Top 15 Records of 2022

Isafjørd – Hjartastjaki
Svart Records

In an old house with a broken piano Aðalbjörn Addi Tryggvason and Ragnar Zolberg join forces to create a deeply evocative debut album that feels like a spiritual voyage through frozen landscapes, so we eagerly wait for the next chapter.
Personal Favorite Track: Hjartastjaki

Amorphis – Halo
Atomic Fire Records

Finnish veterans Amorphis are simply unstoppable crafting another enthralling opus where dramatic melodies and fierce guitar driven grooves become naturally entwined.
Personal Favorite Track: Seven Roads Come Together

Watain – The Agony & Ecstasy of Watain
Nuclear Blast Records

This time Watain truly find the perfect equilibrium between gruesome blackened dynamics and haunting melodic motifs.
Personal Favorite Track: We Remain

Haavard – Haavard
Prophecy Productions

Mastermind Håvard Jørgensen creates the ideal wintry soundtrack through a truly hypnotizing acoustic ensemble.
Personal Favorite Track: Mot Soleglad

Candlemass – Sweet Evil Sun
Napalm Records

Candlemass continue to solidify their legacy so you can expect an overdose of mighty guitar riffs and consequent doom laden grooves.
Personal Favorite Track: When Death Sighs

Disillusion – Ayam
Prophecy Productions

Disillusion return triumphantly embracing a convoluted composition that naturally blends poetic melodies and harsh rhythmic dynamics.
Personal Favorite Track: Am Abgrund

Septicflesh – Modern Primitive
Nuclear Blast Records

Greek titans Septicflesh clearly dwell within the darkest sonic realm and the detailed orchestrations generate an extraordinary symphonic splendor.
Personal Favorite Track: Hierophant

The Halo Effect – Days Of The Lost
Nuclear Blast Records

Supergroup The Halo Effect carries the torch for the glorious Gothenburg melo-death scene providing plenty of melodic hooks and excellent musicianship.
Personal Favorite Track: In Broken Trust

Dark Funeral – We Are The Apocalypse
Century Media Records

As darkness descends inevitably, Dark Funeral stay true to their signature black metal style but also the gloomy melodic moments deserve your utmost attention.
Personal Favorite Track: When I’m Gone

Avatarium – Death, Where Is Your Sting
AFM Records

Once again Avatarium blend traditional doom metal elements and exquisite melodies plus Jennie-Ann Smith’s vocals are simply amazing.
Personal Favorite Track: A Love Like Ours

GGGOLDDD – This Shame Should Not Be Mine
Artoffact Records

GGGOLDDD continue to evolve fearlessly shifting from soothing harmonies to magnetic electronic layers to express an emotional whirlwind.
Personal Favorite Track: Like Magic

Therion – Leviathan II
Nuclear Blast Records

Therion return to their epic roots focusing on memorable heavy metal grooves and striking symphonic grandeur.
Personal Favorite Track: Lucifuge Rofocale

Elder – Innate Passage
Stickman Records

Elder bravely go beyond the realm of psych-rock demonstrating an eclectic songwriting approach enhanced by musical prowess.
Personal Favorite Track: Merged In Dreams – Ne Plus Ultra

Sylvaine – Nova
Season Of Mist

Sylvaine continues to show her abilities as multi-instrumentalist & composer and the result is a mesmerizing blackgaze oriented album.
Personal Favorite Track: Everything Must Come To An End

Venom Prison – Erebos
Century Media Records

Drawing inspiration from classic death metal Venom Prison are developing a unique twisted sonic vision that demands your attention.
Personal Favorite Track: Golden Apples Of The Hesperides

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