The best Heavy Metal albums, EPs and demos of 2020

Best of the Beast 2020 Heavy 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 20 Heavy Metal highlights of 2020 in alphabetical order:

Blood Sport – Steel System / Agitator (Demo)

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Blood Star – The Fear (EP)

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Century – Demo MMXX (Demo)

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Cirith Ungol – Forever Black

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Coltre – Under the Influence (EP)

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Commando – Rites of Damnation (EP)

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Eternal Champion – Ravening Iron

Cover Eternal Champion

Fer de Lance – Colossus (EP)

Cover Fer de Lance

Hrom – Legends of Powerheart: Part II

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Knight & Gallow – Men of the West (EP)

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Megaton Sword – Blood Hails Steel – Steel Hails Fire

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Meurtrières – Meurtrières (EP)

Cover Meurtrieres

Midnight Dice – Hypnotized (EP)

Cover Midnight Dice

Mindless Sinner – Poltergeist

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Molten Chains – Torment Enshrined

Cover Molten Chains

Possessed Steel – Aedris

Cover Possessed Steel

Soulcaster – Maelstrom of Death and Steel (EP)

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Traveler – Termination Shock

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Wysdom Given – Into the Night (EP)

Wytch Hazel – III: Pentecost

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