TOP 10 OF 2020


The following are the lists of the best METAL/ROCK/PUNK releases for 2020 by staff members at Metal Revolution Webzine.
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Top 10 of 2020

by Bato



Editor in charge, webmaster and writer
Member since 2005

1

Lamb Of God – Lamb Of God (Nuclear Blast)

Returning after five years away (the longest gap between releases in the band’s history) Lamb of God are back with their latest, a self-titled effort, and it just may be the band's best yet. Ten-tracker Lamb Of God is just a reaffirmation of who they are.
2

Sodom – Genesis XIX (Steamhammer/SPV)

Euro-thrash mainstays Sodom go back to their roots on new album entitled Genesis XIX. Genesis XIX is fifty-five minutes of Sodomy goodness. Rumbling bass, rattling vocals, blistering-fast solos and guitar-shredding – you get it all here in one album. Thrash metal at its finest!
3

Testament – Titans Of Creation
(Nuclear Blast)

Titans Of Creation is another great thrash metal release. Testament has always been a guarantee for a quality thrash music to me. Titans of Creation is a definitive proof of that. Musically, we are on a familiar ground here, but that's what I like about Testament – you get what you're asking for. Titans of Creation is definitely a solid thrash metal record.
5

Necrophobic – Dawn Of The Damned
(Century Media)

Swedish extreme metal act Necrophobic, with the release of their latest offering Dawn of the Damned, have released a superb metal record establishing themselves as a leading force into Swedish extreme scene. Songwriting, musicianship, memorability and production- all things perfectly executed here!
5

Bersærk – Sol (Nordenvind)

I simply had to include Bersærk with their third full-length Sol on my top 10 list for 2020, not because they are from Aarhus (Denmark), but because Bersærk is a quite unique size on the Danish music/metal scene and Sol is just a strong release succesfully blending different genres and ideas.
6

AC/DC – Power Up (Columbia)

After a rather turbulent period the Australian rock & metal legends are back with a new album, their first since 2014’s Rock or Bust. With the release of Power Up AC/DC delivered perhaps their finest album in three decades. It has all the recognizable AC/DC trademarks and a nice flow.
7

Paradise Lost – Obsidian
(Nuclear Blast)

I've been a fan of Paradise Lost for almost three decades now, and I naturally get exited before the release of every new album from those English Gothic veteran giants. Luckily,Obsidian , overall is an album that does a good job on touching upon most of the band’s most recognizable trademarks, without being boring or repetitive. Paradise Lost anno 2020 sounds as strong as ever!
8

Benediction – Scriptures
(Nuclear Blast)

The new release Scriptures has that typical Benediction Death Metal core, fused with the punk rock anger and attitude, spices up with this typical death metal groove that Benediction are so famous for. One thing is sure; Benediction are still a relevant force after 30+ years, and Scriptures is just another excellent release Benediction have pleased us with in the past 30 years.
9

Napalm Death - Throes Of Joy In The Jaws Of Defeatism (Century Media)

Extreme grindcore/metallers from Birmingham (England) Napalm Death have released a new 16th album entitled Throes of Joy in the Jaws of Defeatism. On the album they keep to their strengths: a lightning-fast blend of political hardcore and extreme metal. Throes of Joy in the Jaws of Defeatism is an outstanding testament to Napalm Death's continued legacy and evolution.
10

Hex A.D. – Astro Tongue In The Electric Garden (Fresh Tea)

Previously unknown to me, Norwegians from Hex A.D. Have released their latest nine-tracker disc Astro Tongue In The Electric Garden, where they mix progressive, psychedelic and doomish hard rock like in the good old days of the 70s and 80s. Astro Tongue In The Electric Garden is a complex, but also an album full of hookiness and catchiness.

Top 10 of 2020

by Simona



Writer
Member since 2005

1

Paradise Lost - Obsidian
(Nuclear Blast)

While it might not be musically groundbreaking for Paradise Lost, Obsidian finds the Goth Metal pioneers as sharp as ever. With the release of their 16th studio album, Paradise Lost have found an almost ideal balance between grit, atmosphere and songcraft.
2

Nightwish – Human :||: Nature
(Nuclear Blast)

If you liked Nightwish with Tarja, you'll like it with Floor too. Despite of the departure of Tarja, Nightwish still sounds the same. The whole sound on Human. :||: Nature is in a typical Nightwish style - full of energy, verve and majestic, cinematic and bombastic atmosphere.
3

Delain – Apocalypse & Chill
(Napalm Records)

Like the case is with majority of my top-10 list releases; Delain certainly don't rewrite any rules with Apocalypse & Chill, as they deliver everything you'd expect, and it is just fine for me! Apocalypse and Chill is well worth the near four years wait that fans have had to endure since the previous album.
4

The Black Dahlia Murder – Verminous (Metal Blade)

