Best Metal Albums Of 2022 Ranked: Top 10 Albums Of The Year

Hello everyone! Wayne here and as 2023 kicks off to a great start, I want to back up and go over my personal list of the top 10 best metal albums of 2022.

I will be going down the list in ranked order, but I want to emphasis that this is just a personal list that is even subject to change with time.

Additionally, I will be using the definition of “metal” very loosely throughout this post. Many albums on this list fit more within the realms of post-hardcore, metalcore, and alternative. However, entries on this list will feature elements of metal.

Just consider this list the best albums of 2022 according to metalshell.net. Now let’s jump on in and get into the list. Here are the best metal albums of 2022, ranked.

#10 – In Stasis (Monuments)

Monuments In Stasis

Release date: April 15th, 2022

FFO: Periphery, Veil of Maya, Currents, Termina, Makari

Genre: Progressive Metal, Djent

Listen to: Lavos, Cardinal Red, False Providence, Makeshift Harmony, The Cimmerian

I had been anticipating a full album from Monuments with Andy Cizek ever since he was announced to join the band. While singles like “Animus” showed the potential, an album would be the true test. 

Fortunately after a long wait, the full album “In Stasis” was released, and it lived up to the hype.

The album was co-produced by George Lever (Sleep Token, Loathe, Thornhill) and Mick Gordan of Doom fame. Mick is even specifically mentioned as a feature on the singles, “Cardinal Red” and “False Providence“, but this is likely just for marketing reasons.

Monuments has always been a standout band instrumentally, but now with Andy Cizek as vocalist, the band have reached a new prime.

In Stasis is wildly heavy and groovy, all while still having catchy and well-performed choruses by Andy. This partnership strikes a balance between heavy and melodic masterfully in a way similar to 2015’s “Matriarch” by Veil of Maya.

I love progressive metal with a strong balance of heavy and melodic, all while developing an atmosphere that surrounds their sound, so I find “In Stasis” to live up to the hype.

Highlights of In Stasis

While the album has nothing but great songs, the singles “Lavos“, “Cardinal Red“, and “False Providence” are great highlights that give a peek into the sound of the overall record.

However, the melodic – yet still wildly heavy – “Makeshift Chemistry” is easily one of my favorite tracks on the album as well. Additionally, “The Cimmerian” is a fantastic closing epic that adds a unique flavor to close the album out on.

In Stasis” is a cohesive album with little diversity, but Monuments are surely doing what they do best here, so this isn’t a compliant.

The record in entirety keep up the energy and formula presented by these well-picked singles, so if you like them you’re in for a treat.

All-in-all, “In Stasis” is a great album that was entirely worth the wait, and I find it to be one of the best metal albums of 2022.

#9 – Remember That You Will Die (Polyphia)

Remember That You Will Die Polyphia

Release date: May 18th, 2022

FFO: Issues, Animals As Leaders, Intervals 

Genre: Progressive Metal, Progressive Rock, Pop, Hip-Hop

Listen to: Playing God, Bloodbath (feat. China Moreno), The Audacity, Reverie, Chimera (feat. Lil West)

Polyphia have been a huge sensation for awhile now, but there has never been more hype surrounding the band than during the build up to their latest album “Remember That You Will Die”.

The band’s fourth album was a huge success, peaking at number 33 on the billboard top 200 and even landing number 1 on the Hard Rock charts.

While Polyphia have been growing inside the metal and rock scene, they have also been progressively breaking out of the boundaries of the scene, finding mainstream success and hype amongst the general population.

This genre-bending mindset shows with “Remember That You Will Die” more than it ever has, as Polyphia play by absolutely no rules on this album (as if they ever did).

The album contains some of the strangest features you can imagine. From the pop artists Sophia Black, to the rapper Lil West, all the way to nu-metal hero Chino Moreno, there are tons of interesting appearances on this record.

I find these unconventional decisions and the pop and hip-hop influences on the album to be exactly what makes “Remember That You Will Die” stand out. While the album may not have made it deep down into my top 10 albums of 2022 list, it certainly deserves to make an appearance.

