July 2, 2022

Our 2022 Midyear Report continues with our favourite steel and onerous rock albums of the 12 months to this point.


The pandemic rages on, however the music trade has lastly settled into some semblance of normalcy in 2022. Album cycles and excursions have been much less affected by delays and postponements, as all of us cautiously transfer ahead with a basic sense of resignation. That stated, the world feels no much less dystopian. Battle broke out in Ukraine, local weather change looks as if a ship that’s sailed, and there’s uneasiness and unrest abound.

One factor’s for positive: Heavy music stays as very important as ever. The catharsis of those occasions calls for music that may satiate the anger, the disillusionment, and the despair — or no less than momentarily distract us from it. After all, any style of music or artwork can serve this perform. However there’s one thing about heavy riffs and loud volumes that may invigorate the center and thoughts throughout occasions of utter bleakness.

When constructing our record of one of the best heavy albums of 2022 so far, we had been struck by the sonic range of the picks — from the vitriolic hardcore of Soul Glo to the sector rock leanings of Ghost to the metal-meets-blues of Zeal & Ardor. Each entry right here possesses its personal idiosyncrasies. However what additionally stood out was the sheer urgency of the artists themselves. That is music made with intent, seemingly despite a rising, pervasive nihilism inside the cultural consciousness.

We hope that you simply uncover one thing on this record that evokes you to purchase a report, go to a present, and acknowledge the music past merely streaming it. Instantly supporting these artists is now extra necessary than ever.

–Jon Hadusek,
Senior Workers Author

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