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.
- 1Nightwish is a symphonic metal band from Kitee, Finland. The band was formed in 1996 by lead... more
21Symphonic black metal, Gothic metal
- 2John Michael "Ozzy" Osbourne (born 3 December 1948) is an English singer, songwriter, actor... more
75Doom metal, Glam metal
- 3Sepultura (Portuguese: [ˌsepuwˈtuɾɐ], "grave") is a Brazilian heavy metal band from Belo... more
61Nu metal, Heavy metal
- 4Epica is a Dutch symphonic metal band, founded by guitarist and vocalist Mark Jansen... more
15Progressive metal, Gothic metal
- 5Five Finger Death Punch is an American metal band from Las Vegas, Nevada. Formed in 2005, the... more
97Nu metal, Thrash metal
- 6Static-X is an American industrial metal band from Los Angeles, California, formed in 1994.... more
37Nu metal, Thrash metal
- 7Enslaved is a Norwegian extreme metal band formed by Ivar Bjørnson and Grutle Kjellson in... more
35Progressive metal, Viking metal
- 8The Black Dahlia Murder is an American melodic death metal band from Waterford, Michigan,... more
7Deathcore, Melodic death metal
- 9Breaking Benjamin is an American rock band founded in 1998 by Benjamin Burnley in... more
54Nu metal, Heavy metal
- 10Kvelertak is a six-piece heavy metal band from Stavanger, Norway, formed in 2007. The group... more
31Progressive metal, Death 'n' roll
- 11Demons and Wizards is a power metal band conceived as a side-project by vocalist for Blind... more
41Power metal, Heavy metal
7Make Them Suffer is an Australian metalcore band from Perth, currently signed to Rise Records.
- 13Sons of Apollo is an American progressive metal supergroup formed in 2017 and composed of... more
30Progressive Metal, Hard Rock
5Lorna Shore is an American deathcore band from Warren County, New Jersey.
4Heavy Metal Band: Best Band 2020 and Beyond.
- 16King Diamond are a Danish heavy metal band formed in 1985 by vocalist King Diamond, guitarists... more
54Thrash metal, Progressive metal
- 17Apocalyptica is a Finnish metal band from Helsinki, Finland formed in 1993. The band is... more
31Thrash metal, Progressive metal
- 18Protest the Hero is a Canadian progressive metal band from Whitby, Ontario. Originally named... more
0Progressive metal, Mathcore
- 19Anvil are a Canadian heavy metal band from Toronto, Ontario, formed in 1978. The band consists... more
28Thrash metal, Power metal
- 20Psychotic Waltz is a progressive metal band formed in El Cajon, California in 1988.
22Progressive metal, Heavy metal
- 21Kirk Windstein (born April 14, 1965) is an American musician. He is a founding member of the... more
27Doom metal, Metalcore
- 22Suicide Silence is an American deathcore band from Riverside, California. Formed in 2002, the... more
40Deathcore, Heavy metal
- 23Scorpions are a German rock band formed in 1965 in Hanover by Rudolf Schenker. Since the... more
48Glam metal, Heavy metal
- 24The Ghost Inside, formerly known as A Dying Dream, is an American metalcore band from Los... more
0Metalcore, Melodic hardcore
- 25Delain is a Dutch symphonic metal band formed in 2002 by former Within Temptation keyboardist... more
32Gothic metal, Heavy metal