Metal Anarchy’s Top Albums Of 2020

I have put together a list of my top 15 albums of 2020. You can check that out below. This is just for fun and I know I probably left out some of your favorites, but these are all the albums that I enjoyed the most this year:

15. AC/DC – “Power Up”

“Power Up” has everything one would expect from an AC/DC album. The record contains nothing but the kind of high octane rock and roll that the legendary group are known for. Some highlights from this one include “Demon Fire,” “Through The Mists Of Time,” and “Kick You When You’re Down.”

14. The Amity Affliction – “Everyone Loves You… Once You Leave Them”

“Everyone Loves You… Once You Leave Them” finds The Amity Affliction returning to their heavier roots. The effort still has its poppier elements, but it is much closer to the sound that fans want to hear from the band. Some highlights from this one include “All My Friends Are Dead,” “Soak Me In Bleach,” and “Baltimore Rain.”

13. Deftones – “Ohms”

Deftones’ latest album “Ohms” contains some of their best material to date. The record features heavy and cathartic tracks that are on display within a soundscape that seems to draw on all of the band’s influences. Some highlights from this one include the title track, “This Link Is Dead,” and “The Spell Of Mathematics.”

12. Killer Be Killed – “Reluctant Hero”

Ever since Killer Be Killed (Mastodon, Soulfly, The Dillinger Escape Plan, etc.) entered the scene with their self-titled album in 2014, fans have be clamoring for more music and they finally got it in the form of “Reluctant Hero.” The effort took the sound that worked on their first record and refined it to create something that managed to exceed everyone’s expectations. Highlights from this one include “From A Crowded Wound,” “Left Of Center,” and “Dead Limbs.”

11. The Bombpops – “Death In Venice Beach”

If you’re a fan of pop punk, then The Bombpops’ “Death In Venice Beach” is a must have. The album is chock full of contagious, high energy music that is topped off with dark lyrical content. Some highlights from this one include “Double Arrows Down,” “Blood Pact,” and “Zero Remorse.”

10. Green Day – “Father Of All Motherfuckers”

Green Day’s “Father Of All Motherfuckers” is different than what fans might have expected from the band, but in retrospect it ended being the kind of carefree album everyone needed in a year like 2020. The music is extremely catchy with an old-school rock vibe that just makes you want to move and sing along. Some highlights from this one include “Oh Yeah!,” “Stab You In The Heart,” and “Fire, Ready, Aim.”

09. Seether – “Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum”

“Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum” is Seether at their best. The record is heavy and anthemic with the kind of amazing lyrics that one would expect from the band. Some highlights from this one include “Beg,” “Bruised and Bloodied,” and “Buried In the Sand.”

08. Ozzy Osbourne – “Ordinary Man”

Ozzy Osbourne had to overcame numerous health issues to release his latest album “Ordinary Man,” but the Prince Of Darkness pulled it off and proved that he is as great as ever. The record maintains the classic feel of the frontman’s previous work while adding a more modern flair that’s bolstered by a star-studded cast of musicians. Highlights from this one include “Under The Graveyard,” “Scary Little Green Men,” and “Straight To Hell.”

07. Code Orange – “Underneath”

Code Orange are continuing to make waves in the metal community with their latest album “Underneath.” The effort builds on the success of “Forever” with industrial and electronic infused hardcore that keeps you mesmerized as you head down a chaotic, horror tinged path. Some highlights from this one include “Swallowing The Rabbit Whole,” “Sulfur Surrounding,” and “Last Ones Left.”

06. The Black Dahlia Murder – “Verminous”

The Black Dahlia Murder never disappoint and “Verminous” is no exception. The album is nothing but brutal, contagious, melodic death metal that you can’t help but blast at ear shattering volumes. Some highlights from this one include the title track, “Sunless Empire,” and “The Wereworm’s Feast.”

05. Poppy – “I Disagree”

With “I Disagree”, Poppy moved even further away from bubblegum pop into the metal territory. The diverse album combines elements of industrial and nu metal with elements of pop and EDM to create a post-genre record filled with compelling tracks. Some highlights from this one include the title track, “Concrete,” and “Bloodmoney.”

