Mostly Metal's Favorites 2021

Oh what a year for music 2021 has been! Loved it :-)

Here we go with a selection of 30 releases that got a lot of playing time at Mostly Metal's headquarter over the past months - for different reasons, but all brightened my days in an incredible way. Some artists impressed with their technical skills or mesmerized me with beautiful melodies, others offered a great time while rocking out to their music, and some of these albums caught me in this special way that only music can do. 

How about some fun facts? ;-) Among these thirty, you can find: 

  • Four EPs
  • Eight solo projects (some are real "solo" albums, others collaborations)
  • Six instrumental releases
  • Thirteen debut records (which is really impressive imho)
  • Six bands are from Sweden, five from the USA, three live in the UK and Italy, and we have two artists from Tasmania, as well as Greece and Finland

Welcome to check them out, maybe you find something for your listening pleasure you missed so far. There's always a direct link to Bandcamp or a Linktree, and in case I wrote a review or did an interview, you'll find a hint for it too. 

Dive in, have fun \m/ 


Listen to AEONS here

AEONS

Consequences

UK

September 10th, 2021

My aoty2021: Mind-blowing progmetal from the Isle of Man. Are you ready to cross the Rubicon?...

Bandcamp  /  Review  /  Interview


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


Listen to Astrakhan here

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  /  Interview


Listen to Alma here

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  /  Review  /  Interview


Listen to FIERCE DEITY here

FIERCE DEITY

Power Wisdom Courage

Australia

September 3rd, 2021

The one-man project impressively proves that stoner and powermetal go well together

Bandcamp  /  Interview


Listen to AEON ZEN here

AEON ZEN

Transversal

UK

September 24th, 2021

AEON ZEN's final release offers 30 minutes of prog magic and a splendid vocal performance

Bandcamp


Listen to ODD DIMENSION here

ODD DIMENSION

The Blue Dawn

Italy

March 26th, 2021

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

Bandcamp / Interview


Listen to PAUL WARDINGHAM here

PAUL WARDINGHAM

Cybergenesis

Australia

November 21st, 2021

The guitar wizard delivers another firework of futuristic cyber metal shredding

Bandcamp


Listen to SUBTERRANEAN MASQUERADE here

SUBTERRANEAN MASQUERADE

Mountain Fever

Israel

May 14th, 2021

A stunning prog release, melting a colourful bunch of musical influences to a beautiful, new whole

Linktree


Listen to EPHEMERALD here

EPHEMERALD

Between the Glimpses of Hope

Finland

February 19th, 2021

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

Bandcamp


Listen to 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  /  Interview


Listen to MANUEL BARBARA here

MANUEL BARBARÁ

Moonrise

USA

March 19th, 2021

Highly technical instrumental progmetal; dark and heavy, but brightened by mystical sound worlds

Bandcamp  /  Review


Listen to KING BUFFALO 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


Listen to CHARLES SOULZ here

CHARLES SOULZ PROJECT

Split Mind

Brazil

October 22nd, 2021

A concept album for fans of beautiful melodic, yet sophisticated prog, telling an imaginary story

Bandcamp  /  Review


Listen to NANGA PARBAT here

NANGA PARBAT

Downfall and Torment

Italy

March 23rd, 2021

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

Bandcamp  /  Review


Listen to EXODUS TO INFINITY here

EXODUS TO INFINITY

Archetype Asylum

USA

January 8th, 2021

This one-man project offers a musical journey for weirdos, thinkers, empaths and dreamers

WEBSITE


Listen tp OPERA DIABOLICUS here

OPERA DIABOLICUS

Death on a Pale Horse

Sweden

November 26th, 2021

An epic horror musical about witchcraft, the black death and revenge, ffo mighty organ sound

Bandcamp


Listen to PLEXIMENTS here

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  /  Interview


Listen to SEVENTH DIMENSION here

SEVENTH DIMENSION

Black Sky

Sweden

June 18th, 2021

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

Bandcamp  /  Review


Listen to SOLUM here

SOLUM

Encountering Murk

Sweden

November 10th, 2021

Mesmerizing instrumental prog by VULKANS' guitarist Christian Frederiksson

Bandcamp  /  Review / Interview


Listen to IGNEA ERSEDU here

IGNEA ERSEDU

Bestia

Ukraine

October 21st, 2021

Dive into the Ukrainian mythology, told with symphonic melodeath by two powerful singers

Bandcamp  /  Review


Listen to MÜTHERLOAD here

MÜTHERLOAD

Ü

USA

July 9th, 2021

MÜTHERLOAD introduce themselves with a blast - short, but mind-blowing

Bandcamp  /  Review


Listen to ART OF ILLUSION here

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


Listen to NOVENA here

NOVENA

The Stopped Clock

UK

October 1st, 2021

With the song "The Stopped Clock", NOVENA share an epilogue to their brilliant debut album

Linktree


Listen to ETERNITY'S END here

ETERNITY'S END

Embers of War

Germany

November 26th, 2021

Vocals aside, this is a powermetal beast with outstanding guitar work

Bandcamp


Listen to THY ROW here

THY ROW

Unchained

Finland

September 24th, 2021

The Finnish quintet comes up with an amazing debut packed with passionate, pure rock'n roll

Linktree  /  Review


Listen to MOLYBARON here

MOLYBARON

The Mutiny

France/Ireland

May 21st, 2021

Modern progressive groovemetal, dealing with social and personal struggles

Website


Listen to COEVALITY here

COEVALITY

Multiple Personalities

USA

April 9th, 2021

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

Bandcamp  /  Review


Listen to EASTERN HIGH here

EASTERN HIGH

Halo

Sweden

July 30th, 2021

With a little bit of horror and a little bit of hope, the Swedish quintet plays dark, melodic metal

Bandcamp  /  Review


Listen to SYLVATICA here

SYLVATICA

Ashes and Snow

Denmark

April 20th, 2021

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

Bandcamp  /  Review


Listen to DAWN OF A DARK AGE here

DAWN OF A DARK AGE

La Forche Caudine 321 a.C. - 2021 d.C.

Italy

September 24th, 2021

Amazing folk/death metal, building up a special atmosphere with the dark, warm clarinet sound

Bandcamp


This selection comes along with my great appreciation towards those who gave these musical treasures a chance to be discovered with their posts, recos, promos, reviews, and inspiring discussions. 

A special shout-out to all who followed my journey here from the beginning, and a warm welcome to those who joined over the past months, hope you enjoyed it so far.  Your feedback and support means a lot! 

And of course: horns up for the bands and artists! Thank you for the music from the bottom of my heart \m/