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MS Awards 2021 - Staff Picks!!


Written by: ScreamingSteelUS
Published: 06.03.2022


Awards season erupts into another grand finale as we roll out the staff picks, the final piece in the MSA puzzle. This is the version of the Metal Storm Awards officially sanctioned by the staff (the "correct" version, if you wish). Of course, we had our own disagreements here and there were some close contests, but it's always interesting to see what disparities arise between the sentiments of the staff and the prevailing public persuasions. Looking at it another way, this is a second chance for you all to tell us what we got wrong.





2021 Metal Storm Staff Picks






Alternative Metal
Soen - Imperial

Ambient / Drone / Noise
Nishaiar - Nahaxar

Avant-Garde / Experimental Metal
Bríi - Sem Propósito

Black Metal
Funeral Mist - Deiform

Death Metal
Sermon Of Flames - I Have Seen The Light, And It Was Repulsive

Djent / Math Metal
Vildhjarta - Måsstaden Under Vatten

Doom Metal
Khemmis - Deceiver

Extreme Doom Metal
Funeralium - Decrepit

Extreme Progressive Metal
First Fragment - Gloire Éternelle

Folk / Pagan / Viking Metal
Cân Bardd - Devoured By The Oak

Gothic Metal
Unto Others - Strength

Grindcore
Fawn Limbs - Darwin Falls

Hard Rock
Khirki - Κτηνωδία

Hardcore / Metalcore / Deathcore
Vorvaň - Awakened

Heavy / Melodic Metal
Iron Maiden - Senjutsu

Industrial / Cyber / Electronic Metal
Keygen Church - ░█░█░░█░█░█░

Melodeath / Extreme Power / Gothenburg Metal
Fallensun - The Wake Of The Fall

Melodic Black Metal
Ethereal Shroud - Trisagion

Metalgaze
Earthshine - My Bones Shall Rest Upon The Mountain

Post-Metal
Moriya - Atma

Power Metal
Helloween - Helloween

Progressive Metal
Dvne - Etemen Ænka

Sludge Metal
The Lion's Daughter - Skin Show

Stoner Metal
Spaceslug - Memorial

Symphonic Metal
Zornheym - The Zornheim Sleep Experiment

Thrash Metal
Flotsam And Jetsam - Blood In The Water

Debut
Hippotraktor - Meridian

Clandestine Cut
Melancholia - Static Church





From the staff highlights to the Metal Storm Awards proper to this final offering, we hope you've enjoyed this lengthy tour of the best metal and metal-adjacent releases that 2021 had to offer. We've all made some pretty neat discoveries over these last few months, and if you're still in the market for more, check out what we checked out. This concludes the 2021 MSA season. Let the 2022 preparations begin.






Written on 06.03.2022 by I'm the reviewer, and that means my opinion is correct.


Comments

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06.03.2022 - 09:52
musclassia

Of my preferred category winners, 4 (avant-garde, x-core, power and sludge) won in the user vote and 12 (ambient, folk, grindcore, meloblack, metalgaze, post-, power, prog, stoner, symphonic, debut and CC) got a staff pick, I wonder if that's the biggest discrepancy that I've had so far
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06.03.2022 - 11:07
nikarg
Mod
Written by musclassia on 06.03.2022 at 09:52

Of my preferred category winners, 4 (avant-garde, x-core, power and sludge) won in the user vote and 12 (ambient, folk, grindcore, meloblack, metalgaze, post-, power, prog, stoner, symphonic, debut and CC) got a staff pick, I wonder if that's the biggest discrepancy that I've had so far

I got 6 and 12 respectively. It's obvious that Radu hacked everyone's accounts and voted whatever he wanted for the staff picks.

I am very happy we picked Soen, Khirki, Vorvaň, Fallensun, Earthshine, The Lion's Daughter, Spaceslug, and Melancholia.
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06.03.2022 - 12:18
X-Ray Rod
Skandino
Nishaiar, Bríi, Funeral Mist, Sermon Of Flames, Funeralium, Vorvaň and Earthshine are well deserving of their victory. Even though I didn't vote for all of them.

I must say I'm a little bit perplexed by Fawn Limbs. Cuz I just have a hard time seeing it as a grindcore album to begin with so its' nomination in that category never sat too well with me.
But oh well. It is a good album.
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
Like you could kiss my ass
Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
Rod, let me love you.
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06.03.2022 - 14:50
musclassia

Written by X-Ray Rod on 06.03.2022 at 12:18

Nishaiar, Bríi, Funeral Mist, Sermon Of Flames, Funeralium, Vorvaň and Earthshine are well deserving of their victory. Even though I didn't vote for all of them.

I must say I'm a little bit perplexed by Fawn Limbs. Cuz I just have a hard time seeing it as a grindcore album to begin with so its' nomination in that category never sat too well with me.
But oh well. It is a good album.


