The best Black Metal albums, EPs and demos of 2020

Best of the Beast 2020 Black Metal

Admittedly, I once again took my time for my annual highlight lists. One reason for this certainly is that there were a hell of a lot of releases in 2020, after initial hesitation and various release postponements. Despite, or perhaps because of, the pandemic and the restrictions that come with it. Many artists use the time to write new songs and bring them to the people as quickly as possible – sometimes simply to survive financially. This led to a comparatively very high proportion of EPs, singles and demos in 2020.

So this year I don’t just include albums in my annual lists, but also EPs and demos. And I think I’ll keep it that way in the future. Unfortunately I have to pass on adding additional writing about every release this time. So let’s let the music speak for itself

Here are my 15 Black Metal highlights of 2020 in alphabetical order:


Curse – The Awakening​.​.. ​and the Old (EP)

Cover Curse


Dark Fortress – Spectres from the Old World

Cover Dark Fortress

Auf YouTube in den Song “The Spider In The Web” von DARK FORTRESS reinhören


The Gauntlet – War and Guilt (EP)

Cover The Gauntled


Grafjammer – De Zoute Kwel

Cover Grafjammer


Havukruunu – Uinuos Syömein Sota

Cover Havukruunu


Hjelvik – Welcome To Hel

Cover Hjelvik


Markgraf – Markgraf

Cover Markgraf


Moldé Volhal – Into the Cave of Ordeals​.​.​. (EP)

Cover Molde Volhal Into the Cave of Ordeals


Mystras – Castles Conquered and Reclaimed

Cover Mystras


Skeleton – Skeleton

Cover Skeleton


The Spirit – Cosmic Terror

Cover The Spirit


Stormkeep – Galdrum (EP)

Cover Stormkeep


Tulus – Old Old Death

Cover Tulus


Uprising – II

Cover Uprising


Winterfylleth – The Reckoning Dawn

Cover Winterfylleth


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