The Best Albums of October 2020

Our 15 favorite albums from the past month.

The two songs at the heart of Robert Johnson’s devil myth

A pair of tracks that helped to build on the myth of the devil at the crossroads.

Mercyful Fate Into the Coven

How Mercyful Fate’s “Into the Coven” became a focal point during the Satanic Panic

Tipper Gore, the Filthy Fifteen, and a nation gone absolutely bonkers.

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Shadow of the Horns: Who has the best discography in metal?

Which is the best album-for-album band in all of metal?

Sunn O))) Bathory Erszebet

Sunn O)))’s “Bathory Erszebet” is myth-making horror drone

A story of (maybe) true horror, told inside a coffin

Slint Good Morning Captain

The haunting of Slint’s “Good Morning, Captain”

How the Louisville indie rock legends launched some grim legends of their own.

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The Best Albums of September 2020

There’s a lot happening right now. There’s an election just a little over a month…

Prince Dream Factory

Reassembling Prince’s Dream Factory

Putting back the pieces of Prince’s “lost” 1986 album.

Bruce Springsteen Johnny 99

How Bruce Springsteen’s “Johnny 99” ended up an unlikely political statement

“Born in the U.S.A.” wasn’t a message of conservative optimism, and neither was this.

Shadow of the Horns: A fall metal-stravaganza

Twelve of the best new metal tracks of the month—that’s right twelve!

The Best Albums of August 2020

Twelve albums from the past month that you need to hear, from grunge to avant-garde jazz.

Finding Peace of Mind in Doom Metal

A meditation on doom metal and self-care, and finding the right balance.

Jim Sullivan’s “U.F.O.” and the story of his strange disappearance

How the California singer/songwriter’s 1969 song possibly foretold of his disappearance six years later.

The Best Albums of July 2020

Thirteen favorites from the last 31 days (give or take an extra week or two).

Shadow of the Horns: Heavy Metal Summer

Everything sucks, but we can still have fun by playing metal really loud.

Bobbie Gentry’s “Ode to Billie Joe” captured cruel detachment in the face of tragedy

Blood on the Tracks returns with a Southern gothic tale of suicide and unconscious cruelty.

Camel Snow Goose

Working through grief and healing through Camel’s ‘The Snow Goose’

The therapeutic qualities of an iconic ’70s instrumental prog record.

Shadow of the Horns: Gateway Grunge

How Alice in Chains, Soundgarden and Nirvana made me love metal.

The Best Albums of May 2020

Our nine favorite records of the past month.