Writing my best records for 2021 has proven to be a challenge given all the great music that has been released last year – and 2022 is already shaping up to be just as exciting. Through death metal, doom, ambient, avant-garde, nu metal and much more, there is something to be on the lookout for.
An important note that I want to share is that while the following includes albums that have been officially announced with dates (or are at least in production / rumored), there’s always a plethora of incredible records throughout any given year that come under the radar. While the following includes some incredible act recordings that you should be very excited about, be sure to keep in mind that more surprises are sure to emerge throughout 2022.
Without further ado, let’s watch some of these mind-blowing records coming out!
Shadow of intention – Elegy (1/14)
I’m not going to lie – I got into this group largely because of the “Halo” tag, but Shadow of Intent turned out to be more than a gimmick (even though the gimmick is very cool). For me, I was really impressed with 2019 Melancholy – which is a great work of melodic death metal and symphonic metal meets deathcore. Considering what the band shared about their single “Where Millions Have Come To Die”, Elegy appears to be another killer chapter for Shadow of Intent.
Mizmor – End of the roll (1/14)
ALN de Mizmor knows how to captivate and move listeners. Blending traits of doom, noise and death metal, Mizmor is a remarkable force of existentialism and emotion. End of the roll seeks to continue on the path of heavy equipment for which the act of one man is known; offering two tracks of breathtaking avant-garde sound, Mizmor once again invites listeners to experience a disc of awe-inspiring exploration and depth.
Boris – W (1/21)
This is one of those bands that will surprise me forever. To discover them in 2019 with the release of Love & Evolution, Boris is an impressive force of noise, rock and punk. Their 2020 collaboration with noise artist Merzbow is one of my favorite records of the past few years, creating a surreal sound experience that thrills and causes a sensation. Considering Boris’ incredible history of merging genres and his remarkable technical skills, I am excited about what this group has in store for us with W.
Boy Harder – The runner soundtrack
Boy Harsher’s darkwave duo have a movie coming out this year called The runner! An accompanying soundtrack accompanies the film, showing off the actor’s impressive skills in creating captivating and spooky industrial dance music.
Korn – Requiem (2/4)
Frankly, I was never a huge Korn fan during my teenage years; it wouldn’t be until adulthood with 2013 The paradigm shift that the band really caught my eye. Korn has remained consistent in their later years, providing material that draws on their earlier work in nu metal, while also mixing touches of electronic flair. Which is a good thing, considering that their music works both to excite, while also providing lyrical substance when it comes to their subject matter. I won’t be surprised to hear Requiem kick a lot of ass.
Venom Prison – Erebos (2/4)
Following that of the 2020s Primitive, Venom Prison is looking to jump fiercely into the New Year. From the single “Pain Of Oizys” from the album, Erebos seems like a fascinating work of crushing death metal. The menacing appeal of Venom Prison’s music thrash is enough to spill anyone’s blood, and this time around, they’re looking to push the limits of their art. When it comes to the new era of death metal, Venom Prison is a band you can’t miss.
George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher – Corpse crusher (2/4)
While Corpsegrinder is known to guest star on other albums, the Cannibal Corpse frontman is looking to spark a solo effort this year. Containing a plethora of heavy genres, we can expect whatever Corpsegrinder is working on to shred eardrums and cope.
Zeal & Ardor – Zeal & Ardor (2/11)
Zeal & Ardor are one of the best musical groups I have discovered in all my years of listening to music. 2016 The devil is fine amazed me in its fusion of black metal meets electronics meets blues meets gospel meets soul presentation; a breathtaking work of musical ferocity that spills blood and irritates. The depth of Manuel Gagneux’s material is remarkable, and he has continued to expand his range of styles. Gagneux has a brilliant talent for infusing his music with emotional depth, reflecting on the cruelties and injustices of our world. Whatever he has planned for us in his eponymous upcoming effort, I’m sure it will be jaw-dropping.
