2021’s albums of the year

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Designed by Lucia Macip

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Current times – with the COVID variants, so many people in need, and the psychological hangover of months and months of fear or without a «normality» for the lucky ones – don’t leave much room for positivity. Jumping into the musical field: the many, many attempts, and efforts to bring back live music and culture, the rising costs of some merch formats and international shipping – lethal for many bands and small music businesses – and so on and so forth. But, I want to send a positive message because music always keeps playing.

For better or worse, «due to demand», the vinyl market is saturated. Cassettes are back in the game, and split albums are more and more common. Bands and genres that are considered underground have sold out in minutes, and some of us were lucky enough to go back to a concert. And, let me add, there’s a strong anti-fascist movement on the rise. 

The thing is that, whether it was individually, through musicians with personal projects, or bands circumventing masks and restrictions, music has continued to be created and shared. And, whatever style we enjoy, it has helped us process and get through smaller and larger events of a very dark historical era. Something for which, I hope, we have been able to thank these musicians, as much as we can, in the form of financial support. 

Has 2021 been better than 2020 releases-wise? It will depend on who is answering. But at Subterráneo we have had the same problem as usual: reducing endless lists to ten names. Although, this time we have agreed on many: IKARIE, DIABLO SWING ORCHESTRA, ARCHSPIRE, LEPROUS, HELLOWEEN, NON SERVIAM, SOEN, THY CATAFALQUE, SAPATA, KING WOMAN, and a few others.

Check them out, but we do encourage you to leave us your AOTY or list in the comments. And good luck in 2022!

Note: Every title is hyperlinked to a streaming platform. Also, there is a playlist at the bottom of the article.

  Ángel Silva

THY CATAFALQUE (HUN) – Vadak

EVERGREY (SWE) – Escape of the Phoenix

IKARIE (ESP) – Cuerpos en sombra

ELDRITCH (ITA) – Eos

LEPROUS (NOR) – Aphelion

BALA (ESP) – Maleza

WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM (USA) – Primordial arcana