Highlights of Remember That You Will Die

Despite the experimentation being unique and well-done throughout “Remember That You Will Die“, some of the best moments on this album come when Polyphia is just doing their thing.

The lead single “Playing God” made huge waves upon release, and even after all this time, the smooth track is still one of the highest highs on the record.

The Audacity” and “Reverie” are two other tracks that standout to me. While both songs have no features or vocals, Polyphia have mastered their formula, and it shows here.

Additionally, I am borderline addicted to Bloodbath (feat. Chino Moreno). The track takes exactly what makes Chino an icon and runs with it. The sexy and airy track is catchy, heavy, and experimental and it all pays off.

Overall “Remember That You Will Die” is a example of a band reaching new heights and mastering their formula, all while still experimenting with new sounds, features, and influences in the process.

#8 – Welcome Home (VRSTY)

VRSTY Welcome Home

Release date: January 21st, 2022

FFO: Rain City Drive, Emarosa, Issues, nightlife, Sleep Token, Michael Jackson

Genre: Soul punk, Heavy pop, Alternative Metal, Rnb

Listen to: Closer, Soul, Finesse, Hush, King Of Pop, Lovesick_

VRSTY have been on my radar for a long time, going back all the way to before the 2015 “Lights”  EP and vocalists Joey Varela’s metalcore cover of Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal”. 

I even featured the band in my 2021 article, The Next Generation: 10 Bands You Need To Know About.

The band’s growth has been enormous, going from an underrated fan-favorite to an Sirius XM Octane radio star and Shiprocked Cruise act in the blink of an eye.

This growth was in response to the band’s fantastic EP “Cloud City“, which featured the huge singles “Shameless” and “Massive“. Cloud City was also VRSTY’s debut release under Spinefarm Records.

All of this hard work and growth led to the release of the debut VRSTY album “Welcome Home” in January of 2022. The album was one of the earliest, and best releases of the year. 

With huge hooks, soaring r&b soul, and just enough heavy groove to pack a punch, Welcome Home is a fantastic debut album that sets the tone for VRSTY and their sprouting career.

While this sound and style is becoming progressively more popular, VRSTY are pioneers of this sound, and rarely does a band do it as well as they do.

Welcome Home Pt. 2 & Welcome Home Pt. 3

One of the most interesting things about VRSTY and the Welcome Home era is that the band have been supplementing the album cycle with additional versions that add to the established catalog of tracks.

Welcome Home Pt. 2 included latin versions of the “Cloud City” track “Dig“, and Welcome Home Pt. 1 tracks “Closer” and “Sick“. These latin versions are fantastic, and have me wanting more. Perhaps the band will experiment with bi-lingual lyrics with future tracks.

Welcome Home Pt. 3 adds three of of the band’s best songs to date. This closes out the “Welcome Home” era with a bang. If this is where VRSTY is going, then I am more excited for their future than ever.

Highlights of Welcome Home

The whole album is fantastic start to finish, but the four song run at the start is especially great.

Highlight tracks from Welcome Home include the rowdy opener “Finesse” featuring Notions, the appropriately-titled r&b banger “Soul“, and the sensual “Closer“.

Additionally, Welcome Home Pt.2 and Welcome Home Pt. 3 are fantastic additions to the album cycle.

VRSTY consistently continue to climb and get better and better with each release. This is exactly why Welcome Home is one of the best metal albums of 2022. I look forward to whatever comes next for the band.

#7 – Rain City Drive (Rain City Drive)

Rain City Drive Self Titled Album

Release date: July 15th, 2022

FFO: Emarosa, VRSTY,  Hands Like Houses, Issues, nightlife

Genre: Post Hardcore, Alternative, Heavy Pop, Rnb

Listen to: Waiting on You, Cutting It Close, Blood Runs Cold, Dreams, Nothing Left

Rain City Drive (formerly Slaves) put out their self-titled album “Rain City Drive” in 2022. The self-titled album is the first album published under the new band name, and second album featuring their new vocalist Matt McAndrew.

