Since we have some music-lovers in this forum, I thought I'd open this topic.
Below are the 9 albums I rated 4/5:
The Body - I've Seen All I Need to See (2021)
The atmosphere The Body manages to create is quite suffocating. The songs are not too long, which is usually a problem I have with this genre.
Darkthrone - Eternal Hails...... (2021)
I can enjoy albums from both moments of Darkthrone's career, and this one is no exception. It is more of their doom/heavy stuff with Nocturno Culto singing. I prefer Fenriz but this album is great nonetheless. It features some amazingly heavy riffs (Hate Cloak for example) and they're not afraid to often change. As a result the songs never feel too long.
Ferriterium - Calvaire (2021)
This album is packed with great, melodic black metal riffs. The production is modern and powerful which I usually prefer in black metal nowadays. It has some well executed tempo changes that keeps the album entertaining.
Godspeed You! Black Emperor - G_d's Pee AT STATE'S END! (2021)
There was a point this year where I just needed to listen to long songs without vocals, and Godspeed You! was perfect. I'm always amazed by the instruments they use, the little touch each adds, and how they make everything work together so nicely
Mogwai - As the Love Continues (2021)
Just like above, Mogwai was just what I needed some days. This album manages to bring me a sense of comfort and frailty at the same time.
Peste Noire - Le retour des pastoureaux (2021)
Peste Noire comes back with a more conventional album than the previous one, that reminded me of La Chaise-Dyable. It is more folky and serious than its predecessors, while sounding very much like PN.
Spectral Wound - A Diabolic Thirst (2021)
A great modern black metal album, that keeps an old-school approach. It doesn't offer much break, the drums in particular are always blasting. The vocals are also put forward, which adds to the feeling the music feels every corner of the room.
Thy Catafalque - Vadak (2021)
This hungarian band is one of my discoveries of the year. It is a great mix of electronic, instrumental parts that reminded me of jazz at times, and metal.
Violet Cold - Empire of Love (2021)
The description of this band caught my eye. LGBT themed metal from Azerbaijan? The result is a very solid album, with great riffs and variety in the vocals (male screams and female clean, it even has some rapping parts here and there).
Since there's only 9 albums, and since I've been listening to The World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die - Illusory Walls (2021)
recently, I'll include it in this post and have a top 10.
What about you? What are your favorite albums of the past year?
I might check out some as I've been in the mood for music the last couple of days.