The Best Heavy Metal Albums Of 2022

In case you haven't heard because you were too busy jamming out to last year's heavy metal music, 2022's heavy metal album releases are coming in hot every week with electrifying guitar solos and intoxicating melodies by many of your favorite heavy metal bands. From Korn's Requiem and Ghost's IMPERA to Arch Enemy's Deceivers, 2022's top metal albums feature diverse metal groups across four decades and countless subgenres, including industrial metal, nu metal, metalcore, progressive metal, hardcore punk, thrash metal, blackgaze, hard rock, power metal, alternative, and sludge metal. Indian folk metal band Bloodywood finally released their debut studio album Rakshak, and Black Sabbath veteran vocalist Tony Martin dropped his third solo album Thorns

Which 2022 heavy metal album will win a Grammy next year? How many of these full-length projects will surpass a billion streams across Spotify and Apple Music? Vote below for your favorite new heavy metal albums, and feel free to check out these artists' discography lists afterwards if you'd like to discover more of their greatest studio LPs.


    • Genres (Music): Thrash metal
    The Sick, the Dying... and the Dead! is the sixteenth studio album by American thrash metal band Megadeth, released on September 2, 2022, on frontman Dave Mustaine's Tradecraft label via Universal. ...more
  • IMPERA
    2
    Ghost
    127 votes
    • Genres (Music): Hard rock, Arena rock, Glam metal, Heavy metal, Pop rock
    IMPERA is the fifth studio album by the Swedish rock band Ghost. It was released on March 11, 2022 and was produced by Klas Åhlund, who also produced the band's 2015 album, Meliora. It was preceded ...more
  • Hate Über Alles
    3
    53 votes
    • Genres (Music): Thrash metal
    Hate Über Alles is the fifteenth studio album by German thrash metal band Kreator, which was released on June 10, 2022 through Nuclear Blast. Produced by Arthur Rizk, it is the band's first studio ...more
  • The God Machine
    4
    Blind Guardian
    38 votes
    • Genres (Music): Power metal
    The God Machine is the twelfth studio album by German power metal band Blind Guardian, released on September 2, 2022 through Nuclear Blast. This will be the band's first "regular" studio album in ...more
  • Synchro Anarchy
    5
    58 votes
    • Genres (Music): Heavy metal
    Synchro Anarchy is the fifteenth studio album, and nineteenth release overall, by Canadian heavy metal band Voivod, released on February 11, 2022. Like its predecessor The Wake, this album was ...more
  • The Long Road North
    6
    69 votes
    • Genres (Music): Sludge metal, Progressive metal, Post-metal
    The Long Road North is the eighth studio album by the Swedish metal band Cult of Luna (their ninth if including Mariner (2016), their collaborative album with Julie Christmas). The album was released ...more