Metacritic Aggregate: 2022 New Music: Metal

Notes

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Sub-Lists

Some breakdowns by genre:

Ranking

  1. Soul Glo: Diaspora Problems (Epitaph) {22}: AM:*, BPM:*, BV:*, C:*, CS:+*, Ex:*, G:+, Ne:+*, NPR:+, OC:+, P:*, Pf:+*, Rev:+, S:+, Sg:+, Spk:*, Tr:+; vu:+ -- A:(84/10), TH:*
  2. Cave In: Heavy Pendulum (Relapse) {11}: AM:*, DIY:*, G:*, K:*, NN:*, PM:*, Rev:+, Sg:+, Tr:+, W:*, YF:* -- A:(83/13), TH:B-
  3. Ghost: Impera (Loma Vista) {11}: AM:*, CS:+*, K:*, NME:*, PM:+*, Rev:+, YF:*; vce:*+ -- A:(80/14)
  4. Rammstein: Zeit (Vertigo Berlin) {10}: AM:*, AV:+, Cl:*, CS:+*, DIY:*, K:*, MO:*, NME:*, Rev:+ -- A:(80/12)
  5. Boris: W (Sacred Bones) {9}: AD:*, BPM:*, Cl:*, LQ:*, Mj:*, P:*, RC:*, U:*, W:* -- A:(77/16), TH:B-
  6. Voivod: Synchro Anarchy (Century Media) {9}: AM:*, ClR:*, Ex:*, K:*, NT:*, Spk:*, W:*; vce:*+ -- A:(82/9), TH:-
  7. Meshuggah: Immutable (Atomic Fire) {7}: AM:*, Ex:*, K:*, NN:*, Rev:+, Sp:*, W:* -- A:(78/12)
  8. Ozzy Osbourne: Patient Number 9 (Epic) {7}: AD:*, AM:*, ClR:*, G:*, K:*, NME:*, T:* -- A:(74/12)
  9. Static Dress: Rouge Carpet Disaster (Venn) {7}: Cl:*, D:*, DIY:*, Gw:*, K:*, LBF:*, Rev:+ -- A:(85/6)
  10. Undeath: It's Time . . . To Rise From the Grave (Prosthetic) {7}: DW:+, K:*, Pf:+*, Rev:+, Spk:*, Tr:+ -- A:(82/7)
  11. Chat Pile: God's Country (The Flenser) {6}: BPM:*, Ne:*, NN:*, P:*, Pf:*, Spk:* -- A:(84/8)
  12. Cloakroom: Dissolution Wave (Relapse) {6}: Du:*, NR:*, NT:*, Sg:*, Spk:*, Tr:+ -- A:(78/7)
  13. Ho99o9: Skin (DTA) {6}: Gw:*, K:*, LBF:*, NME:*, NT:*, Rev:+ -- A:(78/12)
  14. Rolo Tomassi: Where Myth Becomes Memory (MNRK) {6}: DIY:*, K:*, NT:*, Sg:+, Spk:*, Ups:* -- A:(86/11)
  15. Immolation: Acts of God (Nuclear Blast) {5}: BA:+, BV:*, K:*, NT:*, Spk:* -- A:(86/6)
  16. Korn: Requiem (Loma Vista) {5}: AM:*, DIY:*, K:*, NME:*, Rev:+ -- A:(76/12)
  17. Candy: Heaven Is Here (Relapse) {4}: Ex:*, K:*, LQ:*, Tr:+ -- A:(80/5)
  18. Dream Widow: Dream Widow (Roswell -EP) {4}: CS:*, K:*, Rev:+, Sp:* -- A:(74/5)
  19. Holy Fawn: Dimensional Bleed (Wax Bodega/Triple Crown) {4}: Cl:*, LBF:*, P:*, SC:* -- A:(83/9)
  20. Megadeth: The Sick, the Dying . . . and the Dead! (Tradecraft) {4}: AM:*, Gl:*, K:*, RC:* -- A:(77/8)
  21. Messa: Close (Svart) {4}: BA:+, NN:*, Qt:+, S:+ -- A:(78/4)
  22. Underoath: Voyeurist (Fearless) {4}: AM:*, K:*, Rev:+, Ups:* -- A:(81/5)
  23. Vein.fm: This World Is Going to Ruin You (Nuclear Blast) {4}: BV:*, K:*, Rev:+; vu:+ -- A:(78/9)
  24. Absent in Body: Plague God (Relapse) {3}: BV:*, Rev:+, Spk:* -- A:(77/3)
  25. Author & Punisher: Kruller (Relapse) {3}: LBF:*, Rev:+, W:* -- A:(79/7)
  26. Cult of Luna: The Long Road North (Metal Blade) {3}: BPM:*, K:*, NT:* -- A:(84/8)
  27. Deaf Club: Productive Disruption (Three One G) {3}: NN:*, NT:*, Spk:* -- A:(85/3)
  28. Earthless: Night Parade of One Hundred Demons (Nuclear Blast) {3}: BA:+, NN:*, Spk:* -- A:(80/4)
  29. The Hellacopters: Eyes of Oblivion (Nuclear Blast) {3}: ClR:*, K:*, NN:* -- A:(82/6)