With all these huge changes, Rain City Drive had a lot to prove. Following up their previous album “To Better Days“, would be difficult, as the album featured huge, well-written tracks that seemed to be too big to top.

Fortunately, this re-invention of the band worked out fantastically, as Rain City Drive debuted their new chapter by putting out one of the best albums of 2022.

The Rain City Drive self-titled album not only has some of the catchiest and best tracks of their career, but the full album is great. There is something to appreciate about every song on the album. Honestly, it may even be a tighter album than “To Better Days“.

The instrumentation throughout the record is surprisingly heavy at times, and Rain City Drive pull it off so well. I am a sucker for bands that have that r&b vibe with groovy riffs, so this album scratches that itch for me.

If you also like music with this style, you’re going to love this album.

Highlights of Rain City Drive Self-Titled

The Rain City Drive self-titled album is tight and cohesive, so I recommend checking out the whole album.

However, the singles “Waiting on You“, “Cutting It Close“, and “Blood Runs Cold” are fantastic and have a heavier edge to them. These tracks represent the album well.

The fantastic vocal performance by Matt McAndrew are a perfect match for Rain City Drive, and the crunchy instrumentals adds a punch the poppy sensibilities in his voice.

Rain City Drive self-titled is a surprising step up from even their last fantastic album “To Better Days“. This growth has earned the band a spot on the list of top 10 metal albums of 2022.

#6 – Rouge Carpet Disaster (Static Dress)

Rogue Carpet Disaster Static Dress

Release date: May 18th, 2022

FFO: Loathe, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Underoath, My Chemical Romance, Deftones, Taking Back Sunday

Genre: Post Hardcore, Alternative Metal, Metalcore, Emo

Listen to: fleahouse, sweet., Push rope, such.a.shame, …Maybe!!?

Static Dress hit the scene like a freight train. Once minute I was recommended them due to my love for the band Loathe. Next thing I knew, the band put out one of the best albums of the year.

Rouge Carpet Disaster” is a follow up to the previous year’s “Prologue” that appropriately acted as a prologue to the band’s debut album.

One would think that putting out so much music so quickly could negatively impact the quality of the music being put out, but fortunately this isn’t the case at all when it comes to Static DressThe band are impressive as they are busy and productive. 

Rouge Carpet Disaster” is not only a fantastic and promising debut record, but it also lives up to the high standards set by the band’s previous works, and expands on their established sound.

Throughout the record, Static Dress display a sound that features the addictive and catchy choruses of early 2000’s emo (All-American Rejects, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, My Chemical Romance, Taking Back Sunday), and the crunchy and seductive heaviness of nu-gaze (Deftones and LOATHE).

I find this sound to be really enjoyable, and I can’t get enough of new bands that are playing around with these influences.

The Highlights of Rouge Carpet Disaster

I find the highlights of Rouge Carpet Disaster to be the songs that bring the energy while also delivering catchy and memorable choruses.

Songs like “fleahouse“, “sweet“, “Push rope“, “such.a.shame“, and “…Maybe!!?” are exactly what I crave from Static Dress.

These tracks showcase the band balance raw heaviness and harsh vocals with catchy and well-written melodies that remind me of the glory years of early 2000’s emo and alternative.

I really appreciate how Static Dress don’t really do the typical heavy verse – soft chorus formula. The band just do what they are going to do when they want to do it an I enjoy them that much more for it.

However, the whole album is great and you can’t really go wrong with any of the material on this record. Rogue Carpet Disaster is still on repeat for me into 2023, the record is a fantastic addiction to my top 10 albums of 2022 list.

