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Journey Through 2022

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This is my list of newly released Albums that I listened/will listen to in 2022.
The records are presented in order of release date and I will rate them when I´m certain that I formed an opinion on them, though the ratings might change from time to time.
I hope this list might once again be inspiring to other users and that some people will find some new music to listen to.

Created by: pandrstudios | 06.03.2022

1. Apocryphal - Tales Of Galilea
7/10 Starting the year of with some kicking death metal. The riff work is undoubtedly really good but it doesn´t reach amazing hights all the way through.
2. Wilderun - Epigone
8/10 I have to say that this was one of my most anticapated releases. While this did impress me, I would say that is not through out entertaining. Cutting one or two would be a benefit, though all in all a really solid addition to their catalog.
3. Power Paladin - With The Magic Of Windfyre Steel
4. Kalmankantaja - Metsäuhri
5. Wiegedood - There's Always Blood At The End Of The Road
6. Shadow Of Intent - Elegy
7. Magnum - The Monster Roars
8. Fit For An Autopsy - Oh What The Future Holds
9. Enterprise Earth - The Chosen
10. Verikalpa - Tunturihauta
11. 40 Watt Sun - Perfect Light
12. Sarcasm - Stellar Stream Obscured
13. Krallice - Crystalline Exhaustion
14. Dawn Of Solace - Flames Of Perdition
6/10 While it is played very well, this melo-death offering of the workaholic Tuomas Saukkonen is unmemorable and carries the word "side-project" on it´s forehead.
15. Гнёт - Бремя
16. Venom Prison - Erebos
17. Saxon - Carpe Diem
8/10 After the uninspired "Inspirations" the british legends rise again to deliver a slightly weaker album than "Thunderbolt" but it is indeed remarkable how after 24 albums they still manage to impress me with most of the tracks. Some specific NWOBHM bands should take notes here.
18. (Dolch) - Nacht
19. Cult Of Luna - The Long Road North
20. Amorphis - Halo
7.5/10 It took me a few spins to really enjoy the new material and I cannot shake of the fact that it reminds me to much of the two previous offerings. Tuomi is relying more on his growls, which was unexpected. The excellent tracks outweigh the boring cuts but it is their weakest for a decade.
21. Veonity - Elements Of Power
22. Mjød - Invisible Forest
23. Immolation - Acts Of God
6.5/10 I cannot understand the eternal praise it receives, but some songs are really amazing even though it overstays it´s welcome halfway through it´s runtime.
24. Soliloquium - Soulsearching
25. Shape Of Despair - Return To The Void
26. Scorpions - Rock Believer
5.5/10 I only listened to the main 11 songs and I am presently surprised. In the middle of their seventies, these legends manage to write some catchy and pretty heavy songs (by their standards). You can feel the enjoyment they seem to have with recording new material. Worth checking out if you like "Blackout" or "Love At First Sting.
27. Embryonic Devourment - Heresy Of The Highest Order
28. Allegaeon - Damnum
9/10 I do not understand how these guys flew under my radar for so long, but after checking out a few older songs, I have to say this seems like their most varied and lyrically hitting material to date.
29. Deathhammer - Electric Warfare
8/10 Back after their longest gap between studio albums, these norwegians deliver another raw and fast-ripping slab of blackened-speed metal. Pure fucking armageddon.
30. Palantír - Chasing A Dream
31. Sabaton - The War To End All Wars
6/10 The same old Sabaton formula with interesting enough historical material which is being presented in easy to sing along lyrics. The only thing that saves their already tenth studio album from being a complete snooze-fest are the guitar-solos.
32. Midnight - Let There Be Witchery