  30. Heriot: Profound Morality (Church Road -EP) {3}: K:*, NN:*, Rev:+ -- A:(88/5)
  31. Moon Tooth: Phototroph (Pure Noise) {3}: NN:*, Rev:+, Spk:* -- A:(88/4)
  32. Terror: Pain Into Power (End Hits) {3}: K:*, NN:*, Rev:+ -- A:(83/4)
  33. Wormrot: Hiss (Earache) {3}: K:*, Ne:*, NN:* -- A:(90/5)
  34. Zeal and Ardor: Zeal & Ardor (MVKA) {3}: K:*, Rev:+, Ups:* -- A:(74/9)
  35. Aeviterne: The Ailing Facade (Profound Lore) {2}: BV:*, Spk:* -- A:(80/2)
  36. Artificial Brain: Artificial Brain (Profound Lore) {2}: Ne:*, Spk:* -- A:(82/2)
  37. Boris: Heavy Rocks (Relapse) {2}: AM:*, NN:* -- A:(73/11)
  38. Carpenter Brut: Leather Terror (No Quarter) {2}: AV:+, K:* -- A:(80/4)
  39. Comeback Kid: Heavy Steps (Nuclear Blast) {2}: K:*, Sp:* -- A:(79/6)
  40. Conjurer: Pathos (Nuclear Blast) {2}: K:*, Spk:* -- A:(90/5)
  41. Crowbar: Zero and Below (MNRK Heavy) {2}: NN:*, Rev:+ -- A:(77/5)
  42. Darkher: The Buried Storm () {2}: NN:*, Spk:* -- A:(90/2)
  43. Dorothy: Gifts From the Holy Ghost (Spinefarm) {2}: NN:*, Sp:* -- A:(87/3)
  44. Eight Bells: Legacy of Ruin (Prophecy) {2}: NN:*, Spk:* -- A:(90/2)
  45. Fit for an Autopsy: Oh What the Future Holds (Nuclear Blast) {2}: NN:*, Rev:+ -- A:(86/5)
  46. Foxtails: Fawn (Skeletal Lightning) {2}: Ne:*, Spk:* -- A:(80/2)
  47. Ibaraki: Rashomon (Nuclear Blast) {2}: K:*, Rev:+ -- A:(81/4)
  48. I Prevail: True Power (Fearless) {2}: K:*, Sp:* -- A:(83/3)
  49. Ithaca: They Fear Us (Hassle) {2}: K:*, NN:* -- A:(87/5)
  50. Kardashev: Liminal Rite (Metal Blade) {2}: K:*, Spk:* -- A:(90/3)
  51. Krallice: Crystalline Exhaustion () {2}: Ne:+* -- A:(70/2)
  52. Mass Worship: Portal Tombs (Century Media) {2}: BA:+, NN:* -- A:(80/4)
  53. Mizmor & Thou: Myopia (Gilead Media) {2}: Qt:+Tr:+
  54. Modern Error: Victim of a Modern Age () {2}: K:*, Ups:* -- A:(83/3)
  55. Napalm Death: Resentment Is Always Seismic: A Final Throw of Throes (Century Media -EP) {2}: AD:*, ClR:* -- A:(83/6)
  56. Greg Puciato: Mirrorcell (Federal Prisoner) {2}: Ex:*, K:* -- A:(81/6)
  57. Russian Circles: Gnosis (Sargent House) {2}: LQ:*, NN:* -- A:(81/6)
  58. Senses Fail: Hell Is in Your Head (Pure Noise) {2}: K:*, NN:* -- A:(81/4)
  59. Venom Prison: Erebos (Century Media) {2}: K:*, Ups:* -- A:(84/8)
  60. Worm Shepherd: Ritual Hymns (Unique Leader) {2}: NN:*, Rev:+ -- A:(86/5)
  61. Abhorrent Expanse: Gateways to Resplendence (Amalgam) {1}: BA:+
  62. Amon Amarth: The Great Heathen Army (Metal Blade) {1}: K:* -- A:(76/7)
  63. Amorphis: Halo (Atomic Fire) {1}: Spk:* -- A:(86/5)
  64. Analepsy: Quiescence (Miasma) {1}: BA:+ -- A:(80/1)
  65. Arch Enemy: Deceivers (Century Media) {1}: K:* -- A:(80/6)
  66. Bad Omens: The Death of Peace of Mind (Sumerian) {1}: Spk:* -- A:(70/3)
  67. Bitter Branches: Your Neighbors Are Failures (Equal Vision) {1}: NN:* -- A:(85/2)
  68. Black Sky Giant: End of Days Pilgrimage (self-released) {1}: BA:+
  69. Blood Command: Praise Armageddonism (Hassle) {1}: K:* -- A:(80/2)
