Sounds from the Dark Side top albums of 2020 (until now)

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Behold! These are 10 of the most infectious pieces of music we heard so far. 


Sex Swing – Type II
Type II is a 40 minute overwhelming alt-noise ride into deep madness not made for the faint hearted. POW! BAM! WHAM! BANG! …Boy!… this could be one of our best albums of 2020 (WRM – SftDS review).

Brothers of Metal – Emblas Saga
Hailing from Sweden, these Brothers and Sister of metal found a way to improve and expand upon their sound on this sophomore album and have created a genre highlight in the process (RP – SftDS review).

OOIOO – nijimusi
Japanese hardcore-meets-IDM-meets-punk-meets-prog-meets… On nijimusi, OOIOO precisely dissects traditional structures with some sharp zig-zags and shape-shifts. “Oh Yoshimi, they don’t believe me” (WRM – SftDS review).

Magnum – The Serpent Rings
Still showing no sign of slowing down, Magnum’s 21st album sounds remarkably spry and definitely holds up well next to their classic work (RP – SftDS review).

Wrekmeister Harmonies – We Love to Look at the Carnage
We Love to Look at the Carnage is a deep dive into emotionally-charged doom folk. It’s an intense but  worthwhile listen that’s mostly dark but also shows signs of optimsm.  If you listen very very closely that is (WRM – SftDS review).   

Lovebites – Electric Pentagram
Japan’s Lovebites have really knocked it out of the park when it comes to melodic power metal with a bite on their third album. Highly recommended and highly electric (RP – SftDS review)!

Sorry – 925
Millennials Asha Lorenz and Louis O’Bryen threw some half-thoughts ideas against a wall and most kept sticking. 925 is distinctive, refreshing and is even recognizable for us older youngsters. What more could we ask for (WRM – SftDS review)?

Grave Digger – Fields of Blood
After forty years, Grave Digger have just dropped one of their better albums with this new collection of songs based upon Scotland and its many battles. There’s just no stopping these Germans (RP)!

Sunwatchers – Oh Yeah?
Combine psychedelics, jazz, noise, free rock and experimental music and chances are you will end up with this Sunwatchers release in your hands. It happened to us and it should happen to you as well (WRM).

Alestorm – Curse of the Crystal Coconut
Rum, parrots, peglegs and a lot of laughs: Curse of the Crystal Coconut has everything you need from a pirate-y folk metal album. Yarrrrrrr (RP – SftDS review)!

Stay safe,
Wander (WRM) & Ralph (RP) – 300620

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