Metal Anarchy’s Top Albums Of 2022

I have put together a list of my top 10 albums of 2022. You can check that out below. This is just for fun and I know I probably left out some of your favorites, but these are all of the albums that I enjoyed the most this year:

10. Korn – “Requiem”

Korn’s latest album finds the band returning to form with a classic dose of nu-metal. It has all of the elements fans have come to love over the years wrapped into a small package with no filler. Some highlights from this one include: “Let The Dark Do The Rest,” “Worst Is On Its Way,” and “Lost In The Grandeur.”

09. Undeath – “It’s Time…To Rise from The Grave”

Undeath’s latest album is a full-on display of pummeling death metal that manages to stay true to the genre while still sounding fresh. It’s a killer record that proves the future of death metal is in good hands. Some highlights from this one include: “Rise from The Grave,” “Defiled Again,” and “Fiend For Corpses.”

08. Slipknot – “The End, So Far”

Slipknot’s latest album feels like a culmination of the band’s career and a glimpse into the future all at once. It combines elements from throughout the band’s history with new soundscapes to create something that sounds familiar yet slightly different. Some highlights from this one include: “Hivemind,” “Warranty,” and “Medicine For The Dead.”

07. Venom Prison – “Erebos”

Venom Prison’s latest album finds the band expanding their sound, while still sounding as crushing as ever. The effort is still a death metal record at its core, but it shows an evolutionary step forward for a band that keep rising to greater heights within the scene. Some highlights from this one include: “Comfort Of Complicity,” “Born From Chaos,” and “Nemesis.”

06. Lamb Of God – “Omens”

Lamb Of God have continued to crank out high-quality material for years and “Omens” is no exception. The effort is a heavy, classic sounding Lamb Of God record that takes into account the band’s evolution through a more focused lens. Some highlights from this one include: “Gomorrah,” “Ditch,” and “To The Grave.”

05. Halestorm – “Back From The Dead”

Halestorm are one of the strongest acts in the current rock scene and their latest album further cements that fact. The record gives the fans exactly what they want, Lzzy Hale’s soaring vocals backed by a hard rock explosion. Some highlights from this one include: “Wicked Ways,” “Brightside,” and the title track.

04. Arch Enemy – “Deceivers”

Arch Enemy’s latest album is one of their best pieces of work to date. All of the songs have the potential to become melodic death metal classics thanks to the band’s impeccable musicianship and powerful vocals. Some highlights from this one include: “Handshake With Hell,” “In The Eye Of The Storm,” and “The Watcher.”

03. Electric Callboy – “TEKKNO”

Electric Callboy’s latest album “TEKKNO” is a catchy display of electro-metalcore that doesn’t take itself too seriously. It’s a fun ride that makes you want to smile and headbang the whole way through. Some highlights from this one include: “We Got The Moves,” “Hurrikan,” and “Arrow of Love”.”

02. Motionless In White – “Scoring The End Of The World”

Motionless In White managed to top themselves again with their latest album. The record is a work of art that packs elements of metal, hard rock, and industrial into infectious songs that you can’t help but move to. Some highlights from this one include: “Werewolf,” “Slaughterhouse (feat. Knocked Loose’s Bryan Garris),” and “Broadcasting From Beyond The Grave: Corpse Nation.”

01. Ghost – “Impera”

You can’t get much bigger than Ghost’s latest album. The effort combines elements of ’80s hard rock and pop to create massive songs that have the ability to transcend into the mainstream. Some highlights from this one include: “Spillways,” “Watcher In The Sky,” and “Respite On The Spitalfields.”

Arch Enemy Announce Australian/New Zealand Tour

Arch Enemy have announced a February 2023 Australian/New Zealand tour. Here’s the dates:

02/12 Auckland, NZ – Powerstation
02/14 Adelaide, AUS – The Gov
02/15 Brisbane, AUS – Tivoli Theatre
02/17 Sydney, AUS – Metro Theatre
02/18 Melbourne, AUS – The Forum
02/19 Perth, AUS – Metropolis Fremantle

Arch Enemy Premiere “In The Eye Of The Storm” Music Video

Arch Enemy have premiered a new video for their new song “In The Eye Of The Storm.“ This track is from the band’s new album “Deceivers,” which will be released on August 12. Michael Amott commented:

“‘In The Eye Of The Storm’ is a song that was built around a hypnotizing riff and a groove that’s just screaming out to be played live! Shooting the video in Berlin, Germany with, for us, new director Mirko Witzki was a super cool experience, and the result is nothing less than astonishing!”

Arch Enemy Delay New Album “Deceivers” To August

Arch Enemy have postponed the release of their new album “Deceivers.” The effort will now be available on August 12.

The band issued the following statement:

“Dear Enemy Legions,

We know how excited you (and we) are to get your hands on our new album, “Deceivers”! Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, the release of the new album has to be postponed – but only by two weeks! So, the new release date will be August 12th. We promise it will be worth the wait! 🤘

In fact, the album will drop while we are on the road playing some of our favourite European festivals and, to thank you for your ongoing support, we have decided to host some exclusive signing sessions throughout Germany so we can meet you face to face!

Be sure to catch our set and get your new Deceivers swag signed at the events below:

06.08 – Wacken Open Air⁠, Germany
09.08 – Tel Aviv⁠, Israel
12.08 – Knotfest Finland⁠
13.08 – Cologne Signing Session⁠
14.08 – Alcatraz Metal Festival⁠, Belgium
15.08 – Hamburg Signing Session⁠
16.08 – Dortmund Signing Session⁠
17.08 – Frankfurt Signing Session⁠
18.08 – Summer Breeze Festival⁠, Germany
20.08 – Reload Festival⁠, Germany

Exact information about the locations and times of the signing sessions will follow soon.

