Here at Invisible Oranges, we've been posting tons of 2021 year-end lists from our staffers, contributors, and a couple musicians (including Krieg's Neill Jameson and Noltem/Pyrithe's John Kerr), and before the year wraps up, here are a handful of lists from other metal (and metal-adjacent and hardcore) musicians, including members of Inter Arma, Huntsmen, BIG|BRAVE, Amenra, Frail Body, Nadja, Chat Pile, Spirit Adrift, Bossk, Birds In Row, Earthless, Genocide Pact, Chelsea Wolfe, and more...


Mike Paparo (Inter Arma)

Plebeian Grandstand - Rien ne suffit
Stress Angel - Bursting Church
Emma Ruth Rundle - Engine of Hell
Antichrist Siege Machine - Purifying Blade
Succumb - XXI
Poison Ruïn - Poison Ruïn
Taqbir - Taqbir 7”
Wharflurch - Psychedelic Realms ov Hell
Crucifixion Bell - Eternal Grip of the Nocturnal Empire
Yautja - The Lurch

Mathieu Ball (BIG|BRAVE)

Patrick Shiroishi - Hidemi
Irreversible Entanglements - Open the Gates
MSC - What you Say of Power
Robert A.A. Lowe - Candyman (score)
Jerusalem in my Heart - Qalaq
Myriam Gendron - Ma Délire. Songs of love, lost and found
Floating Points and Pharaoh Sanders - Promises
Tim Hecker - The North Water (score)
Jessica Moss - Phosphenes
The Body - I've Seen All I Need to See
My Disco - Alter Schwede
Bill Orcutt and Chris Corsano - Made Out of Sound
Low - Hey What
Richard Dawson - Henki
The Bug - Fire

Ray Knipe (Huntsmen)

The Armed - Ultrapop
At the Gates - Nightmare of Being
Every Time I Die - Radical
Full of Hell - Garden of Burning Apparitions
Genghis Tron - Dream Weapon
Gojira - Fortitude
Iron Maiden - Senjutsu
Mastodon - Hushed and Grim
Red Fang - Arrows
Yautja - The Lurch

Marc Stranger-Najjar (Huntsmen)

Converge/Chelsea Wolfe - Bloodmoon: I
Renée Reed - S/T
Silk Sonic - An Evening With Silk Sonic
Mdou Moctar - Afrique Victime
Deafheaven - Infinite Granite
MonoNeon - Supermane
Lingua Ignota - Sinner Get Ready
IDLES - Crawler
Sons of Kemet - Black to the Future
Nick Cave & Warren Ellis - CARNAGE

Noteworthy Releases:
Matt Berry - The Blue Elephant
Khemmis - Deceiver
Yautja - The Lurch
The Armed - Ultrapop

Tim de Gieter (Amenra)

1 DeathByRomy - Songs For My Funeral
2 The Armed - Ultrapop
3 King Woman - Celestial Blues
4 Portrayal Of Guilt - We Are Always Alone
5 Knocked Loose - A Tear In The Fabric Of Life

Lowell Shaffer (Frail Body)

The Armed - Ultrapop
Cannibal Corpse - Violence Unimagined
youth novel - S/T
hawak - nouc
Turnstile - Glow On
suffocate for fucks sake - Fyra
Lingua Ignota - Sinner Get Ready
Porter Robinson - Nurture
Downhaul - PROOF
Gojira - Fortitude

Nicholas Clemenson (Frail Body)

Sanguisabogg - Tortured Whole
Gojira - Fortitude
Fiddlehead - Between the Richness
200 Stab Wounds - Slave to the Scalpel
Turnstile - GLOW ON
The Armed - ULTRAPOP
Yautja - The Lurch
Full of Hell - Garden of Burning Apparitions
Regional Justice Center - Crime and Punishment
Cannibal Corpse - Violence Unimagined

Nic Kuczynski (Frail Body)

Turnstile - Glow On
Krallice - Demonic Wealth
Beach House - Once Twice Melody
Monobody - Comma
Pains - Gnashing Among the Carnage
Torment and Glory - We Left a Note with an Apology
Emma Ruth Rundle - Engine of Hell
Fiddlehead - Between the Richness
Deafheaven - Infinite Granite
Past Forms - CTRL