04. Lamb Of God – “Lamb Of God”

Lamb Of God’s self-titled album is pure, unadulterated metal from a band that have been killing it for nearly three decades. It’s full of the kind of pummeling tracks that one would expect from the group and it is definitely worthy of the name “Lamb Of God.” Some highlights from this one include “Reality Bath,” “Resurrection Man,” and “On The Hook.”

03. Trivium – “What The Dead Men Say”

Trivium’s “What The Dead Men Say” feels like a culmination of all their past work and it shows why the band continue stay on top of the metal world. The effort is full of heavy tracks with big choruses that keep you rocking the whole way through. Some highlights from this one include “Catastrophist,” “Bleed Into Me,” and “Scattering The Ashes.”

02. Bring Me The Horizon – “Post Human: Survival Horror”

Bring Me The Horizon’s latest release “Post Human: Survival Horror” finds the band returning to heavier music, while still continuing to evolve. The record is infectious from beginning to end and the collaborations with Amy Lee (Evanescence), BABYMETAL, Yungblud, and Nova Twins make it even better. Some highlights from this one include “Kingslayer,” “Teardrops,” and “Obey.”

01. Corey Taylor – “CMFT”

Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor officially stepped out on his own this year with the release of “CMFT.” The album has a fun party vibe and it runs the gamut from rock to country to punk to hip-hop, making it so there’s a little something for everyone. Some highlights from this one include “HWY 666,” “Culture Head,” and “CMFT Must Be Stopped.”

The Bombpops Premiere “Double Arrows Down” Music Video

The Bombpops have premiered a new video for their new song “Double Arrows Down” via AltPress. This track is from the band’s new album “Death In Venice Beach,” which will be released on March 13. Poli Van Dam commented:

“‘Double Arrows Down’” is a song I had wanted to write for a while, but it’s always been so difficult to really face it and hit the nail on the head. Diabetes is a frustrating, relentless disease. I hope fellow diabetics or anybody going through a rough circumstance can relate. We all want to give up sometimes, and I think that’s OK to admit.”

The Bombpops Premiere “Notre Dame” Music Video

The Bombpops have premiered a new video for their new song “Notre Dame.” This track is from the band’s new album “Death In Venice Beach,” which will be released on March 13.

Jen Razavi said the following about the song:

“I’ve always loved the idea of souls being here together in past lives and the notion that space and time have never really mattered. I saw Notre Dame in flames on the news and immediately sat down to write a song. It was the exact imagery I needed to convey a theme I had been exploring about knowing someone so deeply before ever meeting them. A centuries-old cathedral in flames became a perfect representation.”

Poli van Dam also added the following about the record:

“I want people to feel this dark, uneasy feeling. I went to rehab right when we were finalizing the mixes and stuff, and so listening back to the songs when I was in rehab, I’m like, ‘Oh shit, I was going through some stuff without even realizing how dark everything was and how shitty of a place I was in.”

“Death In Venice Beach” Track Listing:

01. “Dearly Departed”
02. “Double Arrows Down”
03. “Zero Remorse”
04. “Notre Dame”
05. “Sad to Me”
06. “Can’t Come Clean”
07. “Blood Pact”
08. “In the Doghouse”
09. “13 Stories Down”
10. “Radio Silence”
11. “House on Fire”
12. “Southbound Stranger”

Tour Dates:

With Tightwire & Billy Liar:

03/19 Minneapolis, MN – 7th St Entry
03/20 Madison, WI – Barley Pop Live
03/21 Chicago, IL – Reggie’s
03/22 Cleveland, OH – Beachland
03/24 Detroit, MI – Loving Touch
03/25 London, ON – Call The Office
03/26 Toronto, ON – Bovine Sex Club
03/27 Montreal, QC – Turbo Haus

With MakeWar & Pass Away:

03/28 Boston, MA – Hong Kong
03/29 Asbury Park, NJ – AP Brewery
03/30 Norfolk, VA – The Taphouse
03/31 Baltimore, MD – Sidebar
04/01 Altoona, PA – McGarvey’s
04/02 Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Neck Tie
04/03 Pittsburgh, PA – Smiling Moose
04/04 Brooklyn, NY – Saint Vitus

Jawbreaker, Less Than Jake, Iron Reagan, Light This City, Etc. To Perform At Fest 18

The initial lineup has been revealed for the 18th annual Fest. The event will take place in Gainesville, FL on November 1–3 and it will feature over 300 bands across 18 different venues. Three-day passes are available HERE. One dollar from every pass sold will benefit Grace MarketPlace. The Fest is also partnering with We Are Neutral to help offset their carbon footprint.

