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Top 100 albums 2021

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Created by: Angryfarruh | 01.07.2021

1. Trivium - In The Court Of The Dragon
10* - Never thought Trivium might top my album list, but I could not stop listening to this one upon its release; from my PoV by far their best work, no weak songs, title song and Phalanx are standouts
2. Swallow the Sun - Moonflowers
10* - Juha moves towards Trees of Eternity; very heart-touching album; perfect All Hallows' Grieve with Cammie Gilbert; black metal vibes on This House Has No Home sound nice as well
3. Iron Maiden - Senjutsu
9.5* - Unlike many I am a fan of 2010 IM albums and this one is on par with TTF and TBoS; the last two songs are my favourites, however Smith/Dickinson songs are also good
4. Leprous - Aphelion
9.5* - Leprous poppier approach on Pitfalls was surpising but interesting; Aphelion follows the same path though the mood is less depressive and music is more progressive
5. Soen - Imperial
9.5* - Very similar to Lotus but lacks some ingenuity; still addictive and has lots of catchy melodies and riffs
6. Evergrey - Escape of the Phoenix
9.5* - Evergrey produces one quality album after another; many good songs, perfect production; a bit better than Atlantic
7. Kauan - Ice Fleet
9* - Charming atmosphere is here as always; this time Kauan takes traditional guitar focused post-rock approach
8. Night Crowned - Hädanfärd
9* - Very melodic and aggressive; somewhere in between Cradle of Flith and Necrophobic; much better than their previous album
9. Elderwind - Fires
9* - Atmospheric black with folk and gothic vibes from my own country; on the same level as their debut but more black than atmospheric this time; title song is one of my favourites in 2021
10. Unto Others - Strength
9* - Mana was good but this album brings Unto Others (Idle Hands) to another level; the debut was more on gothic rock side; this record fluctuates between heavy metal and gothic; all songs are 8*+
11. Moonspell - Hermitage
9* - It sounds like Sin/Pecado with progressive influences; not my favourite Moonspell album though much better than 1755; Greater Good and Entitlement will be on my 2021 top songs list
12. Omnium Gatherum - Origin
9* - It's not even melodic death metal but trad / prog metal with growls; the first part is very easy-to-listen, the second is more progressive; overall - nice album
13. Panopticon - .​.​.​And Again Into The Light
9* - I don't like the production on this record but it's the only thing which annoys me; songs, melodies and atmosphere are entrancing
14. Mare Cognitum - Solar Paroxysm
9* - Quite typical atmoblack but very melodic and very atmospheric; small confirmation why I like MC songs more than Spectral Lore on Wanderers; the first and the last song I like the most
15. Der Weg einer Freiheit - Noktvrn
9* - DGEF always had this small post-metal influence in their sound; curtain has been drawn now: it's 60/40 black metal vs post metal release; interesting that both parts are fine; Monument and Immortal are my favourites
16. Godspeed You! Black Emperor - G_d's Pee AT STATE'S END!
9* - GY!BE are back; their best album since 2002; hands down
17. Ethereal Shroud - Trisagion
9* - Superb piece of art; atmoblack mixed with doom and post metal parts; a bit long and repetitive - the only reason why it's not at the very top of my list
18. Be'lakor - Coherence
8.5* - Winner of 2021 top albums on MS; nothing new, but the same level as their previous albums, which is enough to understand its quality
19. Thy Catafalque - Vadak
8.5* - My favourite album from Tamas; comparing to Geometria and Naiv it has better production with heavier sound and gothic influences on top of traditional TC folk/black base
20. Sleep Token - This Place Will Become Your Tomb
8.5* - My guilty pleasure in 2021; accidentally listened to this one via Spotify recommendations and tbh I do not know why but I liked it so much; probably Katatonia vibes made it for me
21. Marianas Rest - Fata Morgana
8.5* - Nice gothic doom / melodic death metal album, one of the surprises this year; title song in my top 5 in 2021, very desperate
22. Amenra - De Doorn
8.5* - Definitely a step down in comparison with Mass VI; too much 'spoken word'; I hoped Oathbreaker singer would bring some fresh air, but her contributions are barely noticable; though still a solid album; best song - De Evermens
23. Impure Wilhelmina - Antidote
8.5* - Shame on me I had not heard anything about this band until I read a review on AMG; Katatonia or maybe Anathema vocals with post metal guitars; the last track brings me memories of the Amanes from Tiamat's Amanethes
24. Cradle of Filth - Existence is Futile
8.5* - The only problem with this album that it's too long; other than that the album is almost as good as its two predcessors
25. Archspire - Bleed The Future
8.5* - I not a fan of tech death but this one broke my heart; so melodic, heavy, mindblowing and addictive; probably my all time favourite from this genre
26. Wardruna - Kvitravn
8.5* - Little bit worse than Runaljod, better than Skald; listening to it a lot before going to sleep; dark and relaxing at the same time
