The Top Albums of 2022 – Part 2

40: Bleed from Within – Shrine

Another heavy, aggressive slab of metalcore goodness up next. For the longest time this was in my top 10, which should say a lot about how amazing it is. The only reason it didn’t stay higher is because I’ve found myself not really listening to it much over the last couple of months, like I have others higher on this list.

However, this is an amazing album, and up there with the band’s best. It’s equal parts heavy, brutal growls, riffs and breakdowns and arena-filling melodic parts. The result is a surprisingly accessible, heavy metalcore album that wouldn’t feel out of place at the genre’s peak in the late 2000s. Having said that, this still feels like a modern album, incorporating the electronic parts that have become so prevalent in the genre seamlessly too. We gave it a 9/10 so of course it makes this list!

Listen to: Stand Down, Flesh and Stone, I Am Damnation.

39: Darko US – Oni

This is utter insanity, and it’s an amazing listen. Heavy doesn’t feel like a big enough word. Crushing, maybe, brutal, both feel like more operative words. From the insane riffs to insanely impressive drumming to some of the most downright crazy harsh vocals, everything about this screams evil. It is probably the least accessible album on this entire list, but that’s what makes it so brilliant. The sheer in-your-face brutality had me even laughing at times due to how absurd it is, and I cannot get enough. Even still, nearly three months later, I find my face screwing up every time it drops. It definitely deserves its 9/10 rating from us and it’s spot on this list. Yet again, I urge you to check this out if you like it heavy!

Listen to: Hyper Kill, Dragon Chaser, Evolving.

38: Black Lakes – For All We’ve Left Behind

An absolutely amazing debut album from another great band adopted by the NWOCR community. The bands blend of early 2000s nu/industrial metal with a modern hard rock edge is an incredible sound, and one I can see catapulting them far in the coming years. It’s like Static X meets Florence Black, and it sounds fucking awesome. And for a debut album it is mighty impressive. There isn’t a bad track on the album and the highlights are phenomenal. 8.5/10 on our review seems fitting, if even slightly too low, maybe a 9…?

Listen to: Dissident, Verity in Flames, Avarice.

37: Malevolence – Malicious Intent

What is there to say about this album that hasn’t already been said? The Sheffield massive themselves’ third album is a force to be reckoned with. It’s a heavy slab of hardcore/metalcore/groove that builds so much on their previous releases. It has a surprising level of depth, with even a slower ballad-type that I’m sure even the bands hardcore fans weren’t expecting. Don’t get me wrong, there are still plenty of heavy riffs and insane breakdowns, but it’s not all insane from start-to-finish, making it a funner, more dynamic listen.

It’s one of the best heavy albums of the year, which is why it got an 8.5/10 from us. I have to see some of this live!

Listen to: Higher Place, Salvation, On Broken Glass.

36: Mother Vulture – Mother Knows Best

One of the latest additions to this list, it only just made the cut and is in a great position for saying as much. A name that I’d heard floating around and starting to make a name in the underground scene for about a year, I hadn’t had the chance to check the band out until I covered them for New Music Mondays. Goddamn, I was missing out. These guys fit perfectly into the NWOCR scene, adding the polish and sleaze that is prevalent in the biggest bands in the genre. It’s packed full of great hard rock songs and 100% deserves the 9/10 we gave it. It’s up there with one of the best debuts I’ve heard in years, and fully deserving of this spot.

Listen to: Big Bad, Honey, Fame or Shame.

35: Carrie Underwood – Denim and Rhinestones

Hell yeah, I get to talk about more country again!

One of the biggest names in country over the late decade or so, Carrie proved with this release why she is there and has been for so long. It combines country, pop and blues rock together so effortlessly into a polished, stadium-filling 40-minutes of awesomeness. Unfortunately we didn’t cover this on the site, it came out before we started leaning into country a bit, but it easily gets an 8.5/10 from us here. Hopefully now we’ll finally get some shows over here I can finally see her…

Listen to: She Don’t Know, Hate my Heart, Crazy Angels.

34: Tallah – The Generation of Danger

This is glorious, heavy madness. Nestled within this slab of crazy riffs and harsh growls is a new nu-metal titan of a band ready to explode into the mainstream. While in previous generations they may have been deemed to weird to become major stars, I think in this day and age they are just the type of band to carry the torch for the misfits and the metalheads. It’s infectiously catchy and melodic in parts, while also having some VERY heavy elements reminiscent of metalcore or even hardcore. Every time I listen to this album I fall in love with it a little more, and cannot wait to see what they put out in the future.

A 9/10 from us made it well deserving of a place on our list!

Listen to: The Hard Reset, The Impressionist, Shaken (Not Stirred).

33: Coheed and Cambria – Vaxis II – A Window of the Waking Mind

The hardest album we’ve found to talk about this year for some reason. It’s good, clearly, as it wouldn’t make the list otherwise. But it’s Coheed, it’s going to be good. Max and I are both huge fans of the band and they put out pretty similar releases each time. So, much like us, if you’re a fan of Coheed’s back catalogue, you’ll love this too. We gave this album an 8.5/10, so it more than earns it’s place on the list!

Listen to: Comatose, Shoulders, A Disappearing Act.

32: Dorothy – Gifts From The Holy Ghost

Charlotte: We’ve waited four years for this and boy was it worth the wait. Dorothy’s Gifts From The Holy Ghost brings us heart-racing songs like ‘Black Sheep’, ‘Rest In Peace’ and ‘A Beautiful Life’ that make it clear Dorothy is entering a new era of rock anthems. Whilst we adore 28 Days In The Valley, it’s also nice to hear tracks reminiscent of the ROCKISDEAD album – proving they really can do it all.

This got a very deserving 8.5/10 from us on New Music Mondays, and it is well deserving of its spot on this list!

Listen to: Black Sheep, Rest In Piece, A Beautiful Life.

31: Slipknot – The End, So Far

If this had come out a few months earlier, it may have been a lot higher on this list. It’s growing on me slowly more and more with each listen. It’s the most experimental music they’ve ever put out, and I think it took some getting used to. Now, don’t get me wrong, tracks like ‘Adderall’ are never going to quite work for me, but there is enough great Slipknot on here that it had to make the list somewhere. Slipknot always deliver and, while this isn’t as strong and ground-breaking as some of their other releases, it’s still a new Slipknot album, so of course it’s going to be a banger.

Listen to: Yen, H377, The Chapeltown Rag.

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