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My Top 100 Metal Albums of 2020 + 10 Honorable Mentions

1) Last year, I didn't quite finish with a strong list but I am hoping this year it will be. This time around I'm not sure if I want to do either a Top 50 or 100. It will depend on how much time I can dedicate to this. I came back listening to albums since February 29th and these are the fruits of my discoveries. Keep checking back throughout the year.

2) I took a 7 month break and came back November 10th. This year has been far better than last year. My hope is to reach 100 quality albums which for me personally starts at the rating of 79.8%. These are albums that are superb and have minor flaws to them in my eyes. I wanted to do just 50 metal albums but I couldn't help but feel for some that missed the cut. I think starting next year I'm going to start adding a few sentences to a small paragraph describing my thoughts about each album.

Created by: quieted_darkness | 15.03.2020

1. Towards - III
(99.8%) Funeral Doom Metal, Atmospheric/Progressive Doom Metal/Folk with Classical and Black Metal Influences - Finland
2. Kraken Duumvirate - The Stars Below, The Seas Above
(99.2%) Experimental Blackened Doom Metal/Post-Metal/Dark Ambient, Atmospheric Doom Metal with Progressive Electronic Influences - Finland
3. Circle Of Ouroborus - Viimeinen Juoksu
(98.0%) Experimental Black Metal - Finland
4. Imha Tarikat - Sternenberster
(96.3%) Black Metal with Folk and Post-Black Metal Influences - Germany
5. Drown - Subaqueous
(95.5%) Funeral Doom Metal/Post-Metal - United States
6. Khthoniik Cerviiks - Æequiizoiikum
(95.4%) Avant-Garde/Death/Black Metal with Hardcore Punk Influences - Germany
7. Shezmu - À Travers Les Lambeaux
(95.3%) Death/Black Metal with Atmospheric, Slam/Brutal Death Metal, Folk, and Dark Ambient/Drone Influences - Canada
8. Firelink - Firelink
(95.1%) Melodic Death/Black Metal, Progressive Metal with Atmospheric/Epic, Neoclassical, Metalcore/Post-Hardcore, Technical, and Jazz Fusion Influences - United States
9. Kaatayra - Toda História Pela Frente
(94.4%) Atmospheric/Melodic Black Metal/Folk - Brazil
10. Evaporated Sores - Ulcerous Dimensions
(94.2%) Industrial/Blackened Death/Doom Metal, Technical/Avant-Garde Death Metal/Power Electronics with Noise and Jazz Influences - United States
11. Ygg - The Last Scald
(93.9%) Black Metal - Ukraine
12. Yaldabaoth - That Which Whets The Saccharine Palate
(93.5%) Technical/Avant-Garde Black Metal - United States
13. Ominous Resurrection - Judgement
(93.1%) Psychedelic Black/Heavy Metal, Dark Metal with Avant-Garde Doom Metal, Post-Metal, Dark Ambient, and Gothic Influences - United States
14. Nero Di Marte - Immoto
(93.1%) Technical/Avant-Garde Death Metal/Post-Metal, Ambient - Italy
15. Redwood Hill - Ender
(92.8%) Post-Black/Sludge/Post-Metal with Drone Influences - Denmark
16. The Crooked Whispers - Satanic Melodies
(92.7%) Stoner/Doom Metal, Sludge/Death Metal with Psychedelic Rock and Black Metal Influences - United States
17. Pyrrhon - Abscess Time
(92.5%) Technical/Avant-Garde Death Metal, Mathcore, Noise Rock with Goregrind, Slam Metal, and Black Metal Influences - United States
18. Biesy - Transsatanizm
(92.3%) Black Metal/Electronic with Avant-Garde, EDM, Industrial, and Epic Influences - Poland
19. Limbs - Soft Narcosis
(92.0%) Mathcore/Screamo, Grindcore with Progressive Metal, Industrial, Punk, Jazz, Electronics, and Stoner Metal Influences - Philippines
20. Isengard - Vårjevndøgn
(91.9%) Black/Heavy/Doom Metal, Power Metal with Experimental, Stoner Metal, Folk/Dream Pop, Hardcore Punk, and Speed Metal Influences - Norway
21. Kall - Brand
(91.8%) Black Metal with Post-Metal, Punk, Smooth/Avant-Garde Jazz, Psychedelic/Progressive Rock, Avant-Garde Metal, Sludge/Doom Metal, Stoner/Alternative Rock, Folk, and Field Recordings Influences - Sweden
22. Fluisteraars - Bloem
(91.8%) Black Metal - Netherlands
23. Lantern - Dimensions
