The Hardest 100 celebrates the best metal songs of the past year, so who will win in 2020?

The Hardest 100 celebrates the best metal songs of the past year, so who will win in 2020?

Make Them Suffer
Words by Anna Rose

We give our Aussie forecast for this year’s countdown.

Australia’s best (and only, to my knowledge) heavy music countdown, The Faction’s Hardest 100, announced its return last week. The Faction have quickly made a place for themselves as the heavy music community’s go-to for exclusive streaming playlists, news from the best heavy outlets in Australia and exclusive announcements, spread across a variety of platforms.

Each year The Faction have held one of their Hardest countdowns, UK outfit Architects have taken out the number one. ‘Doomsday’ was voted number one in the Hardest 100 countdown in 2018, and ‘Hereafter’ reached the top spot in the Hardest 100 announced last year. So, will an Aussie act take out the top spot this year? Let’s take a quick look at some of the sensational Aussie artists featured in last year’s countdown to get you thinking.

Make Them Suffer – ‘27’

Like a car coming to a horrifyingly fast stop, Perth metalcore lads Make Them Suffer grind their gears through this vibrant and harmonic banger, sparing no effort in making their sound as gnarly as humanly possible. Epic song.

Like Thieves – ‘Never See It Coming’

Oof, what a bassline! Brisbane’s Like Thieves took out the middle spot at #50 in last year’s countdown, and rightly so. There’s a very In Flames-meets-System Of A Down thing going on here and it’s pretty exciting.

Alpha Wolf – ‘Black Mamba’

The opening vocals on this one from Alpha Wolf are kinda scary, but I suppose that’s the point.  Alpha Wolf were out to make their mark with this one. Melbourne’s own guttural guys scooted into #2 (so close!) with this heaving track, ‘Black Mamba’.

Hellions – ‘Smile’

If ever there was a contender for a heavy music anthem a song that simply brings people together would be this absolute banger from Hellions. Placing at #10 in last year’s countdown, it rightly deserved a place in the top ten.

Public voting for the Hardest 100 of 2019 is open now and closes on March 13 at 5pm AEDT before the final results are revealed through The Faction’s website, live on March 22.