7/10 Not more than I expected but in the end a really solid proto-black/speed metal record that benefits from it´s trimmed-down runtime.
33. Hath - All That Was Promised
8/10 The first enjoyable OSDM record of the year. A 51-minute record of continuous heavy riffing and death growl can easily grow stale, but this kept me entertained throughout. Highly recommended.
34. Cloven Hoof - Time Assassin
8.5/10 The 80s bands seem to be on a roll this year. I do not understand how this energetic heavy/power metal offering received such a low rating. Maybe I have a soft spot for this band and yes, the Iron Maiden influence is very present on their "reunion-albums". I have to say, the 41 minutes flow past me and every song had something going for it. The last two songs are weaker than the rest but this is miles better than Maiden´s last opus.
35. Messa - Close
8/10 This female-fronted doom act has a great atmosphere and vocals are phenomenal. Even though some songs did not do much for me, I was pleasently surprised.
36. Konvent - Call Down The Sun
37. Dark Funeral - We Are The Apocalypse
38. Deathspell Omega - The Long Defeat
39. Wolf - Shadowland
40. Satan - Earth Infernal
41. Gggolddd - This Shame Should Not Be Mine
42. Evil Invaders - Shattering Reflection
43. Hällas - Isle Of Wisdom
44. Bekëth Nexëhmü - De Dunklas Gravrit
45. Månegarm - Ynglingaättens Öde
46. Axel Rudi Pell - Lost XXIII
47. Undeath - It's Time​.​.​.To Rise From The Grave
48. Sentient Horror - Rites Of Gore
49. Caliban - Dystopia
50. Corpsessed - Succumb To Rot
51. Feral Light - Psychic Contortions
52. Watain - The Agony & Ecstasy Of Watain
53. Gladenfold - Nemesis
54. The Spirit - Of Clarity And Galactic Structures
55. Al-Namrood - Worship The Degenerate
56. Cosmic Putrefaction - Crepuscular Dirge For The Blessed Ones
57. Haunter - Discarnate Ails
58. Iku - Turso - Into Dawnless Realms
59. Demonical - Mass Destroyer
60. Thormesis - If Mania Never Ends
61. Tómarúm - Ash In Realms Of Stone Icons
62. Horn - Verzet
63. Septicflesh - Modern Primitive
64. Aara - Triade II: Hemera
65. Bríi - Corpos Transperantes
66. Jungle Rot - A Call To Arms
67. Slugathor - Crypt Of The Ancient Fire
68. The Chasm - The Scars Of A Lost Reflective Shadow
69. Blut Aus Nord - Disharmonium - Undreamable Abysses
70. Evergrey - A Heartless Portrait (The Orphean Testament)
71. Artificial Brain - Artificial Brain
72. Battlelore - The Return Of The Shadow
73. Bleed From Within - Shrine
74. Depresy - Psycold
75. White Ward - False Light
76. Deathwhite - Great Everlasting
77. Inanimate Existence - The Masquerade
78. Kreator - Hate Über Alles
79. Motionless In White - Scoring The End Of The World
80. Seventh Wonder - The Testament
81. Soreption - Jord
82. Porcupine Tree - Closure / Continuation
83. Ataraxy - The Last Mirror
84. Civil War - Invaders
85. Esoctrilihum - Consecration Of The Spiritüs Flesh
86. Exocrine - The Hybrid Sun
87. Inexorum - Equinox Vigil
88. Wormrot - Hiss
89. Black Cilice - Esoteric Atavism
90. Grîmmöld - Tales Of The Forest
91. Ironflame - Where Madness Dwells
8/10 As expected this is another slab of good old heavy metal in the veins of Maiden and Manowar, really love the singer and the songs sound tight! Maybe the best of it's kind this year so far.
92. Municipal Waste - Electrified Brain
93. Protector - Excessive Outburst Of Depravity
94. Xaon - The Lethean
95. Darkane - Inhuman Spirits
96. Enchantment - Cold Soul Embrace
97. Entrails - An Eternal Time Of Decay
98. Fellowship - The Saberlight Chronicles
99. Molder - Engrossed In Decay
100. Haunt - Windows Of Your Heart
101. Inhuman Condition - Fearsick
102. Organectomy - Nail Below Nail
103. Traitor - Exiled To The Surface
104. Critical Defiance - No Life Forms
105. Oceans Of Slumber - Starlight And Ash
106. Imperial Triumphant - Spirit Of Ecstasy
107. Grima - Frostbitten
108. Krisiun - Mortem Solis
109. Dynazty - Final Advent

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