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.”

Undeath Release New Live Album “Live…From The Grave”

Undeath have digitally released a new live album titled “Live…From The Grave.“ The effort was recorded during the band’s May 27 show at Pop’s in Sauget, IL and it can be found on the service of your choice HERE. Physical copies are expected to be released in 2023.

“Live…From The Grave” Track Listing:

01. “Pops, How the Fuck Are We Doing”
02. “Rise From The Grave”
03. “That’s Called Fuckin’ Death Metal, You Guys Like That Shit?”
04. “Enhancing The Dead”
05. “Shilling, I Wanna See You Throwing Some Ass”
06. “Necrobionics”
07. “We Look Good, I’m Feeling The Vibe”
08. “Defiled Again”
09. “The Funeral Within”
10. “Cheap Pop for the Other Bands”
11. “Human Chandelier”
12. “Happy Birthday Kyle”
13. “Lesions Of A Different Kind”

Vocalist Alexander Jones commented:

“Stoked as fuck to announce our first ever LIVE ALBUM, ‘Live…From The Grave‘! We’ve been huge fans of killer live albums like ‘Live Cannibalism‘ and ‘Unleashed In The East‘ forever and considering the fact that we’ve been touring consistently for the past year and a half, we figured there’s no time like the present to drop one of our own!

The album is taken from our tour supporting Dying Fetus this past spring and highlights a bunch of tracks off of ‘It’s Time…To Rise From The Grave‘. If you can’t catch us live, this is the next best option for you. It’s like we’re right there stinking up your car/living room/cousin’s wedding/wherever you choose to throw this bad boy on…

We’re also beyond honored to not only be on the cover of the year-end issue of Decibel, but to also have ‘It’s Time…To Rise From The Grave‘ take the number one spot on their Top 40 Albums of the Year list! Insanity.

We’ve been fans of Decibel for years and, as sappy as it sounds, we used to daydream about stuff like this happening at our very first practices. It honestly still doesn’t feel real, but this shit is as real as it gets! Seriously can’t begin to thank Decibel and everyone who’s supported us this year enough. Shoutout to FUCKING DEATH METAL.”

Guitarist Kyle Beam added:

“We were having a blast playing these songs on this tour, and we hope you enjoy listening to them! As a kid, I was introduced to a lot of bands via the cover of Decibel, and now here we are, featured as the cover story. If you’re discovering us from this, we hope you stick around – we’re just getting started…”

Undeath Announce UK Tour With Celestial Sanctuary

Undeath have announced a UK tour with Celestial Sanctuary. Here’s the dates:

01/27 Glasgow, UK – The Flying Duck
01/28 Newcastle, UK – Anarchy Brew Co
01/29 Manchester, UK – The Star & Garter
01/30 Nottingham, UK – Rock City
01/31 Milton Keynes, UK – The Craufurd Arms
02/01 Southampton, UK – The Joiners
02/02 London, UK – The Black Heart

Undeath Premiere “Fiend For Corpses” Video, Announce Co-Headlining Tour With 200 Stab Wounds

Undeath have premiered a new video for their song “Fiend For Corpses.” This track is from the band’s latest album “It’s Time… To Rise From The Grave.”

In other news, Undeath have also announced a co-headlining tour with 200 Stab Wounds. Enforced and Phobophilic will open. Here’s the dates:

11/11 Cambridge, MA – Sonia
11/12 Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian Church
11/13 Brooklyn, NY – St Vitus
11/15 Baltimore, MD – OTTOBAR
11/16 Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506
11/17 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
11/18 Orlando, FL – Wills Pub
11/19 Miami, FL – Gramps
11/20 Tampa, FL – The Orpheum (Inside)
11/22 Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
11/23 Austin, TX – Spider Ballroom
11/25 Dallas, TX – Cheap Steaks
11/26 Lubbock, TX – Jake’s
11/28 Mesa, AZ – Nile Underground
11/29 Tucson, AZ – THE ROCK
11/30 Las Vegas, NV – American Legion Post 8
12/02 Santa Ana, CA – Constellation Room
12/04 Los Angeles, CA – The Belasco
12/05 Sacramento, CA – Goldfields Trading Co
12/07 Portland, OR – Dante’s
12/08 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
12/10 Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court
12/11 Denver, CO – HQ
12/12 Kansas City, MO – The Rino
12/13 Lincoln, NE – The Royal Grove
12/14 Minneapolis, MN – Turf Club
12/15 Chicago, IL – Reggie’s
12/16 Lakewood, OH – The Foundry
12/17 Toronto, ON – Velvet Underground
12/18 Rochester, NY – Photo City Music Hall

