2020 in heavy metal music

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List of years in heavy metal music (table)

This is a timeline documenting the events of heavy metal in the year 2020.

Bands disbanded[edit]

Bands formed[edit]

Bands reformed[edit]

Deaths[edit]

Albums expected[edit]

January[edit]

Day Artist Album
3 Stabbing Westward Dead & Gone (EP)[28]
10 Apocalyptica Cell-0[29]
Mystic Prophecy Metal Division[30]
Poppy I Disagree[31]
Rage Wings of Rage[32]
17 Antagonist A.D. Through Fire (EP)[33]
Bleed the Sky This Way Lies Madness[34]
British Lion The Burning[35]
Horned Almighty To Fathom the Master’s Grand Design[36]
Kaoteon Kaoteon[37]
Mark Morton Ether (EP)[38]
Odious Mortem Synesthesia[39]
Sons of Apollo MMXX[40]
20 Impiety Versus All Gods[41]
24 Annihilator Ballistic, Sadistic[42]
Breaking Benjamin Aurora[43]
Davey Suicide Rock Ain't Dead[44]
Dawn of Solace Waves[45]
Higher Power 27 Miles Underwater[46]
Jorn Heavy Rock Radio II – Executing the Classics (covers album)[47]
Kirk Windstein Dream in Motion[48]
Marco Hietala Pyre of the Black Heart[49]
Nero di Marte Immoto[50]
Novelists Cèst La Vie[51]
Pyogenesis A Silent Soul Screams Loud[52]
Temperance Viridian[53]
Thy Catafalque Naiv[54]
29 Lovebites Electric Pentagram[55][56]
31 Amberian Dawn Looking for You[57]
Clint Lowery God Bless the Renegades[58]
Gnaw Barking Orders (EP)[59]
Lordi Killection[60]
Lorna Shore Immortal[61]
Serenity The Last Knight[62]
Theory of a Deadman Say Nothing[63]

February[edit]

Day Artist Album
7 Delain Apocalypse & Chill[64]
God Dethroned Illuminati[65]
Loathe I Let It In and It Took Everything[66]
Napalm Death Logic Ravaged by Brute Force (EP)[67]
Sepultura Quadra[68]
Stone Temple Pilots Perdida[69]
Sylosis Cycle of Suffering[70]
14 Anvil Legal at Last[71]
Diabulus in Musica Euphonic Entropy[72]
Hollywood Undead New Empire, Vol. 1[73]
Ihsahn Telemark (EP)[74]
Kreator London Apocalypticon – Live at the Roundhouse (DVD)[75]
Kvelertak Splid[76]
Necrowretch The Ones from Hell[77]
Psychotic Waltz The God-Shaped Void[78]
Suicide Silence Become the Hunter[79]
20 Reflections Willow[80]
21 The Amity Affliction Everyone Loves You... Once You Leave Them[81]
Biff Byford School of Hard Knocks[82]
Demons & Wizards III[83]
H.E.A.T H.E.A.T II[84]
Lost Society No Absolution[85]
Mondo Generator Fuck It[86]
On Thorns I Lay Threnos[87]
Ozzy Osbourne Ordinary Man[88]
Polaris The Death of Me[89]
The Word Alive Monomania[90]
28 Beneath the Massacre Fearmonger[91]
Dark Fortress Spectres from the Old World[92]
Five Finger Death Punch F8[93]
Intronaut Fluid Existential Inversions[94]
John Dolmayan These Grey Men (covers album)[95]
Neaera Neaera[96]
Nils Patrik Johansson The Great Conspiracy[97]
Shakra Mad World[98]
Today Is the Day No Good to Anyone[99]
Tombs Monarchy of Shadows (EP)[100]

March[edit]

Day Artist Album
6 Body Count Carnivore[101]
Crematory Unbroken[102]
Harem Scarem Change the World[103]
My Dying Bride The Ghost of Orion[104]
Ross the Boss Born of Fire[105]
Semblant Obscura[106]
Trauma Ominous Black[107]
12 Ded Mannequin Eyes (EP)[108]
13 Burzum Thulêan Mysteries[109]
Code Orange Underneath[110]
Conny Bloom Game! Set! Bloom![111]
Gotthard #13[112]
Haggard Cat Common Sense Holiday[113]
Invent Animate Greyview[114]
Stitched Up Heart Darkness[115]
Vulcano Eye in Hell[116]
Wolf Feeding the Machine[117]
20 Heaven Shall Burn Of Truth & Sacrifice[118]
Lucifer Lucifer III[119]
Myrkur Folkesange[120]
VV Gothica Fennica, Vol. 1 (EP)[121]
23 Old Man Gloom Seminar IX: Darkness of Being[122]
27 Ayreon Electric Castle Live and Other Tales (live album)[123]
Candlemass The Pendulum (EP)[124]
Deranged Deeds of Ruthless Violence[125]
Disbelief The Ground Collapses[126]
Igorrr Spirituality and Distortion[127]
In This Moment Mother[128]
Mamaleek Come & See[129]
Parkway Drive Viva the Underdogs (live album)[130]

April[edit]

