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2020 Amusia's Recommendations

Manuel Castillo (Amusia) is a Mexican youtuber/reviewer specialized in heavy metal, who makes reviews without pression from the labels or distros. His passion and knowledge are the best tools he has and is followed by almost 70,000 people from the Spanish-speaking community. His partner, Carlos, also make reviews but of underground bands.

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This list is not a top but there are some not so well known albums that Amusia recommends listening to this year.

Created by: ChapuLviz | 16.06.2020

1. Haunt - Mind Freeze
2. Annihilator - Ballistic, Sadistic
a great collection of songs of Jeff Waters.
3. Mystic Prophecy - Metal Division
more powerful than Sabaton.
4. Lorna Shore - Immortal
5. God Dethroned - Illuminati
6. Sepultura - Quadra
the best album without Cavalera brothers.
7. Sylosis - Cycle Of Suffering
one of the best thrash metal bands of the new wave (with Vektor and Revocation).
8. Suicide Silence - Become The Hunter
best album for a long time of Suicide Silence.
9. Psychotic Waltz - The God-Shaped Void
name ad hoc - Psychotic Waltz.
10. Demons & Wizards - III
11. Intronaut - Fluid Existential Inversions
12. Today Is The Day - No Good To Anyone
13. Beneath The Massacre - Fearmonger
14. Tombs - Monarchy Of Shadows
an good EP for no forget this band.
15. Peripheral Cortex - God Kaiser Hell
a great techdeath.
16. Neptunus - Planetary Annihilation
like Rings Of Saturn but better.
17. Kilter - Axiom
jazz/metal of the best
18. Dark Fortress - Spectres From The Old World
19. Vredehammer - Viperous
pure demolition sound.
20. My Dying Bride - The Ghost Of Orion
21. Heaven Shall Burn - Of Truth & Sacrifice
22. Azure Emote - The Third Perspective
an avantgarde/death/industrial project of really high quality.
23. Nero Di Marte - Immoto
24. Akurion - Come Forth To Me
25. Cult Of Fire - Moksha
26. Cult Of Fire - Nirvana
the best of two
27. Burzum - Thulean Mysteries
reviewed as a ambient album.
28. Human Impact - Human Impact
29. Testament - Titans Of Creation
actually, the best thrash metal is presented by the old bands.
30. Odious Mortem - Synesthesia
31. Igorrr - Spirituality And Distortion
a great product for metalheads.
32. Diabolic - Mausoleum Of The Unholy Ghost
very fast pure death metal.
33. Me And That Man - New Man, New Songs, Same Shit, Vol​.​1
34. Benighted - Obscene Repressed
very violent and explosive
35. Omega Infinity - Solar Spectre
36. Vampire Squid - Reinventing The Eel
10!!! one the best albums of tech death ever.
37. August Burns Red - Guardians
38. WuW - Rétablir L'éternité
an interesting sound of avantgarde doom.
39. Wolfheart - Wolves Of Karelia
another great production of Wolfheart.
40. The Black Dahlia Murder - Verminous
41. Oranssi Pazuzu - Mestarin Kynsi
10!!! this album is addictive.
42. Aborted - La Grande Mascarade
43. Abysmal Dawn - Phylogenesis
44. Trivium - What The Dead Men Say
only that album cover is horrible, the music is awesome.
45. Warbringer - Weapons Of Tomorrow
another horrible album cover, the music is awesome.
46. Ulcerate - Stare Into Death And Be Still
a jewel of techdeath.
47. Katatonia - City Burials
48. Vader - Solitude In Madness
49. Dyssidia - Costly Signals
10!!! one of the best progressive album... ever.
50. Naglfar - Cerecloth
51. ...And Oceans - Cosmic World Mother
52. Cirith Ungol - Forever Black
the music is awesome, the voice love it or hate it.
53. Paradise Lost - Obsidian
one of the best albums of the year.
54. Khôra - Timaeus
an excelente atmospheric album.
55. Caligula's Horse - Rise Radiant
56. Agora - Imperio
a good album of the mexican progressive scene.
57. Centinex - Death In Pieces
enjoyable classic sound of death metal
58. Alestorm - Curse Of The Crystal Coconut
reviewed as a comercial album.