27. The Ruins of Beverast - The Thule Grimoires
8.5* - Gothic and doom influences are so high here that I might not consider it being black metal anymore; among my top3 from TRoB; Ropes Into Eden and Anchoress in Furs are lovely
28. Steven Wilson - The Future Bites
8.5* - I like this hated album; especially Personal Shopper and King Ghost; also deluxe box set contains few tracks that are better than few on the main release
29. In Mourning - The Bleeding Veil
8.5* - Good album but without highlights; the band develops their Garden of storms progressive style; previous attempt was definitely stronger
30. Demoniac (CHL) - So It Goes
8.5* - Interesting thrash discovery from Chile; sounds like it was made in 80s; progressive 19 min title song, use of clarinet and beautifiul solo in Equilibrio Fatal would make it thrash classics if released by a classic band
31. Déhà - A Luminous Constant
8.5* - This guy creates numerous albums each year; this is the poppiest album he ever made; it was recorded on twitch stream which makes the whole story even more weird; consists of blackgaze, shoegaze, gothic metal and even pop punk; Pluie has so beautiful melodies
32. Dormant Ordeal - The Grand Scheme Of Things
8.5* - My fav dissonant death metal album of this year
33. Dvne - Etemen Ænka
8* - Nice mix of post and progressive metal
34. Clouds - Despărțire
8* - Quite a disappoinment; I expected it to be stronger with Mick Moss and Aaron Stainthorpe on board; few songs e.g. A Pain for All Your Tears are still great
35. Max Richter - Voices 2
8* - Beautful melancholic modern classic
36. Grima - Rotten Garden
8* - Atmospheric black from the depths of Siberia; a little weaker than their previous one; I prefer Elderwind's release to Grima's but Rotten Garden is good
37. Empyrium - Über den Sternen
8* - A mix of dark folk, Summoning and gothic doom; recommended for listening before going to sleep
38. Gojira - Fortitude
8* - Worse than their classics but better than Magma; enjoyed it a lot
39. 1914 - Where Fear And Weapons Meet
8* - Powerful continuation of the topic; favourites - fn .380 acp#19074 and 7th song with Nick Holmes; would be fun if they play live show with Kanonenfieber and Minenwerfer in Saraevo :)
40. VOLA - Witness
8* - Poppy djent meets progressive metal; better than previous one
41. Fallensun - The Wake of the Fall
8* - One of new MDM instances for me; first song is huge
42. Suffocate for Fuck Sake - Fyra
8* - Challenging experience with four stories about addictions; musically post metal, post rock, metalcore, screamo and spoken word which for some reason does not spoil it
43. Lake of Tears - Ominous
8* - Probably a final album from Daniel who's suffering from leukemia and telling us a story about his sickness and how he copes with it
44. Dream Theater - A View From The Top Of The World
7.5* - The Alien and Invisible Monster are good but the rest is uneven, DTish in bad meaning
45. Silver Lake - Silver Lake by Esa Holopainen
7.5* - Light Amorphis for breakfast listening
46. Atvm - Famine, Putrid and Fucking Endless
7.5* - Another surprise, new progressive death metal band from the UK with 90s sound; would be higher on the list if I was more death metal fan
47. 파란노을 (Parannoul) - To See the Next Part of the Dream
7.5* - Emo lo-fi album; creates nostalgic feelings
48. Tribulation - Where the Gloom Becomes Sound
7.5* - Tribulation continues Down Below story, good but nothing spectacular
49. ISON - Aurora
7.5* - Relaxing shoegaze with many famous female singers
50. Dordeduh - Har
7.5* - Progressive metal and black metal in a single bottle; the best out of 3 ex-Negura Bunget releases
51. Moanaa - Embers
7.5* - Some cool post metal from Poland, quite standard
7.5* - Some cool post metal from London, not that standard but with several weaknesses here and there
53. Rye - Вечное
7.5* - Very interesting mix of funeral doom and blackgaze from my city; would be in top 20 if all songs were blackgaze with the same quality
54. Iotunn - Access All Worlds
7.5* - Well-known release from new supergroup; unfortunately did not click with me much
55. Michał Łapaj - Are you there
7.5* - A solo album from Riverside keyboardist; songs with Mick Moss sound like it was Antimatter; the rest of the album is weaker
56. Sur Austru - Obârșie
7.5* - Another Negura Bunget fragment with more folk influences comparing to Dordeduh
57. Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders & London Symphony Orchestra - Promises
7.5* - A beautiful modern classic album; a bit repetitive; my family members feel happy when I start listening to this instead of Plebeian Grandstand
58. trhä - endlhëtonëg
7.5* - Such a weird thing; dungeon synth with raw and atmospheric black metal; sounds like it was recorded in a barrel; becomes very addictive if you are into it
59. Burial in the Sky - The Consumed Self
7.5* - Polished tech/melodic death metal with progressive influences
60. Auld Ridge - Consanguineous Tales of Bloodshed and Treachery
7.5* - Raw black / doom lofi with acoustic parts, reminds me of early Emperor and Ulver
61. Yoth Iria - As the Flame Withers