(91.6%) Black/Death Metal with Melodic and Psychedelic Influences - Finland
24. Esoctrilihum - Eternity Of Shaog
(91.2%) Atmospheric/Avant-Garde/Progressive Death/Black Metal with Epic/Symphonic Influences - France
25. Ulcerate - Stare Into Death And Be Still
(91.1%) Technical/Avant-Garde Death/Black Metal, Atmospheric Sludge Metal - New Zealand
26. Temple Nightside - Pillars Of Damnation
(91.1%) Blackened Death Metal - Australia
27. Oldowan Gash - Hubris Unchained
(90.7%) Black Metal with Psychedelic Influences - United States
28. Amnutseba - Emanatism
(90.5%) Black/Death/Industrial Metal - France
29. Eye Of Nix - Ligeia
(90.3%) Avant-Garde Doom/Post-Black Metal - United States
30. The Hirsch Effekt - Kollaps
(89.7%) Art Rock, Mathcore/Post-Hardcore, Extreme/Progressive Metal with Alternative/Post-Rock, Pop, Electronic, Modern Classical, Ambient, and Hip-Hop Influences - Germany
31. Akantha - Gnothi Seauton
(89.5%) Black Metal - Greece
32. Skáphe - Skáphe³
(88.8%) Atmospheric/Psychedelic Black Metal with Dark Ambient, Avant-Garde, Melodic, and Drone Influences - United States; Iceland
33. Encenathrakh - Thraakethraaeate Thraithraake
(88.8%) Technical/Avant-Garde Brutal Death Metal with Slam Metal, Electronic, and Funk Influences - United States
34. M.S.W. - Obliviosus
(88.8%) Blackened/Atmospheric Doom Metal - United States
35. Black Curse - Endless Wound
(88.8%) Death Metal - United States
36. Elephant Tree - Habits
(88.7%) Stoner Metal/Dream Pop with Psychedelic/Blues/Progressive Rock, Acoustic Rock/Folk, Electronic, and Shoegaze Influences - United Kingdom
37. Armagedda - Svindeldjup Ättestup
(88.7%) Black Metal with Avant-Garde Metal Influences - Sweden
38. Oranssi Pazuzu - Mestarin Kynsi
(88.4%) Atmospheric/Psychedelic Black Metal/Dark Ambient, Space/Progressive Rock with Post-Punk Influences - Finland
39. Kommodus - Kommodus
(88.3%) Raw/Black Metal with Crust Punk, Doom Metal, Folk, Psychedelic Rock, and Post-Black Metal Influences - Australia
40. Focusrights - Ew, Music!
(88.3%) Technical/Avant-Garde Progressive Metal/Mathcore, Grindcore/Electronic with Jazz Fusion and Folk Influences - Ukraine; Russia
41. Ceremonial Bloodbath - The Tides Of Blood
(88.0%) Blackened Death Metal/Grindcore with Progressive Death Metal, Death/Doom Metal, and Field Recordings Influences - Canada
42. Dola - Dola
(88.0%) Atmospheric Sludge/Doom/Post-Metal, Ambient/Ritual Ambient/Acoustic with Black Metal, Jazz, and Punk Influences - Poland
43. Gardenjia - Egosvm
(87.6%) Avant-Garde Black Metal with Blackened Death Metal, Sludge Metal, and Mathcore Influences - Italy
44. Sweven - The Eternal Resonance
(87.1%) Progressive Death Metal/Psychedelic Rock - Sweden
45. Vagina Witchcraft - Vagina Witchcraft
(87.1%) Psychedelic Heavy/Stoner/Doom Metal, Screamo/Hardcore Punk with Avant-Garde Metal and Sludge Metal Influences - Canada
46. Worm - Gloomlord
(86.7%) Blackened Death/Doom Metal with Black Metal and Funeral Doom Metal Influences - United States
47. Sivyj Yar - Горе
(86.6%) Atmospheric Post-Black Metal/Post-Rock with Depressive Black Metal, Shoegaze, Psychedelic Rock, and Post-Hardcore Influences - Russia
48. Odraza - Rzeczom
(86.2%) Black Metal with Experimental Influences - Poland
49. Doldrum - The Knocking
(86.0%) Avant-Garde Black Metal - United States
50. White Stones - Kuarahy
(85.9%) Progressive Death Metal/Hard Rock with Blues and Jazz Influences - Spain
51. Thy Catafalque - Naiv
(85.9%) Experimental/Progressive Metal with Folk, Electronic, Progressive Black Metal, Death/Doom Metal, Jazz, Funk, and Doom Metal Influences - Hungary
52. Faidra - Six Voices Inside
(85.6%) Atmospheric Black Metal - Sweden
53. Pestilength - Eilatik
(85.5%) Blackened Death Metal - Spain
54. NyreDolk - IndeBrændt
(85.3%) Black/Hardcore Punk/Industrial/Doom Metal, Noise Rock with Dark Ambient Influences - Denmark
55. Witches Hammer - Damnation Is My Salvation
(85.1%) Black/Death/Thrash Metal with Speed Metal Influences - Canada
