We’re well into the first month of 2020 and whilst we’re all still waiting to get our hands on flying cars and hoverboards that we were promised during the 80s and 90s, we can at least marvel in the incredible amount of new music that modern technology has managed to deliver to us every single week for the last couple of decades.

We’ll be sharing the Best Rock Albums of 2020, the Best Metal Albums of 2020 and even the Best Indie Albums of 2020 in this new monthly series. Don’t expect to find any insane Black Metal in this list or ukulele based music, we will, however, keep it pretty broad. You never know, you might just discover your new favourite band!

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Ozzy Osbourne - Ordinary Man

Poppy - I Disagree

Poppy started her career on YouTube, uploading very strange conceptual video art that featured her talking to skulls and interviewing a plant. Her first 2 records were all-out pop synth style electronica but she’s now decided to enter the world of experimental Heavy Metal and it paid off big time! Although the album is predominantly a Metal record, it also displays elements of ethereal pop and space-age melodies. Poppy describes her music as ‘post-genre’, she doesn’t seem to want to fit into a certain category or be known for one specific genre. Her 3rd studio record, ‘I Disagree’, is truly inspirational in concept and execution. A real contender for Best Album of 2020.

Oberst - Paradise

This is such a rare sound to behold these days. Mainly because of the vast majority of artists that attempt to create it fail miserably. There’s a special talent needed to infuse the raw sound of bands like Fugazi and the Stooges into an album. So many artists have tried to replicate this unpolished musical ethos into their music but it often falls flat. Norwegian outfit Oberst has combined the natural flow of the angst of Fugazi, Bad Brains, Black Flag and the more modern passion of early Thrice, Refused and Pretty Girls Make Graves. Although saying that, Scandinavian musicians seem to be born with the gift of greatness when it comes to writing and producing albums. Paradise is Pretty Girls Make Graves scraping it out with Converge whilst Fugazi sip a beer in the background. Refreshing quality at it’s finest!

Novelists FR - C'est La Vie

Author Bio: AC Speed

Senior Editor

I started my career as a music journalist in 2013 and have been involved in the music industry as a touring musician, studio engineer and artist consultant since 2002, as well as previously being a signed artist. My passion for delivering high quality, informative music-related news is a daily driving force behind the content I create. Also a huge gaming nerd! Born in the United Kingdom and currently living in Sweden. Skål!


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