Christina Michelle (Gouge Away)

Glitterer - Life is Not a Lesson
Mannequin Pussy - Perfect
Metz - Live at the Opera House
Shame - Drunk Tank Pink
Soul Glo - DisN*gga, Vol. 1 & 2
Japanese Breakfast - Jubilee
Turnstile - Glow On
Scowl - How Flowers Grow
Spirit of the Beehive - Entertainment, Death
Yves Tumor - The Asymptotical World EP

Mick Ford (Gouge Away)

Andy Stott - Never The Right Time
DJ Seinfeld - Mirrors
Floating Points, Pharaoh Sanders & The London Symphony Orchestra - Promises
Squid - Bright Green Field
black midi - Cavalcade
Durand Jones & The Indications - Private Space
Aaron Frazer - Introducing…
Lone - Always Inside Your Head
Park Hye Jin - Before I Die
Altin Gun - Yöl

Tommy Cantwell (Gouge Away)

Turnstile - Glow On
Mannequin Pussy - Perfect
Soul Glo - DisN*gga Vol 1 & 2
Fiddlehead - Between the Richness
Japanese Breakfast - Jubilee
Courtney Barnett - Things Take Time, Take Time
Spirit of the Beehive - Entertainment, Death
Slow Fire Pistol - Rabbit Town Blues
Glitterer - Life Is Not A Lesson
Alice Phoebe Lou - GLOW

Dylan Downey (Gouge Away)

Vanishing Twin - Ookii Gekkou
Westside Gunn - Hitler Wears Hermès 8
Antichrist Siege Machine - Purifying Blade
Stress Angel - Bursting Church
MSC - What You Say Of Power
Andy Stott - Never the Right Time
Hailu Mergia - Tezeta
Ovlov - Buds
Chubby & the Gang - The Mutts Nuts
Pharoah Sanders/Floating Points - Promises

Aidan Baker (Nadja)

The Bug - Blue Versions
Gnod - La Mort Du Sens
The Grasshopper Lies Heavy - A Cult That Worships A God of Death
Knoll - Interstice
Midwife - Luminol
MJ Guider - Temporary Requiem
Moor Mother - Black Encyclopedia of The Air
Pupil Slicer - Mirrors
Tunic - Quitter

Luther Manhole (Chat Pile)

Kayo Dot - Moss Grew On The Swords
Black Dresses - Forever In Your Heart
Turnstile - Glow On
Sleigh Bells - Texis
Diskord - Degenerations
Bruiser Wolf - Dope Game Stupid
Our Place Of Worship Is Silence - Disavowed
Portrayal Of Guilt - Christfucker
Rxk Nephew - Slitherman Activated
Meat Computer/Kirblagoop - Meat Computer

Jay Gambit (Executioner’s Mask)

10. Lucy Dacus - Home Video
9. slowthai - TYRON
8. Antichrist Siege Machine - Purifying Blade
7. Snail Mail - Valentine
6. Grouper - Shade
5. Tirzah - Colourgrade
4. Wiki - Half God
3. Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders and the London Symphony Orchestra - Promises
2. aya - im hole
1. The War On Drugs - I Don’t Live Here Anymore

Luca Cimarusti (Annihilus, Luggage)

1. Kowloon Walled City - Piecework
2. Turnstile - Glow On
3. Portrayal of Guilt - Christfucker
4. Mortiferum - Preserved in Torment
5. Tomahawk - Tonic Immobility
6. Meat Wave - Volcano Park
7. FACS - Present Tense
8. BIG|BRAVE - Vital
9. Wolves in the Throne Room - Primordial Arcana
10. Ryley Walker - Course in Fable

Chelsea Wolfe

Lindy Fay-Hella & Dei Farne - Hildring
Alessandro Cortini - Scuro Chiaro
Full of Hell - Garden of Burning Apparitions
Gatecreeper - An Unexpected Reality
Backxwash - I Lie Here Buried With My Rings and My Dresses
Wardruna - Kvitravn
Divide And Dissolve - Gas Lit
Emma Ruth Rundle - Engine of Hell
Eartheater - Phoenix - La Petite Mort Edition
King Woman - Celestial Blues
Mdou Moctar - Afrique Victime
Wolves in the Throne Room - Primordial Arcana
Deafheaven - Infinite Granite
Moor Mother - Black Encyclopedia of the Air
Lingua Ignota - Sinner Get Ready
Blackwater Holylight - Silence/Motion
Aurat - Khaar
Lea Thomas - Hummingbird
The Armed - Ultrapop
Lorn - "YO2 _ RUSTLIN" (single)