56. Undergang - Aldrig I Livet
(85.1%) Death Metal with Punk Influences - Denmark
57. Anhedonist - Abject Darkness / Ineffable Winds [Split]
(85.1%) Death/Doom Metal - United States
58. Self Hypnosis - Contagion Of Despair
(85.0%) Psychedelic/Progressive Sludge/Doom/Industrial Metal, Funeral Doom Metal with Dungeon Synth, Stoner Metal, and Epic Influences - United Kingdom
59. Malokarpatan - Krupinské Ohne
(84.9%) Black/Heavy/Speed/Folk Metal with Progressive Electronic, Neoclassical, and Pagan Influences - Slovakia
60. Allelic - À Contre Vent
(84.8%) Atmospheric/Melodic Black Metal/Folk, Heavy Metal - Canada
61. Velnias - Scion Of Aether
(84.8%) Blackened/Atmospheric Sludge Metal/Post-Metal, Psychedelic Rock with Doom Metal/Folk, Drone/Noise, and Post-Rock Influences - United States
62. Mountain Witch - Extinct Cults
(84.8%) Stoner/Doom Metal/Hard Rock - Germany
63. Albionic Hermeticism - Swēsaz Ambos [Split]
(84.8%) Black Metal/Ambient with Gothic Influences & Black Metal with Avant-Garde Influences - United Kingdom
64. Hellripper - The Affair Of The Poisons
(84.7%) Black/Speed/Heavy Metal - United Kingdom
65. Zolle - Macello
(84.7%) Instrumental, Avant-Garde/Progressive Sludge/Stoner Metal with Hard Rock Influences - Italy
66. Autolith - Caustic Light
(84.6%) Sludge Metal/Crust Punk with Death Metal and Hardcore Influences - United States
67. SVNTH - Spring In Blue
(84.6%) Atmospheric/Post-Black Metal/Post-Rock with Shoegaze and Funeral Doom Metal Influences - Italy
68. Venus Star - Calling All Lokas
(84.6%) Death/Doom Metal - Finland
69. Wrekmeister Harmonies - We Love To Look At The Carnage
(84.4%) Drone/Doom Metal, Post-Metal/Ambient with Gothic Influences - United States
70. Seven Chains - Thus She Speaks, The Spiraling Maranatha
(84.4%) Avant-Garde Death/Black Metal/Dark Ambient with Jazz, Industrial, and Psychedelic Influences - United States
71. Indricothere - ALTRRN
(84.4%) Instrumental, Blackened/Progressive Metal, Dark/Ambient with Avant-Garde Metal, Space Ambient, and Progressive Death Metal Influences - United States
72. Garganjua - Toward The Sun
(84.3%) Sludge/Doom/Post-Metal, Metalcore with Black Metal Influences - United Kingdom
73. Lotus Thief - Oresteia
(84.3%) Post-Rock with Metal, Ambient, and Electronic Influences - United States
74. Thecodontion - Supercontinent
(84.3%) Avant-Garde Death/Black Metal - Italy
75. Cauldron Black Ram - Slaver
(84.2%) Death Metal with Progressive Death Metal, Heavy/Doom Metal, Crust Punk, and Black/Speed Metal Influences - Australia
76. Cavern - Powdered
(84.2%) Heavy Psychedelic/Alternative/Post-Rock, Sludge/Post-Metal with Electronic Influences - United States
77. Guignol Noir - Mantric Malediction
(84.1%) Black Metal - Switzerland
78. Head Of The Demon - Deadly Black Doom
(84.0%) Black/Doom Metal, Psychedelic Rock/Hard Rock - Sweden
79. Afterbirth - Four Dimensional Flesh
(84.0%) Technical/Atmospheric/Progressive Brutal Death Metal with Slam Metal, Post-Rock, and Ambient Influences - United States (Long Island, New York)
80. Contrastic - Mamun
(83.9%) Experimental Death Metal/Grindcore, Hardcore/Mathcore, Space Rock with EDM Influences - Czechia
81. Sxuperion - Omniscient Pulse
(83.9%) Atmospheric Death Metal - United States
82. Miasmal Sabbath - Ominous Radiance
(83.8%) Black/Death/Doom Metal/Crust Punk - Greece
83. Ars Magna Umbrae - Apotheosis
(83.8%) Black Metal - Poland
84. Sadistic Drive - Anthropophagy
(83.8%) Death Metal/Hardcore Punk - Finland
85. Convocation - Ashes Coalesce
(83.7%) Funeral Doom/Progressive Death Metal with Gothic Influences - Finland
86. Jordablod - The Cabinet of Numinous Song
(83.7%) Experimental Black Metal/Psychedelic Rock - Sweden
87. Purification - Perfect Doctrine
(83.7%) Psychedelic/Doom Metal, Stoner Metal/Noise Rock with Punk and Nature Recordings Influences - United States
88. Shedfromthebody - A Dead And Aimless Hum
(83.7%) Ethereal Wave, Doom Metal/Shoegaze/Alternative/Post-Metal with Sludge/Stoner Metal Influences - Finland
