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2022: Jan-Jun


Honestly curious to see if I get anywhere near 2021's ludicrous album count (~900) this year; should hopefully be some very high-scoring albums in the first couple of months, but otherwise let's hope for some good stuff this year!

Created by: musclassia | 05.01.2022



1. Persefone - Metanoia
[9.0] - Has the exact same transcendental charm and balance of technicality vs. heartfelt melody as the previous two records, a very fine addition to their discography.
2. Shadow Of Intent - Elegy
[8.5] - Rising to the challenge set by Melancholy, this album further cements Shadow Of Intent as frontrunners of the symph-deathcore pack.
3. Allegaeon - Damnum
[8.5] - Another strong outing from the melo/prog/tech-death group.
4. Mathan - Darkroot Tzantza
[8.0] - Wonderfully percussive Amazon-inspired death metal debut.
5. Fit For An Autopsy - Oh What The Future Holds
[8.0] - How Gojira may have sounded if they became a deathcore band.
6. Bongtower - Oscillator II
[8.0] - Super-long and somewhat derivative, but very fun psychedelic/space stoner doom voyage into the solar system.
7. King Bastard - It Came From The Void
[8.0] - A stoner doom debut that pushes beyond a generic rehash to toy around with additional elements (saxophone, extreme metal moments, noisier parts) in order to stand out.
8. Wiegedood - There's Always Blood At The End Of The Road
[8.0] - Blast-heavy black metal, with memorable semi-melodic riffs and some nice distinguishing touches, such as the more atmospheric elements in "Now Will Always Be".
9. Trenches - Reckoner
[8.0] - Solid effort in that sludge/hardcore/post-metal pocket, with some hardcore bursts, some Isis-esque sections, some more alt rock-leaning sections coming together nicely.
10. Anna Von Hausswolff - Live At Montreux Jazz Festival
[8.0] - My first proper taste of AvH, me gusta.
11. Dysnerved - Man In The Middle
[8.0] - Solid early-year dissonant black/death debut effort.
12. Riverwood - Shadows And Flames
[8.0] - Really nice prog effort, opening with a Skyrim theme cover before going into some folk-influenced prog not unlike Orphaned Land or Myrath.
13. Sallow Moth - Failure To Find
[8.0] - Madcap prog death single-song EP that's unfortunately apparently the conclusion of the project.
14. Animårum - The Gaian Mind
[7.5] - Encouraging and brief debut prog-death debut with some djent and Amazonian influences in there.
15. Worm Shepherd - Ritual Hymns
[7.5] - Not in the elite tier of deathcore, but there's plenty of tasty tracks here. Also a good example of less developed symphonics in deathcore that highlight how good Shadow Of Intent are at incorporating them.
16. Aequorea - DIM
[7.5] - Conventional but quality post-metal, has some really nice builds.
17. Wilderun - Epigone
[7.5] - Like the last record, ambitious and impressive, but not one that quite clicks with me.
18. Aurora (NOR) - The Gods We Can Touch
[7.5] - Similar vein to Fever Ray, but poppier, I like the sound a lot.
19. Slowbleed - The Blazing Sun, A Fiery Dawn
[7.5] - Groovy, chunky and satisfying thrash/death/hardcore mash-up.
20. Pensées Nocturnes - Douce Fange
[7.5] - Another solid slice of their circus/black metal fusion.
21. Eisflammen - Следуй За Мной
[7.5] - Fairly strong post-black album, with black metal bits, blackgaze bits and post- bits; generally likeable but too not many moments that really made an impact (the Enslaved-style clean vocals midway through Like Ash were cool).
22. Toundra - Hex
[7.5] - Very nice instrumental post-metal/heavy post-rock with a few standout moments, such as in Part II of the opening suite and La Larga Marcha.
23. Breaths - Though Life Has Turned Out Nothing Like I Imagined, It Is Far Better Than I Could Have Dreamt
[7.5] - Blackgaze/post-metal mesh, prefer it when it's closer to the latter (e.g. The Tormented).
24. Aethereus - Leiden
[7.5] - The first significant tech/prog-death album of the year, albeit slightly too tech for my tastes.
25. Dark Millennium - Acid River
[7.5] - Eclectic proggy, stonery, sludgy, deathy, doomy album, has quite a few cool moments but isn't always quite as compelling as I'd like it to be - manages to fit in some nice and interesting melodic moments though.
26. Emmeleia - III
[7.5] - Rudimentary but relatively compelling doomy atmo-black record.
27. SOM - The Shape Of Everything
[7.5] - Fuzzy heavy shoegaze with very husky vocals.
28. Apes - Lullabies For Eternal Sleep
[7.5] - Hefty and relatively satisfying grindcore EP.
29. Dance With The Dead - Driven To Madness
[7.5] - Very fun metal-oriented darksynth.
30. Lalu - Paint The Sky
[7.5] - Self-described by Lalu as '[b]Yes[/b] metal', it has that upbeat charm of Yes in the form of dad prog-metal songs, with Damian Wilson doing a good job on vocals.
31. Bonobo - Fragments
[7.5] - I find Bonobo a bit hit and miss, and that remains, but it's generally very likeable.
32. Excellent Enemies - Interlocks
[7.5] - Weird mathy post-rock, insidiously enjoyable.
33. Thomas Giles - Feel Nothing
[7.5] - Nice little electronic EP with a blast of BTBAM at the end.
34. VRSTY - Welcome Home
[7.0] - Nice little mix of R&B/pop, post-hardcore, metalcore, snippets of djent, and everything that is anathema to metal elitists into one very catchy package, albeit one still with room to grow.
35. Lucida Dark - Of Death, Of Love
[7.0] - In that post-rock/post-metal gray area, it's an instrumental record that does things very by-the-book, but has a nice gloomy atmosphere and some punchy sections.
36. Hugar - Rift
[7.0] - Dainty neoclassical post-rock, one that's a tad lightweight at times.
37. Power Paladin - With The Magic Of Windfyre Steel
[7.0] - Decent power metal entry, works better when it's at full tempo.
38. Oar - The Blood You Crave
[7.0] - Competent post-black debut, but lacking in a killer element beyond the builds, blasts and shrieks.
39. Seven Nines And Tens - Over Opiated In A Forest O Whispering Speakers
[7.0] - Mixture of metalgaze, post-metal, alt rock, all with soporific vocals and a bit too little regular gripping material.
40. Oshiego - Jaljalut
[7.0] - Enjoyable Middle Eastern tones to the death metal riffs here, although I find the vocals slightly offputting.
41. RGRSS - A World Of Concern
[7.0] - Fairly substantial deathgrind effort.
42. Ditch Organ - A Rapid Flicker Of Light
[7.0] - Madcap 5-minute mathgrind EP.
43. Illuminated Void - Illuminated Void
[7.0] - Fluctuatingly good space-themed dark ambient/electronic from one of the Sleestak guys.
44. Decoherence - More Is Different
[7.0] - Closer to System I than Unitarity in terms of my enjoyment.
45. Mydreamfever - Rough And Beautiful Place
[7.0] - Long-winded but peaceful ambient-oriented piano music.
46. Boris - W
[6.5] - It's fine, probably preferred the heavier tracks that the slightly shoegaze-y ones.
47. Dead Sun Rising - As Above, So Below
[6.5] - Respectable alt/grunge/post-metal debut with some nice moments, if it is a tad dour overall.
48. VoidCeremony - At The Periphery Of Human Realms
[6.5] - Some enjoyable guitar soloing, but lies slightly in a no man's land between OSDM and tech-death that doesn't totally bring me in.
49. Party Cannon - Volumes Of Vomit
[6.5] - Pretty listenable for brutal death.
50. Mizmor - Wit's End
[6.5] - Fairly unremarkable plodding funeral doom track followed by overly long ambient piece, bit of a snoozefest.
51. Druid Lord - Relics Of The Dead
[6.5] - A very typical example of death/doom.
52. Necrophagous - In Chaos Ascend
[6.5] - Well-made but very typical death metal.
53. As Within, So Without - Salvation
[6.5] - Passably satisfying djent-core record.
54. Mechina - Venator
[6.0] - Bit of an improvement on Siege, but still a case of 'too much with too little'.
55. 40 Watt Sun - Perfect Light
[6.0] - Pleasant basis to the music here, but I don't think these songs need to be so long.



