The Top 5 best black metal albums of 2020

Black metal was even more headspinningly brilliant than ever in 2020, and here are five albums that prove it

In the brand new issue of Metal Hammer, we run down the Top 50 metal albums of 2020 as voted for by the magazine’s staff and writers. But away from the mainstream, exciting things were happening - not least in the ever more adventurous black metal scene. We counted up all the votes to find the Top 10 best black metal albums of 2020. From astral psychedelic trippiness to blackened brutality, here are the albums that prove BM is more head-spinningly brilliant than ever before.

1. Oranssi Pazuzu – Mestarin Kynsi


2. Paysage D'Hiver – Im Wald

3. Winterfylleth – The Reckoning Dawn

4. Uada – Djinn

5. Gaerea – Limbo

To read the full rundown of the 50 Best Albums Of 2020, pick up the new issue of Metal Hammer, which is on sale now.

The new issue features our review of 2020, including new interviews with Metallica, Deftones, Trivium, Puscifer, Evanescence, Bury Tomorrow, Code Orange and many more of the bands who defined your year.

Plus, we reveal our 50 best albums of 2020. And because it’s Christmas, this issue also comes with a ton of gifts – a 2021 calendar, a brand new heavy metal activity book and a CD featuring the best songs of 2020.

The brand new issue out Metal Hammer, complete with the world’s greatest heavy metal activity book, is out now. Buy it in the shops or pick it up online and make Santa work for his mince pies.

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