Episode 431: 2020 Year End Lists – Part 2

Our 20 Favorite Albums of One of Our Least Favorite Years

This is it!  It is finally the end of 2020, and at the 11th hour, we are sharing our Top 20 albums fo the year.  Why did we wait so long? Mostly because Brian forgot to post it days ago.  But also because we wanted to go out with a bang?  Sure…let’s go with that….

Happy New Year everybody!  Here’s to a better year in 2021!
And remember – Be responsible. Stay healthy. Stay Metal.


1. Black Crown Initiate – ​Violent Portraits Of Doomed Escape
2. Great American Ghost – ​Power Through Terror
3. Deftones – ​Ohms
4. Werewolves – ​The Dead Are Screaming
5. Within The Ruins – ​Black Heart
6. Spirit Adrift – ​Enlightened in Eternity
7. Xenobiotic – ​Mordrake
8. Orbit Culture – ​Nija
9. Killer Be Killed – Reluctant Hero
10. Wake – ​Devouring Ruin
11. End – ​Splinters from an Ever-Changing Face
12. Intronaut – Fluid Existential Inversions
13. Pallbearer – Forgotten Days
14. TIE: Chaos Divine – ​Legacies & Caligula’s Horse – Rise Radiant
16. WVRM – ​Colony Collapse
17. Protest the Hero – ​Palimpsest
18. The Ocean Collective – ​Phanerozoic II: Mesozoic | Cenozoic
19. Fires in the Distance – ​Echoes From Deep November
20. Paradise Lost – ​Obsidian

One comment

  1. Great list, guys. I certainly can’t argue with any of it, and BCI is a great pick for number 1. Even though we only had a little overlap, if I made a top 20 instead of a top 10 then a lot of your list would fall in my numbers 11 through 20, such as Deftones, The Ocean, Xenobiotic, Caligula’s Horse, Pallbearer, and Protest the Hero. And there’s several other albums on your list that interest me that I simply didn’t get around to listening to, probably due to the fact that in 2020 I listened to some things that were only “metal adjacent”, such as a number of prog bands. Even Nightwish has to be considered metal adjacent at this point in their career.

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