There are tons of known metal albums. An underground album list that has had an impact on the underground metal scene. This list includes albums that have influenced genres, been deemed the best classics, or even helped to define their own genre.
As the pandemic was beginning to spread in the early days of the epidemic, we predicted that a lot of groups making albums would hold the albums for a full year, hoping for the epidemic to be over by 2021 and during 2022, in time for an exciting album release. Here are our 12 choices from the underground metal albums list released in 2021 and 2022 also for 2023.
Top 12 Underground Metal Albums
- Etemen Ænka – Dvne
- Archspire – Bleed the Future
- Tower – Shock to the System
- Dream Unending – Tide Turns Eternal
- Pharaoh – The Powers That Be
- Swagger & Stroll Down The Rabbit Hole – Diablo Swing Orchestra
- The Ruins of Beverast – The Thule Grimoires
- So Hideous – None But A Pure Heart Can Sing
- Stormkeep – Tales of Othertime
- Breaking The Trauma Bond – Voices
- Mirrors – Pupil Slicer
- Strength – Unto Others
1. Etemen Ænka – Dvne
Dvne is a metal band from Edinburgh, the UK including 5 members. Taking influences from a myriad of genres including post-metal, doom, and progressive rock. Also, Dvne travels an epic dark sci-fi universe with hints of psychedelia. Long live the Kwisatz Haderach.
2. Archspire – Bleed the Future
After the album from 2017 “Relentless Mutation,” ARCHSPIRE release their latest full-length”Bleed the Future,’ another brutal masterpiece that delivers the most technical death metal at its most complex and intricate. The G-force level of velocity and the dizzying technical prowess surpasses the limits of imagination that defy the laws of physics and push human boundaries to their limits. “Bleed the Future” is at the forefront of technology as well as extreme metal and thereby confirming the place of ARCHSPIRE among the best of the genre.
Oliver Rae Aleron (vocals)
Spencer Prewett (drums)
Dean Lamb (guitars)
Tobi Morelli (guitars)
Jared Smith (bass)
3. Tower – Shock to the System
‘Tower‘ is a heavy metal band from NYC.
A ten-song collection of classic metal with a ’70s music from New York City.’ Their debut studio album in five years the New York-based band Tower blasts out their tunes featuring a retro metal aesthetic and a rock-inspired style that brings the old-school sound into these times.
Sarabeth Linden: lead vocals
James Danzo: guitar
Zak Penley: guitar
Jack Florio: bass
James Jones: drums
4. Dream Unending – Tide Turns Eternal
Derrick Vella (Tomb Mold) and Justin DeTore (Innumerable Forms) have joined forces to create a dark, psychedelic album. and their distinct, deliberate approaches to produce Dream Unending. Although it is possible to draw comparisons to specific aspects of their debut album “Tide Turns Everlasting” which are familiar in that way, the truth is that Dream Unending takes these two iconic members of the contemporary underground Death Metal scene.
Derrick Vella – Guitar, 12 String Guitar, Bass, Fretless Bass
Justin DeTore – Drums, Vocals
5. Pharaoh – The Powers That Be
The new album released by American metal band PHARAOH is a resounding message for those who are aware that things aren’t as they appear. The album is titled Bury the Light, the album is focused musically around the darker undertones of the group’s prior albums, highlighting as always the beautiful and powerful guitar playing by Matt Johnsen and the unmatched force of the vocalist Tim Aymar. The two elements are able to create captivating, radiant melodies which then draw listeners into experiencing the album’s deep thematics and more intricate corners.
Tim Aymar – lead vocals
Chris Black – drums and vocals
Matt Johnsen – guitar and vocals
Chris Kerns – bass
6. Swagger & Stroll Down The Rabbit Hole – Diablo Swing Orchestra
Swagger & Stroll Down the Rabbit Hole is the 5th studio album by Swedish avant-garde metal band Diablo Swing Orchestra.
7. The Ruins of Beverast – The Thule Grimoires
The Ruins of Beverast is a German extreme metal band formed in 2003 by Alexander von Meilenwald 2003. Six albums were released under the moniker of the band through Van Records.
8. So Hideous – None But A Pure Heart Can Sing
So Hideous is a New York-based vinyl label and distro specializing in Experimental Metal and Jazz Music.
Brandon Cruz: Guitar, Keys, String Arrangements, Lyrics
Christopher Cruz: Voices
Michael Kadnar: Drums/Percussion
DJ Scully: Bass
Etienne Vazquez: Guitars
9. Stormkeep – Tales of Othertime
STORMKEEP is a metal band that is a breeze flowing through the crumbling ruin of a forgotten land that is surrounded by myth and mystery. From the ancient Athenaea was the critically acclaimed underground mini-LP “Galdrum,” an homage to the gold-plated era of black metal, and harkening back to the dark times of music history, filled with mysticism and magical elements. Today, STORMKEEP present their debut album of full-length “Tales of Another Time.”
10. Breaking The Trauma Bond – Voices
Voices are a black metal band that hails from London – UK founded in 2011. Formed from former band members Akercocke The band has stated that they are looking for more extreme styles.
11. Mirrors – Pupil Slicer
Pupil Slicer is more than a cool name – they’ve just released one of 2021’s most exciting debut albums.
Kate Davies – Guitars & Vocals
Josh Andrews – Drums
Luke Fabian – Bass & Backing Vocals
12. Strength – Unto Others
Unto Others is an American heavy metal/goth rock band from Portland, Oregon. The band formed in 2017 as Idle Hands and had to change its name in 2020.
Gabriel franco: vocals, guitars
sebastian silva: guitars
Brandon hill: bass
Colin vranizan: drums
How do you find metal underground music?
- Facebook groups
- Festival lineups and opening bands