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2021 TOP 50 TRAD METAL

Updated: Jan 3

Traditional metal: Heavy Metal, Power Metal & Doom Metal!

Splitting the top metal albums list into two distinct lists was absolutely necessary. This Trad Metal list is dedicated to albums that maintain heavy metal as their core element. Aside from the traditional heavy metal, its close, direct relatives, US and Euro Power Metal and classic Doom Metal are also represented on this top 50. From the most melodic to thrashy shred, the following fifty titles will satisfy even the most exigent fans!



50

SPIRAL GRAVE

Legacy Of The Anointed

US


Released on July 17, 2021

Debut album



Bandcamp

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49

SOMMO INQUISITORE

Anno Mille

Italy


Released on May 14, 2021

Debut album



Bandcamp

Spotify



48

SIGNIFICANT POINT

Into the Storm

Japan


Released on February 26, 2021

Debut album



Bandcamp

Spotify



47

MORVIDHEN

Morvidhen

Peru


Released on March 8, 2021

Debut album



Bandcamp

Spotify



46

RAKSHASA

百花創生

Japan


Released on February 10, 2021

Sophomore album




Spotify



45

DRAGONBREATH

The Awakening

Cyprus


Released on September 3, 2021

Debut album



Bandcamp

Spotify



44

NO ONE SPOKE

Nine Mirrors

Brazil


Released on March 26, 2021

Debut album



Spotify



43

HELLHOUND

Warrior of Rising Sun

Japan


Released on September 22, 2021

Album #5



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42

TEMTRIS

Ritual Warfare

Australia


Released on April 30, 2021

Album #5



Spotify



41

IMMORTAL SŸNN

Force of Habit

US


Released on May 7, 2021

Sophomore album



Bandcamp

Spotify



40

PHOENIX RISING

Acta est Fabula

Spain


Released on March 26, 2021

Album #4



Spotify



39

MARCEL VERAND

Memorias de un Despertar: Ira & Sacrificio

Peru


Released on March 6, 2021

Debut album



Spotify



38

MINSRELIX

11Trajectories

Japan


Released on September 29, 2021

Album #5



Spotify



37

ATHABAS

Undertaker

France


Released on June 6, 2021

Debut album


Bandcamp

Spotify



36

ARKENFIRE

Trials Through Time

Canada


Released on August 20, 2021

Debut album



Bandcamp

Spotify



35

FORTUNATO

Insurgency

France


Released on May 14, 2021

Album #3



Spotify



34

TIMELESS HAUNT

Dark for Life

US


Released on March 6, 2021

Debut album



Bandcamp

Spotify



33

NEXUS OPERA

La Guera Granda (The Great Call To Arms)

Italy


Released on April 23, 2021

Sophomore album



Bandcamp

Spotify



32

THUNDERAXE

Roads of Thunder

Italy


Released on February 15, 2021

Sophomore album



Spotify



31

FLAME, DEAR FLAME

Aegis

Germany


Released on July 23, 2021

Debut album



Bandcamp

Spotify



30

BLACKENED BLOOD

Black Dawn Rising

Sweden


Released on April 9, 2021

Debut album



Spotify



29

REDD BARRON

Sands of Time

US


Released on February 26, 2021




Bandcamp

Spotify



28

DRAKKAR

Chaos Lord

Italy


Released on March 26, 2021

Album #6



Bandcamp

Spotify



27

HEART HEALER

The Metal Opera by Magnus Karlsson

International


Released on March 12, 2021

Debut album



Spotify



26

ANCELOT

Rompe el Cristal

Venezuela


Released on May 14, 2021

Debut album



Spotify



25

Marius Danielsen's

Legend of Valley Doom Part 3

Norway/International


Released on May 17, 2021

Album #3



Bandcamp

Spotify



24

GENERATION STEEL

The Eagle Will Rise

Germany


Released on January 22, 2021

Debut album



Bandcamp

Spotify



23

ANCIENT EMPIRE

Priest of Stygia

US


Released on September 14, 2021

Album #6



Bandcamp

Spotify



22

TOLEDO STEEL

Heading for the Fire

UK


Released on October 22, 2021

Sophomore album



Spotify



21

BURNING POINT

Arsonist Of The Soul

Finland


Released on October 22, 2021

Album #8



Spotify



20

BLEEDING ANTLERS

Stagmata

UK


Released on February 1, 2021

Debut album



Bandcamp

Spotify



19

VIRAL

Viral

Sweden


Released on January 8, 2021

Debut album



Bandcamp

Spotify



18

FEANOR

Power of the Chosen One

Argentina


Released on April 21, 2021

Album #4



Spotify



17

ANGEL MARTYR

Nothing Louder Than Silence

Italy


Released on February 19, 2021

Sophomore album



Bandcamp

Spotify



16

Michael Schinkel's ETERNAL FLAME Gravitation

Germany


Released on October 29, 2021

Album #4



Bandcamp

Spotify



15

CARDYNAL

Intro

Argentina


Released on May 4, 2021

Debut album



Spotify



14

BROTHER AGAINST BROTHER

Brother Against Brother

Brazil


Released on June 11, 2021

Debut album



Spotify



13

HITTEN

Triumph & Tragedy

Spain


Released on November 26, 2021

Album #4



Bandcamp

Spotify



12

MALISON

Death's Embrace

US


Released on September 3, 2021

Sophomore album


Bandcamp

Spotify



11

EPICA

Omega

Netherlands


Released on February 26, 2021

Album #10



Spotify



10

CRYSTAL WINDS

Return to the Dark Age

Greece


Released on April 9, 2021

Debut album



Bandcamp

Spotify



9

ALCATRAZZ

V

US


Released on October 15, 2021

Album #5



Spotify



8

PERPETUAL ETUDE

Now Is The Time

Sweden


Released on October 15, 2021

Debut album



Spotify



7

DRAGONY

Viribus Unitis

Austria


Released on January 15, 2021

Album #4



Spotify



6

NIGHTSHADOW

Strike Them Dead

US


Released on May 5, 2021

Debut album



Bandcamp

Spotify



5

FORTRESS

Don't Spare The Wicked

US


Released on November 26, 2021

Debut album



Bandcamp

Spotify



4

Dan Baune's LOST SANCTUARY

Lost Sanctuary

Germany


Released on May 14, 2021

Debut album



Spotify



3

SORCERESS OF SIN

Constantine

UK


Released on August 6, 2021

Sophomore album



Bandcamp

Spotify



2

INSANIA

V (Praeparatus Supervivet)

Sweden


Released on November 12, 2021

Album #5



Spotify



1

WITHERFALL

Curse Of Autumn

US


Released on March 5, 2021

Album #3


Witherfall has become a brand. I have been following their ascending trajectory since the release of their debut album, Nocturnes and Requiems, back in 2017. No strangers to anguish and sorrow, Witherfall conveys pain and anxiety into dark, beautiful music. There has never been a trial and error element to their releases. This is an act that perfects its craft via brilliant compositions, meaningful lyrical content, and stellar album performances. Curse Of Autumn offers a fine blend of traditional and contemporary metal, highlighted by such a compelling vocal delivery and absolutely stellar instrumental performances. 2021 Traditional Metal album of the year!

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