We want to thank you for your amazing feedback on “Deceivers” thus far and hope to see you all in the pit this summer!

– Arch Enemy”

Arch Enemy Premiere “Sunset Over The Empire” Music Video

Arch Enemy have premiered a new video for their new song “Sunset Over The Empire.“ This track is from the band’s new album “Deceivers,” which will be released on July 29. Guitarist Michael Amott commented:

“Behold the ‘Sunset Over The Empire‘, the 4th single from our upcoming ‘Deceivers‘ album! This is a faster song with some manic riffs and a relentless beat that I can envision becoming a ‘hit in the pit’! Lyrically, it’s sadly one of those that seems to ring more true with each and every passing day nowadays…’Words turned to war, brother fighting brother, another false truce, as the people die…’. The accompanying video was shot in Poland with the Grupa13 team and doesn’t follow the lyrics slavishly but has a great message and vibe in its own right. Oh, and I’m stoked that we’re releasing ‘Sunset Over The Empire‘ as a limited edition physical single on 7″ vinyl!”

Iron Maiden Announce “Legacy Of The Beast” In-Game Collaboration With Arch Enemy

Iron Maiden have teamed up with Arch Enemy for a new collaboration inside their “Legacy Of The Beast” mobile game. The band’s frontwoman Alissa White-Gluz will appear as “Queen Beast” in the game during an “Atomic Sunset” event, which will run for a week starting today (May 12).

A press release offered more details:

“The week-long event will take fans and players on a journey with Eddie and Queen Beast, a regal warrior harnessing the fierce powers of wild animals, striking fear in the hearts of all who oppose her!

As they walk through a post-war dystopian wasteland, society at large is witnessing the rise of a mutant species, a creature that is the product of the nuclear war. They are driven to destroy all of what is left of the natural world; human and animal kind.

Queen Beast and her companion GreyClaw must work together with Doomsday Eddie to gather survivors and rebuild the community while fighting mutant henchmen. Future generations’ survival lies in their hands.”

White-Gluz commented:

“We made sure to include elements of the entire band. We worked directly with the developers to make this character really special and unique that really symbolizes Arch Enemy.

I think fans playing this game will have a fun time, also seeing AE lyrics in the script, in the storyline of the game and I’m curious to see who picks up on the little easter eggs we left in there. It’s really exciting to see that AE will be fighting alongside Eddie and our character that we’ve developed Queen Beast along with her companion Greyclaw.”

She also added the following about the “Queen Beast” character:

“Strength, femininity, power and compassion! We really put a lot of detail into developing her attacks, the way she looks, the way she moves, and I think its gonna be a really fun element for people playing the game.”

Tool’s Adam Jones Says He Would Like To Tour With Arch Enemy

During a recent interview with Metal Hammer, Tool’s Adam Jones opened up about choosing opening acts for the band’s headlining tours. Notably, he also mentioned that he would like to tour with Arch Enemy someday.

Jones said the following about choosing openers:

“I mean, a lot of bands that are our level do the industry giveaway, take out a band that will actually pay them for the exposure. We’ve never done that. Never done pay-to-play back in the old Sunset Strip days, and never charged bands that we take out with us. We always pay the bands and ask them ourselves, and we always take out bands that we like.

We don’t have to look for a band to draw tickets, because we don’t really have a problem doing that, so what we do is we take turns. It’s Dan‘s turn so he picks this band, then it’s Justin’s turn and he picks that band, Maynard‘s turn and he picks a band. This time it was my turn and I picked Brass Against. I have always really liked them: their energy, their cover songs, their wind section…you don’t really see that anymore.”

He also added the following when asked which band he would like tour with someday:

“That’s a loaded question! There are so many! I really like Arch Enemy. That was one that I was really thinking about asking.”

Arch Enemy To Release “Sunset Over The Empire” 7″ In May

Arch Enemy will be releasing a new 7″ single titled “Sunset Over The Empire” on May 20. The effort will come with two songs including the title track and “The Judging Eyes.” This news comes as the band are preparing to release their new album “Deceivers“ on July 29. Michael Amott commented:

“I am thrilled that we are releasing our next single ‘Sunset Over The Empire‘ not only digitally everywhere as usual, but also as a physical 7″ vinyl record. I’m a big fan of the vinyl format myself and I think this killer looking 7″ will be a nice collector’s item as it’s a limited run. The B-side is an instrumental we’ve never released before on a record, and the A-side is one of my fave tracks off our new upcoming album ‘Deceivers‘!”

Arch Enemy Premiere “Handshake With Hell” Music Video

Arch Enemy have premiered a new video for their new song “Handshake With Hell.“ This track is from the band’s new album “Deceivers,” which will be released on July 29.

Guitarist Michael Amott commented:

“Our new single/video ‘Handshake With Hell‘ started off with some riffs and melodies that I thought might be suitable for each other, and when I showed the parts I had to Daniel [Erlandsson], he also felt it had potential. We worked on a demo of it, developing it much further together, and once we had reached a point where we felt it was ready, we sent the instrumental version to Alissa [White-Gluz] over in Canada.

She came back with this really cool approach to the vocals and lyrics that elevated the song even further. To me, it’s a stand-out track on the new ‘Deceivers‘ album, really showcasing what we are capable of as songwriters and performers in 2022 – it’s definitely one of the new songs I’m dying to play live on tour!”

Vocalist Alissa White-Gluz added:

“When Michael and Daniel showed me the instrumental they had cooked up, I got a ton of vocal ideas to complete the song. ‘Handshake With Hell‘ has a classic heavy metal feel, and it felt like the right time to unleash some classic heavy metal vocals to match. I think the result is really interesting and catchy!”