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The Best Heavy Metal Bands Of 2020, Ranked

Updated May 3, 2021 7.3k votes 1.3k voters 13.6k views41 items

List RulesOnly current bands and artists releasing new music in 2020

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Whether you like face-melting guitar solos or dark vocals, the best heavy metal groups of 2020 have it all. The 2020 class of good heavy metal bands and artists includes veteran acts, newcomers, and everyone in between. Some of the best metal artists and bands of 2020 have massive tours on the calendar, while others are releasing highly anticipated new albums.

Legends of the heavy metal genre and some of the greatest headbangers of all time are also among the top heavy metal bands today, with metal greats like Ozzy Osbourne and Demons all releasing new albums.

But, it's not just the classic metal bands on the scene in 2020: some of the hottest heavy metal bands right now have 2020 albums planned, while up-and-coming artists like Lovebites ready to make a name for themselves and leave their mark on the music world via new music and live shows.

Which metal bands do you think will own 2020? Vote your favorite 2020 heavy metal outfit up to the top of this list and add any artists we may have missed. Then head over and check out the top metal albums to come out in 2020.

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    Band-Maid

    Hard Rock, Heavy Metal
    890
    41
    Band-Maid, stylized as BAND-MAID and formerly as BAND-MAID®, is a Japanese rock band formed in 2013. The band combines a rock sound with a maid image modeled on Japanese maid cafés. Originally signed...  more
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    Ilia Garibashvili added

    Nightwish

    Symphonic black metal, Gothic metal
    124
    154
    Nightwish is a symphonic metal band from Kitee, Finland. The band was formed in 1996 by lead songwriter and keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen, guitarist Emppu Vuorinen, and former lead singer Tarja...  more
  • 3

    Scorpions

    Glam metal, Heavy metal
    72
    98
    Scorpions are a German rock band formed in 1965 in Hanover by Rudolf Schenker. Since the band's inception, its musical style has ranged from hard rock to heavy metal. The lineup from 1978–1992 was...  more
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    Ilia Garibashvili added

    Epica

    Progressive metal, Gothic metal
    58
    84
    Epica is a Dutch symphonic metal band, founded by guitarist and vocalist Mark Jansen subsequent to his departure from After Forever. They are known for their symphonic sound and the use of female...  more
  • 5

    Five Finger Death Punch

    Nu metal, Thrash metal
    129
    193
    Five Finger Death Punch is an American metal band from Las Vegas, Nevada. Formed in 2005, the group's name is derived from classic martial arts cinema. The band originally consisted of vocalist Ivan...  more
  • 6

    Apocalyptica

    Thrash metal, Progressive metal
    56
    84
    Apocalyptica is a Finnish metal band from Helsinki, Finland formed in 1993. The band is composed of classically trained cellists Eicca Toppinen, Paavo Lötjönen, and Perttu Kivilaakso and drummer...  more
  • 7

    Sepultura

    Nu metal, Heavy metal
    77
    118
    Sepultura (Portuguese: [ˌsepuwˈtuɾɐ], "grave") is a Brazilian heavy metal band from Belo Horizonte. Formed in 1984 by brothers Max and Igor Cavalera, the band was a major force in the groove metal,...  more
  • 8

    Ozzy Osbourne

    Doom metal, Glam metal
    109
    167
    John Michael "Ozzy" Osbourne (born 3 December 1948) is an English singer, songwriter, actor and reality television star who rose to prominence during the 1970s as the lead vocalist of the heavy metal...  more
  • 9

    King Diamond

    Thrash metal, Progressive metal
    65
    101
    King Diamond are a Danish heavy metal band formed in 1985 by vocalist King Diamond, guitarists Andy LaRocque and Michael Denner, bassist Timi Hansen and drummer Mikkey Dee. Diamond, Denner and Hansen...  more
  • 10

    Breaking Benjamin

    Nu metal, Heavy metal
    77
    120
    Breaking Benjamin is an American rock band founded in 1998 by Benjamin Burnley in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Having outlasted significant lineup changes, Burnley is the sole constant member of the...  more
  • 11

