studio album #3

Heavy/Power Metal




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30


THE WAYMAKER

The Waymaker

(Finland/Sweden)


Released on September 25, 2020

Debut album

Melodic Power Metal




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29


TEMPERANCE

Viridian

(Italy)


Released on January 24, 2020

Studio album #5

Melodic/Symphonic Power/Heavy Metal


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28


GLACIER

The Passing of Time

(USA)


Released on October 30, 2020

Debut album

Heavy/Power Metal


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27


PARALYDIUM

World Beyond

(Sweden)


Released on June 12, 2020

Debut album

Progressive Metal




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26


SHARDS OF HUMANITY

Cold Logic

(USA)


Released on April 13, 2020

Studio album #2

Death/Thrash Metal


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25


OZ

Forced Commandments

(Finland/Sweden)


Released on May 22, 2020

Studio album #8

Heavy Metal




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24


PYRAMAZE

Epitaph

(Denmark)


Released on November 13, 2020

Studio album #6

Progressive Metal




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23


PESSIMIST

Holdout

(Germany)


Released on June 26, 2020

Studio album #3

Thrash Metal


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22


VANISHING POINT

Dead Elysium

(Australia)


Released on August 28, 2020

Studio album #6

Melodic/Progressive Metal


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21


DEATH THE LEVELLER

II

(Ireland)


Released on March 20, 2020

Studio album #2

Epic Doom Metal


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20


CEMETERY FILTH

Dominion

(USA)


Released on April 13, 2020

Debut album

Death Metal


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19


STYGIAN CROWN

Stygian Crown

(USA)


Released on June 26, 2020

Debut album

Doom Metal


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18


ETERNAL IDOL

Renaissance

(Italy)


Released on November 6, 2020

Studio album #2

Symphonic Metal




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17


STALLION

Slaves of Time

(Germany)


Released on February 28, 2020

Studio album #3

Heavy/Speed Metal

D&L review

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16


WE SELL THE DEAD

Black Sleep

(Sweden)


Released on February 21, 2020

Studio album #2

Heavy/Doom Metal




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15


SATAN'S FALL

Final Day

(Finland)


Released on December 11, 2020

Debut album

Heavy/Speed Metal


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14


Cristiano Filippini's

FLAMES OF HEAVEN

The Force Within (Italy)


Released on November 20, 2020

Debut album

Symphonic Power/Heavy Metal, AOR


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13


HIGH SPIRITS

Hard to Stop

(USA)


Released on July 31, 2020

Studio album #4

Heavy Metal, Hard Rock


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12


ARSTIDIR LIFSINS

Saga Á Tveim Tungum II:

Eigi Fjǫll Né Firðir (Iceland)


Released on May 22, 2020

Studio album #5

Pagan Black Metal


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11


ECCLESIA

De Ecclesiæ Universalis

(France)


Released on November 13, 2020

Debut album

Epic Doom Metal


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10


NITE

Darkness Silence Mirror Flame

(USA)


Released on March 20, 2020

Debut album

Blackened Heavy Metal


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9


PORTA NIGRA

Schöpfungswut

(Germany)


Released on January 17, 2020

Studio album #3

Avant-garde Black Metal

D&L review

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8


THOUGHTS FACTORY

Elements

(Germany)


Released on January 24, 2020

Studio album #2

Progressive Metal


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7


PSYCHOTIC WALTZ

The God-Shaped Void

(USA)


Released on February 14, 2020

Studio album #5

Progressive Metal




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6


DGM

Tragic Separation

(Italy)


Released on October 9, 2020

Studio album #10

Progressive/Power Metal




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5


DEADRISEN

DeadRisen

(USA)


Released on March 13, 2020

Debut album

Progressive Metal




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4


INVICTUS

Eden

(Germany)


Released on January 24, 2020

Debut album

Heavy/Power Metal


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3


SACRED OUTCRY

Damned for All Time

(Greece)


Released on September 25, 2020

Debut album

Epic Heavy/Power Metal


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2


IGNITOR

The Golden Age of Black Magick

(USA)


Released on October 31, 2020

Studio album #6

Heavy/Power Metal


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1


AMBUSH

INFIDEL

(Sweden)


Released on March 13, 2020

Studio album #3

Heavy Metal


“Infidel” explores familiar traits of heavy metal. (The album) is jam-packed with dual guitar hi-octane, razor-sharp riffs & solos, big drums, thunderous bass and one hell of a vocal performance! Did I grab your attention? Abet an absolutely superb sound production the ten tracks on the album will keep the listener engaged from start to finish, prompting (many) repeat plays! This album is energetic and inspire energy! It’s on fire! This might be, and I hope it will be a gateway (to earlier AMBUSH records) for peeps unfamiliar with the band. … and why not: for some a gateway into the wonderful and unpredictable world of HEAVY METAL! (Full D&L review here.) Metal Album of the Year!


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