Incantation of blood – Timewave Zero (2/25)
One of my favorite heavy bands today, Blood Incantation is a fantastic force of psychedelic death metal. With a jazz mentality in their compositions, Blood Incantation weaves striking instrumentation and haunting ambiance to create surrealist works of cosmic brutality. Their next release seeks not only to extend that quality, but to take things to a whole new level of sound for them. The incantation of blood is the closest we can possibly ever communicate to the stars, so make sure that Timewave Zero is on your radar.
Animals as leaders – Parresia (3/25)
The prog metal band has released a plethora of captivating and cutting-edge records throughout their career, and Parresia continues this trend. The instrumentation of Animals as Leaders has a magical and tranquil power to draw audiences into soundscapes of thrilling wonder. In the way guitar melodies swirl and contort, in the way drums beat alongside complex bass rhythms – animals as leaders know how to create wonderful songs.
Press releases to be determined:
Fans are eagerly awaiting another release from one of heavy metal’s greatest bands. Avenged Sevenfold has always prided itself on wearing its influences on its sleeve, drawing inspiration from the great metal bands of thrash and groove to create its own brand of stage rock tunes. While 2016 The scene was a great demonstration of how the band was expanding their sound even further, no one will be surprised that all the band has planned for us next is a banger.
Coheed and Cambria
I love a band that uses music to tell stories, and it was the sci-fi epic found in the songs of Coheed and Cambria that attracted me. Throughout their careers, the band has only evolved as a progressive band, building on their technical prowess and pushing themselves into new territories of style and play. The first singles released at time of writing these lines are an absolute blast, providing a great rush and promising direction for Coheed’s next album.
Very happy that these New England metalheads are releasing a new album! 2018 follow-up The exteriors, the group shares that their new album should be released in the fall. Expect lots of death metal thrash mayhem!
I’ve always found Ghost to be a fun group; maybe they’re not meant to be fun, but i think they’ve always been good at creating dark pop-rock music. There is an ironic nature to their material that works to be playful, while still being a bit creepy. Their recent new track “Hunter’s Moon” (which is featured on the Halloween kills soundtrack) is a lot of fun, and I expect nothing less from a new Ghost album than a spooky good cheer.
When it comes to moving a crowd, very few reach Rammstein’s extreme level. The German metal band has taken the world by storm with their fiercely catchy mix of industrial music, creating tunes that excite people to dance and break things at the same time. Their 2019 album was another big chapter in the band’s discography, and I’m sure their next release will only rage with even more pop-industrial-metal fire.
2019 We are not your type is not only an impressive effort by metal group Des Moines, IA, but also a brilliant return to form. Drawing on their musical history, the record is a remarkable fusion of style and depth, with touches of Iowa, Flight. 3: (Subliminal verses), and All hope is lost heard all along. It looks like the band are looking to release a few albums, one of which involves music with a Radiohead type sound. These songs are excerpts recorded during the creation of All hope is lost, but the band has another studio album in the works. Expect Slipknot intended for us to be heavy as hell.
When it comes to musical horror tributes, there’s no way not to mention Wednesday the 13th. While I will forever mourn the loss of The Murderdolls, Wednesday the 13th is a mind-blowing force of flavor. horror rock; with a plethora of murderous records like Transylvania 90210: Songs of the Death, the Dying and the Dead, Calling all corpses, and Necrophage, Wednesday the 13th knows how to entertain ghouls and monsters.
Halloween ends OST (John Carpenter, Cody Carpenter, Daniel Davies)
With the last chapter of David Gordon Green Halloween trilogy arriving this year, we can expect an official record feature from none other than the Horror Master himself (with the help of his son and godson as well). Given what we’ve heard from the last two Halloween soundtracks, wait Ends to roll with electronic guitars and a fun and scary synth. It will be a bloody record.
* Album that I hope will 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 need a new record from them. Since that of 2014 Sun eater (FYI, if you haven’t heard this record, go ahead!) – the band is on hiatus. With several members working among different groups (some even got together for a new act called Serpents of Gnosis, which released a record in 2019), there have only been little bits and pieces on the spot regarding the news of one. new JFAC disc. Hoping that 2022 will be the year when these technical death metal outsiders will release a new offering of metallic ferocity!