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12.20.20 Vacant Planet's 2020 11.22.20 2019 AOTY
10.14.20 My Top 50 Albums of All Time

Vacant Planet's 2020

Only meant to include Bad Bunny's 3 albums from this year but the site keeps glitching and including things I've never heard of before. Please ignore all non-Bad Bunny albums until I can fix it.
75Bad Bunny
YHLQMDLG


** HONORABLE MENTION **
(Latin / Pop)

https://badbunnypr.bandcamp.com/album/yhlqmdlg
74Xenobiotic
Mordrake


** HONORABLE MENTION **
(Death Metal)

https://uniqueleaderrecords.bandcamp.com/album/mordrake
73Autocatalytica
Powerclashing Maximalism


** HONORABLE MENTION **
(Prog Metal / Mathcore)

https://autocatalytica.bandcamp.com/album/powerclashing-maximalism
72Nevoa
Towards Belief


** HONORABLE MENTION **
(Sludge / Jazz / Atmospheric)

https://nevoaofficial.bandcamp.com/album/towards-belief
71Warp Chamber
Implements of Excruciation


** HONORABLE MENTION **
(Death Metal)

https://profoundlorerecords.bandcamp.com/album/implements-of-excruciation
70Katie Pruitt
Expectations


** HONORABLE MENTION **
(Folk / Indie Rock)

https://rounderrecords.bandcamp.com/album/expectations
69Marrasmieli
Between Land And Sky


** HONORABLE MENTION **
(Black Metal)

https://naturmachtproductions.bandcamp.com/album/between-land-and-sky
68Svalbard
When I Die, Will I Get Better?


** HONORABLE MENTION **
(Hardcore / Post-Rock)

https://svalbard.bandcamp.com/album/when-i-die-will-i-get-better-2
67Patrons Of The Rotting Gate
Bathed In Ash


** HONORABLE MENTION **
(Death Metal)

https://patronsoftherottinggate.bandcamp.com/album/bathed-in-ash
66Igorrr
Spirituality and Distortion


** HONORABLE MENTION **
(Avant-Garde Metal / Breakcore)

https://igorrr.bandcamp.com/album/spirituality-and-distortion
65Question
Reflections of the Void


** HONORABLE MENTION **
(Death Metal)

https://question-chaos-records.bandcamp.com/album/reflections-of-the-void
64JFDR
New Dreams


** HONORABLE MENTION **
(Folk / Electronic)

https://jfdr.bandcamp.com/album/new-dreams
63Crowning
Survival​/​Sickness


** HONORABLE MENTION **
(Screamo)

https://crowningpool.bandcamp.com/album/survival-sickness-2
62Somnium de Lycoris
Orbis Terrarum Revolution


** HONORABLE MENTION **
(Death Metal)

https://edrstytech.bandcamp.com/album/orbis-terrarum-revolution
61WVRM
Colony Collapse


** HONORABLE MENTION **
(Grindcore / Noise)

https://wvrmgrind.bandcamp.com/album/colony-collapse
60Chepang
Chatta


** HONORABLE MENTION **
(Experimental Grindcore)

https://chepang.bandcamp.com/album/chatta
59Pop Smoke
Meet the Woo 2


** HONORABLE MENTION **
(Hip-Hop)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WoHaaOpOjqo
58Cult of Lilith
Mara


** HONORABLE MENTION **
(Death Metal)

https://cultoflilith.bandcamp.com/album/mara
57Beaten to Death
Laat maar, ik verhuis naar het bos


** HONORABLE MENTION **
(Grindcore)

https://beatentodeath.bandcamp.com/album/laat-maar-deel-een-ik-verhuis-naar-mastbos
https://beatentodeath.bandcamp.com/album/laat-maar-deel-drie-ik-verhuis-naar
56Kali Uchis
Sin Miedo (del Amor y Otros Demonios)


** HONORABLE MENTION **
(Latin / Pop)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5KJDlLvjoHQ
55Bohren und der Club of Gore
Patchouli Blue


** HONORABLE MENTION **
(Dark Jazz)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cfVxFj8aBPI
54Haru Nemuri
Lovetheism


** HONORABLE MENTION **
(Noisy J-Pop)

https://specific.bandcamp.com/album/lovetheism
53Boldy James and Sterling Toles
Manger On Mcnichols


