Best of Brutal Death Metal 2021


It’s all in the name: brutal death metal. Brootal! That’s what I want from my BDM: riffs that punch me in the face, drums that gravity blast my boding into a black hole, and a stiff neck. Sure, you might find some progressive and technical death metal in that category, they sometimes cross over each other, but points will be given for pitiless riffs here. If it has the St. Anger snare, that’s bonus points! So let’s jump right in!


Number Five: Purulence – Xenarch


This is a new name for me, and they legitimized their place on this top 5 with crazy good riffs. Yes, the drums are programmed, but they’ve done a good enough job of it so that it’s somewhat hard to tell, especially in such a quantized genre as this one.


Number Four: Signs of the Swarm – Absolvēre


Chugs and growls is the way to go! This one is uncomplicated and is straight up banger after banger!


Number Three: Vulvodynia – Praenuntius īnfīnītī


The South African legends are back! On Praenuntius īnfīnītī all the ingredients that made the band such a renowned one are here, and sprinkle that with a few well chosen guest spots, and you’ve got an amazing result!


Number Two: Encenathrakh – Studio Album


Encenathrakh is a mysterious and legendary entity, and this EP just proves that they have no shortage of weird riffs to track! This one is as much brutal as it is bewildering, and I guess that’s cosmic horror grind for you.


Number One: Hate Inclination – Hate Inclination


The formerly one-man project known as Hate Inclination finally adopted a drummer! And this makes all the difference. While the band’s previous efforts were impressive, they were really brought down by the programmed drums. Now, Hate Inclination can shine in full bloom. On this self-titled release, the band respects your time. It’s only seventeen minutes long, but no second is wasted, and everything in there is top of the crop. So get right into it, and let’s hope for a full-length some time soon!


Notable Releases

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Friday, 29 January

Eximperituserqethhzebibšiptugakkathšulweliarzaxułum – Šahrartu

37:12
brutal death metal
Minsk, Belarus
Willowtip

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Sunday, 7 February

Nakhara – The Procession

37:50
progressive death metal
Rambouillet, France
Independent

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Friday, 5 March

Bonecarver – Evil

37:11
brutal death metal
Spain
Unique Leader

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Thursday, 1 April

Big Chef – Split with Big Chef

32:23
brutal death metal
Australia
Independent

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Sunday, 25 July

Omnivorous – Omnivorous

32:18
brutal death metal
Jakarta, Indonesia
Independent

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Friday, 17 September

Vulvodynia – Praenuntius īnfīnītī

56:31
brutal death metal
South Africa
Unique Leader

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Sunday, 19

Covidectomy – Populate. Indoctrinate. Dominate

20:55
brutal death metal
Washington
Inherited Suffering

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Friday, 24 September

Signs of the Swarm – Absolvēre

49:20
brutal death metal
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Unique Leader

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Thursday, 14 October

Hate Inclination – Hate Inclination

16:29
technical death metal
Fresno, California
Independent

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Sunday, 17

Big Chef – Gladeez Nuts

11:26
brutal death metal
Australia
Independent

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Friday, 29 October

Purulence – Xenarch

36:48
brutal death metal
UK
Realityfade

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Sunday, 21 November

Encenathrakh – Studio Album

23:09
brutal death metal
Columbus, Ohio
Omnisound

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Thursday, 9 December

Djinn-Ghül – Mechalith

13:21
brutal death metal
Denver, Colorado
Vicious Instinct

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Best of 2021

01/01 – Best of Afrobeat
01/02 – Best of Atmospheric Black Metal
01/03 – Best of Avant-Garde Black Metal
01/04 – Best of Brutal Death Metal

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