From its origin in the mid 1970s and onward, punk music has had a knack for speaking truth to power through its raw energy and anti-establishment sentiment. It makes sense then, that in a year as chaotic as 2020, many of us will turn to punk to help ourselves make sense of the world.
2020 has been an impressive year for metal. Legends and well established artists, as well as the stars of tomorrow, have released music of high quality across all subgenres. This is the the sound of Metal 2020.
This year hasn’t been easy for the music community, or any community for that matter. However, it has certainly underlined the importance of music and the role it has to play to unite us, heal us and make the hard times more bearable.
2019 has proved to be an truly excellent year for vigorous, no-frills punk rock, which often doubles as the voice of cultural protest. This playlist is a living testament to what a great year it's been for punks of all ages.
The nominees for the Best Metal Performance Grammy for 2020 have been revealed with Tool, Killswitch Engage, Candlemass, Death Angel and I Prevail all getting the nod. The nominees for the Best Metal Performance at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards are:
Any Decent Music? compiled the rankings from all those magazines, newspapers and websites which publish their albums of the year. The end result is a comprehensive reflection of the critical favourites of the year. It's the ultimate, definitive "Best of the Best Albums of 2019" chart.
Metal has always thrived by extremes, despair, triumph, destruction, rebirth. The Playlist aims togive you the cream of the crop, whether it’s technical visionaries or darkened doom, grim black metal or hard-hitting metalcore.
Heavy metal thrived in the 2010s, thanks to a wide-range of stellar albums from an eclectic mix of bands. While there is an inherent heaviness throughout the metal universe, different subgenres have expanded the realm of what is considered “metal.”
Rough Trade Albums of the Year is a reflection of an album’s year within the Rough Trade community. Informed by what you talk to us about, what’s been in most demand across our shops and what we’ve been lusting, loving and lauding throughout 2019