HELLOWEEN (GER) – Helloween

STEVEN WILSON (ENG) – The future bites

REPLICANT (USA) – Malignant reality

Antonio Andrades

ARCHSPIRE (CAN) – Bleed the future

ATVM (GBR) – Famine, putrid and fucking endless

BLACK MIDI (GBR) – Cavalcade

CANNIBAL CORPSE (USA) – Violence unimagined

HELLOWEEN (DEU) – Helloween

IRON MAIDEN (GBR) – Senjutsu

JERRY CANTRELL (USA) – Brighten

LEPROUS (NOR) – Aphelion

PAPANGU (BRA) – Holoceno

WHEEL (FIN) – Resident human

 
  Daniel Vázquez Lobato

BESTIAL INVASION (UKR) – The Divine Comedy-Inferno

VOKONIS (SWE) – Odyssey

BONGZILLA (USA) – Weedsconsin

MORDRED (USA) – The dark parade

THY CATAFALQUE (HUN) – Vadak

DIABLO SWING ORCHESTRA (SWE) – Swagger & stroll down the rabbit hole

BLIND GOLEM (ITA) – A Dream Of Fantasy

MALADIE (DEU) – The Sick Is Dead-Long Live the Sick

FIVE THE HIEROPHANT (GBR) – Through Aureate Void

ARCHSPIRE (CAN) – Bleed the future

David García

SOEN (SWE) – Imperial

RISE TO THE SKY (MEX) – Let me drown with you

ALIAS NOONE (FIN) – Broken paradigm

SHADECROWN (FIN) – Solitarian

EVADNE (ESP) – The pale light of fireflies

DARK HORSE WHITE HORSE (NDL) – Dark horse white horse

OMEGA (ITA) – Nebra

SILENT LINE (CAN) – Death and perspective

INSOMNIUM (FIN) – Argent moon

SOLITUDE (MEX) – Exogenesis

 
  Francesc Albert

OF THE WAND AND THE MOON (DNK) – Your love can’t hold this wreath of sorrow

LUNAR SHADOW (DEU) – Wish to leave

DERBY MOTORETA’S BURRITO KACHIMBA (ESP) – Hilo negro

UNGFELL (CHE) – Es grauet

ALFA MIST (GBR) – Bring backs

THY CATAFALQUE (HUN) – Vadak

KK’S PRIEST (GBR) – Sermons of the sinner

AGUSA (SWE) – En annan värld

TYLER, THE CREATOR (USA) – Call me if you get lost

CREATURE (FRA) – Eloge de l’Ombre

Fernando Sevilla

PAPANGU (BRA) – Holoceno

EXODUS (USA) – Persona non grata

NON SERVIAM (FRA) – Il pleut partout derrière

MORTIFERUM (USA) – Preserved in torment

GRAVESEND (USA) – Methods of human disposal

SEPUTUS (USA) – Phantom Indigo

DREAD SOVEREIGN (IRL) – Alchemical warfare

SLANT (KOR) – 1집

REGIONAL JUSTICE CENTER (USA) – Crime and punishment

BOSS KELOID (GBR) – Family the smiling thrush

 
  Irene López

AARA (CHE) – Triade I: Eos

ARDE (DEU) – Ancestral cult

CAÏNA (GBR) – Take me away from all this death

DREAM UNENDING (int) – Tide turns eternal

GREY AURA (NLD) – Zwart vierkant

KING WOMAN (USA) – Celestial blues

NON SERVIAM (FRA) – Le coeur bat

RINUWAT (AUS) – Dua naga

SAPATA (FIN) – No sun to embrace

SPECTRAL LORE (GRE) – Ετερόφωτος

José Manuel Simón

MASTODON (USA) – Hushed and grim

DERBY MOTORETA’S BURRITO KACHIMBA (ESP) – Hilo negro

TRIVIUM (USA) – In the court of the dragon

LA MARAVILLOSA ORQUESTA DEL ALCOHOL (ESP) – Nuevo cancionero burgalés

SILENT PLANET (USA) – Iridescent

CONVERGE/CHELSEA WOLFE (USA) – Bloodmoon I

PHOENIX RISING (ESP) – Acta est fabula

ERRA (USA) – Erra

IMMINENCE (SWE) – Heaven in hiding

WHITECHAPEL (USA) – Kin

 

 

  Julial Leal

JARUN (POL) – Rok spokojnego słońca

WITH ALL MY HATE (ESP) – Impaired existence

EVNEN (ESP) – Amygdala

DEMON KING (USA) – The Final Tyranny

AEON (SWE) – God Ends Here

ABORTED (BEL) – Maniacult

CANNIBAL CORPSE (USA) – Violence unimagined

LOS QUE NO RESPIRAN (ESP) – Los que no respiran

VREID (NOR) – Wild North West

ARCHSPIRE (CAN) – Bleed the future

Lu Machado

KING WOMAN (USA) – Celestial blues

BE’LAKOR  (AUS) – Coherence

CULT OF LUNA (SWE) – The raging river

IKARIE (ESP) – Cuerpos en sombra

SAPATA (FIN) – No sun to embrace

EMMA RUTH RUNDLE (USA) – Engine of hell

TODOMAL (ESP) – Ultracrepidarian

MENTAL TORMENT (UKR) – Ego:genesis

HYPOCRISY (SWE) – Worship

SWALLOW THE SUN (FIN) – Moonflowers

 
  Lucía Macip

THE SUN AND THE MIRROR (USA) – Dissolution to salt and bone

IKARIE (ESP) – Cuerpos en sombra

FEED THEM DEATH (GBR) – Negative

KOLLAPSE (DNK) – Sult

HEIRESS (USA) – Distant fires

MODERN RITES (int) – Monuments

DIVIDE AND DISSOLVE (AUS) – Gas lit

BODY VOID (USA) – Bury me beneath this rotting Earth 

KËKHT ARÄKH (UKR) – Pale swordsman

BURIAL (ITA) – Inner gateways to the slumbering equilibrium at the center of cosmos

