Kerrang!'s 50 Greatest Albums of 2020

Kerrang!'s 50 Greatest Albums of 2020

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50.

grandson - Death Of An Optimist
December 4, 2020
Critic Score
87
3 reviews

49.

October 2, 2020
Critic Score
68
9 reviews

What’s perhaps most interesting here ... is when Corey goes totally off script and lets his personality loose.

48.

February 14, 2020
Critic Score
81
9 reviews

47.

September 25, 2020
Critic Score
75
16 reviews
What matters is that PE are not only still going after all this time, but still making music that matters.

46.

August 28, 2020
Critic Score
84
11 reviews

Lynn Gunn leaves modesty, fear and doubt in her rearview to embrace the freedom of truth on PVRIS’ third album, Use Me.

44.

The Smashing Pumpkins - CYR
November 27, 2020
Critic Score
59
28 reviews

In the moment that Smashing Pumpkins currently find themselves – three-quarters reunioned, confident, dare one even say comfortable – there’s joy to be heard throughout, as they turn over rocks and see what they can find. And, truly, that’s a very traditional Smashing Pumpkins way of doing things.

42.

Cold Years - Paradise
September 4, 2020
Critic Score
77
3 reviews

Northern lights Cold Years come of age on spirited debut, Paradise.

41.

July 3, 2020
Critic Score
80
4 reviews

40.

October 23, 2020
Critic Score
79
10 reviews
This is the sound of a genre being refreshed, and of a band making it entirely their own.

39.

May 8, 2020
Critic Score
79
27 reviews
It’s wilder and unvarnished, adding up to a self-portrait that’s intensely candid and intimate.

37.

February 7, 2020
Critic Score
59
29 reviews

It’s the shortest release of their career to date, clocking in at just 26 minutes, but it also finds them taking on and dishing out more musical ideas and genres than ever before.

36.

June 26, 2020
Critic Score
71
5 reviews

35.

February 7, 2020
Critic Score
85
4 reviews

An album that’s not perfect – but those who get it will fall in love with it.

34.

October 30, 2020
Critic Score
73
9 reviews

Grown men revisiting their youthful hijinks should be a terrible idea or, to borrow an FNM title, a midlife crisis. Instead, this record is an absolute rager, testament to both the original material and the present-day dedication of its lunatic creators.

32.

October 30, 2020
Critic Score
76
12 reviews

Just what 2020 needed – NOTHING’s misery soaked shoegaze, inspired by staring at a photo of a black hole.

31.

November 27, 2020
Critic Score
87
4 reviews
2020 has been a brutal year for hard-touring outfits like Palm Reader, but this feels like a defiant guarantee of their tenacity and adaptability, finding a way to continue hammering their mark and plotting their own destiny even as the world swerves around us.

30.

Envy - The Fallen Crimson
February 7, 2020
Critic Score
78
2 reviews

29.

March 27, 2020
Critic Score
73
11 reviews

Local Honey is evidence that the man himself is able to adjust his songwriting to his circumstances without compromising in its quality.

28.

June 19, 2020
Critic Score
78
11 reviews
Its ten songs’ brilliance lies in their indomitable response. Refusing defeat, they snarl back with the exhilarating doggedness of beasts who’ve taken the hardest beatings life can give, but remain ravenous for more.

27.

September 18, 2020
Critic Score
84
9 reviews

Napalm Death bring the joys on furiously caustic and creatively explosive 16th album, Throes Of Joy In The Jaws Of Defeatism.

26.

October 30, 2020
Critic Score
74
6 reviews

25.

May 1, 2020
Critic Score
85
7 reviews

Being so musically and thematically rich, GLUE will be a lot of things to a lot of people, and therefore act as an enduring monument to being young and looking ahead in a world that doesn’t always seem to have, or want, a future.

24.

June 5, 2020
Critic Score
90
2 reviews
It’s a concise album – with 11 tracks squeezed into around 34 minutes – but despite the compact running time, every single track explodes from the speakers and sounds absolutely immense.

23.

