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My 2021 list...

When I look back at my notes 2021 appears definitely as a very "productive" year. The continuing absence of live concerts and the low profit that on-line streaming "generates" have left artists with few options when it comes to income, with physical and digital album releases being one of them (options). What is interesting though, is that the quality of this "overproduction" is relatively high and that is probably the result of that fact that currently bands are spending more time rehearsing and practising on studio rather than touring...

So here is my choice of the 50 best albums for 2021. Please note that the sequence does not represent any particular ranking :

Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders & The London Symphony Orchestra - Promises

black midi - Cavalcade

Black Country, New Road - For the First Time

Amenra - De Doorn

Ad Nauseam - Imperative Imperceptible Impulse

Ænigmatum - Deconsecrate

Turnstile - Glow On Quicksand - Distant Populations

Blackwater Holylight - Silence/Motion

Amyl and the Sniffers - Comfort to Me

Mastodon - Hushed and Grim

Archspire - Bleed the Future

1914 - Where Fear and Weapons Meet

A.A. Williams - Arco

Green Lung - Black Harvest

Converge & Chelsea Wolfe - Bloodmoon : I

Autokrator - Persecution

Trivium - In the Court of the Dragon

Lingua Ignota - Sinner Get Ready

Nestor - Kids in a Ghost Town

Agusa - En Annan Värld

Eldovar - A Story of Darkness & Light

Need - Norchestrion: A Song for the End

Chez Kane - Chez Kane

Enforced - Kill Grid

Idles - Crawler

Whitechapel - Kin

Deafheaven - Infinite Granite

ABBA - Voyage

Wolves in the Throne Room - Primordial Arcana

Architects - For Those That Wish To Exist

Me And That Man - New Man, New Songs, Same Shit. Vol.2

Volbeat - Servant of the Mind

Gojira - Fortitude

Heavy Feather - Mountain of Sugar

Stheno - Wardance

Iron Maiden - Senjutsu

Mdou Moctar - Afrique Victime

Tamar Aphek - All Bets are Off

Agnes Vein - Deathcall

Paroxysmos - Paroxysmos

Katavasia - Invoking the Spirit of Doom

Lana Del Rey - Blue Banisters

Hail Spirit Noir - Mannequins

Borgne - Temp Morts

Helloween - Helloween

Lorna Shore - ...And I Return to Nothingness

Wardrum - Mavericks

Karma Violens - Mount of the Congregation

Lock Up - The Dregs of Hades

and then some more...

Best Artist Compilation : Goat - Headsoup

Best Tribute Album : Marta Gabriel - Metal Queens

Best Live Album : Armored Saint - Symbol of Salvation Live

Best Various Artists Compilation : Milim Kashot Volume 3

Best Reissue : Affinity Box Set (Esoteric Recordings)

* Kopf Hoch, literally translates from German as Heads Up or Cheer Up. I chose this picture as my message of optimism for next year!

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