Mostly-metal's favorites 2020

Slowly but surely, 2020 comes to an end... Even though this year had its very own challenges for each of us, musically seen it was great due to the incredible amount of high-quality albums in an outstanding variety. I discovered many musical gems because of inspiring discussions and recommendations by like-minded metalheads (I hope you know who you are, in case you read this ;-) Thanks for sharing, it means a lot! 

Here's a selection of 25 albums that caught me over the past months, for different reasons, but all became part of my very special soundtrack this year, and are highly recommended. Welcome to check them out, maybe you find something for your listening pleasure you missed so far. 

There's always a direct link to Bandcamp or a Linktree, and in case I wrote a review, you can read it by clicking on the cover artwork. 

Have fun \m/ 

Review: NOVENA - Eleventh Hour

NOVENA

Eleventh Hour

UK

6 March 2020

My album of the year 2020. What an incredible masterpiece... 

Linktree 


Review: PYRAMID THEOREM - Beyond the Exosphere

PYRAMID THEOREM

Beyond the Exosphere

Canada

21 August 2020

Mesmerizing progmetal from Canada, take a seat and enjoy the ride Beyond the Exosphere 

Bandcamp


Review: PAUL WARDINGHAM - Day Zero: Rise of the Horde

PAUL WARDINGHAM

Day Zero: Rise of the Horde

Australia

8 July 2020

Instrumental cyber metal, with a "Mad Max meets Resident Evil" inspired story

Bandcamp


Review: JESTER'S TEARS - Perception

JESTER'S TEARS

Perception

Germany

31 October 2020

Passionate prog / powermetal with symphonic elements, great melodies and varied songwriting

Bandcamp


Review: LUNA'S CALL - Void

LUNA'S CALL

Void

UK

28 August 2020

From progrock to death metal and back. Jump on this amazing musical trip through space

Bandcamp


Review: THE RETICENT - The Oubliette

THE RETICENT

The Oubliette

USA

25 September 2020

An expressive, progressive concept album about a man suffering with Alzheimer's Disease

Bandcamp


Review: VULKAN - Technatura

VULKAN

Technatura

Sweden

8 May 2020

Swedish heavy progrock with beautiful melodies, great rhythmic, and thoughtful lyrics

Bandcamp


Review: MEMORIES OF OLD - The Zeramin Game

MEMORIES OF OLD

The Zeramin Game

UK

18 September 2020

Fantasy Fan? Dive into this colourful, symphonic journey across the universe to a land called XIA

Bandcamp


HAKEN - Virus

HAKEN

Virus

UK

24 July 2020

Another highlight for prog-lovers this year. Was highly anticipated, but worth the wait. Excellent!

Linktree


Review: AETHER REALM - Redneck Vikings from Hell

AETHER REALM

Redneck Vikings from Hell

USA 

1 May 2020

If you like your metal with expressive vocals, varied songwriting, and a pinch of Viking Madness

Bandcamp


MORS PRINCIPIUM EST - Seven

MORS PRINCIPIUM EST

Seven

Finland / UK

23 October 2020

Epic mix of heavy riffs, high-tempo rhythms, mesmerizing guitar solos, and great orchestral arrangements

Linktree


Review: DEFECTO - Duality

DEFECTO

Duality

Denmark

23 October 2020

The Danish quartet dives into the duality of life, with powerful vocals and impressive guitar work 

Bandcamp


Review: SACRED OUTCRY - Damned for all Time

SACRED OUTCRY

Damned for all Time

Greece

25 September 2020

Great debut album by this powermetal quintet from Greece, 22 years after their formation

Bandcamp


CRYPTEX - Once Upon A Time

CRYPTEX

Once upon a time

Germany

8 May 2020

The German trio was another amazing discovery for me. Prog-lovers should give them a listen

Bandcamp


WARTOOTH - Programmed Dichotomy

WARTOOTH

Programmed Dichotomy

Australia

9 April 2020

Full thrash attack from Australia. Only advice: Crank it up!!!

Bandcamp


DAUGHTER CHAOS - Daughter Chaos (EP)

DAUGHTER CHAOS

Daughter Chaos (EP)

USA

9 October 2020

Ripping melodic death metal with fantastic guitar playing, that stands out on this great debut EP

Bandcamp


THOUGHTS FACTORY - Elements

THOUGHTS FACTORY

Elements

Germany

24 January 2020

An amazing musical journey through the elements of humankind's coexistence and the obstacles of affection

Bandcamp


SCARDUST

Strangers

Israel

30 October 2020

Symphonic progmetal from Israel, with beautiful melodies, great harmonies, and impressive instrumental parts

Bandcamp 


COUNTLESS SKIES - Glow (2020) - UK

COUNTLESS SKIES

Glow

UK

6 November 2020

Caught my attention with this stunning cover artwork, and the music turned out to be great as well

Bandcamp


MYTH OF I - Myth of I Review

MYTH OF I

Myth of I

USA

10 April 2020

Instrumental progressive (tech-death) metal, recommended for fans of sophisticated guitar playing

Bandcamp


AEOLIAN - The Negationist (2020) Spain

AEOLIAN

The Negationist

Spain

20 November 2020

Here's another beauty, offering epic melodic black / death metal with an important message

Bandcamp


DGM - Tragic Separation (2020) - Italy

DGM

Tragic Separation

Italy

9 October 2020

Their new album is about life and the paths we can go down between the choices we make

Linktree


MANTICORA - To Live to Kill to Live

MANTICORA

To Live to Kill to Live

Denmark 

28 August 2020

Second part of their concept double-album (part1 was released in 2018), with an expressive mix of styles

Bandcamp


Review: BLOODWITCH - Tell your God to Ready for Blood

BLOODWITCH

Tell your God to Ready for Blood

USA

29 May 2020

Familiar with Kilgore and their singer Jay Berndt? Here's some new heavy Rock'n Roll with him

Bandcamp

 

OCTAVISION - Coexist Review

OCTAVISION

Coexist

USA

29 December 2020

A bit late to the party, but this is too good to leave it aside. Excellent progmetal debut

Bandcamp



Thanks for following my picks till the end :-) Feel free to spread the word, if you liked it. 

What have been some of your favorites this year? Looking forward to the eoty discoveries shared on Twitter and Insta. 

Take care, and rock on \m/