Listmania: Metal Noise Top #5 Albums of 2022!

A new dawn, a new day, more riffs, percussive battery and rumbling bass? Sounds good! After revealing our top #5 EPs of 2022 yesterday, it is time to turn to the albums. As previously stated, the rules are simple. Seven songs for seven deadly sins comprises an album in streaming services, coupled with us having had to have reviewed it in the year that has been. Why just five? Because no one has the attention span to read through the best 20, 50 or 100 and so we distill down to the bare essentials, although there will be some honourable mentions…

There have been some absolutely mind blowing albums released in 2022 but “Trinity” by The Gloom In The Corner has to be one of the most ambitious. A myriad of guests, an epic storyline and a soundtrack that is cohesive and captivating despite all the odds. The Australians deserve all the acclaim for this one.

Going from strength to strength, the rise of Symphonic Deathcore titans Lorna Shore has been phenomenal and “Pain Remains” was the right record at the right time for everything to fall into place. The kind of majestic affair that needs a suitable venue, like the Sydney Opera House, it’s another absolute peach from them.

It may have been recorded in 2020 but finally 2022 finally saw the arrival of “Eradication” by Eaten By Sharks. Produced, mixed and mastered by Chris Donaldson (Cryptopsy, The Agonist) it offers Technical Death Metal at breakneck speed with tongue in cheek humour that should be enough to float anyone’s boat.

Landing in the space between Progressive Metalcore, Deathcore and DJent, the third album by InVisions in “Deadlock” found the band giving us something that stands apart from the Wolfpack. Vocalist Ben Ville demonstrates phenomenal range and multiple voices in ways he hadn’t previously and that helped elevate the band to a new level with the record opening the doors for a European tour with Ice Nine Kills

Another album which completely knocked our socks off was “Vespera” by Godeater, the quality of which is undeniable. Mixed and mastered by Fredrik Nordström at Studio Fredman (In Flames, Obscura, Architects) it finds the Glaswegian Death Metal act in searing form, painting in light and dark shades with a theatrical element added to build their sound.

Honourable mentions? Well how “Complete Control” by Misery Index didn’t get on this list escapes us, then “The Hierarchical Ecological Succession: Welcome to the Food Chain!” by Troglodyte, “To Be Alive” by Gutlocker, “Symptoms of Modern Hegemony” by Scary Hours or “Burn” by Messora

Tomorrow will be time for the next chapter… what will it be?


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