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Too Soon? Modtoid Man’s Best Metal Albums of 2021… So Far

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Hey, pals. You want sum music? Here’s 31 seemingly random, yet stellar heavy albums I’ve been a fan of so far this year, only one of which (Hooded Menace) isn’t publicly available yet. There’s just about something for everyone here. Post-metal/atmospheric metal fan? Check out Amenra, BIG|BRAVE, Bossk, and Five The Hierophant. Technical/prog metal your thing? Cryptosis, Epiphanic Truth, Interloper, and Klexos are for you. Thrashers and hardcore pals will find riffs upon riffs in Capra, Demiser, Demoniac, Enforced, Slant, and The Crown. For my money, the heaviest album I’ve heard this year so far is courtesy of Altarage, so if density and abrasion are your thing, start there. 

You vibing with any of these? What did I miss? What are you looking forward to in this increasingly crowded back half of the year?

Altarage – Succumb (SoM)
Amenra – De Doorn (Relapse Records)
BIG|BRAVE – VITAL (Southern Lord)
Black Sheep Wall – Songs for the Enamel Queen (Silent Pendulum Records)
BLACKSHAPE – BLACKSHAPE (independent)
Bleeth – Harbinger (Seeing Red Records)
Boss Keloid – Family the Smiling Thrush (Ripple Music)
Bossk – Migration (Deathwish Inc.)
Burial Pit – SUBHUMAN SCUM (Blighttown Records)
Capra – In Transmission (Metal Blade Records)
Comatose – A Way Back (independent)
Cryptosis – Bionic Swarm (Century Media Records)
Demiser – Through the Gate Eternal (Boris Records)
Demoniac – So It Goes (Edged Circle Productions)
DISPOSAL – DISPOSAL (Incriminating Records)
Enforced – Kill Grid (Century Media Records)
Epiphanic Truth – Dark Triad: Bitter Psalms to a Sordid Species (Church Road Records)
Five The Hierophant – Through Aureate Void (Dark Essence Records)
Flood Peak – Fixed Ritual (Anima Recordings)
HIRAKI – Stumbling Through the Walls (Nefarious Industries)
Hooded Menace – The Tritonus Bell (SoM)
Interloper – Search Party (NB)
Klexos – Apocryphal Parabolam (Total Dissonance Worship)
Miss Lava – Doom Machine (Small Stone Records)
Moral Collapse – Moral Collapse (Subcontinental Records)
Poppy – EAT (NXT Soundtrack) (Sumerian Records)
Regional Justice Center – Crime and Punishment (Closed Casket Activities)
Slant – 1집 (Iron Lung Records)
Spectral Lore – Ετερόφωτος (I, Voidhanger Records)
Spectral Wound – A Diabolic Thirst (Profound Lore)
The Crown – Royal Destroyer (Metal Blade Records)

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