The best metal albums feature Crypta’s return with thrash intentions, Blut Aus Nord’s Lovecraftian aspirations, and the end of Urfaust’s psychedelic run.
In July’s best metal, Oxbow resume their experimental journey, Mutoid Man hammer their love for fun heavy metal, and Mizmor descend to despair’s dark depths.
In best metal albums, Jag Panzer define the traditional US metal sound, Godflesh revisit a pivotal work, and Pupil Slicer become an exciting band to watch.
In best new metal, Khanate return to unleash drone hell, the Ocean open up post-metal to further interpretations, and Yakuza thrive with their progressivism.
In these best metal albums, Dødheimsgard define off-kilter black metal, Enforced follow their fierce crossover path, and Jesus Piece are at their most punishing.
In best metal albums, Enslaved continue their progressive black metal shift, Rotten Sound reclaim the grindcore throne, and Dawn Ray’d and Liturgy rebel.
February’s best metal albums feature Ulthar embracing their progressive ambitions and Anatomy of Habit’s descent to the depths of experimental doom.
In January’s best metal albums, Katatonia return with their beautiful gloom, Ahab travel into the doom/death abyss, and Oozing Wound carve out their furious identity.
Best metal albums feature Qrixkuor’s dissonant death metal does not hold back, Misþyrming’s black metal closes in its true form and Hammers of Misfortune make their return.
The month’s best metal albums feature Haavard reigniting the magic spark of Kveldssanger, Judicator releasing one of the best power metal records of the year, and more.
This month’s best metal albums feature grind phenoms Cloud Rat, Faceless Burial’s death metal recipe, and Desbot opening new pathways for post-metal.