Metal Anarchy’s Top Albums Of 2021

I have put together a list of my top 10 albums of 2021. 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. Jinjer – “Wallflowers”

“Wallflowers” finds Jinjer at the top of their game. It offers fans nothing short of a masterful display of progressive metal through a barrage of aggressive and groove-orientated tracks. Some highlights from this one include: “Vortex,” “Disclosure!,” and “Pearls And Swine.”

09. Plush – “Plush”

The self-titled debut album from Plush proves that rock and roll is alive and well. It’s a record full of rock anthems from a young band, who are sure to make waves in the music world for years to come. Some highlights from this one include: “Athena,” “Hate,” and “Sober.”

08. The Pretty Reckless – “Death By Rock And Roll”

“Death By Rock And Roll” takes the emotional toll of loss and pain and transforms it into pure and cathartic rock music. It continues to show growth from a band who have continuously cranked out high quality material since their inception. Some highlights from this one include: the title track, “Only Love Can Save Me Now,” and “Witches Burn.”

07. Mastodon – “Hushed And Grim”

“Hushed And Grim” is one of Mastodon’s best albums to date. It combines grief-laden lyrics with impeccable musicianship to create a piece of art that takes the listener on a journey. Some highlights from this one include: “Pain With An Anchor,” Teardrinker,” and “Gobblers Of Dregs.”

06. Royal Blood – “Typhoons”

“Typhoons” is what happens when you throw Royal Blood’s infectious rock sound into a disco blender. The material is extremely catchy and you can’t help but move along to it. Some highlights from this one include: “Trouble’s Coming,” the title track, and “Boilermaker.”

05. Every Time I Die – “Radical”

“Radical” is quintessential Every Time I Die. The record fuses heavy and chaotic music with clever lyrics that grab the listener the whole way through. Some highlights from this one include: “Dark Distance,” “Planet Shit,” and “Desperate Pleasures.”

04. Bullet For My Valentine – “Bullet For My Valentine”

Bullet For My Valentine’s new self-titled album takes the most aggressive aspects of the band’s sound and puts them at the forefront to create some of the group’s heaviest material to date. It is a record that is truly worthy of the name “Bullet For My Valentine.” Some highlights from this one include: “Knives,” “Shatter,” and the closer “Death By A Thousand Cuts.”

03. Trivium – “In The Court Of The Dragon”

“In The Court Of The Dragon” takes all of the musical elements of Trivium’s past work and combines them with mythological storytelling to create a record that’s epic as hell. It has everything a metal fan can want and you can’t help but headbang the whole way through. Some highlights from this one include: “The Shadow Of The Abattoir,” “Like A Sword Over Damocles,” and “The Phalanx.”

02. Spiritbox – “Eternal Blue”

“Eternal Blue” is the highly anticipated debut album from Spiritbox and it definitely did not disappoint. It is everything one would want in a record, commanding vocals and passionate lyrics backed by heavy and melodic music. Some highlights from this one include: “Holy Roller,” “Circle With Me,” and “Constance.”

01. Evanescence – “The Bitter Truth”

“The Bitter Truth” is Evanescence’s first album of all new material since 2011 and the band definitely returned with a bang. The record is a hard rock masterpiece that helps the listener uncover light within the darkness as they are guided through the soundscape by Amy Lee’s iconic powerhouse vocals. Some highlights from this one include “Wasted On You,” “Better Without You,” and “Use My Voice.”

Every Time I Die Premiere Music Video For “Things With Feathers” Featuring Manchester Orchestra’s Andy Hull

Every Time I Die have premiered a new video for their new song “Things With Feathers.” The track, which features Manchester Orchestra’s Andy Hull, is from the band’s new album “Radical,” which was released today (October 22).

Every Time I Die Premiere “Post-Boredom” Music Video

Every Time I Die have premiered a new video for their new song “Post-Boredom.” This track is from the band’s new album “Radical,” which will be released on October 22.

Frontman Keith Buckley commented:

“‘Post-Boredom‘ was the first song I ever wrote that gave me the feeling of real Truth. I wasn’t hiding any secret confessions in metaphors, I was very much fed up with living an unfulfilling life and felt that I needed a death (either figuratively or literally) in order to have a fighting chance at finding new meaning.

I see this song from a distance. It’s reflective but also, finally, detached. not a full ego death, but indicative that the process needed to start immediately in my own life. If you read the lyrics and it resonates with you, then you also need to recognize that you might be feeling unseen in your current form. So, what are YOU going to do about it if given the gift of death?”

He also added the following about the album:

“I’m dealing with difficult matters this time that isn’t only personal for me but are also universal and more communal experiences. The songs are realistic in that they acknowledge that things require a lot of work. But it’s ultimately a very hopeful and uplifting record.”

“Radical” Track Listing:

01. “Dark Distance”
02. “Sly”
03. “Planet Shit”
04. “Post-Boredom”
05. “A Colossal Wreck”
06. “Desperate Pleasures”
07. “All This And War”
08. “Thing With Feathers”
09. “Hostile Architecture”
10. “AWOL”
11. “The Whip”
12. “White Void”
13. “Distress Rehearsal”
14. “sexsexsex”
15. “People Verses”
16. “We Go Together”

Here’s the band’s current dates:

08/28 Worcester, MA – The Palladium (feat. The Ghost Inside)
09/23 Memphis, TN – Growlers (feat. Eighteen Visions & Few Left Standing)
09/24 Birmingham, AL – Furnace Fest
12/10-11 Buffalo, NY – Buffalo Riverworks (‘Tid The Season‘)

With Underoath & Spiritbox:

02/18 Dallas, TX – Southside Ballroom
02/19 Houston, TX – Bayou Music Center
02/20 San Antonio, TX – The Aztec Theatre
02/23 Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren
02/24 Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern
02/25 Anaheim, CA – House of Blues
02/26 San Francisco, CA – The Warfield
02/28 Seattle, WA – Showbox SODO
03/01 Vancouver, BC – The Vogue Theater
03/02 Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory
03/04 Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
03/05 Denver, CO – The Ogden Theatre
03/07 Minneapolis, MN – The Fillmore
03/08 Chicago, IL – Radius
03/09 Detroit, MI – The Fillmore
03/11 Toronto, ON – History
03/12 Cleveland, OH – Agora
03/13 Wallingford, CT – The Dome
03/14 Boston, MA – House of Blues
03/15 Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
03/17 Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel
03/18 Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore
03/19 Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore
03/20 Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
03/22 Cincinnati, OH – ICON
03/23 Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore
03/25 Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle

With The Bronx, Jesus Piece & Sanction:

01/27 Brighton, UK – Chalk
01/28 Nottingham, UK – Rock City
01/29 Manchester, UK – O2 Ritz
01/30 Liverpool, UK – Invisible Wind Factory
02/01 Glasgow, UK – SWG3 Galvanisers
02/02 Newcastle, UK – The Boiler Shop
02/03 Leeds, UK – Stylus
02/04 Bristol, UK – SWX
02/05 London, UK – Roundhouse