Kerrang!'s 50 Best Albums of 2021

Kerrang!'s 50 Best Albums of 2021

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50.

April 16, 2021
Critic Score
82
10 reviews

Ultrapop is less a record than it is an artistic statement, a defiant ​‘fuck you’ to any and all perceptions of what a heavy band should and could be.

49.

March 26, 2021
Critic Score
72
13 reviews

Weirdly, the feeling of it all is a mixture of things, most of them positive. There’s catharsis and darkness, but they are of the most forward-looking variety, fringed at times with something approaching hopeful joy.

47.

August 20, 2021
Critic Score
76
28 reviews
To some, Infinite Granite is a further step away from what they want. To others, a step further into it. For Deafheaven, it’s simply who they are. Truthfully, it’s who they’ve always been.

46.

January 15, 2021
Critic Score
77
8 reviews

SUCKAPUNCH is a win for You Me At Six. It jabs with style, and demonstrates that, far from running out of ideas, this band remain intent on staying at the cutting edge of modern British rock.

45.

The Wildhearts - 21ST CENTURY LOVE SONGS
September 3, 2021
Critic Score
90
3 reviews

44.

May 7, 2021
Critic Score
64
26 reviews
For the first time in too long, it is a Weezer record that rocks exactly how a Weezer record should – and that means you might as well jump right in.

43.

March 12, 2021
Critic Score
70
2 reviews

42.

February 5, 2021
Critic Score
70
33 reviews

It’s an exhibition of just what a simply, fundamentally good band Foo Fighters are, and how skilled with a tune and a melody Dave Grohl is.

41.

April 30, 2021
Critic Score
76
22 reviews
Royal Blood have made a record that so boldly, brilliantly and some might say defiantly has its shiniest dancing shoes on.

39.

August 27, 2021
Critic Score
83
4 reviews

38.

April 16, 2021
Critic Score
75
5 reviews
Even if this new album doesn’t sound quite as focused as its outstanding predecessor, it’s still an excellent addition. Wake up, and give Sleeps Society your attention.

35.

April 16, 2021
Critic Score
60
21 reviews

Hand yourself over to a psychedelic song of praise like Trip The Light Fantastic ... or fall into The Weight Of Dreams’ fathomless nine minutes, and this legitimately might be the next best thing.

34.

July 16, 2021
Critic Score
70
16 reviews

Calm and collected when it needs to be but by no means lacking in heart and passion, this album is a fine collection of songs by an artist intent on forging her own path. It feels like there’s no stopping WILLOW’s rise.

33.

Perturbator - Lustful Sacraments
May 28, 2021
Critic Score
78
4 reviews

32.

Dana Dentata - pantychrist
September 3, 2021
Critic Score
80
1 review

31.

May 21, 2021
Critic Score
85
6 reviews

On the Texan trio’s stunningly bonkers fourth album Greatest Hits (not a compilation of old singles, FYI), Waterparks have genuinely done everything; not so much simply just opening the metaphorical artistic door to give listeners a peek at their sky-high songwriting aspirations, but truly throwing all they have into 17 songs of pure chaotic – but carefully-crafted, don’t forget that – brilliance.

30.

November 5, 2021
Critic Score
87
3 reviews

29.

November 12, 2021
Critic Score
78
25 reviews

This might be a more reflective, experimental IDLES, but they remain a band filled equally with anger, humour and vitriol. And, whichever direction they take, it still sounds fantastic.

27.

May 21, 2021
Critic Score
59
13 reviews

Scaled And Icy is a good record which balances out the occasional underwhelming moment with flashes of brilliance that could only come from its creators.

26.

Green Lung - Black Harvest
October 22, 2021
Critic Score
90
2 reviews

25.

October 15, 2021
Critic Score
75
12 reviews

An absolutely banging document of the last two years that will resonate far beyond his existing audience.

24.

June 18, 2021
Critic Score
88
4 reviews

23.

August 6, 2021
Critic Score
87
14 reviews

Without a single blastbeat or power chord in earshot, Kristin has created the heaviest, most intense album you’re likely to hear this year, one that makes a tremendous addition to what is becoming one of the most idiosyncratic bodies of work in modern experimental music.

22.

