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 Mountain
Listening 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 … Read more
Progressive rock is one of my great loves, from Yes (the old Yes) to Spock’s Beard to… today’s contenders, I listen to a lot of prog. And, if you’re here, you’re probably like me!
Number Five: The Ranch – Together to Get Here to Get Here Together
That album is good, and I mean, so good! First off, it’s not every day you get to talk about a band from Malta, that little island in the Mediterranean, and I guess it’s even rarer to talk about such an incredible one! With a perfect blend of prog rock and jazz fusion, … Read more
The “progressive metal” category casts such a wide net that I had to subdivide it into several subcategories. So, instead of making a top 5 for every one of them, let’s see only the best concept album, the best experimental album, the best instrumental album, the best vocal album, the best prog-power album, and the best prog-thrash album from 2021!
Best Prog-Power: Æphanemer – A Dream of Wilderness
It’s got the cheese, it’s got the shredder, it’s got the pasta.
Best Prog-Thrash: Cryptosis – Bionic Swarm
Throughout the many really cool thrash metal albums the year gave us, Cryptosis’s stood … Read more
Plug all the effect pedals at your local music store into one another and record an album with that, you’ll end up on my list.
Number Five: Voids – Who Needs the Words When There Are Stars Above?
Let’s start with an underground act: Voids, from Russia! Who Needs the Words […] was late to the party, coming out in late December, but it truly deserves to be on this list; vast, expansive, atmospheric, and a little heavy side makes for a great experience!
Number Four: Maybe She Will – No Feeling Is Final
UK’s Maybe She Will released a … Read more
Post-metal is often slow and atmospheric, somewhat akin to doom metal with riffs, or post-rock with riffs. There’s been a lot of really good post-metal this year, so here are my favourites!
Number Five: Cave Sermon – Memory Spear
Australia’s Cave Sermon released a jaw-dropping debut this year with Memory Spear
, an amazing atmospheric post-metal album with a tinge of black metal inked into it, which makes for a marvellous entry into our top 5!
Number Four: Daxma – Unmarked Boxes
Doomgazy post-metal with melodic female vocals over drawn-out chords and slloooww riffs. Is that what you want? Then … Read more