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2021: Stuff I Heard


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Look, I actually finished a nine year old list, so why not start another one to leave unfinished!

Currently in release date order.

Probably will need to break this into more than one list at some point for ease of digestion and need to separate the shit from the good stuff. Will hopefully add ratings/write ups. But, honestly, who knows?

Created by: LordFezzington | 08.07.2021



1. January
2. Death Kommander - Pro Patria Mori
Pretty sure this lot have only ever heard one band. Competent if unspectacular Bolt Thrower worship, right down to the riffs, lyrics, vocal style and guitar tone. [6.0]
3. Гнёт - Грёзы О Весне
Reasonable, no frills atmo-black. Most tracks have a riff or two that stand out a bit more. Somehow the first of 11 releases (as of August) by this guy in 2021. [6.5]
4. Ritualist - An Audience of Desolation
Debut EP from these Michiganders. Standard deathcore/tech death with random sprinklings of djent and black. A bit lacking in personality but definite room for improvement if the different elements were interwoven better and with a few more memorable moments. Forgettable as it stands. [5.0-5.5]
5. A Diadem of Dead Stars - The Furrow Of Woes
6. Mirzadeh - Sauna
Fairly average melodic black that is much better when it leans harder into some nice folk melodies and instrumentation. [6.0]
7. svrm - Розпад
8. Saber - Without Warning
9. Aran Angmar - Black Cosmic Elements
10. Slytherin - When The Darkness Comes
What, Harry Potter themed atmospheric black metal not your thing? Mine neither. Not very interesting, concept or otherwise. [4.5]
11. Despondent Moon - Enshrouded In Eternal Moonlight
12. Celestial Swarm - Gateways To The Necroverse
13. Thundering Hooves - Vestiges
Own
14. Sithu Aye - Senpai III
Anime for guitar, I guess? My first encounter with this particular style of instrumental-anime-djent-prog, and honestly, I had a great time. Well written, incredibly performed with uplifting melodies. [7.5]
15. Gatecreeper - An Unexpected Reality
I know a lot of people think Gatecreeper and other OSDM revivalists are boring. I'm not one of those people, but even if I was, this certainly is not boring. Seven bursts of grindcore over seven minutes give way to the 11 minute doomy glory of "Emptiness", all while sounding distinctly Gatecreeper. [8.5]
16. Asphyx - Necroceros
Asphyx have done it again. Deathhammer was of my favourites of 2012 (I missed Incoming Death) and this might even be better. Some absolute bangers on here: slow, medium and fast. Lot of people not keen on Martin Van Drunen's voice, but he fits right in here. Quality death metal. [8.5]
17. Soen - Imperial
18. February
19. Evil - Possessed By Evil
20. Alkerdeel - Slonk
21. Fallensun - The Wake Of The Fall
22. Iotunn - Access All Worlds
23. Paranorm - Empyrean
Something to tide everyone over until the next Vektor record rolls around, trebly tremolo riffs and all. Some great ideas on here, if perhaps not enough for its 55 minute run time. Still, as debuts go, this is some ripping prog thrash. [7.5, maybe 8.0]
24. Earthshine - My Bones Shall Rest Upon The Mountain
25. Culted - Nous
Grimy, nasty, sludgy, industrial-tinged blackened doom. Gets satisfactorily uncomfortable in the second half. Oddly compelling. [8.0]
26. Evergrey - Escape Of The Phoenix
27. March
28. Rob Zombie - The Lunar Injection Kool Aid Eclipse Conspiracy
29. Stortregn - Impermanence
30. Saxon - Inspirations
I mean, it's a covers album by a band past their best. And for all that, it was OK. [6.0]
31. Serj Tankian - Elasticity
32. Agent Steel - No Other Godz Before Me
33. Pupil Slicer - Mirrors
Own
34. Smith/Kotzen - Smith/Kotzen
35. April 21
36. Moral Collapse - Moral Collapse
Own
37. Horndal - Lake Drinker
Own
38. Spectral Wound - A Diabolic Thirst
39. Cannibal Corpse - Violence Unimagined
Own