Verminous is The Black Dahlia Murder's most dynamic and emotional, yet heaviest, release to date. I think this is the biggest evolutionary leap the band has ever taken from one album to another.
5

Five Finger Death Punch – F8
(Better Noise Music)

F8 ('Fate') is the eighth studio album by American heavy metal band Five Finger Death Punch. F8 stands as the finest thing they’ve released – grander, more ambitious and more 'radio-friendly' then they’ve ever been before. One of the finest releases in 2020 across the genres!
6

Katatonia – City Burials (Peaceville)

City Burials is eleventh studio album by Swedish metal band Katatonia. The album continues the progressive rock direction they're so known for. City Burials is arguably Katatonia’s strongest album for the last two decades.
7

Marilyn Manson – We Are Chaos
(Loma Vista Recordings)

More wounded and emotionally drained than he’s ever been, WE ARE CHAOS finds Marilyn Manson at a crossroad. WE ARE CHAOS is a less antagonistic and forward prospect than recent outputs from 'Devil' himself. Mr. Manson is still a genius when it comes to making music, and WE ARE CHAOS is the best proof for it.
8

Myrkur – Folkesange (Relapse)

Danish artist & musician Myrkur, aka Amalie Bruun, has been creating music since 2014. On her latest album entitled Folkesange she created this captivating collection of folk songs, written in the old Nordic tradition. I know that this is not considered as 'metal' to most of our readers, but I find it unique and different and something I would recommend to any fan of Nordic folkish (metal) music.
9

Ozzy Osbourne – Ordinary Man (Epic)

Ozzy Osbourne is anything but an ordinary man, and his latest solo offering Ordinary Man is extra-ordinary. 'The Prince Of Darknes' sounds like he’s had a blast while recording this album. Ordinary Man is the proof that 'Double O' still got that fire burning inside. Very good come-back album!
10

Trivium – What The Dead Men Say (Roadrunner Records)

With the release of What The Dead Men Say one of the metal’s most beloved bands are on the form of their lives. In an amazing manner Trivium is injecting elements of thrash, melo-death and black metal throughout the 10 songs on What The Dead Men Say. This album is the culmination of the band's experience and the creative process.

Top 10 of 2020

by Zoran



Writer, webmaster & photographer
Member since 2007

1

Psychotic Waltz - The God-Shaped Void (InisdeOut Music)

Almost quarter of a century after the release of their previous album Psychotic Waltz' return sees the band firmly moving forward, creating an album that is as true to the band’s legacy as it is fresh and relevant. The God-Shaped Void is an ode to most aspects of creating music and it lifts the groundbreaking legacy to present day with ease and with an overall eminence.
2

Paradise Lost - Obsidian
(Nuclear Blast)

Obsidian sees the band browsing through their entire career; early days, commercial peeks and even some of the more experimental albums, yet the overall feel is that of a well-rounded album and not a collection of songs from different periods.
3

The Ocean Collective - Phanerozoic II: Mesozoic | Cenozoic
(Metal Blade Records)

Compared to the first part of this two-part saga Phanerozoic II: Mesozoic | Cenozoic is more progressive, experimental and even cinematic, but just as heavy and raw in best post-metal manner. Comparing the two is hard because they are part of the same concept, but the follow-up is not only worthy, but perhaps even stronger.
4

Haken - Virus (InsideOut Music)

Virus is a clear continuation of Vector, but there is a encapsulating quality to it with nods to their back-catalogue. It sort of makes it feel like the end of an era. Perhaps the next album will see the band take a bold next step into the unknown.
5

Spell – Opulent Decay (Bad Omen Records)

With Opulent Decay, Spell have stayed true to their very core of 70’s inspired psych heavy/rock. At the same time the band has not only grown, but they have dared to put those rather crucial hypnotic, dreamy elements of their music all the way in the front. The result is mesmerizing and an album that is not only their finest, but simply in league of its own.
6

DOOL - Summerland (Prophecy Productions)

Overall Summerland is a big step forward for DOOL, without it using much of a different formula than on its predecessor. It’s a collection of music which bubbles with creativity and seductive determination and which embraces the listener gently, yet with razor sharp touch.
7

Eternal Champion - Revening Iron
(No Remose Records)

With Revening Iron, Eternal Champion have managed to create an album that is as strong as their 2016 debut. It's an album that is all about paying homage to the early days of heavy metal picking up the best from the first wave of heavy metal in UK, USA and Germany and grinding it all into one imposing piece of metal.
8

O'Brother – You and I (Self-released)

The feeling of authenticity and wholehearted involvement is ever-present and while the heavier aspects are far fewer and feeling of a live performance is absent, there is darkness, intimacy and nonetheless massive intensity that in its own right makes up for it. You & I, can stand proudly next to its predecessor, which just happens to be one of the finest releases of entire 2016.
9

Bonfire – Firstfull Of Fire (AFM Records)

Fistful Of Fire is true to Bonfire's over three decades long legacy. Still, the band has created a very diverse album that hangs well together and with addition of Alexx Stahl, few years ago they have found a frontman, which has injected the vigour and determination of Todd La Torre /Queensrÿche proportions.
10

Hail Spirit Noir – Eden in Reverse
(Agonia Records)

The constant that is this band’s growth, is continuing on Eden In Reverse and if in past the band took a big firm step with each next album, then Eden in Reverse sees them taking two determined steps onward.

