Doom Charts 2020 Favorites – Jim ‘Tastes Like Dirt’ Thompson

Best of 2020 – Heavy in the Hills – Jim Thompson

Here’s my list where I compare apples to oranges. My number one and number two picks this year are perfect examples of that. Two albums that couldn’t be more different but I love them both. How do you (or I) decide which one is better than the other. How do I make a list of the top 10, or 20 or 50? What about the albums I missed or the ones I haven’t heard yet? These are all things that factor in and ultimately make it difficult and stressful for me to make these year end list. Well, I guess it’s fun. I guess. This year to help keep track of albums, I started a spreadsheet. I ranked albums to remind myself of ones that may have fallen through the cracks months into the year. The spreadsheet also helped to track the stuff I played on my radio show. At the end of the year I ended up with almost 700 albums I listened to in their entirety at least once. That doesn’t include all the times I listened to Van Halen or John Coltrane or the latest abstract Hip Hop releases. Ultimately, I know you, the people just couldn’t get along without knowing my top 99 releases of 2020. I’m doing it for you, my friends.

  1. Oranssi Pazuzu – Mestarin kynsi – Psyche out trip out.

  2. Witchskull – A Driftwood Cross – Stoner Metal, Doom Metal
    https://open.spotify.com/album/5b4aABsWm3BjaGwAJbnawk

  3. Vile Creature – Glory Glory Apathy Took Helm – Atmospheric Sludge Doom Screaming

  4. King Buffalo – Dead Star – psychedelic-rock, shoegaze, heavy-psych, Stoner

  5. Tar Pond – Electric Protocol of Constant Sadness – Doom Metal

  6. Sons of Otis – Isolation – Doom Stoner Metal

  7. Witchfucker – Afterhour in Walhalla – Stoner metal with shoegaze elements as well as saxophone sometimes and a bunch of racket…and tribal stuff. Killer album! Male and female vocals back and forth here and there. Instrumental passages. Vibraphone and drill.

  8. Hair of the Dog – It’s Just A Ride – Hard Rock Psychedelic

  9. Steinsopp – Luggefore

  10. Orgone – MOS/FET – Heavy psyche Space Rock

  11. Ulcerate – Stare Into Death and Be Still – Technical Death Metal Blackened Atmospheric

  12. Huntsmen – Mandala of Fear – Atmospheric Post Metal

  13. Goatriders – The Magicians’ Keep – Guitar driven murky non stop psych rock mid speed tugger. Bluesy psych mellowness too. Heavy psych space out.

  14. Swamp Lantern – Phantasms

  15. Ape Skull – Fields of Unconscious – Retro proto metal.70’s vintage, hard-rock, blues-rock, psychedelic-rock, acid-rock, soul, Funky

  16. Dixie Goat – There’s No Light Without Darkness – Stoner Metal Doom Grunge

  17. Molassess – Through The Hollow – Progressive Occult

  18. Population II – A la O Terre – Psychedelic Rock

  19. Thanatos – Violent Death Rituals – Death Thrash

  20. Vitskar Suden – Vitskar Suden – atmospheric Doom, Blues, Psych, Progressive

  21. Gargoyl – Gargoyl – Progressive

  22. Elephant Tree – Habits – heavy-psych, doom, psychedelic-rock, shoegaze, metal

  23. Sleeping Village – Holy Water Retro NWOBHM Doom Metal Stoner Metal

  24. Wailin Storms – Rattle – Gothic Death rock. Soaring guitars. Haunting.

  25. Cardinals’ Folly – Defying the Righteous Way – Traditional Doom Metal

  26. Curse the Son – Excruciation – Thick riffs that chug, plow and steamroll right along with psychedelic vocal harmonies, angry also depressed, but you’re also winning with authority and spacey sections. Vocals sometimes sound like Ozzy, sometimes Chris Cornell. Sometimes Alice in Chains backing harmonies. Also some bluesy bits.