40. Bewitcher - Cursed Be Thy Kingdom
41. Ildaruni - Beyond Unseen Gateways
42. Capra - In Transmission
43. Bodom After Midnight - Paint The Sky With Blood
44. Gojira - Fortitude
Own
45. Evile - Hell Unleashed
I was so looking forward to this. I always wanted Evile to replicate the excitement of Enter The Grave, which they never had up to this point. Ol Drake saying they were taking a more extreme approach was great to hear, but outside of a few moments, this is just very ordinary 'Let's see how fast we can pedal the E string' thrash, with Ol's vocals being even less engaging than his brother's. Passable, but disappointing. [5.5]
46. May
47. Dordeduh - Har
48. Vexed - Culling Culture
49. Jess And The Ancient Ones - Vertigo
50. Dödsrit - Mortal Coil
51. June
52. Helloween - Helloween
53. Duskmourn - Fallen Kings And Rusted Crowns
54. Amenra - De Doorn
55. Thy Catafalque - Vadak
56. Pestilence - Exitivm
57. Urne - Serpent & Spirit
58. July
59. Enshine - Transcending Fire
60. Felled - The Intimate Earth
61. Drawn And Quartered - Congregation Pestilence
62. Taake - Avvik
63. Born Of Osiris - Angel Or Alien
64. Nanowar Of Steel - Italian Folk Metal
Look, fun metal is fun, but this just isn't very good. One song sounded almost exactly like a Gamma Ray song that I can't quite put my finger on, and the rest was so uninteresting I didn't even finish it and have no intention to try again. [DNF, 4.0]
65. Lost In Grey - Under The Surface
66. Noctambulist - The Barren Form
67. Year Of No Light - Consolamentum
68. Godhead Machinery - Masquerade Among Gods
69. Bizarrekult - Vi Overlevde
70. Mesarthim - CLG J02182-05102
71. Dola - Czasy
72. Mayhem - Atavistic Black Disorder / Kommando
73. Unendlich - Paradox Of A Broken World
74. Elderblood - Achrony
75. Ruadh - Eternal
76. Times Of Grace - Songs Of Loss And Separation
77. Ophidian I - Desolate
78. Powerwolf - Call Of The Wild
79. Wizardthrone - Hypercube Necrodimensions
80. Korpituli - The Ancient Spells Of The Past
81. Netherbird - Arete
82. King Woman - Celestial Blues
83. August
84. Gama Bomb - Thunder Over London
85. Lingua Ignota - Sinner Get Ready
86. Lorna Shore - ...And I Return To Nothingness
87. Grinding Fear - Distorted Dreams
88. Ænigmatum - Deconsecrate
89. Killing - Face The Madness
90. Unreqvited - Beautiful Ghosts
91. Diskord - Degenerations
92. Prestige - Reveal The Ravage
93. Burial In The Sky - The Consumed Self
I don't normally like much in the way of tech death - to me it's basically a way for people who think they're cooler than Dream Theater to do exactly what they would complain about Dream Theater doing: 90% technical wizardry, 10% song, 0% memorability. This, on the other hand, I found pretty engaging from start to finish. Will definitely be listening again. [8.0+]
94. Act Of Denial - Negative
95. Qrixkuor - Poison Palinopsia
96. Tacoma Narrows Bridge Disaster - The World Inside
97. Deafheaven - Infinite Granite
Never really bothered with Deafheaven before, so I'm not wedded to any of their previous work or sounds. This is perfectly listenable, but I get the impression that if you like shoegaze, albums like this are pretty easy to find. And if you like black metal, you're shit out of luck here. [7.0, maybe 7.5]
98. Wolves In The Throne Room - Primordial Arcana
99. Necronautical - Slain In The Spirit
100. Hooded Menace - The Tritonus Bell
101. Iron Maiden - Senjutsu
102. Aborted - ManiaCult
103. Employed To Serve - Conquering
104. Spiritbox - Eternal Blue
105. Carcass - Torn Arteries
106. Alien Weaponry - Tangaroa
107. Brainstorm - Wall Of Skulls
108. Rivers Of Nihil - The Work
109. Unto Others - Strength
110. Ministry - Moral Hygiene
111. Full Of Hell - Garden Of Burning Apparitions
112. Dying Wish - Fragments Of A Bitter Memory
113. Frontierer - Oxidized
114. Trivium - In The Court Of The Dragon
115. Untamed Land - Like Creatures Seeking Their Own Forms



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