October 22, 2021
Critic Score
80
3 reviews

Amazing Things is about being alive during trying times, of dealing with global pandemics and culture wars, face to face hatred and online abuses, but it meets those challenges with hope in its heart and fists full of the year’s most urgent and unusual tunes. Get ready to be amazed.

21.

January 29, 2021
Critic Score
84
8 reviews

By the time you’re spun out by sprawling closer The Wilderness, it feels like you’ve chased dusk across continents, soaking in 1,000 terrifying and tragic, fetid and fresh sights and smells along the way.

20.

June 25, 2021
Critic Score
82
6 reviews

19.

October 22, 2021
Critic Score
86
10 reviews

Deconstructive, deliberate and exquisitely designed, The Myth Of The Happily Ever After is the sound of a world-class band making truly world-class music.

18.

Scowl - How Flowers Grow
November 19, 2021
Critic Score
80
1 review

17.

Trash Boat - Don't You Feel Amazing?
August 13, 2021
Critic Score
90
2 reviews

At its very best ... Don’t You Feel Amazing? is thrilling, providing both an adrenaline rush and an answer to the question posed by its title.

16.

September 24, 2021
Critic Score
82
15 reviews

One could also suggest Flux does something more important: it captures a 26-year-old reclaiming her career and stamping her status as a bona fide artist – all via a set of excellent songs.

15.

August 27, 2021
Critic Score
80
5 reviews

14.

September 3, 2021
Critic Score
80
19 reviews

Senjutsu is simultaneously more diverse than its predecessor but somehow manages to concentrate its punches. It’s the sound of a band that continues to strive when it’s already honed its craft to perfection and it’s got a samurai Eddie on the cover. What more do you need?

13.

October 8, 2021
Critic Score
86
6 reviews

Taken together, this makes for one of 2021’s most compelling pure metal releases, and gives its makers reason to feel proud of their craft.

12.

October 29, 2021
Critic Score
82
17 reviews
Hushed And Grim is a triumph from a band who have long been the final word in balancing the intelligent and the primal.

11.

September 10, 2021
Critic Score
85
20 reviews

Forget the sophomore slump, Comfort To Me is the sound of a band on the rise.

10.

November 19, 2021
Critic Score
86
14 reviews

Does Bloodmoon: I sound much like Converge? Only occasionally. Could it be their best album to date nevertheless? Quite possibly.

9.

August 27, 2021
Critic Score
79
22 reviews

Sure, it’s packing some infectious, radio-ready choruses, but there is so much more to unpack, with each listen peeling back layers of heartache but also dexterity and adventure, and much-needed sense of danger that their peers are lacking.

8.

April 30, 2021
Critic Score
78
16 reviews
This is an important album, not only because it extends Gojira’s palette and cements their place as one of metal’s most skilled and uncompromising bands. They’re also one of the most inspiring as they call for strength, for action and above all for fortitude.

7.

November 5, 2021
Critic Score
78
13 reviews

Engine Of Hell is not only a testament to her seemingly endless talent, but an unadulterated glimpse at a human being’s soul.

6.

September 17, 2021
Critic Score
83
8 reviews
A staggering statement of endurance, diversity and sheer unbending power. Bow down to the kings.

4.

August 27, 2021
Critic Score
88
18 reviews

Staggering third album GLOW ON changes the game once again. Upping the experimentation and layering on unprecedented emotional textures, its mixtape-alike 35-minute sprawl is more intricate, engaging and ambitious while feeling simultaneously even further laid back.

3.

February 26, 2021
Critic Score
79
14 reviews

For Those That Wish To Exist is an expansive album in every sense of the word.

2.

September 17, 2021
Critic Score
84
8 reviews

Eternal Blue is dizzying, cleansing and frightening. You need to delve deep to find your place within it, but that journey is the very thing that makes this album so interesting.

1.

October 22, 2021
Critic Score
83
6 reviews

Radical feels inherently fun and even spontaneous, despite so clearly being meticulously thought-out.

Original Source: https://www.kerrang.com/the-50-best-albums-of-2021
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1mo
Van Weezer, Foo Fighters, Rise Against in the top 50 just proves this publication is run by boomers lol... no hate on those bands but their respective 2021 releases are not top 50.
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