** HONORABLE MENTION **
(Hip-Hop)

https://sector7grecordings.bandcamp.com/album/manger-on-mcnichols
52Satyr
Locus


** HONORABLE MENTION **
(Progressive Metalcore / Mathcore)

https://satyr1.bandcamp.com/album/locus
51Benny the Butcher
Burden of Proof


** HONORABLE MENTION **
(Hip-Hop)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bo2RjeDYd6g
50Sotomayor
Origenes


(Electronic)

Highlight: Menéate pa' mí

Slick pop from Mexico cycling through different Latin rhythms alongside a sophisticated palette of electronica and house

https://sotomayor.bandcamp.com/album/origenes
49Chamber (US)
Cost of Sacrifice


(Metalcore)

Highlight: Scars in Complex Patterns

I yearn for the day I can get my teeth knocked out at one of their shows

https://chambertn.bandcamp.com/album/cost-of-sacrifice
48Sutrah (CAN)
Aletheia


(Prog Metal)

Highlight: Variation II.ii - Genèse

Everyone likes 17 minute prog metal epics, right?
...right???

https://sutrahmetal.bandcamp.com/album/aletheia
47Fleshvessel
Bile of Man Reborn


(Death Metal)

Highlight: Bile of Man Reborn

24 minute long epic with pianos, flutes, and other surprises along the way. Honestly this one struggles to keep up with it's own ambition, but I wish more projects were willing to take risks like this. Certainly a project to keep an eye on!

https://i-voidhangerrecords.bandcamp.com/album/bile-of-man-reborn
46Snooze
Still


(Math Rock)

Highlight: Feels Bad

Chunky and energetic math rock, partly written as a tribute to their bassist who passed away earlier this year.

https://wearesnooze.bandcamp.com/album/still-2
45Ulcerate
Stare into death and be still


(Death Metal)

Highlight: Stare Into Death and Be Still

Nothing terribly new here for anyone that's been following the band for a while, but certainly their strongest and most grandiose album in the past decade

https://ulcerate.bandcamp.com/album/stare-into-death-and-be-still
44Azusa
Loop of Yesterdays


(Prog Thrash)

Highlight: One Too Many Times

Great prog-thrash hybrid with former members of TDEP and Extol. Unique vocals

https://azusaband.bandcamp.com/album/loop-of-yesterdays
43Uprising
II


(Black Metal)

Highlight:

Nazi scalping black metal

https://uprisingblackmetal.bandcamp.com/album/ii
42Palm Reader
Sleepless


(Post-Hardcore)

Highlight: Both Ends of the Rope

Middle part of the album drags a little, but when everything clicks the resulting colossal moments more than make up for it.

https://wearepalmreader.bandcamp.com/album/sleepless
41Moses Boyd
Dark Matter


(Nu-Jazz / Hip-Hop)

Highlight: BTB

Groovy jazz refracted through modern UK hip-hop and electronic sounds

https://mosesboyd.bandcamp.com/album/dark-matter-2
40Aesthesys
Alignments


(Post-Rock)

Highlight: Obey

Heavy futuristic post-rock with soaring violin melodies and sci-fi synths

https://aesthesys.bandcamp.com/album/alignments
39Sokoninaru
超越 (CHOETSU)


(Post-Hardcore / Heavy Math Rock)

Highlight: complicated system

More mathy pyrotechnics and suprisingly catchy pop hooks from criminally overlooked 3-piece.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kuq-LIqZTY0
38ZOMBIESHARK!
I Will Destroy You, Myself, And Everything I've Ev


(Deathcore / Cybergrind)

Highlight: Red Pyramids Kill Each Other

blue-screen-of-death-core

https://zombieshark.bandcamp.com/album/i-will-destroy-you-myself-and-everything-ive-ever-loved
37Ghetto Kumbé
Ghetto Kumbé


(Latin / Electronic)

Highlight: Vamo a Dale Duro

Afro-Caribbean dance beats with trippy and futuristic vibes

https://ghettokumbe.bandcamp.com/album/ghetto-kumbe
36Aeternam
Al Qassam


(Death Metal)

Highlight: Poena Universi

Kept putting this one off because I thought it'd be cheesy but I was glad to be proven wrong. This is excellent proggy death metal with middle-eastern textures fully and carefully woven together.

https://aeternam.bandcamp.com/album/al-qassam
35Iri
Sparkle


(R&B / Pop)

Highlight: Clear Color

Great blend of bouncy hip-hop, slick R&B, and dance-pop from Japan. Good vibes only.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WHR8srrQ_0Q
34Tkay Maidza
Last Year Was Weird, Vol. 2


(Hip-Hop / Pop)

