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Well, another year in the books. Another year of excellent metal and another year scrambling to put together year end lists from the vast amount of quality music released in 2021.

Below is the finely crafted crème de la crème of year end lists from our dedicated staff, who strive to provide to the great daily content here at TeethoftheDivine, and their year end reward is to spout their opinions of what they liked, disliked and anticipate.

As usual feel free to add you own lists or comments and of course browse the site to find reviews of the contained material where we have it. But more importantly lets hope for a better and closer to normal year in 2022.

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Frank Rini


2021 was yet another great year for COVID metal releases.  More importantly, we started seeing some tours and some shows again in the states.  Highlights for me were seeing my alma mater Internal Bleeding with DeicideMorta SkuldThe Decibel Fest, ExhumedCarnivore A.D. and Creeping Death.  I had some guest spots on the Bodysnatch album,  Overdose of Bacon ep, Snipers of Babel-on 2 different singles and 2022 there are some very cool things/ collaborations and more you will see me being a part of.  Many people ask about me being back in a band etc.., wanting to see me onstage again and let’s just say keep your eyes peeled open this year.  For this 2021 best of I went the opposite direction I usually do with doing huge lists.  I streamlined to make it a top 20 – the very best of the best, IMO, and limited sub-categories.  My top 20 is in order.   I mean my list last year was 40 fave albums and many sub categories.  I beat a horse to death on last year’s last.  So enjoy my list and all the other great writers lists here.  For 2022 look out for releases from: MegadethAnthraxGhost, SabatonGorgutsExtermination DismembermentConsumption and many others.  Enjoy the new year. \m/


  1. Harakiri For The Sky– Mære (AOP Records)
  2. Asphyx– Necroceros (Century Media)
  3. Solstice– Casting the Die (Emanzipation Productions)
  4. Sanguisugabogg– Tortured Whole (Century Media)
  5. Empyrium– Über den Sternen (Prophecy Productions)
  6. The Ruins of Beverast – The Thule Grimoires(Van Records)
  7. Pyrexia – Gravitas Maximus (Unique Leader Records)
  8. Massacre – Resurgence (Nuclear Blast Records)
  9. Seven Spires – Gods of Debauchery (Frontiers Records)
  10. Cannibal Corpse – Violence Unimagined (Metal Blade Records)
  11. Cynic – Ascension Codes(Season of Mist)
  12. Dalriada – Őszelő (H-Music)
  13. Vallendusk – Heralds of Strife (Northern Silence Productions)
  14. Malignant Altar– Realms of Exquisite Morbidity (Dark Descent Records)
  15. Frozen Soul – Crypt of Ice(Century Media)
  16. Mare Cognitum – Solar Paroxysm (Extraconscious Records)
  17. Pestilence – Exitivm(Agonia Records)
  18. Vulvodynia – Praenuntius Infiniti(Unique Leader Records)
  19. Ruin – Spread Plague Death(Goat Throne Records)
  20. Fear Factory – Aggression Continuum (Nuclear Blast Records)


Best Thrash AlbumExodus – Persona Non Grata (Nuclear Blast Records)

Best Tech Death Metal Album: First FragmentGloire Eternelle (Unique Leader Records)

Best Doom/Death Album: Hooded Menace – The Tritonus Bell (Season of Mist)

Best Debut Album: Sinira – The Everlorn (Self Released)

Comeback Album of the YearKilling Addiction – Mind of a New God (Xtreem Music)

Most Fun/Wild Album – TIE: Wizardthrone – Hypercube Necrodimensions (Napalm Records) and Heirs of Isildur Heirs of Isildur vs Tales from Nocturnia (Self Released)

Best Record Label: Unique Leader Records

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