Here’s the lineup:

Jawbreaker
Less Than Jake
Jawbox
DAG NASTY
Mariachi El Bronx
Off With Their Heads
AJJ
Iron Reagan
Joyce Manor
Teenage Bottlerocket
Planes Mistaken For Stars
Screaming Females
No Trigger
The Copyrights
Audio Karate
Kepi Ghoulie
Tsunami Bomb
Brendan Kelly
Tim Barry
Gouge Away
Dikembe
Spanish Love Songs
Lone Wolf (Netherlands)
Timeshares
Slingshot Dakota
Signals Midwest
Dead Bars
Heartsounds
Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires
Dollar Signs
Go Betty Go
Tightwire
Graf Orlock
Wolf-Face
Shehehe
Save Ends
Coffee Project
Jason Guy Smiley
The Bombpops
Kill Lincoln
Worlds Scariest Police Chases
After The Fall
City Mouse
Astpai (Austria)
DFMK (Mexico)
Catbite
The Run Up (UK)
Billy Liar (Full Band)
Forever Unclean (Denmark)
Uberyou (Switzerland)
Teenage Bubblegums (Italy)
Greg Laraigné (UK)
Good Friend (UK)
Chloe Hawes (UK)
Captain Asshole (Germany)
Hell & Back (Germany)
Sorry! We Are Silly (Italy)
The Lippies
Holy Pinto (UK)
Light This City
Wilderness Dreams
Vacancy
Attagirl
Woolbright
Calicoco
Hit Like A Girl
Harmony Woods
Nervous Dater
Oceanator
Postage
FRESH (UK)
Stanis (Italy)
Eat Defeat (UK)
Werecats (UK)
S.M.N. (JAPAN)
No Sugar (Germany)
GUERILLA POUBELLE (FRANCE)
Milk Teeth (UK)
Nervus (UK)
Demons (USA)

Incubus, Blink-182, Bullet For My Valentine, Underoath, Etc. Set For 2018 Riot Fest

The initial lineup has been revealed for the 2018 Riot Fest in Chicago, IL. The event will take place on September 14-16 at Douglas Park, and it will include: Blink-182, Beck, Elvis Costello & The Imposters, Incubus, Young The Giant, Interpol, Blondie, Alkaline Trio, Father John Misty, Jerry Lee Lewis, Dropkick Murphys, Bleachers, Atmosphere, Flogging Molly, Cypress Hill, Bad Religion, Underoath, Matt And Kim, The Jesus Lizard, Sum 41, The Voidz, The Front Bottoms, Twin Peaks, K.Flay, Suicidal Tendencies, Bullet For My Valentine, Clutch, The Wonder Years, Digable Planets, Liz Phair, Cat power, Gary Numan, Killing Joke, Hot Snakes, Wolfmother, Moose Blood, SWMRS, Johnny Marr, Superchunk, JD McPherson, Reignwolf, Lagwagon, Pussy Riot, Fear, Andrew W.K., Gwar, The Aquabats, Hobo Johnson & The Lovemakers, Face To Face, The Exploited, The Bouncing Souls, Dillinger Four, Conflict, Piebald, Adolescents, The Avengers, Cobra Skulls, Health, Calpurnia, Kevin Devine, The Frights, The Districts, Arkells, The Audition, Spitalfield, Flor, Speet Ortiz, Bully, Lower Class Crats, Total Chaos, The Fever 333, Direct Hit!, Mom Jeans, Mannequin Pussy, Pronoun, Beach Goons, The Bombpops, Badflower, Save Face, Super Whatevr, Beach Bunny, No Small Children, and Hellzapoppin Circus Sideshow Revue.