Luis Gallucci

 CRIES (CHI) – Psicópata II: El momento de la muerte    

 NVLO (ARG) – Fosa    

 PLAGUESTORM (ARG) – Purifying fire

 DEFRAGMENT (CHI/VEN) – Outbreak

 DESALMADO (BRA) – Mass mental devolution          

 TUMBA DE CARNE (ARG) – Decatexis / Perpetuo altar 

 REQUIEM FOR EDÉN (ARG) – Warcry 

 MEDIUM (ARG) – Hábitat       

 DEMISE (VEN) – Old skull

 ANGELUS APATRIDA (ESP) – Angelus Apátrida

 

 

 

  Pablo Balbontín

ERDVE (LTU) – Savigaila

ARCHSPIRE (USA) – Bleed the future

LÓSTREGOS (ESP) – Onde calan os corazóns, ruxen as pedras

KNOCKED LOOSE (USA) – A Tear in the fabric of life

UNREQVITED (CAN) – Beautiful ghosts

PLEBEIAN GRANDSTAND (FRA) – Rien ne suffit

WOLF KING (USA) – The path of wrath

IKARIE (ESP) – Cuerpos en sombra

EVANESCENCE (USA) – The bitter truth

NON SERVIAM (FRA) – Il pleut partout derrière

 

Pedro Díaz

THE MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP (GBR) – Immortal

PERENNIAL ISOLATION (ESP) – Portraits

SOEN (SWE) – Imperial

LORDS OF BLACK (ESP) – Alchemy of souls Part II

IN MOURNING (SWE) – The bleeding veil

SALDUIE (ESP) – Ambaxtos

HELLOWEEN (DEU) – Helloween

ANGELUS APATRIDA (ESP) – Angelus Apátrida

LEPROUS (NOR) – Aphelion

NORTH OF SOUTH (ESP) – The tides in our veins

 

 

 

Raquel Diez

AT THE GATES (SWE) – The nightmare of being

SKEPTICISM (FIN) – Companion

PARADISE LOST (GBR) – At the Mill

SARKE (NOR) – Allsighr

FUNERAL (NOR) – Praesentialis in Aeternum

MORK (NOR) – Katedralen

THERION (SWE) – Leviathan

EPICA (NLD) – Omega

DIABLO SWING ORCHESTRA (SWE) – Swagger & stroll down the rabbit hole

UNANIMATED (SWE) – Victory in blood

Roberto Agra

1914 (UKR) – Where fire and weapons meet

UNTO OTHERS (USA) – Strenght

SOEN (SWE) – Imperial

RIVERS OF NIHIL (USA) – The work

DECLINE OF THE I (FRA) – Johannes

CARCASS (GBR) – Torn arteries

MYSTRAS (GRE) – Empires vanquished and dismantled

SWALLOW THE SUN (FIN) – Moonflowers

WHITECHAPEL (USA) – Kin

DIABLO SWING ORCHESTRA (SWE) – Swagger & stroll down the rabbit hole

 

 

  Sel Puebla

DREAM UNENDING (INT) – Tide turns eternal

CRAWL BELOW (USA) – 9 mile square

JARI LINDHOLM (SWE) – Trajectories

DIABLO SWING ORCHESTRA (SWE) – Swagger & stroll down the rabbit hole

YOTH IRIA (GRE) – As the flame withers

TODOMAL (ESP) – Ultracrepidarian

SHADECROWN (FIN) – Solitarian

FRAGMENT SOUL (GRE) – Axiom of choice

HALOCRAFT (GRE ) – A Mother to scare away the darkness

RAGE (DEU) – Resurrection day

 

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