As evidenced by our list of the top 25 albums of 2021, it’s been a particularly good year for heavy music, both for veterans and young talent. Seeing long-standing metallurgical institutions like Mastodon, Converge and even Iron Maiden continue to earn their distinguished status was thrilling, but it was also exciting to see a whole new generation of artists claim the throne in a world where live music was. finally again possible.
We asked our readers to vote on which lesser-known act deserves the 2021 Breakout Band title, and among the many fervent responses were five bands from across the spectrum who are each leading some very real moves. . Below, the top five voters are ranked accordingly.
PUPIL SLICER Video – INJURIES ON MY SKIN (OFFICIAL VIDEO)
5. Student slicer
Pupil Slicer makes the kind of music that pulls the circuits out of your head and re-welds the wires. It’s lobotomy metal, so naturally the dizzying and dangerously heavy mathcore maneuvers when they debut in 2021, Mirrors, have shaken the heads of their listeners since the album’s release in March. There are very few bands in their crowded field of chaotic hearts that are actually as fun, memorable, and listenable as Pupil Slicer, so it’s no wonder this young British band has already found their true believers.
Video of Knocked Loose “A tear in the fabric of life” (Animation Film)
4. Loosely hit
For people who have ears for underground hardcore, Knocked Loose has been the leader of the scene since their 2019 album, A different shade of blue, but 2021 is the year they began their conquest of wider metallic lands. In addition to releasing the heavy devastator A tear in the fabric of life EP, the Louisville hitters toured with Gojira and performed a bunch of top-tier festivals throughout the fall that presented their jaw-dropping sound to a new audience. The sky is the limit for these guys.
Video of LORNA SHORE – To the Hellfire (OFFICIAL VIDEO)
3. Lorna Shore
Formed in 2010, Lorna Shore has been around deathcore for quite some time now, but this year they’ve grown into one of the genre’s greatest strengths. The first song they released with new vocalist Will Ramos, the scorching “To the Hellfire”, became an instant classic and a viral sensation, thanks in large part to Ramos’ bestial screams during the song’s final collapse. . Their best years are still ahead of them, and people from all walks of the metal world are taking note.
Spiritbox Video – Circle With Me (Official Music Video)
2. Spirits box
Spiritbox had patiently unfurled from its chrysalis for nearly five years, and in 2021, they finally completed their metamorphosis into a colorful metal monarch. The Canadian duo of former iwrestledabearonce singer Courtney LaPlante and guitarist Mike Stringer made their long-awaited debut, Eternal blue, in the world this year, and you would have to cover your ears and cover your eyes to escape the universal admiration people throw at their new cocktail of prog, djent and crystal-clear melody. Why not join the party?
Orbit Culture Video – “Sculptures” (Official video clip)
1. Culture in orbit
As of January 2021, our readers rated Orbit Culture as one of the top five bands to most likely break up in 2021, so if it wasn’t obvious before, you all deserve a pat on the back for having such good instincts. Between this year Shaman EP and the hype that continued to build from last year Nija LP, the Swedish quartet’s penchant for monstrous melodic riffs, catchy hetfield-ian vocals and Gojira-inspired grooves have continued to win over fanatics from all corners of the world. You better get used to seeing their name, because Orbit Culture is just getting started.