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Wally's Best of '21

I've already done this once and the list got deleted. Lord give me strength. I also have a whole write-up for each album that that seems like a lot of work to try pair it down for the word limit of this site so... minimal effort here we go! List is roughly building up from albums I really enjoyed to my absolute favorites of the year.
31Lantlos
Wildhund


Honorable Mentions:
Garbology-Aesop Rock (Hip-hop) - Lots of great rhymes. Some banging beats.
Classic-Four Stroke Baron (Progressive Metal) - Have you ever wondered what Tears for Fears would sound like as a metal band?
Etemen AEnka-Dvne (Sludge Metal) - Heavy Riffs for days.
Pressure Machine-The Killers (Rock) - An awesome late night campfire album.
Wildhund- Lantlos (Post Rock) - Deftones atmosphere with a little more shoegaze.
30So Hideous
None But a Pure Heart Can Sing


Absolutely wild experimental hardcore.
Favorite Song: "The Emerald Pearl"
29Emma Ruth Rundle
Engine of Hell


This album made me sad and I loved every minute of it.
Favorite Song: "Return"
28Lil Ugly Mane
Volcanic Bird Enemy and the Voiced Concern


I didn't know if I liked this album or not until I realized that I'd recommended it to almost everyone in my life.
Favorite Song: "porcelain slightly"
27BADBADNOTGOOD
Talk Memory


Dreamy jazz fusion with elements of King Crimson.
Favorite Song: "Signal From the Noise"
26Psychedelic Porn Crumpets
Shyga! The Sunlight Mound


The best King Gizzard album this year.
Favorite Song: "Tripolasaur"
25Tyler, the Creator
Call Me If You Get Lost


Finally he releases an album that just isn't the same sad boy bops the entire time. Also... that Blarf sample.
Favorite Song: "MANIFESTO"
24MOL
Diorama


Great shoegaze black metal.
Favorite Song: Serf
23Failure
Wild Type Droid


The fact that I haven't checked out Failure until this year is a damn travesty. I definitely need to check their back catalogue.
Favorite Song: "Half Moon"
22Spiritbox
Eternal Blue


Despite being overhyped and then over critiqued, this is still a solid metalcore album.
Favorite Song: "Constance"
21Chevelle
NIRATIAS


It's a Chevelle album. One of their better ones, but still a Chevelle album.
Favorite Song: "So Long, Mother Earth"
20Lingua Ignota
SINNER GET READY


The most emotionally intense album of the year.
Favorite Song: "PERPETUAL FLAME OF CENTRALIA"
19The World Is a Beautiful Place...
Illusory Walls


The last two songs could use a little trim but in general this is fantastic.
Favorite Song: "Invading the World of the Guilty as a Spirit of Vengeance"
18Black Midi
Cavalcade


Wild post punk that dabbles in old progressive rock.
Favorite Song: "Slow"
17Leprous
Aphelion


While not as engaging as "Pitfalls" this album is still incredibly solid and solidifies why Leprous is one of the best progressive rock bands in the game.
Favorite Song: "Silhouette"
16Jeff Rosenstock
SKA DREAM


I'm a ska nerd at heart and this is the best ska album in a decade or so.
Favorite Song: "NO TIME TO SKANK"
15Manchester Orchestra
The Million Masks of God


Showcasing a little more experimentation that its predecessor, this is an engaging indie rock album from start to finish.
Favorite Song: "Dinosaur"
14Meer
Playing House


The best "alternative progressive pop orchestra" you've never heard of.
Favorite Song: "She Goes"
13Little Simz
Sometimes I Might Be Introvert


An album that feels like a coming out party despite being the 4th album in Simz's discography.
Favorite Song: "Introvert"
12Kauan
Ice Fleet


A great album for setting the mood for ghost stories.
Favorite Song: Album experience.
11VOLA
Witness


A catchy progressive metal act that doesn't rely on too much djent.
Favorite Song: "21 Light-Years"
10Biffy Clyro
The Myth of the Happily Ever After


One of the most underrated alternative rock bands and winners of the worst song title of 2021.
Favorite Song: "Slurpy Slurpy Sleep Sleep"
9Backxwash
I LIE HERE BURIED WITH MY RINGS AND MY DRESSES


Smoldering industrial hip-hop. Hands down the darkest album on this list.
Favorite Song: "BURN TO ASHE"
8Mastodon
Hushed and Grim


While not as aggressive as some of their classics it's still an incredible return to form.
Favorite Song: "More Than I Could Chew"
7Devil Sold His Soul
Loss


Atmospheric post-hardcore with some great breakdowns.
Favorite Song: "Witness Marks"
6Every Time I Die
Radical


It's Every Time I Die doing what Every Time I Die does best, although slightly less experimental than "Low Teens".
Favorite Song: "Distress Rehearsal"
5Turnstile
Glow On


The most fun pop punk album in a hot minute and winner of the best recorded live show of 2021.
Favorite Song: "Mystery"
4Frost*
Day and Age


In a year where Steven Wilson released a terrible pop rock album, Frost* come in an take the throne.
Favorite Song: "Day and Age"
3Genesis Owusu
Smiling with No Teeth


A great R&B debut with elements of funk, hip-hop, and house.
Favorite Song: "A Song About Fishing"
2BRUIT
The Machine Is Burning...


Emotive. Sweeping. Epic. Violent. Fragile.
Favorite Song: "The Machine is Burning"
1Fucked Up
Year of the Horse


As a fan of cheesy progressive metal, this is right up my alley. Chalk full of reoccuring motifs and lyrics, this is a must for anyone who enjoys progressive music. Hands down my most listened to album of the year.
Favorite Song: "Act Three"
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