May continued 2021’s trend of being a very good year for metal. As is now usual, restricting the list to just a handful of releases was difficult. There’s more where this came from!
Odyssey by Vokonis was a real highlight of May. The band’s progressive doom metal is colourful, vibrant, rich, and emotive. Full of hooks and melodies that melt in the mouth, Odyssey is one tasty treat.
The post-hardcore delights of Biskopskniven by Blessings was an unexpected gem. Rhythmically dense and surprisingly catchy, this is an album of character and personality, wrapped in grim darkness and apocalyptic sounds.
Dordeduh’s progressive metal style on their epic Har is richly shaded and layered. Combining a wealth of different influences into a collection of highly compelling and enjoyable tracks, Har is a journey you won’t want to miss.
If you’re looking for old-school death metal with otherworldly charisma and emotive range, then look no further than Ghastly’s Mercurial Passages. This is a band that exist where the brutal and the atmospheric collide, and here they thrive.
Antidote by Impure Wilhelmina is a special album. Packed with emotive choruses and rich melodic punch, this release features songcraft of the highest order. Post-metallic blackened sludge is sort of an apt description, but in reality you should just listen to this for yourself.