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12.12.21 VacantPlanet's 2021 AOTY List 12.20.20 Vacant Planet's 2020
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VacantPlanet's 2021 AOTY List

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55Misotheist
For the Glory of Your Redeemer


** EP **

(Black Metal)

Highlight: Rope and Hammer

https://terraturpossessions.bandcamp.com/album/for-the-glory-of-your-redeemer"
54Yukika
Timeabout,


** EP **

(City Pop)

Highlight: Time Travel

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zhm4InN7Ajk
53NNAMDI
Are You Happy


** EP **

(Electronic / R&B / Experimental)

Highlight: Barely Reason For A Smile

https://nnamdiogbonnaya.bandcamp.com/album/are-you-happy
52Lexie Liu
Gone Gold


** EP **

(Pop)

Highlight: 了

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=47dVN-vc6PE
51Pa Salieu
Afrikan Rebel


** EP **

(UK Drill / Afropop)

Highlight: Style & Fashion

Three very different tracks, all fire.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JT-0NwoADO0
50Charnel Grounds
Molecular Entropy Examined in the Bowels of a Grea


** EP **

(Death Metal)

Highlight: Desecration of the Host: Madness Complete

Artificial Brain methadone

https://charnelgrounds.bandcamp.com/album/molecular-entropy-examined-in-the-bowels-of-a-great-one
49Elori Saxl
The Blue of Distance


** Honorable Mention **

(Ambient / Electronic / Experimental)

Highlight: Wave I

Samples of flowing water and blowing wind processed to mimic warbling modular synths (and vice versa). Not one I'll revisit often but it is a very cool concept and worth checking out at least once.

https://elorisaxl.bandcamp.com/album/the-blue-of-distance
48Brand of Sacrifice
Lifeblood


** Honorable Mention **

(Deathcore)

Highlight: Vengeance

Solid deathcore elevated by the use of fat synths (similar to those used by Mick Gordon in DOOM's OST) and subtle industrial elements.

https://brandofsacrifice.bandcamp.com/album/lifeblood
47Tyler, the Creator
CALL ME IF YOU GET LOST


** Honorable Mention **

(Hip-Hop)

Highlight: MANIFESTO

Love to see Tyler riding aggressive beats again. Don't love DJ Drama's semi-frequent interjections but it's not a dealbreaker.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VnDXCoHRl4o
46Sun-El Musician
African Electronic Dance Music


** Honorable Mention **

(House)

Highlight: Amateki

House music from South Africa with lots of polish and hypnotic good vibes. Great for long scenic drives.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QENRVxmqSdk
45Really From
Really From


** Honorable Mention **

(Math Rock / Jazz / Emo)

Highlight: Quirk

Cool blend of sounds but unfortunately the vocals and lyrics can be pretty weak relative to everything else. Excited to see what they do next.

https://reallyfrom.bandcamp.com/album/really-from
44C. Tangana
El Madrileño


** Honorable Mention **

(Latin / R&B)

Highlight: Ingobernable

I just want a full album of flamenco inspired pop like "Ingobernable". Rest of the album is ok.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uV0r4a2QVkQ
43Gold Necklace
Gold Necklace


** Honorable Mention **

(Pop / Math Rock / R&B)

Highlight: I Felt It Too

This mix of genres just works. I would prefer a little bit more risk taking but overall this is quite solid.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4VEmUu9JDOo
42BRUIT
The Machine Is Burning...


** Honorable Mention **

(Post-Rock)

Highlight: The Machine Is Burning

Post rock is dead (now with synths and orchestral arrangements)

https://bruitofficial.bandcamp.com/album/the-machine-is-burning-and-now-everyone-knows-it-could-happen-again
41Thermohaline
Maelstrom


** Honorable Mention **

(Blackened Death Metal)

Highlight: Adamastor

Production is awful and songwriting can be a little uneven but there's a lot of very cool and unique ideas in here. Definitely a project to keep an eye on.

https://thermohaline.bandcamp.com/album/maelstr-m
40Nubiyan Twist
Freedom Fables


** Honorable Mention **

(UK Soul / RnB)

Highlight: Tittle Tattle

Tittle Tattle is one of my favorite tracks of the year and a clear album highlight - the rest of the album is still pretty good although lacking a bit of punch for my tastes.

https://nubiyantwist.bandcamp.com/album/freedom-fables
39Valerie June
The Moon And Stars: Prescriptions for Dreamers


(Soul / R&B / Folk)

Highlight: You And I

Powerful, mesmerizing voice.

https://valeriejune.bandcamp.com/album/the-moon-and-stars-prescriptions-for-dreamers
38Plebeian Grandstand
Rien ne suffit


(Blackened Mathcore / Industrial)