  27. Phe – Glooming Dawn – Stoner Metal
  28. Lophius – Their Poison our Antidote – Stoner Doom Sludge
  29. Goden – Beyond Darkness – Death Doom Metal
  30. Bone Church – Acid Communion – Screaming guitar attack. High energy thick 70’s metal.
  31. Fostermother – Fostermother – Doom Metal Stoner Metal
  32. Kadavar – The Isolation Tapes – 60’s psychedelic, psychedelic-rock, progressive-rock space, rock
  33. They Watch Us From the Moon – Moon Zoom – Doomy spacey psychedelic heaviness.
  34. Tombstone Eyes – Land in the Sky – Hammond Occult and sax!
  35. Zyclops – Inheritance of Ash – Atmospheric Sludge
  36. UUBBUURRUU – UUBBUURRUU – 70´s Psych, Rock, Stoner
  37. Lucid Grave – Goddess of Misery – Doom Metal Stoner Metal
  38. Kryptograf – Kryptograf – proto-.metal, hard-rock, 70’s, psychedelic-rock, progressive-rock
  39. Black Bile – The Substance – Doom Metal Stoner Metal
  40. Slow Green Thing – Amygdala – Doom Stoner Metal
  41. Lucifer’s Children – Devil Worship – Evil old school occult doom.
  42. Lowrider – Refractions – desert-rock, fuzz, heavy-psych, Stoner
  43. Lacertilia – Calling the Quarters – Psychedelic Stoner Doom Metal
  44. Acid Mammoth – Under Acid Hoof – Stoner Metal Doom
  45. Bogwife – Halls of Rebirth – heavy-psych, stoner, doom
  46. Acid Mess – Sangre de otros mundos – heavy-psych, psychedelic-rock, alternative, progressive-rock, 90’s, rock
  47. Expander – Neuropunk Boostergang – Beefed up Noise rock on steroids times ten.
  48. Uada – Djinn – Atmospheric Black Metal
  49. Krakslott – Krakslott – Huge riff heaviness with evil vocals. Similar to Graves at Sea, Corrupted, Electric Wizard ect pound it!
  50. Familiars – All in Good Time – desert-rock, heavy-psych, shoegaze, stonergaze, stoner, psychedelic-rock
  51. Bong Wizard – Left Hand Pass – Stoner Doom
  52. Bohren & der Club of Gore – Patchouli Blue – Dark Jazz
  53. Hail Spirit Noir – Eden in Reverse – Progressive Psychedelic
  54. Eye of Doom – Curse of the Pharaoh – Doom Stoner Metal
  55. The Brothers Keg – Folklore, Myths and Legends of the Brothers Keg – Stoner
  56. Dungeon Weed – Mind Palace of the Mushroom God – Stoner Metal Guitar rock out
  57. Huanastone – Third Stone From the Sun – Stoner
  58. Dead Quiet – Truth and Ruin – Hammond Stoner Metal
  59. Mountain Witch – Extinct Cults – Doom Heavy Psych
  60. Proscription – Conduit – Blackened Death
  61. The Wizar’d – Subterranean Exile – Traditional Doom Metal
  62. Butterfly – Doorways of Time – Hard Rock
  63. Humulus – The Deep – heavy-psych, psychedelic-rock, Stoner
  64. Grave Disgrace – Rest in Peace – Doom Metal Stoner Metal
  65. Ecclesia – De Ecclesiae Universalis – Doom Metal Heavy Metal
  66. Pyrrhon – Abscess Time – Technical Death and beyond
  67. Ruff Majik – The Devil’s Cattle – Stoner Blues Psych
  68. Ritual King – Ritual King – Stoner
  69. Lord Buffalo – Tohu wa bohu – Psychedelic folk mello
  70. Kind – Mental Nudge – Stoner Metal Heavy Psych
  71. Mount Hush – Mount Hush – 70’s, heavy-blues, heavy-psych, psychedelic-rock, retro-rock, Stoner
  72. Aunt Cynthia’s Cabin – Misty Woman – Retro proto metal rock out! Heavy psych.
  73. Novarupta – Marine Show – Post Metal Atmospheric
  74. Sleepwulf – Sleepwulf – Retro occult doom. 70’s, blues-rock, vintage, hard-rock, retro-rock
  75. Outsideinside – II – Retro 70’s jam rock.
  76. Hex A.D. – Astro Tongue in the Electric Garden – Stoner Metal Heavy Psych
  77. Imperial Triumphant – Alphaville – Technical Avant Metal
  78. Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs – Viscerals – Stoner Metal Heavy Psych
  79. Tombs – Monarchy of Shadows – Black Metal
  80. Hydra – From Light to the Abyss – Stoner
  81. Psychlona – Venus Skytrip – desert-rock, fuzz, stoner, heavy-psych, proto-metal
  82. Kult of the Wizard – Gold – Doom Metal Stoner
  83. Lucid Vox – We Are – Psychedelic
  84. Dark Buddha Rising – Mathreyata – Doom atmospheric sludge
  85. Rezn – Chaotic Divine – heavy-psych, stoner, hard-rock, psychedelic-rock, doom
  86. Thou – A Primer of Holy Words – Sludge Doom
  87. Temple of the Fuzz Witch – Red Tide – Doom Metal Stoner
  88. Sun Crow – Quest for Oblivion – atmospheric heavy slow riffs
  89. Dirt Woman – The Glass Cliff – Stoner Doom Metal
  90. Ysgaroth – Storm Over A Black Sea – Black Metal
  91. Kitchen Witch – Earth and Ether – Stoner
  92. Neptunian Maximalism – Eons – Avant Jazz Metal
  93. Fiona Apple – Fetch the Bolt Cutters – Progressive Pop
  94. Beltez – A Grey Chill and A Whisper – Black Metal
  95. Ulthar – Providence – Blackened Death
  96. Bait – Revelation of the Pure – Blackened Atmospheric Sludge
  97. Calligram – The Eye is the First Circle – Black Crust
  98. Desert Storms – Omens – Metal
  99. Spirit Possession – Spirit Possession – Black Metal

One thought on “Doom Charts 2020 Favorites – Jim ‘Tastes Like Dirt’ Thompson

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s