    The Ocean

    Doom metal, Post-metal
    35
    56
    The Ocean is a progressive metal band started in 2001 by German guitarist Robin Staps. However, the first stable line-up was formed only by 2009 during recording sessions of Heliocentric and...  more
  • 12

    Delain

    Gothic metal, Heavy metal
    48
    76
    Delain is a Dutch symphonic metal band formed in 2002 by former Within Temptation keyboardist Martijn Westerholt, and Charlotte Wessels. The name of the band comes from the Kingdom of Delain in...  more
  • 13

    Aldious

    Progressive metal, Power metal
    7
    14
    Aldious is an all-female heavy metal band formed in 2008 by guitarist Yoshi and vocalist Rami in Osaka, Japan. After a few member changes, they released their debut EP Dear Slave the following year...  more
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    ibpolovich added

    The Black Dahlia Murder

    Deathcore, Melodic death metal
    32
    57
    The Black Dahlia Murder is an American melodic death metal band from Waterford, Michigan, formed in 2001. Their name is derived from the 1947 unsolved murder of Elizabeth Short, often referred to as...  more
  • 15

    Kvelertak

    Progressive metal, Death 'n' roll
    40
    71
    Kvelertak is a six-piece heavy metal band from Stavanger, Norway, formed in 2007. The group comprises vocalist Erlend Hjelvik, guitarists Vidar Landa, Bjarte Lund Rolland and Maciek Ofstad, bassist...  more
  • 16

    Demons and Wizards

    Power metal, Heavy metal
    45
    80
    Demons and Wizards is a power metal band conceived as a side-project by vocalist for Blind Guardian, Hansi Kürsch, and the guitarist for Iced Earth, Jon Schaffer. Schaffer writes the music and Kürsch...  more
  • 17

    Static‐X

    Nu metal, Thrash metal
    50
    87
    Static-X is an American industrial metal band from Los Angeles, California, formed in 1994. The line-up has fluctuated over the years, but was long-held constant with band founder, frontman,...  more
  • 18

    Enslaved

    Progressive metal, Viking metal
    44
    79
    Enslaved is a Norwegian extreme metal band formed by Ivar Bjørnson and Grutle Kjellson in Haugesund in June 1991. They are currently based in Bergen, Norway. Though the band's lineup has changed...  more
  • 19

    Shakra

    Heavy metal, Hard rock
    19
    38
    Shakra is a Swiss hard rock band founded in the late 1990s....  more
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    roxasheart266 added

    Protest the Hero

    Progressive metal, Mathcore
    14
    30
    Protest the Hero is a Canadian progressive metal band from Whitby, Ontario. Originally named Happy Go Lucky, the band changed their name to Protest the Hero shortly before releasing their debut EP,...  more
  • 21

    Lordi

    Horror punk, Glam metal
    38
    69
    Lordi (Finnish pronunciation: [lordi]) is a Finnish hard rock/heavy metal band, formed in 1992 by the band's lead singer, songwriter and costume maker, Mr Lordi (Tomi Petteri Putaansuu). In addition...  more
  • 22

    Sons of Apollo

    Progressive Metal, Hard Rock
    38
    69
    Sons of Apollo is an American progressive metal supergroup formed in 2017 and composed of drummer Mike Portnoy, bassist Billy Sheehan, keyboardist Derek Sherinian, vocalist Jeff Scott Soto, and...  more
  • 23

    Biff Byford

    New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Heavy metal
    19
    38
    Peter Rodney "Biff" Byford (born 15 January 1951) is an English singer best known as the lead singer of the heavy metal band Saxon....  more
  • 24

    Anvil

    Thrash metal, Power metal
    35
    64
    Anvil are a Canadian heavy metal band from Toronto, Ontario, formed in 1978. The band consists of Steve "Lips" Kudlow (vocals, guitar), Robb Reiner (drums),and Chris Robertson (bass). As of early...  more
  • 25
    michaelstephen1992 added

    Bleed from Within

    Heavy Metal Band: Best Band 2020 and Beyond.
    14
    31
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