Highlight: 24k

Tkay effortlessly runs through a diverse set of pop, sultry R&B, and agressive hip-hop songs while having a blast. Huge potential.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vuK5UUokdFs
33Couch Slut
Take A Chance On Rock 'n' Roll


(Sludge / Noise Rock)

Highlight: I'm 14

Nobody captures seething rage and desperation like Couch Slut. 29 minutes and 10 seconds of getting your skull dragged across concrete.

https://gileadmedia.bandcamp.com/album/take-a-chance-on-rock-n-roll
32Dua Lipa
Future Nostalgia


(Pop)

Highlight: Don't Start Now

80s retro pop is terribly overdone but Dua Lipa manages to make a compelling album full of genuine bangers through her outstanding performance & charisma

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oygrmJFKYZY
31Vredehammer
Viperous


(Death Metal)

Highlight: Skinwalker

No trick plays here, just neck snapping riffs. Oh and the occasional assist of F A T synths (it works, trust me)

https://vredehammer.bandcamp.com/album/viperous
30Envy
The Fallen Crimson


(Post-Rock / Screamo)

Highlight: Swaying leaves and scattering breath

Reinvigorated skramz legends return with an album full of beautiful and memorable moments.

https://envy.bandcamp.com/album/the-fallen-crimson
29Nuri
IRUN


(Electronic)

Highlight: Asfer

Tasteful yet bass-heavy beats based on North-African percussion samples & field recordings

https://nuri.bandcamp.com/album/irun
28Onipa
We no be Machine


(Afro-beat / Hip-Hop)

Highlight: Kukuru

Phenomenally fun and groovy

https://onipa.bandcamp.com/album/we-no-be-machine
27END (NJ)
Splinters From An Ever-Changing Face


(Metalcore / Death Metal)

Highlight: Pariah

Every breakdown is a planetary extinction event

https://yourfuckingend.bandcamp.com/album/splinters-from-an-ever-changing-face
26Nnamdi
BRAT


(Hip-Hop)

Highlight: Flowers to My Demons

Unique Hip-Hop album with subtle traces of jazz and math rock

https://nnamdiogbonnaya.bandcamp.com/album/brat
25Shygirl
Alias


(Hip-Hop)

Highlight: SLIME

Gonna need a shower after this one

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-6iAyHES3c
24Reol
Kinjitou


(Pop)

Highlight: ゆーれいずみー

Brash pop brimming with swagger. One of the most consistently fun albums front-to-back of the year.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3mUXwYx1CQs
23Defeated Sanity
The Sanguinary Impetus


(Brutal Death Metal)

Highlight: Entity Dissolving Entity

5000 IQ slam

https://defeatedsanity.bandcamp.com/album/the-sanguinary-impetus
22Psychonaut
Unfold the God Man


(Post-Metal)

Highlight: Celestial Dictator

I was a little underwhelmed by the big post-metal releases this year, but this album more than made up for it. The quieter moments and occasional psychedelic passages are great, but they thankfully know when to drop the nasty riffs when they need to.

https://psychonautband.bandcamp.com/album/unfold-the-god-man-2
21Wake
Devouring Ruin


(Blackened Deathgrind)

Highlight: Mouth of Abolition

Obviously heavy as all hell, but there's a surprising amount of dynamics and organic songwriting.

https://waketl.bandcamp.com/album/devouring-ruin
20Boris
No


(Punk / Stoner Rock)

Highlight: HxCxHxC -Perforation Line-

Everyone's favorite Japanese shapshifters get crusty and do their best to blow out your speakers

https://boris.bandcamp.com/album/no
19Afterbirth
Four Dimensional Flesh


(Brutal Death Metal)

Highlight: Blackhole Kaleidoscope

Gurgle and burp your way across the cosmos

https://uniqueleaderrecords.bandcamp.com/album/four-dimensional-flesh
18Cuushe
WAKEN


(Dream Pop)

Highlight: Emergence

Partially written as a response to several years of facing harrassment and stalking, perhaps the biggest victory here is that Cuushe doesn't let herself or her newest music be defined by the violence she faced.

https://flau.bandcamp.com/album/waken
17Lauren Bousfield
Palimpsest


(Electronic)

Highlight: Clean Strategic Narratives With Relatable Messaging Murder Them Violently Make Their Children Watch

Dial-up connection type beats (AKA: the only good album titled "Palimpsest" to come out in 2020)

https://deathbombarc.bandcamp.com/album/palimpsest
16Cytotoxin
Nuklearth


(Brutal Death Metal)

