I've been a huge FF fan since back in 1992 when Martyr was on a Roadrunner sampler cassette. It is a really good album and I have tickets to see them and Static X in March. I can't wait, since the last time I saw them was like 6 years ago in Vegas. Really curious who the new vocalist will be.Just wanted to remind everyone, this is a great fucking album. I don’t feel like it got talked about enough. Everything since Mechanize has been solid from them, imo. It’s really a perfect way to end there last 10 year run, with Bell finally quitting for good.
Hoooo boy, for all the bad that's been 2021 it sure made up for in terms of the sheer volume of amazing album releases! I didn't even know where to begin to put this AOTY list together but this is my attempt (which I'm sure I won't change in the next few weeks either lol). I could've easily made a top 30 as it just feels wrong leaving out so many quality albums. However, as my pappy used to say "sometimes you've just gotta' make the tough calls in life" and this was such a moment... I mean even my top 5 basically all consist of #1 contenders. It's madness I tell ya', madness!
- Silent Planet - Iridescent
- Queen Kona - Lucid
- Darko US - Darko
- Spiritbox - Eternal Blue
- Architects - For Those That Wish to Exist
- Holding Absence - The Greatest Mistake of My Life
- LANDMVRKS - Lost in the Waves
- Vildhjarta - måsstaden under vatten
- Humanity's Last Breath - Välde
- Mastodon - Hushed and Grim
Volumes - Happier
VCTMS - Vol. IV Numb the Ache
Born of Osiris - Angel or Alien
While She Sleeps - SLEEPS SOCIETY
Brand of Sacrifice - Lifeblood
Honourable Mentions Because Why Not 2021 Edition (Super Not Cheating I Swear Hyper Fighting Deluxe)
Mirrors - The Ego's Weight
Archspire - Bleed the Future
Sentinels - Collapse by Design
- Convictions - I Won't Survive
- Rogue - Phantom
- Orbit Culture - Shaman
- DeadVectors - Elemental (They put out FIVE EP's in 2021. Stop releasing so many fuckin' EP's DeadVectors!)
- Bloodlines - Hevel
Best Single Releases
- Cane Hill - Blood & Honey
- Advents - Relentless
- Darko US - Dragon Chaser (Usually I don't like to include artists I've already given the spotlight elsewhere but this track isn't featured on the album they released this year so... there!)
- Don Broco - One True Prince (Orchestral Version Live From Abbey Road)
- Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! - Bitter
Queen Kona - Lucid
These guys came outta' nowhere for me and they basically sound like if Periphery and I Am Abomination would have made 4 babies together that could all sing and play instruments heavily and proggily (yes I made that word up). I love this album as it has pretty much everything I would want from the Prog genre: catchy djenty grooves combined with technical riffage that doesn't go overboard, all the while supported by soaring cleans and aggressive lows courtesy of the four vocalists. It's just great and I can't wait to hear what comes next from them.
Sleep Token - This Place Will Become Your Tomb
While I had them as my "Best Surprise" last year with their Deluxe Edition of Sundowning their follow-up release, while not bad by any means, just failed to get its hooks in me and win me over. It felt formulaic and not as genre-breaking I was hoping it would be. That said, if Sleep Token is my "biggest disappointment" you know it's been a fantastic year for (Metal) music!
Oh how right you are. One of the best releases of 2019!this album is fire. i usually dont get into stuff like this, but there is a destructive sound to this that im really digging.
i have tried opeth and its not really my thing, but i recognize they are a good band and have really good music, i just cant get into them for some reason. which is why im so surprised i enjoyed Hath. ill give opeth another shot one of these days. musical tastes can definitely change over the years, maybe i will enjoy it more next time.Oh how right you are. One of the best releases of 2019!
Progeny is a banger!
You should try Opeth if you haven't heard them before. Hath owe them a lot in terms of sound signature.