Day Artist Album
2 Necrodeath Neraka (EP)[131]
3 August Burns Red Guardians[132]
Blaze Bayley Live in Czech (live album)[133]
Bonfire Fistful of Fire[134]
Conception State of Deception[135]
Dynazty The Dark Delight[136]
Red Declaration[137]
Testament Titans of Creation[138]
WVRM Colony Collapse[139]
10 Archgoat Black Mass XXX (live album)[140]
Azusa Loop of Yesterdays[141]
Benighted Obscene Repressed[142]
Metal Church From the Vault (compilation album)[143]
Nightwish Human. :II: Nature.[144]
17 Aborted La Grande Mascarade (EP)[145]
Abysmal Dawn Phylogenesis[146]
The Black Dahlia Murder Verminous[147]
Cadaver D.G.A.F. (EP)[148]
Khemmis Doomed Heavy Metal (EP)[149]
Myrath Live in Carthage (live album)[150]
Oranssi Pazuzu Mestarin Kynsi[151]
Turmion Kätilöt Global Warning[152]
24 Axel Rudi Pell Sign of the Times[153]
Cirith Ungol Forever Black[154]
Danzig Danzig Sings Elvis (covers album)[155]
Elder Omens[156]
Katatonia City Burials[157]
Mantric False Negative[158]
Trick or Treat The Legend of the XII Saints[159]
Trivium What the Dead Men Say[160]
Ulcerate Stare into Death and Be Still[161]
Warbringer Weapons of Tomorrow[162]

May[edit]

Day Artist Album
1 Havok V[163]
Killswitch Engage Atonement II: B-Sides for Charity (EP)[164]
Vader Solitude in Madness[165]
Witchcraft Black Metal[166]
8 ...And Oceans Cosmic World Mother[167]
Brant Bjork Brant Bjork[168]
Destruction Born to Thrash – Live in Germany (live album)[169]
Forgotten Tomb Nihilistic Estrangement[170]
Green Carnation Leaves of Yesteryear[171]
Magnus Karlsson's Free Fall We Are the Night[172]
Mekong Delta Tales of a Future Past[173][better source needed]
Naglfar Cerecloth[174]
Oathbreaker Ease Me & 4 Interpretations (EP)[175]
Secrets of the Moon Black House[176]
Winterfylleth The Reckoning Dawn[177]
15 AC×DC Satan Is King[178]
Asking Alexandria Like a House on Fire[179]
Binary Code Memento Mori[180]
Firewind Firewind[181]
Paradise Lost Obsidian[182]
Ravenscry 100[183]
Tokyo Blade Dark Revolution[184]
Triptykon Requiem (Live at Roadburn 2019) (live album)[185]
Voodoo Gods The Divinity of Blood[186]
22 Caligula's Horse Rise Radiant[187]
Crossfaith Species (EP)[188]
Fairyland Osyrhianta[189]
Killitorous The Afterparty[190]
Old Man Gloom Seminar VIII: Light of Meaning[191]
Oz Forced Commandments[192]
Revenge Strike.Smother.Dehumanize[193]
Sinister Deformation of the Holy Realm[194]
Soulfly Live Ritual NYC MMXIX (EP)[195]
29 Acârash Descend to Purity[196]
Alestorm Curse of the Crystal Coconut[197]
Behemoth A Forest (EP)[198]
Bleed from Within Fracture[199]
Carach Angren Franckensteina Strataemontanus[200]
Centinex Death in Pieces[201]
Grave Digger Fields of Blood[202]
Mike Lepond's Silent Assassins Whore of Babylon[203]
Sorcerer Lamenting of the Innocent[204]

June[edit]

Day Artist Album
5 16 Dream Squasher[205]
The Ghost Inside The Ghost Inside[206]
Make Them Suffer How to Survive a Funeral[207]
The Sword Chronology 2006–2018 (compilation album)[208]
Conquest of Kingdoms (compilation album)[208]
12 Behold... The Arctopus Hapeleptic Overtrove[209]
BPMD American Made (covers album)[210]
19 Beyond the Black Hørizøns[211]
Cro-Mags In the Beginning[212]
Eisregen Leblos[213]
Haken Virus[214]
Lamb of God Lamb of God[215]
Mushroomhead A Wonderful Life[216]
Protest the Hero Palimpsest[217]
Trapt Shadow Work[218]
20 Infectious Grooves Take U on a Ride (EP)[219]
22 Al-Namrood Wala'at[220]
26 Long Distance Calling How Do We Want to Live?[221]

July[edit]

Day Artist Album
3 Bury Tomorrow Cannibal[222]
Powerwolf Best of the Blessed (compilation album)[223]
10 Ensiferum Thalassic[224]
Enuff Z'Nuff Brainwashed Generation[225]
Static-X Project: Regeneration, Vol. 1[226]
Voivod The End of Dormancy (EP)[227]
17 Dark Sarah Grim[228]
Primal Fear Metal Commando[229]
U.D.O. We Are One[230]
24 Defeated Sanity The Sanguinary Impetus[231]
Judicator Let There Be Nothing[232]
31 Alcatrazz Born Innocent[233]
Imperial Triumphant Alphaville[234]

August[edit]

Day Artist Album
7 Avatar Hunter Gatherer[235]
Black Crown Initiate Violent Portraits of Doomed Escape[236]
In Hearts Wake Kaliyuga[237]
Misery Signals Ultraviolet[238]
Onslaught Generation Antichrist[239]
Steve Von Till No Wilderness Deep Enough[240]
28 Orden Ogan Final Days[241]

October[edit]

Day Artist Album
9 DevilDriver Dealing with Demons, Vol. 1[242]
30 Draconian Under a Godless Veil[243]

Artists with material in production[edit]

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2020
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