Disclaimer: All top lists are unofficial and do not represent the point of view of the MS Staff.
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05.01.2022 - 12:17
AndyMetalFreak
The Nice Guy
Make it your challenge this year to reach 1000 albums, I believe you can do it and to make it more challenging, you could review all 1000 albums
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05.01.2022 - 12:39
musclassia

Written by AndyMetalFreak on 05.01.2022 at 12:17

and to make it more challenging, you could review all 1000 albums


lol I think I'd need to quit my job/stop sleeping to manage that - 3 reviews a day!
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05.01.2022 - 13:52
RaduP
CertifiedHipster
Go the exact opposite route. Only one new album a day.
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20.01.2022 - 20:49
Nejde
Green Devil
Where's Cult Of Luna? Should be on the top spot But nice to see Aequorea and Animårum high up on the list. Two very good albums. And it seems that I have some other bands and albums to check out.
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21.01.2022 - 00:17
musclassia

Written by Nejde on 20.01.2022 at 20:49

Where's Cult Of Luna? Should be on the top spot


Feel like I should probably wait to hear the album first :p
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21.01.2022 - 00:26
RaduP
CertifiedHipster
Written by musclassia on 21.01.2022 at 00:17

Feel like I should probably wait to hear the album first :p

Only a fool would let such puny things as not having heard the album stop them from rating/reviewing it.
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21.01.2022 - 00:46
Nejde
Green Devil
Written by musclassia on 21.01.2022 at 00:17

Written by Nejde on 20.01.2022 at 20:49

Where's Cult Of Luna? Should be on the top spot


Feel like I should probably wait to hear the album first :p


Two songs are already out. That should be enough

Also got tricked since Persefone's album isn't released yet. If you got a promo, that's cheating
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