Top 10 of 2020

by Brian



Writer
Member since 2012

1

Sadness – Holding (Self-released)

One of my all time favourite artists, no one conveys despair, sadness and depression through slow, pained Black Metal quite like this American solo artist.
2

Misanthropic Rituals – A Path Through Absent Places (Self-released)

Concise. Meticulous. Excellent.
3

Monolithe – Okta Khora (Self-released)

The ever-evolving music of Monolithe has succesfully fused its Funeral Doom roots with that of Melodic Death Metal, appeacling to a wider audience without alienating its existing fanbase.
4

In Cauda Venenum – G.O.H.E
(Les Acteurs de l'Ombre)

As Post-Black Metal seems to become more and more of a household name (at least in the households I frequent), French In Cauda Venenum were quick to jump aboard and help shape the genre, for better or worse. So far mostly better.
5

Grave Circles – Tome II (Les Acteurs de l'Ombre)

Probably the by far fastest acting band on this list, these Ukranians have been hammering out Black Metal records at an accelerated pace without any sign of slowing down, nor losing inspiration.
6

Dwaal – Gospel Of The Vile (Dark Essence)

Norwegian Doom Metal, six years in the making. Every bit as detail-oriented and painstakingly, slowly efficient as that description suggests.
7

Nyrst – Orsök
(Dark Essence)

Formerly known as Skuggsjá, these five Icelandic musicians have taken the modern Black Metal recipe and infused it with their native language, culture and norms – Quite successfully so I might add.
8

Crépuscule d'Hiver – Par-Delà Noireglaces et Brumes-Sinistres
(Les Acteurs de l'Ombre)

The third time a Ladlo release appears on this list, as it most certainly seems like they managed to hit my niche almost perfectly. Crépuscule d'Hiver is a mixture of medieval instruments, lyrics and themes set alongside a Black Metal backdrop – Something they manage splendidly.
9

Poccolus – Poccolus (Inferna Profundus)

The debut album from a close to legendary Lithuanian Second Wave Black Metal band, one that is sadly somewhat overlooked. This marks my first (but not last) encounter with the band and while it is a re-release, I find it a welcome one.
10

Nightwish – Human :||: Nature
(Nuclear Blast)

Nightwish has certainly become more and more adventurous as the years progressed, something that has also been evident in their releases. Their newest release, a double album, is no exception, taking the band in an even more Folk-inspired direction than even its predecessor.

Top 10 of 2020

by Mia



Writer
Member since 2019

1

Haken - Virus (InsideOut Music)

In my opinion the best Progressive metal release of 2020. Haken once again manages to produce an album to perfection. It is an intense saga that draws you into the story Haken are so great at telling.
2

Dead End Finland – Inter Vivos
(Inverse Records)

Truly a WOW album, that gives me chills every time I listen to it. The atmosphere and feeling this album gives must be listened to, not written about.
3

Conception – State of Deception
(Conception Sound Factory)

An amazing comeback album from the Norwegians. To hear Khan and Østby together again after all these years is pure magic. For sure an album that brings a huge smile to my face.
4

Polaris – The Death of Me
(SharpTone Records)

An album that has a bit of something for all kinds of metal lovers out there. The lyrics really stand out, and the production is flawless.
5

Defecto – Duality (Black Lodge Records)

Incredible album from the Danes. This is an album that has it all; Rock, metal and prog, all mixed up in a great production. No more comments needed.
6

Dark Tranquillity - Moment
(Century Media Records)

This album has blown my mind! Dark Tranquillity always seems to bring a special feeling to my mind, soul and body. Truly Remarkable.
7

Pyramaze – Epitaph (AFM Records)

Pyramaze has done it again! This album has everything a Power/Progmetal fan needs and loves, and of course yet another flawless production from Jakob Hansen.
8

Fates Warning – Long Day Good Night
(Metal Blade Records

A great album from my long-time progressive Metal heroes. As always, these guys are brilliant at what they do. Even though this is not my all-time favorite album with the band, it surely stands out as one of the best prog releases this year.
9

Darktribe – Voici L’Homme
(Scarlet Records)

A fascinating album from the Frenchmen, that is sung both in English and French. The musicality of this quartet is impeccable. And the production is flawless.
10

Magnum – The Serpent Rings
(Steamhammer Records)

After over 40 years in the business and 21 studio albums recorded Magnum is still going strong. A great album from one of my childhood heroes. Respect!