Top 20 albums of 2022

As the last post of 2022, here you will find our top 20 albums of the year. It was a very solid year in terms of releases and it took a while to agree on the order. We hope you enjoy them:

Honorable Mention: Therion - Leviathan II (2022)

Part two of the band's "Leviathan" hit-only releases, is as great and catchy as the first one.

Honorable Mention: Ardours - Anatomy of a Moment (2022)

Definitely one of the catchiest and most engaging releases of 2022, led by the charismatic Mariangela Demurtas.

20. Dødsengel - Bab Al On (2022)

Crushing and yet mysterious, this release is both decadent and nightmare inducing.

19. Lorna Shore - Pain Remains (2022)

Definitely one of the most brutal and intense releases of 2022, this band is blowing up and they have the sound and band to ride it out.

18. Stratovarius - Survive (2022)

This legendary Power Metal outfit continues to age like fine wine, while incorporating some additional fresh elements to keep things interesting.

17. Mountaineer - Giving Up The Ghost (2022)

Shoegazey dreaminess is this band's specialty and their 2022 release gives us that in droves.

16. Woods of Desolation - The Falling Tide (2022)

Another band that returned in 2022 after a long hiatus, Woods of Desolation did not even miss a step with this monstrous release.

15. Mournful Congregation - The Exuviae of Gods - Part I (2022)

Aussie Funeral Doom Metal titans unleashed a crushing slab of Doom with this excellent EP.

14. The Halo Effect - Days of the Lost (2022)

Super-stard band unleashed a brilliant debut release that brings back the days of early In Flames and Dark Tranquility.

13. Persefone - Metanoia (2022)

Brilliantly returning with an even more refined brand of Progressive/Technical Death Metal.

12. Elegeion - Plight of the Heretic (2022)

Took a long time for the band to return with their signature brand of misery-inducing Death/Doom Metal with gothic undertones ... and it was totally worth it!

11. Arch Enemy - Deceivers (2022)

Featuring a great mix of aggression, melody, and technical proficiency, Arch Enemy continues to level anything in their path with their high octane releases.

10. Darkher - The Buried Storm (2022)

Enigmatic and very minimalistic, "The Buried Storm" is definitely one the most solemn and crushing albums of 2022.

9. Pure Wrath - Hymn To The Woeful Hearts (2022)

Hailing from Indonesia, Pure Wrath perfectly mixes a very visceral rawness with ravaging atmospherics.

8. Sabaton - The War to End All Wars (2022)

Sabaton shows no signs of slowing down with their epic War-inspired Power Metal and took things to new heights with this release.

7. In The Woods… - Diversum (2022)

Even with a new vocalist, the band delivered one of the most epic and memorable albums of 2022.

6. White Ward - False Light (2022)

Hailing from Ukraine, White Ward have a certain melancholy and aggression that is impossible to find anywhere else, so make sure you listen to this release.

5. Arð - Take up my Bones (2022)

Totally taking us by surprise, this album really too Doom music to a whole new level in 2022.

4. Sylvaine - Nova (2022)

Sylvaine and company reached new heights (and new territories) in 2022 with the superb and yet fragile "Nova".

3. Ellende - Ellenbogengesellschaft (2022)

As the most improved band of 2022, Ellende managed to make their music even more atmospheric and melancholic with this release.

2. Amorphis - Halo (2022)

With every new release we think that it might be time for Amorphis to take a step back... and we are always wrong! This album even more melocid and epic as their previous ones.

1. Messa - Close (2022)

It is no surprise that Messa and their highly hypnotic 2022 released topped our list. This band keeps getting better and better and they are even more impressive live, so make sure to catch them if you can.


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