2020 Best of Metal: #11 Fake Names-Fake Names

Release date: March 24, 2020

Origin: United States/Sweden

Personnel: Dennis Lyxzen-vox, Brian Baker-guitar, Michael Hampon-guitar, Johnny Temple-bass, Matt Schulze-drums

Ok, I know. Not metal so much. I mean, it’s guitar driven rock, but this is kind of a pop punk album made by some punk veterans. But, as I like to say (mainly to get a rise out of my punk rock wife), punk is really best seen as a sub-genre of metal. So, it’s getting included here. Go suck eggs if you don’t like it. I’m including this album on the countdown because I just kept coming back to this album over and over throughout the year. It’s just so damn infectious. This is yet another supergroup to make the list this year and is the brain child of Brian Baker (Bad Religion/Minor Threat) and Dennis Lyxzen (Refused). This is just good jamming guitar rock.

4 flip flops out of 5

The list so far:
11. Fake Names-Fake Names
12. Kvelertak-Splid
13. King Buffalo-Dead Star
14. Sylosis-Cycle of Suffering
15. Kirk Windstein-Dream in Motion
16. Oranssi Pazuzu-Mestarin Kynsi
17. Forming the Void-Reverie
18. Lamb of God-Lamb of God
19. Demons and Wizards-III
20. Killer Be Killed-Reluctant Hero

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