59. Xibalba - Años En Infierno
60. Bleed From Within - Fracture
not conventional deathcore, listen the structures.
61. Acerus - The Tertiary Rite
a great different heavy metal.
62. Thy Catafalque - Naiv
63. Triptykon - Requiem (Live At Roadburn 2019)
64. Afterbirth - Four Dimensional Flesh
a slam death metal band with proposal.
65. Protest The Hero - Palimpsest
a good album but it's not the same quality anymore.
66. Lamb Of God - Lamb Of God
a declaration of principles.
67. Cryptic Shift - Visitations From Enceladus
presents influences of Voivod, Coroner and Gorguts.
68. Behold The Arctopus - Hapeleptic Overtrove
a thing too avantgarde for this moment.
69. Nocturnal Depression - Tides Of Despair
DSBM of the best.
70. Carach Angren - Franckensteina Strataemontanus
an interesting change, the most complete album of the band.
71. Pyrrhon - Abscess Time
from a prolific scene of NY, singular techdeath.
72. Cro-Mags - In The Beginning
a mature HxC, a great return to their best works.
73. Black Hate - Altalith
an evolutionized black/death metal.
74. Virocracy - Irradiation
the very good mix between tech, melodic, prog death metal.
75. Medicated - Descension
a delicious sound.
76. Agony Lords - Shelter For The Undead
a dynamized melodeath.
77. Ulthar - Providence
a compact explosion.
78. Ensiferum - Thalassic
atmospheric, dramatic and high quality.
79. VoidCeremony - Entropic Reflections Continuum: Dimensional Unravel
minimalistic technical death metal.
80. Alarum - Circle's End
a good album with a sound between Cynic and Revocation.
81. Static-X - Project: Regeneration Vol. 1
a very good collage, more powerful than Rammstein and Ministry's last albums.
82. Oldskull - The Old Skulls
some of good mexican musicians made a good death metal.
83. Primal Fear - Metal Commando
straight to the point.
84. Grimorivm - .​.​.​By The Hate & Pain
black/doom with a lot of convergence, idea and production.
85. Black Crown Initiate - Violent Portraits Of Doomed Escape
a real progressive death with technical, without dissonance abuse.
86. Deathstorm - For Dread Shall Reign
nothing special but fun.
87. Imperial Triumphant - Alphaville
10!! Not a sound for everyone but they've high quality.
88. Onslaught - Generation Antichrist
Pure thrash attack.
89. Deep Purple - Whoosh!
honest record, not many bands today have this sound.
90. Sabacthani - Beyond The Dark Sea
memorable melodeath to the grain with great vocals.
91. Ingested - Where Only Gods May Tread
very brutal.
92. Unleash The Archers - Abyss
a very good performance, a good power metal.
93. Cytotoxin - Nuklearth
their best album: brutal, explosive, technical and without pig squeals.
94. Incantation - Sect Of Vile Divinities
classic & dark sound for fans.
95. Necrot - Mortal
old school death metal straight to the point.
96. Ulver - Flowers Of Evil
80's pop? but fun, if you don't listen to this very all the time, you might enjoy it.
97. Creature (FRA) - Ex Cathedra
black metal with progression and lots of opposing artistic elements, an unique and creative mix.
98. John Petrucci - Terminal Velocity
happy prog metal, he doesn't have a fight with the guest artists.
99. Exist - Egoiista
jazz/metal-fusion with superior ideas.
100. Pain Of Salvation - Panther
strange production and soft guitars, but some enjoyable.
101. Stryper - Even The Devil Believes
remember of their 80s era with good sound. They matured with dignity.
102. Cult Of Lilith - Mara
techdeath with electronic elements not for everyone, and not mature.
103. Kalaveraztekah - El Despertar De Los Tiempos
very good death metal with mesoamerican folk elements condenced.
104. Marilyn Manson - We Are Chaos
melancholic sound with a country feeling, personal and artistic work.
105. Krallice - Mass Cathexis
this band always have new ideas, a really avantgarde band.
106. Skeletal Remains - The Entombment Of Chaos
old school death metal lovers with a delicious sound.
107. Maleficarum - Together We Summon The Beast
honest black metal.