Nate Garrett (Spirit Adrift)

The Besnard Lakes - The Besnard Lakes Are the Last of the Great Thunderstorm Warnings
Black Sabbath - Heaven and Hell remaster
Black Sabbath - The Mob Rules remaster
Black Sabbath - Sabotage remaster
Cannibal Corpse - Violence Unimagined
Duel - In Carne Persona
Frozen Soul - Crypt of Ice
Genghis Tron - Dream Weapon
Turnstile - Glow On
Worm - Foreverglade

Read Nate's commentary on each pick HERE.

Connor Donegan (Genocide Pact)

Dream Unending - Tide Turns Eternal
Gauze - 言いたかねえけど目糞鼻糞
Skourge - Hardcore Up Your Ass
Antichrist Siege Machine - Purifying Blade
Mortiferum - Preserved In Torment
Turnstile - "Mystery"
Kim Petras - "Future Starts Now"
Kanye West - "Come To Life"
The Russell Westbrook trade
Cedarland Restaurant in Dearborn Michigan

Read Connor's commentary on each pick HERE.

Tom Begley (Bossk)

Dvne - Etemen Aenka
Green Lung - Black Harvest
Outlander - Sundowning/Unconditional
Bossk - Migration
Sleep Token - This Place Will Become Your Tomb
Maybeshewill - No Feeling Is Final
Urne - Serpent & Spirit
40 Watt Sun - "The Spaces In Between"
Blanket - Modern Escapism
Devil Sold His Soul - Loss

Read Tom's commentary on each pick HERE.

Quentin Sauvé (Birds In Row)

Samia - The Baby Reimagined
Julien Baker - Little Oblivions
Ben Howard - Collections From The Whiteout
Manchester Orchestra - The Million Masks Of God
Lucy Dacus - Home Video
Leon Bridges - Gold-Diggers Sound
The First Ever Podcast
Mini Trees - Always In Motion
Heavy Heart - Closer
Every Time I Die - Radical
Emma Ruth Rundle - Engine Of Hell

Read Quentin's commentary on each pick HERE.

Mike Eginton (Earthless)

John Coltrane - A Love Supreme: Live in Seattle
Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe - Candyman (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Mistreater - Hell's Fire
Mdou Moctar - Afrique Victime
Can - Live in Stuttgart 1975
Curtis Amy & Dupree Bolton - Katanga
Mythic Sunship - Wildfire

Read Mike's commentary on each pick HERE.

Michael Berdan (Uniform)

1. The Bug - Fire / Kevin Richard Martin - Return To Solaris
2. JFK - Avalanche Zone
3. Gauntlet Ring - Upon The Wings Of The Black Eagle
4. Space Afrika - Honest Labour
5. Templer - Myths And Consequences
6. Gauze - 言いたかねえけど目糞鼻糞
7. Slow White Fall - Flesh In The Modern Age
8. Serration - Rites Of Flesh
9. Sigillum S - Coalescence Of Time: Other Conjectures On Future
10. Microcorps - XMIT

Read Michael's commentary on each pick HERE.

Spencer Chamberlain (Underoath)

Tyler, the Creator - Call Me If You Get Lost
Sir Sly - The Rise and Fall of Loverboy
Turnstile - Glow On
Chiiild - Hope for Sale
Gojira - Fortitude

Read Spencer's commentary on each pick HERE.

Hazing Over

1. ZelooperZ - Van Goghs Left Ear
2. Turnstile - Glow On
3. PinkPantheress - to hell with it
4. Dean Blunt - Black Metal 2
5. Sanguisugabogg - Tortured Whole
6. Porter Robinson - Nurture
7. Regional Justice Center - Crime and Punishment
8. Illiterates - S/T
9. Gatecreeper - An Unexpected Reality
10. Baby Keem - The Melodic Blue

Read Hazing Over's commentary on each pick HERE.


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