As the person who reviewed it, I feel like it's a (slightly mathy, but less so than previous albums of theirs) grindcore album mixed with a subrosa-esque album, but I feel the grind parts define it more than than dark folky spoken word parts. What would you categorise it into? Considering how flexible we can be with placing genre-hopping albums into other categories (there's quite a lot of black metal/blackgaze on the nishaiar album), it seems like a natural fit in grindcore if we're allowing some flex in what an album needs to be to be classed as grindcore. It's already such a tediously limited genre as it is, an ambitious album like Darwin falls is the only thing that stops me writing it off altogether
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06.03.2022 - 19:27
X-Ray Rod
Skandino
I only got 5 votes in common with the staff picks (Ambient, black, death, djent and extreme doom). Maybe six with Metalgaze but I'm not entirely sure if I voted for Earthshine or So Hideous.

Written by musclassia on 06.03.2022 at 14:50
As the person who reviewed it, I feel like it's a (slightly mathy, but less so than previous albums of theirs) grindcore album mixed with a subrosa-esque album, but I feel the grind parts define it more than than dark folky spoken word parts. What would you categorise it into? Considering how flexible we can be with placing genre-hopping albums into other categories (there's quite a lot of black metal/blackgaze on the nishaiar album), it seems like a natural fit in grindcore if we're allowing some flex in what an album needs to be to be classed as grindcore. It's already such a tediously limited genre as it is, an ambitious album like Darwin falls is the only thing that stops me writing it off altogether


Hmm. I don't think there is enough grindcore in this. It's still very mathy and technical during the times it gets aggressive and there is simply too much other stuff inbetween these bursts of agression. Perhaps the Mathcore category would have been better. A part of me wouldn't have any trouble in calling it "avantgarde" but I don't think Fawn Limbs is "weird enough" to land a spot there anyway. So mathcore it would have been for me. Don't get me wrong though. The album is crazy good. I can only be happy for the band getting more recognition and atention. It's still not a big leap of difference. It's not like we put Carcass on grindcore haha.

Btw, this has been one of the most varied grindcore nomination we've had in years most likely. Literally all the albums nominated sound different from one another. So I can't really agree with your last sentence.
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
Like you could kiss my ass
Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
Rod, let me love you.
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07.03.2022 - 00:38
Nejde
Philosoraptor
Usually I am quite aligned with the staff picks and this year is no different. I also had Soen, Iron Maiden. Zornheym, Nishaiar and Cân Bardd as my picks. Others that I had high up on my short list but didn't pick were Dvne, Hippotraktor, First Fragment, Fallensun, Vildhjarta and Khemmis. And as always there's some staff picks I'm gonna dig deeper into starting with The Lion's Daughter and Khirki respectively.

So once again, nicely done and all respect to the staff for bringing the MS Awards to a satisfactory conclusion. Cheers!
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07.03.2022 - 19:15
Deadsoulman

13 of these match my votes, and almost everything else was pretty high up on my list. I just don't understand why people are so taken with these Iron Maiden, Helloween and Unto Others albums
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07.03.2022 - 22:07
musclassia

Written by Deadsoulman on 07.03.2022 at 19:15

13 of these match my votes, and almost everything else was pretty high up on my list. I just don't understand why people are so taken with these Iron Maiden, Helloween and Unto Others albums


I'd go with Helloween just as a default given nothing else in power metal really clicked with me last year, and Helloween at least had the amazing Skyfall as a closer. Agree on Unto Others though, never got the hype about their debut and this year they were in the same category as strong albums from StS, Moonspell and Tribulation
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10.03.2022 - 05:51
sgtrobo

I had First Fragment, Ethereal Shroud, and Fallensun as my picks
I also had Cân Bardd and F&J as my category winners not including write-in

I only had 1 of my picks match the overall, so I did much better with the staff picks than I did with the overall
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10.03.2022 - 10:03
chrism

Good picks (especially Zornheym)... Wish I could like Unto Others more, but can't get past him sounding like a gothic Billy Bragg!!!!
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14.03.2022 - 06:36
24emd

Written by musclassia on 07.03.2022 at 22:07

Written by Deadsoulman on 07.03.2022 at 19:15

13 of these match my votes, and almost everything else was pretty high up on my list. I just don't understand why people are so taken with these Iron Maiden, Helloween and Unto Others albums


I'd go with Helloween just as a default given nothing else in power metal really clicked with me last year, and Helloween at least had the amazing Skyfall as a closer. Agree on Unto Others though, never got the hype about their debut and this year they were in the same category as strong albums from StS, Moonspell and Tribulation


Am I the only who thoroughly enjoyed NorthTale's Eternal Flame? That album was amazing! But I honestly didn't like the Helloween either. I wish I could've enjoyed it more, but it just felt like one weak song after another, bar Skyfall, which was tolerable.
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27.03.2022 - 01:20
Starvynth
i c deaf people
Finally got around to comparing my votes and it turns out that I have 10 matches here (ambient, extreme progressive, hard rock, hardcore, melodeath, post, power, progressive, sludge and stoner), but only one match with the MSA results.
I'm not quite sure yet what to do with this insight, but I'm extremely pleased that Khirki, Vorvaň, Fallensun, Moriya and The Lion's Daughter got a little more well-deserved attention due to the staff picks.
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