Best of Metalcore 2021


Let’s hear it for the most crushing metalcore albums of 2021!


Number Five: Warring Monk – 僧兵


That Warring Monk album is a last-minute entry, but I had to include it here! Despite its lower production standard, it’s filled with incredible riffs, an amazing guitar distortion sound, and it’ll be a great discovery for most of you!


Number Four: Vildhjarta – Måsstaden under vatten



I don’t feel like Vildhjarta recaptured the lightning in a bottle that the original Måsstaden ended up being, but the under vatten follow-up is still really freaking good!


Number Three: Employed to Serve – Conquering


Employed to Serve are always there when you need a good beating. Conquering continues their legacy of top quality metalcore!


Number Two: Every Time I Die – Radical


Everyone’s favourite, for a reason! It’s well-written, emotional, brutal, and hosts a surprising amount of earworms! It’s Radical!


Number One: Sentinels – Collapse by Design



The new Sentinels album demolishes everything on its path! Collapse by Design is twisted, heavy, and quite creative! It was definitely the metalcore album I’ve had the most fun with this year!


Notable Releases

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Friday, 19 March

Erra – Erra

53:16
metalcore
USA
UNFD


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Friday, 18 June

Hacktivist – Hyperdialect

43:30
djent, rapcore
UK
UNFD

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Friday, 25 June

Maitreya – Hyper Reels

48:52
progressive metalcore
Whitby, Ontario
Independent

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Friday, 9 July

Victims – Volume 4: Numb the Ache

39:02
metalcore
Streamwood, Illinois
Independent

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Friday, 6 August

Nothing Noble – Modern Dismay

47:29
progressive metalcore
Denmark
Independent

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Friday, 10 September

Johari – 幽霊

58:28
atmospheric djent
Louisville, Kentucky
Independent

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Friday, 17

Employed to Serve – Conquering

48:19
post-hardcore
Woking, UK
Independent

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Spiritbox – Eternal Blue

43:04
progressive metalcore
Canada
Rise


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Friday, 15 October

Vildhjarta – Måsstaden under vatten

80:01
progressive metal, djent
Sweden
Century Media


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Monday, 18

Peculate – Your Own Personal Abyss

59:17
progressive metal
USA
Independent

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Friday, 22

Between Oceans – Renaissance

33:47
metalcore
Copenhagen, Denmark
Independent

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Every Time I Die – Radical

51:09
metalcore
Buffalo, New York
Epitaph

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Sentinels – Collapse by Design

46:27
progressive metalcore
New Jersey
Sharptone


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Friday, 12 November

Queen Kona – Lucid

44:31
progressive metalcore
New York, New York
Independent

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Friday, 19

Volumes – Happier?

40:06
progressive metalcore
Los Angeles, California
Fearless


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Friday, 26 November

Wide Eyes – Oneironaut

121:47
progressive metalcore
Akron, Ohio
Independent

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Friday, 10 December

Atlas – Ukko

42:32
metalcore
Finland
Long Branch

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Tuesday, 21

The Standard Model – Visions of Fiction

45:27
progressive metalcore
Edwardsburg, Michigan
Independent

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Friday, 24

Warring Monk – 僧兵

35:07
progressive metalcore
Toms River, New Jersey
Independent

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Saturday, 25 December

God – Ⅴ: Sin, Part Ⅰ

65:05
metalcore
USA
Independent

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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
01/05 – Best of Classical
01/06 – Best of Death Metal
01/07 – Best of Deathcore
01/08 – Best of Doom Metal
01/09 – Best of Folk
01/10 – Best of Grindcore
01/11 – Best of Hardcore
01/12 – Best Improvisation
01/13 – Best of Indie Rock
01/14 – Best of Jazz Fusion
01/15 – Best of Jazzcore
01/16 – Best of Math Rock
01/17 – Best of Mathcore
01/18 – Best of Metalcore

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