Metacritic Aggregate: 2020 New Music: Metal

Notes

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Sub-Lists

Some breakdowns by genre:

Ranking

  1. Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs: Viscerals (Rocket) {12}: AD:*, ClR:*, DIY:*, GTV:*, Gw:*, LQ:*, MO:*, Q:*, RC:*, Sk:*, U:*, UR:* -- A:77/13, M:80/13
  2. Code Orange: Underneath (Roadrunner) {11}: Cl:*, CS:*, G:*, I:*, K:*, Ne:*, NME:*, NR:*, Q:*, Sg:+, Ups:* -- A:85/11
  3. Ozzy Osbourne: Ordinary Man (Epic) {11}: AD:*, AM:*, BB:+, ClR:*, Gl:*, K:*, NME:*, Sp:*, U:*, V:*, YF:* -- A:77/13, M:78/12
  4. Poppy: I Disagree (Sumerian) {8}: AM:*, DIY:*, Gw:*, K:*, MO:*, Ne:*, NME:*, Qt:* -- A:71/17
  5. Hum: Inlet (Earth Analog) {6}: Bc:*, BPM:*, NT:*, P:*, SC:*, Spk:* -- A:82/5
  6. Kvelertak: Splid (Rise) {6}: AM:*, CS:*, Ex:*, K:*, P:*, Q:* -- A:82/7
  7. Paradise Lost: Obsidian (Nuclear Blast) {6}: AD:*, ClR:*, CS:*, K:*, Qt:*, Spk:* -- A:86/6
  8. Elder: Omens (Stickman) {5}: ClR:*, Ex:*, Qt:*, Spk:*, UR:* -- A:81/2, M:84/5
  9. The Ghost Inside: The Ghost Inside (Epitaph) {4}: -- Ex:*, K:*, NME:*, Ups:*
  10. Lamb of God: Lamb of God (Epic) {4}: AM:*, CS:*, K:*, NME:* -- A:78/10, M:81/7
  11. Metallica/San Francisco Symphony: S&M2 (Blackened) {4}: ClR:*, CS:*, K:*, Mj:* -- A:82/7, M:85/6
  12. Napalm Death: Throes of Joy in the Jaws of Defeatism (Century Media) {4}: ClR:*, CS:*, Ex:*, PM:* -- A:85/7
  13. Sepultura: Quadra (Nuclear Blast) {4}: AD:*, AM:*, Ex:*, W:* -- A:76/6
  14. Testament: Titans of Creation (Nuclear Blast) {4}: ClR:*, Ex:*, K:*, Pn:* -- A:76/5, M:83/5
  15. Uniform: Shame (Sacred Bones) {4}: Ex:*, K:*, LQ:*, MO:* -- A:77/8, M:79/5
  16. Higher Power: 27 Miles Under Water (Roadrunner) {3}: K:*, Sg:+, Ups:* -- A:77/3
  17. Katatonia: City Burials (Peaceville) {3}: AM:*, Ex:*, Spk:* -- A:82/6
  18. Nightwish: Human. :II: Nature. (Nuclear Blast) {3}: AD:*, ClR:*, Sp:* -- A:70/3, M:66/4
  19. Oranssi Pazuzu: Mestarin Kynsi (Nuclear Blast) {3}: Bc:*, K:*, SC:* -- A:76/5
  20. The Black Dahlia Murder: Verminous (Metal Blade) {2}: AM:*, Ex:* -- A:83/4
  21. Boris: No (Sargent House) {2}: -- Ne:*, SC:*
  22. Bury Tomorrow: Cannibal (Sony) {2}: AM:*, Ups:*
  23. Havok: V (Century Media) {2}: Ex:*, MH:*
  24. Heathen: Empire of the Blind (Nuclear Blast) {2}: ClR:*, K:* -- A:77/3
  25. Imperial Triumphant: Alphaville (Century Media) {2}: Ex:*, Ne:* -- A:87/3
  26. Intronaut: Fluid Existential Inversions (Metal Blade) {2}: Ex:*, Spk:* -- A:88/3
  27. Leeched: To Dull the Blades of Your Abuse (Prosthetic) {2}: K:*, Spk:* -- A:88/2
  28. Loathe: I Let It in and It Took Everything (SharpTone) {2}: K:*, Ups:* -- A:80/2
  29. Midnight: Rebirth by Blasphemy (Metal Blade) {2}: Ex:*, K:* -- A:80/2
  30. My Dying Bride: The Ghost of Orion (Nuclear Blast) {2}: AM:*, K:* -- A:77/3
  31. Pig Destroyer: The Octagonal Stairway (Relapse -EP) {2}: Ex:*, K:* -- A:80/2
  32. Protest the Hero: Palimpsest (Spinefarm) {2}: Ex:*, Spk:* -- A:85/2
  33. Raspberry Bulbs: Before the Age of Mirrors (Relapse) {2}: Dus:*, W:* -- M:78/4
  34. Ulcerate: Stare Into Death and Be Still (Debemur Morti) {2}: Ex:*, Spk:* -- A:90/3
  35. Umbra Vitae: Shadow of Life (Deathwish) {2}: Ex:*, NT:* -- A:84/3
  36. Xibalba: Anos En Infierno (Southern Lord) {2}: Ex:*, Spk:* -- A:76/4
  37. 16: Dream Pusher (Relapse) {1}: Ex:* -- A:80/2
  38. The Amity Affliction: Everyone Loves You . . . Once You Leave Them (Pure Noise) {1}: Ups:* -- A:60/3