108. Skeletal Throne - Human Deterioration
they've a very fast classic death/thrash sound, not many bands play this sound today.
109. Napalm Death - Throes Of Joy In The Jaws Of Defeatism
they're still violent but lacking some important elements of ND in exchange for experimentation.
110. Titan To Tachyons - Cactides
a jazz band playing extreme metal (maybe jazz metal?) from NY. A lot of technique and avantgarde.
111. Xazraug - Unsympathetic Empyrean
Colin Marston is the face of avant garde, this album is very dissonnant, violent and antinatural.
112. Heathen - Empire Of The Blind
good thrash metal album but not at the standards of the band.
113. Deftones - Ohms
good album, it has a phantasmagoric ambient and an 80s sound.
114. Finntroll - Vredesvävd
intense, fast and dramatic album. It's metal over folk, as it should be.
115. Kataklysm - Unconquered
a lot of attack and some of american melodic, but they don't present nothing new.
116. Uada - Djinn
this album has frenetic and esoteric songs, but has no epicity for such long songs (artificially extended).
117. Anaal Nathrakh - Endarkenment
continuous perfectionism of their sound, very memorable and brutal.
118. Lik (SWE) - Misanthropic Breed
good and economic old death metal school, with some of Iron Maiden in their solos.
119. Vitam Et Mortem - El Río De La Muerte
modern death metal with a very dark atmosphere and concept.
120. The Ocean - Phanerozoic II: Mesozoic / Cenozoic
sounds the periods of calm and violence in their music but it lacks thematic dynamics
121. DevilDriver - Dealing With Demons I
classic sound of the band, enjoyable with nothing new.
122. Burning Witches - Dance With The Devil
a good manufacturing album, with feeling and punch
123. Necrophobic - Dawn Of The Damned
10!! total devastation of high quality and a lot of passion
124. Enslaved - Utgard
10!! a fine-tuning in their sound, a band that improves over time
125. Benediction - Scriptures
average classic sound
126. No Raza - Transcending Material Sins
Skullcrushing-death-metal with really good groove
127. Spirit Adrift - Enlightened In Eternity
blues-influenced album of really high quality and very organic
128. Hellripper - The Affair Of The Poisons
pure fast and memorable riffs, no more than that
129. Shemhamforash - Entropy
sonic assault with atmospheric elements, violent death/black of high quality
130. Evildead - United $tate$ Of Anarchy
Old school sound with good production, no anger on the vocals.
131. Carcass - Despicable
Carcass no longer innovates, they've decided to continue only with their most successful sound: Heartwork
132. Auðn - Vökudraumsins Fangi
10!! cold and emotional atmosphere with bombastic moments.
133. Gaerea - Limbo
modern black metal with a lot of quality. Has violent moments with ghostly melodies
134. Fates Warning - Long Day Good Night
good but limitated music, more melodic than shredded
135. AC/DC - Power Up
classic sound, excellent vocals, good production, but for non-fans it's just another AC/DC album
136. Mr. Bungle - The Raging Wrath Of The Easter Bunny Demo
a closing disc, funny and potent
137. Draconian - Under A Godless Veil
10!! very deep emotional, a perfected sound.
138. Orbit Culture - Nija
viral music, violent and melodic... they've a mix between death/groove/metalcore (maybe)
139. Dark Tranquillity - Moment
they've their classic sound of this century sound, but no heavy guitars... without passion.
140. Inquisition - Black Mass For A Mass Grave
one of the best black metal albums of the year. Epic, melancholic, sober, glorious, but too long
141. Killer Be Killed - Reluctant Hero
good punch but of standard riffs... their members are in their comfort zones.
142. Cadaver - Edder & Bile
10!! modern and violent death metal album with high production.
143. Sodom - Genesis XIX
Raw, nostalgic and furious album. Similar to Persecution Mania and Agent Orange.
