best metal albums of 2022

The 30 Best Metal Albums of 2022

The best, heaviest music from a stacked if unusual year


Metallica announce new album, 72 Seasons

Plus 2023 tour dates announced

Cave In documentary

Watch the new Cave In documentary, filmed in Paris

See a behind the scenes short film following their ‘Heavy Pendulum’ tour

Northwest Terror Fest

Yob, Autopsy, Necrot to play Northwest Terror Fest 2023

Plus Horrendous, Misery Index, Ghoul and more

Chat Pile

Chat Pile announces soundtrack to Tenkiller

Hear “Tenkiller” and “Lake Time (Mr. Rodan)”

Candlemass Sweet Evil Sun review

Candlemass : Sweet Evil Sun

The Swedish doom metal icons continue their lengthy reign with a set of classic, solo-heavy songs

ahab the coral tombs review

Dream Unending – Song of Salvation

The doom metal duo explore a greater expanse on their sophomore album

Dream Unending interview

The spiritual alignment of Dream Unending

We spoke to Derrick Vella about ‘Song of Salvation,’ ambient music and embracing space

Dead Cross II review

Dead Cross : II

A thrashier and raw set of songs from the metal and hardcore veterans

envy seimei stream

Hear the new envy EP, Seimei

New EP out now, vinyl edition out in spring 2023

Morbid Angel tour dates

Morbid Angel announce 40th anniversary tour

Featuring support from Revocation, Crypta, Vitriol and Skeletal Remains

Brutus Unison Life review

Brutus : Unison Life

The Belgian trio strikes a tighter balance between grace and heaviness on their third LP

Ripped to Shreds Jubian review

Ripped to Shreds : 劇變 (Jubian)

The Bay Area death metal outfit’s first for Relapse is one of the year’s most vital metal albums

Brutus Unison Life review

Hear the new Brutus album, Unison Life

Hear the latest album from the Belgian post-metal trio

elder new album innate passage

Hear the epic new song by Elder, “Endless Return”

‘Innate Passage’ out on November 25