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05.04.22 I need more "disco beat black metal"01.09.22 1000 soundoffs milestone
12.17.21 Grump's 2021 11.26.21 Best non-LPs of 2021
07.24.21 Non-2021 discoveries05.21.21 Black Metal and Dungeon Synth 2021
03.03.21 King Gizzard 🆚 Lizard Wizard01.21.21 Grump + the 2k ratings and double 666 p
01.07.21 PENTAGRAM - in depth12.16.20 Grump's cassette / vinyl additions to c
12.08.20 Grump's 2020 part II12.04.20 Grump's 2020
11.18.20 Getting into dungeon synth? 10.20.20 Judas 🆚 Judas
01.21.20 My 100 most favourite songs 01.09.20 DUNGEON SYNTH 2020
12.07.19 MMXIX - Grump's year end list12.02.19 Blaze 🆚 Moon 🆚 Hunger - The Unhol
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Grump's 2021

Self-explanatory: list of my best finds and favourites.
51Trouble
Trouble


RIP
An extra entry for the list, remembering Eric Wagner who has passed this year. Eric was a legendary singer and this album was my favourite which wasn't from 2021.
50Esoctrilihum
Urionhsol (Seven Demons)


[blackened death metal]
Super impressive demo collection.
49Ulver
Scary Muzak


[electronic / dance / ambient]
A Halloween special from Ulver. Go and figure.
48Cryptosis
Bionic Swarm


[progressive thrash]
Endless waves of riffs.
47Tribulation
Where the Gloom Becomes Sound


[gothic / black metal / rock]
I didn't know my life lacked some goth'n'roll until now.
46Rota Fortunae
Hinterland


[dark folk]
Thank you, DungeonBoy!
45Arcanist
Poseidonis


[Berlin-school electronics / dungeon synth]
Your playlist for a D&D night is here.
44King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard
L. W.


[garage rock]
The lizard wizard is the best.
43Keygen Church
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[classical / electronic]
Do you even Bach, bro?
My review here:
https://www.sputnikmusic.com/review/83156/Keygen-Church-%E2%96%91%E2%96%88%E2%96%91%E2%96%88%E2%96%91%E2%96%91%E2%96%88%E2%96%91%E2%96%88%E2%96%91%E2%96%88%E2%96%91/
42Various Artists
Back in Black (Redux)


[stoner rock / metal and stuff]
I'VE BEEN TOO LONG, I'M GLAD TO BE BACK
My review here:
https://www.sputnikmusic.com/review/84184/Various-Artists-Back-in-Black-Redux/
41Lovi
Kirmukarmu


[neo-folk, medieval ambient]
Make folk music great again. This is most unique stuff.
40A Compendium of Curiosities
Heaven Feels Like Floating Around in a Golden City


[drone / ambient]
An album for dreaming.
39Eos (CAN)
Les Corps S'Entrechoquent


[avant-garde black metal]
Welcome to the Mystískaos family! Artistic dissonance.
38Mare Cognitum
Solar Paroxysm


[atmospheric black metal]
Say the aliens hi, and show them why atmoblack is the best genre.
37Nordgeist
Frostwinter


[lo-fi black metal]
The album you hoped how "Geister" will sound.
36Paysage d'Hiver
Geister


[lo-fi black metal]
A bit different, but still rules.
35Hammock
Elsewhere


[chillbient]
Let your mind wander elsewhere.
34Embryonic Slumber
In Worship Our Blood Is Buried


[atmospheric black metal / electronics]
Atmoblack and rave.
33Slytherin
When the Darkness Comes


[atmospheric black metal]
Cheese!
32Ancient Mastery
Chapter One: Across The Mountains Of ...


[atmoshperic black metal]
More cheese!
31Qwalen
Unohdan Sinut


[black metal / punk]
The most agressive album of the year. Brutally savage and full of energy.
30Castle Zagyx
Doors to the Battlefields of Ertbe


[neo-classical / dungeon synth]
Howard Shore plays Mount & Blade: the album.
29Stormkeep
Tales of Othertime


[atmospheric black metal]
Emperor still sucks, and this is awesome.
28Mork
Katedralen


[black metal]
Old Darkthrone, but younger.
27Obscura
A Valediction


[technical death metal]
Tech death is normally doesn't really interest me, but this album was a fantastic find.
26Cirith Ungol
Half Past Human


[hard rock / heavy metal]
These veterans still know how to rock.
25Kyvon
Frozen Grimoire


[winter synth]
The most relaxing album of the year.
24Conan
Live at Freak Valley


[battle doom]
Best metal live album of the year.
23Boru
Kyth Wylag Felleyn


[avant-garde / black metal]
Surprise of the year. A truly hidden gem from a local band. They fucking slay live, I can assure you!
22Elffor
Condemned to Wander