Unearth, Madball, & Undeath Announce September Shows

Unearth, Madball, and Undeath have announced some September shows together. Here’s the dates:

09/18 Indianapolis, IN – Deluxe @ Old National Centre
09/19 Grand Rapids, MI – Pyramid Scheme
09/20 Columbus, OH – Ace Of Cups
09/21 Memphis, TN – Growlers
09/22 Birmingham, AL – Iron City (Unearth only)

Undeath Share “Doom”-Inspired Lyric Video For New Song “Necrobionics”

Undeath have premiered a “Doom”-inspired lyric video for their new song “Necrobionics.” This track is from the band’s new album “It’s Time… To Rise From The Grave,” which will be released on April 22. Guitarist Kyle Beam commented:

“‘Necrobionics’ is the defacto mosh track off It’s Time…. When we drop this one live, it’s going to leave the pit looking much like the chorus says, with ‘Piles of death, corpses en masse.’ The track’s lyrics draws a lot of aesthetic influence from the early Doom/Quake games, with the video paying homage to some of my favorite pastimes.

Undeath Premiere “Head Splattered In Seven Ways” Music Video

Undeath have premiered an age-restricted video for their new song “Head Splattered In Seven Ways.” This track is from the band’s new album “It’s Time… To Rise From The Grave,” which will be released on April 22.

Guitarist Kyle Beam commented:

“‘Head Splattered in Seven Ways‘ is all about the number 7: There’s seven syllables in the title, it’s the seventh song on the record, the verse and chorus are in seven AND the bridge section repeats seven times. As if that wasn’t crazy enough, lyrically the song is centered around a deranged interrogation scene with a murderer that possesses psionic powers – the kind capable of making heads explode and splatter in…well, you do the math. Simply put, this is an odd-time death metal banger that you’ll snap your neck trying to headbang along to. Enjoy!”

Vocalist Alex Jones added:

“I’m really stoked about ‘Head Splattered in Seven Ways‘. It’s definitely one of the crazier, more technically intense songs on the record, so I’m excited that we’re getting it out right after ‘Rise from the Grave‘, which is by far one of the most straight forward tracks we’ve ever written. Both songs showcase the number one thing that Undeath is about, albeit in very different ways: the power of a dope riff.

Also, the video that we shot with Errick Easterday is supremely fucked up. Shoutout to McCanns Local Meats, Rochester’s premiere meat emporium, for letting us use their space (and to Mr. McCann himself for starring in the video!) If you’re ever in the area, make sure you swing by for a great banh mi and a cup of coffee.”

Undeath’s Alex Jones On Six Feet Under Frontman Chris Barnes: “He’s Given The New Record A Lot Of Free Press”

As previously reported, Chris Barnes (Six Feet Under, ex-Cannibal Corpse) recently made headlines after expressing his disdain for modern death metal after watching Knofest’s “Death Metal Round Table” with George “Corpsegrinder’ Fisher (Cannibal Corpse), Trevor Strnad (The Black Dahlia Murder), Chase Mason (Gatecreeper), and Alex Jones (Undeath). Now, Jones has responded by thanking Barnes for unintentionally giving Undeath’s new album, “It’s Time… To Rise From The Grave” (out April 22), “a lot of free press.”

Jones said the following during an appearance on the “Everflowing Stream“:

“Man, you know I just think it’s sad. I guess… I’ll try not to be too dismissive, here because I want to provide a serious answer to that question. But I think… you know, the guy’s a legend. He was an instrumental member on some of the most important death metal albums in history. I think if he had just stayed in his lane, so to speak, and not become like you know, a right-wing anti-vaxxer ghoul, then he could be a very well respected, loved, beloved character in the metal scene.

