Writing my top records for 2021 proved to be a challenge with all the good music that came out last year – and 2022 is already looking just as exciting. From Death Metal, Doom, Ambient, Avantgarde, Nu Metal and much more there is a lot to consider.
One important note I want to share is that the following albums have been officially announced With Dates (or at least in production / rumors) there is always an abundance of amazing records going under the radar during any given year. While the following have recordings of incredible acts to look forward to tremendously, keep in mind that more surprises are sure to crop up as 2022 progresses.
Without further ado, though, let’s check out some of these awesome albums that are coming out!
Shadow of intention – elegy (1/14)
I don’t mean to lie – I got into this band a lot because of the “Halo” tag, but Shadow of Intent turned out to be more than just a gimmick (even if the gimmick is very cool). For me, I was really impressed with 2019 melancholy – a great work of melodic death metal and symphonic metal meets deathcore. Given what the band shared from their single “Where Millions Have Come To Die” elegy seems to be another killer chapter for Shadow of Intent.
Mizmor – The end of wisdom (1/14)
ALN from Mizmor knows how to captivate and move listeners. Mixing properties of Doom, Noise and Death Metal, Mizmor is a remarkable force of existentialism and emotion. The end of wisdom tries to continue down the heavy stuff path for which the One Man Act is known; With two tracks with breathtaking avant-garde sound, Mizmor once again invites the listener to experience a record of great exploration and depth.
Boris – W. (1/21)
This is one of those bands that I’ll be forever amazed by. Discover them in 2019 with their release of Love & development, Boris is a formidable force in noise, rock and punk. Your 2020 collaboration with the noise artist Merzbow is one of my favorite records in recent years and ensures an experience of surreal sound that inspires and travels. Given Boris’ incredible history of genre fusion and remarkable skill in technical performance, I’m excited to see what this band has in store with us W..
Boy harder – The runner soundtrack
Darkwave duo Boy Harsher has a movie called this year The runner! The film is accompanied by an accompanying soundtrack, which shows the great ability of the act to create captivating and chilled industrial dance music.
Grain – requiem (2/4)
In all honesty, I was never a huge Korn fan in my teenage years; it wouldn’t be until young adulthood with 2013 The paradigm shift that the band really caught my attention. Korn has remained consistent in her later years, offering material that draws from her earlier Nu-Metal work while adding electronic accents at the same time. Which is good when you consider how their music works to both excite and deliver lyrical substance on their subject. I won’t be surprised to hear this requiem kicking the ass a lot.
Poison prison – Erebos (2/4)
After that of 2020 Primeval times, Venom Prison wants to storm into the new year. Only from the single “Pain Of Oizys” on the album, Erebos sounds like a gripping work of crushing death metal. The menacing Thrash appeal to the music of Venom Prison is enough to get everyone’s blood pumping, and this time they try to push the limits of their art. When it comes to the new age of death metal, Venom Prison is a band not to be missed.
George “Corpse Grinder” Fisher – Mortuary grinder (2/4)
While Corpsegrinder is known as a guest star on other albums, the front man of Cannibal Corpse wants to start a solo attempt this year. With a plethora of heavy genres, we can expect whatever corpsegrinder is working on to shred eardrums and faces.
Zeal & Passion – Zeal & passion (2/11)
Zeal & Ardor is one of the best music acts that I have come across in all of my years of listening to music. 2016 The devil is fine amazed me in its amalgamation of black metal meets electronics meets blues meets gospel meets soul presentation; a breathtaking work of musical wildness that makes the blood rush and annoys. The depth of Manuel Gagneux’s material is remarkable, and he has only continually expanded his stylistic spectrum. Gagneux has a brilliant talent for adding emotional depth to his music and reflecting on the cruelties and injustices of our world. Whatever he has planned for us in his upcoming self-titled work, I am confident it will be breathtaking.
Blood Summon – Time wave zero (2/25)
Blood Incantation, one of my favorite heavy bands today, is an amazing force in Psychedelic Death Metal. With a jazz-like mentality in their compositions, Blood Incantation interweaves popping instrumentation and mesmerizing ambience to create surreal works of cosmic brutality. Their upcoming release is designed not only to expand that quality, but to take things to a whole new sonic level for them. Blood Incantation is the closest we are likely to ever reach to communicate with the stars, so make sure that Time wave zero is on your radar.
