Scholar of the First Sin: Hera’s Best of 2022

Best of 2022

Last year, I supplied a list of 20 albums, thinking that I would be able to shorten to ten by the time list season came around. As it would turn out, even the best-laid plans can be upended, so I am back in EOY list hell.

Welcome to slowly wondering if I was too hasty in writing my lists EOY list season!

You know the drill: there are 20 albums here, and I reviewed some of them. Eps are off the list, which means Epica’s brilliant The Alchemy Project will not be here. With this is mind, this list is divided into four parts, which are as follows:

  • the nebulous, where any of those albums’ placements could be placed anywhere at any time
  • the hypothetical, where the albums’ placements are more concrete, but can also be moved around
  • the theoretical, where the albums’ placements have been solidified
  • the top album of the year. Please start placing your bets.

Also, please note: I submitted a previous list to our benevolent editors, which you’ll see soon. Since then, and even while writing this list, I have made so many changes in placement because I couldn’t decide where they all fit in the grand scheme of things. With this, I now present the fruits of my labor.

Here we go!

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CANTO: Mizmor, Thou, White Ward, and More

Alright, one more post this week. And then it’s time to party. And by party, I probably mean nap.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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CANTO: The Defaced, SepticFlesh, Midnight, and More

Each week seems to be slightly weirder than the last.

  • Midnight has their new album out today, Let There Be Witchery, so we’ll lead off with the new video for “Szex Witchery”. It’s a lot of fun, I promise. Anyway, their fifth full-length is out through Metal Blade, just in case you still need it.
  • Acid Witch and Cloak are hitting the road together this coming May, starting on the 9th in Chicago. I know a few fans of both projects that will certainly be in attendance.
  • SepticFlesh have a new album on the horizon. Modern Primitive is scheduled for a May 20th release through Nuclear Blast. The first single taken from their 11th album, “Hierophant”, is available here.
  • As long as Meshuggah keeps unveiling new material, I’m going to keep sharing it. “Light The Shortening Fuse” is the latest track taken from Immutable, which drops on April 1st through Atomic Fire.
  • And we’ll wrap up with the new video from The Defaced. Their new album, Charlatans, is also out today through Sound Pollution, and the new video for “Wreck” is immediately below.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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CANTO: Septicflesh, Metallica, Osi and the Jupiter, and More

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Guess I’m going to go pre-order a bunch more vinyl after writing this. Life is so hard.

  • A couple videos to share today. The first one comes from Septicflesh, who released a live performance of “The Vampire from Nazareth”. That’s another one taken from the upcoming DVD Infernus Sinfonica MMXIX.
  • This was somewhat hinted at yesterday. Metallica have released two songs from their S&M2 performance. You can check out “All Within My Hands” here, and “Nothing Else Matters” here. That DVD drops on August 28th I believe.
  • Crown the Emperor are celebrating their 10th anniversary with a live streamed acoustic performance this coming Saturday (July 18th) at 5 PM EST. You can view that over on their Twitch channel.
  • Finally, a new video from Osi and the Jupiter. This one is called “The Binding Will of the Mountains”, and it’s taken from their upcoming EP titled Appalachia. That drops on July 31st through Eisenwald.

“Ein Bie… bitte.”
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CANTO: Suicide Silence, Septicflesh, Korpiklaani, and More

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“War berates us. The simplest heartbeat connects us. Rivers all flow into the ocean. I will meet you at the bottom.”

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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