#5 – The Generation Of Danger (Tallah)

The Generation of Danger Tallah

Release date: November 18th, 2022

FFO: Slipknot, Vended, Code Orange, Knocked Loose, Linkin Park, Korn

Genre: Nu Core, Nu Metal, Metalcore, Alternative Metal, Beatdown

Listen to: Shaken (not stirred), Dicker’s Done, The Impressionist, The Hard Reset, Stomping Grounds, Telescope

Tallah isn’t just one of the fastest-growing and hottest bands in heavy music right now, they also put out one of my absolute favorite albums of 2020, “Matriphagy“.

They are another band that were featured the band in my 2021 article, The Next Generation: 10 Bands You Need To Know About.

The wild nu-core outlet are back again with “The Generation Of Danger“; another balls-to-the-wall heavy record that is almost too chaotic to function.

Like “Matriphagy” before it, “The Generation Of Danger” is a concept album that tells a unique story written by vocalist Justin Bonitz. However, the structure of the story is different this time around. 

The “Generation Of Danger” was written in an interchangeable order, and the album order is simply what the band decided to go with musically.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4TB9tz1Wwpw

For the story, the tracklist is done in a “pick your own adventure” style. Meaning certain tracks are interchangeable and can be heard in any order. Fortunately, Justin Bonitz put out a video going over the story of The Generation Of Danger.

This unique approach to story-telling was done to allow for flexibility during the musical writing process. You can learn more about the creation of The Generation Of Danger by watching the Under The Knife interview with Tallah.

No one knows the true chronological order for the album for certain, but this allows for fun discourse amongst fans.

As for the sound of the album, it is a wild and unapologetically heavy record that doesn’t hold back at any time. “The Generation Of Danger” is more progressive and faster-paced than “Matriphagy”, which helps the record stand out as its own thing entirely.

This approach makes The Generation Of Danger one of the best albums of 2022, and maybe even the best heavy release of the year.

The Highlights of The Generation Of Danger

To me, the highlights of “The Generation Of Danger” are the heavy songs that still have a noteworthy chorus.

With that said, I find the balanced tracks like “Shaken (not stirred)“, “The Hard Reset“, and “Stomping Grounds” to scratch the itch left by “Matriphagy”.

Additionally, the off-the-walls heavy tracks like “For The Reputation” and “Dicker’s Done” are huge treats and major highlights as well.

All-in-all, I enjoyed “The Generation Of Danger” and it deserves its high placement on this list, and I am excited for whatever Tallah does next.

#4 – Scoring The End Of The World (Motionless In White)

Scoring The End Of The World Motionless In White

Release date: June 10th, 2022

FFO: Ice Nine Kills, Breaking Benjamin, Slipknot, Korn, Bring Me The Horizon

Genre: Metalcore, Alternative Metal, Nu Metal, Industrial Metal

Listen to: Meltdown, Sign Of Life, Masterpiece, Werewolf, Cyberhex

Motionless In White have been one of my favorite bands – if not my favorite at certain points- for a very long time. I don’t know if I ever would have created a metal-focused website if a good friend didn’t show me “Cobwebs” back in high school.

With that said, it is safe to say that “Scoring The End Of The World” was one of my most anticipated albums of 2022. This hype was only elevated by the release of the fantastic first single, “Cyberhex“.

Typically a Motionless In White album has a pretty solid shot at being my absolute favorite album of the year. However, while the album still ranks highly on my top albums of 2022 list, I feel like it still left a lot to be desired overall. 

I was excited to hear more of the new cyberpunk influenced metalcore featured in Cyberhex on the album. However, the album didn’t end up having the cohesive sound and style that I was personally excited for.

While certain songs here and there such as “Meltdown” and the title track fit this description incredibly well, overall I wish Motionless In White dived into this sound further.

With all that said, the highs on this album are some of the highest in the band’s whole career, with many of the tracks becoming my favorite songs of the year.

So while I feel like the overall album could have been better, there are still so many amazing gems that are some of the best tracks the band has ever produced.

Highlights of Scoring The End Of The World

I mentioned earlier that Motionless In White experimented with a new cyberpunk style for Scoring The End Of The World.