  70. Bloodywood: Rakshak (self-released) {1}: K:* -- A:(78/6)
  71. Bunuel: Killers Like Us (Profound Lore) {1}: BA:+
  72. Candelabrum: Nocturnal Trance () {1}: -- Qt:+
  73. Celeste: Assassine(s) (Nuclear Blast) {1}: K:* -- A:(83/4)
  74. Christian Death: Evil Becomes Rule (Season of Mist) {1}: NN:* -- A:(90/2)
  75. Circa Survive: A Dream About Death (Rise -EP) {1}: K:* -- A:(80/1)
  76. Clutch: Sunrise on Slaughter Beach (Weathermaker) {1}: K:* -- A:(80/7)
  77. Cosmic Putrefaction: Crepuscular Dirge for the Blessed Ones (Profound Lore) {1}: Spk:* -- A:(82/3)
  78. Crippled Black Phoenix: Banefyre (Season of Mist) {1}: Spk:* -- A:(83/4)
  79. Dark Funeral: We Are the Apocalypse (Century Media) {1}: NN:* -- A:(90/5)
  80. Demiricous: Chaotic Lethal (Post) {1}: BA:+
  81. Devil Master: Ecstasies of Never Ending Night (Relapse) {1}: Rev:+ -- A:(85/1)
  82. Ecstatic Vision: Elusive Mojo (Heavy Psych Sounds) {1}: BA:+ -- A:(80/1)
  83. Eliminator: Ancient Light () {1}: RC:* -- A:(80/1)
  84. E-L-R: Vexier (Prophecy) {1}: NN:* -- A:(90/1)
  85. Erupt: Left to Rot (Static Shock -EP) {1}: Qt:+
  86. Falls of Rauros: Key to a Vanishing Future (Gilead Media/Eisenwald) {1}: Spk:* -- A:(85/2)
  87. Wo Fat: The Singularity (Ripple Music) {1}: Spk:* -- A:(83/3)
  88. Friends of Hell: Friends of Hell (Rise Above) {1}: K:* -- A:(80/1)
  89. Gaerea: Mirage (Season of Mist) {1}: Spk:* -- A:(82/4)
  90. Golgothan: Leech (Lacerated Enemy) {1}: BA:+
  91. Grave Infestation: Persecution of the Living (Invictus Productions) {1}: BA:+
  92. Greyhaven: This Bright and Beautiful World (Rude/Equal Vision) {1}: NN:* -- A:(80/4)
  93. Gwar: The New Dark Ages (Pit) {1}: NN:* -- A:(78/4)
  94. Halestorm: Back From the Dead (Atlantic) {1}: K:* -- A:(82/6)
  95. The Halo Effect: Days of the Lost (Nuclear Blast) {1}: NN:* -- A:(78/7)
  96. Hath: All That Was Promised (Willowtip) {1}: Spk:* -- A:(84/5)
  97. Haunt: Windows of Your Heart (Iron Grip) {1}: vce:+
  98. Heilung: Drif (Season of Mist) {1}: NN:* -- A:(84/6)
  99. Helpless: Caged in Gold (Church Road) {1}: GTV:* -- A:(80/2)
  100. Hollywood Undead: Hotel Kalifornia (BMG) {1}: NN:* -- A:(75/2)
  101. Horn: Verzet (Black Metal) {1}: Spk:* -- A:(80/1)
  102. Ignite: Ignite (Century Media) {1}: -- NN:*
  103. Imperial Triumphant: Spirit of Ecstasy (Century Media) {1}: Spk:* -- A:(78/3)
  104. Infected Rain: Ecdysis () {1}: NN:* -- A:(77/4)
  105. KEN Mode: Null (Artoffact) {1}: Ex:* -- A:(85/4)
  106. Kublai Khan TX: Lowest Form of Animal (Rise -EP) {1}: NN:* -- A:(75/2)
  107. Kurokuma: Born of Obsidian () {1}: K:* -- A:(85/2)
  108. Lady Neptune: Noz (Night School -EP) {1}: Qt:+
  109. Arjen Anthony Lucassen's Star One: Revel in Time (Inside Out Music) {1}: RC:* -- A:(83/3)
  110. Machine Head: Of Kingdom and Crown (Nuclear Blast) {1}: K:* -- A:(80/7)
  111. Malevolence: Malicious Intent (Nuclear Blast) {1}: K:* -- A:(83/3)
  112. Mantar: Pain Is Forever and This Is the End (Metal Blade) {1}: K:* -- A:(83/4)