  39. Annihilator: Ballistic, Sadistic (Silver Lining Music) {1}: Ex:* -- A:72/3
  40. Atramentus: Stygian (20 Buck Spin) {1}: Ex:* -- A:80/1
  41. August Burns Red: Guardians (Fearless) {1}: Ex:* -- A:75/2
  42. Azusa: Loop of Yesterdays (Solid State) {1}: K:* -- A:75/2
  43. Babymetal: Legend: Metal Galaxy (Amuse) {1}: K:* -- A:80/1
  44. Black Crown Initiate: Violent Portraits of Doomed Escape (Century Media) {1}: Ex:* -- A:75/2
  45. Black Curse: Endless Wound (Sepulchral Voice) {1}: Ex:* -- A:75/2
  46. Black Veil Brides: Re-Stitch These Wounds (Sumerian) {1}: K:* -- A:80/1
  47. Bleed From Within: Fracture (Century Media) {1}: K:* -- A:80/2
  48. Body Count: Carnivore (Century Media) {1}: PO:* -- A:59/5
  49. Carach Angren: Franckensteina Streataeomontanus (Season of Mist) {1}: Ex:* -- A:80/2
  50. Code Orange: Under the Skin (Roadrunner) {1}: K:* -- A:80/2
  51. Cordyceps: Betrayal (Unique Leader) {1}: Ex:* -- A:80/1
  52. Dance Gavin Dance: Afterburner (Rise) {1}: Ups:* -- A:60/2
  53. Dark Fortress: Spectres From the Old World (Century Media) {1}: Sp:* -- A:80/1
  54. Catherine Anne Davies and Bernard Butler: Needle Mythology (09-18) {1}: A:80/1', ''); # +
  55. Delain: Apocalypse & Chill (Napalm) {1}: K:* -- A:80/2
  56. END: Splinters From an Ever-Changing Face (Closed Casket Activities) {1}: K:* -- A:90/2
  57. Ensiferum: Thalassic (Metal Blade) {1}: -- Ex:*
  58. Esoctrilihum: Eternity of Shaog (I Voidhanger) {1}: Bc:* -- A:85/1
  59. Yuri Gagarin: The Outskirts of Reality (Kommun 2/Sound-Effect) {1}: Spk:* -- A:83/2
  60. Garganjua: Toward the Sun (Holy Roar) {1}: K:* -- A:80/1
  61. Godthrymm: Reflections (Profound Lore) {1}: K:* -- A:80/1
  62. Haken: Virus (Inside Out Music) {1}: AM:* -- A:82/3
  63. Igorr: Spirituality and Distortion (Metal Blade) {1}: Ex:* -- A:93/2
  64. Ihsahn: Pharos (Candlelight -EP) {1}: K:* -- A:85/2
  65. Incantation: Sect of Vile Divinities (Relapse) {1}: K:* -- A:80/2
  66. Innards: Back From the Grave, Straight in Your Face (Transcending Obscurity -EP) {1}: Ex:* -- A:80/1
  67. Invocation: Attunement to Death (Iron Bonehead -EP) {1}: Ex:* -- A:80/1
  68. Rafael Anton Irisarri: Peripeteia (05-22) {1}: A:90/1
  69. Irist: Order of the Mind (Nuclear Blast) {1}: K:* -- A:80/1
  70. Kataklysm: Unconquered (Nuclear Blast) {1}: Ex:* -- A:75/2
  71. Lurker of Chalice: Tellurian Slaked Furnace (Nuclear War Now!) {1}: Ex:* -- A:90/1
  72. Misery Signals: Ultraviolet (Basick) {1}: Ex:* -- A:72/3
  73. Mrs Piss: Self-Surgery (Sargent House) {1}: Ex:* -- A:71/4
  74. Neptunian Maximalism: Eons (Voidhanger) {1}: PO:*
  75. The Ocean: Phanerozoic II: Mesozoic/Cenozoic (Metal Blade) {1}: AM:* -- A:75/4
  76. Paysage D'Hiver: Im Wald (Kunsthall) {1}: -- Spk:*
  77. Primitive Man: Immersion (Relapse) {1}: Ex:* -- A:75/2
  78. Psychotic Waltz: The God-Shaped Void (Inside Out Music) {1}: Spk:* -- A:75/2
  79. Ritual Dictates: Give In to Despair (Arttofact) {1}: Ex:* -- A:80/1
  80. Serenity: The Last Knight (Napalm) {1}: Ex:*
  81. Svalbard: When I Die, Will I Get Better? (Translation Loss) {1}: K:* -- A:77/3
  82. Sylosis: Cycle of Suffering (Nuclear Blast) {1}: K:* -- A:80/1
  83. Symbolik: Emergence (Artisan Era) {1}: Ex:* -- A:90/1
  84. Terminal Nation: Holocene Extinction (20 Buck Spin) {1}: Ex:* -- A:80/1
  85. Unleash the Archers: Abyss (Napalm) {1}: Ex:* -- A:75/2
  86. Vader: Solitude in Madness (Nuclear Blast) {1}: Ex:* -- A:80/1