STAFF PICKS: Ghost Cult Senior Editor Steve Tovey’s Top Albums of 2022

Less waffle, more riffs. Favourite, not “best”. Here’s my Top 25 for you all (ranking is fairly nominal, and often based on gut at the point of submission). Lorna Shore ripped my head off, too, but I’ve only listened to it twice as I didn’t get to it at the point of release. That’s my one main omission (I think).

25. Cosmic Putrefaction – Crepuscular Dirge For The Blessed Ones (Profound Lore)

Spectral, twisted Death Metal Bandcamp GC Review


24. Power Paladin – With The Magic of Windfyre Steel (Atomic Fire)

Uplifting silly Fantasy Power Metal GC Review


23. Tzompantli – Tlazcaltiliztli (20 Buck Spin)

Stompy, chunky, deathy groove-doom Bandcamp GC Review


22. Avantasia – A Paranormal Evening With The Moonflower Society (Nuclear Blast)

Theatrical, musicale, melodic metal with an ensemble cast, innit


21. Allegaeon – Damnum (Metal Blade)

Progressive OTT Melodic Techy Death Metal Bandcamp GC Review


20. Oceans of Slumber – Starlight and Ash (Century Media)

Southern Gothic storytelling, with progressive touches GC Review


19. Astronoid – Radiant Bloom (3Dot)

Ethereal post-rock with some black metal undertones. Bandcamp GC Review


18. Strigoi – Viscera (Season of Mist)

Dirty depressing doom death devastation Bandcamp GC Review


17. The Cult – Under The Midnight Sun (Black Hill)

The sound of a great band maturing perfectly. GC Review


16. – Aeviterne The Ailing Facade (Profound Lore)

Dissonant dark Death Metal with noise/industrial undertones. Bandcamp GC Review


15. Soilwork – Övergivenheten (Nuclear Blast)

Melodic Metal Bangers. GC Review


14. Writhing – Of Earth & Flesh (Everlasting Spew)

Morbid-influenced barbed (and hooky) Death Metal. Bandcamp


13. Heriot – Profound Morality [EP] (Church Road)

Death Metal, alt slabs and Noise, all beating up Code Orange. Bandcamp GC Review


12. Cult of Luna – The Long Road North (Red Creek)

Crushing post-metal majesty. Bandcamp GC Review


11. Immolation – Acts of God (Nuclear Blast)

Death Metal Gods delivering a further act of violence. Bandcamp GC Review


10. Cave In Heavy Pendulum (Relapse)

Alternative riffy goodness Bandcamp GC Review


09. Wiegedood – There’s Always Blood At The End Of The Road (Century Media)

A grand declaration (!) of scything Blackened Metal Mayhem (sic). GC Review


08. Amorphis – Halo (Atomic Fire)

More excellent Amorphis, innit. GC Review


07. Zeal & Ardor – Zeal & Ardor (MVKA)

A whole load of stuff… blackened chain-gang groove?! Bandcamp GC Review


06. Machine Head – ØF KINGDØM AND CRØWN (Nuclear Blast)

Great thrashy riff based metal, great songs. Up there with their very best. GC Review


05. Gaerea – Mirage (Season of Mist)

Consuming contemporary Black Metal of the highest order. Bandcamp GC Review


04. The Halo Effect – Days Of The Lost (Nuclear Blast)

Early In Flames meets Dark Tranquillity. Right up my alley. GC Review


03. Bloodywood – Rakshak (self)

Huge metal anthem bangers infused with traditional Indian folk. Bandcamp GC Review


02. Devin Townsend – Lightwork (InsideOut)

“Pop Prog-Metal Perfection” says it all… GC Review


01. Marillion – An Hour Before It’s Dark (earMusic)

Here’s what I wrote about this one at the time. Still stands true and happy for it to be my only 10/10 album review in 25 years of writing. Incredible, moving and immersive album. GC Review


Love. Peace. Riffs.