Highlight: Drown in Havoc

Germany's finest purveyors of irradiated death metal mutated into a beast with surprisingly refined (but no less aggressive or brutal) songwriting. I do miss some of their goofier over-the-top moments though...

https://uniqueleaderrecords.bandcamp.com/album/nuklearth
15Tricot
10


(Math Rock / Pop)

Highlight: Warp

High energy math rock with really catchy and upbeat pop hooks throughout. The mathy aspects are mostly in the background in this one, but it is such a fun record I don't really mind

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zReAAGD4ddo
14Atrae Bilis
Divinihility


(Death Metal)

Highlight: Ectopian

In the span of only 22 min these newcomers manage to pack every song with great chunky riffs and memorable moments with a subtle proggressive vibe. More violins in the next one pls

https://atraebilisdeath.bandcamp.com/album/divinihility-death-metal
13Triangulo de Amor Bizarro
oɹɹɐzıqɹoɯɐǝpolnƃuɐıɹʇ


(Shoegaze / Post-Punk)

Highlight: ASMR Para Ti

ǝɯnʅoʌ xɐɯ ʇɐ sᴉɥʇ ʎɐʅd

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Lmig4buIQk
12downy
Mudai (7)


(Post-Rock / Electronic / Indie Rock)

Highlight: 砂上、燃ユ。残像

Melancholic post-rock driven by dense electronic sounds. There are surface-level similarities with 65daysofstatic but this has a very unique sound that is entirely their own

https://downy.bandcamp.com/album/7th-album-untitled
11Akhlys
Melinoe


(Black Metal)

Highlight: Ephialtes

Suffocating discordant black metal with excellent dynamic songwriting and warped melodies

https://akhlys.bandcamp.com/album/melino
10Respire
Black Line


(Post-Black Metal)

Highlight: Cicatrice

I've liked their previous albums quite a lot but this really seems like the band is finally living up to their potential. This album has some of their most cutthroat moments (see 'Cicatrice') alongside some of their most beautiful and cinematic moments.

https://respirefamily.bandcamp.com/album/black-line
9Dai Dai Dai


(Hyperpop)

Highlight: 愛ね暗いね

Manic and deliriously excessive hyperpop / idol monstrosity that will make you puke neon colors

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C9Lzoq_32WE
8Arise in Stability
Dose Again


(Progressive Metalcore / Mathcore)

Highlight: 輪廻解脱

Hidden gem packed with cool riffs, memorable melodies, and surprisingly brutal sections.

https://ariseinstability.bandcamp.com/album/dose-again
7Mac Miller
Circles


(Hip-Hop / Pop)

Highlight: Good News

What more can be said about this bittersweet swansong?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aIHF7u9Wwiw
6Yashira
Fail to Be


(Sludge / Hardcore)

Highlight: Shades Erased

Utterly massive. Excellent blend of nasty sludgy riffs and chaotic hardcore moments.

https://yashira.bandcamp.com/album/fail-to-be
5clipping.
Visions of Bodies Being Burned


(Hip-Hop)

Highlight: Say the Name

Spooky beats to rattle your innards

https://clppng.bandcamp.com/album/visions-of-bodies-being-burned
4Burning Palace
Hollow


(Death Metal)

Highlight: Process of Hollowing Out

No other death metal album this year was as immediately satisfying and consistently compelling as this one. One of the few metal albums from this year that I can listen to all the way through without getting bored.

https://transylvaniantapes.bandcamp.com/album/burning-palace-hollow
3Kashiwa Daisuke
Program Music III


(Post-Rock / Electronic / Experimental)

Highlight: sons

51 minute epic journey across a tapestry of rich vignettes blending post-rock, glitch, electronica, and other surprises

https://virginbabylonrecords.bandcamp.com/album/program-music-iii
2Imperial Triumphant
Alphaville


(Avant-Garde Extreme Metal)

Highlight: Atomic Age

Hallucinatory fever dreams for the last days of a collapsing gilded age

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_lb8564Kcs
1Ichiko Aoba
Windswept Adan


(Chamber Folk)

Highlight: Pilgrimage

This is by far the most beautiful and serene music I've heard in years. After mastering the art of intimately minimalist folk in '0' and 'qp', she reinvents her sound with densely lush arrangements of pianos, strings, and subtle electronics without losing herself in the process. The last 3 songs on the album are simply breathtaking.

https://ichikoaoba.bandcamp.com/album/windswept-adan
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