The 11 best albums released in July 2021 – Kerrang!

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It’s like it’s yesterday, when we were planning a full year of new music, and now we’re firmly in the second half of 2021 with a plethora of killer releases piling up on our creaky record shelves and filling our playlists.

The past month has brought some of the avant-garde rock, punk, metal and more to our ears – from the gargantuan power metal of Powerwolf to the renegade pop-punk of WILLOW to the savage technological death of Ophidian I.

We return here to the 11 LPs released last month that are worth your time …

Defocus – In the eye of death we are all the same

We said it: At its best, In The Eye Of Death We Are All The Same suggests that Defocus is a promising prospect, blessed with unwavering dynamics and intensity. That being said, the highlights of the album are moments that hint at possibilities in the future, rather than what they produce here and now.

Read the full review here.

Stone Giants – West Coast Love Stories

We said it: With elements of everything from post-rock to tropicalia in play, West Coast Love Stories is elusive, but what is absolutely clear is the passion and dedication that Amon Tobin put into this unexpected treat. .

Read the full review here.

Powerwolf – Call of the Wild

We said it: The symphonic elements that were really pushed forward on The Sacrament Of Sin continue where they left off and only serve to make the band even more bombastic – in the best sense of the word. No metal band today is more bombastic than Powerwolf in Flight and there are times when even Sabaton sounds relatively underrated.

Read the full review here.

End of studies life – II

We said it: There’s a lot of Say Anything-esque poetry that happens through new LP II, but there are also Bart Thompson’s nods to artists as diverse as The Academy Is…, Jeff Rosenstock and twenty-one pilots. And whatever musical path the band ventures into on this album, they always come across a victory. “

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DZ Deathrays – Positive Rise Part II

We said it: The rambunctious Golden Retriever talks about being heartbroken – even if it doesn’t sound like it – while the gargantuan riffs of the penultimate song Run The Red are the perfect soundtrack to the existential paranoia we are. should all feel. If you’re not, just one listening to this thunderous, heart-breaking record will likely change that.

Read the full review here.

Times Of Grace – Songs Of Loss And Separation

We said it: Like the rest of the ten-The track unfolds, the shades of gray are metamorphosed and collide with the electrical energy of the clouds during a thunderstorm. Bleed Me is an atmospheric masterclass of the heartbroken hymnbook. The currents tend with the tension and the weight of a troubled mind. Cold reflux with vitreous resistance. By the time the curtain falls with the six and a half minutes of the dark and sultry love song Forever, it has been an intense and emotionally draining journey.

Read the full review here.

WILLOW – lately I feel EVERYTHING

We said it: lately I feel ALL shows that there is more than one chain at WILLOW‘s bow, with Naive and Come Home showing real maturity to its writing. The slower tempo of the former allows its creator’s wide vocal palette to shine, while Come Home combines a more ruled sound with biting riffs and a somber vibe. Closest Shouty AlbumTO BURST!, meanwhile, take it up a notch for a spirited, punky conclusion that’s a joy to see.

Read the full review here.

Ophidian I – sorry

We said it: In terms of technical death metal, Desolate sits at the top of the releases for 2021, setting the bar incredibly high for the genre. Blink and you’ll miss it though; it’s a band that prefers to keep things concise, stuffed ten tracks below 40 minutes. It will take a few turns to really understand the aural aggression that is also taking place. There is absolutely no respite, Ophidian I starts off strong and continues to hammer with everything they have until the final bars, resulting in an incredibly intense listening experience.

Read the full review here.

Capstan – Separate

We said it: At its heart, Separate is an album heavy on an introspective journey to its own heart of darkness, but with enough pops of musical color to light the way forward. It’s Capstan at full power and it’s a second outing to be proud of.

Read the full review here.

Underdark – Our bodies burned alive at the start of the school year

We said it: Resolutely anti-fascist, Underdark also tackles very specific problems here. Coyotes deals with the treatment of refugees in America; With Ashen Hands Around Our Throats is almost certainly the first black metal song to seek justice for the victims of the Grenfell fire. But, as Skeleton Queen’s lyrics suggest, Abi Vasquez also writes about more personal hells, with self-harm, addiction, and emotional pain, all handled with visceral and unwavering honesty.

Read the full review here.

Woman King – Celestial Blues

We said it: Celestial Blues is a truly immersive experience that is not only as good as its predecessor, it has evolved beyond the blueprint they set out on their debut album to expand their sound into new and exciting territory. Whether you’re a fan of slowcore, grunge, doom, or shoegaze, there’s a song for everyone on this album. Simply put, it’s a must listen.

Read the full review here.

Posted on Aug 4, 2021 at 11:38 a.m.

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