I don’t have an expansive playlist of punk for 2021, but here are the best things I gathered this year.
Number Five: Bong Mountain – The Battle of Bong MountainListening to Bong Mountain is the closest I’ll get to be twenty years younger and on my skateboard listening to CDs on my walkman. The Battle of Bong Mountain is a great punk rock album to scratch that very specific itch. Hope you like it.
Number Four: Duvel – Duvel
Released in the middle of the year, Duvel had time enough to play countless times, and for me to sing along to this post-punk masterpiece reminiscent of the nineties, somehow! It’s a truly remarkable release that’s easy to plug wherever you are!
Number Three: Lice – Wasteland: What Ails Our People Is Clear
Noisy, proggy, aggressive, and experimental, Lice’s Wasteland is an incredibly good album—it wouldn’t be here if it weren’t, right?—and you have no choice but give this one a go.
Number Two: Fucked Up – The Year of the Horse, Whose Name Was Perceval
The Year of the Horse is such an emotional journey, one who didn’t listen to it can’t know before going in. In four very long tracks, we live the journey of Perceval the horse, and boy what a ride that is! It goes to many places high and low, both musically and story-wise, and you can’t leave this journey unchanged.
Number One: Squid – Bright Green Field
The best of punk of 2021 goes to the twisted, creative Squid, with their masterpiece Bright Green Field. On all songs of the album, the band brings in an interesting motif or idea and explores it quite thoroughly. It’s an impeccable album, from start to finish!
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Friday, 8 January
Lice – Wasteland: What Ails Our People Is Clear
Friday, 5 March
Fake Fruit – Fake Fruit
Rocks in Your Head
Friday, 2 April
Мытищи в огне – Хорошо у нас в аду
Tuesday, 20 April
Bong Mountain – The Battle of Bong Mountain
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Friday, 7 May
Fucked Up – The Year of the Horse, Whose Name Was Perceval
Squid – Bright Green Field
Friday, 2 July
Duvel – Duvel
Friday, 5 November
Visibly Choked – Visibly Choked
Tuesday, 7 December
Blank – Identity Fair
Friday, 24 December
Gruzja – Vulgātor
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
01/19 – Best of Modern Jazz
01/20 – Best of Noise Rock
01/21 – Best of Nu Jazz
01/22 – Best of Nu Prog
01/23 – Best of Pop
01/24 – Best of Post-Hardcore
01/25 – Best of Post-Metal
01/26 – Best of Post-Rock
01/27 – Best of Progressive Metal
01/28 – Best of Progressive Rock
01/29 – Best of Punk
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