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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
52. Urne - SERPENT & SPIRIT
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



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28.09.2021 - 21:39
quieted_darkness

I think the Lucid Planet album was released last year in 2020.
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21.10.2021 - 18:36
Angryfarruh

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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