Highlight: Part maudite

(see #32)

https://plebeiangrandstand.bandcamp.com/album/rien-ne-suffit
37Thy Catafalque
Vadak


(Black Metal)

Highlight: Gömböc

Thy Catafalque albums are always weird, but this one benefits by also putting some solid riffs front and center.

https://thycatafalqueuk.bandcamp.com/album/vadak
36ZOC
PvP


(J-Pop)

Highlight: family name PvP版

90 min gauntlet of high energy J-Pop bangers. Recent drama is kind of a bummer but the music rules so...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqa_qEZKCEU
https://ototoy.jp/_/default/p/792959
35Wolves in the Throne Room
Primordial Arcana


(Black Metal)

Highlight: Primal Chasm (Gift of Fire)

Larger emphasis on riffs rather than drawn out builds is highly appreciated.

https://wolvesinthethroneroom.bandcamp.com/album/primordial-arcana
34Mortiferum
Preserved in Torment


(Death Metal)

Highlight: Exhumed from Mortal Spheres

Not usually a fan of death-doom but these guys really know how to use dynamics to make the most of each bludgeoning riff.

https://mortiferum.bandcamp.com/album/preserved-in-torment
33Twice
Formula of Love: O+T=<3


(Pop)

Highlight: Cruel

Bend the knee.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQXBAGVSOyY
32Frontierer
Oxidized


(Mathcore)

Highlight: Glacial Plasma

This band would be unstoppable if they figured out how to use dynamics, but alas...

https://frontierer.bandcamp.com/album/oxidized
31Iglooghost
Lei Line Eon


(Electronic)

Highlight: Sylph Fossil

Enjoyable, but doesn't hit as quite as hard when sober.

https://iglooghost.bandcamp.com/album/lei-line-eon
30Raphael Weinroth-Browne
Worlds Within Live


(Post-Rock / Experimental)

Highlight: Tumult I-II-III

Huge sounds from a single cello and a loop pedal.

https://raphaelweinroth-browne.bandcamp.com/album/worlds-within-live
29Atrae Bilis
Apexapien


(Death Metal)

Highlight: Bacterium Abloom

Fellow riff-fiends, look no further. 20 Buck Spin stays undefeated.

https://listen.20buckspin.com/album/apexapien
28Arooj Aftab
Vulture Prince


(Jazz / World / Minimalist)

Highlight: Mohabbat

Empty spaces.

https://aroojaftab.bandcamp.com/album/vulture-prince
27Parannoul
To See the Next Part of the Dream


(Shoegaze / Indie)

Highlight: White Ceiling

우울하다

https://parannoul.bandcamp.com/album/to-see-the-next-part-of-the-dream
26Phrenelith
Chimaera


(Death Metal)

Highlight: Gorgonhead

Half court buzzer beater. Go back and edit your AOTY lists.

https://nuclearwinterrecords.bandcamp.com/album/chimaera
25MouthBreather (USA-MA)
I'm Sorry Mr. Salesman


(Mathcore)

Highlight: Cotton Short

Rabid

https://mouthbreathercult.bandcamp.com/album/im-sorry-mr-salesman
24Yukichikasaku/men
Karada Portable


(J-Pop)

Highlight: ムーヴ

Off-kilter J-pop backed by jazzy keyboards that never stop moving. FFO: Hakushi Hasegawa

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LhAvRK7s5UM
https://ototoy.jp/_/default/p/760783
23Palsied
Certain Death Austerities


(Death Metal)

Highlight: Beyond Blood Potential

One of those albums that feels like the band itself is just moments from losing control of their own monstrous creations.

https://palsied.bandcamp.com/album/certain-death-austerities
22Vince Staples
Vince Staples


(Hip-Hop)

Highlight: TAKE ME HOME

"I preach what I practice, these streets all I've known
And there's no place like home
No place like home"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5sanBok8Hd8
21Every Time I Die
Radical


(Metalcore)

Highlight: Hostile Architecture

Infectuous energy.

https://everytimeidie.bandcamp.com/album/radical
20Rhododendron
Protozoan Battle Hymns


(Noise / Post-Hardcore / Experimental)

Highlight: Garden of Earthly Delights

Weird as hell.

https://rhododendronpdx.bandcamp.com/album/protozoan-battle-hymns
19She Said Destroy
Succession


(Post-Hardcore / Black Metal / Punk / etc)

Highlight: Sharpening the Blade

What this lacks in cohesion it more than makes up with creativity.
FFO: Rolo Tomassi

https://shesaiddestroynorway.bandcamp.com/album/succession
18Sallow Moth
Stasis Cocoon


(Death Metal)

Highlight: Phantasmal Sphere of the Shadowmage Infiltrator

Chunky knuckledragging death metal riffs with just the right amount of proggy / technical flair. Also peep their split with swampy avant-garde weirdos Vmthanaachth.

