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Best 20 of 2020

Well after a shit year the only good thing was there was plenty of great releases put out and here are my picks and it wasn’t easy, but Orion for me took the honor just a classic album of pure death thrash but this list has black metal, death metal, death/thrash black/thrash all that good shit!

I basically gathered the best full lengths, EP, Splits and demos, you may ask why I praised some demos in my reviews but didn’t make the list, well maybe how many tracks featured or it was the bands first effort but if you get mentioned here take it as a compliment as I only list bands that I see potential in and get an honorable mention like Hell Possession, Ashakk Xul, Deconsekrated, To Death, etc. and some stuff I can’t even get like the full length from Ares Kult and even contacted the band but told me the label has the rights to the release and can’t even buy a digital copy, pretty fucking sad if that’s the case.

This list was made from what bands sent me and what I could gather on my own as there is a wave of bands out there and I just can’t get to it all, if you have something you think I should listen to just let me know its that simple.
At the bottom is a video of a track from each release so 21 as a split made the cut, cheers!

The List:

Orion – Mysterivm Cosmographicvm
(Iron, Blood and Death Corporation)

Invocation  -Attunement to Death
(Iron Bonehead Productions)

Funeralis – Gateways to Esoteric Light
(Schattenkult Produktionen)

Antagonyze – Echoes from Soul
(Independent/Infernal South Productions)

Oldeath – Rise from Majestic Darkness
(Oratorivm Records/Black Legion Records)

Attacker Bloody Axe – The Axe of Evil Shall Prevail!!!
(Electric Eyes Records)

Thirsty Demon – Unconscious Suicide
(Dissonant Death Records)

1879 – Sangre Barbarie y Honor
(Independent)

Violent Scum – Ornaments of Bloodshed
(Melipulli)

Cortejo Fúnebre – Profano
(Infernal Death Productions)

Hostile Faith – Last Remnants of Life
(Neptunian Records/Life After Death)

Hexerei/Cold Darkness – Hexed Winds of Darkness (Split)
(Infernal Death Productions)

Detest – Sacred Revelation
(Independent)

Darkspell – Into the Darkness
(ThreeMetal Forces Distro)

Invincible Force – Decomposed Sacramentum
(Dark Descent Records)

Gates of Tyrant – Vortex Towards Death
(Putrid Cult/Apocalyptic Productions)

Xalpen – Sawken Xo’on
(Morbid Skull Records/Nigredo Records)

Ominovs – Demo MMXX
(Putrid Prods.)

Indoctrinate – Antilogos: Arcane Transmutation in the Temple of Flesh
(Unholy Prophecies)

Sempiternal – Legiones del Sepulcro
(Messiah of Evil Records/Thanatology Productions)

Thermonuclear Devastation – Worshipper of Darkness (2020)

Thermonuclear Devastation
Release date: September 21st, 2020
Label: Burning Coffin Records

A new Black Thrash outfit with their first effort and this 6 track EP should please anybody that is into this kind of stuff.

I gave this a few listens and this is some killer shit but the only thing that kind of bothered me was the production as the vocals are over powered by the music and I get a feeling these tracks where recorded in a live studio session from what I hear.

But it destroys from the beginning of Worshipper of Darkness as this storms right in as the band is set to kill, fast paced with some righteous lead thrown in and the onslaught continues on Midnight Aggressor, as this rips as it has a heavy pounding vibe in it, this is in for the kill no doubt some really good material up to this point.

Self-destructive Instinct is a bit different with a more mid pace attack at the start its heavy no doubt but it gets better as half way through a break comes in and then it fucking goes on a all out full assault but then calms down to ease your senses, so not a bad number at all.

So we get back to the blood churning on Feathered Necromancer (Vultur Gryphus) as this smashes from the start but a break comes in but after that it really got even better as this part with a smoking lead comes in as it ends into oblivion and right into Hateful Revenge and with a title like that you would know what to expect, this will crush the weak, one of the most powerful tracks on here that will leave you floored.

And the closer Horde’s Wrath is another smasher this holds no punches back, straight out in your face with nothing to lose, its heavy as fuck! a great closer to this first effort.

In closing this is some well written compositions and if you don’t mind that the vocals could of been recorded a bit higher this is a keeper and I’m sure will hear more from the band in the near future.

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Attacker Bloody Axe – The Axe of Evil Shall Prevail!!! (2020)

Attacker Bloody Axe
Release date: July 28th, 2020
Label: Electric Eyes Records

So it’s been a long time since we heard from the band and this comes to light and I will admit that I have been a fan forever
but are they back for real or is this release just something to keep the name of the band alive?

Who knows but this release should fill the needs of fans of the band as the sound is still there that we have to love and grown.

After a short intro it goes into The Wolf which you can hear what band has been putting out in the past and with perfect form as it has a very old school vibe to open and when the vocals come in you know its them as the trademark vocal style is there and the track is pounding as it should be with great character, a very good opener that’s solid as can be.

