🚨 #BestOf2021 🚨

It’s simple. Here are my favorite releases. I’ve broken out by sub-genre and kept it to the cream of the crop. This is Top Gun. Best of the best.



Those releases that don’t neatly fit a category are often the most interesting. #Mehenet #FuegoEterno #Dakhma #Empyrium #Baazlvaat

Baazlvaat was clearly the discovery of the year. Super raw production with some ingenious songwriting spanning styles


All flavors of doom here from Stoner to Sabbathian. #Wheel & #Monolord bringing actual songs with concrete riffs, #MethadoneSkies with post rock psych, and #Wedge & #IndicaBlues stoning the place up. Indica brought together all the above thru a desert filter


#NightProwler with that retro grindhouse synth, #BlackSoulHorde for the swords & sorcery, #LegionsOfTheNight for #Savatage fans, #Tower for the speed & vox, and #Fortress for the real deal - metal from the 80s seeing the light of day in 2021. Vintage!

#Thrash #Speed

#SteelBearingHand might be more DM but it’s bullet belt mayhem w/ a doom closer, #Ophicvs is Mad Max dystopia, #Engraver B-horror thrash, #MortalVision for all things Beneath The Remains, and #Demoniac for “outside the box”, both melodic and epic


The genre has evolved so much that you can hate 2nd wave mid-90s BM and still appreciate how it’s progressed. #StormKeep & #AncientMastery for fantasy, #Friisk and #Somme for atmosphere and #Panopticon for melancholic, emotional tugging at heartstrings


2021 was ridonculous for the DM renaissance. Maybe the bubble will burst? Who knows but for now #SufferingHour, #Pharmacist, #PutridEvocation, #MoralCollapse, #FetidZombie, #Exanimatvm, #UniverallyEstranged, and #Gosudar led the pack from grind to evil
Hope something here connects with you. Or you discover some ‘unusual suspects’. Some of these artists aren’t even signed so give them a try and give them some spotlight!!

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