89. Gama Bomb - Sea Savage
(83.6%) Thrash/Speed/Power Metal with Heavy Metal Influences - United Kingdom; Ireland
90. Balmog - Pillars Of Salt
(83.5%) Black Metal with Psychedelic Rock and Post-Punk Influences - Spain
91. Sadness (USA) - Atna
(83.5%) Raw/Depressive Black Metal/Post-Rock with Atmospheric and Dream Pop Influences - United States
92. Ingrina - Siste Lys
(83.4%) Post-Black/Sludge/Post-Metal/Dark Ambient, Shoegaze - France
93. Rïcïnn - Nereïd
(83.4%) Neoclassical Darkwave, Art Pop with Folk, Progressive Rock, Gothic Metal, Electronic/Chiptune, Sludge/Doom Metal, and Breakbeat Influences - France
94. Pale Divine - Consequence Of Time
(83.3%) Heavy/Doom Metal with Melodic, Heavy/Speed Metal, and Progressive Rock Influences - United States
95. White Magician - Dealers Of Divinity
(83.3%) Heavy Metal - United States
96. Urnscent - Of Simurgh And Ascent
(83.3%) Atmospheric Funeral Doom Metal with Chamber Music and Epic/Medieval Influences - Iran
97. Pallbearer - Forgotten Days
(83.3%) Doom Metal - United States
98. Familiars - All In Good Time
(83.3%) Stoner/Psychedelic Rock/Shoegaze, Stoner Metal with Blues, Bluegrass, and Electronic Influences - Canada
99. Begotten (CAN) - If All You Have Known Is Winter
(83.3%) Depressive Black Metal - Canada
100. Afsky - Ofte Jeg Drømmer Mig Død
(83.2%) Black Metal with Atmospheric Folk and Depressive Black Metal Influences - Denmark
101. Honorable Mentions:
102. Infant Island - Beneath
(83.2%) Hardcore/Post-Metal, Noise - United States - RANKED #101 - Harmonious mix of chaos and serenity.
103. Tortuga - Deities
(82.7%) Psychedelic Stoner/Doom Metal with Space Rock, Drone, and Jazz Influences - Poland - RANKED #113 - Hypnotic psychedelia throughout. Quirkiness added to the vocals really embellishes their sound to another level.
104. Angellore - Rien Ne Devait Mourir
(82.2%) Atmospheric Gothic/Doom/Death/Folk Metal with Symphonic and Atmospheric Black Metal Influences - France - RANKED #125 - One of the only albums from the year in question to get me all teary-eyed from Lucia's voice.
105. Occlith - Gates, Doorways, And Endings
(82.0%) Sludge/Doom Metal with Gothic/Psychedelic Rock, Post-Metal, Industrial Metal, and Black Metal Influences - United States - RANKED #129 - Some of the densest, heaviest sludge/doom I've heard all year.
106. Vein - Old Data In A New Machine Vol. 1
(82.0%) Experimental Hardcore with Emo/Screamo, Jungle, Alternative Metal, Nu-Metal/Metalcore, Drum and Bass, and Deathcore Influences - United States - RANKED #130 - Takes generally crappy genres of metal and makes something great out of it.
107. Witchcraft (FIN) - Dead Christ Prayer [Split]
(81.5%) Black/Death Metal - Finland - RANKED #136 - Opened my eyes to be more appreciative of war metal.
108. Bríi - Entre Tudo Que É Visto E Oculto
(81.3%) Atmospheric/Ambient Black Metal/Electronic, Progressive Metal with EDM, Psychedelic, Folk, Doom Metal, and Glitch Influences - Brazil - RANKED #143 - If you enjoyed Kaatayra there's a chance you might like this as well. This release got me interested in checking out more trance/techno-oriented albums.
109. Grin - Translucent Blades
(81.2%) Sludge/Stoner Metal - Germany - RANKED #144 - If you generally dislike stoner metal maybe this is a good entry point if you like black metal vibes with ethereal qualities. Not talking blackgaze though.
110. Xazraug - Unsympathetic Empyrean
(77.3%) Instrumental, Symphonic/Atmospheric/Avant-Garde Black Metal with Space Ambient, Metalcore, and Operatic Influences - United States - RANKED #199 - Greatest thing about this is the way it's mixed. Symphonic elements don't drown the rest of the music. Instead, the instrumentation focuses on subtle atmosphere.
111. Vulgarite - Fear Not The Dark Nor The Sun's Return
(73.2%) Atmospheric Black/Doom Metal/Dark Ambient - United States - RANKED #237 - First track has some of the best dark atmosphere I've heard all year. Think Silent Hill-ish.