[atmospheric black metal / dungeon synth]
Keeping Summoning's legacy alive.
21Mannveira
Vitahringur


[black metal]
The Icelandic scene is still on fire.
20Fen Walker
Fare Thee Well Battle Winds


[Berlin-school electronics / dungeon synth]
Best album art of the year, and still the most consistently awesome Berlin-school artist.
19Carcass
Torn Arteries


[melodic death metal]
Infinite replays value and lots of fun.
18Warmoon Lord
Battlespells


[atmospheric black metal]
Still one of the most consistent bands nowadays. Epic and sorcerous.
17Rothadas
Kopár Hant... Az Alvilág Felé


[death-doom]
Best local band of the year!
My review:
https://www.sputnikmusic.com/review/83942/Rothadas-Kop%C3%A1r-Hant...-Az-Alvil%C3%A1g-Fel%C3%A9/
16Esoctrilihum
Dy'th Requiem for the Serpent Telepath


[progressive blackened death metal (or something like that)]
Also best album art of the year, and the best "what the hell man" moments.
15Wolves in the Throne Room
Primordial Arcana


[cascadian black metal]
Best WitTR, and I don't care if you still love Two Hunters more because you're wrong.
14200 Stab Wounds
Slave to the Scalpel


[death metal]
Best "pure" death metal album of the year.
13Darkthrone
Eternal Hails


[blackened doom]
Fenriz and Nocturno Culto just can't stop releasing awesome stuff.
My review here:
https://www.sputnikmusic.com/review/83418/Darkthrone-Eternal-Hails/
12Ethereal Shroud
Trisagion


[atmospheric black metal]
Thank you, DarkNoctus.
11Ulver
Hexahedron


[drone / experimental / electronic]
Best live album.
10Gatecreeper
An Unexpected Reality


[death-grind and death-doom]
This year started incredibly strong with an album like this. Doesn't matter it was "just" an EP, but the overall package outshined lots of full-length releases with ease.
Also:
SONG OF THE YEAR: "Emptiness"
9Mirthquell
Return of the Ancients


[dungeon synth]
The best apprentice of Depressive Silence and ambient Burzum in the year. This is truly magical.
8Thy Catafalque
Vadak


[avant-garde? (progressive metal / folk / ambient)]
Kátai Tamás did it again, and even more: clearly outshined Naiv from last year. Vadak is a punchier, yet equally diverse album where he with the help of many guests managed to deliver one of the most exciting and adventurous album in 2021.
Köszönet mindenért.
7Monolord
Your Time to Shine


[doom]
This was also an easy choice, since it was definitely my favourite doom album from the year. Great flow with a special emotional touch.
My review here:
https://www.sputnikmusic.com/review/84015/Monolord-Your-Time-To-Shine/
6Taake
Avvik


[black metal and dark folk]
Hoest was really active this year, but Avvik absolutely outshined every other work of his. Even though it is mostly a collection of split appearances and some covers, but the diversity within is fantastic. Also, the acoustic version of "Nattestid Ser Porten Vid 1" was the most enchanting dark folk piece of the year.
5Hooded Menace
The Tritonus Bell


[death-doom]
The grower and the earworm of the year. The Tritonous Bell sneakily became one of my most regular jams, as I caught myself returning to it almost every week (or every other day for a while).
4Kekht Arakh
Pale Swordsman


[black metal]
Black metal and romanticism. Pale Swordsman is the perfect melancholic black metal album for the rainy days. The similarities to the early Burzum albums' vibe is priceless.
My review here:
https://www.sputnikmusic.com/review/83116/Kekht-Arakh-Pale-Swordsman/
3Oublieth
À l'Ombre du Royaume en Cendres


[dungeon synth]
It was an unquestionable why Oublieth took the dungeon synth-crown this year. Flawless and gorgeous journey with a truly magical atmosphere.
My review here:
https://www.sputnikmusic.com/review/83579/Oublieth-%C3%80-lOmbre-du-Royaume-en-Cendres/
2Archgoat
Worship the Eternal Darkness


[black / death metal]
The Finnish veterans have released their best album so far. A filthy and epic blackened ritual.
My review here:
https://www.sputnikmusic.com/review/84131/Archgoat-Worship-the-Eternal-Darkness/
1Null (USA)
Hiraeth


[atmospheric black metal / folk]
In the end, I had to go with this one since I've been listening to this A LOT. This album appeared in my life just in time, delivering the needed positive energies in the most preferred form: music.
My review here:
https://www.sputnikmusic.com/review/82824/Null-USA-Hiraeth/
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