This sound combines the bands industrial and nu-metal influences and fuses them with the electronic and synthwave sounds the band has experimented with before.

I find the highlights of the album to be the songs that fully commit to this cybernetic style. These songs include “Cyberhex“, “Meltdown“, “Scoring The End Of The World“, and “Sign Of Life“.

Overall the album is fantastic, and nearly every song is well-written and well-performed, making Scoring The End Of The World one of the best albums of 2022.

#3 – Tekkno (Electric Callboy)

Tekkno Electric Callboy

Release date: September 16th, 2022

FFO: Attack Attack!, One Morning Left, We Butter The Bread With Butter, Motionless In White, Attila

Genre: Metalcore, Party Metal, Electronicore

Listen to: We Got The Moves, Pump It, Arrow of Love, Tekkno Train, Hurrikan

“TEKKNO” was easily one of the most highly-anticipated albums of 2022. The fun-loving metalcore superstars Electric Callboy had a lot to prove following the success of their monumental hit “Hypa Hypa” hit the scene summer of 2020. 

Fortunately, the band quickly proved to the world that this success was not a fluke. Nearly every single and music video released for TEKKNO was a huge hit, with the first single “We Got The Moves” still blowing up on TikTok as recently as March of 2023.

Electric Callboy went through a lot the last few years, but they bounced back and now they have truly come into their own. TEKKNO is easily the band’s best album yet, and one of the best albums of 2022 overall.

At the very least, TEKKNO is a culturally significant record that proves that metal doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom. This album made me laugh, put a smile on my face several times, and even had me headbanging track-by-track. That is a major win in my book!

Not to mention that the album had worldwide success, even going as far as going #1 in Electric Callboy’s home country of German, going gold in German, and going viral around the globe.

The only real cons with TEKKNO is that the album is too short and half of the tracks were released as singles months before the release of the album. Despite this, the album is definitely all killer, no filler.

The band sounds tight and complete in this new chapter, and I think Electric Callboy are here to stay.

Highlights of TEKKNO

Electric Callboy are at their best when they are being wild, wacky, and fun. Songs like “We Got The Moves“, “Tekkno Train“, and “Pump It” are an absolute riot, and the energy is undeniable and infectious. 

That doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy the more experimental tracks on the record such as the Michael Bolton and Linkin Park inspired “Neon” and the pop punk styled “Fuckboi“.

Electric Callboy even pull off a couple serious songs to switch things up with “Mindreader” and “Parasite“. Both tracks are heavier bangers that show the band aren’t just a one trick pony.

Overall TEKKNO is a fantastic album that proves that Electric Callboy aren’t only the most fun band in the scene, but also one of the best song writers out there.

If you want to know my full thoughts on “TEKKNO” you can check out my track-by-track album review down below.

#2 – Stargazer (Moodring)

Stargazer Moodring

Release date: June 10th, 2022

FFO: Sleep Token, Loathe, Static Dress, Deftones, Linkin Park

Genre: Nu Gaze, Nu Core, Progressive Metal, Nu Metal, Shoegaze

Listen to: Disintegrate, Red Light Gossip, Stargazer, SYNC.wav, Peel, Constrict

Stargazer” was easily the biggest surprise of 2022. I had never heard of Moodring until I was recommended them due to my current interest in nu-gaze bands. This is easiest the newest and youngest band to make this list.

I was shocked to discover that the band don’t only have the nu-gaze sound I was craving, but that they have already mastered it.

Stargazer is a diverse masterpiece from start-to-finish, and the album isn’t just one of the best albums of 2022, but one of the best debut albums I have ever heard.

The shoegaze moments are emotion provoking and beautiful while the nu-metal moments are heavy and nasty. Moodring (as their name appropriately suggests) masterfully switch between these moods and deliver each sound in a fantastic manner without compromising the other.

It is rare to find an album that has sufficient content for any mood, but “Stargazer” truly has something for everyone.