And with a machine gun snare drum that sets the tone on Ancient Black Menace, this track comes right at you with a slight break this has a good drive and the production on here is quite excellent as the bass is heard perfectly so a good number but for me this next track The Axe on Higth is one of the highlights on here, as this really catchy riff opens up and then it lights up with a superb vibe to it and the vocals are supreme and even with a minor break its still pounding heavy as the lead comes in and then fades to glory.

Well things really change on Putrid Smell of Cementery as this is more on a slower tempo and it kind of drags but there must be which goes with the title and a nice lead on here that saved it for me.

I will just say after this, the remaining three tracks are back to full force and they all will crush you as they all have that signature sound we all love.

For me this was worth the wait, the only complain is its very short only a bit over 25 minutes, I just hope this isn’t the last time we hear from the band as the break was way too long.

Hell Possession – Phantom Aggressor (2020)

Hell Possession
Release date: October 31st, 2020
Label: Independent

Was surprised when the news came that Hell Possession was back after a few years of not being on the map, but the way this has been promoted sounded like they were out to destroy even more now with a new line up.

This just being a two track single with an intro, as we go into Poltergeist, and with heavy bass line to start but then right into a frenzy of madness as this is out to take no prisoners, heavy pounding drums with lightning guitar riffs and blazing leads, a very impressive track with all the elements required.

For me Lord of Hate is the track that stands out more as it comes at you at full force, this is a beat down in the most positive way, a total shredder! a meek break where you can hear the pounding bass then roars back with some great leads, solid stuff.

So now we just have to wait for the full length as this has my approval.

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Invincible Force – Decomposed Sacramentum (2020)

Invincible Force
Release date: October 22nd, 2020
Label: Dark Descent Records

Well the wait is over after the bands brilliant debut here we have this long awaited second slab.

The band has definitely matured since the first, this release absolutely crushes!

The chaos is spread out through this with great riffs of catchy shit to please all the fuckers out there, all the tracks have a high intensity to them, nothing new to the genre but it has all the good dose you could want.

There isn’t any standout points on here as they are all there, me being an old school metalhead I had this grin of delight as I listened to this.

This is heavy shit and I highly recommend it as it will crush you!

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Diaböl – Demonomania (2020)

Diaböl
Release date: October 5th, 2020
Label: Hydra Arrows Records

The first demo from this one man Black Thrash act, Four tracks of filthy mean in your face metal!

You can tell what your in for just by the title of the first track Sodomiza en el nombre de satanás and the vocals are sick just like they should be and the lyrical content is just perfect as they go just right with this, lots of anger with some killer leads thrown in and the backing vocals, good shit!

More sickness on Gargolas as this has the drive and straight to the point, with the killer chorus but it goes quick as this one is short but still dig it.

93 mantras blasfemos, probably my favorite track on here as the background moaning adds this fucking great feel to it as goes into chaos and a insane drive that just drills you straight on!

The closer Rockandroll is the Master of Sin is the only track sung in English and the vocals sound the same as before and its short but sweet total aggression at full speed, am excellent closer.

This is only for maniacs that like shit like Devil’s Poison, Speedböozer etc. I highly recommend it and hope more is in the near future.

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Fusilated – Preso En El Holocausto (2020)

Fusilated
Release Date: Sept.26 2020
Label: Independent

Something new Black Thrash from this young trio from Chillan, they released a full length earlier this year, you might want to check out but lets get to this demo.

Only two tracks and sung in Spanish and here we see the progress of the band you could say as both these tracks are powerful in all aspects as the first one Inconsecuencia goes for the throat right from the start, a real headbanger here and production sounds more thicker on here than on the album.

Preso En El Holocausto, now here is total killer this starts out fast as hell but there are some great hooks as it goes along, and it really gets good when it breaks down and the part the bass guitar shines on was really impressive and then returns to an all out assault to finish it off.

Excellent demo that shows the band growing in a positive way as both these tracks are well written.

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Repugnatory – Artillería Anticristiana (2020)

Repugnatory
Release date: January 25th, 2020
Label: Independent

At last I get to Repugnatory,Black Thrash from Santiago, and it seems the band has finally hit the right spot, the reason I say this is because this is the second full release and the first one just didn’t have the punch this one has.

As we get into this slab it has a cool guitar intro that goes right into Pierden su Escencia, which is vicious as hell, the demonic vocals here are just right and the production is such a blessing as the band sounds so much stronger here, the leads simply rule.

That was missing from the previous release but here it all comes to full glory and the line up change ads to it no doubt. And I will say these guys sing in the native language but like I always say fuck it!

Comienza el reino del macho cabrío, well fuck this just melted me as there is no fucking off here, you want shit to bang your head to this has it all, the drumming is an all out assault on the mind, fucking excellent!

