It's that time of year again . We have needed sludge more than ever this year as it is pretty apocalyptic in nature. So here are the best of the current crop. When I am done sorting through the top 10 albums of all the respective genres, I will then compile the top 10 albums of the year. I know many of you are ready for 2020 to be over with. Hate to break it to you but nothing is getting better next year. As far as 2020 goes for sludge there are only 3 or 4 new bands on this years list .The very fact these bands made it on the list speaks to how great these albums are, so it's not a slight that the number 8 album is above the 9th album, there is something that just gives it an edge that makes me want to listen to it more. After all we can try to look cool and pick the hippest bands for a list, but at the end of the day what makes an album the best is that it makes you want more, you look forward to listening to it again. Sure you can bitch and complain about your favorite band not being on the list. However I listen to five new albums a day so yes I heard your favorite album and was not impressed. No I do not care what you think about it.I do hope you can find your next favorite on this list and have included links to reviews of these albums if you want to check out audio on these guys. Anyways here are the top 10 Sludge albums of 2020
10- Beggar- "Compelled to Repeat"
This band's sense of groove and the excellent drumming keeps the tropes of the genre in play fresh. This is s very filthy sludge still able to hold it's own in the songwriting department
7- Elephant Tree - "Habits"
This band blends elements of grunge and shoe gazing into their sound, this more varied and dynamic approach is what put them above other bands on this list.
6-Ilsa - "Preyer"
5-Today is the Day - "No Good to Anyone"
It's both heavier and more melodic than previous releases though as expected these things meet at a weirds juncture. By heavier it's more an emotional heaviness than metallic heavy. This album hits you with a depressing heaviness.
4- Chained to the Bottom of the Ocean- the Vestige"
3- Fange - "Pudeur"
At times touching on death metal, this French band goes above and beyond with heavy chaos. This could have easily been the number one album, but the top two edged them out in terms of song writing.
2- Thou & Emma Ruth Rundle - "May Our Chambers Be Full"
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