|bgillesp's 2021 Albums of the Year|
Not quite on time with this list, but a whole heck of a lot closer than last year's pitiful display. Overall, I think this year was really great, especially in the metal realm. Maybe it was the quality of the music or maybe it was just me, but getting back into more metal than I had been into last year had a big impact on this list. Top 25-ish is more solidly ranked being 4.5/5 or near it. Lower down is more loosely ranked.
|1||Every Time I Die|
AOTY. I didn't hop on the hype train with Low Teens, even after revisiting it recently, but this blew me away. Who'da thunk it that a band like this would put out their best album so late into their career. Topped my previous favorite of theirs, New Junk Aesthetic, by a good margin.
Thank ya Dewi! I still haven't revisited their previous album (of which I have vague memories of it being just okay to me, but now I question myself), but if Dewi hadn't hyped this to the high heavens I would've missed out on a masterpiece.
|3||Between the Buried and Me|
Aaaand they're back! Quite the wild ride and one of their best albums surprisingly after the disappointing (to me) Automata duo.
Still one of my proudest achievements on this site is being the one to add this band to the database. This is their best stuff yet and I hope they keep it up!
Realms of Exquisite Morbidity
Got on this real late, so I haven't spent the most time with it, but it clearly rules. Great Morbid Angel worship.
What is with old bands putting out their best work in ages this year???
I liked the online and offline version about equally, but since this one is more convenient to jam on spotify, I'll put it here. My favorite album of his (but maybe it just took me this long to connect, so I plan to revisit some of his stuff).
Devolution Series #1 - Acoustically Inclined, Live
Dev being Dev but live and acoustic. Great fun.
Live from Blackalachia
That VOICE! Why yall sleep on this?
Old Band Surprisingly Makes Best Album 
Took a while to fully grow on me, but as one of, if not the biggest, fanboys on the site for them, it's still pretty great.
The Idyll Opus (I-VI)
I need to spend more time with this one and actually read the lyrics, because I feel like there's a huge rabbit hole behind them that I haven't explored. Beautiful stuff and my favorite review of the year by Rowan.
Melodic tech death adventures. Much fun
|14||Der Weg Einer Freiheit|
These guys can do no wrong.
Another metal album that is more fun than I know what to do with.
Smiling with No Teeth
Got on this one late after seeing it on year end lists. It is the most likely one here to grow a bunch on me over the next couple years.
The Million Masks of God
Sowing-core , but also I never would have checked this without his review and I am very thankful
I just love these guys' unique bluesy sound.
Sometimes I Might Be Introvert
Another new-ish (at least to the spotlight) rapper I'll definitely be paying attention to from now on.
Visions of Light
#1 album that nobody ever listened to. Nu-Jazz. Please check it.
Seems like everyone forgot about this one. Or maybe yall just didnt like it as much as I did
Survivors Guilt: The Mixtape//
I love this guy's vibe. Most exciting pop-punk artist in recent years for me.
Kanye has his ups and downs, but man what an epic this was.
Might watch this show just for the music
Hushed and Grim
Old Band Surprisingly Makes Best Album 
...And Again into the Light
Banjos belong in black metal
Imperative Imperceptible Impulse
Another one that will probably grow on me a bunch. Listening to it as I type this list and had to bump it like 30 spots higher to here. Took forever to click for whatever reason.
|30||The Exit Bags|
Tower of Quiet
Someone from Sput made this (Jots?, correct me if I'm wrong because I forgot) and it's super nice
|31||Aesop Rock x Blockhead|
Great combo of rapper and trip hop artist
It's weird, and non-Dev fans probably have no chance of liking it. Heck, even tons of Dev fans hated it, but I thought it was really neat.
would be higher if it was shorter
|35||Wolves in the Throne Room|
|36||Amigo the Devil|
Murderfolk. Fun as heck
Antlers in Velvet
For Steak ;)
|41||Nick Cave and Warren Ellis|
|43||Lana Del Rey|
Bleed the Future
As Days Get Dark
The House Is Burning
|49||Buke and Gase and So Percussion|
A Record Of...
So weird and i love it
|51||Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders & The LSO|
Devolution #2: Galactic Quarantine
I did watch this show just for the music.
The Ballad of Dood and Juanita
|56||A Better Tomorrow|
Another Sput project that I loved (from ??, also forgot which user here) . First track was one of my favorite songs of the year. They describe themselves as heavy metal soul music so check them out if it sounds intriguing.
Also Natural Mechanics. Kinda like a double EP of chill electronic hip-hop type stuff
Kuu Erkylän Yllä
|60||Lil Nas X|
Unexpectedly good 
Still good, but really disappointing after their last 2
|65||Cult of Luna|
The Raging River
First track was so bad, i nearly gave up on the album before it was over. Glad I didn't because the rest was solid if a bit inconsistent. I'd go crazy for an album full of the flamenco-styled tracks
By The Time I Get To Phoenix
How Do You Live
|70||Employed To Serve|
Deciphering The Message
|73||The Devil Wears Prada|
A Tear in the Fabric of Life
|78||Sons of Kemet|
Black to the Future
|79||The Home Team|
Another Night Alone with You
One of my favorite current pop-punk acts. Wish more people would check them
|81||The Home Team|
Not quite as good as the above EP due to some down tracks, but still great.
SINNER GET READY
Makes me sad
If Orange Was A Place
Pleasant, probably only to Dev fans though
The only one of hers I checked this year
Forge Your Future
|88||Lana Del Rey|
Chemtrails Over The Country Club
Why'd yall hate this one?
Lei Line Eon
Once Twice Melody
|92||The War On Drugs|
I Don't Live Here Anymore
A Dream About Love
tries just a little too hard
|97||King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard|
It's getting harder and harder to keep up with their releases
|98||Cradle of Filth|
Existence Is Futile
nice change of pace for him
A Diabolic Thirst
was supposed to be 59 but I noticed too late