But I think he just made some very bad calls with the things that he chose to align himself with. I think he has kind of exposed some very obnoxious and kind of gross and frustrating beliefs over recent years. All in all, I knew all of that about him going into him saying what he said on Twitter, so I wasn’t surprised.

I wasn’t really expecting somebody like Chris Barnes at his current state to view that Knotfest video and say ‘wow, death metal is in great hands. I’m so proud of all these guys.’ Like, I know he’s he’s turned into a curmudgeon over the past 15-20 years, but it is what it is. I’m unbothered by it, and the rest of the guys in the band, we just kind of think it’s funny. And honestly, I need to send him a gift basket or something, because he’s given the new record a lot of free press over the past couple days.”

[via The PRP]

Dying Fetus Announce North American Tour With Chelsea Grin, Bodysnatcher, Frozen Soul, & Undeath

Dying Fetus have announced a headlining North American tour. Chelsea Grin, Bodysnatcher, Frozen Soul, and Undeath will serve as support.

Tour Dates:

04/29 Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage
04/30 Richmond, VA – The Canal Club
05/01 Jacksonville, NC – Hooligans Music Hall
05/03 Charlotte, NC – The Underground
05/04 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
05/05 Jacksonville, FL – Underbelly
05/06 St Petersburg, FL – Jannus Live
05/07 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution Live
05/09 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
05/10 Dallas, TX – Amplified Live
05/11 Austin, TX – Come and Take It Live
05/13 Phoenix, AZ – The Nile Theater
05/14 Los Angeles, CA – Regent Theater
05/15 Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory
05/16 San Diego, CA – House of Blues
05/17 Berkeley, CA – The UC Theatre
05/18 Roseville, CA – Goldfield Trading Post
05/19 Portland, OR – Bossanova Ballroom
05/20 Vancouver, BC – Modified Ghost Festival
05/21 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
05/23 Salt Lake City, UT – Metro Music Hall
05/24 Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
05/25 Lawrence, KS – Granada Theater
05/26 Minneapolis, MN – The Lyric at Skyway Theater
05/27 Sauget, IL – Pops
05/28 Chicago, IL – Concord Music Hall
05/29 Pontiac, MI – The Crofoot Ballroom
05/31 Toronto, ON – The Opera House
06/01 Quebec City, QC – Imperial Bell
06/02 Montreal, QC – Corona Theatre
06/03 New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre
06/04 Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of The Living Arts
06/05 Worcester, MA – The Palladium

Undeath Premiere “Rise From The Grave” Music Video

Undeath have premiered a new video for their new song “Rise From The Grave.” This track is from the band’s new album “It’s Time… To Rise From The Grave,” which will be released on April 22.

Guitarist Kyle Beam commented:

“‘Rise From The Grave‘ is Undeath refined to its deadliest aspects. Blood curdling vocals, bonesaw guitars, slamming bass, and skull crushing drums, fused with a focused hook that brings the decayed mass together as a banging death metal track. We hope you all enjoy, bang your head and scream along.”

Vocalist Alexander Jones added:

“We knew we wanted to go kind of over-the-top with this video but still have it feel like something you might catch on Headbanger’s Ball in the ’90s. Think ‘Sentenced To Burn‘ or ‘Rapture‘. Luckily enough we met Errick while we were recording the album and when it came time to start plotting out the video, we knew he was the guy for the job. I think the end result is a great little encapsulation of what our band is all about – big riffs and plenty of gore.”

“It’s Time… To Rise From The Grave” Track Listing:

01. “Fiend For Corpses”
02. “Defiled Again”
03. “Rise From The Grave”
04. “Necrobionics”
05. “Enhancing The Dead”
06. “The Funeral Within”
07. “Head Splattered In Seven Ways”
08. “Human Chandelier”
09. “Bone Wrought”
10. “Trampled Headstones”