https://sallowmoth.bandcamp.com/album/stasis-cocoon
https://sallowmoth.bandcamp.com/album/split-with-vmthanaachth
17Renata Flores
Isqun


(Latin / Hip-Hop / Pop)

Highlight: Francisca Pizarro

Exciting debut from emerging Peruvian artist with feminist and anti-colonial messages. Renata switches effortlessly between Spanish and Peru's indigenous Quechua language across the entire album.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nv1R6NaYE18
16LLNN
Unmaker


(Post-Metal)

Highlight: Forger

More albums should use heavily processed samples of chainsaws during breakdowns.

https://llnn.bandcamp.com/album/unmaker
15Suffering Hour
The Cyclic Reckoning


(Blackened Death Metal)

Highlight: Obscuration

Surprisingly trippy.

https://sufferinghour.bandcamp.com/album/the-cyclic-reckoning
14Rochelle Jordan
Play With the Changes


(R&B / Pop)

Highlight: Next 2 You

Everything from bouncy dance, sultry R&B, and sweaty dnb-ish tracks.

https://rochellejordan.bandcamp.com/album/play-with-the-changes
13Archspire
Bleed the Future


(Death Metal)

Highlight: A.U.M.

Proving that treading water at the speed of light can still be thrilling.

https://archspire.bandcamp.com/album/bleed-the-future
12CHVRCHES
Screen Violence


(Pop)

Highlight: How Not to Drown

Punchy, focused, and catchy as hell.

https://chvrches.bandcamp.com/album/screen-violence-directors-cut
11Backxwash
I LIE HERE BURIED WITH MY RINGS AND MY DRESSES


(Hip Hop / Industrial)

Highlight: BURN TO ASHES

Brutal and disorienting

https://backxwash.bandcamp.com/album/i-lie-here-buried-with-my-rings-and-my-dresses
10Glassing
Twin Dream


(Post-Metal)

Highlight: Absolute Virtue

Heavier, weirder, and more dynamic than anything they've done before.

https://glassing.bandcamp.com/album/twin-dream
9Ethereal Shroud
Trisagion


(Black Metal)

Highlight: Chasmal Fires

15 year gestation period pays off.

https://etherealshroud.bandcamp.com/album/trisagion
8Trophy Scars
Astral Pariah


(Post-Hardcore / Blues)

Highlight: Mother

You will reincarnate as a vengeful cowboy.

https://trophyscars.bandcamp.com/album/astral-pariah
7The Armed
Ultrapop


(Hardcore / Noise Rock)

Highlight: BAD SELECTION

Time to mosh in a ghillie suit.

https://thearmed.bandcamp.com/album/ultrapop
6Parannoul / Asian Glow / sonhos tomam conta
Downfall of the Neon Youth


(Shoegaze / Post-Rock / Noise)

Highlight: Insomnia

come to brazil (and korea)

https://longinusrecordings.bandcamp.com/album/downfall-of-the-neon-youth
5Adjy
The Idyll Opus (I-VI)


(Emo / Prog-Rock / Folk)

Highlight: Where June Meets July: III. at a Dance Where the Stars Cross

This ambitious concept album had some of my favorite musical moments of the year, but it doesn't always justify its bloated runtime. High points are undeniably spellbinding though.

https://adjy.bandcamp.com/album/the-idyll-opus-i-vi
4Sleepwalkers (JPN)
Noč Na Krayu Sveta


(Experimental / Black Metal)

Highlight: Boundless Love / Resilience

Fever dreams

https://sentientruin.bandcamp.com/album/no-na-krayu-sveta
3Moral Collapse
Moral Collapse


(Death Metal)

Highlight: Suspension of Belief

Chunky OSDM + occasional bursts of modern dissonant experimentation. Surprisingly cool uses of saxophone and violins (!)

https://moralcollapse.bandcamp.com/album/moral-collapse
2Muqata'a
Kamil Manqus


(Electronic / Experimental)

Highlight: بالحَرف الواحَد (Bilharf Alwahad)

Classical Arabic music samples and field recordings from Palestine (e.g., the scraping of metal gates from Israeli checkpoints) are twisted, mangled, and crushed into thrilling and evocative soundscapes.

https://muqataa.bandcamp.com/album/kamil-manqus
1Kayo Dot
Moss Grew on the Swords and Plowshares Alike


(Avant-Garde / Death Doom)

Highlight: Epipsychidion / The Necklace / Spectrum of One Colour

Kayo Dot's spookiest, heaviest, and most memorable since 2013's Hubardo.
What more do you need?

https://kayodot.bandcamp.com/album/moss-grew-on-the-swords-and-plowshares-alike
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