Putting the lid on 2020, today we have the releases that got us through this year of working from home and no summer festival travels. We had a hard time picking and sorting due to all albums being awesome, but we managed to pull a comprehensive list together.
Another of our favorite genres had some killer releases this 2020. Perfectly fitting for a doomy and gloomy year, these bands delivered crushing albums that ooze emotion and contrast it with brutality.
Honorable Mention On Thorns I Lay - Threnos (2020)
Black Metal has evolved in very interesting ways adding highly atmospheric and experimental features to its raw roots. In this list, we aim to highlight the best releases that continue to expand the genre’s horizons and create unique atmospheric/emotional experiences for listeners.
The year 2020 had some intense Black Metal albums being unleashed into the wild. We don’t discriminate and love both raw and oppressive BM alongside Melodic/Symphonic stuff, hence this list we include Black/Death Metal, Symphonic/Melodic Black Metal and traditional Black Metal.
Honorable Mention God Dethroned - Illuminati (2020)
After writing about music for over 15 years, releases rarely surprise us with their take on Metal music. However, every year there are a handful of albums/bands that are just ahead of their time or just bored with the status quo. This year’s selection includes some very weird and cool stuff as well as otherworldly albums that transport the listener with their unique craftiness.
As one of our favorite genres, Melodic Death Metal had some killer releases in 2020. This list represents some of the best ones we thoroughly enjoyed. Not that you might see some obvious ones missing, and this is due to them being on our main best albums of the year list. However, all these bands deserve recognition for their amazing releases.
Honorable Mention Hinayana - Death Of The Cosmic (2020)
This year we are combining both Death and Technical Death Metal into this list. Since we reviewed over 200 releases this year, and really enjoyed many of them, we will have separate lists for Progressive/Melodic Death Metal and Blackened Death Metal lists just in case you don’t see any releases in this category.
As the year comes to a close, we are writing up a list of the albums we played and enjoyed the most that we purchased with our own money. These releases are worth mentioning on our site, but due to their label/PR companies not submitting them to use, we didn’t review them. With over 700 submissions in 2020, we focus on reviewing mostly (99.9%) albums we receive from our media partners.
We have to say that 2019 was the year of Black Metal for us, not only did we reviewed the most albums of this genre, but we also found the progress made in the scene quite amazing. These are our favorite releases of the year.
Filled with amazing releases, 2019 comes to a close as one of the best years in Metal. With a bunch of solid releases in each genre, we had quite a hard time picking the best ones.