Jan 052021


Unless I’m forgetting something (always a possibility) it’s time to wrap up our 2020 LISTMANIA series.

As in years past we posted an extensive series of lists. As usual, some of them were re-postings of lists that appeared at “big platform” web sites and print magazines, and others were prepared by our own stable of race-horse writers. But once again we had a large group of lists from invited band members and other guests. Plus, we’ve again received valuable, extensive lists in reader comments on THIS POST (new lists can still be added there).

In this article I’m setting forth links to all of the 2020 year-end lists that we published, divided into categories and listed within each category in the order of their appearance. For people who are looking for the best metal that 2020 had to offer, these lists and our readers’ lists provide a tremendous resource, as they have in past years.

Heart-felt thanks again to everyone who contributed to 2020 LISTMANIA and to everyone who made time to read what we pulled together. A lot of people put a lot of effort into this series, as we do every year, but I can tell from the page views that it means something to fans of heavy music, and so we’ll continue doing it.

P.S. We have one kind of 2020 list that is still rolling on, day-by-day — my own list of the year’s Most Infectious Extreme Metal Songs. If you want another way to re-engage with the metal of 2020 and perhaps still make some new discoveries, hopefully you’ll find that a fun way to do it. You can see where that stands by following this link.

P.P.S. In this year’s series you may have noticed a few departures from past years: Unlike in previous years, we didn’t publish lists by Austin Lunn (Panopticon) or Semjaza (Thy Darkened Shade), but we will have some other contributions from both of them in the not-too-distant future; I can’t say much about that at this point, but they will help fill the void.  I forgot to share the year-end metal list by Bandcamp Daily, but you can find that here. And I didn’t share lists from Rolling Stone magazine or Pitchfork, because (as explained here) they didn’t publish any.



Andy Synn (The EPs)
Andy Synn (The Disappointing)
Andy Synn (The Good)
Andy Synn (The Great)
Andy Synn (The Critical Top 10)
Andy Synn (The Personal Top 10)

DGR (Part 1)
DGR (Part 2)
DGR (Part 3)
DGR (Part 4)
DGR (Part 5)

Wil Cifer
Todd Manning
Professor D. Grover the XIIIth (Part 1)
Professor D. Grover the XIIIth (Part 2)
Gonzo (Part 1)
Gonzo (Part 2)
Karina Noctum
Joseph Schafer (aka BadWolf)



Neill Jameson (Krieg, Poison Blood) – Part 1
Neill Jameson (Krieg, Poison Blood) – Part 2
Neill Jameson (Krieg, Poison Blood) – Part 3
Neill Jameson (Krieg, Poison Blood) – Part 4
Neill Jameson (Krieg, Poison Blood) – Part 5
Seb Painchaud (Tumbleweed Dealer)
Johan Huldtgren (Obitus)



To the Teeth (A List of Lists)




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