The Best Heavy Metal Music of 2020

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It’s been a tough year for everyone, but thankfully we’ve had some great heavy metal music to help us get through it. Here are our picks for the best metal albums of 2020.

Best Metal Albums of 2020

It’s been a great year for metal music, with a lot of fantastic new albums being released. In this article, we’ll be taking a look at the best metal albums of 2020. From brutal death metal to black metal, there’s something for everyone. So, let’s get into it.

Code Orange- Underneath

Code Orange’s ‘Underneath’ is one of the best metal albums of 2020. The album was released on Roadrunner Records on March 13, 2020. The album was produced by Will Putney and features 11 tracks.

Spirit Adrift- Divided By Darkness

Spirit Adrift’s “Divided By Darkness” is one of the best metal albums of 2020. It is a perfect blend of catchy hooks, thunderous riffs, and soul-crushing melodies. The lyrics are dark and introspective, and the vocals are absolutely superb. If you are a fan of heavy metal music, then this is an album that you need to check out.

Gatecreeper- An Unexpected Reality

On their third full-length, An Unexpected Reality, Arizona death metal outfit Gatecreeper prove that they are one of the most consistent and punishing bands in the genre today. Building on the bone-crushing template of prior releases Sonoran Depravation and Deserted, this album is a masterclass in addictive riffage, pummeling percussion, and snarling vocals, with just enough melodic embellishment to keep things interesting. Opener “From Beyond” sets the tone perfectly, with a huge groove underpinning guitars that slice through the thick air like twin buzzsaws. From there, it’s a nonstop assault of jaw-dropping riffs and rhythms, with standouts like “Wanton Violence,” “Miasma,” and “Languish” leaving listeners battered and bruised. But it’s the band’s closer, the nine-minute behemoth “Desolation,” that really leaves its mark, showcasing Gatecreeper’s ability to sustain interest over the course of an extended track. Whether you’re a diehard death metal fan or just someone looking for a well-executed example of extreme music, An Unexpected Reality is an album you won’t want to miss.

Best Metal Songs of 2020

It’s been a great year for metal music, with a lot of new and exciting bands emerging onto the scene. If you’re a fan of metal music, then you’ll definitely want to check out some of the best metal songs of 2020. In this article, we’ll be counting down the top 10 metal songs of 2020. So without further ado, let’s get started.

Code Orange- “Underneath”

“Underneath” is the lead single from Code Orange’s fourth studio album Underneath. The song was released on February 10, 2020, along with the announcement of the album. “Underneath” is a heavier and more aggressive track than the band’s previous singles, and its music video received widespread acclaim for its mix of horror elements and industrial imagery.

Spirit Adrift- “Divided By Darkness”

Starting off our list of the best metal songs of 2020 is “Divided By Darkness” by Spirit Adrift. The Arizona-based band’s fourth studio album, Divided By Darkness, was released in May 2020 via 20 Buck Spin. The album features ten tracks of classic heavy metal that are sure to get your head banging. From the opening riff of “Divided By Darkness” to the catchy chorus of “To Hell With You”, this song is sure to please fans of all things metal.

Gatecreeper- “An Unexpected Reality”

One of the best things about music is that it can take you on a journey. It can make you feel things you never thought you would, and it can introduce you to new perspectives and ideas. Metal music is especially good at this, and there are few metal songs that do it better than Gatecreeper’s “An Unexpected Reality.”

The song is taken from the band’s excellent 2020 album, Sonoran Depravation, and it perfectly encapsulates the record’s themes of loss, grief, and rage. But despite its heavy subject matter, “An Unexpected Reality” is also an incredibly catchy and hook-laden song, with a chorus that will stay stuck in your head for days. It’s a perfect example of how metal can be both brutal and beautiful, and it’s one of the best metal songs of 2020.

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