Mostly-metal's favorites 2021

Musically speaking, this year progresses with an insane number of new releases, the variety even seems to grow with every month. I'd like to share some albums that caught me so far, for different reasons, but in a special way (ordered by release date, tbc). Welcome to check them out, maybe you find something for your listening pleasure as well. 

There's always a direct link to Bandcamp or a Linktree, and in case I wrote a review, you can read it by clicking on the cover artwork. 

Have fun \m/ 

NEED - Norchestrion: A Song for the End Bandcamp Link

NEED

Norchestrion: A Song for the End

Greece

January 12th, 2021

Great new album by the Greek quintet, offering modern, rhythm-driven progmetal

Bandcamp


Review for Art of Illusion - X Marks the Spot

ART OF ILLUSION

X Marks the Spot

Sweden

January 29th, 2021

Melodic rock with some musical surprises and outstanding vocals like a ray of sunlight

YouTube


Review for IntelliScience - Alpha

INTELLISCIENCE

Alpha

Chile

February 12th, 2021

A great debut from Chile, hear their Silent Call! Neoclassical progressive powermetal

YouTube


Kaupe - Cognitive Dissonance on Bandcamp

KAUPE

Cognitive Dissonance

USA

February 19th, 2021

On their 2nd album, they paint a dark, atmospheric scenery with high-energetic, instrumental prog

Bandcamp


Ephemerald - Between the Glimpses of Hope on Bandcamp

EPHEMERALD

Between the Glimpses of Hope

Finland

February 19th, 2021

Epic symphonic melodeath from Finland, about new beginnings and attempts to break free

Bandcamp


Iotunn - Access All Worlds on Bandcamp

IOTUNN

Access all Worlds

Denmark

February 26th, 2021

The Danish progmetal act comes up with an impressive, space-themed debut album

Bandcamp


Exanimis - Marionnettiste on Bandcamp

EXANIMIS

Marionnettiste

France

March 5th, 2021

Orchestral death metal - Another epic debut, this time from France

Bandcamp


Review for Turbulence - Frontal

TURBULENCE

Frontal

Lebanon

March 12th, 2021

The concept behind this excellent, 2nd album by the Lebanese prog band is based on a true story

YouTube


Review for Manuel Barbará - Moonrise

MANUEL BARBARÁ

Moonrise

USA

March 19th, 2021

The guitar wizard invites the listener to experience his mesmerizing soundscapes

Bandcamp


Review for Nanga Parbat - Downfall and Torment

NANGA PARBAT

Downfall and Torment

Italy

March 23rd, 2021

Inspired by natural forces, the Italian band takes us on a journey through real and rough emotions

Bandcamp


Odd Dimension - The Blue Dawn on Bandcamp

ODD DIMENSION

The Blue Dawn

Italy

March 26th, 2021

Excellent prog album with fantastic vocals, about space travelling and a struggle to survive

Bandcamp


Review for Pleximents - The Maze Within

PLEXIMENTS

The Maze Within

Russia

April 9th, 2021

A great, (mainly) instrumental debut about dealing with our inner selves and the voices in our head 

Bandcamp


Review for Coevality - Multiple Personalities

COEVALITY

Multiple Personalities

USA

April 9th, 2021

After 10 years in the making, the progrock fusion trio from LA offers a mesmerizing first album

Bandcamp


Review for Sylvatica - Ashes and Snow

SYLVATICA

Ashes and Snow

Denmark

April 20th, 2021

Melodic epicness, mixed with lots of shredding and a good pinch of Viking madness

Bandcamp


Review for Astrakhan - A Slow Ride Towards Death

ASTRAKHAN

A Slow Ride Towards Death

Sweden

April 23rd, 2021

The Swedish proggers created an expressive piece of music and take the listener on an intense ride

Bandcamp


Review for Reality Grey - Beneath This Crown

REALITY GREY

Beneath This Crown

Italy

May 7th, 2021

On their third album, the Italian quintet wanders between metalcore, melodeath, and progmetal

Bandcamp


Listen to SUBTERRANEAN MASQUERADE - Mountain Fever here

SUBTERRANEAN MASQUERADE

Mountain Fever

Israel

May 14th, 2021

An amazing prog release, melting a colourful bunch of musical influences to a beautiful whole

Linktree


Read the interview with KHIRKI here

KHIRKI

Κτηνωδία

Greece

May 20th, 2021

The Greek trio offers you their musical goblet with pure, groovy rock'n roll and some surprises

Bandcamp


Molybaron - The Mutiny (2021) - France / Ireland

MOLYBARON

The Mutiny

France/Ireland

May 21st, 2021

Modern progressive groovemetal, dealing with social and personal struggles

Website


Review for FOTIS DELINIKOLAS - Alma

FOTIS DELINIKOLAS

Alma

Greece

May 28th, 2021

Blending a wide range of styles, this is a gem for fans of sophisticated and virtuoso guitar playing 

Bandcamp


Listen to KING BUFFALO - The Burden of Restlessness here

KING BUFFALO

The Burden of Restlessness

USA

June 4th, 2021

Another year lost in the wasteland, caught musically with this incredibly atmospheric album  

Bandcamp


Read my interview with Sebastián Pastor here

PLAGUESTORM

Purifying Fire

Argentinia

June 4th, 2021

With his 2nd album, Sebatián Pastor unleashes a musical fire in best melodeath manner   

Bandcamp


Listen to SEVENTH DIMENSION - Black Sky here

SEVENTH DIMENSION

Black Sky

Sweden

June 18th, 2021

Progmetal at its finest, dealing with personal, social and spiritual topics 

Bandcamp


Listen to FRACTAL UNIVERSE on Bandcamp

FRACTAL UNIVERSE

The Impassable Horizon

France

June 25th, 2021

Progressive death metal, brutal, complex, yet melodic, and beautiful in its variety

Bandcamp