Reviewers 2020 Top 5 – Paul Hutchings

End of year lists are always massively subjective. I love many genres. My top 50 of 2020 ranges from The Pineapple Thief to Sodom.

My top 10 albums of the year from across the board has been published elsewhere. But this is the UK Thrashers site, so I’ve focused on UK thrash. And it’s been a very rich year with numerous bands spewing forth stunningly good records. Variety has certainly been the spice of life as well, with traditional old school thrash, the more technical metalcore blend and the continued revival of blackened thrash metal all alive, kicking and punching. In a year of utter shit for so many things, the emergence of new blood does give us hope for 2021.

Anyway, here’s my top five UK thrash albums of 2020.

5 Devastator – Baptised in Blasphemy
Simply a brutal slab of blackened thrash. More refreshing than a cold lager on a hot day.

4 Moshing the Roof On – Various
A great cause, and 26 slices of UK thrash. Simple really.

3 Gama Bomb – Sea Savage
A grower of an album. It’s been on repeat since I reviewed it for Powerplay magazine and it just gets better and better. Worth it’s place in the top 5 for Miami Supercop on its own.

2 Onslaught – Generation Antichrist
A ferocious return to the early days with a modern production. A few people I know have slated this album as being safe. I disagree completely.

1 Shrapnel – Palace of the Insane
Released early in the year, this is another album that has been in regular rotation. It’s a superb, accomplished record that improves on every play.

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