The Highlights of Stargazer

Honestly, it can be difficult to pick highlights from “Stargazer“, as there is a nearly perfect seven-song run from track 2 to track 8. Instead, I will break down some of the best songs from both the shoegaze and nu-metal sound from the bands
 
For the shoegaze side of the band, their tracks “Disintegrate“, “Stargazer“, “Peel“, and “Xeno (Foreign Love)” are big highlights that I still have on repeat three months into 2023.
 
When it comes to the heavier nu-metal side of the band, I find that “Constrict“, “Red Light Gossip“, and “SYNC.wav” scratch that raunchy and bouncy itch in me.
 
However, the whole album is worth checking out, as “Stargazer” is all-killer, no-filler. I am wildly impressed that Moodring were able to deliver such a consistent piece of work for their debut album.
 
This is surely an album deserving of high placement on my top 10 best albums of 2022 list, and I know Moodring are going to be one of my new favorite bands going forward.
 

Honorable Mentions

Before we go over the #1 metal album of 2022, let me quickly highlight a few honorable mentions that deserve to be mentioned on this list, but don’t quite make it for one reason or another.

  • Dark Sun (Dayseeker)
  • Heroine (Thornhill)
  • Cult Mentality (Avoid)
  • Love Language (Windwaker)
  • Pain Remains (Lorna Shore)

#1 – THE DEATH OF PEACE OF MIND (Bad Omens)

THE DEATH OF PEACE OF MIND BAD OMENS

Release date: February 25th, 2022

FFO: Bring Me The Horizon, Dayseeker, The Plot In You, I Prevail, Motionless In White

Genre: Metalcore, Hardrock, Electronicore, Alternative Metal, Nu Metal

Listen to: THE DEATH OF PEACE OF MIND, Like A Villain, Just Pretend, ARTIFICIAL SUICIDE, CONCRETE JUNGLE

Bad Omens have quickly become one of the biggest bands in the alternative scene, and this growth isn’t from dumb luck. This fame is all thanks to the overwhelming success of their latest record “THE DEATH OF PEACE OF MIND“. 

The song “Just Pretend” from the album even went viral on TikTok. The song wasn’t even one of the many successful singles from the album. This is just one of the many testaments to the quality of the album. 

“THE DEATH OF PEACE OF MIND” was difficult for me to swallow at first, as the album didn’t end up being quite what I expected it to be. However, in hindsight the album is my favorite album of 2022. 

Despite coming out in February, the album was fresh all year and only grew on me more as time passed. Perhaps the overwhelming relevancy of the band and increasing popularity and mainstream influence had an effect on this perception, but Bad Omens just seemed larger than life as the year went on.

Due to the longevity of the record and its everlasting impact, I find “THE DEATH OF PEACE OF MIND” to be the best album of 2022.

The pros of the record are the outstanding direction and atmosphere of the record, huge singles, and experimental album tracks. The only real con for the record is that some tracks bleed together, but despite this all of the tracks are still fantastic.

Highlights of THE DEATH OF PEACE OF MIND

My favorite sound from Bad Omens is when they bring the poppy influences to the forefront but still lay down some heavy moments or breakdowns. 

With that said, some of the highlights for me from “THE DEATH OF PEACE OF MIND” are “Concrete Jungle“, “THE DEATH OF PEACE OF MIND“, “idwt$“, the viral hit “Just Pretend” and the heavy banger “ARTIFICAL SUICIDE“.

“THE DEATH OF PEACE OF MIND” is one of those rare albums that only get better each listen. I believe this album will age very well and will even be one of the standout albums of the 2020’s.

Due to its groundbreaking sound, longevity and lasting influence, and huge success, “THE DEATH OF PEACE OF MIND” secures the top stop on this top 10 best albums of 2022 list.

If you want to know my full thoughts on “THE DEATH OF PEACE OF MIND” you can check out my track-by-track album review down below.

Closing Thoughts

There you have it! What did you think of this top 10 best metal albums of 2022 list? Please share your thoughts down in the comments, and thank you for your time.