Animals as guides – Parrhesias (3/25)
The prog metal outfit has released a plethora of captivating, trend-setting albums over the course of its career Parrhesias continues this trend. Animals as Leaders’ instrumentation has a calm, magical power to draw audiences into soundscapes of exciting wonders. Like guitar melodies swirling and distorting, like drums beating next to complicated bass rhythms – Animals as Leaders know how to write wondrous songs.
Fans eagerly await a new release from one of Heavy Metal’s greatest bands. Avenged Sevenfold has always been proud to have their influences up their sleeves and take inspiration from the great metal acts of thrash and groove to create their own brand of stadium rocking songs. During 2016 The stage was a great demonstration of how the band continues to develop their sound, it won’t surprise anyone that everything the band has planned for us next is going to be a blast.
Coheed and cambria
I love a band that uses music to tell stories and it was the epic science fiction story found in the songs of Coheed and Cambria that got me into it. In the course of their career, the band has only developed further as a Prog outfit, building on their technical skills and entering new stylistic and playful territories. The first couple of singles released at the time of this writing are an absolute blast that offers a huge onslaught and promising direction for Coheed’s upcoming album.
I’m really excited that these New England Metalheads are releasing a new album! After 2018 The outer ones, The band announces that their new album will be released sometime this fall. Expect tons of Thrashy Death Metal mayhem!
I always found Ghost a fun band; Maybe they weren’t meant to be fun, but I believe they have always been effective in creating dark pop rock music. Her material has a tongue-in-cheek nature that looks playful while still a little creepy. Her latest new track “Hunter’s Moon” (the one on the Halloween kills Soundtrack) is a lot of fun, and I expect nothing less than a good, creepy delight from a new Ghost album.
When it comes to moving a crowd, very few reach Rammstein’s extreme level. The German metal act has conquered the world with its wildly catchy mix of industrial music and created songs that encourage people to dance and destroy everything at the same time. Their 2019 album was another great chapter in the band’s discography, and I’m sure their next release will only come with more pop-industrial-metal fires.
2019 We are not your kind is not only a formidable performance by metal act Des Moines, IA, but it’s also a brilliant return to form. Based on its musical history, the record is a remarkable amalgamation of style and depth with a touch of Iowa, vol. 3: (subliminal verses), and All hope is lost heard throughout. It seems that the band has a couple of releases that they want to release, one of which includes music with a Radiohead-like sound. These songs are outtakes that were recorded while the was being created All hope is lost, but the band has another studio album in the works. Expect everything Slipknot has planned for us to be hard as hell.
When it comes to musical tributes to horror, Wednesday 13 should definitely not be mentioned. While I will forever mourn the loss of The Murderdolls, Wednesday 13 is a hammer-hard force of horror rock tastes; with an abundance of killer records like Transylvania 90210: Songs of Death, Dying and Dead, Call to all corpses, and Necrophaze, Wednesday 13 knows how to entertain the ghouls and freaks.
Halloween ends OST (John Carpenter, Cody Carpenter, Daniel Davies)
With the final chapter in David Gordon Greens Halloween Trilogy arriving this year we can’t expect an official record component from anyone other than the Master of Horror himself (with the help of his son and godson). Given what we’ve heard from the last two Halloween Soundtracks, expect Ends riding forward with electronic guitars and a fun, chilled-out synthesizer. This will be a record for getting the blood up.
* Album that will hopefully be released this year – new job for a cowboy
Job for a Cowboy is one of the best gems in modern death metal and I desperately need a new album from them. Since 2014 Sun eater (FYI, if you haven’t heard this record yet, go ahead!) – the band has taken a break. With several members working in different bands (some even coming together for a new act called Serpents of Gnosis, who released an album back in 2019), there were only small posts here and there for news about a new JFAC album. We hope 2022 will be the year these underdogs of technical death metal release a dazzling new range of metal savagery!