Editorial: Best Heavy Metal Albums of 2021

2021 was another banner year for heavy metal. Below is my list of the best metal records of the year.

Cradle of Filth- Existence Is Futile

Dani and company return in top form on this album. Existence an aggressive, nihilistic record about the end of mankind, which suits the times.

Carcass- Torn Arteries

The band’s first album in eight years, Torn Arteries is rife with complex compositions and superb guitar work.

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Cannibal Corpse- Violence Unimagined

A fitting album title to a relentless, pulverizing album. Tracks like “Murderous Rampage,” “Necrogenic Resurrection” and “Condemnation Contagion” aim for the jugular, lungs, liver and spine.

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Frozen Soul- Crypt of Ice

This Texas metal outfit must reside in a remote arctic region in the Lone Star State. The riffs hit like a blizzard leaving no shelter or mercy to the listener.

Evile- Hell Unleashed

The long awaited release from English thrashers Evile. The band has not lost a step in the eight years since its 2013 release, Skull.

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Enforced- Kill Grid

The sophomore slump does not apply to this album. Pure unadulterated, crossover thrash from this Virginia quintet.

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Bonded- Into Blackness

Formed by two former members of Sodom, Bonded are a no frills thrash band. Its second album is replete with manic drumming and riffs that cut through steel.

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Monolord- Your Time To Shine

A doom stoner album perfect for the lockdown with its dreary, bleak lyrics. You might as well headbang while you are quarantined.

Unleashed- No Sign Of Life

30 years in and Unleashed are still cranking out brutal metal. The soundtrack in Valhalla.

Pestilence- Exitivm

Jazz infused, unorthodox death metal. This record twists and turns like a ship traveling a new dimension.

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