(Gonzo returns with his first 2022 end-of-month group of recommended new releases.)
With the craze of Listmania 2021 now in our rearview mirrors and January already on its way out, this edition of my monthly roundup took me by complete surprise for a few reasons:
- The unstoppable storm of amazing music we saw in ’21 has not slowed down a single bit
- January by itself has blindsided me with a slew of unexpectedly awesome new releases
- I was going to do a “things I wish I included in my top 20 of ‘21” post, but the above reasons compelled me to change my plans.
I could’ve made this post way longer, but in the interests of not droning on into a rambling ocean of incoherent enthusiasm, here are five albums that should be on your radar as we jump into a new year of metal.