January 10, 2020
Critic Score
69
19 reviews
For every comparison you can make of individual moments, there is little here that you can honestly say you’ve heard before, and little that can be judged on traditional terms. But that’s what makes her such a fascinating force.

22.

November 20, 2020
Critic Score
78
6 reviews
Every note and drumbeat speaks of friends enjoying the freedom to do whatever they damn well want, in the company of musicians and composers whose talents bring out the best in each other. Even amongst such impressive back catalogues, Killer Be Killed have crafted a record which absolutely destroys in its own right.

20.

Neck Deep - All Distortions Are Intentional
July 24, 2020
Critic Score
74
6 reviews

All Distortions Are Intentional ... is a joyous missive that rises like a rocket, lighting up the sky with fresh and unexpected explosions on each track.

19.

September 25, 2020
Critic Score
77
32 reviews

Bristol punks IDLES deliver a state of the world address in sharp, stark, brilliant fashion with Ultra Mono.

18.

November 13, 2020
Critic Score
77
20 reviews

This is wicked. It’s banter. It’s everything you want from music that categorically doesn’t ‘do’ sad. It’s just AC/DC being fucking brilliant. As they sang themselves on Rock And Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution, ‘Rock’n’roll ain’t gonna die.’ In the darkest of times, that’s important to know, and even better to hear.

17.

April 3, 2020
Critic Score
77
6 reviews
This is an album that will bring joy to its listeners time and time again. Long may these ​‘stupid boys making basement noise’ keep doing what they’re doing.

16.

July 31, 2020
Critic Score
89
11 reviews

Admirably aiming high when so many seem content to play it safe and follow the footsteps of their peers, this a wonderful rollercoaster of a record that puts Creeper way out on their own.

15.

February 21, 2020
Critic Score
77
18 reviews

This is an album to celebrate. There’s life in the old dog yet, and what’s more he’s learned some new tricks, which can only be applauded at this point.

13.

April 24, 2020
Critic Score
77
6 reviews
Their knowledge, passion and proficiency comes to the fore in this showcase of contemporary metal, one that rampages along with no respite or obligatory acoustic number.

12.

June 3, 2020
Critic Score
90
33 reviews

11.

October 9, 2020
Critic Score
80
16 reviews
These songs manage to combine the best of what they do while introducing some fresh tints to the palette.

10.

October 30, 2020
Critic Score
82
10 reviews
There’s plenty to latch onto, whether it’s the neck-rending riffs, the snarling/soaring vocals or just wanting to vibe out and let the darkness envelope you; it’s a display of artistry, the antithesis of bands who just want to game the Spotify system with two-minute bangers.

9.

September 25, 2020
Critic Score
66
8 reviews

Not only is Tickets To My Downfall a slick sideways hop from what you might be expecting from Machine Gun Kelly, it’s done excellently. It celebrates everything great about pop-punk without feeling cookie-cutter or third division.

6.

March 27, 2020
Critic Score
78
32 reviews

It’s their most musically inventive since 1998. And, by virtue of its themes, it is their most gravely needed of their entire career. It is, in short, a triumph.

5.

April 17, 2020
Critic Score
73
12 reviews
Despite the band stretching their boundaries wider than ever before and employing a kitchen-sink approach to experimentation, this is the most Enter Shikari sounding record the band have made to date.

4.

October 21, 2020
Critic Score
75
7 reviews
The impression here is of someone who makes music as it comes, simply to get it out of himself, which gives Anti-Icon an impulsive, energised feel, without feeling dashed off or incomplete.

3.

September 25, 2020
Critic Score
85
28 reviews

Overall, Ohms is a transcendental body of work that perfectly amalgamates the beauty and brutality of Deftones' sound – satisfying the tastes of fans both old and new.

2.

August 14, 2020
Critic Score
79
24 reviews
Biffy Clyro have delivered an album of restless invention, substance and style that arrives like a spray of water on the arid expanse of this saddest of summers.

1.

March 13, 2020
Critic Score
84
15 reviews

One of the most powerful, cathartic, creatively satisfying and bruisingly heavy records of its age.

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