Maligno culto a la muerte slows things down, well not really as this has a different feel but packs all the goods as the leads fool with your brain some very interesting structure to this track, but if you want a break Arrastrando al infierno should be the one to give you ease but an easy one as this has a lot of punch to it so be prepared.

Licor de demonios, has a whole different tempo feel to it as there is more of a message in here as the vocals really stand out and a really high German feel to it, it has a drive to it no doubt but a whole different feel from the previous.

We go onto a short instrumental Abi Gululu and then right into Devoradores de voluntad which gets us back into the neck breaking as this track has a some different tempo changes but they have that right punch that hits the spot, it really gets heavy near the end.

And with a title like Han llegado los malditos, what could you expect, this pretty much sums it up, the lyrics here are just what I needed and the band knows what the hell they are delivering here, the message is well delivered here as we go into the closer and title track and it simply goes right back to what the band is out to do and that is to kick your ass and they do a brilliant job on here.

Repugnatory has hit the spot for me they sound better than ever on this release, the only down fall is that their material is hard to get at this time, but the good news is they already have a new one coming out and from what I heard its just as good as this release.

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Tribulation – Gathered are the Legions to Destroy the Light (2020)

Tribulation
Release date: May 31st, 2020
Label: Independent

Tribulation is a band I have been following since the start, they are black thrash for those who never heard of them before and when I heard they finally released a full length I was thrilled of the news cause I knew what to expect from the band.

So we have some old and new tracks offered on here which is fine by me and from the opener Where the Wind Blows Cold we get this raw sound the band is known for, I really like what band has delivered here they sound just the way they always have that dark deep metal sound and when they break into the fast parts its gets even better the vocals really come to light on this recording as its raw and good with a perfect pitch.

As Cursed Crypts comes in this even gets better and one thing I noticed is these tracks are lengthy and to me that is a good thing as that makes these tracks even more interesting as this one has some breaks in it but really make it stand out, so I hear no flaws in it, might be long but it delivers.

This next one Nocturnal Conjuration is really a grinder to my ears, I love the riffage on here this is some killer shit here as it just kills with a drive that makes you wanna kill somebody and when it breaks down it has this eerie feel to it and then it goes out full force! one of the best tracks as this point.

And we go onto Queen of the Night which has this old Bathory vibe to it in the beginning with the riff but it has its own feel to it as it goes along as it gets more darker in a more deeper and dark attitude to it a very good track and it burst into Send the Priest to Hell an old track done here again and this time even better than the first, one of their highlights from the past being brought back to life again just like the next one Burn the Church which kills on here as well, this one brings back the memories of when I first heard it but even better here, the lead rules!

Desecration is up next an old favorite from the first demo and here as before sounds better as the production on this opus is way better than before and more energy is felt on these old tracks through out this whole album, the high-hats can be heard to a tilt on here and then we go onto a new track Trample on the Cross and oh man does this one kill, the band goes off here the lyrics can be heard clearly and the music is just perfect one of my tops on here as its got all the goods in it just the way I like it a blistering number that simply crushes!

As we break into Unholy War which has more of a pounding feel to it as the band has more feeling here as the track has this listen to me attitude feeling to it and you can hear it and it has this excellent groove to it as it even has a break the guitar has alone and then it goes into this deep dark feeling to it nothing that has been heard to at this point but it will grab you as it goes into Black Flame which has this even more pounding feeling as the previous which kept me wondering where the band was going but it kept me glued to it as it wasn’t that out to kill vibe that I was listening to earlier but its not bad as all as it brought more light to the whole feel of the album as Persistence of the Winter Echo closes this out and its a mystical sounding ending to the whole thing as it just shines a light to what the band wants to show to how this should end.

Inclosing I really like this release as its good to see the band is still alive and kicking, the album represents the band perfectly as a whole and hope to hear whats next in the future, I know a lot of fuckers that support this and are pleased with it and its time the band gets more recognition for their work so spread the news.

Sombras y Fuego – Tiranía Oculta (2020)

Sombras y Fuego
Release date: March 15th, 2020
Label: Independent

Here is a Death/Thrash/Black Metal project of one man and this first demo is a killer! Three tracks of pure rip your face off material of pure hate.

Muerte a cada segundo, starts this off and from the get go I was impressed on how good the production is on here and the lyrics are perfect as they can relate to things that are happening these days and the music is extreme as you can get it, this is right up my alley when it comes to heavy fucking shit! A excellent starter to this demo.

This next track Terrorismo como respuesta is just as good as the first, no letting down, and very interesting guitar sound that reminded me of that old band Mental Distortion from years ago, but this has a life of it’s own and never let me down, good shit!

To close this off Fuego en las calles which just by the title you should know what this is about and fuck this is my favorite track on here as it shreds the whole way through with such an on the point lyrical content it made my day finding this band.

As I read what is said on the bands Bandcamp page this is just a preview of a full length that will come out and I’m really looking forward to that in the future, this rules! check it out.

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