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The Best Heavy Metal Bands Of 2020, Ranked 

Kareem Gantt
Updated January 22, 2020 235 votes 28 voters 30 items

List Rules Only current bands and artists releasing new music in 2020

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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Ozzy Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Heavy Metal Bands Of 2020, Ranked
Doom metal, Glam metal, Blues-rock
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 ...more
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Delain is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Heavy Metal Bands Of 2020, Ranked
Gothic metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal
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
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Demons and Wizards is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Heavy Metal Bands Of 2020, Ranked
Power metal, Heavy metal
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 ...more
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Scorpions is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Heavy Metal Bands Of 2020, Ranked
Glam metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock
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 ...more
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Lordi is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Heavy Metal Bands Of 2020, Ranked
Horror punk, Glam metal, Progressive metal
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 ...more
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King Diamond is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Heavy Metal Bands Of 2020, Ranked
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Black metal
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 ...more
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Hollywood Undead is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Heavy Metal Bands Of 2020, Ranked
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Nu metal
Hollywood Undead is an American rap rock band from Los Angeles, California. They released their debut album, Swan Songs, on September 2, 2008, and their live CD/DVD Desperate Measures, on ...more
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Five Finger Death Punch ... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Heavy Metal Bands Of 2020, Ranked
Nu metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal
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 ...more
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Sepultura is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Heavy Metal Bands Of 2020, Ranked
Nu metal, Heavy metal, Extreme metal
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 ...more
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Wolf is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Heavy Metal Bands Of 2020, Ranked
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The Ocean is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Heavy Metal Bands Of 2020, Ranked
Doom metal, Post-metal, Progressive metal
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
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Enslaved is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Heavy Metal Bands Of 2020, Ranked
Progressive metal, Viking metal, Black metal
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 ...more
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Sons of Apollo is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Heavy Metal Bands Of 2020, Ranked
Progressive Metal, Hard Rock
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
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Breaking Benjamin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Heavy Metal Bands Of 2020, Ranked
Nu metal, Heavy metal, Post-grunge
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 ...more
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Apocalyptica is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Heavy Metal Bands Of 2020, Ranked
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Cello rock
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 ...more
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Lovebites is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Heavy Metal Bands Of 2020, Ranked
Power metal
Lovebites (stylized as LOVEBITES) is a Japanese all-female heavy metal band, formed in 2016 by former Destrose members Miho and Haruna.
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Beneath the Massacre is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Heavy Metal Bands Of 2020, Ranked
Deathcore, Technical death metal, Heavy metal
Beneath the Massacre is a Canadian deathcore band from Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Their debut album, Evidence of Inequity, was released in 2005, under Galy Records. In early 2006, the band signed ...more
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Rage is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Heavy Metal Bands Of 2020, Ranked
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal
Rage is a German heavy metal band, formed in 1984 founded by Peter "Peavy" Wagner. They were part of the German heavy/speed/power metal scene to emerge in the early to mid-1980s, along ...more
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Static‐X is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Heavy Metal Bands Of 2020, Ranked
Nu metal, Thrash metal, Industrial metal
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
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Kvelertak is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Heavy Metal Bands Of 2020, Ranked
Progressive metal, Death 'n' roll, Black metal
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, ...more
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Psychotic Waltz is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Heavy Metal Bands Of 2020, Ranked
Progressive metal, Heavy metal
Psychotic Waltz is a progressive metal band formed in El Cajon, California in 1988.
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Clint Lowery is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Heavy Metal Bands Of 2020, Ranked
Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal
Clint Edward Lowery (born December 15, 1971) is an American musician, songwriter and producer, best known as the lead guitarist and backing vocalist of the heavy metal band Sevendust. He has ...more
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Suicide Silence is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Heavy Metal Bands Of 2020, Ranked
Deathcore, Heavy metal
Suicide Silence is an American deathcore band from Riverside, California. Formed in 2002, the band has released four full-length studio albums, one EP and eleven music videos. They have received ...more
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Biff Byford is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Heavy Metal Bands Of 2020, Ranked
New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock
Peter Rodney "Biff" Byford (born 15 January 1951) is an English singer best known as the lead singer of the heavy metal band Saxon.
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Intronaut is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Heavy Metal Bands Of 2020, Ranked
Post-metal, Progressive metal, Progressive rock
Intronaut is a progressive metal band from Los Angeles, California that incorporates complex polyrhythms, progressive rock, and jazz. Intronaut features former members of Anubis Rising, Exhumed, ...more