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26.03.2020 - 20:21

What's the significance of the percentages?
26.03.2020 - 23:17

Written by Neachy on 26.03.2020 at 20:21

What's the significance of the percentages?
It's the same as a rating. I just chose to use percentages instead for my lists. Just move the decimal point to the left one digit and round up if need be. So to use Worm - Gloomlord as an example it would round up to a 9.7 which is pretty close to a perfect 10 or 100.0%. It just helps me out if several albums scored the same two digit score and I use the decimal point to further break it down. I hope this answers your question.
"If people kept things simple, there would be no discoveries in the world. If scientists said, "The brain is just a brain" and not take it by small segments and labeling it - We would not have come as far. Labels are necessary. Music is sci
27.03.2020 - 00:08

Written by quieted_darkness on 26.03.2020 at 23:17

It's the same as a rating. I just chose to use percentages instead for my lists. Just move the decimal point to the left one digit and round up if need be. So to use Worm - Gloomlord as an example it would round up to a 9.7 which is pretty close to a perfect 10 or 100.0%. It just helps me out if several albums scored the same two digit score and I use the decimal point to further break it down. I hope this answers your question.

Yeah, I was just curious if the specificity of the rating was based on a calculation of some sort or just arbitrary.
27.03.2020 - 03:16

Written by Neachy on 27.03.2020 at 00:08

Yeah, I was just curious if the specificity of the rating was based on a calculation of some sort or just arbitrary.

It's arbitrary. I believe you asked me the same question on my 2019 list.
"If people kept things simple, there would be no discoveries in the world. If scientists said, "The brain is just a brain" and not take it by small segments and labeling it - We would not have come as far. Labels are necessary. Music is sci
27.03.2020 - 03:27

Written by quieted_darkness on 27.03.2020 at 03:16

It's arbitrary. I believe you asked me the same question on my 2019 list.

Oh, I probably did. I'm always intrigued by people's rating systems when they differ from mine. Anyway, good list

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