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Death Metal of 2020

Appropriately in a year that saw a pandemic overrunning the world, the roster of death metal releases was impressively strong. Top twenty with descriptions and are more strictly ranked, rest with sub-genres/loosely ranked.
60Trance of the Undead
Chalice of Disease


blackened dm
59Disrupted (SWE)
Pure Death


osdm
58Kombat (TX)
New Dimensions of Pain


osdm, think Bolt Thrower
57Noroth
It Dwells Amongst Us


osdm
56Kurnugia
Forlorn and Forsaken
55Living Gate
Deathlust


osdm
54Necrophiliac
No Living Man is Innocent


osdm
53Ancient Crypts
Inhaling the Fumes of a Burning Carcass


osdm
52Carnation (BE)
Where Death Lies


osdm
51Caustic Vomit
Festering Odes to Deformity


death/doom
50Apparition (USA)
Granular Transformation


osdm
49Left Cross
Prophecy of Conquest


osdm
48Nekrovault
Totenzug: Festering Peregrination


osdm
47Denunciation
California Commando


osdm
46Molder
Vanished Cadavers


osdm
45Cemetery Filth
Dominion


osdm
44Question
Reflections of the Void


osdm/cosmic shit
43200 Stab Wounds
Piles of Festering Decomposition


osdm/brutal dm
42Hyperdontia
Excreted From The Flesh


osdm
41Deconsecration
Demo 2020


osdm
40Cryptworm
Reeking Guck of Abhorrence


osdm
39Kommand (USA-CA)
Terrorscape


osdm, think Bolt Thrower
38Cerebral Rot
Spewing Purulence


osdm
37Necrot
Mortal


osdm
36Bloodsoaked Necrovoid
Expelled into the Unknown Depths...


death/doom
35Church of Disgust
Consumed by Slow Putrefaction


death/doom
34Obscene (USA-IN)
The Inhabitable Dark


osdm, vocalist sounds like he's being burned alive
33Innumerable Forms
Despotic Rule


osdm
32Visceral Mass
Visceral Mass


osdm/brutal dm
31Torture Tomb
Killing to See How It Feels


osdm
30Skelethal
Unveiling the Threshold


osdm, also best album art of the year for my money...
29Disembowel (USA-OR)
Echoes of Terror


osdm
28Warp Chamber
Implements of Excruciation


osdm
27Skeletal Remains
The Entombment of Chaos


osdm
26Seep
Souvenirs of a Necrosadist


death/doom
25Sadistic Drive
Anthropophagy


osdm
24Caustic Wound
Death Posture


death/grind
23Shards of Humanity
Cold Logic


death/thrash
22Ulthar
Providence


black/death
21Schizophrenia
Voices


death/thrash
20Draghkar
At The Crossroads of Infinity


Blackened death metal with melodic touch that has some leans to Arghoslent or Grand Belials Key. Their EPs released before this are also very much worth the time.
19Evulse
Pustulant Spawn


Boiling, caustic shit from the depths of the sewers. Need a full length from these guys.
18Clairvoyance
Demo


Filthy demo from yet another band to watch out for.
17Cosmic Putrefaction
The Horizons Towards Which Splendour Withers


More of that spacey void shit that has been taking the dm world by storm as of late. Idk how one man pulled this off, but it's damn good.
16Tzun Tzu
The Forbidden City


Another band that has been around for awhile and received little attention. Lower end is pounding and technical riffs with some leans to bands like Cryptopsy.
15Mortal Wound/Gutless
Gutless / Mortal Wound Split


Favourite split of the year from two of the best up-and-comers in the scene. Both ends are terrific, but Gutless' side stands out in particular.
14Black Curse
Endless Wound


Holy shit the vocals. Fucking madhouse.
13Obsecration
Onwards the Mystic Paths of the Dead


Band has been around a long time, but this may be their most standout release of them all. Lots and lots of riffs.
12Intellect Devourer
Demons of the Skull


This has members of StarGazer. If that doesn't pique your interest, listen to StarGazer and get back to me. Definitely more straightforward than the aforementioned band, but certainly comparable in quality.
11VoidCeremony
Entropic Reflections Continuum: Dimensional...


Some of the best old school tech death worship to come out in some time. Bass work is absolutely nuts.
10Proscription
Conduit


Blackened blend of Immolation and Adversarial that will undoubtedly kick your ass.
9Imperial Savagery
Lashing the Feral Swine


A criminally underrated band here and elsewhere. Raging vocals and furious riffing aplenty.
8Undergang
Aldrig i livet


Quite possibly their best release since their debut. Still the same crunchy, filthy aesthetic, but adding a few more esoteric aspects here and there.
7Defeated Sanity
The Sanguinary Impetus


The best brutal dm band continues being the best brutal dm band. Songwriting is tighter than the asshole of a tick.
6Had
Had


My favourite EP/demo of the year. Blends elements of several of the best bands in the scene such as Dead Congregation and Hyperdontia into their own brand of spiralling, rolling goodness.
5Faceless Burial
Speciation


Chunky as fuck. Get all of their other releases as well if you haven't, you won't be disappointed.
4Gorephilia
In The Eye Of Nothing


This is the album Morbid Angel should've released in place of Domination or after Formulas.
3Cryptic Shift
Visitations from Enceladus


Think if Vektor added a healthy dose of death metal to their picture with less screechy (and some would say, less annoying) vocals.
2Undeath
Lesions of a Different Kind


Knowing what this band was capable of with their two previous EPs, it's nice to see that they lived up to the hype with their first full length. Catchy riffs galore and some of the best gutturals out there make this a must listen.
1Ulcerate
Stare Into Death and Be Still


Best release by them IMO since Everything Is Fire, the title track is one of the best songs they've ever written and the added melodic touches are a perfect compliment to their apocalyptic, bleak songwriting.
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