7* - 80s black metal and heavy metal mix which starts good and then becomes boring
62. Spaceslug - Memorial
7* - Melancholic or even depressive stoner; I do not like stoner rock / metal that's the problem; otherwise very beautiful album
63. Dola - Czasy
7* - Antsy post metal; lacks structure but the mood is exciting
64. Rivers of Nihil - The Work
7* - The biggest disappointment for me this year; I liked their previous effort so much; it's still a good album but my expectations were extremely high; however high expectations is my problem; 7*
65. Stortregn - Impermanence
7* - Tech / melodic death played very well
66. Ferriterium - Calvaire
7* - French atmoblack, quality flow without big standouts
67. Ad Nauseam - Imperative Imperceptible Impulse
7* - Dissodeath; some people praise it as the best metal album of the year, others hate it; I am in between; it has good and bad moments; worth listening
68. White Ward - Debemur Morti
7* - Cool mix of black, post metal, heavy and dark jazz; but there's just 2 songs
69. Asphyx - Necroceros
7* - Famous old band, good album; Molten Black Earth reminds me of Bolt Thrower
70. Chevelle - Niratias
7* - Their best release in years; alternative metal / rock and sometimes hard rock is there
71. Bloodred Hourglass - Your Highness
7* - Standard melodeath except the first song where metalcore influences could be found; very very long with bonus tracks which are not good at all
72. Cult of Luna - The Raging River
7* - Sounds like leftovers from A Dawn to Fear, though Three Bridges is nice
73. Shadecrown - Solitarian
7* - Standard but good melodeath / gothic doom album from Finland
74. Converge - Bloodmoon: I [Collaboration]
7* - Gothic metalcore; I was surprised I liked it because I do not like both artists from this collaboration
75. Cân Bardd - Devoured By The Oak
7* - Quite good but passable atmoblack with folk influences
76. Wormwood - Arkivet
7* - Very melodic this time but not that inventive; their weaker release up to date
77. She Said Destroy - Succession
7* - Mix of post metal and metalcore with blackgaze; some songs are good, others I can't stand
78. Terminus - The Silent Bell Toll
7* - Mix of Leprous, Iron Maiden and stoner metal; something new for me
79. Plebeian Grandstand - Rien ne suffit
7* - This is not for everyone; noise, black, metalcore with dissonant approach
80. SPECTRAL WOUND - A Diabolic Thirst
7* - Standard black / atmoblack; powerful but I like Mare Cognitum more
81. First Fragment - Gloire Éternelle
7* - Second tech death release in my top 100; surprising for me; very professional and has classical metal touch but far too long
82. Insomnium - Argent Moon
7* - EP with one good song (The Conjurer) and 3 mediocre
83. Decline of the I - Johannes
7* - Dark mixture of post and black metal
84. Sol Sistere - Sol Sistere
7* - Another good atmoblack album which turns into blackgaze from time to time
85. Mastodon - Hushed and Grim
7* - Huge fan of the first part while the second ruins it for me; surely better than Emperor of sand
86. Obscura - A Valediction
7* - Tech death with melodeath elements; weaker than Diluvium
87. Defacement - Defacement
7* - Dark and dissonant death / black
88. Ghost Bath - Self Loather
7* - My fav depressive black album this year
89. Subterranean Masquerade - Mountain Fever
7* - Progressive metal with oriental sounds; quite bumpy album
90. Groza - The Redemptive End
7* - Similar to Mgla and Uada; last three songs are better than the beginning
91. So Hideous - None But a Pure Heart Can Sing
7* - Non standard post metal approach here, interesting but short
92. Ikarie - Cuerpos en sombra
7* - Standard post metal approach here, good
93. Khemmis - Deceiver
7* - My favourite album from them; I like harsh vocals and MDM guitars
94. Black Sites - Untrue
7* - Modern heavy metal with post metal sound, well done
95. Dreamwell - Modern Grotesque
7* - My fav screamo record this year
96. Mono - Pilgrimage of the Soul
7* - Post rock dinosaur is here, far from GY!BE level but still impressive
97. Suffering Hour - The Cyclic Reckoning
7* - Attractive black / death with weird guitar tone
98. Crown - The End of All Things
7* - Darkwave from ex-sludge metallers, a bit boring but has its moments
99. Evadne - The Pale Light Of Fireflies
7* - Similar to early Swallow the Sun or another gothic doom band from 00s era
100. Memoriam - To the End
7* - Death metal from Birmingham with Karl Willetts on vocals; worse that previous one

Disclaimer: All top lists are unofficial and do not represent the point of view of the MS Staff.
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28.09.2021 - 21:39

I think the Lucid Planet album was released last year in 2020.
"If people kept things simple, there would be no discoveries in the world. If scientists said, "The brain is just a brain" and not take it by small segments and labeling it - We would not have come as far. Labels are necessary. Music is sci
21.10.2021 - 18:36

That's true.. as well as Pull Down the Sun - Of Valleys and Mountains.
I missed these albums in 2020, thus they were new for me in 2021

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