Top Albums 2021

2021-12-31 2-minute read

Overall, I would say I liked this year’s crop of music better than last year’s, but not to the degree of 2019 (which was really just an amazing year). New bands I came across and really liked this year were Nahtram (instrumental folk-black metal) and Stortregn (melodic tech death)

Top Album

In Mourning - The Bleeding Veil

In Mourning - The Bleeding Veil

It took me a few spins to really get into this album. The last In Mourning album that took a while for me to “get” was The Weight of Oceans and that has become my favorite In Mourning album - so there is a lot of hope that The Bleeding Veil continues to get better (and I already really like it). This album sees In Mourning play with the more progressive elements of their sound, but still really bring the hammer when its time.

Death

It was a pretty good year for death (and related extreme) metal. I had to cut a lot of good albums to get to this list of five. Like last year, these are in alphabetical order.

Alluvian - Sarcoma Be’Lakor - Coherence Harakiri for the Sky - Maere Omnium Gatherum Stortgregn - Impermanence Valtari - Titans Call

No Death

In the realm of “everything else” there was a great crop this year. I really liked a lot of instrumental rock and shred. And post rock. Really, just a lot of great music.

For Giants - There, There Gemini Syndrome - 3rd Degree, the Raising God is an Astronaut - Ghost Tapes \#10 Nahtram - Forest of Eternal Dawn Trivium - In the Court of the Dragon Paul Wardingham - Cybergenesis

EPs

Not as many EPs this year, but these three are great.

Ehrling - Gime Me Summer, Pt. 2 Empires of Light - How to Build a Monolith Insomnium - Argent Moon