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12.31.21 2021

The Lurch

Absolute fucking clinic percussively. Gnarliest drum performance of the year.
24Black Sheep Wall
Songs for the Enamel Queen

More fully realized than any of their previous but still raw and brutally emotive. Seething and hateful.
23Boss Keloid
Family the Smiling Thrush

Boss Keloid has a sound unto themselves, which in 2021 is among the sickest things you can say about a metal band. They pull off the masterful wanky prog riff stuff while also keeping it catchy and tight. The vocal melodies are over the top in the best way.
Distant Populations

Reinvigorated with fresh energy. Brings a wider musical palette to the table. Easy listening bangers up and down this thing. Welcome back! Big hugs.
Bloodmoon: I

Brodsky's artistic proclivities seem like the dominant driver here as this plays out like my favorite Cave In album that was never released. It brings all sorts of talent to the forefront without any one collaborator hogging the spotlight. The opening track is among my favorite tracks of the year.
Distant Fires

Sometimes you just feel it. This is Isis and Rosetta energy without the urge to pretty things up. Textured rage.
IV: The Stream of Forgotten Thoughts

Sticky icky psychedelia. Weedpecker finds ways to grow more ambitious without sacrificing their origins.
18Hail the Sun
New Age Filth

Almost dismissed this as pure Circa Survive worship, but it's catchy-as-fuck song writing eventually came to the forefront. Blast beats are employed that I’m not sure I’ve ever heard in this context. Memorable vocal performance.

It excited me and that makes me feel like a serial killer to admit. The limit of listenability while still conjuring something tangibly horrific.
16Ad Nauseam
Imperative Imperceptible Impulse

A brutal freak fest that never goes where you think it will. Dissonant weirdo riffs and unbelievable production. The low end wobbly bass is slimy as fuck. Not always in the mood but when it hits it hits powerfully. Worthy substitute for the lack of new Gorguts.
15Moral Collapse
Moral Collapse

Imaginative and diverse progressive death metal. Saxophone and violin deployed tastefully. Despite it's ambitious experimental nature it manages to pack enough groove to make this far more bingeable than others of it's ilk. Very exciting debut that has me curious as to where they could go from here.
14Kadavar and Elder
Eldovar - A Story of Darkness & Light

This was without a doubt the most profound grower of the year for me. I initially dismissed this as a pure Pink Floyd tribute, but over time I found moments trapped in my head to the point where I had to keep listening to dispel them. The dynamic between the two vocalists is in the Waters/Gilmour mold, where they compliment each other to fill this little musical universe with a multitude of characters. It is a charming progressive rock journey that clearly celebrates the two bands shared influences. It's lush and addictive. The opening track is pure fire.
Nefarious Wave

When Mastodon vacated their heavier sludge roots, a hole was left in the scene...for a few years. Somnuri explodes out from the sleeping giant's shadow on Nefarious wave. It's one of the more successful Masto-core entries, harkening back to the ol'e Remission bludgeon. Nearly every track creates an infallible desire to headbang. The slow chugging pace and vocal harmony on the title track are a highlight for me but there are no down points across it's slim run time. It may not be the most original sounding album in 2021 but god damn it's fucking fun. Sometimes that's all that matters.

2021 has delivered a few of the heaviest albums I've ever heard. This one right here ranks among it's most savage. If these guys ever find a way to weave their atmospheric sections more seamlessly into the rest they may be capable of creating an aoty contender. That's not to say that the balance they achieve isn't impactful. The reprieves give weight to the heavier bits and make this easier to listen to than it otherwise could've been. As it stands this rager is permanent gym fuel for ripping tendons and one of my favorite post metal hybrids of the year.
11Stone Healer

Stumbled into this on a random blog post and suffered a devastating haymaker to the chin as a result. An eclectic array of things I dig greatly. Prog without overindulgence and grunge without seeming derivative. The riffs and beats are inventive and engaging. Darkly rooted in alt rock with some stoner and doom metal tendencies. It all comes together for a total front to back experience. This band has my attention.
10Blindfolded and Led to the Woods
Nightmare Withdrawals

The melodic bits are sprinkled in at just the right frequency. The whole thing is nuanced and fresh while still holding true to genre foundations. It's a massive release that warrants more love.
9The World Is a Beautiful Place...
Illusory Walls

The two tracks closing this record combine for an emotional hijack of historic proportions. The band weaves post rock and prog into their emo-ish indie slurry to create something truly unique. Feel like if this had hit me in my Modest Mouse/Deathcab/Elliott Smith days it would've been transformational. Overflowing feels. A real 2021 vibe.
Your Time to Shine

I'll be damned if these mother fuckers aren't getting better with each and every release. I really hope Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler have bumped into a Monolord tune or two over the years; if only to confirm the soul deep truth that their genesis was a sonic quake that still reverberates outward to this day. This is quintessential modern stoner doom. Not overthinking this. Just yes.
7Every Time I Die

Right here at number seven starts the run of albums I've debated placing in my top spot all year. I remember head banging alone in my room as a sweaty heap of 19 years old to "Off Broadway" on repeat. I have a history with ETID but wasn't fully indoctrinated into their brand of anthemic metalcore until Low Teens in 2016. Now here we fuckin go with Radical, which one-ups everything I knew about this band in every conceivable aspect. This is power distilled. It's an album that temporarily shakes loose that 19 year old kid I've unwittingly silenced to become a contributing adult member of society. I cannot understand how ETID made interesting palpitation-inducing breakdowns in 2021. It makes me want to throw a fuckin brick. "All This and War" is probably my favorite track but you cannot make a wrong choice here. Even the ballad type songs drip with raw emotion.
Kingdom of Oblivion

I now severely regret using up my Sabbath bit on Monolord because it's equally applicable to Motorpsycho's Kingdom of Oblivion. Maybe that's 2021's stupid revelation for me...I really like Black Sabbath and bands that sound like Black Sabbath. Gold star commentary. Perhaps it's the multi-dimensional wormhole tear of genre invention that occurred from '70-'75 that I should harp on here. Monolord spoons the doomy chug soup of Master of Reality whereas Motorpsycho treads the jagged proggy terrain of Vol 4. and Sabotage. This band seemingly expels genius-tier sprawling progressive rock albums like it's a bodily function. They've been one of the most rewarding pandemic era musical dives.
5King Buffalo
The Burden of Restlessness
Hushed and Grim
1Between the Buried and Me
Colors II
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