144. Dysphoria - Primal Entropy
ultra technical deathcore with mathcore, brutal, dynamic, fluid and unpredictable album
145. Azarath - Saint Desecration
10!! pure attack! Fluid, dynamic and inspired album. High quality blackened death metal
146. Hatebreed - Weight Of The False Self
delicious but in a comfort zone... they're too old for this young sound
147. Gama Bomb - Sea Savage
enjoyable album, like a sugar-overdose child, honest but without something new
148. Iron Savior - Skycrest
all german power metal production, memorable and energetic album
149. The Advent Equation - Remnants Of Oblivion
focused on composition, it is also a technical and content album
150. Eternal Champion - Ravening Iron
10!! really epic power metal, perfectionized songs. They've an internal motivation to released this music
151. Deeds Of Flesh - Nucleus
A great tribute to Lindmark, good production, very potent sound
152. Convulsif - Extinct
phenomenal creation, an interesting mix between jazz/grind/doom but so actual and condensed.
153. Total Death - Mar De Aguas Amargas
interesting death/doom with crooner vocals, they've some of experimentation like dark cabaret
154. Cryptodira - The Angel Of History
impressive technical-progressive-math album with metamorphic songs
155. Matalobos - The Grand Splendour Of Death
doom/death with melodic and depressive ambient, epic album, they've a good evolution
156. Injector - Hunt Of The Rawhead
high quality thrash metal, devastating and dynamic album.
157. Edenic Past - Red Amarcord
another creation of Colin Marston, very original, technical and brutal with a lot of variations like free jazz
158. Fawn Limbs - Sleeper Vessels
some new original extreme music, this is next step of math, very brutal, complex and attractive
159. Isengard - Vårjevndøgn
excellent concept, enjoyable, Fenriz's principles declaration, very honest and personal
160. Folterkammer - Die Lederpredigt
modern black metal with a soprano singer, an avantgarde idea, from actual revolutionary Mecca of metal: NY
161. Amiensus - Abreaction
variated black metal, good production with development, made a good mix with shoegaze
162. Necromind - Necromind
ultra cavernous brutal death, a solid band with different ways to do their sound
163. Akhlys - Melinoë
presents an awesome dark ambient with good production, it sounds really malicious and terrifier
164. Gardenjia - Egosvm
versatile dissonant album, create dark sensations with their own idea and high quality
165. Black Curse - Endless Wound
10!! pure darkness and massacre, a debut without fear, presents spectral and cavernous elements
166. Aetherevm - The Beauty Of Chaos
impressive debut, melancholic and introspective with good presentation and personality
167. Ehnahre - The Scrape Of A Keel (Drones And Improvisations)
pure improvisation that generates avantgarde, real experimental metal not concrete music
168. Greg Puciato - Child Soldier: Creator Of God
captures all his imagination of all their projects, his voice mixes well with different genres, strong and eclectic proposal
169. Inferna - Ad Lux Interitus
black metal of high quality with slow melodies and dynamics near to darkwave, makes an original sound.
170. Leñadores¡ - Fortem Fvtvrvm
hardcore from their own vision, with some of technical, melacholic and young sounds
171. Pestilength - Congruence Of The Ends
[Split w/ Reverence To Paroxysm] P presents a doom/ambient sound, RTP presents an ominous sound with a deep guttural voice, both sides presents a heavy and dense ambient music, very modern and unconventional.
172. Havukruunu - Uinuos Syömein Sota
10!! triumphant and epic sound, a good idea made art, excellent instruments presented.
173. Liturgy - Origin Of The Alimonies
different music, Rock in Opposition with Black Metal fusion, its development is very instrumental, this album breaks frontiers.
174. Opposite Devotion - Hesperus Phosphorus
great black metal, variated album with good technique, shows some death metal elements, their music have a lot of projection.
175. Omegavortex - Black Abomination Spawn
this is a violent exorcism... a lot of force, good riffs, primitive and wild vocals, brutal black/death
176. Tulkas - The Beginning Of The End
more progressive than others bands called like that, potent riffs, good rhythm changes, next step of furious thrash.
177. Luna's Call - Void
majestic album, really progressive (in its original sense) death metal, they have attack with a lot elements (almost orchestral), an idea taken further.
178. Ensamhet - Fields Of Dark
doom death metal for specific fans, long songs with a lot of levels, good use of keyboards, with fast moments changing the dynamics, atractive sounds.

Disclaimer: All top lists are unofficial and do not represent the point of view of the MS Staff.
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