So, after much going back and forth I've come up with a top 20 list of 2020.
Here it goes:
1. Thin Lizzy – "Rock Legends"
- An outstanding compilation featuring well preserved and nicely restored demos and live recordings packed in a beautiful way. FANTASTIC!!!
2. Mephistofeles – "Satan Sex Ceremonies"
- These Argentinian retro porn rockers came in with fists held high and totally knocked me out!
3. Raven – "Metal City"
- Classic UK band Raven is back with a vengeance (not that they have ever vanished). "Metal City" is prbably my favorite Raven album since the debut!
4. Blue Öyster Cult – "The Symbol Remains"
- I must admit I wasn't expecting this AT ALL!! The last time I saw the Cult live, they were actually a little bit tired. This album is anything but "tired". Awesome!!
5. Kansas – "The Absence of Precense"
- Another band with only a few original members, where my expectations weren't sky high, even though I've thoroughly enjoyed their latest releases. This was better than expected! A killer album!
6. Raging Slab – "Sister Slab And The Boogie Coalition – Vol 1"
- Here's a band I've really missed for so long. The reason for this album may be a sad one (these were the last songs Elyse recorded before she passed away of cancer), but the album is a great one!
7. Lucifer – "III"
- Sweden based retro rockers Lucifer does a "third time lucky". Well, they have actually been "lucky" all three times!
8. Prins Svart – "Under Jord"
- Being a huge fans of their first two albums, at first I was a bit hesitant about the concept of a band like this using different singers. But after a few spins it fits like a glöve!
9. Dizzy Mizz Lizzy – "Alter Echo"
- This Danish trio totally knocked me off my feet with their debut, and they still do!
10. Wishbone Ash – "Coat of Arms"
- Another "oldie" that still deliver full on!
11. Shaggy – "Scarecrow"
- An outstanding Swedish/English band that released their first album in the 70s, disappeared and reappeared with a vengeance!
12. Wolftooth – "Valhalla"
- A new acquaintance for me. Outstanding retro rockers!!
13. Baleful Creed – "The Lowdown"
- And the UK delivers! Another "new" band for me. Ordered all their albums and wasn't disappointed - at all!
14. Perfect Plan – "Time For A Miracle"
- Perfect Plan proves Sweden delivers 100 % when it comes to melodic rock!
15. Clutch – "Weathermaker Vault Series Volume 1"
- Well, not a new album per se, but the songs haven't been properly released, it's Clutch and it's great!
16. Tragik – "Faith Healer"
- Ok, so maybe this shouldn't be in here since I play a guest solo. F**k that, this is a great album by the most prolific singer in hard edged melodic rock, Phil Vincent!
17. Future Elephants? – "Humans Passin’ Through"
- These Swedish proggy rockers continue to deliver! Another killer release!
18. Gudars Skymning – "Olycksfågel"
- Swedish retro rockers Gudars Skymning keep on keeping on!
19. Vessel Of Light - "Last Ride"
- Another kick-ass stoner album!
20. Bonehawk - "Iron Mountain"
- This outstanding album just squeezed in on last place, because I received it in the last minute. Great album!