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)

Cover Blood Sport


Blood Star – The Fear (EP)

Cover Blood Star


Century – Demo MMXX (Demo)

Cover Century


Cirith Ungol – Forever Black

Cover Cirith Ungol


Coltre – Under the Influence (EP)

Cover Coltre


Commando – Rites of Damnation (EP)

Cover Commando


Eternal Champion – Ravening Iron

Cover Eternal Champion


Fer de Lance – Colossus (EP)

Cover Fer de Lance


Hrom – Legends of Powerheart: Part II

Cover Hrom


Knight & Gallow – Men of the West (EP)

Cover Knight Gallow


Megaton Sword – Blood Hails Steel – Steel Hails Fire

Cover Megaton Sword


Meurtrières – Meurtrières (EP)

Cover Meurtrieres


Midnight Dice – Hypnotized (EP)

Cover Midnight Dice


Mindless Sinner – Poltergeist

Cover Mindles Sinner


Molten Chains – Torment Enshrined

Cover Molten Chains


Possessed Steel – Aedris

Cover Possessed Steel


Soulcaster – Maelstrom of Death and Steel (EP)

Cover Soulcaster


Traveler – Termination Shock

Cover Traveler


Wysdom Given – Into the Night (EP)


Wytch Hazel – III: Pentecost

Cover Wytch Hazel


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