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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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Kris Allred

Here we are again my friends, at the end of another wild year. What can be said now that hasn’t already been said many times over, not in just this year, but as well as the previous. Instead of giving some rant or spiel about the state of affairs in the world and  why I love metal and its cathartic properties, lets just go ahead in jump into the thick of things…Here are fifty albums that did it for me in 2021(top twenty & thirty honorable mentions); be it they were flat-out the most impressive and shining examples of  where metal is going, or if they were just simple and/or nostalgic rippers that put a smile on my face. If you want to know any of my additional thoughts on any albums below, feel free to ask, debate, or even yell at me about them. As for 2022, well, lets just try to make it the best that we can as we treat one another the best that we can. Much love and metal to you all!!!


Top Albums of 2021

  1. FLOTSAM AND JETSAMBlood in the Water (AFM Records)
  1. IRON MAIDENSenjutsu (Parlophone)
  1. CANNIBAL CORPSE Violence Unimagined (Metal Blade Records)
  1. ASPHYXNecroceros – (Century Media Records)
  1. PATHOLOGYThe Everlasting Plague (Nuclear Blast)
  1. FEAR FACTORYAggression Continuum (Nuclear Blast)
  1. OPHIDIAN IDesolate (Season of Mist)
  1. MASTODONHushed and Grim (Reprise Records)
  1. ARCHSPIREBleed the Future (Season of Mist)
  1. IOTUNNAccess All Worlds (Metal Blade Records)
  1. INHUMAN CONDITIONRat°God (Listenable Insanity Records)
  1. THULCANDRAA Dying Wish (Naplam Records)
  1. CYNICAscension Codes (Season of Mist)
  1. STORMKEEPTales of Othertime (Ván Records)
  1. HANNES GROSSMANNTo Where the Light Retreats (Independent)
  1. MENTAL CRUELTYA Hill to Die Upon (Unique Leader)
  1. ALLUVIALSarcoma (Nuclear Blast)
  1. 1914Where Fear and Weapons Meet (Napalm Records)
  1. OBSCURAA Valediction (Nuclear Blast)
  1. HOODED MENACEThe Tritonus Bell (Season of Mist)


Honorable Mentions     


CRADLE OF FILTHExistence is Futile 

SARCOUGHAGUS – Delusions of the Sick 

BLOOD RED THRONEImperial Congregation


FIRST FRAGMENTGloire Éternelle

COGNITIVEMalevolent Thoughts of a Hastened Extinction

PUTREVORE Miasmal Mostrosity

XAELBloodtide Rising


AT THE GATES The Nightmare of Being



EXODUSPersona Non Grata

MASSACRE Resurgence

CARCASS Torn Arteries


SOLSTICE Casting the Die

THE CROWNRoyal Destroyer



TRIVIUM In the Court of the Dragon

K.K.’s PRIESTSermons of the Sinner

TRIBULATIONWhere the Bloom Becomes Sound

DREAM THEATERA View from the Top of the World

PROSCRIPTOR McGOVERN’S APSU Proscriptor McGovern’s Apsu


PYREXIAGravitas Maximus


PORTRAIT At One with None

…okay, I decided to sneak in a top three EP’s of the year as well, aleast from the smll amount I actually heard…

  1. MALIGNANCYMalignant Future/Epilogue (Sevared Records)
  2. WINTER NIGHTSSky Burial (Independent)
  3. ENSLAVEDCaravans to the Outer World (Nuclear Blast)


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