  113. Master Boot Record: Personal Computer (Metal Blade) {1}: Sp:* -- A:(83/2)
  114. Maule: Maule (Gates of Hell) {1}: BA:+
  115. Mechina: Venator (self) {1}: Spk:* -- A:(80/1)
  116. Memphis May Fire: Remade in Misery (Rise) {1}: NN:* -- A:(68/3)
  117. Midnight: Let There Be Witchery (Metal Blade) {1}: NN:* -- A:(87/3)
  118. Misery Index: Complete Control (Century Media) {1}: BA:+ -- A:(87/3)
  119. Monuments: In Stasis (Century Media) {1}: NN:* -- A:(88/4)
  120. Motor Sister: Get Off (Metal Blade) {1}: NN:* -- A:(75/2)
  121. Municipal Waste: Electrified Brain (Nuclear Blast) {1}: K:* -- A:(78/5)
  122. Nadja: Luminous Rot (Southern Lord -21) {1}: Du:*
  123. Neptune Power Federation: Le Demon De L'amour (Cruz Del Sur) {1}: vce:+ -- TH:-
  124. Night Demon: Year of the Demon (Century Media) {1}: vce:+
  125. Nite: Voices of the Kronian Moon (Season of Mist) {1}: Spk:* -- A:(80/4)
  126. Norma Jean: Deathrattle Sing for Me (Solid State) {1}: NN:* -- A:(74/5)
  127. Oh Hiroshima: Myriad (Napalm) {1}: Spk:* -- A:(80/2)
  128. Once Human: Scar Weaver (EarMusic) {1}: K:* -- A:(83/3)
  129. Orthodox: Proceed (Alone) {1}: BA:+
  130. Powerwolf: The Monumental Mass: A Cinematic Metal Event (Napalm) {1}: K:* -- A:(80/1)
  131. Pridelands: Light Bends (Resist/SharpTone) {1}: -- NN:*
  132. Profiler: Profiler (SharpTone -EP) {1}: NN:* -- A:(75/2)
  133. Purple Dawn: Peace & Doom Session Vol II (Electric Valley) {1}: NN:* -- A:(80/2)
  134. Revocation: Netherheaven (Metal Blade) {1}: NN:* -- A:(83/6)
  135. Sanhedrin: Lights On (Metal Blade) {1}: NN:* -- A:(70/2)
  136. Satan: Earth Infernal (Metal Blade) {1}: NN:* -- A:(77/3)
  137. Saxon: Carpe Diem (Silver Lining) {1}: ClR:* -- A:(75/5)
  138. Scorpions: Rock Believer (Vertigo Berlin) {1}: ClR:* -- A:(75/4)
  139. Shapeshifter: Dark Ritual (-EP) {1}: Spk:* -- A:(80/1)
  140. Slaegt: Goddess (Century Media) {1}: K:* -- A:(85/2)
  141. Slipknot: The End, So Far (Roadrunner) {1}: NME:* -- A:(81/5)
  142. Slowbleed: The Blazing Sun, a Fiery Dawn (Creator-Destructor) {1}: NN:* -- A:(85/2)
  143. Som: The Shape of Everything (Pelagic) {1}: NN:* -- A:(70/3)
  144. Sylvaine: Nova (Season of Mist) {1}: NN:* -- A:(86/3)
  145. Thank: Thoughtless Cruelty (Exploding in Sound) {1}: -- NN:*
  146. Thornhill: Heroine (UNFD) {1}: K:* -- A:(80/2)
  147. KT Tunstall: Nut (09-09) {1}: A:(80/1)
  148. Tuskar: Matriarch (Church Road) {1}: K:* -- A:(87/3)
  149. Vehemence: Ordalies (Antiq) {1}: S:+
  150. Vomit Forth: Seething Malevolence (Century Media -EP) {1}: NN:* -- A:(80/3)
  151. Watain: The Agony & Ecstasy of Watain (Nuclear Blast) {1}: NT:* -- A:(87/5)
  152. Wiegedood: There's Always Blood at the End of the Road (Century Media) {1}: K:* -- A:(85/4)
  153. Without Waves: Comedian (Prosthetic) {1}: NN:* -- A:(92/3)
  154. Wolf: Shadowland (Century Media) {1}: BA:+
  155. Wounded Touch: Americanxiety (Smartpunk) {1}: NN:* -- A:(85/2)
  156. Yatra: Born Into Chaos (Prosthetic) {1}: NN:* -- A:(87/3)