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The Best Heavy Metal Bands Of 2020, Ranked

Updated September 24, 2020 2.9k votes 341 voters 9.7k views38 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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    67

    Nightwish

    Symphonic black metal, Gothic metal
    Nightwish is a symphonic metal band from Kitee, Finland. The band was formed in 1996 by lead...  more
  • 2
    41
    37

    Lovebites

    Power metal
    Lovebites (stylized as LOVEBITES) is a Japanese all-female heavy metal band, formed in 2016 by...  more
  • 3
    40
    41

    Epica

    Progressive metal, Gothic metal
    Epica is a Dutch symphonic metal band, founded by guitarist and vocalist Mark Jansen...  more
  • 4
    42
    44

    Apocalyptica

    Thrash metal, Progressive metal
    Apocalyptica is a Finnish metal band from Helsinki, Finland formed in 1993. The band is...  more
  • 5
    93
    112

    Ozzy Osbourne

    Doom metal, Glam metal
    John Michael "Ozzy" Osbourne (born 3 December 1948) is an English singer, songwriter, actor...  more
  • 6
    116
    142

    Five Finger Death Punch

    Nu metal, Thrash metal
    Five Finger Death Punch is an American metal band from Las Vegas, Nevada. Formed in 2005, the...  more
  • 7
    68
    80

    Sepultura

    Nu metal, Heavy metal
    Sepultura (Portuguese: [ˌsepuwˈtuɾɐ], "grave") is a Brazilian heavy metal band from Belo...  more
  • 8
    35
    37

    Delain

    Gothic metal, Heavy metal
    Delain is a Dutch symphonic metal band formed in 2002 by former Within Temptation keyboardist...  more
  • 9
    42
    48

    Enslaved

    Progressive metal, Viking metal
    Enslaved is a Norwegian extreme metal band formed by Ivar Bjørnson and Grutle Kjellson in...  more
  • 10
    67
    82

    Breaking Benjamin

    Nu metal, Heavy metal
    Breaking Benjamin is an American rock band founded in 1998 by Benjamin Burnley in...  more
  • 11
    45
    52

    Static‐X

    Nu metal, Thrash metal
    Static-X is an American industrial metal band from Los Angeles, California, formed in 1994....  more
  • 12
    36
    40

    Kvelertak

    Progressive metal, Death 'n' roll
    Kvelertak is a six-piece heavy metal band from Stavanger, Norway, formed in 2007. The group...  more
  • 13
    24
    24

    The Black Dahlia Murder

    Deathcore, Melodic death metal
    The Black Dahlia Murder is an American melodic death metal band from Waterford, Michigan,...  more
  • 14
    56
    68

    King Diamond

    Thrash metal, Progressive metal
    King Diamond are a Danish heavy metal band formed in 1985 by vocalist King Diamond, guitarists...  more
  • 15
    32
    38

    Sons of Apollo

    Progressive Metal, Hard Rock
    Sons of Apollo is an American progressive metal supergroup formed in 2017 and composed of...  more
  • 16
    17
    17

    Make Them Suffer

    Make Them Suffer is an Australian metalcore band from Perth, currently signed to Rise Records.
  • 17
    46
    58

    Scorpions

    Glam metal, Heavy metal
    Scorpions are a German rock band formed in 1965 in Hanover by Rudolf Schenker. Since the...  more
  • 18
    36
    45

    Suicide Silence

    Deathcore, Heavy metal
    Suicide Silence is an American deathcore band from Riverside, California. Formed in 2002, the...  more
  • 19
    28
    33

    Anvil

    Thrash metal, Power metal
    Anvil are a Canadian heavy metal band from Toronto, Ontario, formed in 1978. The band consists...  more
  • 20
    40
    51

    Demons and Wizards

    Power metal, Heavy metal
    Demons and Wizards is a power metal band conceived as a side-project by vocalist for Blind...  more
  • 21
    12
    12

    Bleed from Within

    Heavy Metal Band: Best Band 2020 and Beyond.
  • 22
    15
    17

    Lorna Shore

    Lorna Shore is an American deathcore band from Warren County, New Jersey.
  • 23
    8
    7

    Protest the Hero

    Progressive metal, Mathcore
    Protest the Hero is a Canadian progressive metal band from Whitby, Ontario. Originally named...  more
  • 24
    7
    5

    The Ghost Inside

    Metalcore, Melodic hardcore
    The Ghost Inside, formerly known as A Dying Dream, is an American metalcore band from Los...  more
  • 25
    24
    31

    Kirk Windstein

    Doom metal, Metalcore
    Kirk Windstein (born April 14, 1965) is an American musician. He is a founding member of the...  more