Best of 2020: John Haseltine

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Top 20 list for 2020 by John Haseltine

This list is always a tricky one for me to do each year. While I have narrowed it down to these 20 for the site, there were/are so many other albums released in 2020 that I have not had the chance to listen to yet. As for my numbering order, this as well was just as tricky. Number 4 through 20 are really all tied for fourth place. Haha. They are all pretty great albums.

1. Mors Principium Est – Seven
I did not review this album this year, but there is not a Mors Principium Est release that goes unnoticed by these ears. This is Finnish metal at its best. Technical and heavy with plenty of moments of melody throughout. The precision these guys throw out is some of the best in the business. Great album from start to finnish! Pun intended.
2. Stryper – Even The Devil Believes
Michael Sweet and company unleash a bit of controversy once again with the release of EVEN THE DEVIL BELIEVES. I am not quite sure why so many reviewers say such harsh words about such a great band. This is a hard driving album right from the get-go. Well, I suppose there are a couple of not-so-heavy tracks, but they are just as good and in the Stryper fashion. Just another great album by a band that stands behind its beliefs and will not stand down. It does not get any more metal than that.
3. Iron Angel – Emerald Eyes
I am not sure what it is about this release, but it has been one I have gone back to listen to several times after my initial review of it. This is just an all-around good album by Iron Angel that see them picking up on the heaviness with a beautifully written set of songs.

4. Haunt – Mind Freeze
5. Annihilator – Ballistic, Sadistic
6. Testament – Titans Of Creation
7. Midnight – Rebirth By Blasphemy
8. Withering Surface – Meet Your Maker
9. Raven – Metal City
10. Evilcult – At The Darkest Night
11. Lord Vigo – Danse de Noir
12. Manticora – To Live To Kill To Live
13. Porta Nigra – Schopfungswut
14. Raider – Guardian Of The Fire
15. Runescarred – The Distant Infinite
16. Torch – Reignited
17. Demoniac – So It Goes
18. Harlott – Detritus Of The Final Age
19. Accuser – Accuser
20. October Falls – A Fall Of Epoch