We're more than halfway through 2020 and this year is moving at a strange pace, but sometimes you need to take a minute, look back on the good parts of the year, and/or lose yourself in some great music. We recently posted some of our favorite hardcore, punk, emo/sceamo/post-hardcore, and folk albums of 2020 (so far), and here's a list of 15 metal albums released so far this year that we love. If you're looking for something new in this realm -- or just looking for something to dive back into -- these albums may be a good place to start. Read on for our picks (in no particular order) and let us know what other new metal albums you've been digging in the comments.

Also, there are a few very metal-friendly albums on our hardcore list, including Xibalba, Gulch, Drain, and more.

SEE ALSO:

* 12 must-hear hardcore albums and EPs from 2020 (so far)

* 12 must-hear punk albums of 2020 (so far)

* 14 must-hear emo/sceamo/post-hardcore albums of 2020 (so far)

* 18 must-hear folk albums of 2020 (so far)